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Title: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 06, 2018, 10:16:24 PM
Much like the 2017 edition of this thread, this will be the place to let everyone know where you are going / have gone during the 2018 calendar year.  To help others find information, we will make these threads last only one calendar year and then we will create another.

Adventure is Out There!  Cannot wait to see where everyone is going.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 06, 2018, 10:36:39 PM
The "Crew" is finally firming up dates for 2018. 
(and here I thought this was going to be an "off year" for us - silly me)

MARCH
17 - SDC Spring Break Days
27 - Universal Orlando
28 - Universal Orlando
29 - Universal Orlando
30 - Daytona Motor Speedway
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements
30 - Fun Spot Kissimmee
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
30 - Titanic
30 - Wonderworks
31 - Gatorland
31 - Forever Florida Safari
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat
31 - Fun Spot Orlando

APRIL
20 - SDC Music Summit Choral Invitational & "Not World Fest"
21 - WOF Opening Day

MAY
11 - WOF Festival of Music Band Competition
30 - Animal Kingdom
31 - Magic Kingdom

JUNE
01 - Hollywood Studios
02 - Epcot

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto (activities being finalized)
04 - Canada's Wonderland

AUGUST
10 - Indy Zoo
12 - Indiana Beach
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 07, 2018, 05:43:03 PM
I just went to Disney World for our band trip (technically in 2017). We went to Epcot then did a workshop thing before going to Animal Kingdom. The next day our concert band performed at Disney Springs and we went to Hollywood Studios after. Finally we ended by going to Magic Kingdom on New Years Eve (which I don’t recommend doing, but we did manage to get quite a bit done).
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: givemezamor on January 07, 2018, 09:49:20 PM
March
14-18 Silver Dollar City and Branson

April
20-22 Petit Jean State Park

May
26-28 Ark Encounter
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: DianaGail on January 08, 2018, 06:37:31 AM
We are not getting sdc passes this year.  We have so many other things going on! 

4 dance competitions
5 volleyball tournaments
3 trips to Wisconsin

But the best of them all...

Disney in November!  This will be a surprise trip for the kids and we will go right after thanksgiving, which will give them an extra week out of school.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on January 08, 2018, 08:20:09 AM
This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springs
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom
Mon 1/15 Epcot
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom

There's a possibility of going to Disney Paris in March, but won't know for a few weeks yet if that one is happen.

Going to Israel in June for our 25th anniversary.  That's a surprise for my wife still, so don't tell her!  lol

Possibly a return trip to WDW in November

Oh, and we've still got a major family get together in July somewhere, don't know yet, maybe Branson, maybe SoCal.

Hoping to have a swing out to Northern California for a high school reunion, in which case I'll hit Discovery Kingdom and Great America.

That's on top of our normal SDC/ Branson stuff.  So it may turn out to be a lot of travel this year.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Runner1960 on January 08, 2018, 01:36:44 PM
July or August- 6 days hiking in Colorado. Then on to Salt lake city to Mountain bike with some old friends.

Mid December- Finland/Norway and Sweden to cross country ski and view the Northern lights. May delay this till Jan 2019. Would also like to make it to St. Petersburg Russia but I think that's a summertime destination.

Just starting to make plans but they will not be set in stone. I prefer to be flexible and spontaneous.

May make a couple SDC trips but that is TBD.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: tiffanylynnt on January 08, 2018, 02:08:16 PM
My husband's birthday and my birthday are about 2 weeks apart so we always take a trip in between to celebrate. This year we are going to Jefferson City, Mo. We're both huge history nerds so we're pretty excited.

I'll be heading to the Myrtle Beach area in May when my sister has her first baby!!! 😍

My in-laws always spend a week in Branson every summer and invite us. That'll probably be sometime in June or July.

My husband and I take a trip for our anniversary every year. We haven't decided yet where to go, but we have until October to decide. If anyone has a place they love to visit that could be a simple weekend trip, share your ideas! I would love some inspiration! Last year we went to Six Flags Great America.

The weekend before Thanksgiving I always participate in a craft show in Ozark, Mo.

My in-laws are thinking about "skipping Christmas" this year and want to take a trip with immediate family instead of stressing out over the gifts and all the parties. So far I have no idea where they want to go yet.

I'm sure there will be quit a few weekend trips for SDC throughout the year. In 2017, we decided to make it a point to attend every festival like I used to do when I was growing up. We're hoping to do that again this year.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on January 09, 2018, 08:32:29 AM
I'd be over in the corner like...."I'm going to the fancy supercenter this weekend"....lol

I usually what till my employer announces our bonus before I start thinking about trips.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 09, 2018, 09:39:06 AM
March- Spring Break
Sat  17 -   Busch Gardens Tampa (Int. Food and Wine Fest)

Sun  18 -  Uni Florida/Island of Adventure (Mardi Gras)

Mon 19 -  USF/IOA (Day), Blue Man Group(6PM), FunSpot America(late)

Tue  20-   Volcano Bay (early), Epcot(night)

Wed 21-  Discovery Cove and Aquatica, Coca Cola Eye

Thu 22 -  Sea World(9am to 2pm) Animal Kingdom 3pm-9pm,  Fun Spot Kissimmee(late night)

Fri 23 -    Dixie Crossroads for Lunch, Disney Cruise

Sat 24 -   Nassau Bahamas

Sun 25 -  Castaway Cay

Mon 26-  Disney World

Tue 27-    Legoland (maybe 50/50)

April - SDC on good weather weekend day, Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Big Foot, Mountain Coaster

May - Three day weekend in Vegas, Adventure Dome, Show,
           Cowabunga Bay (if open)

June - Dollywood, Wilderness In the Smokies
            SDC visit

July - Chicago extended weekend, Cubs game, Six Flags,
          Navy Pier

August - SDC possible

Sept - SDC possible

Oct- 4 day weekend Los Angeles,  Knotts Berry, Universal  Studios for their Halloween stuff,  Six Flags Magic Mountain (time permitting)

SDC

Dec - SDC















Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 16, 2018, 09:02:07 AM
Adds:

May 2: U2 in Tulsa

May 4, 5, 6: Beale Street Music Fest in Memphis

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: shavethewhales on January 16, 2018, 01:45:48 PM
I'm currently battling a burst disc in my back, so I'm not sure how much of my original plans for this year will play out, but I was originally planning on:

I'd like to add a trip to Holiday World, SFStL and Kentucky Kingdom since it's been awhile, but that's a long drive when you don't have many vacation days to burn along with everything else. I think I might start planning another long road trip through there to Dollywood and back for 2019.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sanddunerider on January 16, 2018, 03:11:30 PM
@ Shave-   Off topic...   tough break about the disc, hope it get better and doenst slow you down this summer.. Thanks agaiin for all the work you do on the site.  May see you opening weekend.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Okiebenz on January 16, 2018, 04:38:38 PM
Wow some of you guys really get around.  I am sure I will just do my usual once a month trip to SDC, but would like to make it to some other parks this year if time allows.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 16, 2018, 04:55:54 PM
I'm currently battling a burst disc in my back, so I'm not sure how much of my original plans for this year will play out, but I was originally planning on:
  • SDC in March for opening weekend
  • Time Traveler Opening Day (not certain it will open with the park?)
  • Texas roadtrip to San Antonio to SFFT, SeaWorld, and ZDT's.
  • Schlittercon at Kansas City location
  • Main vacation to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Virginia Beach, and Kings Dominion
  • Possibly Kennywood if money and vacation time hold out
  • Lone Star Coasterthon
  • ACE Coaster Christmas at SDC + usual Christmas SDC trip

I'd like to add a trip to Holiday World, SFStL and Kentucky Kingdom since it's been awhile, but that's a long drive when you don't have many vacation days to burn along with everything else. I think I might start planning another long road trip through there to Dollywood and back for 2019.

that's solid! hope the back allows it.

here's a heads up for the churners out there.

Barclays Red Aviator Card for American Airlines is offering 60,000 miles after a single purchase of any size. there's a 95 dollar yearly fee but 95 bucks is nothing if you use the miles up and cancel before you get hit again.
AA has got stingy with their Saver locations but Ft. Smith and Joplin is generally one of them so at least half of your trip could be a 7,000 miles per leg. The wife and I both hit that up for 120,000 miles.

That's how we are getting to Dollywood, free 3 nite stay at Wilderness for 2 hrs of timeshare pitch that we have learned to handle well and 50% off at Dollywood and the water park.

I think that offer expires on Jan 31st. It's been extended a couple of times but is getting long in the tooth.

Oh, Southwest is at 50,000 for a plus or premiere and with a Southwest Business card for 60,000, and if you hit the min spends on both in short order, you have a companion pass for nearly two years. planning on doing some remodel or big purchase with the tax return. get the cards and pay them off with it instead. This time last year, I hit the min spend with an appliance purchase from JCPenny via Southwest's shopping portal at 5x points and got another 25,000 Southwest RR Points.

Schlitterbahn KC seems to be in a funk on attraction additions it seems since the accident.

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 16, 2018, 06:57:35 PM
Wow some of you guys really get around.

For me, it's all about saving up airline and hotel points and then cashing them in.  I live cheap during the year so that I can play.  With our trip to Ohio and Canada we will be exclusively visiting Cedar Fair parks so we will use our Platinum Passes and dining plan which will help cut down on overall costs. 

The WDW trip in November will has some major comping as I am checking out a couple of performance opportunities for my performing ensembles. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 17, 2018, 09:15:36 AM
Wow some of you guys really get around.

For me, it's all about saving up airline and hotel points and then cashing them in.  I live cheap during the year so that I can play.  With our trip to Ohio and Canada we will be exclusively visiting Cedar Fair parks so we will use our Platinum Passes and dining plan which will help cut down on overall costs. 

The WDW trip in November will has some major comping as I am checking out a couple of performance opportunities for my performing ensembles.

What Swoosh sez about the Cedar Fair Platinum and Six Flags Gold season passes is spot on. Use it to hit up as many parks as you can. The 50 percent off from Herschend is nice but pales in comparison but their list of properties aren't as deep either.

The entertainment at Universal is lackluster for our weekend, Forenier and Fifth Harmony. I'm hoping Busch Gardens saves the day but they have yet to announce their weekend music acts for Food and Wine.


When using points on Southwest,  fly midweek for best value, Sundays are murderous for the points balance.

