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Part 12 - Buffalo Bill's

Postby Divv3k » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:37 am

New state credit! Yup, this leg of our trip brought us to Nevada! We had a few days in Vegas to look forward to but had to get a stop in Primm out of the way first. What a dive this place was! The best thing about Primm and everything in ot is that it makes you appreciate Las Vegas a hell of a lot more!
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It's a long drive from Anaheim to Vegas and there' not a lot to look at except for this!
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George Mason RIP.
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New state credit!
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This Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger was by far the highlight of my visit to Primm. Seriously.
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Of course, this place is the real reason any coaster fan stops in Primm.
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There's a bit of a "Blackpool Coral Island but more depressing" vibe inside Buffalo Bill's.
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Speaking of Blackpool, there's Desperado! The Arrow hyper that took The Big One's spot as the tallest coaster in the world back in the 90s.
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We had to wait a while to get on this as the hotel won't run the coaster unless they ahve at least six people there to ride it.
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This was about as excited Michael got during our whole visit to Buffalo Bill's.
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At least we got on the coaster, I guess! It was pish! But I guess that keeps with the theme of the place!

Onto Vegas next!
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Part 13 - Las Vegas!

Postby Divv3k » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:37 am

The next few days of our trip were spent in Las Vegas! It's certainly a unique place that everyone needs to visit. Great food, boozy drinks, awesome hotels, cool shows, crappy rollercoasters.. There really is something for everyone.

Here's a look back at our few days in Vegas...
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Welcome to New Yo... I mean, Vegas! Where we stayed in New York!
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This place looks a little more elegant than Buffalo Bill's.
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This was the view from our window. Always great to hear screams of pain from riders as you try to sleep at night. ;)
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We started our tour of Vegas hotels in the Bellagio where we foudn this huge WPT poker tournament ongoing.
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Daniel Negreanu! As an avid viewer and small time player of poker over the years it was really exciting to meet this guy and get a photo with him. If only I could play poker like he does!
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More Vegas hotel stuff!
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Eat this World of Color!
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I think this means I've got all my fountain credits for this trip. I hope so.
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It's the little things you see in Vegas like spiral escalators that help make all those hotels really cool.
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Our first show of our visit was Blue Man Group!
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It was quite similar to the show I saw in Orlando in 2008 but this show had something that one didn't. Balls.
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As cool as the strip looks during the day it looks super awesome at night!
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Neon sexiness.
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Bubba Gump! This was my first visit here.
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And oh man, it was awesome, though I was a bit perplexed that our drinks were more expensive than our food at this place!
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Memories of Primm are well on their way to being vanquished in Begas! (Check out that sunburn!)
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We also checked out the "old strip" up at Freemont Street. It's a little sadder and more depressing up here but it's interesting to see at least.
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Of course, there was the little matter of Circus Circus to attend to while we were in town.
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Ch-ching! This was before El Loco was built so it was really one and done in the pink tinged greenhouse.
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No credit for grown ups on this one. Would you expect anything less from a Pepsi park?
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Our second evening took us to Paris...
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Where we saw Jersey Boys! I LOVED this show. It's just a shame the Vegas audience doesn't get into it the same way a London or Broadway audience might. But it's still great show.
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These guys seemed to enjoy it too.
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Night fountains! Now I TRULY have all teh fountain credits!
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Manhattan Express doesn't look any more appetising at night.
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Just in case you felt that there weren't enough McDonald's logos in this trip report.
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Steak'n'Shake in Vegas? I'll go for some of that!
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m&m shake awesomeness!
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As burgers on this trip went this certainly wasn't the best (Five Guys and In-N-Out were way better) but it's still a decent effort and it's cool that Steak'n'Shake is an option here!
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Michael's a huge fan of Pawn Stars. I know nothing about it but apparently this place is a big deal.
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Pawn shop porn....
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So that's Vegas! A fun place to spend a couple of days that I can only imagine would be an absolutely riot with a big group of friends. We need to engineer a Brit Crew visit to this place...

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Re: Photo TR: Divv California Adventure

Postby TPDave » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:31 am

Nice report! I think if the Brit Crew did vegas a couple of us might not make it back to the UK :P
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Part 14 - Sea World San Diego and More!

Postby Divv3k » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:17 am

Our trip ended with a few relaxing days in Carlsbad - it was a nice change of pace after running around like crazy hitting stuff in LA and Vegas. Of course we still took out a little time to visit a park or two...
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Final big park of the trip - Sea World San Diego!
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Not-so-much-a-journey-but-rather-just-a-slide to Atlantis!
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The theming in the Sesame Street land is very cool!
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But Manta is even more cool!
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Such a fun ride - have Mack even made a bad ride in the last five years??
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Don't give me any of your Blackpish. Show me some whales!
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The shark exhibits are always my favourite parts of Sea World parks.
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Hello!
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This wasn't a long visit to Sea World, there isn't a whole lot there that interests me but the coasters and Shamu show were fun. Just need to get that San Antonio park credit now!
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Seeing as we were in the vicinity we also stopped by Belmont Park!
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Last credit of the trip - Giant Dipper!
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It's not gonna win any awards but I do love a seaside wooden coaster!
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We spent our last evening in San Diego in one of my favourite places there - Old Town!
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I almost bought one of these luchadore masks before realising I would have absolutely no use for it whatsoever.
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Looks like this guy's having a great time!
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This place might be my favourite restaurant in San Diego - Rockin' Baja!
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It's great - you got all the authenticity of amazing Mexican food without having to be in Mexico!
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Michael managed to seamlessly blend in with the Old Town locals.
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Our last morning was spent wandering around Downtown San Diego. Like most cities, it has buildings.
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One last photo of Michael and I as I bring this trip report to a close!
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And that's it for Divv California Adventure! Writing this TR has reminded me of what a ffun couple of weeks it was - I really need to get back over there in the next couple of years!

Thanks for reading along, everyone!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv California Adventure

Postby jray21 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:34 pm

I don't know how I missed all these updates! It looks like you had a great trip. And yes, Nevada is pretty much that ugly through the entire state! I'm still lacking the Desperado credit. Maybe one day I'll finally get it.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv California Adventure

Postby WFChris » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:27 pm

Cool end to the report! And if you think 'authentic' Mexican food in California is good, wait till you try it IN Mexico!!! It's a million times better literally right on the other side of the border....and improves as you move south!
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Re: Photo TR: Divv California Adventure

Postby redfoot12 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:39 am

Maybe because I attended SFMM during West Coast Bash my opinion is skewed, but I actually thought the park was fine except for horrible train dispatches.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv California Adventure

Postby x2isawesome » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:29 pm

I didn't think the dispatches were that bad on wcb day. I also really need to get back to sea world san diego and check manta out. Don't think I've been there in about twenty years.
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