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  1. Me and my family went to Walt Disney World over spring break, as most of you already know. I apologize for some of the pictures, I really just pulled out my iPod from time-to-time and snapped a quick pic. But I have a few good ones. Let me know which one you like best. We usually fly, but my moms boyfriend gets free gas and has a company car, so, why not? I actually managed to keep track of most of the stuff we did in my notes, so here we go... On march 28th, I believe, the first day on break we left for Cincinnati in the afternoon around 6-ish. We were heading to Cincy because our new house that we are moving into is down there that we can stay in, plus there was a few things we had to do in the morning. It was a short drive (four hours) as much as we make that trip it didn't bother me at all. Plus the company car was more of a van. We folded down the front-back seats (if that makes sense..) and me and my brother sat in the back-back seats. Therefore this gave us lots of room to stretch our legs and have all our stuff to keep us busy during the drive. And it had a in-built dvd player so that was cool. We arrived at the house, and went to bed. The next day we got a late start because there was some things we had to do so we didn't get out onto the road until around 12:40. At 1:30 we hit Kentucky. The drove all the way down to mid-Georgia and arrived at the hotel around 10:25. The next day we ate breakfast, and then we went to go see this place called Stone Mountain. Apparently its the largest exposed granite rock in the world, if I remembered that correctly. We got there around 11:30, we walked around and we saw the rock. P3303562 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr P3303586 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr In front of the rock P3303599 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr P3303598 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr We walked around some more and found a glass shop. If I could have a dream job I would love to do that, make the class objects. We watched a tutorial on it at 12:30. P3303609 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr After that we got into the van at 1:00 and headed the rest of the way to Florida. We crossed the border around 5:20. Later on we got to Disney P3303631 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr We drove around, we passed Downtown Disney, it looked like Las Vegas in a way haha. We found our hotel, we were staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter Hotel. I thought it was pretty neat, I liked it. I found this on one of the beds, haha. P3303644 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr After we got our stuff in we walked around the hotel. We went to go see the pool, I knew what it looked like, but I was excited to see it. It was cute. This is half of it. P3303653 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr After that we got onto a boat, form of Disney transportation, lol. It was really neat at night, it took you to Downtown Disney. P3303662 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr P3303669 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr P3303671 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr ^We ate there on our last day. We walked around for awhile, it was just mostly shops and restaurants. We went back to the boat, but we missed it. So we went to go catch a bus. It was really easy to find, nice organization Disney. We went back to the hotel and headed to bed The Next day was March 31st, Easter. Apparently, the hotel had organized some type of Easter candy hunt. I went outside and found a huge arrangement of candy. We went down, it was really neat. It was the in the shape of a mask, because the hotel was themed as mardi graw (or however you spell it....). IMG_5283 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr ^That's the mask, they had it divided into sections of age, again, nice organization Disney. I saw that I had some very stiff competition. Haha IMG_5288 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr Some of the people there, I thought it was really nice of Disney to do this, they had the Easter bunny there too, and mickey an Minnie. IMG_5284 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr I finally had some time to take some pictures I wanted. IMG_5285 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5296 by I finally had some time to take some pictures I wanted. IMG_5285 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5296 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr At 9 they started going through the age levels. There was way more then enough candy to go around. After that, my mom had bought her own Easter stuff for us so she went out and hid some of the eggs with the gold coins in them. Family tradition. IMG_5310 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5311 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr After that we got on a bus to magic Kingdom because they had a church service at a hotel. There was a lot of people in thee, im going to say at least a thousand. Around 11:40 that ended and we went back to the hotel to change. Then we got on a bus to animal kingdom. We got there at 2:00, my mom wanted to see the Lion King show, so wwe headed straight there, that started at 2:30. The show was cute. It was kinda weird though because as I watched it, it all was coming back to me. I started to renember it. After the show my mom said it was exactly the same way it was 7 years ago. haha Sorry these are especially bad quality IMG_5340 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5365 