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Postby OldJJman » Fri Jul 20, 2007 9:39 pm

Continued....
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We unloaded the bus as Robb went in to get our room keys at this fabulous place! Your room key doubled as your park entry ticket, each one had your name printed on it.
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The yellow hats transform normal people into this.
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Time to walk up to the park.
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A beautiful tree lined walk.
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I guess we really are here!
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You pass the ticket takers into this. Don't go straight!! You'll end up in another hotel! Turn left!
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First look upon entering...
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... the park.

I'll be stitching these and many other sets of pictures later, once I finish this report. (It'll be awhile)
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First ride you come upon "Fur Taco" We had ERT the next morning, so I was in no hurry to get on. Besides, it was broken down at this point in time.
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The theming is top notch!! It's that way throughout the park.
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I never understood the purpose of these signs. Who wants to take a photo of a camera on a sign?
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Looking back at Baco, from the bridge to the Far West territory.
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A look at the train bridge and some big coaster in the back of the park.
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Yup. Far West. Not lost yet.
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The awesome rapids ride. Unfortunately, the bridge was theming only and we couldn't walk across.
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Baby Bull Bumper Buggies.
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"I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK. I sleep all nigh..." never mind.
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The really wet flume ride!!
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Apparently, shirts are optional.
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Strange spinny, tilty cars on a tilted plate thingy.
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Cheek shot. Taken inside of their version of the "Golden Horseshoe Review"
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It was a fun, slapstick filled show. Odd, that the dialogue was in Spanish, but the songs were sung in English.
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One of the 2 train stations in PA
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Everywhere you looked, the park was awesome!
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Backside of the teacups.
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The hillside below China.
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A look into China.
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A look at the awesome rapids ride.
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I was with John and Rebecca on the train and we saw Baco running. So we got off the train and headed for the station.
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Love the crash test dummies!
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This tile placard tells the story. I'm NOT that interested!
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More theming with random pink pig. We saw these pigs all over the park. Does anyone know who sponsors them, or what they represent?
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We got to the station and the ride broke down with Larry on it.
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John's laughing because it wasn't even his camera!
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Back to the train to complete the trip "around" the park. (More like meandering at about 3mph!)
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A side of Baco for Nicole.
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Toto. I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.
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Surfboards in the polynesian wilderness.
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When's the funeral?? I want to see them torch this thing!!
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Cool view of Dragon Kahn
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Sexy!!
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The roundhouse and storage for the trains.
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Stampida sign.
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Painful blue train.
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Painful red train.
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Love all of the theming!
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Even on the Himilaya!
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Larry joined us for dinner at a nice restaurant in Mexico. The Mariachi's serenaded the table next to ours.
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Then continued to dance for the passing crowd.

Enough pics from this day. Next up: a full day at PA!

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Postby sfne2005 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:42 pm

Jeff, are you afraid you're pace maker is gonna stop working if you post too many updates in a row? Jesus, I'll be as old as you when you are finally finished! :shockr:
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Postby TheStig » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:22 am

Great update Jeff!

Those pigs say "Seat" on it, which is a Spanish car company. What they are for, I have no idea, but yeah, half mystery solved.
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Postby arrowfanman » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:49 am

^ I agree!

Of all the updates, I really am getting a "feel" for the parks most through this one! Thanks for posting what you have so far!

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Postby cfc » Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:59 am

"I am BIG MIKE!! See me beefy muskles!"


He's stong to the finach,
'Cause he eats his spinach!
He's Big Mike the Sailor Man!
Toot toot!
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Postby OldJJman » Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:28 pm

Day 5 - Port Aventura

Today we had a full day at the park, with ERT scheduled on Baco. Unfortunately, the Intamin curse had arrived before we did, and the park swapped our ERT for 2 days later. So, we had ERT on Stampida. Of course, I have NO pics from that ERT, because I overslept and missed the bus. No great loss. Chris was a bit upset though. What's a TPR gathering without their designated "bitch"?

The best part of the day was the "front of the line" fastpass type thing we were given. It was good on pretty much everything except Baco and the drop tower.

A few of us used this to ride the rapids ride twice in 10 minutes (and thought about doing it a third time) just to see the pi$$ed off people inline. It was great!

Not too many pics as I've already covered most of the park, but some things are worth showing over and over again.