Our Airfare for our grand month in Europe in 2019 is paid for already. We'll fly free from a variety of sources.
United has certain flights I can get from 30,000 points each way. The Wife and I each signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve when it was a 100,000 bonus when introduced. Right now we have over 350,000 Chase UR points amassed from using those cards along with our Freedom cards and their 5% bonus categories. Transfer them all to the Reserve cards and and make the Freedom points worth even more.

Back to using United, if you book an open jaw to Europe using points, they'll give you a intra Europe Leg for free.

One example i've been eyeing is a  a MEM to Rome for 30,000 each that gives us a 13 hr layover in Lisbon during the day, easily giving us 8 hrs to explorer Lisbon and putting us in Rome around 9pm.

The 'freebie' Leg would be on Lufthansa, a United partner, from Venice to Paris with another very generous layover in Munich to explorer the city.

The return back to MEm may include another nice layover.

I don't thin American understand that if you travel light, Flying city to city in Europe is dirt cheap. I've been looking at one way fares for Strasbourg France to either Bordeux or Nantes (Europa Park to Puy du Fou) for under 30 bucks per person. Same about goes for any major city to major city. Travel light to a oid the luggage fees and it is really silly.

We'll book some hotels through Southwest and get points amassed for another run at another companion pass.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 17, 2018, 09:27:53 AM
Here's an example of what you can get  for a M to F, 4 nite stay in Rome in June, I've seen some higher cost hotels give upwards of 45,000 points. The beautiful thing about that is that you do not have to use your Southwest Card to pay, I use the Sapphire Reserve that gives me 3x UR points on the price I pay in addition.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 25, 2018, 09:29:16 AM
Yippee!!!!!!!! Blank a 3 hour plus wait.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 25, 2018, 10:10:04 PM
The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 26, 2018, 10:44:40 PM
How did you manage to get that fast Pass? When I went to Disney from December 29-31, I was surprised how good our fastpasses were. I was reserving with a group of 12 and got Everest, Dinosaur, Safari, Star Tours, Rock N’ RollerCoaster, Tower of Terror, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain and only booked about 2.5 weeks in advance. I expected to get nothing good.

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 27, 2018, 07:55:56 AM
How did you manage to get that fast Pass? When I went to Disney from December 29-31, I was surprised how good our fastpasses were. I was reserving with a group of 12 and got Everest, Dinosaur, Safari, Star Tours, Rock N’ RollerCoaster, Tower of Terror, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain and only booked about 2.5 weeks in advance. I expected to get nothing good.

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

If you only got 4 hours in Animal Kingdom then either your director or tour booking guide is absolutely clueless about how to do Disney.  Considering that my choir just performed there at the start of December.  Flew in from KC and still had almost 9 hours at that park.  Shoot we had 7 hours at Studios before our flight out. 

To answer your question on how he got the FP for FOP.  Resort guests not in groups can reserve 60 Days out
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 27, 2018, 06:58:24 PM
How did you manage to get that fast Pass? When I went to Disney from December 29-31, I was surprised how good our fastpasses were. I was reserving with a group of 12 and got Everest, Dinosaur, Safari, Star Tours, Rock N’ RollerCoaster, Tower of Terror, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain and only booked about 2.5 weeks in advance. I expected to get nothing good.

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

If you only got 4 hours in Animal Kingdom then either your director or tour booking guide is absolutely clueless about how to do Disney.  Considering that my choir just performed there at the start of December.  Flew in from KC and still had almost 9 hours at that park.  Shoot we had 7 hours at Studios before our flight out. 

To answer your question on how he got the FP for FOP.  Resort guests not in groups can reserve 60 Days out

That's true, but you have to be ready to pull the trigger exactly at your FP window opening at 7am eastern, 6am central. They changed it from 12 am since my last visit. That cost me some sleep. But anyway, my Animal Kingdom day is 5 days before my single night at Wilderness. My plan was to shoot for AK and the FoP passes as I had been watching how quick the FPs disaapear. I had resigned myself to just doing MK on the Thurs before the cruise thinking that I should hqve just Stayed at AKL instead. I hit the fast pass system right when it opened and there was zero FoP fast passes and I was like D×#! that was instantaneous. I thought oh well, let me check that previous Thursday instead thinking there was no way that Thursday would be availible. Lo and behold, two times popped up and only two times and at the start of night. I snagged the later one. I checked every other day we were in Florida , none to be had. Not even for the Tues of our departure when they came on line. For those that don't know, you can't fast pass both Avatar rides in advance. It's one or another.


For those that don't know, if you now stay at the club level at Disney you can purchase the he right to fast pass 90 days out. For such a PC company, they are all about the 1 percent
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 27, 2018, 08:19:08 PM
If you only got 4 hours in Animal Kingdom then either your director or tour booking guide is absolutely clueless about how to do Disney.  Considering that my choir just performed there at the start of December.  Flew in from KC and still had almost 9 hours at that park.  Shoot we had 7 hours at Studios before our flight out. 

It was due to a lack of time. Because we had to take busses, we only had three days to do the parks. We got very little time at Epcot and AK because we did them both in the same day with a workshop in between. We performed at Disney Springs at 11 the next day then were at Hollywood until 10 and we were at Magic Kingdom from 10am-midnight. We still did pretty well at Animal Kingdom for having little time. We ate, saw Bugs Life show, rode Safari, Everest twice, Primeval Whirl, and Dinosaur. I didn’t really care how much time we got because I just spent 5 days at the parks in April.

That's true, but you have to be ready to pull the trigger exactly at your FP window opening at 7am eastern, 6am central. They changed it from 12 am since my last visit. That cost me some sleep. But anyway, my Animal Kingdom day is 5 days before my single night at Wilderness. My plan was to shoot for AK and the FoP passes as I had been watching how quick the FPs disaapear. I had resigned myself to just doing MK on the Thurs before the cruise thinking that I should hqve just Stayed at AKL instead. I hit the fast pass system right when it opened and there was zero FoP fast passes and I was like D×#! that was instantaneous. I thought oh well, let me check that previous Thursday instead thinking there was no way that Thursday would be availible. Lo and behold, two times popped up and only two times and at the start of night. I snagged the later one. I checked every other day we were in Florida , none to be had. Not even for the Tues of our departure when they came on line. For those that don't know, you can't fast pass both Avatar rides in advance. It's one or another.


For those that don't know, if you now stay at the club level at Disney you can purchase the he right to fast pass 90 days out. For such a PC company, they are all about the 1 percent


That’s how my grandma does it. She stays up and books the fastpasses the second they become available. I wanted to do that but we didn’t get our ticket info until a few weeks before, but I got what I wanted anyway.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 27, 2018, 11:11:38 PM
Why would anyone in their right mind take buses from northern Iowa to Orlando?  It would be cheaper to fly (time and money).  It really comes down to how much is your time worth.  Sheesh.  You send the equipment/instruments down in a UHaul and meet it there. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 08:23:59 AM
Why would anyone in their right mind take buses from northern Iowa to Orlando?  It would be cheaper to fly (time and money).  It really comes down to how much is your time worth.  Sheesh.  You send the equipment/instruments down in a UHaul and meet it there.

Taking buses cost about $1300/person and flying would’ve been about $1700. I also couldn’t imagine trying to get through airport security with 80 people, many of which have never been to an airport. We also didn’t have to bring any percussion instruments so the wind instruments easily fit under the bus and we didn’t need a trailer.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 09:35:53 AM
If that was seriously the price difference - that’s a no brainer.  Definitely fly and save almost 40 hours of seat time.  Dang that’s crazy to take a bus. 

And not only that, but if you stayed on property you use Magical Express and wouldn’t even need to rent a bus
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 12:33:40 PM
If that was seriously the price difference - that’s a no brainer.  Definitely fly and save almost 40 hours of seat time.  Dang that’s crazy to take a bus. 

And not only that, but if you stayed on property you use Magical Express and wouldn’t even need to rent a bus

I think the actual issue was the travel agency originally said $1700 so that’s what parents were told but it would’ve ended up costing more than that and we weren’t going to raise the price again. I think most of us would agree that the bus ride was actually a lot of fun though, and way easier than flying would’ve been. I expected the ride to be about the worst thing ever.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on January 28, 2018, 03:41:18 PM

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

I'd have to disagree with you on River Journey.  Very neat, absolutely gorgeous ride.  Is it worth a long wait?  No.  but I'd wait 30-45 minutes for it.  Only had to wait 15 for my ride (we were there early) and it was more than worth that.  You can see my video of it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSRdzBWZxF0

of course if you haven't seen the movie then you'll miss some of what is going on with the ride.  And the video really doesn't do it justice.

As for 4 hours in DAK?  Really?  The only park you might get away with only 4 hours is Hollywood Studios, and even that's really not appropriate for it.  Thinking that 4 hours is worth visiting any Disney park is really silly- and, IMO a waste of money and time.

personally, as long as you can work in the rest stops and have a place to freshen up before hitting the parks I think the bus ride could be a lot of fun.  I know a number of schools in our area not far from SDC that have done busses down to Disney instead of flying.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 03:56:37 PM

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

I'd have to disagree with you on River Journey.  Very neat, absolutely gorgeous ride.  Is it worth a long wait?  No.  but I'd wait 30-45 minutes for it.  Only had to wait 15 for my ride (we were there early) and it was more than worth that.  You can see my video of it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSRdzBWZxF0

of course if you haven't seen the movie then you'll miss some of what is going on with the ride.  And the video really doesn't do it justice.

As for 4 hours in DAK?  Really?  The only park you might get away with only 4 hours is Hollywood Studios, and even that's really not appropriate for it.  Thinking that 4 hours is worth visiting any Disney park is really silly- and, IMO a waste of money and time.

personally, as long as you can work in the rest stops and have a place to freshen up before hitting the parks I think the bus ride could be a lot of fun.  I know a number of schools in our area not far from SDC that have done busses down to Disney instead of flying.

Ok, I was actually wrong when I said that. I think I actually said to someone who had ridden River Journey that the current wait is 60+ minutes (I don’t remember the exact time) and they said it wasn’t worth that wait. So I shouldn’t have said that it wasn’t worth any wait.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 05:47:02 PM
Well we did 4 Days 3 Nights (All-Stars Resort) with round-trip air from MCI to MCO for $1050 each
It would cost a lot more to do bus. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 28, 2018, 08:41:58 PM
I suppose the phrase would be, "Do you even Southwest Bro?"  I'm just kidding but that sounds awfully expensive.
Of course, I've got used to having a choice between Frontier, Allegiant, and Southwest all flying Orlando nonstop. That makes for sweet prices. MEM TSA would handle 80 booger pickers in about 20 minutes.

