*Edited to add*..I'd really like to go to HersheyPark on Friday, but can't find anyone to join me. I wouldn't mind soloing if the coasters were open, but they're not. Many other rides are, though, and they do a nice job with decorations and lights for what they call Christmas Candylane. Very cool (literally and figuratively.)
I am also thankful for those theme park designers who continue to prove that story is more important than steel (although using steel to tell a great story is a wonderful thing), and that immersion isn't just a method of baptism.
And, I am especially thankful for my family and friends with whom I am honored to share all my theme park adventures.
So, Happy Thanksgiving to all of TPI-dom! I hope each of you has a blessed and glorious feast.
As for theme parks, I'm thankful that some of them still care about the collective history that they all share. For allowing classic attractions of the past to be shared with new generations, even if their not the "newest" thing
I'm also Thankful that the new Test Track looks promising and I'm tentatively hopeful this is a sign that perhaps other, lagging pavilions at Epcot will receive the care and refurbishment they so very much need to bring the park back to the showplace it once was.
...okay so it's wishful thinking, but I'm allowed to have some hope this time of year!
I am thankful to live in Orlando, where I not only get to read about the new developments, but I get to see them any time I want with just a short car ride.
I'm thankful my brother lives in Los Angeles, where I not only get to read about the new developments, but I get to see them any time I want with just a ...err...long flight.
I'm thankful to be alive in this wonderful day and age of what I'd consider a theme park renaissance, with Harry Potter, Cars Land, the recent Marvel and Lucas purchases by Disney, and even SeaWorld building an Aquatica Park in San Diego and the Antarctica land in Orlando.
I'm thankful for so much, but I'll keep it theme park related right here, right now.
I'm thankful for he many blessings I've received over the years and even for the bad times that taught me how special those blessings are. Sometimes we don't know how good we have it until we have it taken away.
May you all have a wonderful day and may you enjoy your time with family and friends!
And, James, what says, "Thanksgiving" more than the NFL!? It's all about teamwork, friendly competition, bone crunching tackles, shaving points, and spitting blood! God Bless American Football!!! :)
Thirty years later I am blessed with a home in the center of the theme park Universe.
And I'm thankful for Rao and Anthony Murphy and Amanda. Also OT and David L. and NB and D-Sqaured and Ms. Hood. Also Timmy Hillman and the Original Gallagher and J. Koehl.
And I'm thankful to Robert -- What's it been, about a decade? And the best is yet to come.
Trying to figure out on this early Sunday morning if that's a play on the "original gangsta" or a dig at the annoying , watermelon-smashing comedian.
Perhaps both? Perhaps neither? Perhaps it shall remain a mystery, like why Carrot Top has a career?