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Title: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 13, 2013, 05:58:50 pm
You know what, I've been wanting to do a Theme Park related thread since the year 2000. I've been toying with the idea of doing this thread all the way back on the first Forum I ever joined. But it never seemed to be the right time or place to start one, in large part because I felt that there wouldn't be any interest or contributions from other members over the years. Well, here I am now, ready to start a thread 13 years in the making. So why now? Well, you have to thank (or cursed) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
 (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/dvd's-blu-rays/pirates-of-the-caribbean-the-curse-of-the-black-pearl-(2003)/msg16504/#msg16504)
for rekindling my affection for Theme Parks. Granted, I haven't been to Disneyland ironically enough, since the year 2000.

Since it's been so long since the last time I set foot on the grounds of "The Happiest Place On Earth", I was curious to know if they updated the Pirates Ride to tie into the movies. I will be posting some of my favorite rides from years past as well as the ones that no longer exist anymore. So, post and share your thoughts on your favorite parks, rides and adventures........
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 13, 2013, 06:01:38 pm
FYI, I've been to a lot of parks over the years and I think that the clear winner is still Disneyland. Sure, I fell out of favor with it for a time when I thought that the rides were just too "kid friendly" and Magic Mountain and Knott's were a step up. But over the years, I've come to appreciate that history that Disneyland has that other parks will never have, no matter how 'fast' their rides may be by comparison.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 13, 2013, 06:09:52 pm
Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride (Updated)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUatd07d960

So, since 2000 was the last time I've been on the ride, I had to check out YouTube once finishing my Pirates Of The Caribbean DVD marathon to see if they updated it any way, shape or form. Sure enough, there were a couple of spots that immediately jumped out at me as 'new'. There is a part early in the ride where there is a "waterfall" that is used for rear projection, which includes Davy Jones and Captain Blackbeard. But it's at the very end where they actually upgraded a new addition to the show with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

Once I got through the video (about a week ago), I've been hitting a lot of YouTube Clips to see what else has changed as well as hitting some of my all time favorite rides from years past.

FYI, if you have any theme park stories and whatnot, they don't have to be the Big 6. Feel free to talk about your local fairs and carnivals. The more the merrier!
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 13, 2013, 06:15:28 pm
Disneyland Peoplemover - 1990

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpEkfN3TBls

Still one of my favorites from Disneyland. Sure, it wasn't much of a thrill ride, but even as a kid I got a kick out of going through the Star Tours part of the ride as well as seeing the Light Cycles of Tron. Still sucks that they got rid of this for Rocket Rods which lasted a couple of years before that too was gone. Gah!! I did hear that fans have been circulating a petition to get the People Mover back in place and running again, but that's a pretty long shot though.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 13, 2013, 06:19:39 pm
Rocket Jets (Disneyland California - 1993)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHHOob11zpA

This too falls along the lines of 'non-thrill' ride, much like that of People Mover. But Rocket Jets was HUGE with me when I was just a kid riding this for the first time. It was so damn HIGH above Disneyland!!!! Even though I hadn't been on the ride in years, I still like seeing it there. Sucks that too is gone!! Grrr!!!!!! Damn you 'board of directors'!!
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on February 13, 2013, 06:50:11 pm
This is easy. The one and only time my family went to Disney World,was without a doubt one of the greatest and most memorable times of my life. My wife and I were getting into place where we had money, wanted to travel and be with kids, who were now old enough to enjoy things like an adventure park.

St. Louis has a Six flags and there have been good times and stories, but pales in comparison to our Disney World trip. We went all out, got the best package and stayed all week, at the music hotel on the grounds.

I've got a few memories to tell, but since I'm on this iPad, typing seeeee-ucks.

