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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:16 pm

I'm very glad that there is photographic evidence of me on Insane so that I never have to ride it again. :lmao:

That was a great trip. I miss Chiapas.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:57 am

^I'm glad to have performed such a valuable service for you, Andy. I rode Insane a few times back in 2009, but in 2016 once was enough (it's still fun, but so intense).

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:33 pm

Oktoberfest 2017

Back to Europe, but with a few differences:

1. Go in September, not the summer.
2. Fly to Munich.
3. See castles and other cultural stuff, in addition to visiting parks and riding coasters.

We were in Munich for some little local celebration you may have heard of. Something called "Oktoberfest."

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This event is renowned for something, but my memory of is a bit fuzzy. Hmm . . . what could it be? It's right on the tip of my tongue . . . oh, let's get to the photos. I'm sure it'll come to me.
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I do vaguely remember riding this at Oktoberfest, but that wasn't the only thing about the celebration.
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Oh, well . . . spot the guy with the brass balls! Win a kewpie doll!
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I recall that we had to run to see this fountain go off or we'd miss it. It was rather impressive.
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And they say Disneyland's castle is tiny. Why, I could crush this dollhouse with one blow!
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There was a ride with FIRE at Oktoberfest, but that wasn't the main attraction, either.
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Bayern was a very pretty little German park, but this launched coaster was a wee bit rough.
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This weird water slide was fun . . .
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. . . but this odd powered coaster at Skyline Park, not so much.
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Dueling Nautic Jets!
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This Devil's Wheel thing at Oktoberfest made people feel giddy. Perhaps it's a clue . . .
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Meanwhile back at Holiday Park, they still have the best themed Premiere Sky Rocket 2 . . .
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. . . and the amazing GeForce. So pretty at sunset.
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It was a bit rainy at Phantasialand, so I had trouble getting decent photos of Taron. Spectacular theming, and a very good, not quite great, ride.
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Yay! Hollywood Tour still exists!
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As the sun sets on the Hotel Ling Bao, I wonder , , ,
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, , , is Oktoberfest about more than big sausages--and puerile imagery on signs?
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Well, there was the great joy Joey had on this slide. Surely there was more.
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Europa Park taught us about the threat posed by ANGRY CORN!
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It's fall at Europa, so we may as well take in the, er, relaxing autumnal sights.
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We weren't at Europa at the right time to experience their "haunt," but they gave us a great backstage tour.
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Yes, I had poffertjes with ice cream. Don't judge.
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But what was the point? I mean, this spinning coaster with the crazy light show was fun, but what was it about Oktoberfest?
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Maybe a ride on Gold Rush at Slagharen will jog my memory.
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Nope--not ringing any bells, but this was a great ride.
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Movie Park has its problem, but it does have a good ride in Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.
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Set course for fun--engage!
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But getting back to what was really important at Oktoberfest . . . dang, what could it be?
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Help me out here, guys.
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Oh yeah--that's it. And that's all for now.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:06 pm

cfc wrote:Oktoberfest 2017

Back to Europe, but with a few differences:

1. Go in September, not the summer.
2. Fly to Munich.
3. See castles and other cultural stuff, in addition to visiting parks and riding coasters.

We were in Munich for some little local celebration you may have heard of. Something called "Oktoberfest."

This event is renowned for something, but my memory of is a bit fuzzy. Hmm . . . what could it be? It's right on the tip of my tongue . . . oh, let's get to the photos. I'm sure it'll come to me.



Those pix of Angry Corn will forever give me nightmares. ;) (But enjoyed your Nostalgia Trip, Chuck! Thanks.)

Alice

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:38 pm

cfc wrote:Oktoberfest 2017
Well, there was the great joy Joey had on this slide. Surely there was more.

There was the steak vom schwein and the meter long currywurst!!

What a great trip! Both of the last two that you posted (I'm just behind in reading). Oktoberfest was one the most FUN places I've ever been! I can't wait to go back some day...

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:07 pm

^That currywurst was amazing--best I've ever had! On to more amazing stuff in . . .

Japan 2018

What? Japan, again?

Yes, indeed. We met in Tokyo, but took a train to Osaka the next morning.

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Past TPR trips found us weathering typhoons and very hot, steamy weather in Japan. This time we had an earthquake, on the first "official" day of the trip, in Osaka. We were all waiting in the train station when it felt like Godzilla was kicking the platform in the side. For my part, I clung bravely, resolutely to a handy vending machine. (What else was I going to do? We weren't too far from the epicenter.)

