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Thanksgiving Week P:TR

Postby krazekiddd » Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:08 pm

Part One: Broward County Fair

To set this up, after the 2007 Midwest Tour, a few members went through serious withdrawal thanks to the amazing job that Robb & Elissa do with the trips. Seriously, anyone that is thinking about signing up for a future TPR trip, do it! It is simply the most amazing vacation you will ever take. The friends I've met on the past two trips have become a second family to me and one that I will always cherish.

We decided that we had to get together, and soon! We decided to leave our families at home and meet up with our new second family. In what is now an annual tradition, we all go to Orlando for Thanksgiving for some food, fun, and drinks.

Anyway, so to start off the trip to Orlando, my friends and I decided to hit up the Broward County Fair. This was my first time to the event and I gotta say, it is pretty lame. It reminds me of a church or mall carnival. Compared to the Dade County Fair, this just fails in the atmosphere I love.

The star attraction here was Speed, which is basically a Skyscraper attraction. While normally not part of the wristband included attractions, the fair board advised the midway operators it had to be. Needless to say, it was pretty popular and a low capacity ride. The ride only takes 8 people at one time, however, they were only letting TWO people ride at a time. Yeah, that's right, two people. With a 4 minute ride time, the line was taking forever. After about waiting 30 minutes, we finally left to just do other rides.

Another thing I hate about the Broward County Fair, are the carnies. Usually, I don't mind them, and have fun, but these carnies seemed vicious. If you were walking by them and they wanted your attention, they would actually grab you to stop you to play their game. It became quite annoying!

Ok now that my little rant is over, on to the photos! Next will be ICE at the Gaylord Palms.
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First up is the North side of the Midway. This shot includes the evil Starship 3000.
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On the south side of the midway, you have your typical rides that you can see at any carnival.
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Yay a credit! Ok there was two, but the wacky worm was smack in the middle of the games and I didn't want to go back.
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This is speed. Please, only 2 people on at one time! Oh and you couldn't sit next to each other. It was one on each side.
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More speed!
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While it didn't look like much, the coaster was really fun! The turns whip you like you want it.
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Ever wonder why carnies are missing teeth? They deep fry EVERYTHING!
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After some food and a few rides, we decided to feed the local wildlife. :)
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Evil bull! Seriously, look at its eyes.
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Apparently some good 'ole bestiality will cure red eye.
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Baby rabbit! All together now, "Awwwwww"
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It took me a while to figure out this was a boy and not a girl! I wish I could find the close up photo, but yah.
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After going to Knobles, I developed a slight fascination with Bumper Cars.
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I wish I had a photo of how long the line was. He only let 5 cars go at a time.
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My all time favorite carnie ride! This thing always brings back memories.
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And then we had this evil contraption. The free spinning version I love, this version hurts guys!
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The after effect!
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And lastly, we end on this photo. This ride is one of my favs. The ride op actually left for about 3 songs to smoke, so we just kept spinning 'till he got back. Amazing!

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:15 pm

Great photos! That little coaster does look like fun! Do you know who made it?


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Postby coastercrazed49 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:10 pm

OMG that power surge type ride looks terrible for guys! :omg:

That looks like an awesome fair though, its just to bad that they only run Speed with two people on each car.
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Postby ajinaz » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:22 pm

Loved the shot of the Zipper. It's also my all-time favorite. I first rode the Zipper on July 4, 1970 in Cecilton Maryland. It was my very first thrill ride. I always loved how the door never felt quite like it was closed correctly and how the noise of the midway sounded so far away when you were stopped at the top.
Thanks for the pictures. It's funny how all these fairs seem to have the same basic elements all over the country.

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Postby krazekiddd » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:48 pm

Part two!

Tuesday night, Mike and I picked up our new friend (TPR: KerryB) that I met on the East Coast trip. She is truly a breath of fresh air and an amazing person. After getting her around midnight, we checked into The Fountains with all of our stuff for Thanksgiving.

In the morning, we decided to do Ice at the Gaylord Palms. Kerry, thinking ahead, actually brought mittens. Needless to say, she was the smart one. My hands were frozen afterward. If you are in Orlando this holiday season, you should really check this attraction out.

It's really cute but seriously cold! I've always wanted to check out the Gaylord Palms, and it was really worth it. The atrium and courtyard was worth the visit alone.