I'll be back.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 13, 2013, 06:51:38 pm
Disney World as in Florida? Looking forward to hearing more!
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on February 13, 2013, 06:55:01 pm
Yep, Florida.
I've heard Disneyland is fairly small in comparison? I lived in LA until I was six, but only have a faint memory of ever going. He'll, I can't remember last year, let alone crap when I was six.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 13, 2013, 06:58:44 pm
I figured you lived in Cali a lot longer given you association with Licorice Pizza. Anyway, I've never been to any other Disneyland themed parks other than the one in Anaheim. I did however go to Universal Studios in Orlando.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on February 13, 2013, 07:40:50 pm
Universal was part of our vacation. Gawd that was fun.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 14, 2013, 09:14:49 pm
Space Mountain (Disneyland - Lights On - Full Ride)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXPFgtfW_yM

As I mentioned in my initial post, I haven't been to Disneyland since 2000, which also translate to the last time I rode Space Mountain (for the millionth time). But never have gone through the ride with the 'Lights On'. This is just weird. Although it's kinda cool to see what it looks like with the lights on.....once. The ride absolutely belongs in the dark. It loses that charm of total darkness and not knowing where the curves and bends are coming. Well, with the amount of times I've been on the ride since it's original launch, I had it all memorize down to every inch of the track so I would still know when they are coming regardless. I hope this lights on thing was a one-shot deal and not the norm now.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 01, 2013, 02:46:58 pm
Main Street Electrical Parade 1988

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y27lPqL9H8

Growing up so close to Disneyland (hour drive away), I went every year for about 20 years. This means that I saw the Electric Light Parade a good chunk of those years. Although it's been a long time since I last saw it live (mid-90's), the sights and sounds are embedded into my DNA now. Watching this, the music, as cheesy as it is, gave me goosebumps because it's just as I remembered it to be.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 13, 2013, 09:50:49 am
Tomorrowland Terrace Stage (Midwest Coast - Mysterious Ways - Disneyland - 11/16/92)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goTciVBOb7w


Not a ride, but a very big part of my time at Disneyland none the less. Every time I went to the park, we would ALWAYS eat lunch specifically at Tomorrowland Terrace just so that we would have live music playing as we ate food that was $20 more than it should have been. Inflated prices indeed, but the show usually made up for it. I had to do some research to see if it was still around. Turns out that it has gone through a series of make-overs that were not popular with the crowds and has since returned to the  flavor of the "original" stage.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 15, 2013, 10:12:05 pm
Back To The Future The Ride

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq8WXphqnIc


Changing gears for a bit, with all the talk about Hoverboards (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/short-films/hoverboard/msg17682/#msg17682) and Back To The Future, I had to revisit the Ride as it once was up at Universal Studios. It was a good ride for what it was at the time.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 17, 2013, 07:53:21 am
Yesterland (http://www.yesterland.com/)

Okay, back to Disneyland again. I found this site and really dig the time and effort that whoever worked on this did. Everything seems to have been chronicled when retracing the span of a ride, attraction and even Restaurants. I will still post videos and my recollections here as I remember them, but Yesterland is a pretty cool place to go to jog your memory.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 11, 2014, 02:38:43 pm
Adorable granny rides roller coaster for the first time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW-WfDfoJoM&index=64&list=PLp2e7UfInEgmB-5r4rtQOEsq-H-mNmQhk

THIS absolutely made my day!! Reminds me of the first and only time I took my Grandma to Disneyland and the reaction was the same as this video.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 27, 2014, 01:05:56 pm
48 Amazing Facts About Disneyland! (http://lifestyletipsdaily.com/news/48-amazing-facts-about-disneyland?utm_campaign=ml30&utm_medium=CPC&page=48&utm_source=Mylikes)

Wow! Even I was a bit skeptical of this list as being something that I didn't already have a knowledge about. I would say at least 90% of it is new to me. Great read. Anyone that chooses to check out the list, you have to click the left arrow to scroll the list. The right arrow just launches a new, unrelated topic. Go figure.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on June 27, 2014, 01:31:56 pm
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48 Amazing Facts About Disneyland!

