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Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby Divv3k » Sun May 01, 2011 1:40 pm

I know this is MONTHS later than is usually acceptable for posting a TR but I figured at least a few of you are actually interested in seeing the TR I said I’d do for the Mid-America trip. My plan is to have all my trip reports up to date before I head to Japan in June. We’ll see if I make it… As with all other most post TRs on TPR lots of comments are encouraged and appreciated if for no other reason than it lets new updates appear on new a page which helps keeps things neater in my weird OCD world. Thanks!

I’ll start off by saying the Middle-America trip was AMAZING, though you probably knew that already it really is worth stressing! I travelled to a lot of these parks on my first TPR trip in 2007 which made for a stunning comparison as it showed to me how much TPR trips have evolved over the years. How Elissa and Robb really do everything they can to make sure the trip is so good is astounding. If you’ve never been on one of these trips before you really need to get yourself on one. They really do become the best few weeks of your year. Every year!

UPDATES:
Day 1 - ARRIVAL (Below)
Day 2 - ADVENTURELAND
Days 2 & 3 - WORLDS OF FUN
Day 4 - SILVER DOLLAR CITY
Day 5 - GATEWAY ARCH & CITY MUSEUM
Day 6 - SIX FLAGS ST LOUIS
Day 7 - HOLIDAY WORLD
Day 8 - INDIANA BEACH
Day 9 - SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
Day 10 - IT'S ALL ABOUT BRYAN!!!
Day 11 - VALLEYFAIR

DAY ONE:
ARRIVAL

Due to work commitments I didn’t arrive as early as the majority of the group. Actually I’m fairly certain I was the last one to arrive. My late arrival meant that I wasn’t able to take advantage of the early arrival park which was the Park at Mall of America. Luckily I visited there in 2007 so it wasn’t a disaster for me. It would have been nice to hit the Euro-fighter but I’m not upset about it. I guess I’m just not the credit whore I used to be.

Even without a park for me to visit day one was fantastic! Day one of TPR trips are always a big deal for me now as it tends to be the first time in at least a year that I get to see a lot of these friends I’ve made of the years. Just as exciting as meeting old friends is how generous they all are when it comes to feeding my snack addiction with the International Snack Trade! That’s right, once again my friends from all over presented me with many different Doritos of many different nationalities to boost the Dorito credit count to over 50! Thanks everyone!

On top of all that we had a brilliant welcome dinner at Buca di Beppo and an absolutely CRAZY encounter with the legend that is Leslie Hall! I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story!
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A big plane in Heathrow must mean that it’s time for another TPR trip! 10 hours is a long time to travel but it’s worth it when your first stop when you arrive is…
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BUCA DI BEPPO! This was my first Buca experience!
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Made even better by getting catch up with old friends like the Roachman!
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As well as catching up with all those old friends I had to put up with bloody TPDave again!
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TPDave loves having his hand underneath two big meaty balls.
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Doesn’t that cheesecake just look amazing? It was so good that there wasn’t enough to go around and sadly Russ didn’t get any.
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Not wanting his vertically challenged friend to be disappointed, TPDave set about reducing Russ’s disappointment from missing out on the cheesecake by using some actual cheese and sauce from the main course.
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Looks delish!
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Russ LOVED it!!!
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It doesn’t get more serious than the Pope Room!
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Once we got to the hotel the 2010 International Snack Exchange begun! Also known as Divv’s excuse to get everyone to bring him Doritos from all over the world! Thanks to everyone who supplied me with Doritos this year! I’m up to sixty different flavours from around the world now!
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As if things couldn’t get more exciting than copious amounts of Doritos! Leslie Hall decided to get in on the action!
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Pictures cannot capture the hilarity of this night!
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Just like any night on a TPR trip really…
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What a crazy start to TPR’s Mid-America trip!

More bigger updates to come! Up next, an actual park – Iowa’s Adventureland!
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby cobra_roll06 » Sun May 01, 2011 1:47 pm

Awesome start Divv!

Sounds like it was an incredible night. Leslie Hall should be a part of every TPR trip!
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby SharkTums » Sun May 01, 2011 2:54 pm

I'm trying to figure out a way to incorporate Buca and Leslie Hall into all future TPR Trips.

Dammit, now I'm hungry!!!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby TPDave » Sun May 01, 2011 3:21 pm

Divv, I know I'm not one to shy away from cameras, but there are a few too many TPPhotos in this TR...

Cool report nonetheless, can't wait to relive the awesomeness! I'm waiting for one evening's instalment in articular (and it had better include video!!)

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby Jakizle » Sun May 01, 2011 9:21 pm

Yay, I'm so excited for your trip report Divv! It was great finally getting to meet you and I had a blast hanging with you at almost every park!