Next up is me fisting a turkey!
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We've arrived! Just in case you forgot where you were going after you've paid the $12 for parking.
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Nerds! Oh wait, I'm taking their photo.
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Time to get prepared! Seriously, she was smart, or maybe she came from an area that was cold!
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Yay, I'm feeling the season already.
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Ohhh I've been very naughty!
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Getting closer!
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The entrance was through Snowy Way!
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Yep, well Snowy for Floridians.
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Kerry is very excited.
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Thankfully we were given these heavy parkas! It was getting C O L D.
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See? Cold! Outside it was 70 degrees, quite a transition.
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These signs are supposed to entertain you on the long walk to the convention center.
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Finally, we've entered!
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Its freezing, so we decide to sit on ice! We're smart!
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It almost looks like a candle. Well at least that's what I see. All I need is a black light.
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That's better.
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First up, the main room, Winter Wonderland! It was supposed to be a frozen park with bears!
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This bear is presenting!
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Oh, it became night suddenly.
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It was really awesome in here! Everything, including the bridge you walk on, was ice.
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And since I'm retarded and didn't post this first!
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Next up was the "Hall of Ornaments", an acid lovers dream.
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Colored balls everywhere! :-)
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Please do not lick or touch the balls!
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And for those who want the full view!
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Next up was Candyland!
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This room had me ready to eat.
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Hi Kerry!
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And the other side!
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Wow, Santa's eyes are creepy!
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There is just something so wrong with those eyes.
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The final room before the slides!
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This room was beautiful. No colors, just ice carvings that looked like crystals.
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See? It's breathtaking.
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The Nativity.
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The ice slides! This was by far the most popular room.
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Kerry and I had fun not letting excited little kids cut in front of us.
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Oh yeah, I'm going down!
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Kerry didn't quite slide, however, she did manage to push herself down.
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The last room, aka The Penguin room that Kerry goes crazy in.
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Oh and the Coca-Cola bears were there too!
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Ha! She's almost totally adorable!
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Now that's a Florida Christmas!
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I totally turned 5 years old after this sign.
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Yep, Parkas not needed anymore :(
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And finally, we went to the atrium to get our free hot chocolate!
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Of coarse being me, we added shots of Godiva Liquor for $2. Perfect end to that day.

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Postby grinch1313 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:14 pm

Awesome photos so far, Scott.

Ice looks really amazing. I wish I could have been there for that, but I had a blast Thanksgiving day and today. :br

It was great seeing everyone again and meeting Mike. I can't wait for our next trip anywhere!

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Postby krazekiddd » Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:48 pm

After Ice, we had to rush home to start Thanksgiving day food! Somehow, with Kerry's help, we actually didn't kill anyone while cooking. I've NEVER actually cooked Thanksgiving dinner and doing it alone was a mission. I didn't know how to cook a turkey or any of the food. Thankfully, my mom, wrote out step by step directions for everything and it came out awesome.

This trip report takes over two days so I don't post Thanksgiving twice.

Thanksgiving dinner with your TPR friends is really awesome!

Next up will be Universal/Islands with a preview of Grinchmas.
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Look I'm cooking! Are you scared?
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Yay for home made Pumpkin Pie!
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And Pecan Pie!
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Hi, my name is Bubba, and I'm hear to feed you!
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Feed you, not fist you! Oh yeah, I gave it to Bubba all right.
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Because I'm a klutz, I spilled the Pecan Pie mix all in the fridge. Kerry had the task of cleaning up Corn Syrup!
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Before I lube Bubba up, one more romantic gesture.
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Salt! Yeah, that's the stuff
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Oh yeah baby, just like that.
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Awww, look how cooked he is! Seriously, I let him sit in the juices too long, but he ended up being super juicy!
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God I was so hungry at this point!
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The final product. All I need now is wine!
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Time to eat!
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Eli seems hungry!
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Yay wine!
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We all were starving!
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We all had seconds and in some cases, thirds!
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Oh and some people had too much wine.
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Finally, to fulfill the ACEr quota, here's your gravy.

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Postby YoshiFan » Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:03 pm

astroworldfan1 wrote:Great photos! That little coaster does look like fun! Do you know who made it?


It's a Zierer Flitzer. Hopefully the one in this TR wasn't braked too much. The one at Playland in Ocean City, NJ slows you down any time you pick up speed. Kind of boring.

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Postby DiSab » Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:18 pm

Mmmm... All that turkey is making me hungry. For left-over turkey! :lolr:

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Postby rhoadkillstew » Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:19 pm

It was fun to Finally Meet these TPR people Scott has talked about... they are real after all ;) Scott did forget to mention that he Banned me from the kitchen which was probably a good idea the food was AMAZING!!!


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