Enjoy.
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The wonderful courtyard of our hotel.
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Popeye, Bluto and Betty Boop. What's wrong with this picture??
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Mess with the Hoffman girl, and you'll end up in this nice box!
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Chris wanted this picture to show how much weight he has lost since giving birth at Southport last year. Chilly Willy gets the Hoffman Girl credit!
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Random walk-by abandoned western buildings. We had NO IDEA why they were there!
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Chris's voice was shot, but he tried to do the Pterodactyl on Tomahawk.
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Tomahawk had a cow hide ceiling.
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See all those people in pain on Stampida!
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Notice how the power and ferocity of Tomahawk just shreds Chris's hair!!
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Ye old Arrow (Hi Jahan!) mine train, with 3 lift hills, though 1 is just to drop you into a set of brakes. WTF??
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Other than 2nd lift hill, it wasn't too bad of a ride.
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It gave a neat perspective of Stampida and the city behind it (wherever the hell we were).
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Templo del Fuego was an EXCELLENT (albeit much shorter), version of Poseidon's Fury. No vortex either.
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Random flower.
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For you fanboys and those playing "Elissa Bingo", here's her majesty skinning her hot dog.
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Hurakan Condor looks kinda tall from down here.
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From up here too!!
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Talk about glorious!!

BTW - Dragon Kahn>>>Kumba
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No lefties!!
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Rapids ride goodness!
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We had a *slight* jam at the end of the ride.
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Me, being the conscientious person that I am, tried to keep the Hoffman Girl's phone from getting wet. Unfortunately, I forgot which side it was on. :)
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Yeah. I paid for it too!
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Think you've seen that before? NOT? (different angle!)
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Lame boat ride to nowhere.
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The grandkids in the back row of the Tutuki Splash.
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Water cannons are wonderful!
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the 3 wet ones in front of the Polynesian stage.
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Sea Odyssey simulator.
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Our "sub" (sorry about the crappy pic)
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CREDIT!!
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how to wring your child's neck while riding!
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Nicely themed swinging ship.
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Station for the boat that goes nowhere.
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The boat!
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We're on our way...
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To absolutely....
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NOWHERE!!!
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Though it gave a different view of Furious Baco.
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Since all of the food places shut down for the afternoon (The Spaniards take their siestas seriously!) Time for my own sieata back at the hotel.
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Everybody was already asleep.
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The Port Aventura train station as seen from our balcony. About a 1/2 mile walk.

Day 6 later tonight.

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Postby OldJJman » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:21 pm

Day 6

Happy 4th of July!!

OK. We're still at Port Aventura, and we have ERT on Dragon Kahn this morning! :br :b :br

We'll leave the hotel at noon to drive to Barcelona (about 2 hours, so yes, more pics while driving) and Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo. (Tibadabo) The park with the most gorgeous view I have ever seen!!

We'd stay until 6pm and catch the bus back to PA, where the park is open until midnight.

Some others chose to take various trains down into Barcelona, and subsequently, back to PA.

In retrospect, I probably should have done that as well, as the pics I've seen, from the "yellow hat club", are AMAZING!!

Anyway, I hope you like these.
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After the morning "infomeeting" we waited for the bus to take us back to Dragon Kahn for ERT.
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Nothing like driving 6.5 miles to get to a coaster less than a mile away!!
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There she is, in all her morning glory!!
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First, some random detail pics of the station.
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Good Morning!!
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Away we go!
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For those of you that like fingers in your photos.
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With ERT over, it was time to wander the park again.
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Love the landscape!
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In every direction it was beautiful!
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Even though it was 90 degrees, we could see snow on the mountains in the distance.
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Time for another ride on Condor....
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...because the GP was filtering in.
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A good look at Stampida.
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Try and figure out the layout of the mine train. Notice Furious Baco in the distance.
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Nice high-tech station covering.
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Someone's not to happy. He'd rather be riding something slower. Like...
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The wooden school train. :)
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Time for some Baco pics.
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Know what happens when you ask Chris to take your picture? You not only get it out of focus...
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... you get random table, and...
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Elissa's breasts!
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Off to Bibidy-Bobidy-Boo.
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Happy 4th of July!

Of course, in Great Britain, it means commencement exercises.
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Complete with Chinese ponytail graduation cap and rice paper diploma, Lou makes the obligatory walk into...
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... the absolute unknown!
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Leaving PA and (wherever the hell we were)??
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Purdy roundabout.
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It looks like we're going the right way.
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Let's build everything at once!
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See that radio tower WAY over there??
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Spaceship on top of building.
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HUGE radio tower!
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We had to get this roundabout credit!
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If you look hard enough, you can see the "bucket-on-a-stick" and the ferris wheel.
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We're starting to get above the city of Barcelona.
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Way above.
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Passing the radio tower.
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We needed inspiration, as we had to walk the rest of the way up!
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And boy, are we up there!!
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The radio tower is shrinking.
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Finally!!


