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Postby WFChris » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:51 pm

The trees are all real. Just FYI :)

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Postby natatomic » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:41 pm

JFrombaugh wrote:Somewhat off-topic, but now that the TPR Texas Trip has passed, do you ever plan on doing the Texas parks at some time in the future?


I would LOVE to do some Texas parks, but unless someone drops some money into my lap (hint, hint for anyone who happens to have a pile of money that they just don't know what to do with) it probably won't happen until at LEAST 2011. :/


larrygator wrote:Did anyone take a picture of the Banana Split ride to appease the Obsessive Overlord of the Park Index?


I don't have a picture of the ride, but I do have a picture of the sign. Do you need that at all?

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Postby natatomic » Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:49 pm

Day 3, part 2: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

GUUUUUUH, this park was packed. PACKED. We did get almost everything done (the only thing I missed was the Rock-o-Plane), so I'm speaking less from a I-didn't-get-it-all-in point of view and more from a I-hate-people pov. It really was a nice place though. I loved Giant Dipper, and while nothing else sticks out in my mind quite like that wonderful woodie, I still enjoy everything else the park had to offer, especially since the park treated us so well. We had a wonderful dinner on our own private deck, which included exclusive access to a beach volleyball court (by the way, volleyballs HURT. I think a bowling ball is softer) AND free beer and wine, and we also got an incredible walk-back underneath the carousel and in and around the Giant Dipper.

OH! Also - I had only been on a carousel with a ring-grabbing thing (official scientific name, that is) once before, back when I was 5 or 6 at Dollywood. And you know how that experience went for me? TERRIBLY, because I was too short to grab a single ring, and I can trace all my failures in my life since then back to that moment. Especially since by the time I had grown enough to reach the ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings THEY HAD GOTTEN RID OF THEM, talk about salt in the wounds. Oh, I need a kleenex just from telling that story. So this was finally my chance to make up for that traumatic childhood experience of mine, and I was rather successful in doing so, but my joy was ever-so-slightly tainted by the 5-ish year old girl on the horse in front of me who had NO problem whatsoever grabbing any ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings. Whatever. I'm not bitter. I finally reached a ring*. That's all I needed.

*Will probably be the title of my autobiography, which you basically just now read the cliff-notes for.
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First things first, folks. Time to whore it up.
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Ugh, a LINE? For the kiddie? Who do these people think they are? KIDS?

*eye roll* Whatever.
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What's wrong with these two? Too prudish to whore themselves out? Do they have sex offender records that prevent them from being within 100 yards of children? Hmm, probably one of each.
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I'm starting to think that Chris is just a naturally terrified person.
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Wes: "Do the Puppet Master!"

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41gr2brITLg)
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Oh, if only Jake were sitting behind Neil, this picture would have been PERFECT.
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Jenn seems to be surfing
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AHAHAHAHAHA...Jake...
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I did not take this picture. It was taken by the very kind Mike L., though I did crop it to zoom in on my lovely face. I figure I make fun of others enough, I might as well pick on myself too.

So, uh, look at my funny mouth. Ha ha ha.
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Next was Hurricane, which - wait, do they even have hurricanes on the west coast? They don't, do they? Well, that's a dumb name then. I mean, we don't have any Volcanoes over here on the east coast (talking about the coaster at KD), but still. If you're gonna put a coaster all of three feet from an ocean and call it "Hurricane," you better damn well have some hurricanes.
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Uh, I don't think so. No, I'm gonna call you Fake Boobies. That's a more appropriate name considering things that seem to be prolific in the region.
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It really wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but this part right here did send a shiver up my spine. :S
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Now that I think about it, I think we had our exclusive dinner and walk-back tour before we did Hurricane, but no big deal. I'll cover that stuff now.
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I don't remember much of this meal but this: the sauce on the chicken? That sauce was pretty much the best sauce of all sauce. Mmmm.
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On the way to the walk back of Giant Dipper, we took a surprise detour to the under-lair of the carousel! Amazing!
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This is by far the second best concrete corridor I've ever walked through.
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Oooo...up the skirt of the carousel. I feel so naughty!
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And the ever rare and exotic ring return machine.

Your mom's equipment also starts automatically.
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Onto the coaster walk-back
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Now that is some sexy track work.
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Apparently there's no 'loose articles' policy.
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The GP are such posers.