The trains shut down, which was hardly a shock. Even so, we were able to carry on that day, only a bit later than we'd planned.

All in all, a memorable start.
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Yes, not even an earthquake could deter us from riding the only Wild Mouse ever built by Hopkins at Misaki Park! It was . . . interesting.
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This happened too. Perhaps the quake affected them more than I thought.
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Some of us pushed on to Adventure Park, while Elissa took some of the group back to Osaka (train schedules were still a bit dicey).
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But yay for coasters themed to pandas and bugs!
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Universal's only remaining Jaws boat ride was closed for refurb, which made Bruce the Shark very angry!
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Hogwarts looms ominously over Jaws.
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Flying Dinosaurs was closed the day we were to visit, but we were able to ride it later. It was very good.
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Sigh! Even the sign for Jaws makes me miss the one in Florida.
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This was the best part of the park's parade. These raptors would "escape" their cage and run around the street.
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Washuzan Highland was themed to Brazil--and stairs.
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Remember that viral video a few years back of that scary cycle monorail? Here it is.
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You can ride this crazy looping coaster backward part of the day. It's fun, but made me feel a bit queasy.
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New Reoma World's Vivace was a pretty good mine train.
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What's nice about the park's dark ride is that you can feel stoned without ingesting any illegal substances.
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Bing Crosby Galdalf was only five miles from the quake's epicenter at Hirakata.
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Have you ever wanted a walking tour of someone's fridge? Hirakata has you covered.
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If you like SeaWorld Orlando's Manta, you'll like Spaland's Acrobat. After all, they are the same ride.
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Arashi was fun, but still a "one and done" for me.
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Hmm--I wonder whatever became of this project? ;)
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This sums up the Arashi experience.
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It was rainy at Parque Espana, but this guy was available to shoot the bull for a bit.
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I'd forgotten about this shooting dark ride where you confront renegade water heaters.
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The rain stopped, and the park was able to give us ERT on Pyrenees!
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I took nearly the same photo back in 2007. The donkey was no more amused this time.
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I had to break up a fight between Godzilla and King Kong at Legoland.
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The park's Miniland was amazing.
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That is one happy fish.
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This is the best Lego Miniland I've ever seen.
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The JR Museum was pretty cool, too. More to come.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:17 pm

Great photos of Japan! Thanks for reminding me of that earthquake on day 1.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:01 pm

Are you ready for still more Japan?
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Hamanako Pal Pal had changed a little since 2008, but this coaster was still surprisingly decent.
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I'll open with a pair of Crouses.
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Dan seems a bit confused by Lagunasia.
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Aqua Wind hasn't changed a bit.
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I took a Catbus back to Tokyo.
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Thunder Dolphin is still satisfying the Big O at laQua.
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"You want a piece of me, punk?"
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Best room number ever.
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Fuji Q has made some steady improvement. I liked Dodonpa's new loop (even though I missed the crazy air time of the old high hat).
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This new area of the park was quite nice.
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And Takabisha was still kicking butt all over the place (just a bit more roughly).
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I think two people may have died on Benyland's Cyclone.
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I think these poor souls haunt the park to this very day.
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Experience culture at Lina World!
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You can also experience having your brains beaten in on this coaster.
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OK, do I really have to say this park's name?
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I gained a new appreciation for how beautiful Lost River Delta really is.
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Right, Senor Mouse?
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Still the best Magic Kingdom park.
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The world's happiest janitor.
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They really improved on the original Disneyland and Florida's Magic Kingdom here. I love this view.
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I bid you greetings!
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Twilight at the Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo.
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Aquatopia takes on a whole new aura after dark.
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How to make a great dark ride even better.
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Night in Fantasyland.
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I can now say that I have seen the Enchanted Tiki Room with Stitch. I can, indeed.
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This park just gets better and better at night.
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Shiriki strikes!
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And that's a wrap from the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:52 pm

Chuck, thanks for reminiscing about that amazing trip! It was such an incredible first trip to Japan for me and I ache to get back. I get reminders of that trip all the time, and how much I miss being there: from the large number of souvenirs scattered around my apartment, when the TDR 35th anniversary theme come on when I'm listening to music, and cleaning out a drawer and finding KT's "warrant" to search my room in Osaka.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:47 am

^KT had a "warrant" to search your room? why, you malefactor!
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