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

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

Postby StealthFan » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:16 pm

I swear if I end up singing this at work tomorrow im definitely blaming you :lmao:

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

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:28 pm

^^ I'm not going to watch and listen.
I've finally blocked it out. I think. :?r
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby OldJJman » Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:35 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:^^ I'm not going to watch and listen.


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

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

Postby DerekRx » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:20 pm

Thanks, now I want to either go back to Blackpool or to FAO Schwarz. Though I'd rather die on Valhalla than the streets of NYC.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby cfc » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:47 pm

^Ah, but there are other ways to die at parks in the UK, Derek. Take, for example, Lightwater Valley, the next stop on the nostalgia trail.

Lightwater is the home of a coaster with the rather modest, unassuming name of THE ULTIMATE--one of the, well, most "interesting" rides I'd encountered up to that time. You could say it's two rides. The first half is a rather gentle, rather bouncy ride through the English countryside. Yes, if this ride were a person, it would be a kindly old gent who gives candy to children, stops to pat a dog on the head, and gives money to save baby seals.

Then you reach the second lift hill, and the ride undergoes a "surprising metamorphosis." The kindly old gent seizes his chest, howls in pain and fury, and starts to grow into a horrifying, misshapen, twisted mass! He becomes a lurching, vicious beast that eats children, bashes puppies, and throttles baby seals with its bare hands. He is a soul in pain--and he takes it out on you.

When it took a particularly sharp curve, I bashed my right elbow so hard on the side of the train that my entire arm went numb for about five minutes. This is not an exaggeration.

They really should rename this coaster "The Strange Ride of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

This park is also the home of a bizarre "underground" coaster--Rat Ride (now called Raptor Attack, I understand). Yes, you ride in a "rat car" coaster (an old Schwarzkopf Wildcat) after making your way through a queue themed to a sewer, complete with water dripping on your head.

One other attraction of note, now gone, was the Toad Hole. This was (I think) a "homemade" Shoot the Chutes or Splash Boat ride that begins, strangely enough, in a hole inhabited by a toad. There was some goofy preshow that ended with a hobo mask popping up on a stick--right before you plunged to your doom into a pond of rather sketchy water.

Yes, Lightwater is a unique park.
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I really don't remember where I took this photo. But if you're going to run a "garden shop," it may as well be a "studley royal" one.
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Looks like we're in the right place.
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So wrong on a number of levels.
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Don't let the chirping birds and gentle country breeze fool you. This is a descent into madness.
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It seems a lot longer.
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Goodbye, dear friends! See you on the other side, I hope.
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Hmm--this could be Rat Ride. Just a hunch.
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OK, find the a) stoner, b) maniac, and c) psychotic.
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Water! We're all doomed!
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OK, I feel like I've just stepped into a game of RCT.
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This was the first Ladybug coaster I'd ever ridden.
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Look! It's Primeval Whirl in its primitive form!
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Yes, I feel like I've been magically transported to Disney's Animal Kingdom.
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I think this old Zyklon is gone now . . .
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. . . and, you know, maybe that's not such a bad thing.
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But, hey, Wacky Worms are eternal.
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Er, OK. Not a problem.
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"Crap! I swim in that frickin' water every day!"
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I hope this water is a bit cleaner. That's all from Lightwater.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby beatle11 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:28 pm

Lightwater seems like a really strange and unique park. I'm definitely enjoying this thread.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:31 pm

They really should rename this coaster "The Strange Ride of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."


Perfect, Chuck. I think we should petition the park to change the name to this one. They might go for it, lol.

That park was so overly spread out, even the map didn't make that much sense to it. It took a lot of us
forever to find that Wacky Worm, "in the woods over there somewhere..." I remember being told.

And the food. Well, enough said about that.

Toad Hole was undeniably The Wierd One of the park, which included Rat Ride coaster. The entrance "hole" was
questionable. It was a long, snaky, slightly smelly enclosed queue - and then, when we were in the boat, everything still felt cramped, around us. Cheesy pre-show I seem to remember, then WHAM! Shot out of that "hill", shooting downhill - towards - That Water. :omg:

A very wierd ride. Sorry it's gone.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby Meteornotes » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:04 pm

I think my knee still hurts from where I bashed it on the second half of The Ultimate. That ride is just wrong.

Wasn't the garden center right next to the park? Maybe they had better food.

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

Postby larrygator » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:28 pm

I loved the Mr Hyde part of The Ultimate, I know I was in the minority. I did ride it about 6 times and of course didn't have time to experience the Toad Hole. At one point by group was walking off the beaten path and we found a operating tower ride (can't remember if it was launch or drop) in what appeared to be plopped down in the middle of the woods. I remember after the UK trip asking if anyone had a picture of it and no one else remembered even seeing it.
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