Larry- It sucks, we put our stuff including my camera in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo before we went on the 3 water rides. By the time we circled around the park back to the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo it was time to head out. This explains why I only took 2 photos the entire day! I'll get the JTA sign for you & TPR someday on a return visit.
Jimmy- I have no idea what the name of the Mexican place was, but it was good. I didn't have any margaritas, but I did have some of the best sangria that I have ever had!
Next stop, at the end of May we visited Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival with our friends Jamie and Suzanne. Had a nice relaxing day. Kevin, Jamie and Suzanne had never been on Toy Story Mania, so that was a priority. We all really enjoyed the ride. The line is so cool, brought back a lot of memories of childhood to this group of early thirtysomething folks. Had a great lunch and fantastic server at the 50's Prime Time Cafe. If you have never been, check it out. The staff is always very entertaining. After the studios we closed out the day at Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival. A highlight was, we watched the space shuttle launch directly behind Mission Space, kind of ironic, don't you think? Onto the photos, enjoy!
First stop, Toy Story Mania. L-R: Kevin, myself, Jamie & Suzanne.
Jamie, Suzanne and Kevin loved this ride.
The line brought back a lot of memories of toys and games from our childhood.
Mr. Potato Head is very cool.
Muppet Vision 4D is the best 3D show attraction ever. You can never go wrong with The Muppets. The Muppets rock!
"Mom" was upset with Suzanne for not eating her veggies.
After a lecture from "Mom", Suzanne ate her veggies.
We arrived at Epcot just in time to see the space launch, directly over Mission Space.
The boys hanging out with Donald.
The Flower and Garden Festival is always a great time of year to visit Epcot.
Couldn't come to Epcot and not make a mandatory stop at the French bakery.
Thanks to Jamie and Suzanne for making Kevin and my day awesome!
Next up was our August visit to Disney's Blizzard Beach for our friend Ray's birthday. We had a good half day. We left early because there was a tropical storm approaching so the park's attractions closed early. We still had fun the short time we were there.
This was both Ray and Kevin's first visit to Blizzard Beach.
Ray and I enjoy a snow sled ride at a winter-themed water park in August!
First up took the ski lift to experience Teamboat Springs which was a group favorite of the day.
The flume slides were fun.
Ray liked the enclosed slide.
The lazy river in any park is always nice.
Snow and bathing suits - what a great combo!
Ray! This is a family park!
Even though it was a short visit, we had a good time.
Only because I am *that* gay: Desperately Seeking Susan!
Aw... I wanted to guess!! LOL I knew the answer but only saw this TR today.. I have been to the park zillions of times, how on earth did I not know that was there? UGH! NO BUENO for a M fan like me!
Eric, I have to say I am totally enjoying the TR! I am not even done with page two yet... but I can expect nothing less than the best at this point! You get mucho kudos... You did get to see her this year, right? They blasted M alot on that one ride... so lucky!
^ Thanks Lena! The facade from Desperately Seeking Susan is located near the restrooms between the Mummy, Starbucks and Beetlejuice. And to answer your question, I did get to see her in concert this Fall. it was a lot of fun! Here is my concert report: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/vi ... hp?t=47948 It's good to meet a fellow M fan.
In September I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the TPR Tokyo trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be able to go to Japan. Well dreams can come true. There is nothing I could say that hasn't already been said about Tokyo. It is an amazing, efficient and mind stimulating city!
After about 17 hours of traveling, I arrived in Tokyo with a fellow trip participant and new friend, Simon. No sooner after we checked into our hotel, Elissa and Kidtums wisked us off to LaQua at the Tokyo Dome City complex. Being kind of tired from all the traveling made the subway ride trip that much more surreal. It really felt like I was in a dream!
Once at LaQua, I to got to ride a few things like Thunder Dolphin. Since I love hypers, I thought this was a fun ride. This ride's main bonus is the location. The ride at night zipping around and onto of the roof tops in Tokyo was a pretty cool intro to our trip. Rode a few other credits and the parachute drop. Then it was off back to the hotel to crash and rest up for our first full park(s) day.
We started our first official day at Nasu Highland. We had ERT on quite a few of the coasters in the morning which was great. Big Boom had a crazy steep drop and the weirdest tire brakes I have ever seen. One of my favorite coasters of the day was the spinning coaster. Dave and I had that car spinning crazy! Rode a few interesting and fun flats. Saw a really weird and long, but funny 4D Pokemon movie.
Something I should mention, along with coasters I am a big dark ride/haunted house/walk through fan. Thanks to my good friend Chuck (cfc) he gave me the run down of a lot of really unique Japanese walk through attractions before the trip that helped a lot, so thanks again Chuck - you rock! We rode a few dark rides which were cool. We also did a walk through called Hell Ship which had a few good gags.
But one of the main highlights of Nasu Highland was the LEGO attraction. This was a lot more elaborate than most of us thought it would be. Overall Nasu Highland was a nice park and I think everyone enjoyed our time there.
After my gazillion hour flight, we arrived at our hotel, The Shinagawa Prince. After checking in, it was off to LaQua. Our hotel had great views of the Tokyo skyline.
After arriving from our long flight, Tokyo at night was really dream like. So many lights!
Unfortunately, this was the only photo I took at LaQua that sort of came out. The park was really cool at night!
Our first full park on the trip was Nasu Highland.
We lucked out all day, the crowds were nonexistent.
On our way to ERT on 3 of the park's coasters.
Got to love the RCTish look of how the three coasters intertwine with each other.
Dave and Simon demonstrate how to ride the coaster.
Rich looks happy riding the Bat Flyer coaster.
So does Dave, too bad they are both going to get a painful surprise during the brakes at the end of the ride! =p
Other than the sudden and painful end, this was a fun coaster.
Cheryl is all like "no hands!" she is going to wish she braced herself for that sudden stop!
Nasu had one haunted walk through called Hell Ship which a had a few good gags.
THe park also had a very cool LEGO attraction.
The centerpiece of the attraction were replicas of different famous Tokyo landmarks and city scenes.
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