As for Animal Kingdom, it's my favorite of the bunch and I'm excited to see it at night. I think it would be the best park with two more high caliber attractions and a possible conversion of Dinosaur and that whole area to Indy. I suppose that goes with how well a reboot goes.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 09:26:42 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 10:00:57 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: mhguy77 on January 28, 2018, 10:24:31 PM
Ladies and Gents,
Any suggestions would be appreciated I am looking to fly from NC AR/SW/MO area if anyone is aware of any specials drop a hint for me.  I think I can take a cab cheaper than coach.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 28, 2018, 10:46:55 PM
Ladies and Gents,
Any suggestions would be appreciated I am looking to fly from NC AR/SW/MO area if anyone is aware of any specials drop a hint for me.  I think I can take a cab cheaper than coach.

You are looking to fly from NWA or Springfield or even Joplin to where and when?
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 11:01:50 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.

Wrong.  We had 40 in our group.  Your issue is West Lyon is in the middle of nowhere so busing probably was “simpler” - who did you guys go through to book the trip.  Sounds like the travel agent was a moron. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 29, 2018, 07:41:57 AM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.

Wrong.  We had 40 in our group.  Your issue is West Lyon is in the middle of nowhere so busing probably was “simpler” - who did you guys go through to book the trip.  Sounds like the travel agent was a moron.

I think the name was Bob Rogers Travel or something like that. It also didn’t help airplane prices that we went over Christmas.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: mhguy77 on January 29, 2018, 09:35:28 AM

I guess I shouldn't post right before bed.
 I am needing to fly to Ohare from the Branson area.  Sorry for not being clear, dates are flexible so I am looking for a decent deal. they were asking 350.00 1 way from SGF last night. WoW!
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 29, 2018, 12:25:21 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.

Wrong.  We had 40 in our group.  Your issue is West Lyon is in the middle of nowhere so busing probably was “simpler” - who did you guys go through to book the trip.  Sounds like the travel agent was a moron.

I think the name was Bob Rogers Travel or something like that. It also didn’t help airplane prices that we went over Christmas.

I was going to guess BRT.  Yeah I’ve had subpar experiences with them in the past.  Your director needs to look at Super Holiday Tours if they ever consider going back to Orlando.  (I know that doesn’t effect you in the least bit)
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 29, 2018, 01:06:25 PM

I guess I shouldn't post right before bed.
 I am needing to fly to Ohare from the Branson area.  Sorry for not being clear, dates are flexible so I am looking for a decent deal. they were asking 350.00 1 way from SGF last night. WoW!

The legacy carriers( Delta, AA, United) will punish you for one way tickets. It may be cheaper to book R/T and eat the return.

If you are after a one way, I'd go with Southwest from Tulsa that will  connect from Dal, Den or STL or fly from KC. Or... use Southern Air Express to MEM from Harrison and self connect to a Southwest nonstop flight, the Legacy one way prices should be much lower at either KC or MEM thanks to the direct Southwest flight effect. But Tulsa may just be the best solutuon at the shortest possible drive.

If it's anywhere on Southwest Tues and Wed sometimes Thus are always the cheapest or in my case, lowest points needed.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 29, 2018, 01:22:34 PM
It's kinda hard without dates but Tulsa isn't horrible it seems
KC can be had for 100 to 150 across the board.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 06, 2018, 09:57:59 AM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on February 06, 2018, 04:39:23 PM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 09, 2018, 09:26:29 AM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Gilligan on February 09, 2018, 02:52:14 PM
My next trip will be from Branson area to Washington DC.  Based on another thread, you guys suggested KC or Tulsa.  Thinking of Tulsa next time - is that still a good plan?

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 09, 2018, 04:21:01 PM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.

Practice by going to Memphis and hitting I-240 an hour before the overnight Fed Ex sort and the natives getting to work. Hold on tight. You master that, LA will be a breeze.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 09, 2018, 06:05:51 PM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.

Practice by going to Memphis and hitting I-240 an hour before the overnight Fed Ex sort and the natives getting to work. Hold on tight. You master that, LA will be a breeze.

Wow....funny you said that...I was literal there on my last on-site visit.  Working on a project there by the airport.  I got in town and out pretty quickly.  Co-worker stayed a couple of days and came back with some stories.  Apparently theres a local BBQ place that is so amazing it had armed parking lot security...lol
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 09, 2018, 07:00:09 PM
That would be Panye's up Lamar in Orange Mound. Very, very good. Go in daytime only.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 09, 2018, 07:19:43 PM
My next trip will be from Branson area to Washington DC.  Based on another thread, you guys suggested KC or Tulsa.  Thinking of Tulsa next time - is that still a good plan?

Frontier is offering flights to Dulles from Tulsa real cheap right now. Allegiant flies to Baltimore from Tulsa. I haven't checked to see if they are seasonal.

At BWI you either rent a car and drive into DC or take a shuttle bus to the train station nearby and go by rail to Union Station and use the Metro from there.

Dulles is still at least a year away from having a metro station right there. So it's renting a car, uber, or taking a bus to the nearest station on the Arlington Line.

I'd rent a car at Dulles ( get the toll pass). Depending on time,  you can do the Air and Space Museum there, Manassas/Bull Run, Arlington Old Town and Arlington Cemetary going into town.

When they get the Metro Line to Dulles done, I think you'll see somewhat of a shift from BWI to there from lower cost carriers. I can see WN and Frontier offering more from there. Frontier has tried serveral times to build it up. That metro is the key.

You can check KC as American may be pretty close Southwest but flying into DCA/Regan, the ideal DC airport. I have no idea if American flies nonstop to DCA from MCI, it does from XNA and LIT but they are EXPENSIVE.

If I was flying from Memphis, that would be a no brainer. The small difference in price would be well worth it.

Fly midweek(Tue,Wed), it's always cheaper than the weekend (Thurs-Sun) Sometimes, Sat is forgiving.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Gilligan on February 11, 2018, 03:29:06 PM
Chittlins, once I get near DC I'm gold!  Our son can pick us up.  During Christmas, we drove out there but don't want to do it again anytime soon.  We did spend a day at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles and that was awesome! Seeing the space shuttle and the Enola Gay in person and thinking about the historical aspect of just those two pieces of history was incredible.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 11, 2018, 07:44:30 PM
Chittlins, once I get near DC I'm gold!  Our son can pick us up.  During Christmas, we drove out there but don't want to do it again anytime soon.  We did spend a day at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles and that was awesome! Seeing the space shuttle and the Enola Gay in person and thinking about the historical aspect of just those two pieces of history was incredible.

That view of the SR with the Shuttle behind it is air and space porn. We spent the afternoon there, watched an A380 and 747 take off in the tower and caught Wonder Woman in the Imax while the traffic died down before heading into DC Proper.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on February 19, 2018, 04:07:57 PM
Getting this caught up a bit and taking a hint from Swoosh and turning some of it into links to the vlogs of each that I've posted so far, as well as an update on trips.

This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU)
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ)
Pandora-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE)
Mon 1/15 Epcot  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E)
    Wrap up of Animal Kingdom and Epcot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA)
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ)
    Wizarding World of Harry Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw)
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios coming soon
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom coming soon

And it was confirmed this last week that I'm going to Paris, France at the end of March.  Will be spending 4 or 5 days at Disneyland Paris in addition to going into the city. So extremely excited about the trip!
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Gilligan on February 19, 2018, 04:10:24 PM
Getting this caught up a bit and taking a hint from Swoosh and turning some of it into links to the vlogs of each that I've posted so far, as well as an update on trips.

This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU)
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ)
Pandora-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE)
Mon 1/15 Epcot  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E)
    Wrap up of Animal Kingdom and Epcot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA)
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ)
    Wizarding World of Harry Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw)
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios coming soon
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom coming soon

And it was confirmed this last week that I'm going to Paris, France at the end of March.  Will be spending 4 or 5 days at Disneyland Paris in addition to going into the city. So extremely excited about the trip!

Hope you have a wonderful time!
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 20, 2018, 07:39:52 AM
Can't wait for the Paris rewind.

Anyhoo... while deciding on what to do at Castaway Cay, I think  the Son and I will do a bit of sea fishing and the Daughter and I will parasail. When I sent her a youtube of parasailing at Castaway, this was her response text:


Parasailing, no problem but sharks.............  ;D

Since my last update, Disney finally updated their operating hours during the Spring Break period and I was able to adjust our day at Animal Kingdom. They added a second Rivers of Light  at 10pm. This basically added a whole hr for more night rides. I was able to adjust our Flight of Passage fast pass to right before sunset, so when we come out it should be dark and that leads right into a nighttime Kilimanjaro Safari then on to Everest in the dark. I'm hoping the new retheme to UP bird show is up and running by then as well.

The new world's tallest Star Flyer doean't look like it's going to be open yet :(

Both BGT and SeaWorld are havin their respective food and wine feast and concerts. BGT has the GooGooDolls on Sun and a Latin act on Sat. I'm still waiting to see who is playing at SeaWorld that Sat to see if we switch some dates. My DF and DW are all about the 15 to 60 option at SeaWorld for the chocolate covered pretzels on at stick, lobster rolls and crab cakes.so I know we will hit Seaworld for at least at couple of hours that weekend before the cruise.

If this Disney cruise is at hit, I will wait patiently for their european 2019 intenaries and possibly incorporate one of those in our planned big Europe 2019 trip. Anyway I can get barcelona and Port Aventura in.

I find it Ironic Universal is opening an Aventura hotel in Orlando. Kinda wished they had keep Port Aventura. Their lack of a European base is now showing a bit as they grow.

The Vegas trip has been booked. April 28th to 30th. Three day/2 night trip to Celebrate my DD's Sweet 16. Since she's getting a hand me down 2002 Accord with 260k that's been in the family it's whole life while Daddy takes over Momma's ride and Momma sports a new SUV., a nice trip was in order :)

So, AdventureDome and Stratosphere attractions.  Night one Chris Angel' Mindfreak, night two Love or Mystere by Cirque. A sunrise Hot Air balloon ride. Daytime Strip time(NYNY, Paris, Casears, Venetian ), and a Hoover Dam trip in the convertible I rented, I'd also love to sneak off to Buffalo Bill's if the coaster is running for that credit before it bites the dust for good.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 22, 2018, 04:43:13 PM
Feel free to move this to a more appropriate thread if needed.  Quick SFMM park visit report.

I did it....finally got some time during one of my work trips to visit a park.  I've had multiple trips the past couple of years in theme park towns with no time off  to enjoy any.  The Allentown/Tampa/Orlando trips where always the toughest since I literally sometimes drove pasted the parks on the way and to work and the hotel.