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5351 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5358 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr After that we went to go get a good spot for the parade. That started at 3. Once again as I watched this I started to remember it. Its a weird feeling. IMG_5372 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5375 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr When that was over we went on to a safari type ride. I also remembered that too. We took a train, and then headed into Asia, where we found Expedition Everest. IMG_5417 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5417 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr My mom hates roller coasters, so she was more than happy to stay behind. They put a lot of theme into the rides. The ride was really neat, it was really just kind of like an upgraded Adventure Express to me. At one point they make it look like the tracks are broke and you head backwards into the dark. When that was over, my mom texted us saying she was at a Nemo play. We dashed over there to see it. I'm not one much for shows/plays, but this was quite neat. They used puppets, and they were on harnesses and they did flips, and all kinds of stuff. They had jellyfish kites, bubbles, animatronics, it was quite neat. I was able to follow along with the movie really well. We found my mom as we headed out of the play. Right then my voice really started to get bad. I didn't sound so well all day but then it was really bad, I sounded like an old dying woman haha. The weird thing was it didn't hurt to talk at all, it was just hard to (you could barley hear me), and my face was really congested. We sat down and tried to find a show on the internet. My mom couldn't remember the name of it, I mean I wouldn't of either after 7 years haha. Me and her bf tried to find it, and we did. It was called fantasmic, which rang a bell, it was at Hollywood studios so we headed out of Animal Kingdom and caught a bus We got there around 7:30, there was a little bit of a sunset. IMG_5433 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5441 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5435 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5446 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr At that moment it hit us that we had not eaten at all yet today. xD Im not sure how, I guess we were just to busy to notice. So we grabbed some stuff to eat. I just had a turkey sandwich, at this point you could not even really hear me speak and I just didn't feel like eating. While they ate they made several announcements that if you were going to see fantasmic, they suggested that you go to find seats 45 minutes before the show. I didn't know what to expect. We went in like 15 minutes before the show, and it was packed...xD IMG_5455 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr And that was just half of the stadium xD. So we found some seats, you couldn't see anything. Haha, my mom and brother attempted to watch it while me and her bf browsed the internet. After the show we were extremely tired, but it looked pretty cool from what we could see, and we didn't think we would have the time to come back so we stuck it out, exited, and got in line for the last show. They made you exit so they could clean the stadium, health requirements. We got much better seats. Dead center, a and about 6 rows up (on purpose). IMG_5458 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5458 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr They had water spray and then had a projector put scenes from movies on it. IMG_5467 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5469 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr It was a really neat. Afterwards we were really tired now, so we caught a bus to the hotel. I was happy to because my moms bf has allergies and he had some stuff that we were going to try to see if it helped me. I don't have allergies, but maybe there was like a specific plant I was allergic to. Or maybe I was just allergic to Florida, that's probably it haha. xD The next day we got a really late start we went and swam at the pool, my brother met a kid his age. He was from Ireland, I think.... Heres part of the pool again P4013706 by KIC-Original, on Flickr His name was Finland. We also headed out of WDW to get some things we needed. At 1:50 we arrived at Magic Kingdom. I was really happy to finally see the castle again. (Pic from the train station) P4013742 (2) by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr We got on the train at 2. P4013745 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr My brother really likes Jack Sparrow, so we went to go see a 'How to become a pirate with Jack Sparrow' show. It was cute, they taught them how to sword fight and gave them certificates with Jack Sparrow's signature at the bottom. P4013748 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr The guy really looked like Jonny Depp, talked like him too. We went to go see the parade afterwards. IMG_5553 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_5554 by KIC-Original, on Flickr ^^This is the one of the things I didn't get to go that I wanted. If you see any toy story characters walking around the park, if you shout 'ANDYS COMING!!' They will fall to the ground like they do in the movie. Me and my brother were going to do it with them but we never got to. But we did get to see them in the parade. IMG_5556 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_5558 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_5560 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_5565 