Konichiwa...shout outs to everyone on the TPR Japan trip!
Japan is truly one of the most amazing countries one can ever experience. When I went with TPR in '07, I was totally blown away by everything. It seemed like there was always something totally cool, random, and awesome everywhere we went within the span of about every 5 seconds. Kurashiki Tivoli was no exception. While you won't find extreme thrills here, the park is GORGEOUS beyond words and has a very European feel and charm to it. Besides the two coasters, there were several notable flat rides including a very intense Wave Swinger, a dessert/food themed spinning ride, a log flume with a curved lift hill, and unbelievable tea cups of death! I remember the walk through attraction having something to do with very scary Vikings. I should also mention Kurashiki is the home of Kidtum's first coaster credit! Check out this Coastertube video from the TPR visit to Kurashiki! Click to download video to your computer or iPod/iPhone
You just never know when an old coaster in storage will spring back to life. While it's cool and all that a piece of AstroWorld will get a second life, I think most (all?) of us wish it wasn't Serial Thriller. Poor La Ronde...well at least you guys got Goliath not too long ago, which though I haven't ridden it, by all accounts looks like a great ride. Hopefully Serial Thriller gets those new Vekoma trains with the better OTSR's at least.
Here's three cards, taken down from our old Postcard Wall that used to be in our basement bathroom. The room is now being converted into a new bathroom with a proper shower, etc. Woo hoo!
So, here's two that were up on it - from Santa Claus California, on one of my late 1970's visits down the West Coast. They even had their own sort-of cancellation stamp on it too! Check it out on the back of each one! (o: It's not around anymore and honestly, I cannot remember where exactly on the west coast of CA it was. Any help, people? Thanks in advance.
The third one is from Buffalo Bill's in Nevada, south of Las Vegas, which used to boast one of the first "tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world"... Desperado ... Back in the late 1990's.
Here's part of that Postcard Wall that the first one was on - can you find it?
Here it is - Santa Claus California. And look - there's a childrens train ride in front!
The back of the card. With the "From Santa Claus CA" cancellation on it, lol
Here's the part where the second Santa Claus CA card was on. And that's NOT Marilyn Monroe, there. I think it's Jayne Mansfield. And you are close to the second card too!
More of the fun things to at Santa Claus CA ....shopping. And eating.
And the back of this one from Sanat Claus, CA.
And on THIS part of the Postcard Wall we find.....
Here's a little plug for Great Adventure Online website's first ever "Online Day" (<---click) coming up next Saturday, October 3rd, at SFGAdv. Although I live too far away to attend the event unfortunately, it sounds like it will be awesome. I promised the GAO website owner and TPR member, Josh, I'd help promote the event, so EVERYONE GO!!! Now to get you all in the mood for this event, which by the way coincides with the first night of Fright Fest, here's a scary ghost from SFGAdv's past...Viper.
Oh and by the way, next Sunday kicks off my Postcard SCAREadise 2!
^ Yeah, I remember the ride being advertised on having seven inversions from the press release back in 1999. Even the guide on the park map for that year described the ride as "going upside down seven times".
I also remember counting only five when I went to ride it for the first time. It made no sense.
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