Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

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Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby cfc » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:09 pm

I got into the whole "coaster enthusiast" thing a bit late. I was never a member of ACE, or any other coaster-related group before 2005; hell, I didn't even have a BGW season pass, and I'd been living in Williamsburg since 1984. And I'd never enjoyed a coaster ERT session until 2006--when I joined Theme Park Review for its first "official" trip in the UK.

I had no idea what to really expect. Although this was the second time I'd visited the UK, I'd never met any of the people I'd be traveling with face-to-face. All I knew I picked up online in the UK Trip board.

The result?: I met a lot of great people and had an excellent time! And I've been traveling with TPR ever since: Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, Mid-America, Australia, and China.

I never posted a "proper" UK trip report. I was pretty new to the site then, and so many were posting great photos and TRs, that I decided to do something a bit different. So, I wrote two TR's focusing on some of the "details" of the trip: the "Dark Rides of Blackpool" and the "Guilty Pleasures of the UK Tour".

But being as I'm not taking an international TPR trip this year (I'm doing Mini New Hotness, instead), I was feeling a bit nostalgic. So, I went through my old UK Trip photos, and decided, what the hell. Maybe I can put together a look back at TPR's first big tour.

So, let's set the Wayback Machine for the summer of 2006--a jolly, jolly, jolly time, indeed! But a few caveats:

1. My memory is probably a bit faulty over what exactly happened and when. If this bothers you, well, that's unfortunate.
2. I didn't take as many photos back then as I do now, which may not necessarily be a bad thing.
3. I'm going to look at least 8 years younger in these photos, as will others. ;)

Let's start with the day zero (the first such day in TPR history, I believe) and day one: Legoland Windsor and Chessington World of Adventures.

As I recall, the whole Legoland visit came about by accident. Word got out that Robb, Elissa, and few others were planning to hit the park a day before the trip officially started, and others became interested. So, Robb and Elissa arranged for a bus, and most of the group descended on an unsuspecting Legoland Windsor. (No word on whether the Royal Family was in attendance at the nearby castle.) This was my first visit to a Legoland park anywhere, and it was a great day.

Chessington was where the trip actually began, and TPR kicked it off in high style with ERT on Vampire and Dragon's Fury. Then we had the rest of the day to explore this nice, quirky theme park. It was the home of my 50th coaster (a rather painful wild mouse called Rattlesnake).

Let's have a look at how it all started--at least for me.
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Yes, here is my poor, jet-lagged self in front of Legoland Windsor. I do look a bit beat. Notice how the photo is cropped. This is becaue my BRAND NEW memory card became "corrupted." (I think it did a bit too much pub crawling and fell in with a bad crowd.) So, quite few of the photos became scrambled. Fortunately, my older, smaller memory cards survived.
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My very first UK coaster, Technix, which you can now ride at Legoland Florida.
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Me confronting my first "whilst." Yes, I'm easily amused.
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Spot the TPR member in this photo.
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This was my first experience with the extreme workout that is the Legoland Fire Academy. Good thing I remembered to bring my blood-pressure medication.
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Robb shows his mastery at raising a Lego erection.
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The Lego rat on the lower right looks like it's made out of mashed potatoes. (This was on the park's flume ride.)
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Good thing this fence was there, or I might've gone all "Godzilla" on these models.
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Behold the real Windsor Castle.
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Next stop, next day--ERT on Vampire!
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This was a pretty damn cool station.
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I didn't get slapped in the face by a branch, which makes it a good ride.
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My first TPR "behind-the-scenes" photo--Robb at work.
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Dragon's Fury was a damn good spinning mouse.
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In fact, it was a bit too "good," as it made me feel a bit ill from all the spinning.
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Here is the infamous, knee-busting Rattlesnake.
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Still, I have some affection for this rough, brutal, painful ride, as it was my 50th credit.
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This was the first powered mine train I'd ever ridden: Believe it, or not!
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Why does Elissa look so happy here?
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Perhaps it's because there's a McDonald's in the park. Alas, I don't think it's there anymore. It was the best vampire's castle-themed McDonald's I'd ever seen, too.
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Bubbleworks was a disturbing ride . . .
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. . . on a number of levels. Is soap really made from distilled cow flatulence?
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Yes, the elephant-on-hippo porn was a bit hard to take.
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But the ducks did enjoy being grabbed.
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The bubble-headed guys are about to blow us.
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Noted!
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Yes, Chessington was a very nice park.
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Even the demonic Chinese hell beasts are happy there.
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This flume ride was part Chinese, part Thai . . . it was the Asian fusion restaurant of flumes.
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I wasn't quite big enough then to qualify as a sumo wrestler. That's all for now.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:42 pm

My first tour with TPR, too. It was great. Really enjoyed Dragon's Fury. And I think we all enjoyed it more, that the one at Alton Towers. Vampire station, I agree, was really excellent in it's themeing. And the coaster was great too, sailing through the trees and over the heads of the GP. The walkback to that tunnel the coaster flys through was pretty impressive, too.

And so you can compare, Chuck, here's a couple of photos I took at Lego Land. One, uh...accidently, the other...well, we seem to have the same appreciation for miniatures, heh.

Great retro TR Chuck. Looking forward to more. :smile:
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby cfc » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:59 pm

I imagine my hair is a bit grayer too, Bill--and my bald spot a bit larger. ;)
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby beatle11 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Nice pics. Looking forward to more of this report.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby ernierocker » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:06 pm

Awesome! Better late than never. Looking forward to the rest, Chuck.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby Meteornotes » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:21 pm

This rules. Mary and I were actually talking about this trip tonight (which turned into a discussion about Balder, which isn't in the UK, but hey, BALDER). Looking forward to more!

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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby TPDave » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:03 am

Thanks for sharing Chuck! It was seeing the updates from this tour that first got me into TPR, it'll be nice to see your perspective on it (even if it is a *tad* late!)
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby jynx242 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:35 pm

Awesome report so far Chuck. Looking forward to the rest. Seeing the Trip Reports from this trip is why I decided to risk it and do the 2007 Midwest tour. Like you, I didn't know anything about the people I would be travelling with other than what I learned on the trip boards.

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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby cal1br3tto » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:54 pm

Definitely no need for shame! It's interesting to learn about the trip that started it all. Chessington looks very well-themed.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby JimmyBo » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:00 pm

Awesome Chuck! I can't wait to see more! Too bad I wasn't into taking photos back then...only video.

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