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_5573 by KIC-Original, on Flickr ^^I love the one step sisters face in that one, haha. IMG_5577 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_5578 by KIC-Original, on Flickr We took a Pirate boat ride after that. IMG_5583 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr It was all animatronics. It broke down at the very end before we reached the station. Jack Sparrow was singing 'A pirates life for me', we were only stuck for about 5 minutes but that song made it feel like an hour lol. We saw the show Enchanted Tiki room. It was animatronic birds singing, cool. We headed into Liberty Square, we went to go see The Hall of Presidents show. IMG_5603 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr It was a video, and then they had animatronics. I swear Abe was a real actor though. lol We took the Liberty Bell Boat ride. IMG_5603 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr Good view of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. IMG_5629 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5635 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr We went into Pinocchio's Village house to eat. We got a good seat next to this long window overlooking 'its a small world' ride around 6:30. IMG_5642 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr The food was really good, you get what you pay for. IMG_5651 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr At 7 we rode the ride, it was, um okay. It was my brothers favorite ride as a baby. IMG_5661 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr At 8 we rode The Haunted Mansion ride, one of my brothers favorite movies. IMG_5685 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr Main Character's grave. IMG_5694 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr The ride was okay, it was kinda like boo blasters without the blasters, and it had illusions in it. At 9 we went to go get seats for the Electric Parade. They had a couple marching bands from high schools start it out. IMG_5724 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5733 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5740 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5770 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5774 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr We went to go see wishes after that. Like a firework/projection show on the castle. IMG_5789 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr Sorry these aren't very good, the images wouldn't stop moving. IMG_5797 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5804 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr These are better, since the colors on the castle were more solid. IMG_5856 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_5889 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr Very cool show. Afterwards we went to Jungle Cruise. We were going to go on it earlier but it was a 45 min. wait. We came back and it was a walk on. A pic from earlier in the day. P4013758 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr It was a boat ride, again. You could tell our 'guide' liked her job, but had a lot of time on her hands. She had the corniest jokes for everything. lol Then we went and rode the magic carpet ride, twice. Another one of my brothers favorite movies. IMG_5903 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr Big Thunder Alley ( I can't believe I just typed that haha) MOUNTAIN. Big Thunder Mountain. IMG_5911 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr It was fun, again really just like another upgraded Adventure Express. We got on a bus and headed for the hotel. We swam in the morning again. P4033802 by KIC-Original, on Flickr In case you needed to know what I look like underwater... At 1:40 we got at magic kingdom and went to go see mickey. We were in the gift shop for awhile. IMG_5939 by KIC-Original, on Flickr My brother was collecting pins, he had like 12 by the time we left Disney. heres a couple. IMG_6002 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6003 by KIC-Original, on Flickr We went around to some shops, and at 2:40 we were walking under the castle. We walked over to fantasy land where they had 2 new castles. We tried to get reservations to eat at The Beasts castle but they didn't have any but they said you cant make reservations for lunch, so there was a chance we could squeeze in. We walked over, but they were all ready full. So we back to the Pinocchio Village because we really like that place. It was crowded in there but I was able to swipe a seat. Afterwards we went into some more stores then got onto a Ferry Boat to get onto the monorial to epcot. Its more fun than the bus. When we got to the monorail it was closed so we had to take the bus, oh well. We got there at 5:15, I had fun with proportions. IMG_6054 by KIC-Original, on Flickr We rode spaceship earth, and started walking toward this fountain with some really cute ducks. IMG_6072 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Then we went to Test Track. This was my favorite ride. IMG_6079 by KIC-Original, on Flickr They gave you a card and then you got in pairs and designed a car (you got to draw the body, design the engine, the color, all kinds of stuff) . Then you scanned your card before you got into the car and you went through testing to see how well you car did. That was really cool. IMG_6090 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Scanner IMG_6092 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6095 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6097 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Then we went to Mexico one of the many