had a quick little trip to SWSD to escape the east county heat and snapped a few pictures - nothing large enough for a trip report but still wanted to share. Since most of our trips to SWSD are just for 2 or 3 hours I figured I would make a thread for me and others to use as a picture dump. Please feel free to add pictures!
These pictures are from 5/3/11:
First thing we noticed was the Skytower and Bayside Skyride are now FREE! This was great news for us and we really had no idea! The kids always want to ride these but its hard for us to pay for them EVERY trip. Now it looks like all we will have to deal with is lines, but not this trip as the park was empty (too bad the kids were in school!)
DSC05615 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
My new passion is to take pictures of stuffed animals displays - an idea I got from this site but sad to say I am not sure what member I picked the idea up from...
DSC05606 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
DSC05604 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
They were working hard on the new coaster, check below for a HD video really showing the scope and progress of the new ride.
DSC05603 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
We rode the Bayside Skyride twice, without even getting off! On the return of our first there was nobody in line so we decided to go around one more time... our first time EVER doing that.
DSC05593 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
But a trade-off for being free they really try to sell you stuff now. They take your picture on the turnaround of the ride. Pay attention, we had NO idea the picture was about to be snapped the first time around. They try to get you to stop just outside of the exit and then have a kiosk set up with random cheap stuff to sell your kids. I feel sorry for those workers during the hot summer days!
The tactics at the skytower is a step up, they take your picture before you get on the tower and then when you get off they actually hand you your picture and say "would you like your picture" as they put it in your hand... cool free picture?? Not - they collect payment a few steps away. Kinda felt like I was in TJ with selling tactics like that.
I think this may be one of the best pictures I have got at the California Tidepool, always seem to get reflections on the water..
DSC05588 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
This had to be the funniest thing I have seen at SWSD in a long time - no idea who this is, but he/she was upside down with its head propped up on the wall looking TOTALLY relaxed and just taking it easy. This was taken on the Shamu Skywalk, a great little out of the way (during non-showtimes) area to be in the shade and still see the Killer Whales.
DSC05585 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
The underwater viewing are is open back up and one of them was being very nice and hanging out and posing for pictures for at least 20 minutes.
DSC05577 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
DSC05576 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
DSC05575 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
DSC05572 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
DSC05569 by PadresFan619, on Flickr
Here is the video from the Skytower ride, you can really get a great idea of the scope and progress of the new coaster - click thru for full 1080p HD:
Yes, its the entire ride! Try not to get too excited here
Thats all from this little trip.