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Everything posted by dougdrummer

  1. Disney Parks additions

    you got my dream job!
  2. Spotlight Requests

    You best send that photo to the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Society in Lancaster PA for identification: www.roughandtumble.org
  3. Safari trucks

    As I've commented previously, every time I rode in those trucks, they are exceptionally noisy, with smelly fumes and have a terribly uncomfortably ride over the bumpy sections. When they are accelerating, it is pretty much impossible to hear the tour guides talking over the intercom. I know the trucks were selected to fit the part, and they ultimately get the job done, but I would have considered a potential electric propulsion alternative. The other benefit of that option is that they could promote the 'green' ness of the park, especially with the natural setting of the safari. Currently the smoke bellowing trucks stand in contrast with their oft-advertised efforts to preserve the natural environment.
  4. Disney Parks additions

    I hope you are right. I ride the monorail system extensively whenever I'm there, and always try to get a seat near the cab in order to see the operations. Heck, sometimes I just ride the monorail to cool off and get off at the stations to peruse parts of the resorts I normally don't get to see otherwise (I never stay on site). I admit I am a railroad enthusiast, and particularly a monorail lover. And there aren't many places you can ride one - the only other one I've been on is Hershey Park and that one isn't nearly as exciting to me. I even wrote an extensive research paper on monorails back in high school...LOL And I disagree with the statement that repairing the monorail is not a good 'bang for their buck', so to speak. The monorail at Disney World is as iconic a figure as Mickey Mouse. They use it extensively in their massive advertising campaigns. It is the centerpiece of sorts for their overall resorts in Orlando. If it goes out of commission for any length of time, especially permanently, it will seriously affect their ability to advertise and attract customers. It will become an eye sore if they don't tear it down, which would cost a significant amount of money. And in that scenario, what will happen to the Contemporary? They would have to alter the ends of the building in some fashion. But perhaps the biggest issue mentioned so far is the negative effect on transportation. Even now with a functioning monorail, it can be tough to get around, especially when the parks and resorts are crowded.
  5. I didn't think that many people chew gum anymore.
  6. what is it with people, gum and amusement park??
  7. You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

    was that a Freudian slip when you mentioned (twice) that you were cursing up the highway? LOL
  8. You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

    The other day I was driving through a school zone with the sign that flashes 25 MPH. This jackbag in a Jeep behind me tailgates within a foot of my rear bumper the whole way through the zone, even though there were at least two crossing guards present. I tapped the brakes several times to try and get him off my rear, but to no avail. After we got through the school zone I sped back up and he caught right back up to me and proceeded to tailgate me again. About a quarter mile later, he finally turned off onto a sidestreet in a development, but not before flipping me the bird. What the hell is wrong with people????
  9. Spotlight Requests

    with those bolts sticking up it looks like the top half of the engine is missing!
  10. Spotlight Requests

    hard to believe it's been around a quarter century already
  11. Orlando trip in April

    My family of four (wife and two daughters in 20s) will be attending the wedding of a friend's daughter in Orlando area in mid April. We rented a large townhouse and will be making a full week of vacation down there. The whole friend gang wants to get together and "drink around the world" at EPCOT one day. We were at Disney less than 4 years ago, so I also want to check out Universal, which I've never been to (went to Universal California way back in 1983). So I figure on visiting both parks at Universal. The wife is fighting me on doing too many parks because she wants to hang out more at the resort we rented since there is so much to do there (pools, bars, lazy river, etc) and parks cost a lot of money. I see Universal has a 4-day pass for around $230 (can only do one park per day). That isn't much more expensive than 2 one-day passes. Even if we hang out at the resort during the day, we could scoot over to the park in the late afternoon or evening for some park time. Or I take one of my daughters and leave the wife at home. Any suggestions based on your experience?
  12. Miscellaneous Mumblings

    Unfortunately, alcohol emboldens some people to act out in a violent manner (such as wife-beaters). Most people are happy drunks, but there are a handful that turn from well-behaved and introverted, to obnoxious idiots. I remember working with this guy that you never heard a peep out of until he drank heavily, and then you couldn't get him to shut up.
  13. Miscellaneous Mumblings

    When the Phillies were on their run, I went to watch the Mets play there. I was wearing no Met paraphernalia, but I happened to be wearing sneakers that had orange and blue colors on them. When I went to the bathroom, some drunk Phillie fan immediately started loudly berating me as a Met fan who dared to come to CBP, even though I never said a word or made any gestures to anyone. I finished my business and high-tailed it out of there, thinking there was a reasonable chance that this dude was going to do more than verbally threaten me. I didn't return to CBP for several years because of that incident.
  14. Misc GA Mumblings

    is the current water treatment plant the original?
  15. Maser Consultants are the engineers.....I know them well....
  16. Where are you going in 2018?

    If we get season passes to Great Adventure again, I'd like to camp down in Maryland and visit SFA. I'd also love to get back to SF Great Escape, but that's a much longer trip. SFNE was an excellent trip last summer.
  17. Miscellaneous Mumblings

    The Sixers are the only Phila team I can root for, and they are a year or two from possibly being really good. I'm so sick of Lebron James, Steph Curry et al, and I want to see some other teams emerge to be competitive. I can't believe the Flyers have been so bad for so long, especially considering this is supposed to be a hockey town. Phillies had their run, and it will take a few more years to rebuild. Which is good for me, considering it is much more convenient (and cheaper) to go see my Mets play at CBP as opposed to NY.
  18. Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    Have they changed anything at Chocolate World recently? A few years ago they moved a lot of stuff around and even modified the tour ride, but I haven't been there in probably 3-4 years now.
  19. Misc GA Mumblings

    We were at a party in King of Prussia for the SB. We left just as the game ended and got home without incident, before the city burned down....lol
  20. Where are you going in 2018?

  21. Miscellaneous Mumblings

    Parts of I-81 are like that because of the volume of truck traffic.
  22. upcoming SCI Channel Mega Machines episode on coasters

    Interesting details on Sweden's Helix coaster. I now have much more appreciation (and hopefully patience) for when coasters shut down due to safety concerns and tripped sensors. Is there anything like Helix in the Six Flags family or in the US? Would those types of seats/restraints be allowed in this country?
  23. I keep seeing advertisement for this Thursday night's episode of their new show Mega Machines, which is on the topic of roller coasters. Based on the quick video footage, I could not tell what parks or coasters they are highlighting. And I can't find any additional info on this episode that will air at 10 pm as the 5th of the season. Does anyone know about this and will you be watching?
  24. Six Flags Additions for 2018

    Question: do you think more daily ticket holders or season pass holders pay for upcharge rides? I'm thinking daily ticket holders, but then again season pass patrons may whip out their wallets since their tickets are already paid for. It's a lot of money when you add up $25 for parking, $70 for a daily ticket, and $25 or more for food and drinks. There may not be any money left for upcharge rides.
  25. Miscellaneous Mumblings

    I think it is even worse once you get west of KOP because it's only 2 lanes with very hilly curves and all the truck traffic. If a truck decides to pass a slower truck, you can be blocked and are screwed for several miles before the truck gets out of the left lane.