THE BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW - 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PICS ON PG 769

THE 1ST TPR TRIP EVER STARTED 10 YEARS AGO TODAY!!!!
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Postby aslinterpreter » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:14 pm

Mike, I agree with your assessment of all the trip reports coming out! Cant get to them all!

Glad you had fun at CC, ready to see SDC pics next!

Parker and April ask about you often and hope you are doing good!

April talks about you a lot to our clients at work!

I interpreted for Obama today when he was in KC, watch for me on the news!

Hope to see you again soon Mike!

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Postby Y2J2003Y2J » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:39 pm

More great reports from Big Mike!!! Thank you so much. That new ride at Celebration City is Geauga Lake's Shipwreck Falls. Its one of the lucky rides that has found new life outside of Cedar Fairs controls. I am glad it has a new home to keep on thrilling or in its case soaking generations of guest for the years to come.

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Postby OldJJman » Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:02 am

Here ya go BM.
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Not the best stitching job, but you get the idea.

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Postby Big Mike » Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:08 am

Thank you Jeff! :)


I really wish I had the skills to do some of this. LOL


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Postby tnguy » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:49 pm

Oh man I love the Mayor McCheese playground thing. Great updates as always!

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Postby nagro5 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:14 pm

When I was little I remember that the firework show was epic! Thanks for bringing back some great memories, Big Mike.
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Postby Big Mike » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:30 pm

Hello Fantastic Friends!!!

This is a great day, as not only do I get to show you a fantastic park in Silver Dollar City, but this is also the 2nd round of The Big Mike Reader of the Year Find the Ducky Contest!!!!

Now of course, everyone can participate at home trying to find the duckies, but please let only the remaining 33 participants post their guesses and don't give away the hiding spots!!!

Out of the remaining 33 players, the first 20 to answer correctly will advance to the 3rd round, or whatever number answers correctly if it is less than 20.


The players still in the Find the Ducky Contest are:

jakizle
hikaru-chan
beemerboy
coasterdad
strr8xxxinedge
stevec
colincoon
omnio55
traincrossin
thebannedkid
creativeforce
cobraroll06
eltorogirl84
tunnellover#1
taytig
pkimanjz
bhartley
majorapple
esvadj
coasterpalooza
topthrilldragster
spaceace12
nay
gisco
hansruben
geekgrrl
doubled1
groteslurf
orientexpress
dammie16@vt.edu
teamthriller
alpengeist04
bubbaz


Now to take care of a few loop holes we had in the first round that made a few Big Mike Readers a little edgy, we have added this new wrinkle to the game.

Since you are only allowed to guess once with no editing, a few smart people found their way around that rule.

To hopefully fix it, once you post your answer, I or anyone else after you post, must "quote" you and post the quote. Once someone posts your quote, it is set in stone as your final answer.

Example: Someone posts that they guess 11. I or anyone else sees the answer 11. We hit "quote" on the post and then post it to our thread. Now the guesser has no way of changing the guess! Pretty smart, right??? Big Mike is always looking out for the best interest of The Big Mike Readers!!!!

The guesser can change the answer until someone quotes and posts it.


That is it everyone. Don't rush to guess since we are taking 20 people to the 3rd round, make sure you get it right!!!!!!


I hope everyone enjoys Silver Dollar City!!!!


