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I like the new direction you're taking the park. It has a "Futurama" vibe to it. I also like your choice of 'Lands'; they sound interesting. Probably a lot of fun to build, as well. :)

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Welcome Center / Re: Al' reyt? - Some Guy From Sheffield
« on: May 31, 2020, 03:09 PM »
Welcome to SGW, KWhitSkates. By all means, share your creations. :)  I'm interested in both RCT3 and Planet Coaster.

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Renee Feu Adventure Park - Nepal
« on: May 30, 2020, 02:17 PM »
Good to hear that you're up and running again. :sweat:  I wonder if it's due to an auto program update or if the park has gotten so big and complex that your computer just can't handle it anymore?

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: May 30, 2020, 02:09 PM »
I like the idea of the two shops sharing the same interior. Seems like Disney does that a lot, as well.
Sooo, is it "Plushies", or "Plushes"? ;)  The sign says the latter, but the text is already so squished together you might not be able to fit the "i" in there anyway. No biggie, but I wasn't sure if you were aware of it.

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Planet Zoo / Re: Brookfield Zoo
« on: May 30, 2020, 01:47 PM »
The windows really open the space up; makes it more inviting, and the view more exciting. Of course, it would be even more exciting if we could see some kangaroos... or even llamaroos. ;)

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RCT Parks & Rides / Re: (RCT3) - FC - Parks
« on: May 29, 2020, 04:24 PM »
Oh my. [wipes drool off keyboard] I'm also an Avatar aficionado. I love the rock formations in the first pic. Are they from your unreleased CS set? And wow, not only did you make the 'spiral' plants, but you made them contract as well. [wipes drool off keyboard again] Are the waterfalls yours as well? They look fantastic.

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The 'lands' are all looking very nice. :)  I think my favorite will be Adventureland. You're still teasing us with glimpses of Pandora. I like the fact that you're trying to keep the rest of the park out-of-sight, out-of-mind; striving for total immersion.

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Renee Feu Adventure Park - Nepal
« on: May 25, 2020, 02:37 PM »
Thanks for the boat rides, wowman. I think I was right about the boats passing through the shadows cast by the rock arches. It produces a unique sense of 'being there'; interaction with the environment. I think Nepal is my favorite part of the park (so far); I probably say that about every new area that you show us. ;)  On the Blue Line, where the boats pass to the west of the isle, there's a lot of empty, green space to the right. I'm guessing another part of the park is going there eventually? (Otherwise, you would have placed rocks and foliage there to block the view.)

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Beautiful ceiling in the restaurant. Love the thick wooden supports and stone arches.

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To be honest, when I clicked on the video and saw that it was 1 hour and 10 minutes long, part of me groaned. BUT, another part of me rejoiced! I really enjoy your video tours- Just a few friends sittin' around gabbin' and jokin' about their latest accomplishments-  and inviting us to listen in; to be a part of it. An entertaining way to spend 1 hour and 10 minutes, I'd say. I've mentioned it before, but the opening sequence, where the small image grows to fill the entire screen, was done especially nice this time.

I see the raccoons have made another appearance, I think they're in every video(?). And OMG!!1!!1 An honest-to-goodness jackalope! In the wild! Very rare, indeed. Don't let the hotel chef see him though; he's got jackalope on the menu... Oh wait, he's got Mountain Jackalope on the menu; much bigger and beefier. This scrawny Plains Jackalope wouldn't be worth the effort.

So many new things this time around, I can't even remember all of them. Wolf Tenor's interiors are a major (or is that "major general"? ;)) source of awesomeness. As is Bullethead's fire station. I liked the horse pucky scattered around the stables adjoining the station. Hmm, that 'teletype' machine thingy, upstairs in the fire station, looks a little futuristic for the early 1900s; lots of colored light indicators and such. Does a Time Machine figure into the history of the park? :P  I'm guessing in the 1920s, the horse-drawn fire wagons will be replaced with motorized trucks?

And the boardwalk area! Really well done. It looks and fells like an actual boardwalk from say, 1915. Not just the overall appearance, which is nostalgically beautiful, but the choice of attractions included as well. Hmm, do I sense another fire in the near future? Or maybe an earthquake? Or a herd of hungry jackalopes? (They eat wood, right?)

Gotta mention a couple of other things off the top of my head: Li'l Edna's flower planters made of toilets and old tires, and her assortment of tables and chairs, no two alike. Bulletheads iron bridges (wonderful!), Michaela's Chicken restaurant, with the (dumpster-diving raccoons) picnic area. I like the lanterns/lights hanging from the tree. The wing extensions of the hotel with the classic swimming pool. Von Steubens (Stoy-bens) restaurant; beautiful, and historically informative. The Swan Pavilion with its upstairs luxury apartment.

Like I said, so much new stuff to take in. Thanks for the tour, guys. :)

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Planet Zoo / Re: Reptilarium | WIP | By Shiftzie
« on: May 23, 2020, 06:18 PM »
Yes, after Reptilarium. Looks like you have removed the offending crocodile from the subject heading. ;)  I'm no longer getting the error. I guess the toothy lizard gave the site indigestion.

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Planet Zoo / Re: Reptilarium | WIP | By Shiftzie
« on: May 23, 2020, 02:08 PM »
I like how you built the ramp that leads down to the underwater viewing area. And the underwater viewing area itself looks very nice. :)

P.S.: There's a character in your subject heading that gives an error, Shiftzie. It shows up as an empty square (null). I removed it from this comment so it would post properly.