I spent Monday - Wednesday in the LA area for work.  It worked it out so I could fly in extra early on Monday (Prez day) and get the afternoon/evening off as vacation.  I landed in ONT around 10:45, jumped in a rental and headed to SFMM.  About an 1.5 hr drive with just a couple of slow downs I was at front gate by 12:30 on a day the park was open till 8.

I couldn't tell how busy the park was.  I assume it was a pretty average day....most of the major rides where 20min to 1.5wait.  It was cold for LA (50s) with a pretty heavy breeze that make it feel colder....was hoping that kept the crowds down but I don't think it did.  Felt a little weird to be going to be park by myself but exciting too cause I wasn't going to be held up by anyone on what to do.

My goal was the hit up all the unique ride types I'd never gotten to ride before.  I was going to hit X2 first but it has a 1.5 hr wait!  So I walked up the hill and got on Tatsu with a 40min wait.  It was great....i really loved the experience....probably my favorite ride in the park.  That last dive loop is intense.  Next I hit the classic Ninja....it's a really really fun ride.  Great starter coaster.  I'm worried about it's future though....the station looks horrible....roof is falling apart....the ride and theme just looks like no one cares to take care of it anymore.  Also noticed from the ride that the land lots (mountain) behind the park is getting leveled for development.  Really a big eye sore....because it's so large I'm guessing it's not for the park but probably housing developments.  I'd imagine it was much nicer before.

I jumped in the line for Superman next...only one side open for a 40min wait....but I had a work call to be on in 30mins so I kept moving....back down the hill.  Used the single rider line for Riddler.  Was able to walk right on the front row (love single rider lines).  My first standup....it was ok....seemed really long....I was ready to get off at the brake run....it actually head banged me pretty hard.  Took my work call and grabbed some food near twisted colossus.  Pretty good Italian sandwich.  Waited 45 mins for Twisted....another fun ride.  Not as fast or intense as outlaw run but fun and very popular.  Went over the Scream next....about a 15min wait I got to the gate.  I had just been thinking the operations wasn't as bad as I was expecting and that the floorless loading that Scream uses is a lot more complex than Wildfire when.....bang....Scream goes down.  The moving loading floor got stuck under the station.  I baled after seeing the maintenance guys under that station scratching there heads and the operations staff asking about how to get riders off.  It ended up closed the rest of the day.  I jumped on Goliath and go a cold and windy ride in.  The train after mind ended up stalling at the mid-break run.  I stopped and watched in amazement when a maintenance worker climbed up and literally pushed the coaster forward to get is going.  Even got a pic of the full coaster stalled. 

At this point I was almost completely exhausted.  I'm not a young buck anymore and I'd started that day at 4am in arkansas.  I still wanted to do the Drop, superman, X2,viper, and full throttle but it was past 5, I had a nearly 2 hour drive back to the hotel and needed to be 'fresh' for work.  X2 ended up closing for the day:(  I stopped by full throttle and it had a 1.5 hr wait:(  I regret now not trying to go for it but I decided just to hit up revolution and viper on the way out.  Viper really surprised me...I read about how rough it is but it seemed ok to me.  I was really looking forward to it since Orient Express at WoF used to be my favorite coaster growing up and except for Loch Ness BG....this is probably the closest coaster that exists like it.  It was really fun...I rode it twice since it had no line and had no head banging.  Actually a great coaster for me the end on.  I thought about going for the drop and superman but I was near the park exit, it was cold, and I was ready to get back to the hotel.  Spent about 5 hours in the park and got 6-7 rides in.

Random Thoughts/Notes on SFMM:
Full of teenagers - just a few families - not surprising being on a weekday with school being out and this park has a reputation as a local teen hangout spot more that a tourist destination and I saw it - felt very out of place at times but everyone was nice and well behaved...lol  A ridiculous amount of teenage and 20some "boys" wearing some type of oncse/pajama animal outfits....weird.
The front ticket gate was extremely inefficient/slow....40mins wait to get my ticket scanned and they even had most of the gates open - the season pass holders took forever with a fingerprint ID check....very frustrating.  Wish they had separate gates for season ticket holders than one day passes that was just a scan and go.
Wish I had splurged for the flash pass.  By 5....I was too tired to deal with the crowds.  I'm sure I could have probable hit all the rides in 4-5 hours if I had got one.  I could have got them all if I stayed still without one.
Welk Resorts was advertising commercials throughout the park - even mentioned having resorts in the most sought after locations like Branson Missouri!
Parking is just plain terrible - both the $25 charge, the ridiculously out of the way location from the main gate and the buses.  I kept thinking its like if an Applebees put the front door by the main road but only had parking behind the building making all it's customers walk around the building to enter.  It's just not customer friendly.

Random LA Thoughts:
Followed a 100k Tesla car into the parking lot with who ended up having two teenage girls jump out of it....apparently just hanging out for the day....very Cali.  Saw two Lambo's, a Bently, dozens of Porsches, and hundreds of beamers on the drive...lol...SoCal loves there cars...probably because the have to live in them.
Had to change airports for the flight home: 35mile drive from ONT to John Wayne Airport took 2.5hrs in LA traffic!!!  I don't understand how anyone can keep there sanity there.  Everywhere you go takes at least an 1/2 hr in traffic....even when going out for a biz lunch that was only 2 miles away!
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 22, 2018, 08:12:22 PM
Feel free to move this to a more appropriate thread if needed.  Quick SFMM park visit report.

I did it....finally got some time during one of my work trips to visit a park.  I've had multiple trips the past couple of years in theme park towns with no time off  to enjoy any.  The Allentown/Tampa/Orlando trips where always the toughest since I literally sometimes drove pasted the parks on the way and to work and the hotel.

I spent Monday - Wednesday in the LA area for work.  It worked it out so I could fly in extra early on Monday (Prez day) and get the afternoon/evening off as vacation.  I landed in ONT around 10:45, jumped in a rental and headed to SFMM.  About an 1.5 hr drive with just a couple of slow downs I was at front gate by 12:30 on a day the park was open till 8.

I couldn't tell how busy the park was.  I assume it was a pretty average day....most of the major rides where 20min to 1.5wait.  It was cold for LA (50s) with a pretty heavy breeze that make it feel colder....was hoping that kept the crowds down but I don't think it did.  Felt a little weird to be going to be park by myself but exciting too cause I wasn't going to be held up by anyone on what to do.

My goal was the hit up all the unique ride types I'd never gotten to ride before.  I was going to hit X2 first but it has a 1.5 hr wait!  So I walked up the hill and got on Tatsu with a 40min wait.  It was great....i really loved the experience....probably my favorite ride in the park.  That last dive loop is intense.  Next I hit the classic Ninja....it's a really really fun ride.  Great starter coaster.  I'm worried about it's future though....the station looks horrible....roof is falling apart....the ride and theme just looks like no one cares to take care of it anymore.  Also noticed from the ride that the land lots (mountain) behind the park is getting leveled for development.  Really a big eye sore....because it's so large I'm guessing it's not for the park but probably housing developments.  I'd imagine it was much nicer before.

I jumped in the line for Superman next...only one side open for a 40min wait....but I had a work call to be on in 30mins so I kept moving....back down the hill.  Used the single rider line for Riddler.  Was able to walk right on the front row (love single rider lines).  My first standup....it was ok....seemed really long....I was ready to get off at the brake run....it actually head banged me pretty hard.  Took my work call and grabbed some food near twisted colossus.  Pretty good Italian sandwich.  Waited 45 mins for Twisted....another fun ride.  Not as fast or intense as outlaw run but fun and very popular.  Went over the Scream next....about a 15min wait I got to the gate.  I had just been thinking the operations wasn't as bad as I was expecting and that the floorless loading that Scream uses is a lot more complex than Wildfire when.....bang....Scream goes down.  The moving loading floor got stuck under the station.  I baled after seeing the maintenance guys under that station scratching there heads and the operations staff asking about how to get riders off.  It ended up closed the rest of the day.  I jumped on Goliath and go a cold and windy ride in.  The train after mind ended up stalling at the mid-break run.  I stopped and watched in amazement when a maintenance worker climbed up and literally pushed the coaster forward to get is going.  Even got a pic of the full coaster stalled. 

At this point I was almost completely exhausted.  I'm not a young buck anymore and I'd started that day at 4am in arkansas.  I still wanted to do the Drop, superman, X2,viper, and full throttle but it was past 5, I had a nearly 2 hour drive back to the hotel and needed to be 'fresh' for work.  X2 ended up closing for the day:(  I stopped by full throttle and it had a 1.5 hr wait:(  I regret now not trying to go for it but I decided just to hit up revolution and viper on the way out.  Viper really surprised me...I read about how rough it is but it seemed ok to me.  I was really looking forward to it since Orient Express at WoF used to be my favorite coaster growing up and except for Loch Ness BG....this is probably the closest coaster that exists like it.  It was really fun...I rode it twice since it had no line and had no head banging.  Actually a great coaster for me the end on.  I thought about going for the drop and superman but I was near the park exit, it was cold, and I was ready to get back to the hotel.  Spent about 5 hours in the park and got 6-7 rides in.

Random Thoughts/Notes on SFMM:
Full of teenagers - just a few families - not surprising being on a weekday with school being out and this park has a reputation as a local teen hangout spot more that a tourist destination and I saw it - felt very out of place at times but everyone was nice and well behaved...lol  A ridiculous amount of teenage and 20some "boys" wearing some type of oncse/pajama animal outfits....weird.
The front ticket gate was extremely inefficient/slow....40mins wait to get my ticket scanned and they even had most of the gates open - the season pass holders took forever with a fingerprint ID check....very frustrating.  Wish they had separate gates for season ticket holders than one day passes that was just a scan and go.
Wish I had splurged for the flash pass.  By 5....I was too tired to deal with the crowds.  I'm sure I could have probable hit all the rides in 4-5 hours if I had got one.  I could have got them all if I stayed still without one.
Welk Resorts was advertising commercials throughout the park - even mentioned having resorts in the most sought after locations like Branson Missouri!
Parking is just plain terrible - both the $25 charge, the ridiculously out of the way location from the main gate and the buses.  I kept thinking its like if an Applebees put the front door by the main road but only had parking behind the building making all it's customers walk around the building to enter.  It's just not customer friendly.