Peace, Big Mike
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Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri!
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Here are the prices.
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The park map.
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The park is very patriotic and has veterans salute the flag at park opening.
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There are a lot of miltary and battle theming around the park.
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Powder Keg! Credit #684 for Big Mike!
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The train.
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The train uses a transfer to get from the station to the launch pad.
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Ready on the launch pad.
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Over the hill and enjoying lots of air.
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Built on a mountainside, you get lots of great views while riding.
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Between showing you all the coasters, I will show you other stuff too! Here is a few pictures of the scenery I found.
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The broken track in the last picture can be found on this roof along with an upside down coaster train. Great stuff.
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A fruit monument.
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Colorful scenery.
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I thought this water tree was cool, and the two little kids also.
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Wildfire! Credit #685 for Big Mike!
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The train.
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The person in the 2nd row is pointing to the condos I stayed at in the background.
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The lift.
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Now it is time to show you some of the food I found.
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Lots of choices.
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The person at the lemonade stand said this place was hopping last week when it was 107 degrees, but now that it is 75 degrees, it is dead.
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Big Mike is not above ordering a kids meal also that is less than 1/2 price of the adults meal.
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Root beer float time for the Big Man.
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Fire in the Hole! Credit #686 for Big Mike!
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The benches you ride on, wet already. This tips Big Mike off that he is going to get wet.
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This is the hole they must be talking about.
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And away we go!
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I managed to get a picture of the splashdown where you get wet.
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Now to show you some of the stores. These ducks on sale look like the ones floating around in the Ducky Game.
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OH NO!!! They ARE the ducks that float around in the Ducky Game. Even the Duckys lost their job in this tough economy!
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This store had a Big Mike wacky hat to show you. I told you that Silver Dollar City was patriotic.
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This was a nice nature shop.
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Talking about nature, I like how the wildlife comes out of the woods here to watch the coasters go by!
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Thunderation! Credit #687 for Big Mike!
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Hey! Look who is in line. TPR readers Mark and Stephen who I met yesterday also!
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What is cool about this ride is you can choose if you want to ride frontwards or backwards.
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Not like usual backwards coasters that the whole train goes backwards, this has frontwards and backwards on the SAME train!
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Mark and Stephen chose frontwards.
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The lift, and people looking right at you.
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Exclusive shot well hidden from the public eye.
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Now to look at a few other attractions at the park. The swing ride.
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A shooting game.
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One of these foam factories for the kids and Big Mike. Big Mike loves shooting the kids with foam balls!
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The Grand Exposition Coaster! Notice Big Mike did not give you a credit count on this one :(
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Here is the whole track. Big Mike could not get the lap bar to close and felt stupid with a whole full line watching. Big Mike stewed all day and waited until 15 minutes before closing for one last try with less lines.
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You can't stop The Big Man, you can only hope to contain him! I have to stay in coaster shape throughout the coaster season, not just leading up to the TPR trips!
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Ladies and Gentlemen, I proudly present to you, Credit #688 for Big Mike!!!!!!
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I was walking in the park and came across this sign. How can I pass up the Worlds largest natural dome and also the worlds only cave railway??? Its also free with your admission to the park!!
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Marvel Cave inside Silver Dollar City. If you can make it through the enterance, you can take the tour.
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The cave map. You start on the left and end on the right.
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You enter the cave through this door at the bottom of a long stairway. The sign says salamanders and bats! Big Mike is not coming out of the cave without a picture of one of those for the valuable Big Mike Readers!
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The last of the daylight I will see for over an hour.
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Alright, there has to be some salamanders or bats around here somewhere!
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This hut was actually used for a person who came down here to get away from everything for peace and quiet.
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Big Mike ALWAYS takes care of his readers!!! I hope you enjoyed everybody! How many duckies were there??? Peace, Big Mike
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Postby Hikaru-chan » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:05 pm

I say I count 9 Mr. Big Mike, love the picture with the bat and what seems to be a beaver or maybe a wolverine.

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Postby Big Mike » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:18 pm

Hikaru-chan wrote:I say I count 9 Mr. Big Mike, love the picture with the bat and what seems to be a beaver or maybe a wolverine.
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Postby Shavethewhales » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:21 pm

Best SDC Photo TR ever - glad to see someone really take in the entire park for once rather than just stopping for the credits. Did you stop by any of the other cool little gimmicks like the authentic 1880's cabin or the recreation 1880's town?


Did you take a look at the construction going on in the middle of the park? There used to be a great ropes course there - too bad you didn't get to mess around on it.

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