Can't wait to see more :b

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby milst1 » Sun May 01, 2011 10:45 pm

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby Divv3k » Mon May 02, 2011 3:23 am

TPDave wrote:Divv, I know I'm not one to shy away from cameras, but there are a few too many TPPhotos in this TR...

Cool report nonetheless, can't wait to relive the awesomeness! I'm waiting for one evening's instalment in articular (and it had better include video!!)

Dave


Fret not, TPFriend you shan't be disappointed. Plenty more TPPhotos to come!

Thanks guys!

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ADVENTURELAND

Postby Divv3k » Mon May 02, 2011 2:32 pm

DAY TWO:
ADVENTURELAND (Not the place from the movie)

The first park of the trip (at least from my point of view) was Adventureland in Iowa. This was a new place for me and really a place I hadn’t heard a whole lot about so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. In actuality I was very impressed with this park. It certainly is a place filled with charm and to me seemed to show off the local flavour of Middle-America, maybe I’m wrong but that’s the impression I got.

Adventureland has a few coasters, the most unique of them being the Underground. The Underground as the name might imply is an underground rollercoaster, an underground woodie to be precise. Pretty damn cool and pretty unique!

The other two woodies were pretty good for what they were, Outlaw has certainly held up a lot better over the years than a few similar coasters at other parks.

Just be sure to brace yourself on The Dragon! Ouch! That thing is deadly!

One of the themes you might have noticed from other TRs is that there was a lot of food consumed on this trip and certainly a lot of unique contraptions. Adventureland pretty much sealed its approval in my mind when Elissa informed me that the park offered a taco mixed in with a bag of Doritos! Really! The “Travelling Taco” became a must for me and it sure delivered!
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Good morning from my first park of the trip – Adventureland!
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I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s something a bit familiar about this place…
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Wahay! Time to actually ride something!
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Lou’s a bit disturbed by the Iowa locals…
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Although they're still better looking than the locals in the Scottish parks!
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All the big brands have set up shop in Adventureland!
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While other places have ponies, or parrots... we have dragons.
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Eats its victims... burns its victims... buries its victims, chokes its victims, turns its victims inside-out...
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Chuck is actually the star of the upcoming movie sequel How To Train Your Wagon.
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Adventureland has a very RCT looking park map.
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Thorpe Park got jealous when they saw this photo and just had to have one of these rides.
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I thought I recognised that lack of sleeves! Hi Larry!
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That’s right, Adventureland has a ride named after the hit NBC show, Outlaw!
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OMG, it’s Larry’s long lost son!
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Don’t worry, they’re all as tall as the line.
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Outlaw was fun. A bit of a surprise really!
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It's definitely one of the CCIs that has held up better over the years.
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Russ JUST made it onto Tornado.
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That’s right this ride is named for a whole host of SyFY movie tie-ins.
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This coaster was actually alright as well. The wood coasters at Adventureland were all pretty rideable.
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Gotta love the RCT style bacon shop.
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We’re special, so special…
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The rapids at Adventureland is the first rapids in the world to feature Blue WKD instead of water.
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Make sure TPDave doesn't drink it!
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At the Skeeball parlour things started to get VERY serious!
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Lou’s been trying for ages to get that monkey off her back.
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Expression number 2 is getting pretty worn out by now.
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Early doors on the trip and I'm not yet used to the heat. I almost considered riding this thing just to get a little shade!
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CAUTION: Overlord at work!
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Here’s Larry completely failing at winning birthday toys for Jon.
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This is the park’s shot tower. I forget what it’s called but it’s okay because Larry got a photo of the ride sign.
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See!
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Carousel! Pretty!
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Now for the greatest place in the whole of Adventureland – Taco Villa! Why is it so amazing?
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Because they’ll give you a taco in a bag of Doritos!!! Amazing!
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TPDave can’t believe he’s not getting in on the questionable food action.
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That’s it from Advenutreland. A really nice park that really gives you a feel for what Middle America is all about. A great way to get the ball rolling on this trip!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby MrMorgan » Mon May 02, 2011 2:43 pm

Hurray for an Adventureland Photo TR! I grew up in Minnesota and had been to this park a few times in the late 80's, (before Outlaw and Underground). I seem to remember the rapids ride being really rough. Is it still like that? Was the Dragon really head-bangy? I just remember it being really intense.
Thanks for the update!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Mid-American Adventure

Postby TPDave » Mon May 02, 2011 3:03 pm

Great update Divv! I forgot that Jon's birthday was that early on in the trip, I remember it being a few days in.

That was the best value skeeball ever, I played a few times and won once or twice, very reasonable. I think Larry did the lion's share of the winning though, probably making up for embarasing himself in Finland a couple of years ago...

Morgan, I don't remember specifically what was wrong with the Dragon, I think it was mostly just PAIN. Apart from that, a really nice park with some cool attractions and just a generally nice feel to the place :)

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