Random LA Thoughts:
Followed a 100k Tesla car into the parking lot with who ended up having two teenage girls jump out of it....apparently just hanging out for the day....very Cali.  Saw two Lambo's, a Bently, dozens of Porsches, and hundreds of beamers on the drive...lol...SoCal loves there cars...probably because the have to live in them.
Had to change airports for the flight home: 35mile drive from ONT to John Wayne Airport took 2.5hrs in LA traffic!!!  I don't understand how anyone can keep there sanity there.  Everywhere you go takes at least an 1/2 hr in traffic....even when going out for a biz lunch that was only 2 miles away!

Naw, this fits in. Especially useful for those of us that has SFMM on the radar. I now know, get the quick queue for a quick visit.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 23, 2018, 12:25:15 AM
Feel free to move this to a more appropriate thread if needed.  Quick SFMM park visit report.

I did it....finally got some time during one of my work trips to visit a park.  I've had multiple trips the past couple of years in theme park towns with no time off  to enjoy any.  The Allentown/Tampa/Orlando trips where always the toughest since I literally sometimes drove pasted the parks on the way and to work and the hotel.

I spent Monday - Wednesday in the LA area for work.  It worked it out so I could fly in extra early on Monday (Prez day) and get the afternoon/evening off as vacation.  I landed in ONT around 10:45, jumped in a rental and headed to SFMM.  About an 1.5 hr drive with just a couple of slow downs I was at front gate by 12:30 on a day the park was open till 8.

I couldn't tell how busy the park was.  I assume it was a pretty average day....most of the major rides where 20min to 1.5wait.  It was cold for LA (50s) with a pretty heavy breeze that make it feel colder....was hoping that kept the crowds down but I don't think it did.  Felt a little weird to be going to be park by myself but exciting too cause I wasn't going to be held up by anyone on what to do.

My goal was the hit up all the unique ride types I'd never gotten to ride before.  I was going to hit X2 first but it has a 1.5 hr wait!  So I walked up the hill and got on Tatsu with a 40min wait.  It was great....i really loved the experience....probably my favorite ride in the park.  That last dive loop is intense.  Next I hit the classic Ninja....it's a really really fun ride.  Great starter coaster.  I'm worried about it's future though....the station looks horrible....roof is falling apart....the ride and theme just looks like no one cares to take care of it anymore.  Also noticed from the ride that the land lots (mountain) behind the park is getting leveled for development.  Really a big eye sore....because it's so large I'm guessing it's not for the park but probably housing developments.  I'd imagine it was much nicer before.

I jumped in the line for Superman next...only one side open for a 40min wait....but I had a work call to be on in 30mins so I kept moving....back down the hill.  Used the single rider line for Riddler.  Was able to walk right on the front row (love single rider lines).  My first standup....it was ok....seemed really long....I was ready to get off at the brake run....it actually head banged me pretty hard.  Took my work call and grabbed some food near twisted colossus.  Pretty good Italian sandwich.  Waited 45 mins for Twisted....another fun ride.  Not as fast or intense as outlaw run but fun and very popular.  Went over the Scream next....about a 15min wait I got to the gate.  I had just been thinking the operations wasn't as bad as I was expecting and that the floorless loading that Scream uses is a lot more complex than Wildfire when.....bang....Scream goes down.  The moving loading floor got stuck under the station.  I baled after seeing the maintenance guys under that station scratching there heads and the operations staff asking about how to get riders off.  It ended up closed the rest of the day.  I jumped on Goliath and go a cold and windy ride in.  The train after mind ended up stalling at the mid-break run.  I stopped and watched in amazement when a maintenance worker climbed up and literally pushed the coaster forward to get is going.  Even got a pic of the full coaster stalled. 

At this point I was almost completely exhausted.  I'm not a young buck anymore and I'd started that day at 4am in arkansas.  I still wanted to do the Drop, superman, X2,viper, and full throttle but it was past 5, I had a nearly 2 hour drive back to the hotel and needed to be 'fresh' for work.  X2 ended up closing for the day:(  I stopped by full throttle and it had a 1.5 hr wait:(  I regret now not trying to go for it but I decided just to hit up revolution and viper on the way out.  Viper really surprised me...I read about how rough it is but it seemed ok to me.  I was really looking forward to it since Orient Express at WoF used to be my favorite coaster growing up and except for Loch Ness BG....this is probably the closest coaster that exists like it.  It was really fun...I rode it twice since it had no line and had no head banging.  Actually a great coaster for me the end on.  I thought about going for the drop and superman but I was near the park exit, it was cold, and I was ready to get back to the hotel.  Spent about 5 hours in the park and got 6-7 rides in.

Random Thoughts/Notes on SFMM:
Full of teenagers - just a few families - not surprising being on a weekday with school being out and this park has a reputation as a local teen hangout spot more that a tourist destination and I saw it - felt very out of place at times but everyone was nice and well behaved...lol  A ridiculous amount of teenage and 20some "boys" wearing some type of oncse/pajama animal outfits....weird.
The front ticket gate was extremely inefficient/slow....40mins wait to get my ticket scanned and they even had most of the gates open - the season pass holders took forever with a fingerprint ID check....very frustrating.  Wish they had separate gates for season ticket holders than one day passes that was just a scan and go.
Wish I had splurged for the flash pass.  By 5....I was too tired to deal with the crowds.  I'm sure I could have probable hit all the rides in 4-5 hours if I had got one.  I could have got them all if I stayed still without one.
Welk Resorts was advertising commercials throughout the park - even mentioned having resorts in the most sought after locations like Branson Missouri!
Parking is just plain terrible - both the $25 charge, the ridiculously out of the way location from the main gate and the buses.  I kept thinking its like if an Applebees put the front door by the main road but only had parking behind the building making all it's customers walk around the building to enter.  It's just not customer friendly.

Random LA Thoughts:
Followed a 100k Tesla car into the parking lot with who ended up having two teenage girls jump out of it....apparently just hanging out for the day....very Cali.  Saw two Lambo's, a Bently, dozens of Porsches, and hundreds of beamers on the drive...lol...SoCal loves there cars...probably because the have to live in them.
Had to change airports for the flight home: 35mile drive from ONT to John Wayne Airport took 2.5hrs in LA traffic!!!  I don't understand how anyone can keep there sanity there.  Everywhere you go takes at least an 1/2 hr in traffic....even when going out for a biz lunch that was only 2 miles away!

Naw, this fits in. Especially useful for those of us that has SFMM on the radar. I now know, get the quick queue for a quick visit.

Tatsu, X2, TC, Full Throttle, and Superman had 45min to 1.5hr waits the whole time there.  Batman, Goliath, SCREAM, D Drop, Wood coaster, gold miner, all where 20-40 mins.  Ninja and viper where walk-ons all day.  If I could have got there at rope drop I would head straight up the hill to Tatsu and Superman...then work back to the front.  Really regret not getting on X2 and Full Throttle....but still got some great rides in.  Even with the parks huge amount of thrill rides....I left with an appreciation for SDC.  SDC is just plain in simple a better theme park.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: shavethewhales on February 23, 2018, 01:55:36 PM
Very interesting report HumphreyHawk. SFMM is on my short list, but while I lust after the coasters the park itself is daunting. It sucks that it was so busy on a cold day in February for you, but I guess it was President's day so maybe that was part of it.

Typical Six Flags, get your money as fast as they can and stick you in long lines. Nothing fun about the experience except the brief moments on the rides... unless you get stuck.  ;D

There are so many famous coasters in SF parks that I want to ride, but as I get older and more finicky about the park experience it's harder and harder for me to step foot in a SF park.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on February 23, 2018, 03:19:50 PM
Great TR.  SFMM used to be my home park years ago (before Tatsu), and I do miss it.


Naw, this fits in. Especially useful for those of us that has SFMM on the radar. I now know, get the quick queue for a quick visit.

Greatly depends on the day you are there.  I'm not surprised at the lines he encountered with it being a school holiday.  However if you're there during the week when school is in session you'll find most of the coasters will be walk ons or close to it.. Weekend, summer or holiday, the express pass is worth it. Weekday with school in session probably not needed.

which is why I used to love to go when the kids were in school.  :-)
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 24, 2018, 04:40:28 PM
Couple more thoughts on SFMM:

No shows or extra entertainment was scheduled, no water rides where open, at any given time I'm guessing 70-80% of of the people at the park where waiting in lines for coasters.  In between rides is was weird how uncrowned the park actually seemed.  The restaurants and shops where active with people but not overly busy.  Yet all the major rides where packed.  Of course the shopping was primarily just your standard theme park goods...with a lot of comic book toys....the capes seemed to be big sellers to the teens and kids.  I didn't see anything special beyond those standard shops.
Food all looked ok....nothing looked that great....the funnel cake shop near the opening gate was by far the busiest food stand. 
I really regretted not getting that flash pass.  I was counting on more rides having the single rider line.  I didn't understand how the flash passes worked at six flags either...I haven't been to a SF park since they introduced them. The website wasn't very clear on how they worked and made it sound like it wouldn't save that much time.  After seeing how the lines are managed I got it.  All the rides basically have a queue manager near the station that checks passes for scheduled times.  I could have 'scheduled' rides one at a time and got in other rides in between the waits.
I learned:  I don't really like stand up coasters, I want to try more flying coasters (Tatsu was fun), check for single rider lines before going, wear layers at theme parks to help keep warm
I also kinda understand now why SFMM isn't talked about more in all the coaster boards - It has a lot of rides, a lot of different types of rides and some really good ones - but no single ride seems to be 'great' in there own category.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: History Buff on March 01, 2018, 05:11:13 PM
I just received word that I was accepted for a Summer Residency at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   I will stay on the property for four nights.  I don't have the agenda yet, but may get to handle primary sources, participate in an archaeological dig, and explore the property.  It will definitely be a vigorous schedule.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 01, 2018, 05:38:10 PM
I just received word that I was accepted for a Summer Residency at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   I will stay on the property for four nights.  I don't have the agenda yet, but may get to handle primary sources, participate in an archaeological dig, and explore the property.  It will definitely be a vigorous schedule.

Was there last summer, we had a hoot with people playing members of the family on the grounds. Anyhoi, this is from a bit to the west
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: History Buff on March 01, 2018, 06:19:43 PM
I just received word that I was accepted for a Summer Residency at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   I will stay on the property for four nights.  I don't have the agenda yet, but may get to handle primary sources, participate in an archaeological dig, and explore the property.  It will definitely be a vigorous schedule.