NOT! It was only a parking structure!
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Still a way to go!
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Even with it being overcast, it was still a spectacular view!
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The Queen, the princess and their beyotch are bringing up the rear.
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My best friend's husband is a referee for NFL Europe games in the stadium down there!
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We made it!
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Thanks for the help!!
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OK. A ferris wheel is bad enough, but on top of this hill, NOT!
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The home made galaxi.
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It's actually down a level.
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There are 6 levels to this park.
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The monorail to nowhere. But, it has a great view!!
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Bucket-on-a-stick. Hell no!
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Wow. A normal picture of Jim!
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Taken from the coaster.
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The non-flying plane. Another, hell no!
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I mean, get real!
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The cool glass elevators! (With strange ops in them!)
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Safety Sign for the powered (not a credit) coaster.

Move bar up and down. Insert CD. Cut left hand off.
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The "yellow hat club" (sans hats) walking up the moving, funhouse stairs. Oh, the possibilities were endless!!
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How'd we get down here so damn fast?
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Tchu Tchu Tren?? I'm confused.
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Random building near the park. (May have even been inside, I'm not completely sure.)
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The poor man's version of a skyscraper.
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These little electric carts provided another way to get back to the top of the park.
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Still, hell no!
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kiddie balloon spinny thingy.
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The artwork on the chair swing looked pretty cool.
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Elegantly themed, lame, topspin.
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Still, hell no!
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Flying carpet. Never found the entrance.
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Time for a ride on the monorail.
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The sun was trying to break through.
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The radio tower doesn't seem so big now.
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I imagine some people are colorblind.
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Or fairly wealthy.
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Or both.
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Hi Melanie!
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Strange wizard in the indoor portion of the monorail.
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A real bad attempt at animatronics!
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Evidently, this guy was supposed to try and scare us, (as he did others) but just smoked a cigarette as we passed by.
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The general ticket booth.
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One last look at Barcelona, and the monorail at Tibadabo.

More pics soon.

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Postby sfne2005 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:29 pm

That guy in the dark ride scared the crap out of Chris, which made it well worth the ride!
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Postby BeatleBen » Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:50 pm

God, I loved Tibidabo! I want to go back. :b Great pics so far, Jeff.
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Postby OldJJman » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:47 am

Day 7

Our final night has been spent at Port Aventura. We loaded our bags onto the bus and headed for ERT on Furious Baco.

We stayed until 12:30 and then left on the 6.5 hour drive to Benidorm, and the hotel of our dreams.

Short day, long drive, and Draky!

Enjoy.
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Morning at the hotel "El Paso", the non-confusing hedge maze and the stage for nightly entertainment.
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Another beautiful day!
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Hector, Lou and Jon patiently waiting for the bus to take us to ERT on Baco.
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It's all ours!!
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I wonder if this contraption was meant to fly?
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Love is in the air!
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Baco trains, with the gawd-awful restraints.
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After the doors slammed into the back of the train, the techs in the booth discussed what to do.
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Big Mike.
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Well, the door is working now.
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The overhead and elevation schematic for Baco...
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... was randomly thrown into this display in the queue line.
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Random storyboards.
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Looking out from the station.
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Larry is overwhelmed with excitement.
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They finally took a train off, and ERT began.

Goodbye Port Aventura, I will return. :)
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Off to Benidorm!
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That's Benidorm off in the distance.
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And there's Terra Mitica.
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Entering the hotel complex.
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Tomorrow's delight!
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"Even out of focus, I am damn cute!"
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Nice hotel room!
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VERY comfortable!!
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With a walk-in closet..
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..and a marble covered bathroom!
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Time to head downtown!
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Nothing like 45 adults (and KT) walking thru a children's park to get a credit!
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Kidie falling star.
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The prize awaits!
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Love the artwork!
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See? John doesn't think it's embarrassing!!
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It looks quite clean too!
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The beach in Benidorm.
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Walking around downtown.
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The backside of our Westin resort complex.
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The entrance plaza.
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Robb attending to his awesome host duties at the front desk.
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Time to explore the grounds in search for food.
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This place was a BIT out of our price range.
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Another one of the nice random pools.
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Nice courtyard.
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And a heck of a view!
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This resort is really a small city!!
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When it's completed...I'll never be able to afford to stay here again!
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Nice meeting hall.
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The reverend "JimmyBo" preaches to the masses.
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After an exhausting day, a delirious Robb hugs a pillow for comfort.

Next update: Terra Mitica

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