Photo TR: Coaster Palooza 2008 - UPDATE P. 23

CGA's HAUNT & SFDK's Fright Fest FINAL DAY!!!!!
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 0 guests
Archived Photo Trip Reports of Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, and Donkeys!
The search for the Ultimate Thrill!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1558
Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Location: NorCal
Gender: Male
Age: 49

Postby Coaster Palooza » Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:27 pm

I need to post a couple of TR before we head to London. The following one was from Gyendolynne going out on a boat in Santa Cruz. She took some photos of the boardwalk while she was out there.

Onto the pics!
IMG_3381.JPG
Leaving the dock...
IMG_3382.JPG
There have been a lot of fires up here in Norcal lately. This was actually one of the first ones in early June.
IMG_3386.JPG
There's the boardwalk...
IMG_3387.JPG
A lot of people were sailing that day.
IMG_3390.JPG
This is the pier. I ate at one of the restaurants on the pier once. Gyendolynne has gone many times.
IMG_3391.JPG
Another shot of the boardwalk.
IMG_3392.JPG
It was a massive fire.
IMG_3393.JPG
Hey, isn't that the Dipper?
IMG_3394.JPG
More sailing.
IMG_3403.JPG
IMG_3406.JPG
IMG_3410.JPG
IMG_3411.JPG
The sails looked so great.
IMG_3413.JPG
IMG_3415.JPG
IMG_3417.JPG
IMG_3419.JPG
IMG_3420.JPG
IMG_3421.JPG
IMG_3424.JPG
That's all, next stop San Francisco's Pier 39 and Hard Rock Cafe...
Image
Image

The search for the Ultimate Thrill!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1558
Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Location: NorCal
Gender: Male
Age: 49

Postby Coaster Palooza » Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:36 pm

We finally made it to the closest Hard Rock Cafe located near us. San Francisco's Pier 39. With gas at an all time high, we decided to take the train up to SF and a bus to Pier 39. It was a blast.

Next stop....LONDON and PARIS!!!
IMG_3428.JPG
Cal Train to the city. The best way to get there now...
IMG_3430.JPG
We took the 10 bus to Pier 39.
IMG_3429.JPG
Waiting patiently for the bus...
IMG_3431.JPG
There was really no one on the bus.
IMG_3432.JPG
I can't remember why I took this photo.
IMG_3433.JPG
We made it!
IMG_3434.JPG
This HRC was actually relocated to Pier 39. It was in the city further before.
IMG_3435.JPG
Love the HRC's theming...
IMG_3436.JPG
The Grateful Dead wall.
IMG_3437.JPG
Pilsner and a Hurricane, does it get any better than this?
IMG_3438.JPG
It's somebody's B-Day too, isn't it always someone's B-Day?
IMG_3439.JPG
Leaving HRC, mission accomplished. Man it was windy!
IMG_3441.JPG
Back on the bus. We actually had the same bus driver that picked us up from the Cal Train station...go figure?
IMG_3442.JPG
SBC, err, PAC BELL, err, AT&T park, where the Giants play, is right down the street from Cal Train station.
IMG_3443.JPG
Time to go back home.
IMG_3444.JPG
A nice relaxing trip that didn't cost too much. :) See you in LONDON and PARIS!
Image
Image

WDW Monorail Fanatic
User avatar
 
Posts: 6739
Joined: 05 Apr 2006
Location: North Georgia
Gender: Male
Age: 45

Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:54 am

Hey guys! Cool pics. Makes me really miss being on the water everyday though. What I wouldn't do to crank up the engines on a yacht again. :(

Anyway, have a great time across the pond! And I'm still calling it PacBell, Rick. ;)
Displaying "Online Enthusiast Morality" since 2006, with 99.9% more sarcasm.

The search for the Ultimate Thrill!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1558
Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Location: NorCal
Gender: Male
Age: 49

London - Day 1

Postby Coaster Palooza » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:13 pm

Hi Everyone,

Coaster Palooza 2008 made its first international trip over the Fourth of July holiday. The schedule we have is below followed by the first day of the trip. The trip is a combination of sight seeing and amusement park hopping. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed being on the trip.

