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Postby live2tell75 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:42 am

Day 4: Drayton Manor

It seemed a lot of people didn't like Drayton Manor. I think there are three reasons for this: #1 We didn't get to have any ERT and the park didn't give us any special perks. #2 It rained that day (thankfully this was the only day of rain on the entire Uk portion of the trip. #3 We had been to Alton Towers the day before, and for a lot of people, Alton was their favorite park. I think we spent the right amount of time at Drayton. I could appreciate that at one time they spent the money on theming the rides but didn't continue the maintanence of the rides. An example would be on the Disney ripoff Pirates Adventure, a lot of the figures were missing limbs! The poor woman that was opening and closing the window shutters on her face was missing half of her face! I did enjoy the reversing flume, and the madhouse attraction, The Haunting. Now I present Drayton Manor in all it's glory!

--Eric J
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Day 4, our 5th park!
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Gforce was a unique ride!
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The restraints were really different.
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The lift/loop was cool but kind of painful!
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Little do Chuck, Jodi and Dave know what's in store for them on Shockwave.
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Shockwave has got to be my least favorite stand-up. I still have a headache!
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Cool water sign.
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Storm Force was a very cool reverser flume. Ted, Paul and I got drenched!
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I actually really enjoyed Maelstorm. Like most of the flats on this trip, they were new to me! We don't really have any type of cool flats in Florida.

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Postby live2tell75 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:56 pm

More Drayton Manor Pics:
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Paul, Ted and Catrina at The Pirates Adventure.
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Pirates was very themed.
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The ride had many scenes almost exactly like Disney's Pirates except Drayton's was more ghetto!
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B.O.T.B.C. members getting ready for Apocalpse.
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Apocalpse was a very cool tower ride.
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Yep, I'm in the Drayton jail!
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Another madhouse ride, tHe Haunting was very well themed. These rides sure screw with your head!
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They had a ok shoot out ride called like the photo says: Wild West Shoot Out.
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Excalbur: A Dragons Tale was a boat ride.
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It wasn't that bad.
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But it wasn't that great either.
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Good-bye Merlin and Drayton Manor!

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Postby live2tell75 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:23 pm

Coming soon: Blackpool and Southport!

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Postby ParkTrips » Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:31 pm

Hey Eric, your TR has been awesome to read. Perhaps thats because you haven't made fun of me like everyone else ::lol:: Glad you had a great time!

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Postby live2tell75 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:36 pm

^Thanks Joe, I was sorry you couldn't go. :( But maybe I will see you on one of the trips next year. :)

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Postby live2tell75 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:45 am

Day 5: Pleasureland Southport

I enjoyed Pleasureland for it's old seaside amusement park feel. It reminded me of a few places growing up in New England. The ERT in the funhouse was awesome! The 3 coasters we did go on were fun except King Solomon's Mine. That wooden mouse scared the crap out me!! :) Along with the wooden wild mouse at Blackpool the next day, these coasters almost made me give up riding coasters! I kid you not, I had too much airtime on these rides! I flew up a foot off the seat! During every turn I really thought my fat a@# was going to make the car fly off the track! :lolr: Thankfully a half hour after the ride my heart stopped pounding in my head and I was able to enjoy the rest of my time at Pleasureland Southport!

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Already for our hour of ERT in the funhouse and an hour on 2 of the coasters!
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First up was the Funhouse, which was fun!!
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I love the historical signs. In Florida, we really don't have any historic rides.
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I have never been in a funhouse like this before!
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I have only seen these type of funhouse wheels on theme park/ rollercoaster history specials.
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Everyone on the tour got a lot closer on the wheel!
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Unlike a lot of people, I was lucky, I came off the wheel with few bruises!
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The Social Mixer was fun.
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The Social Mixer was like a really early version of a Gravitron.
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Everyone was doing tricks in the barrel.
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I loved our ERT in the Funhouse!

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Postby live2tell75 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:03 am

More Pleasureland Southport Pics:
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Next up was the historic Cyclone.
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The lift was kind of not straight!
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The Cyclone was very smooth, considering how old it was.
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I loved this ride! The view of the coastline was awesome!
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I think all the TPRers enjoyed our ERT on The Cyclone.
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The Cyclone: A classic!
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Before going on King Solomon's Mines of Death!
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King Solomon's Mines was really old!
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Elissa and Dan are about to experience the ride of death!
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As are Jeff and Lou!
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I'm thinking 4 things: #1 I don't want to die, #2 Am I to fat for this ride?, #3 Please stay on the track! #4 Please don't let me crap myself!
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It's historical, big woop, this was a one time ride for me!

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Postby live2tell75 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:19 am

More Pleasureland Southport Pics:
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Southport had lots of cool old walk trough and dark rides like the Haunted Inn. Chuck and I were terrified!
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The Lost Dinosaurs of the Sahara was way more high-tech than Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom! Or any of the Dinosaurs at IOA!
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Had fun going on the dark rides with my dark ride posse': Chuck & Andrew.
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Oh the terror!
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Chuck survived another scary ride!
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Got to get the kiddie credit!
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Chuck chilling out with his peeps at the campfire.
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Jim, Tim and Tommy are ready for the Space Shot.

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Postby live2tell75 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:43 am

More Pleasureland Southport Pics:
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The Caterpillar has got to be one of the oldest rides I have ever been on.
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I think Chuck, Andrew, Peter and I thought it was going to be a regular flat ride.
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Looks like a normal flat.
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Little did Andrew and I know that we were going to be covered by the caterpillar!
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I think Rich and Larry agreed with us that it was smelly, hot and kind of gross!
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I guess we would have known the ride became covered if we had watched the ride before going on!
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Chuck on the ski-lift style sky ride.
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Ryan and Kristie pounding it on the Sky Ride.
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If you looked up during the day you would see many TPRers in the sky like Bob and Greg.
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No Traumatizer for us today.
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I thought Pleasureland Southport was a fun day, especially the Funhouse!
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Why is everyone asleep? We have only done 6 parks in 5 days! And we're only half way through the trip!

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Postby Hicko » Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:16 am

Everytime I see pictures of the funhouse at Southport it always makes me sad because it makes me think of the Funhouse in Blackpool. Basically for anybody that doesn't know Valhalla is built on the site of the legendary funhouse that burned down in 1991. Blackpools funhouse was bigger and better in everyway. Sadly there arn't many pictures on the net of it. Very sorely missed. :cry:

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