I skipped out of WCB @ SFMM for a few hours on 3.19.11 for a quick credit run to Pacific Park. Turns out, glad I did as the L.A. Marathon pickup zone on the 20th was quite near the park. I ended up making the round trip in just under two hours.
I classify Pacific Park as a kiddie park with a baby morgan coaster. The park seemed to kept well for the most part. The view from the pier was also nice.
The coaster was nothing more than a credit, the brief amount of speed it picked up on the hop was nice, a good beginner coaster for sure. So no more chat, here's the pics, afterall, who reads anymore unless it's a photo caption?
Welcome to Santa Monica Beach
Home of muscle beach. Strange, I feel right at home...
Also home of the original hot dog on a stick.
And home of Pacific Park
These hard working guys deserve some credit
Walking towards the park
Inside this building you will find wooden horses running in circles
told ya so
walking towards the entrance
not sure about this combination
so here we are.
grey skies, but colorful rides
spin and puke kiddie balloons.
down here you can win stuffed things
like a whale
or a fat wax stick
Wheel that's shown on their webcam
a covered swinging ship, a first for me
Queue line of the coaster
station shot. 5 bucks will get you two spins on the west coaster.
this is the part the train picks up a brief amount of speed, like maybe up to 20 mph
so there you are, a quickie trip to Pacific Park, not much there, but enough to satisfy families with kids in the 13 and under crowd
We will leave the park with this beach shot, adios Santa Monica!
I've thought about visiting this park for a while, primarily for the credit. It seems like a pretty nice and colorful park. But, like you said, there's not much for the teenage and adult crowd, so if I stopped by I'd get the credit, ride the swinging ship, and leave. Great TR!
"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bulls#%t story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it" - Jordan Belfort
After arriving at the ghetto port (John Wayne) on 3.17.10 for WCB, I made the drive Universal Hollywood. Having had pre-purchased my ticket, which magically turned into a season pass, I thought I would save some time. Much to my surprise the line to process the season passes (as a result of EVERY pass sold that day being a season pass) was horrifying. Wasting time in line is not something I enjoy. Lucky for me, after about 15 minutes of waiting, a staff member noticed I was alone, asked if I had a pre-purchased ticket, and sent me off to a different area to get my SP, score! I was in and out, and in to the park in no time, kudos to that staff member. My time in the park was short (less than 4 hours) as I was to attend the St. Patricks day taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. That was an awesome experience in and of itself getting to witness a new world record for the most leprechauns in one room.
Since I left my camera in a free fluffy bunny, I have nothing to share on the Mummy. But I have to say, I really enjoy that fact that while the two rides are similar, they are not the same. I liked the hands coming from the ceiling, but missed all of the fire leading up to the free rolling portion of the ride. To me, that part of ride carried more speed and was more enjoyable than Orlando's version. But in the end, I have to give the slight edge to Orlando, as it had FIRE!!!
My first stop was the Studio Tour, an item on my bucket list and the wait was short. Jurassic was "temporarily" down during my time at the park, and I was somewhat disappointed I couldn't ride it. The park is for sure smaller, with fewer offerings than Orlando, but I liked that. It was enough to get your park on, but not overwhelming. I felt as if you could relax and enjoy the park rather than worry about how much time you had left to be able to hit everything. No need to worry about that here.
So, enough of my pointless commentary, and on to why you are here, the pics!
Welcome to Universal Studios, home of the spinning metal contraption.
Shrek looked cool, although it had a long line, too long for me on this trip. Had I more time, I would have checked it out. Moving on.
I was sooo excited to be here that I almost shot my rocket
In Spanish even
There it is!
Whoopie says down there you will find that A$$ hole Jimmy Fallon trying to take my job.
Whoopie also said she was looking forward to being demoted to tram car attendant.
Sweet Hi-Def screens
maybe this is why the ride is closed, the boats were swimming off!
Cowboy's and Aliens, now there's a winner!
Random set, my brain at this point was in overload.
I asked these guys if they could help to Save TEH BIG DIPPER, they laughed.
So onward to setville. They have done a remarkable job re-building after the fire. Built so that they glisten in Hi-Def, in person they look way different than on film. And in a good way. Looking at my pics I'm like wow, so that's why they built it that way!
So yeah, to those in SoCal, this is no big deal, to us Okies, it's a nice change of pace.
Now, we have had movies filmed here. One most of you probably haven't heard of called "The Outsiders"
Details were everywhere. The drive-in theatre where part of "The Outsiders" was filmed burnt to the ground last year.
We've also had Jessica Alba here filming some movie with Casey Afflack, she spray painted some billboards, got her into some trouble.
Work was going on on practically all of the outdoor sets.
YAY!!! Kong 3D!!! This was awesome. The projection screen was HUGE!!! The film was put together well and the Dino's were practically in your face!!! This is COOL!
Bad attempt at trying to take a picture of 3D
FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
ok, that was lame.
Time for Mexican Food? Is the the Espanol part of the tour?
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding.
We stopped here so I could get a hair cut.
so yeah, did I mention my brain was on overload?
there was some story about some famous movie film in this part where the water moves out of way, honestly, I could care less, it gave me the opportunity to get cool shots, like this one.
A local film school was filming some local something another.
random prop crap
time to go fishing
For sharks? People in Cali do things funny.
this was actually pretty lame. so lame in fact that is was funny.
but it had fire
so that made it cool again.
They were filming desperate housewives, so the narrator had to "go off mic" was it for show or not, I say for show.
heck, lets just end it all now.
The actor was a nice touch to this part of tour, without him, it would have been blah.
I'm glad they left this, I thougt it was cool.
YES!!! That movie was great. Too bad John died so young, he was a great comedian.
Now thats a big a$$ screen!
shameless movie promotion.
and this tomb thing was, well, unintersting to me. This is the end of the studio tour. Worth the trip, I wanted to take it again and sit on the other side of the tram, but not enough time. But hey, I have a one year season pass, I can just come back and do it again.
that's what I say
What do we have down here?
whatever it is, lots of work going on...
ahh, of course, Transformers!
So yeah, I was looking forward to a comparrison on this ride.
but, it wasn't meant to be
still cool looking
i'll just use my imagination and guess at what it would be like to ride.
What kind of convention is this?
walking around on my way out
So yeah, it was a good, short trip. If you are coming for the credit, it's an expensive credit, so why not spend the day, then grab a bite at city walk.
I'm a fan of this version of city walk, why you ask? It's more compact and streamlined. While you still have to walk a mile to get to the park from the garage, I found I liked the overall design better.
So, that's it for Universal Hollywood, thanks Universal for a good time.
Hope I didn't put you guys to sleep!!! Next trip is in 1 week, smaller parks, stay tuned!!
Damn, if I'd known you were heading to Pacific Park I woulda went, still don't got that credit. I hate the beach, which is why it took me forever to get the Belmont credit.
Kong is pretty awesome, I would love to see it as a stand alone. I love the studio tour, but I've done it like 100's of times and I really can't take more than one ride. I think I'm heading out there today, maybe, or Sea World...Pacific Park?
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