That was cool. I didn't know most of those.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 27, 2014, 06:31:20 pm
Disneyland In Construction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rItAd9FuIDo&index=27&list=PLp2e7UfInEgmB-5r4rtQOEsq-H-mNmQhk


With my previous post, I was very much interested in digging up some archival footage of Old Disneyland and came across this monster of a find. Sure, I have seen a few time-lapse video here and there (the first being one that they actually showed at the park, one that I was when I was still in Elementary School). But THIS video is pure gold because you get to see each part of the park being built, from multiple angles as well as behind the scenes stuff. The icing on the cake is the commentary by Tony Baxter from Disney Imagineering, and Ed Hobbleman and Walter Magnuson from the Disney Studio Inventory Group. Loved some of the sweeping crane shots. Kinda odd to get something so majestic that you only see in big budget hollywood films.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 29, 2014, 03:06:31 pm
Opening of World's Tallest Water Slide Delayed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy7-pjv_B44


You couldn't pay me to go on this and there is a very specific reason why based on the design. The part where you could actually slingshot over the hump is what's a bit unsettling. Now I don't know if the net that is above is cloth or steel, but think about that for a second. If it's cloth and you go headfirst into it, there is a real chance the net would eventually weaken and then break sending you shooting out and plummeting to your impending death. If it's steel, you could conceivably break your neck on impact.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on June 29, 2014, 03:22:17 pm
OH HELL NO!!!
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 07, 2014, 07:41:22 pm
Ninja roller coaster derails at Magic Mountain (http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/07/07/4-injured-on-ninja-roller-coaster-at-magic-mountain-fire-department/#axzz36qBeYwmk)

I think the last time I was at Magic Mountain, it was for the unveiling of the Batman Ride. I can't remember the Ninja ride, but it does seem familiar though.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 08, 2014, 02:48:51 pm
Roller Coaster Derails at California's Six Flags Magic Mountain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOln0o7J6gY&list=PLp2e7UfInEgmB-5r4rtQOEsq-H-mNmQhk&index=15

Seeing the Ninja Ride in action in the video, I absolutely remember it now!! I actually went on it quite a few times right when it opened and it was super fun. Can't say the ones hanging for 3 hours would agree with that for sure.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 14, 2014, 05:32:39 am
Guests evacuated from Disney Monorail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJoQbrOYKRg

I think the Rollercoaster Gods are trying to tell us something this month.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 15, 2014, 09:21:13 am
Evacuation of Transformer ride at Universal Studios Orlando (http://fox17online.com/2014/07/15/evacuation-of-transformer-ride-at-universal-studios-orlando/)

Breaking News as of 5 minutes ago on my local newscast. Riders stuck on the ride for the past hour. It could be worse, they could be forced to watch a Michael Bay movie instead.  ;D
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 16, 2014, 07:55:02 am
JERRY REES LEADS CREATIVE TEAM ON "THE MARVEL EXPERIENCE" (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54084)

A new Theme Park in the works based on all things Marvel.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 28, 2014, 03:11:48 pm
Twisted Colossus POV shots and B-Roll - INSANE!!! Six Flags Magic Mountain 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIP6A5IlT5w


Coming soon. Be sure to have extra Depends when you go. Yikes!
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on August 28, 2014, 04:03:36 pm
Have you not seen Final Destination umptiy ump? It does not end well.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 28, 2014, 04:25:25 pm
Never seen the movie, but know the scene in question.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 08, 2014, 03:42:41 pm
Colossus Roller Coaster Fire (Magic Mountain)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGaU9Ul-20s

Bummer. I've always liked this particular coaster myself. I hope there isn't any structural damage that permanently closed this. It seems it was contained at the highest point. I would think this is fixable. This happened earlier today.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 08, 2014, 03:46:48 pm
Dutch In-House Roller Coaster Shows Off Home For Sale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoInb9JGamA


Duuuuuuuude!
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on December 08, 2014, 08:29:23 pm
W
T
F
?
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on December 08, 2014, 08:29:46 pm
Story behind it?
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 08, 2014, 08:58:29 pm
No idea, but off the top of my head, I'll just say the owner was looking for a more creative way to show the house. It could actually work. There are people that buy into stuff like that.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 16, 2015, 05:52:09 pm
Park City Alpine Coaster POV Roller Coaster in the SNOW Utah Ski Resort