countries they have. Then my brother found some mission thing. They gave you a cell phone and yu went around a country to solve it. We did that for 30 minuites. Then we saw illuminations reflections of earth. A firework show. Then we got on a bus back to the hotel. The next day we went outside of Disney and spent most of the day at Daytona Beach. P4033886 by KIC-Original, on Flickr We went u on the board walk IMG_6251 by KIC-Original, on Flickr We ate French Fries and watch the people surf and tidal ride IMG_6294 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6287 by KIC-Original, on Flickr We took each others photos and I edited them. IMG_6321 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6299 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6299 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Ferris Wheel and Sling Shot^. It was a neat day. The next day we went back to Epcot to see more of the countries and such. We went to a nemo center where they had a ride, and then a lot of aquariums and turtle talk. IMG_6339 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6354 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6375 by KIC-Original, on Flick Turtle talk was really neat crush talked to you and stuff, really neat. We walked out of there and we were going to go do soarin'. IMG_6394 by KIC-Original, on Flickr A couple people ntold us about it, its really neat you feel like your in a hang glider and they have wind, and you can go all over the world. With a 2 hour wait though we didn't do it. We had lunch at seasons, and than rode living with the land boat ride. I remembered that. Than we saw a sign for captin EO. We went in and watched that. IMG_6398 by KIC-Original, on Flickr As we walked out we saw our ducklings from the other day. IMG_6403 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Than we went to all the different countries. Canada, France, Italy, China, Japan, Mexico, India, Norway, and Germany - I think those are all of them.. Oh yes, and the U.K. IMG_6416 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Phone booths from the U.K IMG_6420 by KIC-Original, on Flickr My friend would of been so happy. They had a whole store of Beatles stuff. IMG_6429 by KIC-Original, on Flickr My favorite Disney movie, also the last one Walt Disney helped make.^ We were going into france IMG_6430 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6431 by KIC-Original, on Flickr France^^ What amazed me is that as you went into the different countries, the employees were ALL from which country you were in if you looked at their nametags. It was so realistic, they had stores, and food just like they have there too. Movie IMG_6435 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6440 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6440 by KIC-Original, on Flickr India^ IMG_6463 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Japan^ IMG_6472 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Japan^ IMG_6482 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6483 by KIC-Original, on Flickr IMG_6492 by KIC-Original, on Flickr ^Germany, reminds me of our Oktoberfest Then lastly we went to Norway and rode a boat ride called Maelstrom, it was actually really neat. It was about the Vikings. We then exited epcot onto the monorail to magic kingdom where we wanted to see the castle show again. IMG_6520 by KIC-Original, on Flickr Here's a pic of the monorail from earlier that day IMG_6138 by KIC-Original, on Flickr We deffiantly didn't have as good of seats like the last time we saw it, but the show was just as good as the last. Then we went into fantasy land and rode the teacups, Dumbo, and goofys barn stormer. Then we went into tomorrow land and rode the people mover, starship command, and went to the show The Laugh Floor. The laugh Floor was my favorite show. It was kinda the same concept as Turtle Talk only with monsters inc and it was a comedy show. I really liked it they pick different people to put on camera and such. I didn't think I would like it but it was actuslly my favorite. We then went to some stores, and caught our last bus back to the hotel. The last day we took that boat we did the first day to downtown Disney. We went to once upon a toy, a pin store, and a bunch of other places. We also went to the world of Disney the biggest Disney store in the world (or u.s.a..?). It was huge. lol Then we went to Fulton's Crab House. IMG_6628 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr Best drink I've ever had. Called sunset punch. amazing. IMG_6638 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_6639 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr food IMG_6644 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_6643 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr IMG_6655 by vacationphotos2013, on Flickr We then took the boat back to the hotel, and piled in. I'm really happy I got to do this. It wasn't the most thrill-seeker rides, but it was still fun. Its a bit childish, but I mean that's who I am. haha. The drive didn't bother me at all really, I liked it. We had plenty to do, and lots of room too. I still think the 1 hour drive to Cedar Point is longer xD haha. If you've reached this far congrats, I apologize for its length, its really long, sorry. Oh, and lso as we drove back I got to get a glimpse of carowinds from across the highway. Some trains were running. Thanks for reading.
    10 points
  2. Leave Vortex alone and appreciate the lack of downtime. We've got a coaster we can ride in that spot.
    7 points
  3. Since you guys seemed rather interested in the Bier Garten... It looks awesome! Also, Action Zone got new, non-faded banners!