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Yep. Definitely looks like a Hethetheth park. :)   All the telltale signs are there: Sinuous coasters curving around, through, and above buildings and structures, lots of industry (both gritty and shiny), lots of pseudo-science bits scattered around. I'd worry about that locomotive dangling over my head. It's probably made of lightweight fiberglass, but still. :D

I'm struck by the contrast between the saturated colors of the Copper Caves interior (beautiful!) and the rest of the park, which has a palette of many muted colors.

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Halton Hills Park - By Shiftzie
« on: May 22, 2020, 04:19 PM »
Very nice entrance. I like all the details you included; like the signs showing the entrance/ticket prices and the décor on the edges (gutters) of the roof.

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In yesterday's pic, I like how it looks like we're sliding down the throat of some gigantic beast. You can even see its uvula hanging down from above. ;)

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Planet Zoo / Re: Brookfield Zoo
« on: May 22, 2020, 04:08 PM »
Haha. Do it. :D  (I'm curious to se if anyone notices.)

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Fun & Games / Re: Wonders of Life
« on: May 22, 2020, 04:04 PM »
Thanks, wowman. :)  First of all, I was expecting the caterpillar to spin a silk cocoon. Then I was surprised to see his 'skin' splitting and shriveling as the chrysalis(?) appeared from inside. Interesting to see his (its) wings being pumped up in preparation for flight.

I don't think we have any true Monarchs left here in the Pacific Northwest, just 'false' Monarchs. I think we did have them around when I was a kid though (1950s-'60s). I don't know, maybe there still are some in a few areas here. Nice video(s). A welcome change of subject from all the virus and politics news.

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Oooh! Ahhh! Really like the second shot; how the string lights on the Flying Gondolas are straight and geometrical, while their reflection in the water is anything but that. And I see the Tickler has found a home in Rose Lake Park.

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I like how you gave us both the spinning view and the non-spinning view. The ride has simple, but effective theming with the green lawn and the topiaries. Looks nice. :)

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Renee Feu Adventure Park - Nepal
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:23 PM »
In the first pic, I like how the boat is deep in the shadow cast by the rock arch. I think that would be an interesting, and memorable, sensation as you ride the ride. In the "Heading out towards the main waterway" pic, for some reason it looks like a small scale-model with a tiny little boat cruising along the track; beautiful shot, too.

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:11 PM »
I like how there is (apparently) no rhyme-or-reason to the placement of things. That one display has skulls, crystals, aliens, gargoyles, cake(?), candy(?), books, and something-I-can't-tell-what-it-is. You did a very good job on this shop, wowman. Seems like you had a fun time doing it; at least that's how it feels, just by looking at it.

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The landscaping in the park (both, plants and rocks), especially in this area, looks very nice and varied; it suits the south-of-the-border theme very well. I like the patio areas with the multi-colored umbrellas and the curved retaining walls filled with flowers.

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Planet Zoo / Re: Brookfield Zoo
« on: May 21, 2020, 03:22 PM »
Kangaroos, llamas... I'm sure no one will be able to tell the difference. :P

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Very nice-looking boardwalk. :)  The mostly white coloring looks great. I like how you're adding lights/string lights to (almost) everything. It reflects what was being done in real-life at that time, as electric lighting became a thing (a la Coney Island, etc.).

I love the Flying Gondolas. (It's a static ride, right?) Are the riders just the in-game animatronic figures? (They seem to be dressed in period costume.) (Also, I like using parentheses.)

The last pic really shows how Rose Lake Park has grown from a sleepy trolley destination to a full-fledged amusement park.

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Planet Zoo / Re: Polar Park ❄️ |WIP | By Shiftzie
« on: May 19, 2020, 03:45 PM »
I like the curved white parts that wrap around the dome. They look like snowdrifts. :)

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Since I watched/listened to the whole thing, I guess that makes me absolutely, positively, 100% mental. :P  (And I am, of course.)

Dig the Tiki bar, soft jazz music.

It was nice hearing your thinking (or lack thereof :D) as you built the park; building something, deciding it just doesn't look right, then building it again or removing it.

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Coney Island 1952 -Update 5/15/20
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:56 PM »
The Chinese restaurant looks great. The ornate décor really stands out from the neighboring shops. I'd definitely eat there. :drool:

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Fallingwater
« on: May 16, 2020, 09:14 PM »
Wow! This looks great, JP. I have only a passing familiarity with Fallingwater, but this is instantly recognizable. The wrap-around corner windows, the cantilevered portions, the custom-made furniture, the natural setting amongst the rocks and waterfalls- amazing!

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Renee Feu Adventure Park - Nepal
« on: May 16, 2020, 09:01 PM »
The first pic looks kinda scary; like the rocks are gonna come crashing down on us. The 3rd pic is my favorite; lots of interesting stuff going on and a good composition/camera angle. Oh, and I finally figured out- the Green Line boats have green stripes, and the Blue Line boats have blue stripes. Nothing gets past me! :whistling:

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Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: May 16, 2020, 08:46 PM »
Oooh, you included a couple of my 'requests' and then challenged me to find them. I scrutinized the first two pics and didn't see anything particularly familiar. I was getting kinda worried. But then, in the 3rd pic, there they were-  Barnum's monkey/mermaid (upper right) and the elephant's foot umbrella stand. Please tell me you didn't bury an entire elephant under the floor of the shop just to get the umbrella stand(!).

Things floating in jars (first pic) are always a curiosity stimulator. In the 2nd pic, that appears to be an African ceremonial head-chopping sword(?) on the wall. (Maybe Polynesian.) In the 3rd pic, bottom left on the bookshelf, that 4-legged galloping shrimp thingy has me totally stumped.

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