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OETp9nCKI3M

I've never heard of, let alone seen a Roller Coaster surrounded by mountains and mountains of snow. Is this a common thing in your neck of the woods? Sh*t, when it rains at Disneyland, EVERYTHING shuts down......even the Horses!!!! With that said, this looks hella fun and would be one that I'd definitely check out for myself in person.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 24, 2015, 10:40:43 pm
Couple visits 3 Disney parks in 1 day (http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/02/24/couple-visits-3-disney-parks-in-1-day/)

Pfftt. I'd be impressed if they went to four in one day.
 ;D
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 20, 2015, 12:26:42 pm
Star Wars Theme Park Expansion at Disneyland


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV6SroyQbbE

I forgot to post this earlier. This new information about the proposed 50 Acre expansion of Disneyland devoted entirely to Star Wars is great news for me. It's the only thing that would get me to go back to Disneyland. When it opens, I intend to be there opening week. Not going to even try for opening day with the amount of people likely to camp out. But yeah, very excited for this. I'm still trying to wrap my head around where exactly they are going to break ground. It's already maxed out. Did they buy out a few more blocks adjacent to Disneyland?
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 22, 2016, 05:32:57 am
Photos of an abandoned Disney water park will haunt your dreams (http://hellogiggles.com/photos-abandoned-disney-water-park-will-haunt-dreams/)

I like these kinds of before and after kind of stories. Kind of surprised that the park looks like this given the fact that Disney still owns the land (I assume they do). Knowing that they usually have a high turn over rate and just move onto the "next big thing", you would think they would have done the same here and created something else to make money off of the land.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on March 22, 2016, 01:05:18 pm
That was kinda cool to see. Thanks man.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 14, 2016, 01:20:01 pm

Disney Parks Break Ground on 'Star Wars' Land (https://www.yahoo.com/movies/disney-parks-break-ground-on-star-wars-land-170049085.html)



I was very curious as to where Star Wars Land was going to fit within the park. I figured the natural course would be to expand the park which would mean buying out adjacent land, but even I didn't know if that was doable. Well, from the first image in the link, it clearly looks like they are breaking ground where Thunder Mountain is. I would never have guessed that's where it would be. Hate to see Thunder Mountain fall. It was always one of my fave rides. With that said, I can't wait until opening day for the new site. Gonna be fun.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 14, 2016, 01:22:04 pm
Take a 360-Degree Look at Star Wars-Themed Land Groundbreaking at Disneyland Park (http://littlstar.com/photos/1a4a2dc9)


I like the 360 Tour. It's staged right now with all the Vehicles and Stormtroopers. I wonder if they will update the Tour has progress is made. Make sure to check the sky in the Tour for a couple of surprises.

Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 12, 2016, 02:08:34 pm
The Mad Hatter Surprise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo83rqYoAeU


Today must be Johnny Depp day since he is popping up all over the news.Really didn't know where to put this. I guess you can call it a Prank and thus belongs in the Comedy thread. But since it takes place at Disneyland......
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Mac on May 12, 2016, 02:40:33 pm
That was pretty cool.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 23, 2016, 09:56:24 pm
Woman Redeems 22-Year-Old Disney Pass She Never Used at Age 4 (https://gma.yahoo.com/woman-redeems-22-old-disney-pass-she-never-183208443--abc-news-travel.html)


Another cool and unique story.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 14, 2017, 09:11:29 am
Disney Quietly Raises Theme Park Admission Prices Again (https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/disney-quietly-raises-theme-park-154211956.html)


This is beyond ridiculous...it's f*cking lunacy. $124 for adults for one-day passes? What the f*ck! I'm anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land. But at those prices, I may never go, unless I can secure some free tickets like I use to. By the time SWL opens to the public, it wouldn't shock me one bit if ticket prices were closer to $150 by then.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 21, 2017, 08:46:36 am
Top 10 Scariest Theme Park Rides of All Time