July 4th – Arrive in London, Abbey Road, London Eye, Hard Rock Café (London)
July 5th – Tower London, Tower Bridge, Hop on Hop off tour, Cruise the Thames
July 6th – Chessington World of Adventures
July 7th – Thorpe Park
July 8th – Bullet train to Paris, Mini bus tour, Hard Rock Café (Paris)
July 9th – Euro Disney
July 10th – Hop on Hop off tour – sight seeing, Bullet train back to London
July 11th – West end of London tour – Buckingham Palace, etc.
July 12th – Windsor Castle, Oxford University, and Stonehenge
July 13th – Fly home…

July 4th

Day one of our trip would have us arriving in London around noon. We went to our hotel, but check-in wasn’t until 2:30. Our decision was to head to Abbey road since the Baker Street tube was just down the street. This whole trip we used public transportation. It was great not driving anywhere. We took the usual photos at Abbey road and then headed back to the hotel after eating some lunch.

After checking into the hotel, we took the tube to Waterloo station for the London Eye. The full rotation takes around 30 minutes and the wait for it was around 20 minutes. It really wasn’t that bad! There are some great views from up there.

Our next and final stop of the day was Hard Rock Café for dinner. We have an All Access card which came in handy because the wait for a table was 1 hour. We were seated immediately! Since it was Independence Day, HRC had a deal for us Americans. A free beer with proof of being an American (which was our passport). No problem!

Time for the photos!
IMG_0004.jpg
We had 3 Netflix movies to choose from on our trip out to London...which one did we choose?
IMG_0005.jpg
Yep, JUNO!!! We could see why Diablo got the Oscar for the screenplay. Nice Job!
IMG_0006.jpg
Since Gyendolynne is Gold, we were able to wait in the Envoy lounge for our flight from Philadelphia to London.
IMG_0008.jpg
Very happy and comfortable.
IMG_0010.jpg
Plenty of food...
IMG_0011.jpg
and drink!
IMG_0025.jpg
This is our hotel for the first 4 days. It wasn't ready yet, so what do you do?
IMG_0024.jpg
We took the tube to....
IMG_0021.jpg
this exit, why you ask?
IMG_0022.jpg
Because we are near something that has to do with the Beatles.
IMG_0014.jpg
Why am I walking the wrong way?
IMG_0018.jpg
We made it to Abbey Road Studios!
IMG_0012.jpg
IMG_0013.jpg
IMG_0016.jpg
IMG_0019.jpg
aaahhhh, that's better.
IMG_0020.jpg
Yep, now I'm going the right way.
IMG_0026.jpg
Next, we went to the Marylebone station to Waterloo.
IMG_0027.jpg
We're at the London Eye. WOOHOO!!!
IMG_0028.jpg
That's us! LONDON!!!
IMG_0029.jpg
Man this seems like a long wait, but it was only around 20 minutes.
IMG_0030.jpg
Wow! That's high...
IMG_0032.jpg
I don't think you can ever get enough pictures of Big Ben and Parliament.
IMG_0033.jpg
The next few photos are from the London Eye. It is a great view and highly recommended!
IMG_0034.jpg
IMG_0036.jpg
IMG_0038.jpg
IMG_0039.jpg
IMG_0040.jpg
IMG_0041.jpg
IMG_0042.jpg
IMG_0046.jpg
IMG_0047.jpg
IMG_0048.jpg
IMG_0050.jpg
IMG_0054.jpg
IMG_0057.jpg
Like I said, you can never have enough pictures with Big Ben and Parliament!
IMG_0058.jpg
This guy was laying on a bed of nails...
IMG_0060.jpg
and then he decides to juggle!!!
IMG_0062.jpg
I wonder if this is one of the oldest carousels in the world???
IMG_0065.jpg
Flagpole
IMG_0066.jpg
Here's the story behind the flagpole...
IMG_0070.jpg
Last shot of the London Eye, maybe...
IMG_0071.jpg
We headed to Hyde Park after all the fun around the London Eye.
IMG_0072.jpg
IMG_0073.jpg
Hey, it's Hard Rock Cafe! The original. :) What are all the red-white-and blue balloons for?
IMG_0076.jpg
Our usual photo. Not looking too bad for an international flight (17+hours) and no sleep!
IMG_0077.jpg
HRC was actually celebrating Independence Day! They gave away a free beer to anyone that had an American passport. Here is our free Budweiser. Maybe next year it won't be the free "American" beer...wonder why?
IMG_0078.jpg
The beer was actually warm and we asked for an ice bucket. Typical Americans! You can yell at me now...
IMG_0080.jpg
It's never a complete trip to HRC unless you go to the gift shop, which is across the street.
IMG_0081.jpg
Gyendolynne loves the band!
Image
Image

