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 JimmyBo » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:44 pm

The Wheel of Doom was AMAZING! I think I only got about 6 wood burns from that damn wheel. And then I think it was the next day I got more wood burns from a damn slide...they were pretty cool battle scars when I got back to the states though.

Great pictures Chuck! It's fun looking through this now and it brings back lots of memories.

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

Postby cfc » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:20 am

^Yes, we were all wondering if the Cyclone train was going to make it around that first big curve. I really think the "rowing" helped.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby 805Andrew » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:15 am

Cool UK photos. I would definitely like to do a UK trip in the future, especially Alton Towers.
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Postby milst1 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:29 pm

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

Postby live2tell75 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:55 pm

Wow this TR is bringing back great memories. Seems like yesterday! I loved our time at Southport, except for the awful smell when the Caterpillar tent roof came up over the ride, nasty! LOVED the funhouse and Wacky Shack, so glad we got to check these out and the other interesting dark rides at the park. Can't wait to see more of your report!

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

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:56 pm

cfc wrote:^Yes, we were all wondering if the Cyclone train was going to make it around that first big curve. I really think the "rowing" helped.


This is/was true. :)
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby cfc » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:44 pm

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is very much a park for all tastes. If you're a coaster enthusiast, it has a slew of 'em, both wood and steel. If you're into old-school dark rides, welcome to Nirvana. If you're into British kitsch at its all-out kitschiest, look no further.

But look out as you walk the streets, as you may step in dog crap. Just a precaution.

I'd been wanting to visit Blackpool for years, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself there--particularly the funky dark rides and walk-through attractions. But I understand that it's changed quite a bit since 2006. For example, Southport's SLC was relocated here and redubbed Infusion, and I've heard that the old Magic Mountain dark ride (where they WELCOME YOU TO THEIR WORLD OF TOYS) is no more; plus, the rather Knott's Berry Farmish Gold Mine ride is gone--have Wallace and Gromit taken over that space? (Truth be told, that's probably an improvement, as the Gold Mine was looking a bit threadbare eight years ago.) And Nicklodeon took over the park's kids area (which is probably a step up). The old Trauma Towers walk through, with its surprise ride ending, is gone, too.

But you can still ride the Steeplechase (best coaster in the park), wooden Wild Mouse (probably the most terrifying coaster in the park), and, of course the Big One. Yes, there's still plenty of the 2006 Blackpool there, including the classic Ghost Train and the only mildly offensive River Caves. And let's not forget Valhalla--the best water ride anywhere (especially if you like being soaked and frozen).

Let's visit this classic British seaside park.
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Welcome to the inspiring tourist strip of Blackpool.
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Virginia Beach wishes that it looked like this. (Well, maybe we do here at TPR.)
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Blackpool where, in theory, you do not have to watch your step. (Remember, this is only a theory.)
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Now how's that for a view? That's how close my room at the Big Blue Hotel was to the park.
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Remember kids: Keep your hands and arms inside the car at all times.
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First up--ERT on Steeplechase. Suck it, Knott's! This ride is unique and a hell of a lot of fun.
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Who's having more fun here?
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It's also a little terrifying, but that's OK.
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It's safety first at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
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Look! I found a long-lost relative.
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Big One has all the clunkiness of Cedar Point's Magnum.
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Word to the wise: Do not sit in the back row.
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Avalanche was the most insane Mack Bobsled I'd ever ridden.
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It just kept getting faster and faster and faster until it hit the brakes at the end.
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That's "Blue Flyer" for all you Nickelodeon fans.
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"If you're a whore, slap my hand."
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Phew! What a relief.
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"WELCOME TO OUR WORLD OF TOYS!" You know, this song makes "It's a Small World" sound pretty good by comparison.
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"Oh boy! This is gonna be great!"
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"Yeah, if you say so."
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My god! That bunny is strangling that poor bird!"
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Say, you can welcome me to your world of toys any day.
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"Hot damn! There's nekkid women on this ride! Yee freakin' haw!" More to come.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby larrygator » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:52 pm

The picture of you with your lost relative is downright scary.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby cfc » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:17 pm

How about more dark-ride photos that you can shake a stick at? With maybe some more coaster pics thrown in?
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I swear to you honey, that naked mermaid on the Magic Mountain ride meant nothing to me.
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"You mean that nekkid mermaid is available? Yeehaw! Where's my hair gel?"
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Yes, in the Gold Mine ride, you will believe a donkey can balance a little green ball on its head.
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We seem to have stumbled into a zombie-miner wedding.
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The Gold Mine passed through this dining area back in the day.
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This is when we discovered how close Robb and Dan really were. The near-death experience of the Wild Mouse often forces feelings out into the open.
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Getting decapitated is a possibility on this ride--and you don't have to be as tall as Carl, either.
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The River Caves: Welcome to Our World of Political Incorrectness.
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"Hey, what's a hard-workin' caveman gotta do to get a beer in this place?"
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"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree."
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I don't think the Khan anticipated that someone would try to rape a dolphin in his pleasure dome--or did he?
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"Yeah, those ponchos are a good investment, guys . . .
"They are so doomed--poor dopes!"
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"Bah! Vikings care not for ponchos or ice or fire!"
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"Aghh! The ponchos do nothing!"
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As you've probably guessed from this photo, Blackpool has an "Alice in Wonderland" ride. I imagine the rabbit with the watch is a bit of a giveaway.
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It is a seriously hallucinogenic experience.
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No, this photo is not "flopped."
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I live for stuff like this.
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The cage is for your protection--not his.
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You know, some guys should always wear a shirt when they're out in public.
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"OK! I'm sorry! I will never go out and about in a mesh tank top ever again!"
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"Hello, sailor!"
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"Hello, yourself."
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Andrew was very excited, as this was his first Noah's Ark. The attraction itself is long gone, but I understand that the ark still decorates one of the park's entrances.
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Sigh! I liked Trauma Towers. It was a walk-through with a "Tagada" like ride at the end.
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And the people who lived there were so mellow.
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Grand National (sometimes called "Grand Nash") is one of those moebius coasters. (Firefox's spell checked would call this an "amoebic" coaster.)
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That is, the trains switch places over the course of the ride.
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Left becomes right, and right becomes left. (Boy, would that screw up the U.S. Congress.)
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How many of these Arrow shuttle loops are still in operation? This is the only one I've ever ridden.
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Alas, this credit was closed, and this was a close as we got to riding it.
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No comment necessary.
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And I'll end this portion with a dog trying to eat my hand. That's all for now.
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Re: Chuck's Shameless Nostalgia TR: TPR's 2006 UK Trip

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:53 pm

This first time at Blackpool was really a Bucket List thing for myself.
I was so thrilled to see it up close and experience this truly unique park.
In hindsight, I now compare other "stacked parks" to this one, like
Grona Lund. And was totally overblown by their newest attraction that year...
Valhalla, "the Viking Experience" (that's my extro)
And very very wet probably during and at the end of this amazing indoor
hot/cold/wet flume ride experience. I was truly overwhelmed at how great
this was - and rode it three more times thru our visit there, lol!

And actually, that was the first TAGADA I had ever ridden in my life. Before the China ones!
It was a total surprise at the end of the walk-through, and I remember being totally unprepared
for no seat belts, but we had seats in it so it wasn't a (ahem) "floor model", heh. But it got
freeky and wild as it kept picking up speed. Nothing bouncy like the "floor model," but still
an unexpected surpirse for the day. I missed it in the 2010 tour. Now it's a photo-op spot.
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My shot of the Valhalla front facade - stupid trees got in the way....grrrr.
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