What an amazing trip! Thanks to Robb and Elissa for organizing a coaster/theme park dream vacation! Everything from the ERT, extra perks, surprises, and parks were fantastic! You two out did yourselves, thank you so much! I am so glad I was able to meet so many new awesome people. I love my back of the bus peeps - holla! You guys all rock! Here are my trip pics: London, at Chessington, Coney Beach, Oakwood, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Pleasureland Southport, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lightwater Valley, Flamingo Land, Pleasurewood Hills, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Joyland and Thorpe Park. There all here! Hope you enjoy.
My UK adventure begins!
Belgrave Road, near Victoria Station, where my hotel was.
Here's my crib for 2 nights: The Carlton Hotel.
What I expected, a pretty small room.
The bathroom was super small! The shower blended into the rest of the bathroom which was the size of a closet!
The House of Parliment and Big Ben.
The London Eye on the Thames River.
Being a theme park freak, I couldn't resist riding the big wheel!
The London Eye did give spectacular view of The City Of London and Westminster.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Sqare was amazing and imense!
Couldn't come to London and not ride and take a picture of a double decker bus!
My first English breakfast.
My favorite part of London was the Tower Of London. I could of spent many hours there.
It was a small village.
So much history took place here.
The Beefeater or guide told of the many famous executions that took place here.
After my 3 days in London, it was time to meet up with the crazy TPRer's for day one of our amazing UK Parks Adventure. Day one was Chessington World of Adventures. This park surprised me. It was very well themed and the landscaping was one of the best of the trip. This park featured my 100th coaster, Vampire!
The TPRers desend upon Chesington.
At Chessington, we got ERT (Extra Ride Time) an hour before the park opened on Vampire and Dragon's Fury.
Ist coaster of the trip: Vampire, my 100th coaster!
The ride and line area were both themed very well kind of like a very pre- Dueling Dragons. The loading area featured a vampire playing a organ.
Some TPRer's getting ready to be bit by the Vampire.
I enjoyed Vampire a lot. It was very cool the way it went through the forest setting.
Rattlesnake, the first of many wild mouses on the trip. You can't tell from this photo, but this was one of the most elaborate themed wild mouses I have ever been on.
Tommy & James are ready for the thrilling powered Runaway Mine Train.
Tomb Blaster was a pretty good shoot out ride with large sets and theming.
I recognized that guide from 2004 when my brother and I visited the Tower of London. Nice gig if you're retired from the British military, it seems.
My brain is slowly rebooting itself after this awesome trip--lemme know if you find yourself in Virginia (I'll do the same for Florida). I'm planning to post a TR focusing on dark rides, myself (especially Blackpool's) this weekend (after my brain fog clears).
Here's a shot for your Southport collection. (I was able to recover most of my photos off my damaged memory card.)
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