Was there last summer, we had a hoot with people playing members of the family on the grounds. Anyhoi, this is from a bit to the west

That appears to be Monticello, not Mount Vernon.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 01, 2018, 09:59:46 PM
I just received word that I was accepted for a Summer Residency at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   I will stay on the property for four nights.  I don't have the agenda yet, but may get to handle primary sources, participate in an archaeological dig, and explore the property.  It will definitely be a vigorous schedule.

Was there last summer, we had a hoot with people playing members of the family on the grounds. Anyhoi, this is from a bit to the west

That appears to be Monticello, not Mount Vernon.

I did say "this is from a bit to the west"
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: History Buff on March 02, 2018, 07:26:31 AM
I just received word that I was accepted for a Summer Residency at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   I will stay on the property for four nights.  I don't have the agenda yet, but may get to handle primary sources, participate in an archaeological dig, and explore the property.  It will definitely be a vigorous schedule.

Was there last summer, we had a hoot with people playing members of the family on the grounds. Anyhoi, this is from a bit to the west

That appears to be Monticello, not Mount Vernon.

I did say "this is from a bit to the west"

You totally did.  For some reason I read that as being a view from the west.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Gilligan on March 02, 2018, 06:55:40 PM
I just received word that I was accepted for a Summer Residency at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   I will stay on the property for four nights.  I don't have the agenda yet, but may get to handle primary sources, participate in an archaeological dig, and explore the property.  It will definitely be a vigorous schedule.

Congratulations!  That's exciting!  We spent a frigid day over Christmas there and loved it!  Can't wait to go back and see it again.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 08, 2018, 07:05:45 PM
March- Spring Break
Sat  17 -   Busch Gardens Tampa (Int. Food and Wine Fest)

Sun  18 -  Uni Florida/Island of Adventure (Mardi Gras)

Mon 19 -  USF/IOA (Day), Blue Man Group(6PM), FunSpot America(late)

Tue  20-   Volcano Bay (early), Epcot(night)

Wed 21-  Discovery Cove and Aquatica, Coca Cola Eye

Thu 22 -  Sea World(9am to 2pm) Animal Kingdom 3pm-9pm,  Fun Spot Kissimmee(late night)

Fri 23 -    Dixie Crossroads for Lunch, Disney Cruise

Sat 24 -   Nassau Bahamas

Sun 25 -  Castaway Cay

Mon 26-  Disney World

Tue 27-    Legoland (maybe 50/50)

April - SDC on good weather weekend day, Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Big Foot, Mountain Coaster

May - Three day weekend in Vegas, Adventure Dome, Show,
           Cowabunga Bay (if open)

June - Dollywood, Wilderness In the Smokies
            SDC visit

July - Chicago extended weekend, Cubs game, Six Flags,
          Navy Pier

August - SDC possible

Sept - SDC possible

Oct- 4 day weekend Los Angeles,  Knotts Berry, Universal  Studios for their Halloween stuff,  Six Flags Magic Mountain (time permitting)

SDC

Dec - SDC

Prepping for Orlando/Cruise

Early Apr - SDC

Updates:

Dates firmedm flights and/or rooms booked, tickets purchased in bold:

April 27 to May 1st -Las Vegas
Adventure Dome, Cowabunga Bay WaterPark, Stratosphere, Manhatten coaster, Chris Angel show, Cirque Love(beatles themed)Show, Hot Air balloons

May 3rd- U2 Tulsa

May 30th- Dave Matthews (local)


June - Still open, would love a trip to Dollywood, depends on if the points and flying into Knoxville or Ashville works out.

July 13th and 14th - Kanasas City
Worlds of Fun, Imagine Dragons in Concert

July 29th -Weezer and Pixies (local)

August-  stilll open but we always do a summer's last fling thing Thinking Chicago and a Cubs game with Six Flags and Navy Pier

Sept- nada

Oct- Los Angeles
Universal- Hollywood Haunted Nights, Knotts Berry, possibly SFMM









Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 17, 2018, 07:33:19 PM
Sitting in a lounge chair and sipping on a Blue Moon a the atomic Pool at Cabana Bay watching the limited fireworks over the lit Thunderbird sign. Got off the plane noonish, fantasic flight and as soon as we entered Florida air the clouds broke and the Gulf Coast appeared. The only hiccup was a single person in front of me with a thick Yankee accent at the Budget Fast break desk arguing over the car being issued to her that she booked on priceline. They upgraded me out having to listen to that temper tantrum and apologized profusely to for the delay. I didn't care, the line inside was a 100 deep. We decided to go to SeaWorld after check in early at Cabana Bay to sample the Seven Seas food fest line up. Good stuff there, we really liked the cinnimon Pork Belly. The wife says Hunter Hayes was decent but the daughter and I were rodeo'd Mako doing that.We were gifted Quick Que passes outside the gate and they worked like a charm. 5 rides on Mako in 45 minutes 2 in front, two in back and one in the middle. The front on this thing is all kinds of awesome. The back was solid and the middle is fine as well. But... the front, the front, the front is where it's at. We got in 3 rides on Manta too, one in the front and Kraken was down and it's back to VR hell. The kids then went on the Atlantis and what not while the wife and I put notches on our sample lanyard. The Kids want Volcano Bay tommorrow Morning. So, we'll hit it at open  and stay till around 1 and then head to Tampa and Busch Gardens for their food fest and Goo Goo Dolls. We'll have a late night bowl here at Cabana Bay. We love tCabana Bay so far, the food is very pricey but our family suite with two queens and a living area with a partion is nice enough. The fold out sofa is memory foam
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 20, 2018, 11:38:20 PM
Today, we ended our stay at Cabana Bay after spending the entire day and evening at US/IoA. We really liked CaBana Bay. We rode everything  l, some things twice even. Both Potter main attractions, Hulk, and HRRP. Choose ZZ Top and  Beastie Boys for my soundtracks. Our early check in at the time share got shanghi'd. Knowing that the storms were coming, we still went to Fun Spot Kissimmee.  Zero wait and ride where you want was to be had on Mind Blower. 2 in the front and 10, yes 10 in the back. The banks where it's at on the coaster. It was a blast. That two compact GG coasters that we have adored.  Other being Switchback. I only pray that The Track in Branson comes around and gets one. We got in 21/2 hrs at Fun Spot before the skies opened up. Got Tornado Warnings and hail for a bit. We finally got into our TS and we left out to Epcot at 2 hrs behind schedule.  This emptied Epcot even on an extra magic hours day. The last heavy downpour h lightning started just as we entered the park, We dashed to Spaceship Earth and walked right on. This killed enought time to let it pass.and other than a stiff breeze, the day became perfect. After illuminations Soarin' was basically a walk on. They let us enter in spite of of our reservations at Wilderness Lodge isn't until.after the cruise. 3 rides on Soaring in 30 minutes, manna. We love the new film over California. We miss Gary Sinese on the Mission Space update. We had no interest for Frozen and the son did two additional single ridder trips on Epcot. We loved the sugar cane shrimp squewers and ravioli with Maine lobster and like several other selection ls we sampled .Two weeks from now, the flowers in Garden gest will be peak.

Tommorrow is Discovery Cove. We axed Aquatica due to it.being a bit chilly and plane on Fun Spot Orlando in the evening along with another dinner at City Walk.

Frida, we'll to Canaveral for the cruise , we may leave early enought to kill a couple of hours at Kennedy.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 22, 2018, 11:40:14 PM
Animal Kingdom today.

Pandora, Flight of Passage is a simple ,"Oh Wow." The boat ride was ,"yep that was a waste of 60 minutes."

Everest at night is  simply a must. We scored 4 rides on this thing today in our 10 hrs at park.  The last daytime ride was on the front row.  We had the second row and fifth row for our at night rides. So glad this park is now a night time park. The River of Light is ok. The existing show would be a good base for some more exotic show spice. The night time safar was great l. Seeing the Lions on top of the kopge at night and as we were passing the male erupted into roaring. Supposedly a rareally treat.

Animal Kingdom is 1 e ticket and a two smaller d tickets away from being truely special.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on March 30, 2018, 02:08:48 PM
Sitting at the Denver airport now waiting for my last flight to return home after an incredible trip to Paris and Disneyland.  I've got thousands of photos to sort through- no exaggeration, as I shot well over 2000 myself, plus my friends'. Oh, and over 200gigs worth of video to boot! Ack!!   ;D :o ::)

Be watching over the next couple of months as it comes up online and on my channel.

and the Israel trip is paid for and locked in now as well.   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 30, 2018, 05:57:35 PM
The Disney Cruise and Castaway Cay was awesome. The stage shows were great but Beauty and the Beast stood out. We liked it so much, we put a deposit down on the June 8th, 2019 Barcelona to Rome 6 night cruise on The Magic. I did the timeshare thingy to get the 3 extra fast passes. There is and has been real interest on my part for buying in but just enough via Disney direct to get all the benefits that you can't get via the secondary. I figure demand for renting the points we don't use to cover the fees and actually pay myself back a little. Anyhoo, to get the FPs and a 50 buck ship credit, I had to meet one on one with a DVC rep but they goaded me into attending the general meeting for a chance for 200 buck on ship credit. I was the only one there, and a 100% chance for winning that 200 bucks! So, I got 250 bucks and 3 extra fast passes for 5 people that following Monday at WDW.  We signed up for the earliest parasailing at Castaway. We got on board and it was me and my two kids and a couple with their daugter. My two went first, as  they came back and told me to ready they asked if I wAntes to take on up with me so to not do it alone. I said sure and the son was the first to claim it. When we got done the sent the girl up with me. We basically got two for one rides. They did the same for the couple, both got to go up with their daughter. That was a very nice touch and I tipped them big.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 30, 2018, 06:00:01 PM
The sunrises I got up for on ship.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on March 31, 2018, 03:16:10 PM
Loving the photos and the updates!!
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 31, 2018, 09:22:40 PM
I would be remiss not to mention that my Mother loved Dixie Crossroads in Titusville and their rock and royal red shrimp that she wanted to eat there again for lunch when we disembarked. Their broiled Royal Reds are heaven.

If you are doing Kennedy Space Center or cruising from Port Canaveral, you need to eat there.