Bubbles!
User avatar
 
Posts: 8384
Joined: 17 Aug 2005
Location: Falling down 'the list'
Gender: Male

Re: London - Day 1

Postby ParkTrips » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:29 pm

very cool, I didn't even realize that y'all were over there! in all fairness, the only way to enjoy a Budweiser IS ice cold. Damned brits!

The search for the Ultimate Thrill!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1558
Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Location: NorCal
Gender: Male
Age: 49

London - Day 2

Postby Coaster Palooza » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:41 pm

July 5th

Day two is all about sight seeing. We had a tour set up through AAA for the Tower of London. The tip we received was to arrive there by 9am because the first tour doesn’t start until 10am. Once you get there, head straight for the crown jewels because this will be very crowded after the first tour. That was a great tip!

We took the 10am tour and then walked around the Tower for a little while longer. We jumped on the Hop on Hop off tour next. They have a few different tours to choose from depending on which bus you get on. The one we were on took us over to Trafalgar Square where we had lunch at Sherlock Holmes pub. After lunch we hopped back on the rest of the tour around Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, etc. you get the picture, right?

The Hop on Hop off tour also came with a cruise on the Thames River. That was our last stop of the day before heading back to our hotel and across the street to the pub for dinner.
IMG_0083.jpg
We took the tube to the Tower of London!
IMG_0084.jpg
In a way I wish we would have done the dungeon. You could actually hear the screams from across the Thames!
IMG_0085.jpg
There it is, the Tower of London.
IMG_0086.jpg
Entrance...
IMG_0087.jpg
IMG_0088.jpg
We had some good advice about arriving at 9am and heading straight to the crown jewels. There is no photo and video allowed inside.
IMG_0089.jpg
Random photos around the tower before the first tour at 10am.
IMG_0091.jpg
IMG_0093.jpg
IMG_0096.jpg
They had ravens there because of some scary superstition...
IMG_0097.jpg
I'm a little scared!!!
IMG_0098.jpg
It's the Bloody Tower!!!
IMG_0100.jpg
Oh no!!! Traitor's gate...
IMG_0102.jpg
It was finally time for our tour. This is our beefeater.
IMG_0106.jpg
He was pretty amusing.
IMG_0107.jpg
IMG_0109.jpg
IMG_0110.jpg
IMG_0112.jpg
IMG_0113.jpg
Where's Mel Brooks when you need him?
IMG_0114.jpg
This is the book of History of the World, Part...I mean Volume 1.
IMG_0115.jpg
Winding tower stairs.
IMG_0117.jpg
IMG_0118.jpg
IMG_0120.jpg
Quote the raven...
IMG_0122.jpg
We went through the museum at the Tower also.
IMG_0124.jpg
I was quite surprised by something that I had to get change for...
IMG_0125.jpg
Yep, they have a smashed peny machine!
IMG_0126.jpg
Woohoo! Mission accomplished. Now what's all this about history?
IMG_0127.jpg
Oh, time to tour the museum...
IMG_0128.jpg
IMG_0129.jpg
IMG_0130.jpg
IMG_0131.jpg
IMG_0132.jpg
Is this where Walt Disney got the idea of the name?
IMG_0133.jpg
IMG_0134.jpg
They also had some neat skits/shows throughout the area.
IMG_0135.jpg
What???
IMG_0138.jpg
There's part of the wall.
IMG_0140.jpg
Another tower to go through...
IMG_0142.jpg
There were guards "patrolling" around the castle in full uniform.
IMG_0146.jpg
IMG_0148.jpg
IMG_0150.jpg
Now that looks familiar!
IMG_0151.jpg
In case you forgot what Gyendolynne looked like, as a guard!
IMG_0153.jpg
Here we are with that cool bridge behind us.
IMG_0157.jpg
We jumped on our Hop on Hop off tour and took it to Trafalgar Square. That is where Sherlock Holmes pub is!
IMG_0158.jpg
mmmm Sherlock Holmes Ale...
IMG_0159.jpg
IMG_0161.jpg
They had a museum of the set upstairs.
IMG_0165.jpg
We hopped back on the tour to take a few photos from the upper deck.
IMG_0169.jpg
IMG_0171.jpg
IMG_0178.jpg
This is the church at Westminster Abbey.
IMG_0180.jpg
IMG_0191.jpg
IMG_0192.jpg
IMG_0194.jpg
There was a gay pride parade happening that affected our tour.
IMG_0195.jpg
IMG_0196.jpg
This is Trafalgar Square. So many people.
IMG_0197.jpg
There's that bridge again.
IMG_0201.jpg
IMG_0202.jpg
This is a photo from our cruise on the Thames.
IMG_0204.jpg
IMG_0215.jpg
IMG_0219.jpg
IMG_0220.jpg
IMG_0229.jpg
IMG_0230.jpg
One of the pubs we try to get to...
IMG_0233.jpg
IMG_0238.jpg
Gyendolynne had shepherd's pie.
IMG_0239.jpg
I had a cheeseburger...typical American. I will get something different later on.
Image
Image

