Your thoughts on Curse of the DarKastle & Corkscrew Hill?
And tell Natalie: Great Job!
Oh, and Robert, do you get funny looks from people when you get those perfect shots of your food? just saying... :)
I also appreciate you taking pics of the food in the various places you go, its good to know what you're getting for your money.
I wonder how it compares to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Is there that big of a difference? I know the overall theming is different, but just wondering.
Now that I know what the Big Bad Wolf is, I am really disappointed to see it leave. I am a big fan of the game Roller Coaster Tycoon (yes the first one) and they had this "hanging car" roller coaster and I wondered if any of these really exsisted. Now I know. I also was integued by the "flying" roller coaster, but thats Superman and Manta.
I am a bit suprised that Alpenguiest was not higher in your book. While I have not been to BGW/E, I have been on plenty of inverted and seen Alp on the travel channel. Is your complaint about being in a blender the same on all inverted roller coasters if you sit in the middle? Just curious especially compared to Dueling Dragons and Batman the Ride
You are right about the food. Like all theme park food, it is overpriced. However, unlike much theme park food, it is actually good.
I am a big fan of the Busch parks. They always have good themeing and good rides.
Good report, BTW.
I'll be riding Big Bad Wolf too and will probably join the other supporters in picketing its closing.. lol But really, I can't wait. It looks like an awesome park.
We actually just missed you Robert, as we'll be at the park tomorrow (Saturday) to check out Foreigner at the Summer Nights concert series. We haven't been a while on a Saturday, but I'm expecting it to be a mad house.
The kids did Corkscrew by themselves, and reported that they liked it very much - it had a nice blend of fantasy and gags.
I added up the receipts, and actually we did the three meals and a couple snacks for about $80.
We'll be in Dollywood tomorrow, and you can follow along on the TPI Twitter feed. (Link is in the right nav, toward the bottom.)
Since the AB-Inbev merge, the bottom line is the main concern at the park. Staff scheduling is often set well below budgeted attendance projections, resulting in understaffing or the need to place staff in different locations (watch for cast working in areas costumes are not related to).
Mechanical issues have been the norm. Yesterday the wave pool at Water Country USA was not working. Coasters have been down for days at a time. Light bulbs and other detailed items are now for the most part overlooked. Kitchen equipment, freezer units, hvac and other items are constantly down.
Take a real close look at trash cans and restrooms. It's looking more and more like Krap Dominion every day.
I'm still passionate about our local park, and only hope more guests voice their opinion on it's slow and noticable decline. Attendance is not down and revenue is not either, they're just being cheap.
(Factual information provided by reliable sources inside BEC)
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