Anyhoo, after an 11 am chow down on Royal Reds we made our way back to Orlando. My Mom hadn't been to WDW since 1988 when she took my Bother and I. I rented points for a DVC at Copper Creek. This would be the current resort that Disney is still selling besides Alunai in Hawaii. They aren't selling the Riviera yet. Anyhoo... I love Wilderness Lodge more than any other Disney resort we have stayed at. Animal Kingdom lodge is up there but it's remoteness is a knock. The new pool area is a big improvement from the old adults only area. there's some first come/ first serve cabana type places and an area of tables.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on March 31, 2018, 09:39:07 PM
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Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on April 01, 2018, 04:37:05 AM
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2018
MARCH
17 - SDC Spring Break Days (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/spring-ride-days-sdc.html)
25 - Six Flags Opening Weekend (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/opening-weekend-sfstl.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universal-studios-florida.html)
27 - Universal's Super Star Parade (Universal Studios Orlando) (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universals-super-star-parade-universal.html)
27 - Universal's Mardi Gras Festival (Universal Studios Orlando) (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/mardi-gras-universal-orlando.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 1 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 2 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure_31.html)
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/diagon-alley-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogwarts-express-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogsmeade-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/nighttime-lights-at-hogwarts-castle.html)
30 - Daytona Motor Speedway
30 - Daytona Beach
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements
30 - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
30 - Fun Spot Orlando
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
31 - Gatorland
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat
31 - Fun Spot Kissimmee
31 - Old Town

APRIL
14 - SDC's Festival of Wonder (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/festival-of-wonder-sdc.html)
21 - WOF Opening Day

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto
04 - Canada's Wonderland
05 - Michigan’s Adventure

Updated with links to Photo Trip Reports
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 04, 2018, 10:36:11 AM
After lunch in Titusville, we drove back to Orlando and checked in early at Wilderness, They had the one room in Copper Creek ready but the other in Boulder Ridge wasn't. I had all the luggage sent to the Copper Room. We got settled and  made our way down to the dock for the trip over to WDW, A brief shower started along the way over but we had $1 plastic Panchos from Wallymurt just for this predicted outbreak of about an hr of rain(Just north of us their were radar warned Tornado Warnings but no lighting or thunder near Disney!) I has hoping the threatending skies would clear the park out a bit.........NOPE! We shopped Main Street as the rain passed and when it let up we made our way left at the Hub. After seeing the crowd and looking at the waits on the app, I was SO glad we had those extra 3 fast passes per person for our day at WDW for doing the DVC thing. We used our regular ones for BTMRR, 7DMT and Pan.  The GrandMom and Mother let the kids double dip at two of those with their FPs  and we used the freebies on rides we all rode, Jungle Cruise, POTC and again let the kids double dip at Space. We all hit Haunted Mansion right after fireworks for a 15 minute wait. The kids had zero interest in Barnstormer this trip, amazing what 3 years will do as they rode it over and over last time,(without much of a wait in the first week of Feb).  Presidents Hall had armed guards, something I missed seeing that the last time (and Conservatives are the hateful bunch 8))

After a willy nilly back and forth day at Animal Kingdom before the cruise. I showe'd disipline and we did Disney Clockwise from the hub. We all went through the SFRTH,(Miss SDCs), Had Vanilla and Orange swirl Dope Whips ;D
Jungle Cruise and Pirates, we ate some quick serve Mexican ::) and then hit Splash Mountain and Big Thunder, we caught the Hall of Presidents and positioned ourselves for the fire works. Afterwards, we made our way to HM for a short wait, (10 minutes, when we came out it was 50) and the kids double dipped on SM and BTMRR in while Mom and Cha Cha shopped at the Christmas store and others nearby. After we made out way to Pan where we all rode and then to SDMT. I had to let Cha Cha check out the Tangled bathrooms and then we made our way to Space while Mom and ChaCha went back to Main Street, The Kids did their two trips on Space and I go my one ride and then we went and met back up on Main Street and went back to The  Wilderness Lodge and crashed for the night. The next day the kids got in a qucik dip in the pool and  we all had a late breakfast at Whispering Canyon before checking our luggage and getting our boarding passes (A16 thur 20 and heading to SeaWorld.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on April 04, 2018, 03:58:36 PM
I has hoping the threatending skies would clear the park out a bit.........NOPE!

Presidents Hall had armed guards, something I missed seeing that the last time (and Conservatives are the hateful bunch 8))

Rain doesn't send anyone packing in Florida.  After spending all of that money on the trip, there's no way they are letting something like rain get in the way of them being in the parks!

And armed guards?  I don't recall ever seeing that.  I didn't go to the Hall on this last trip.  Where were they at?
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 04, 2018, 05:16:42 PM
I has hoping the threatending skies would clear the park out a bit.........NOPE!

Presidents Hall had armed guards, something I missed seeing that the last time (and Conservatives are the hateful bunch 8))

Rain doesn't send anyone packing in Florida.  After spending all of that money on the trip, there's no way they are letting something like rain get in the way of them being in the parks!


And armed guards?  I don't recall ever seeing that.  I didn't go to the Hall on this last trip.  Where were they at?

Two Total, One on each side wall. Both were strapped and not with tasers.

And...

It did on our last trip, but that was on an early Feb Tues. It was even extra magic hours then and the park was open to 1 am. We rodeo'd  Space Mountian and Big Thunder that night. Both were walk ons.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 09, 2018, 07:55:11 AM
Our last day, after we left Wilderness Lodge was a stop at SeaWorld. We(all of us except my Mom) had done the rides  to take in the Seven Seas Food Fest at SeaWorld the day we arrived, This was a Tuesday so no Food Fest but it was to see the shows with my Mom instead. I'm going to be honest, I liked the shows at San Antonio better, maybe those have changed since our last visit a couple of summers back but I liked Azul better with the Belugas with the dolphins than just the Dolphins. The Whale show at San Antonio was better too. Clyde and SeaMore was a push. A  Still good.....but kinda thing.

I also think they need to extend the days of Seven Seas to at least Fri and daily during the two prime weeks of spring break. It was Tues and it was packed. The coaster waits were over an hr most of the day.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Speidel on April 17, 2018, 11:28:27 AM
I has hoping the threatending skies would clear the park out a bit.........NOPE!

Presidents Hall had armed guards, something I missed seeing that the last time (and Conservatives are the hateful bunch 8))

Rain doesn't send anyone packing in Florida.  After spending all of that money on the trip, there's no way they are letting something like rain get in the way of them being in the parks!

And armed guards?  I don't recall ever seeing that.  I didn't go to the Hall on this last trip.  Where were they at?

Armed guards bit is news to me too. I didn't notice that back when I visited Presidents Hall a  year or so ago. What were they armed with?
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on April 17, 2018, 04:06:23 PM
Quote
2018
MARCH
17 - Silver Dollar City - Spring Break Days (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/spring-ride-days-sdc.html)
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - Opening Weekend (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/opening-weekend-sfstl.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universal-studios-florida.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Super Star Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universals-super-star-parade-universal.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Mardi Gras Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/mardi-gras-universal-orlando.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 1 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 2 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure_31.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/diagon-alley-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogwarts-express-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogsmeade-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/nighttime-lights-at-hogwarts-castle.html)
30 - Daytona International Motor Speedway (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-speedway.html)
30 - Motorsports Hall of Fame (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/motorsports-hall-of-fame.html)
30 - Daytona Beach (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach.html)
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach-boardwalk-amusements.html)
30 - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/ponce-inlet-lighthouse.html)
30 - Fun Spot Orlando  (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/fun-spot-america-orlando.html)
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/coca-cola-orlando-eye.html)
31 - Gatorland
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat
31 - Fun Spot Kissimmee
31 - Old Town

APRIL
14 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/festival-of-wonder-sdc.html)
20 - Kansas City Zoo
20 - Worlds of Fun - Season Pass Sneak Peek

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto
04 - Canada's Wonderland
05 - Michigan’s Adventure

Universal Studios Orlando Resort Trip Reports now all online
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 18, 2018, 11:42:26 AM
Quote
2018
MARCH
17 - SDC Spring Break Days (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/spring-ride-days-sdc.html)
25 - Six Flags Opening Weekend (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/opening-weekend-sfstl.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universal-studios-florida.html)
27 - Universal's Super Star Parade (Universal Studios Orlando) (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universals-super-star-parade-universal.html)
27 - Universal's Mardi Gras Festival (Universal Studios Orlando) (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/mardi-gras-universal-orlando.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 1 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 2 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure_31.html)
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/diagon-alley-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogwarts-express-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogsmeade-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/nighttime-lights-at-hogwarts-castle.html)
30 - Daytona Motor Speedway
30 - Daytona Beach
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements
30 - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
30 - Fun Spot Orlando
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
31 - Gatorland
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat
31 - Fun Spot Kissimmee
31 - Old Town

APRIL
14 - SDC's Festival of Wonder (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/festival-of-wonder-sdc.html)
21 - WOF Opening Day

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto
04 - Canada's Wonderland
05 - Michigan’s Adventure

Universal Studios Orlando Resort Trip Reports now all online

Yes the Potter Lights were great. We just didn't take any photos at US /IOA for some reason. I see the dragon doing his thing there for you, he took our day off.  :(
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on April 18, 2018, 06:38:45 PM
Yes the Potter Lights were great. We just didn't take any photos at US /IOA for some reason. I see the dragon doing his thing there for you, he took our day off.  :(

The Dragon was broke through Tuesday.  They were able to get him fixed for Wednesday.  On Tuesday he would growl but not shoot fire. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on April 22, 2018, 01:13:17 PM
Quote
2018
MARCH
17 - Silver Dollar City - Spring Break Days (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/spring-ride-days-sdc.html)
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - Opening Weekend (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/opening-weekend-sfstl.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universal-studios-florida.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Super Star Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universals-super-star-parade-universal.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Mardi Gras Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/mardi-gras-universal-orlando.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 1 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 2 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure_31.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/diagon-alley-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogwarts-express-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogsmeade-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/nighttime-lights-at-hogwarts-castle.html)
30 - Daytona International Motor Speedway (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-speedway.html)
30 - Motorsports Hall of Fame (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/motorsports-hall-of-fame.html)
30 - Daytona Beach (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach.html)
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach-boardwalk-amusements.html)
30 - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/ponce-inlet-lighthouse.html)
30 - Fun Spot Orlando  (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/fun-spot-america-orlando.html)
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/coca-cola-orlando-eye.html)
31 - Gatorland (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/gatorland.html)
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/boggy-creek-airboat-rides.html)
31 - Fun Spot Kissimmee
31 - Old Town USA (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/old-town-usa.html)

APRIL
14 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/festival-of-wonder-sdc.html)
20 - Kansas City Zoo
20 - Worlds of Fun - Season Pass Sneak Peek (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/opening-day-wof.html)

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto
04 - Canada's Wonderland
05 - Michigan’s Adventure

All Daytona Attractions now posted
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 23, 2018, 01:47:03 PM
Some thoughts,

You can still get a combo wristband for both parks good for the same day. I'd pencil in both parks for the same day and add some filler in between.