Nuthin' better than a naked donkey!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1498
Joined: 05 Sep 2007
Location: Mujabubukins: The Ride
Gender: Male
Age: 40

Postby printersdevil78 » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:20 pm

Wow, this is awesome! London is definitely on my list of places to visit in the next five years (assuming I still have a job and the U.S. dollar levels off at some point). Any cost-saving tips?

The search for the Ultimate Thrill!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1558
Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Location: NorCal
Gender: Male
Age: 49

London, or should I say Chessington? - Day 3

Postby Coaster Palooza » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:21 pm

July 6th

Thanks for being patient with the sight seeing photos. Now we will have the serious pictures. Ones of Amusement Parks!

One thing that was constant with us throughout our trip was rain. I think it rained every day of our trip in London except the first day. Today would be no different.

We took the train from Waterloo to Chessington South for Chessington World of Adventures amusement park. This is a fantastic park. It is a little small, but easily manageable.

They have a Sea Life area that is new for 2008. Their roller coasters, flat rides, and dark rides were great too! We especially liked Dragon’s Fury and Tomb Blaster.

It was a great time!
IMG_0240.jpg
First things first, we had to walk to the Baker Street station to get Gyendolynne coffee. It was unfortunate that they didn't open until later on Sunday though. We were able to get this picture of Gyendolynne with Sherlock Holmes statue!.
IMG_0241.jpg
I mentioned earlier that we took public transit for everything on this trip. We are at the Waterloo station. Gyendolynne heard very good things about Upper Crust and had to try a sandwich.
IMG_0242.jpg
Please mind the gap!
IMG_0243.jpg
Very happy on our way to Chessington.
IMG_0244.jpg
We walked from the train station to Chessington. I think it took about 10 minutes.
IMG_0245.jpg
getting closer...
IMG_0246.jpg
almost there...
IMG_0247.jpg
Woohoo!!! We made it!
IMG_0248.jpg
The grounds there were decorated nicely with all the flowers.
IMG_0249.jpg
I don't remember letting anyone know that Coaster Palooza would be there, but that wait is typical for us!
IMG_0250.jpg
Up the lift hill. It was really a different kind of a mouse ride for me. I had to slink down low in order to fit. Is it because I am fat, or tall? I know, I'm not tall...:)
IMG_0251.jpg
IMG_0252.jpg
We found Beanoland quite funny.
IMG_0253.jpg
This was a fantastic ride! We had so much fun on it.
IMG_0254.jpg
IMG_0255.jpg
Once again, I don't know if anyone mentioned we were coming, but the queues were great!
IMG_0256.jpg
Just a short wait, and we're on!
IMG_0257.jpg
On-ride photo!
IMG_0258.jpg
90 degrees!
IMG_0259.jpg
I think the wait time said 5 minutes...
IMG_0260.jpg
IMG_0261.jpg
The theming of the ride was great, but wish the ride itself was different.
IMG_0263.jpg
We waited for the front row, so I think our wait was 10 minutes, maybe...
IMG_0264.jpg
More photos of Vampire.
IMG_0265.jpg
IMG_0267.jpg
Now it started to get interesting because the rain started!
IMG_0268.jpg
We walked right on...
IMG_0270.jpg
This has to be one of the neatest dark rides.
IMG_0271.jpg
