Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Awesome Revisit!

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Re: Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Revisit

Postby Noporian » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:41 am

Nice :) I love how it has much more theming than some other space coasters

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Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:17 pm

^ Totally agree! I enjoy more of the black light stuff, which seems to be increasingly more sophisticated
than the "old school" of doing black light, etc. Projections on the walls of the show building are 'okay'.
Then again, the Halloween overlay on Space Mtn. at Hong Kong Disneyland was pretty awesome, too.
But Linnunrata is definitely a favourite among non-Disney "space coasters." :wink:

EDIT to add: I also rode my first ever Batman DarkKnight: Mad Mouse indoor coaster in Six Flags
Mexico, 2013, and really enjoyed the visual diversions of the ride, and what they did along the
track's way. Very cool. Pre-show I couldn't understand, and it was long. But that was okay.
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I really liked this way they worked the mad mouse in a building! Very cool. TPR Mexico Tour, March 2013.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Awesome Revisit!

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:21 pm

~ Pilotti ~

Linnanmaki Park also had another coaster recently opened, but there was
(and will be) discussion over whether this is an actual coaster, or not.
For myself, I didn't care which way the talk went. I just thought that
the whole thing was an inverted power coaster, while others likened it
to a ride system like Peter Pan (overhead guide rail, etc.).

No matter. A good bunch of us went on it, and man - was - it - slow!
It made the "shamefulness" of riding it (it was in the childrens' rides area)
all the more lingering, lol.

Here's some shots of it, and of a few who rode it. Tsk tsk tsk...
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ERT was ending soon, and the park was about to open. So I started heading back to Pilotti, for a ride.
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Also new for us, a drop tower in the park.
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AJ and Lauren get ready to rise and fall.
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Here it is.
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All planes lined up, ready to fly.
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Boarding Platform.
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I liked this one.
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A selfie taken right at the entrance! No shame, here.
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My eyesight must be going. That appears to say "Muscatel". Wine, anyone?
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A pair of locals, wondering what the heck is going on around this coaster.
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Some of our group to the right of the pair. Not everybody rode Pilotti, but everybody stuck around
to see it run, and who was going to ride it.
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I think Karl is telling us, "Steve wanted to ride it".
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It's okay Keith, I feel your shame. And who's that hiding behind the post there?
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The Aussies apparently had no shame whatsoever.
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Same for these two.
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Everybody is happy now, and so are the locals.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Awesome Revisit!

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:05 pm

"And then there was this statue in the park..."

A few photos of an 'interesting' statue I came across, at Linnanmaki.
Freeky, creepy, and cute all at once! And those teeth! Then it
reminded me of something I had back at home, from my past TPR
Winter Care pkg, looking at me every day I was at my computer.

And then.... :omg:

<realization-of-alien-invasion-HERE>
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Walking by it, sometimes people stop in their tracks, I noticed.
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Man, those teeth are something. But the photo closeup was still too dark.
So I lightened up the exposure on it, and...
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Blue and still looking freeky. And then I remembered!
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On the desk, between me and my computer.
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There it was! AAAaaaaaaahhhhhhh-eek.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:40 pm

:)

Happy Lief Erickson Day!

He was a Viking, so it does sort of fit here.
And Maelstrom in EPCOT just closed for it's
FROZEN refit. And so it goes.

But apparently Lief was from Iceland, which
really wasn't on this tour. But it was my
transfer airport for my flight there and back,
so it still counts, lol!
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If Lief were working, today. (o; Off the Maelstrom mural above the former load station of the ride.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Awesome Revisit!

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:38 pm

Linnanmaki Park: Three "In The Dark" Rides

After we had all shamed ourselves with riding Pilotti, I headed back to three rides
which all take place in the dark of sorts. The first was the park's indoor coaster,
Linnunrata which for my money had more effects and scenes than I had
seen in a number of other dark coasters. It's a fun ride.

Then I went over to the newly revamped dark ride, Kummitusuna, and it
was very enjoyable. They kept surprising you with sudden noise, lights, and fighting
wizards and witches at every corner. It was definitely an improvement over the
original ghost train.

Finally, I headed over to The Clown Ride. It's basically a ride through sets
and dioramas of the circus, with clowns aplenty through-out. It was alright,
although I seem to remember it being way more cheesier and somewhat 'darker'
five years ago. They must have cleaned it up. A lot, lol.

Here's the photos...
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Now on a quick glance....hippy tin?
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The entrance to Linnunrata.
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Queue hallway, which was the EXPRESS route. Actually there was only one route.
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My loading gate, and it's a 3. My lucky number! And the ride was great.
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So after outer space, it was over to the dark ride.
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More of the outside facade.
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I think that's supposed to say "hotel", but don't quote me. (o;
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I could not figure this sign out - until a local pointed out, it was about "10 and under" kids
not being allowed without an adult, etc.
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In the queue, some people can't stay away from technology.
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The ride vehicle. It looked like a school desk for four.
Like something out of Harry Potter, for intance.
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Oooooo a pentagram. And what else is there on the wall? I'll find out later, when I ride it again.
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The Clown Ride appeared more toned down, than in the past.
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This would have been (to me) more awesome, if there had been more animatronics
going on. But it was alright as it was. And one ride was enough for this visit.
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Lunch. And it was My First Hot Dog in an overseas theme park, woo hoo!
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Re: Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Awesome Revisit!