    7 points
  4. Found this on YouTube earlier It's amazing how much of the "future" never came about!
    4 points
  5. The Architect is always thinking!
    4 points
  6. I hope they have something planned for this year. I liked the idea of fun perks. I deffinately spent more $ in the park with it. Yes there were hiccups with associates not knowing how to apply or use it, but for the most part I never had problems. The cost of a few free sodas and pretzels is minimum due to the cost of staffing/food cost is covered by the markup on regular priced items. I imagine the cost of setting that up last year with the POS system, website, and signage cost them quite a bit, but to scrap it after 1 year seems like corporate wasn't happy with the ROI. I ate in the parks more last year than ever, bought souvineers that normally I would never because of the knowledge that I would get benefit from that. On the last confrence call they sounded like the program was doing well, but the bottom line must have been the deciding factor (which I am sure they wrote off). I will be interisted in what they plan on to keep season pass holders $ in the park. Because if its just the 10-20% discount I will probably be back to eating in the parking lot.
    4 points
  7. I find myself singing the Banana Splits theme song once every blue moon, my head must be screwed up thanks to the rides on the rolley coasters. XP
    3 points
  8. Is it strange that I'm mega excited about the new banners? I'm weird...
    3 points
  9. Using your rewards was, at best, like pulling teeth. Employees not knowing how to apply the discounts properly being the main culprit that I witnessed. We DO get a discount on food, if I read the website correctly before by using our gold passes. 10% I thought. I certainly hope that they do come up with an alternative, and, do a better job of teaching employees that it exists, and, how to properly apply it.
    3 points
  10. A complete climate control apparatus? An oven without fire? Plastic silverware? Wireless, in-ear telephone? Closed-circuit television phones? I'd say it's equally astounding how much of the future did come to be! EDIT: Now what DIDN'T come to pass, unfortunately, is a house with that view of Sleeping Beauty Castle! I'll keep dreaming, though.
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  11. After employee rides day and a few laps on The Beast I a pleased to report that the trims on The Beast are much more forgiving. Trim 1 is still the same but trim 2 is almost non existent and trim 3 has been cut back. Trim 4 is almost gone and you can't feel it at all unless you try. This gives the ride a good pop of airtime on the second hill and a much better paced ride after the shed and second lift. It make the ride feel more like it did with the skids than the last few years.
    3 points
  12. The saga of the departure of Jack Falfas as the COO of Cedar Fair continues. The Court of Appeals for the sixth district has reversed the lower courts order and ordered Jack Falfas back to work. The Court reaffirmed the award and order of the binding arbitration panel which ordered Falfas reinstated to his Cedar Fair position. The Appeals Court also remanded to trial court the duty of setting the issue of the exact economic loss of wages, insurance, legal costs, reasonable costs, etc., suffered by Mr. Falfas as a result of his inappropriate termination. That action will then establish the damages which Cedar Fair must pay Mr. Falfas: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/6/2013/2013-ohio-1590.pdf Be looking for Cedar Fair to attempt to settle this dispute with Mr. Falfas, perhaps by offering a substantial cash settlement (in lieu of Mr. Falfas returning to work as COO).
    2 points
  13. For those who don't know, Hong Kong Disneyland recently underwent a massive expansion to add three new lands that are original to the park, expanding outside the usual footprint of "Magic Kingdom" style parks to add Toy Story Playland, Grizzly Gulch, and Mystic Point. Mystic Point is still in soft-opening, but its highly-anticipated new ride Mystic Manor (a sort of spiritual take-off on the Haunted Mansion) opened the other day to cast members and Imagineers. It's absolutely stunning. It uses trackless, GPS-guided vehicles that can spin, back-up, and "dance" with other vehicles, taking different routes through the house all orchestrated via satellite. It's about Lord Henry Mystic and his mischievous monkey Albert, who opens a magical music box that releases a curse into the house, bringing Lord Mystic's collection of international treasures to life. It's truly one of the most impressive rides I've ever seen - hopefully an impetus to bring Disney back to non-IP property rides.