We were given the front row, but we saw the disappointment in the kids faces that were in the second row. They were with their dad. We asked him if it would be okay to let them sit in the front. Little did we know these people have ridden this ride a lot! I think the dad had 30,000 points to my 15,000. His son had 8,000, and Gyendolynne had around 10,000.
IMG_0273.jpg
Sometimes I don't know why I do the things I do.
IMG_0274.jpg
The rain was getting worse.
IMG_0275.jpg
We headed over to the zoo area.
IMG_0276.jpg
IMG_0277.jpg
IMG_0280.jpg
Hocus Pocus???
IMG_0282.jpg
This is their new for 2008 attraction.
IMG_0283.jpg
IMG_0284.jpg
IMG_0285.jpg
IMG_0286.jpg
We went over to the other side of the zoo because we heard they have baby tigers!
IMG_0288.jpg
First stop, gorillas.
IMG_0289.jpg
It was feeding time. One of the babies was eating...
IMG_0290.jpg
the other was antagonizing.
IMG_0292.jpg
He also wanted to play with mom quite a bit!
IMG_0293.jpg
King of the jungle.
IMG_0294.jpg
IMG_0298.jpg
They have sea lions also.
IMG_0299.jpg
IMG_0300.jpg
IMG_0302.jpg
IMG_0301.jpg
IMG_0310.jpg
We took the monorail around for a little bit, maybe to stay dry!
IMG_0303.jpg
IMG_0305.jpg
IMG_0309.jpg
IMG_0314.jpg
They put on a sea lion show too. I think there is only one a day.
IMG_0316.jpg
That's what the "king" wanted to do...
IMG_0317.jpg
More of the sea lion show.
IMG_0320.jpg
IMG_0322.jpg
The following photos are from Gyendolynne.
IMG_0323.jpg
IMG_0324.jpg
IMG_0325.jpg
IMG_0327.jpg
I was chasing the guy with balloons.
IMG_0328.jpg
The dragon is out now. We decided to take one more ride on Dragon's Fury before we headed out.
IMG_0329.jpg
The flags were blowing pretty bad all day.
IMG_0330.jpg
IMG_0333.jpg
IMG_0331.jpg
Heading out...
IMG_0334.jpg
Train back to Waterloo...
IMG_0335.jpg
This is what the station looked like.
IMG_0336.jpg
Back down the tube...
IMG_0338.jpg
We arrived at our pub across the street from the hotel.
IMG_0339.jpg
mmm, Sunday roast dinner!
IMG_0340.jpg
and a Guiness to wash it down.
IMG_0346.jpg
We also watched the Wimbledon final while we were there. It was a great final! We are off to Thorpe Park next!
Image
Image

The search for the Ultimate Thrill!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1558
Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Location: NorCal
Gender: Male
Age: 49

Postby Coaster Palooza » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:26 pm

^^^^Hey Joe, we decided to make this trip happen along with the July 4th weekend. I agree about the warm Budweiser. How can they serve it that way?

^^We booked everything through AAA. My suggestion on cost savings would be to book the hotels through Expedia, Hotwire, etc. I think they have better rates. They also might put you in a better hotel. I haven't complained about them, but our last hotel was so small and the bathroom...well I will just let the picture show it later. If you want anymore advice on the cost savings, you can PM me anytime. Gyendolynne and I talked last night about some of the things we would do differently had we only known.

Thanks for reading!
Image
Image

A donkey is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family.
User avatar
 
Posts: 693
Joined: 06 May 2007
Location: Cincinnati
Gender: Male
Age: 48

Postby slither37 » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:17 pm

Great TR, I am really enjoying it.

I especially like the pics from the London Eye.

PreviousNext

Return to Photo Trip Report Archive

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 0 guests

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron