Theme Park Christmas...A Different Take
Get any amusement/theme park/coaster related Christmas goodies?
I like roller coasters. A lot. Did you know that?
I dislike Star Wars. A lot. Did you know that?
So I'm very conflicted about the t-shirt my nephew gave me for Christmas. It portrays Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper riding a roller coaster. Should I wear it? Should I not? I now have TWO t-shirts with famous people/characters doing what I love to do. But the Pope one was my creation ("my CREATION?" Who am I, Victor Frankenstein (Fronkonsteen?)...so I'm partial to that.
One of my clients (anonymously, unfortunately) sent me a $100 Amazon gift card and my sister gave me a $50 Visa card, so there's a possibility coaster related-stuff may come from those. Last year (well, this year) I used the Visa card toward my Cedar Fair Platinum Pass.
I had also purchased for myself before Christmas two copies of ACE's Roller Coaster Calendar for 2013. Sadly, I have been on ZERO of the 12 depicted.
Hope everyone had a good Christmas. I was an honorary Jewish person for the day, and went to the movies and had pizza (and a RING DING! One of the last available!) with my friend Ellen. We also watched a bit of A Charlie Brown Christmas on her DVR. Then I came home and watched Snow White and the Huntsman.
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From Dominick D
Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Mike, why don't you like SW?
I did get some Vinylmations, but that's it.
Me and my dad went to Islands of Adventure for a day.
I also got a Visa card and some money. That could possibly go to a Universal AP (since they are so darn cheap!) after I get a car. But that won't be for a while.
From Rob Pastor
Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
One of the gifts from my girl friend was a dancing Mickey Mouse plush singing "Deck the Halls". It does a minute of two/three step combinations across the table. It's funny as all heck. People visiting for my Christmas Eve & Christmas day parties loved it.
From Amy Smith
Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM
I got money specifically for an Aquatica annual pass and then a $200 check from the grandparents (It really does pay to be nice to the relatives no one else can stand!) and I am deciding whether or not to put that towards renewing the WDW pass or letting it lapse.
Dom, I'm not a person that gets very far when attempting to explain why I like or dislike something. I know what I like and don't like, and I've never liked Star Wars. I saw it on its initial release in 1977, it did nothing for me, and I never watched it again or had any desire to. If you want an "explanation," I'm afraid I won't have one for you. But then again, I can't even describe why I like certain roller coasters and not others.
From AJ Hummel
Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM
I actually got several gifts related to theme parks this year.
-2 books: Coasters 101: An Engineer's Guide to Roller Coaster Design by Nick Weisenberger and Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes with an Engineer by Steve Alcorn
-A 2013 Knott's Berry Farm Season Pass (essentially a renewal of my current pass)
-A 2013 Six Flags Pass (actually got it before Christmas, but it was treated as a present)
-TPR's Roller Coasters in the Raw: Volume 7 DVD (this series is the best coaster footage DVDs I've found anywhere)
I also bought myself a 2013 ACE calendar, but that doesn't count as a gift.
Mike, I think I'd have to say "no" on whether you should wear the Vader/Stormtrooper t-shirt. The joke is who's on the coaster, not the coaster itself, and to me the shirt would scream Star Wars nerd more than coaster fanatic. (As I AM a dyed-in-wool Star Wars nerd, I can say that....). So, yeah, unless you want folks to assume you love SW, I'd avoid the shirt. Pity....
No specific theme park-related gifts in my house, though my hubby's haul did include a couple new Simpson's Treehouse of Horror comic collections bought from Amazon that we started collecting after buying a few in the USF Kwik-E-Mart. Does that count?
Interesting point, Melanie. I sorta feel I owe it to my nephew to wear it, since I wasn't thrilled with the other gift he got me...a WWE DVD box set of about 10 discs of specifically Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper. I actually attempted to exchange that today, but could not, as it was the "Free" half of a Buy One Get One Free Offer, and therefore had no exchange value.
When I mentioned the shirt on another forum, my friend Jennifer, with whom I hit parks at least a couple times a season, confessed to having a crush on Darth Vader in her younger days, and said if I wouldn't wear it, she'd be glad to.
Maybe I'll write a message on the back..I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS AND I HATE STAR WARS. I'M A WALKING CONTRADICTION!
Ha! Okay then, I'd compromise by wearing the shirt once for your nephew's sake then pass it off to Jennifer. At least that way it will be well loved :-).
From Dominick D
Posted December 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM
Give it another chance Mike. I did that with LOTR and ended up loving it.
P.S. I have that shirt, it's at Khol's.
Well, Dom, at least I got through Star Wars once. I can't say that about LOTR, and I tried 3 separate times.
The only other Star Wars movie I saw was ROTJ, and I will admit to enjoying that.
But thanks for the advice. And thanks for yours too, Ms. Howe.
I ordered a few items today with the Amazon card, including DVDs of Gremlins and Little Shop Of Horrors and Stephen King's Under The Dome. And...a license plate frame that reads: I'D RATHER BE ON A ROLLER COASTER. Well, it's true...
From Dominick D
Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM
James Rao is gonna be mad to hear you liked ROTJ ;) If you do plan on watching the Star Wars films, skip Phantom Menace and AOTC.
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