Ha ha. Get it? Posers? Like, they're posing for us? Is this thing on?
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And with a billion cameras on you, who wouldn't pose?
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Even Robbie gave me a sweet li'l pose.

But then, his punchy-ness kicked in.....
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And this happened...
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...and this...
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...and whatever the hell this is.

What a hottie. <3
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But back to coaster porn.
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And now onto some nerd shots, like the lift chain...
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Which I just look ADORABLE in front of.
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This does something important, I'm sure.
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These aren't spare nails, they're just the ones that have fallen out but they've not got around to hammering back in yet.
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One day I'm gonna have a house with a window 4 inches away from a coaster track just like this one. (And that is a train going by in case you couldn't tell)
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No need for a caption here.
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And after our intimate look-around, Robbie anointed the Giant Dipper his 200th coaster.
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Honestly, I don't know WHAT this was.

However, it was still better than the MonStars of Rock at HRP.
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And then we did the little haunted dark ride, even though I'm not a fan of riding in anything coffin-esque.
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Also, the chair lift had a blow-up dolls on a couple of the chairs, and again....no idea.
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And finally, we rode the carousel if only to be polite after seeing under her skirt just a few hours earlier. Also, to play the ring game.
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THIS ring game.
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The end.

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Postby printersdevil78 » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:16 pm

natatomic wrote:I don't remember much of this meal but this: the sauce on the chicken? That sauce was pretty much the best sauce of all sauce. Mmmm.


Do not let the Delgrosso's people hear you say that. They will hunt you down. They will!

natatomic wrote:If you're gonna put a coaster all of three feet from an ocean and call it "Hurricane," you better damn well have some hurricanes. Uh, I don't think so. No, I'm gonna call you Fake Boobies. That's a more appropriate name considering things that seem to be prolific in the region.


I'm going to go ahead and call this the funniest thing ever posted on TPR (except maybe those shots of Robbie, for which there are no words). Also, fake boobies > hurricanes any day of the week.

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Postby natatomic » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:37 am

^Well, just to preemptively get the Delgrosso's Sauce Man off my back when he cometh, his is a tomato sauce. I believe SCBB's was a teriyaki of some sort. Apples and oranges, really. :wink:

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Postby cfc » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:55 am

Riding a tricycle in a concrete corridor while wearing a paper bag over your head is better than Monstars of Rock.

Ah, yes--the Cave Train, a bizarre, Flintstones-inspired journey through the depravity of prehistoric man. In addition to the caveman on the chairlift, they used to have a caveman on a perch with a megaphone, shilling for the Cave Train and SCBB's knockoff of the Autopia, the Autorama (which I think is gone now--correct?).
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Postby larrygator » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:04 pm

natatomic wrote:
larrygator wrote:Did anyone take a picture of the Banana Split ride to appease the Obsessive Overlord of the Park Index?


I don't have a picture of the ride, but I do have a picture of the sign. Do you need that at all?


I have the sign. Since I never saw the ride when I hit the park on a quick credit run in 2007, I'm starting to think the actual ride doesn't exist or is hidden from me by a cloaking device.
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Postby natatomic » Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:28 pm

^I remember seeing it, but it was buried behind some trees a ways. I think it was basically a banana-themed pirate ship.

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Postby dandaman » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:14 pm

Wes, being Canadian, couldn't believe all this fancy technology we had in America. He asked, "Your polar bears, eh, must have some good balance, eh, to pull us along on this here beam, eh?" That face is his response to when I explained that we have electricity and motors, instead of animals, in America to move our vehicles for us. Bless him.


1. Apparently he only lives two hours away from me (when I'm living in Canada at least) which is cool.

2. Polar bears are obviously for the bigger rides (we dangle a piece of steak in front of 'em for our more powerful launch rides) but beavers are frequently used for kiddie/dark rides or chain lifts under 150 feet.

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The third one leads me to believe Robbie hails from Sparta.

Also, the chair lift had a blow-up dolls on a couple of the chairs, and again....no idea.


Californian storage system?

This thread continues to deliver. Also, when in the hell did I hit 3000 posts? If it was a previous post in this thread it's so worth it.
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Postby natatomic » Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:29 am

^I never think to look at my post count either, but oh crap. My next post (probably the CGA update) will be #666! Hmmm, I'm gonna have to find some way to sneak some crucifixes and holy water into the report.

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