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrYpHYHP_z8

Most of these I have never heard of and no way in hell will I ever ride the Insanity Ride in Vegas. HELL NO!
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 15, 2017, 09:25:42 am
INTERVIEW: Star Wars Land model tour w/ Imagineer Scott Trowbridge at D23 Expo 2017 - Galaxy's Edge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_F55uORSy8


We finally get the official first-look at Disneyland's Star Wars Land and it looks f*cking amazing. I really didn't have a clue what it would look like. I kinda figured it was going to be more current Tomorrowland-ish. So, yeah, I'm definitely happy with what they have come up with and look forward to going personally.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 19, 2019, 09:42:51 pm
He Went on Radiator Springs Racers 10,750 Times | Disney People by Oh My Disney

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4gjWSPEDWE


I've never been to the Park adjacent to Disneyland, so I had no idea this ride even existed. The ride itself looks pretty cool. As for the video, it's actually a pretty good feel-good story. Check it out.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 09, 2019, 05:10:03 pm
The Great TTA Peoplemover Monsoon of 2019 - Walt Disney World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82BfKErUv0g&t=316s


This makes for a far more interesting ride experience for sure.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 31, 2019, 08:29:48 am
Disneyland Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOwH3mCRpqE

Been waiting for today for a while now because I knew there would be a handful of people streaming live from Disneyland's Grand Opening of Galaxy's Edge today. Not familiar with this guy or his channel. Only posting this because the channel that I normally watch live streams from Disneyland has yet to go live.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 03, 2019, 10:46:00 am
Okay, since no one else is saying it....anywhere online that I know of. Galaxy's Edge sucks. With the amount of hype, money and prep time to build this, there isn't much of anything to it. Sure, it looks cool, but all they have at launch is 1 f*cking ride? And it's not even all that. It's nothing more than Star Tours on steroids. Sure, it's "interactive" as you get to be a Pilot, Engineer, Gunner, etc.... Big whoop! Still nothing more than Star Tours clone. As for the rest of the "experience", it's bullsh*t. It's nothing more than a trap to get suckers into paying an additional $120 for a "Build your own Droid" experience and $200 to "Build your own Lightsaber" experience. Had I gone for myself without no knowledge of what it actually is, I would have been royally p*ssed.

So, to get into Disneyland you will shell out $150 (the cheapest price there is), and then $120 for a Droid, $199 for a Lightsaber, and I'm guessing maybe around $50 for food and drinks if you're being frugal. Yeah, royally p*ssed indeed. That's a whole lot of money for what's promised but fails to deliver. I'm glad YouTube exist so that people can be warned beforehand. I'll wait till they actually get a bunch of rides in there before I consider ever going. And given that they have most likely maxed out every inch of existing real estate, "a lot" more rides in the future is very unlikely.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 19, 2019, 06:15:36 pm
Young Padawan’s Faceoff With Stormtroopers at Galaxy’s Edge!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeiLIPlRfC4

I know I ragged on Galaxy's Edge and I still stand behind my opinions on it, but the one thing that they got right was / is the roaming "stage play" where Kylo Ren and in this case Stormtroopers just wander around and create a show for those milling about or waiting in line for something. This video in particular is awesome.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Neumatic on June 19, 2019, 08:18:16 pm
This whole thing I found very adorable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m557jS5FAY
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 19, 2019, 09:08:35 pm
I think it was during the Opening Day Stream where the guy went up to say "hi" to Rey (same actress as seen here) and she just went right into character/story mode. I'm sure they are told to always be "in character" at all times.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Neumatic on June 19, 2019, 09:11:03 pm
Oh, they are.  A co-worker of mine used to do that (he was the Beast.  Though he actually looks like Yarp from Hot Fuzz).

I do think they got some good lookalikes for Rey there, judging by the videos.
Title: Re: Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and More)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 07, 2019, 09:38:25 am
S&S Prototype Axis Roller Coaster: New Era For Thrills


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpZC5qd34A