First off, I want to send a BIG thank you to Robb for not only putting on yet another AMAZING coaster event at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on Friday, but also allowing me and my son to hang out with the rest of the TPR group through the weekend.
If you have ever thought about doing one of the big TPR trips, I can tell you that from my experience over the weekend, they are NOT to be missed.
In 3 days we visited 4 parks, rode 20 coasters and I only had to pay for 2 meals that were not part of the "group" activities.
Not only that, but the people we got to meet and hang out with over the weekend are some of the funnest people to hang around with and I hope we get to do some of the longer trips with them soon.
With that said, it's time to start with the Trip Report.
The Event: West Coast Bash and hanging out with the TPR crew at 3 additional parks.
The Parks: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Gilroy Gardens, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California's Great America
Friday August 7th: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - Bay Area Bash
Started off bright and early from our hotel in San Jose to the park in Vallejo. We were expecting quite a bit of traffic that never happened.
Arrived to the park at approximately 8am since registration for the event was set to begin at 8:30am.
The park has a nice mix of Marine/Land animals and rides.
The Park Entrance
Our first stop was the animal meet and greet and tour of the new tiger stadium which is AMAZING.
Just inside the park:
Mmmm, Cold Stone.
The Shouka Stadium (Killer Whale Show)
It was actually a decent one, as far as Boomerangs are concerned.
Our first animal we got to meet was a camel.
And my personal favorite from the morning animals we met, an Otter.
After that little bit of meet and greet, it was time to head into the new stadium.
I'm not even exaggerating when I say this stadium rivals those at Sea World or Disney's Animal Kingdom. It's THAT awesome.
And of course the stars of the show
Who's a pretty kitty???
We also had a Q&A session with many of the animal trainers which was AWESOME.
One of the questions asked was how much training does someone need to be able to work in with the animals.
The Answer: "I've been working with animals for 27 years and I'm not getting in there". It was great.
The absolute funniest moment was the tiger eye-balling a 1 1/2 year old baby who was walking at the top of the stadium. The question was asked why it was following her ... the answer: It's looking for the weakest prey.
Just goes to show that yes, these animals are beautiful, but dangerous.
After our animal meet and greet it was time for a brief ERT (exclusive ride time) session on Medusa.
This is what a train-full of coaster enthusiasts looks like.
And then once the park opened it was time to hit some rides. First stop Kong:
However, this one got a BIG thumbs-down from Josh.
And now that we were free to move about the park ... here is the fountain just beyond the front entrance.
The Characters were out and about
After picking up our Gold Flashpass it was off to Tony Hawks Big Spin
The ride is WICKED fun, we ended up with (I believe) 5 rides on it throughout the day including the AWESOME night-ERT session (which we'll get into later).
Coming up a little later, sir clinksalot FINALLY get's to meet a penguin and MUCH more!!!.