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:30 pm

Linnanmaki Park ~ Here and There

A few shots taken before we all got back together, for our Farewell Dinner on the tour...
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Evil, evil flat ride! (Video of it running, is back a page, 1/2 way down.)
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Tulireki, the Mack e-motion coaster in Linnanmaki. I think it needed to 'lean' more, here and there during it's cycle.
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"Ice Cream Break" (o:
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Butt View, lol.
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And for those who have a 'thing' about lollipops. This was insane! The whole wall of the shop!
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New pinball machine. I tried it, and appeared to win games way too easily.
So I figured this was "turned down in ability" (?) for younger players. I ended
up walking away from it, with about 8 free games on the thing! Could - not - lose.
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At the entrance to the park, a place for Santa! He wasn't home at this time.
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I did get a "sort of selfie" taken in front of his house and emailed it back home. Cool!
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I hadn't seen one of these flats filled up, in a long long time.
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And this was my number #393 coaster - my last one of the 2009 tour - Vonkaputous, an awesome,
and very short, water coaster. Unfortunately, they had "turned down" the splash on this thing, as five
years ago, I wouldn't have been able to stand here for the photo. Great ride, still got wet. (o;
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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:02 pm

Linnanmaki Park - End of the visit )o:

After a really full day at Linnanmaki, it was eventually time to all gather and have our last
meal together on the tour. It was another wonderful buffet, this one at Caruzello, the park's
main eatery.

And after the meal, there was still a bit of time to get out into the park and hit a few more
rides. For myself, it was another trip on the dark ride, and by the time we had queued up
and ridden it, it was time to head back to the hotel. <sad>

Here's the last photos I took, of Linnanmaki...
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Outdoor seating, outside of Caruzello Restaurant.
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I am guessing drink glasses "fell off" of the balcony here, which is why there is
netting? Not sure, I never asked about it. But it's a good park view.
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The Rainbow Enterprise in full spin.
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Hello Audrey! I miss you.
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Back on the balcony deck. JC and A.J. share a swing.
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Everybody sat everywhere, including the kids' chairs, lol.
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Cary got booze!
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One of my plates of food. All excellent!
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I see you A.J.!
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The line to the bar was naturally, a bit long.
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Another plate of food.
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Back to the dark ride. I had seen this 'hat' before in the queue,
so I took another photo of it, beside the pentagram.
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And when I got back home, lightened the exposure a bit, turned it 1/4 and...
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Voila! Now doesn't this look like some sort of "sorting hat" from a "well known franchise?"
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On the way out of the park, I took this shot. I liked it.
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And on the bus back to the hotel, I saw these in the sky. Thank you Linnanmaki Park for a great, awesome visit.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Awesome Revisit!

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:46 pm

06-29-14 ~ Heading Home <sad>

I didn't take a lot of photos on the day everybody left for home.
But there's a few familiar faces in a couple of shots.

And - More To Come! Souvenirs, On-ride Photos,
Duty Free!, some Artsy Fartsy Shots.

Stay Tuned. :)
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Going Home Schedule. Thankfully, a bunch of us did not have to leave THAT early, lol!
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Bye bye, last hotel room on the tour. Don't know why I took this. I just did.
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First shuttle to the airport! Bye guys. Great fun being with you all, on this awesome tour! And you too, Gus! :P
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Second/My shuttle. Such a happy, yet sad to be going, group. (o; See you all sooner than later!
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Airport food. It wasn't bad. But it wasn't.....tour food.
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Wall mural, on my way to my plane departing area.
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"What? You goin' now? Well....gee....bye."
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What credits I got, on this repeat visit to Scandinavia (and Hansa!)
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My last overseas beer, in the Reykjavik Airport bar.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR 2014 SCANDI Tour - Bill's Awesome Revisit!

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:02 am

Before I "show and tell" such stuff as souvenirs and on-ride photos, he4re's a few photos I took,
and then when I got back home, played around with the exposure on each shot, for an Arsty Fartsy
Theme Park Photo.

Here's how it went...
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In the International area of the Vancouver Airport. It "almost" looks like the diver has come
right out of the aquarium, there.
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The pavement of Bakken.
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Daemonen at Tivoli Gardens.
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The Pagoda at Tivoli.
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Tivoli's Star Flyer.
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Disko, Bon Bon Land.
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Daron and Chris, Hansa Park.
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Piraten Load Station, Djurs Sommerland.
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Liseberg From a Distance. (on the ferry, coming into port)
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Grona Lund.
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Psychadelic me! (Grona Lund)
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In Flight, Power park.
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Ghost Light, Waslandia Park.
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Linnanmaki park.
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