    2 points
  14. Exactly, and I didn't realize you'd had that issue at KD as well. Okay, so you'll save $61.50, or potentially lose $240? No brainer... Even buying 1...save $20.50 or potentially lose $80.00. Still a no brainer... Some who like to gamble with fate would probably try it. I would not. Just saying, and with no disrespect intended.
    2 points
  15. Universal suffers the same problems that Disney does when it comes to deteriorating attractions. Prior to Harry Potter's debut, many of the "islands" at IOA had faded paint schemes, malfunctioning and/or non-working effects, etc. Also, the last rides that were added to the park prior to Harry Potter were Flying Unicorn (now Hippogriff) and Storm Force Accelatron in 2000. As for the debate on budget cuts between D-Land and D-World, remember that D-World only put budget cuts on single attractions or themed lands...they never had budget cuts on an entire PARK. California Adventure is the grandaddy of all Disney budget cuts - the massive refurbishment (Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, Paradise Pier remodel, etc.) was something that should have been done from the get-go - but during the 90s, three entire theme parks were sketched up and almost made a reality. The first was to be an almost entire cloned version of EPCOT for the West Coast: WestCOT would have been the first Disney park to feature a hotel within the theme park itself. The second was PortDisney, a multifaceted project containing a theme park, DisneySeas, a hotel, and a marina, and would have been built in Long Beach, California. Both projects were shelved after financial problems arose with Disneyland Paris; the former, WestCOT, was reported to be close to $3 billion to create (by comparison, California Adventure was built for only $650 million). However, the concept of DisneySeas was later given to the Oriental Land Company who owns Tokyo Disneyland and reworked as Tokyo DisneySea, arguably the most heavily-themed park ever created, and the hotel-within-a-park concept from WestCOT was later implemented as the Hotel MiraCosta at TDS (Disneyland Hotel in Paris would be the first to feature the concept, however). The third park was Disney's America, set to be in Haymarket, Virginia: Themed as a mixture of American history and culture, the park was drawn up in 1993, but Haymarket's citizens weren't swayed by the prospect of the Disney Corporation building a park in their town, so the project was scrapped around the same time as WestCOT and Port Disney. Several rides and areas of the park were later added to California Adventure, such as the California Screamin' coaster, Grizzly River Run, Condor Flats, and Bountiful Family Farm. Fun fact: DA was at one point reworked to be a conversion of Knott's Berry Farm when it went up for bid. The Knott family, however, didn't like the idea of the Disney Corporation coming in and changing almost everything up, so they politely declined and instead went with Cedar Fair...who went ahead and changed almost everything up.
    2 points
  16. He said. And what if they HAVE? Or the park claims they have? Or for whatever reason won't honor the paperwork? Then what?
    2 points
  17. You would be correct that would be next. I meant of course that under former management, the case would be appealed and appealed, all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court, without settlement.
    2 points
  18. Unless it was purchased on line where one would have to go get their pass processed when they first attend the park. If he were to sell, say me, the pass he could just give me the papers, if he had purchased them online, and I could get my picture taken no problem. I assume...
    2 points
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  20. Beast slowed down MUCH less going into the tunnel yesterday, hope it stays that way.
    2 points
  21. Please, don't show Congressman Markey of New Jersey any of this. Addled Terpy
    2 points
  22. It's too bad the party who caused this predicament won't be personally liable for making it go away. That would be deliciously poetic justice, and he could certainly afford to make recompense.
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  24. It's a different Cedar Fair than when Falfas was "let go." I think Ouimet will do whatever is in the best interest of the company, that will give the company the best publicity.
    2 points
  25. My grandparents live in Melbourne. I'll give you their address and you can say hi for me, ok?
    2 points
  26. Looking at great pics of Disney never gets old...thanks. We are headed that way in July, wife and daughter are going to make a one day trip to IOA, while I stay at the rental in Melbourne Beach. I do not feel the need to spend $120+ to stand in the Harry Potter lines during the week of July 4th...
    2 points
  27. Rain in the morning wont thin out the crowd,it might prevent some from showing up.A strong storm in the afternoon would help thin out the crowd! I also wouldnt call the elderly or families with small children cowards,but I get what your saying.
