It's that time of year again, and this seems to be the nearest thing to a holiday letter that I do, so Happy Holidays everyone! This was my worst year of online TPR participation since joining, so this really feels good to be posting again after so long.
This was a year of transition for us. After 3 1/2 years of Cheryl and me commuting trans-Atlantically, I gave up my teaching position in Holland and took an assistant professorship in an equally exotic place: Long Island, New York. I'm still studying the local culture. Fortunately, I can see Adventureland from campus.
In spite of the transition, it was still a very decent theme park year for us, starting out in Guatemala/Costa Rica and including major trips to Italy on our own and China with TPR, as well as some great North America trips to Colorado, Utah, Montreal, and Upstate New York/Western PA. We managed to hit 70+ parks again for the third or fourth year in a row. This was also the first year that we have ever gone to Orlando *twice*, which is just weird to me. Before taking up this hobby seriously, my visits to WDW averaged every *10* years!
Another major achievement this year was actually "finishing" the Netherlands, nabbing all 45 credits. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your POV, Toverland has a new coaster that opened up after we left, so we need to head back there in the Spring-time to mop up again.
This year's itineraries eerily foreshadowed TPR's, which wasn't planned. We would always rather do the trips with TPR than without, but school schedules are very hard to work around. We did love the China Trip (Part I) that we did with TPR, and we really look forward to 2013's Mexico Trip and at least part of the Japan Trip.
Anyway, Happy New Year Everyone! May your coasters be smooth and your airtime be ejector!
Amusementspark Tivoli (Netherlands)
Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park (TPR China Tour 2012)
Beijing World Park (TPR China Tour 2012)
Conneaut Lake Park
Crab Island Children's Theme Park (TPR China Tour 2012)
WDW - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Bonus Park: Girabilandia (This park must have gone out of business shortly before our visit in April. Looked to be somewhat maintained, but it was closed. Now listed as defunct). (Italy)
Happy Valley Beijing (TPR China Tour 2012)
Happy Valley Chengdu (TPR China Tour 2012)
Happy Valley Wuhan (TPR China Tour 2012)
Hoge Beukel Speelpark (Netherlands)
Italia in Miniatura (Italy)
Martin's Fantasy Island
Rainbow Magicland (Italy)
Six Flags Great America
Santa's Village Azoosment Park
Sun Park (TPR China Tour 2012)
Universal Studios Florida
Universal Islands of Adventure
Victory Kingdom (TPR China Tour 2012)
Wuhan Peace Park (TPR China Tour 2012)
Wuhan Zhongshan Park (TPR China Tour 2012)
Youth Center (TPR China Tour 2012)
Arcolandia Pacifico (Italy)
Parque de Diversiones Dr. Roberto Ortiz Brenes (Costa Rica)
Coney Island (Scream Zone, Luna Park, Deno's)
Crab Island Resort (TPR China Tour 2012)
WDW - Disney's Animal Kingdom
De Waarbeek (Netherlands)
Duinrell (Dragon Fly Preview) (Netherlands)
WDW - EPCOT (February and November)
Zoosafari e Fasanolandia (Italy)
Floraland (TPR China Tour 2012)
Aoyun Fuwa Paradise/Fuwa Eden (TPR China Tour 2012)
Go Bananas! (Norridge, IL)
Gomma Park (Italy)
Lakeside (Whoops, forgot this one. Should be up there after Glenwood Caverns). Thanks for checking out my report!
Langfang Children's Paradise (TPR China Tour 2012)
Liberty City Fun (Italy)
WDW - Magic Kingdom (February and November)
Magic World (Italy)
Mundo Petapa (Guatemala)
People's Park (Chengdu) (TPR China Tour 2012)
Six Flags Great Adventure (Another whoops, forgot this Halloween visit).
Xinhua Park (Chengdu) (TPR China Tour 2012)
Last edited by milst1 on Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:54 am.
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