Photo Trip Report Updates:
Arrive in Portugal (that's this one you're on now!)
Fun in Portugal Part 1
Fun in Portugal Part 2
Chessington World of Adventures and Brighton Pier
Hong Kong Photos
Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Dragon Centre, Hong Kong
LOTS of photos of Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Disneyland, More Ocean Park, and More Hong Kong!
Ok, here is the 'short version' of the story....
Right when I got back from our big Europe trip (which keep in mind was less than three weeks ago) I was told at work that they needed me to go out with our marketing and PR departments to do some product demonstrations. These demos, however, happened to be in Europe and Asia....Portugal and Hong Kong to be exact.
Now, keeping in mind that this is a business trip first, and a fun trip second, I knew that it was very unlikely that I'd be able to get to many parks.
But seeing as though Portugal has almost zero credits (well, actually zero as I found out today!) and since I had a short layover in the UK on my way to Hong Kong and a free day in Portugal, I decided to shorted my Portugal stay and have a longer layover in the UK so I can hit up Chessington's and Thorpe.
Then it's onto Hong Kong where I should be able to get to Ocean Park and at least see the entrance to Hong Kong Disneyland.
So overall, while it's not a wealth of parks and coasters, there were a few.
My journey started in Los Angeles and then onto New York City to switch planes, and then today I landed in Lisbon, Portugal.
So far it seems like a nice place. The traffic seems bad and the drivers are crazy, kind of like Italy. The hotel is this really swanky, upscale golf resort, which is really nice, but it's not really my thing. Still, it's a fantastic place for the product demos I have to do.
Since there isn't anything really going on today work wise, I decided to check out the two parks that I knew existed nearby.
The first one, "Fun Center" which is pretty much a Jeepers-like place, is inside the largest mall in Portugal (which actually looked like a pretty standard-sized mall by US standards!) The 2nd park, Feira Popular de Lisboa, I was pretty sure had closed, although it's still listed as open on RCDB, but sure enough, it has closed and will be replaced by Fantasia Park scheduled to open in 2007.
So that only left one possible credit for me in Portugal, the Vekoma Roller Skater at Fun Center.
It was a short 20 minute drive from the hotel, and the mall looked pretty much like your smaller sized "mills" type malls you find in the US. I think that Ontario Mills or Gurnee Mills was MUCH bigger than this place!
After a bit of searching, I finally found the Fun Center....which is closed for remodeling until September.
Oh, well...I think I can live without that Roller Skater credit!
It was still very odd, though. You'd think that if they were going to remodel a place like that, they would do it during the school season, not during summer!
Anyway, I took some photos of the trip so far. Sorry there are no coaster shots, at least not yet anyway, but there will be some by the end of the week!
Oh, yeah, one last thing....so Elissa couldn't come on this trip, which is a real bummer. =( Doesn't seem right to be traveling to random places without her. But now that you all know she's home alone, it's a perfect time to stalk her!!!
Anyway, onto some photos....