    2 points
  28. And that would be a very long walk, with quite a bit of grade change. The land dips down pretty significantly back behind Adventure Express. Not saying it won`t ever happen, but there are certainly other areas where they can build some infill projects, with not as much infrastructure required.
    2 points
  29. Nice job with the report & pictures! I should hire you to be our personal guide & photographer next time we go down there.
    2 points
  30. FunPerks was a nice concept, but I didn't really go enough/buy enough to reap the full benefits- I think I was at level 2. If they replaced it with a flat discount it would be easier for season pass holders and employees.
    2 points
  31. Someone needs to check into the height restrictions affecting the park. Either that or start their plans by digging a massive, and massively expensive, hole.
    2 points
  32. I don't think Diamondback will be a 2 hour wait- that thing is a people eater. Even on Haunt Saturdays when the line is back by Rivertown Junc, err, Reds HOF Grille, it was only an hour and a half.
    2 points
  33. Thank you for this PTR! Awesome pictures and really great detail!
    2 points
  34. Before I get into too much excessive detail, what are your ideas? I think they need to add a walk way starting from where TA use to be and connect it on the opposite side, in between the Firehawk and Dinosaur Alive. The add a Intamin Giga coaster or create a new type of roller coaster that is 500+ feet tall that is like Millennium Force where SOB use to stand. Then in between FOF and the walk way they should add the Antique Cars. The extra space beside the new giga should be left for a future ride or rides. Then they should make a deal with Intamin and tear down Vortex and build a Intamin coaster like a Multi Launch coaster like Maverick. Those are my ideas.
    2 points
  35. Segments of the magnetic trims where removed. The old ones are sitting directly to the side of the track on the catwalk. However they will probably be moved to a storage area by opening day. 100th post!
    2 points
  36. Bummed? Yeah. Definitely made use of Fun Perks a ton last year. I guarantee that I spent an order of magnitude more money in the park last year than in any other year. I'm sure the park has its reasons for ditching the program. While I'm sad to see FP go, the reduced admission is a great gesture. I've already got plans to make use of it.
    2 points
  37. Hate to tell ya, but he's been wrecking havoc places before here!
    2 points
  38. All passes are no refunds, all sales final. The passes are "tickets" before being processed. These have not been processed yet You would hand these to someone for the forms to fill out the paper work for your season passes to be made.
    1 point
  39. Are passes even transferable? Why not just get a refund from the park? Terp, who likes to ask questions
    1 point
  40. Straight A student here. No roller coaster has ever messed that up.
    1 point
  41. Riding Vortex again! And don't forget the other rides, of course...
    1 point
  42. Excellent trip report! Very detailed with some amazing photos! I love looking at Disney World photos, it helps me to relive the experience. Looks and sounds like you had a great trip, thanks for posting!
    1 point
  43. I'm really curious about seeing AZ. I believe its going to feel really empty with 2 ride removals and no more water tower. I'm also very curious as to whats left with the SOB queue area.
    1 point
  44. If you get there at a good time, it is a wait of 0 minutes and 0 seconds. At max about +60-90+ min about 10-30+.
    1 point
  45. I certainly am disappointed about the news as I loved Fun Perks. However, I'm willing to keep an open mind if we get some good discounts. I do like the discount for bringing a friend as I have several friends who like KI but only go once every few years.
    1 point
  46. Let it stop me? Never. I am carrying on like I've always done. The best you can do at any event is be aware of your surroundings. The only thing I won't do is fly and that's my personal hang up.
    1 point
  47. Stunt Crew hasn't been open at the end of the season for the past 4 years. Instead, a family of butchers commandeer that location and serve meats of more dubious origin!
    1 point
  48. Apparently a diversion. Actually, more than one.
    1 point
  49. How did you end up in this thread?
    1 point
  50. That's groovy! (Had to say it.) I hope it's a sunshine day (make it stop. Please!) Seriously, though, as both a huge fan of Kings Island and the Brady Bunch, that will turn out to be a sweet day, rain or shine.
    1 point
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