Fun Spot Kissimmee has added some flats at the back of Old Town, Tilt a Whirl being one of them. There isn't a bit of shade back there. There was a ton of room so I asked if they had grander plans and them said that Old Town uses the area for other events as well and they can't set anything up that fairly permanent.

The Star Flyer next to the Coca Cola Eye is a sight to behold. I want to at least fly to Europe from Orlando or come back through to ride it.

Like the ride ops at Maku Puihi slides at Volcano Bay said their would be, there's clear indications a new slide tower base. So... Volcano Bay is growing but nothing official. I suspect more water coasters maybe one being a Mammoth.

Fun Spot Orlando folks said they were getting close to expanding on that extra ground they bought. With Universal resorts set to explode around them  wouldn't doubt it. I wouldn't be shocked if a more extreme steel coaster with launches isn't part of it. I'm kinda short ked they hadn't added one of those SBG Visa spinners as it would be a good fit there

There's a big Margaritaville resort going in extremely close to Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge. It's going to have a smaller, but legit water park that may actually be open to the public as well as guests. Looks like the hotel portion is booking room for 2019.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on April 23, 2018, 05:17:58 PM
Are you directing that post towards me or just talking out loud?  ???
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 23, 2018, 05:33:23 PM
Are you directing that post towards me or just talking out loud?  ???

Just general comments
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on April 24, 2018, 08:34:23 PM
Quote
2018
MARCH
17 - Silver Dollar City - Spring Break Days (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/spring-ride-days-sdc.html)
17 - Silver Dollar City - TIME TRAVELER NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/time-traveler-is-now-open-sdc.html)
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - Opening Weekend (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/opening-weekend-sfstl.html)
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - BATMAN BACKWARD! NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/batman-backwards-sfstl.html)
.......FLORIDA
27 - Universal Studios Florida (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universal-studios-florida.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Super Star Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universals-super-star-parade-universal.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Mardi Gras Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/mardi-gras-universal-orlando.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 1 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 2 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure_31.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/diagon-alley-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogwarts-express-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogsmeade-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/nighttime-lights-at-hogwarts-castle.html)
30 - Daytona International Motor Speedway (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-speedway.html)
30 - Motorsports Hall of Fame (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/motorsports-hall-of-fame.html)
30 - Daytona Beach (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach.html)
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach-boardwalk-amusements.html)
30 - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/ponce-inlet-lighthouse.html)
30 - Fun Spot Orlando  (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/fun-spot-america-orlando.html)
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/coca-cola-orlando-eye.html)
31 - Gatorland (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/gatorland.html)
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/boggy-creek-airboat-rides.html)
31 - Fun Spot Kissimmee (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/fun-spot-america-kissimmee.html)
31 - Old Town USA (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/old-town-usa.html)

APRIL
14 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/festival-of-wonder-sdc.html)
20 - Kansas City Zoo (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/kansas-city-zoo.html)
20 - Worlds of Fun - Opening Day (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/opening-day-wof.html)
20 - Worlds of Fun - NORDIC CHASER NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/nordic-chaser-now-open-wof.html)
28 - Six Flags St. Louis - BOSS v2.0 NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/the-boss-now-open-sfstl.html)

MAY
10 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/05/bluegrass-bbq-sdc.html)

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto
04 - Canada's Wonderland
05 - Michigan’s Adventure

All Florida Photo Trip Reports Now Online.
Kansas City Zoo and WOF Opening Day Now Online.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 29, 2018, 02:24:34 PM
Fantastic Flight via Southwest to Vegas, window seat, no fear. First stop frim the airport besides the Vegas sign. Ethel M. Mars inc's gormet line of sweetness. This place has a fabulous and free Cactus Garden. We had just missed the major bloom. The plenty of free samples are given I'd check it out if the Garden interests you. The prices are the same at the other locations in town(airport and M&M World)
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on April 29, 2018, 02:31:51 PM
After we got settled in, off to NY, NY. We hot town in time for playoff NHL hockey with LV having a solid freshman outing. Parking prices got jacked up double and it was more crowed they usual but it was DD's Sweet Sixteen and Manhatter Express was as rough as ever but Hershey's Chocolate World and all those fancy chocolate goodies they offer oh and those shakes, oh those shakes. Of course we hit up Coca Cola and M&M's too. Next up the fantastic Neon Museum with it's new projection mapping show
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on May 01, 2018, 10:22:10 AM
The Neon Museum is a place that started d a non profit (still is) the preserve Vegas' history of of the use of neon lighting and signage. It is a guided tour, some may find it a bit long winded (my Wife) while some (me) found it fasinating. Only a few signs have been restored. The cost is staggering and some simply don't have enough of the original to make it possible. But..... they have found a way to overcome that a bit. The current one in restimation is the original huge Hard Rock Guitar, cost will be just under 400k. Part one is the Boneyard
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on May 01, 2018, 10:32:35 AM
Part Two.

The museum has recently started a new experience. You can do it by itself or as part of a combo. (It should be noted that you should book the tour and/or show in advance. A week out most of the times for our trip were already full.) The new experience is called Brilliant. It is a projection mapping show on a collection of signs arrainged in a square. You stand in the middle. They use a mix of classic Vegas music from Sinatra, Martin, Liberace, Elvis and even newer folks like Panic at the Disco (the kids loved that one). This signs are nonoperarional, this is projection mapping and I have to say, this is a fantastick show and pics don't even come close to the real experience as the lighting changes from sign to sign to all of them at once.

This video gives an idea, it is so great in person
https://youtu.be/y4HH4SmRWL0
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on May 16, 2018, 08:22:59 PM


I'm making a long weekend trip to Arlington to go to the park and catch a game with my crew of 5.  I plan on visiting family in St. Louis later this summer and taking a day there (and probably a game too).  Is any of the upgraded tickets worth getting to save money at the two parks? 

I'm about to go try to do the math but thought I throw it out here for advice.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on May 16, 2018, 10:29:11 PM
The basic gold pass might be cheaper than buying 1 day tickets at each park
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on May 17, 2018, 08:36:23 PM

I'm making a long weekend trip to Arlington to go to the park and catch a game with my crew of 5.  I plan on visiting family in St. Louis later this summer and taking a day there (and probably a game too).  Is any of the upgraded tickets worth getting to save money at the two parks? 

I'm about to go try to do the math but thought I throw it out here for advice.

The basic gold pass might be cheaper than buying 1 day tickets at each park

Swoosh is almost certainly right.  It's cheaper to get a season pass for Six Flags than it is to pay for 2 regular days.  If it's remotely convenient, it will be cheaper to buy the pass at St. Louis if you can get there first. Otherwise buy it online, which will also save you a few dollars, and then use that for your park tickets.  You'll also get free parking, discounts on food, and some other extras. Absolutely the way to go.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on May 17, 2018, 10:18:07 PM
Thx guys...

Ended up being pretty easy to figure out.  SFoT has a deal for a free gold + upgrade with season passes right now....plus when you buy 4+ the rate goes down.  So I was able to get season passes to all parks and parking for about $79 a tix.  Pretty good deal....We'll be able to do SFoT one day then hurricane harbor the next day before the game....plus passes for our Stl trip.

I've also got possible biz trips this year to ATL, CHI, and LA.....if I can get away to visit parks.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on May 18, 2018, 09:09:22 AM
Thx guys...

Ended up being pretty easy to figure out.  SFoT has a deal for a free gold + upgrade with season passes right now....plus when you buy 4+ the rate goes down.  So I was able to get season passes to all parks and parking for about $79 a tix.  Pretty good deal....We'll be able to do SFoT one day then hurricane harbor the next day before the game....plus passes for our Stl trip.

I've also got possible biz trips this year to ATL, CHI, and LA.....if I can get away to visit parks.

Don't know where you live but Frontit just added San Antonio to Tulsa and Memphis. If I had SF passes this year, I'd be booking a trip to SF Fiesta.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on May 18, 2018, 11:08:48 PM
Not a bad idea....I live in NWA.

I've got a kidless week coming up and I'm trying to talk the wife into a NYC trip for broadway (her) and SFGA (me)....but she's wanting the beach right now....and not jersey shore...lol
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on May 19, 2018, 12:47:05 PM
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2018
MARCH
17 - Silver Dollar City - Spring Break Days (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/spring-ride-days-sdc.html)
17 - Silver Dollar City - TIME TRAVELER NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/time-traveler-is-now-open-sdc.html)
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - Opening Weekend (http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/opening-weekend-sfstl.html)
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - BATMAN BACKWARD! NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/batman-backwards-sfstl.html)
.......FLORIDA
27 - Universal Studios Florida (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universal-studios-florida.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Super Star Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/universals-super-star-parade-universal.html)
27 - Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Mardi Gras Parade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/mardi-gras-universal-orlando.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 1 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure.html)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 2 (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/islands-of-adventure_31.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/diagon-alley-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogwarts-express-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/hogsmeade-universal-orlando.html)
29 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/nighttime-lights-at-hogwarts-castle.html)
30 - Daytona International Motor Speedway (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-speedway.html)
30 - Motorsports Hall of Fame (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/motorsports-hall-of-fame.html)
30 - Daytona Beach (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach.html)
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/daytona-beach-boardwalk-amusements.html)
30 - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/ponce-inlet-lighthouse.html)
30 - Fun Spot Orlando  (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/fun-spot-america-orlando.html)
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/coca-cola-orlando-eye.html)
31 - Gatorland (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/gatorland.html)
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/boggy-creek-airboat-rides.html)
31 - Fun Spot Kissimmee (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/fun-spot-america-kissimmee.html)
31 - Old Town USA (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/old-town-usa.html)

APRIL
14 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/festival-of-wonder-sdc.html)
20 - Kansas City Zoo (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/kansas-city-zoo.html)
20 - Worlds of Fun - Opening Day (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/opening-day-wof.html)
20 - Worlds of Fun - NORDIC CHASER NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/nordic-chaser-now-open-wof.html)
28 - Six Flags St. Louis - BOSS v2.0 NOW OPEN (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/04/the-boss-now-open-sfstl.html)

MAY
10 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/05/bluegrass-bbq-sdc.html)
19 - Worlds of Fun - TIMBER WOLF REBORN NOW OPEN! (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/05/timber-wolf-now-open-wof.html)

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto
04 - Canada's Wonderland
05 - Michigan’s Adventure

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TIMBER WOLF REBORN OPENING EVENT NOW POSTED