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So far, a whole 7 members have voted and we have a 3 way tie. Come on people, have some community spirit and participate! Also, I've set the poll so Guests may also vote. So SGW guests and lurkers, help out our apathetic members and cast your vote! :laughing_skull:

Southern California Attractions / SeaWorld - Orca Encounter
« on: October 17, 2018, 01:05 PM »
Orca Encounter

Orca Encounter is the new orca show in what was once called the Shamu Stadium. It features a 1.7 million gallon tank and seating for 5,500 guests.

The stage has been redesigned with a Pacific Northwest theme featuring natural rock work, faux trees and man-made waterfalls surrounding a 138-foot-wide high-definition screen.

There is no interaction between the orcas and trainers in the tank. The show is more of an edutainment presentation, with the emphasis on learning about the orcas and SeaWorld's roll in its conservation efforts to benefit the species. There are now 11 orcas living at the SeaWorld park, and an end of its breeding program means that these will be the last orcas we'll see at SeaWorld San Diego. But, since the lifespan of an orca can be over 50 years, and with many of the orcas being fairly young, including one that was just born last year, you'll be able to see the orcas here for many years to come. Plans on building a larger habitat for the orcas is in the planning stages, and may replace the show completely.

One of the most entertaining parts of the show is when the orcas splash the audience. So it's up to you if you want to sit in the "Splash Zone" or not. Those with fancy high end cameras will probably want to steer clear.

These people are going to get very wet.

Now sit back and enjoy some highlights of the show...

Aerial view of the stadium from the Sky Tower.

Here's the full show.

The poll is up. You have until Oct. 21 to choose your favorite Halloween postcard. :)

The poll is up. You have until Oct. 21st to choose your favorite Halloween postcard. :)

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Main Street Shops (Magic Shop)
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:17 PM »
I remember reading at Gorilla's Don't Blog about Steve Martin working in the Magic Shop; maybe the one in Fantasyland?
I believe he worked at both shops, but Merlin's Magic Shop in Fantasyland is long gone. :'(

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Main Street Shops (Magic Shop)
« on: October 15, 2018, 05:21 PM »
Magic Shop

Opened in 1957, the Magic Shop occupies a corner of the Main Street Hotel, next door to the Disney Showcase. Since 2009, the shop has been run by Houdini's Magic, an established retailer. They added vintage Houdini memorabilia and displays, and re-established the shop as a true magic shop. Over the years, the shop had been offering less and less magic, and more and more standard Disney souvenirs. The Magic Shop is one of the few shops left on Main Street that offers novel merchandise, as opposed to the standard Disney souvenirs.

Tony Baxter, the former senior vice president of creative development in Walt Disney Imagineering, and Roger Broggie, one of the very first Disney imagineers, are both honored with their own windows on each side of the Magic Shop sign.

The Magic Shop is one of the smallest shops on Main Street, but it's packed with magic tricks, gags, and books.

Harry Houdini memorabilia is displayed in the outside display windows as well as in display cases inside the shop.

This is a vintage collection of magician's business cards.

An antique telephone hangs on the wall.

If you listen to the receiver, you can hear an authentic recording of Harry Houdini, performing one of his famous tricks.

Cast members frequently perform magic tricks for guests visiting the shop.

Steve Martin worked here in the 60s, performing magic and developing a rudimentary act that would lead him to a professional career in stand-up comedy.

Magic tricks, gag gifts, toys, books and novelties are all available here for the budding magician.

Disneyland Resort / Re: DCA - Los Feliz Five & Dime
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:23 AM »
Ooh! I really like the Art Deco 'Hollymont' font on that sign. I'm sort of a font freak. I'll have to try making that font, or find it already made. ;)
You're not Brick from "The Middle", are you?

^The best gas station I've see built in Planet Coaster. :)

Welcome Center / Re: Hello guys, I'm new around here, hello!
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:30 PM »
Welcome to SGW, BEAMER3K.

We really need more NoLimits players posting here. Your screenshots look great. I look forward to seeing more of your work posted. :)

RCT Community Board / Re: RCT boards activity
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:26 PM »
I check the forums here pretty often now, but rarely post for a variety of reasons, none of which have to do with the forums or members. Most of it is lack of inspiration, a less than stellar computer, and eyestrain. I'm happy to see that people are still playing RCT3 and posting their creations, and will try to be more active when I can.  :)
And it's always such a pleasure when you do post. :love2:

p.s. Are you using the Dark theme for SGW. It's much easier on the eyes for people who can't tolerate the bright white and blue default theme.

Disneyland Resort / Re: DCA - Los Feliz Five & Dime
« on: October 14, 2018, 03:49 PM »
Very nice, I love to see those detailed photos from you.
Thank you. I wasn't sure if people wanted such detailed shots of shops and such, but as long as you guys enjoy them, I'll keep them coming.

One funny thing I would like to add:
Eyeworks is also a Dutch movie production company which is (I thought) sold to WB a few years ago.
That way this sign makes me giggle, cause it's the name of the competitor :P
I didn't know that. Disney just might have to change that. ;)

Disneyland Resort / DCA - Los Feliz Five & Dime
« on: October 14, 2018, 03:22 PM »
Los Feliz Five & Dime

The Los Feliz Five & Dime is a large shop featuring a variety of Disney merchandise.

Walt and Roy Disney once lived and worked in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, thus the tie-in to the shop's name.

Decorating the exterior are signs with clever references to Walt's past.

This is a reference to the Holly Vermont Realty Company with whom the Disneys shared an office with in the Kingswell Building.

A clever play on words, this sign refers to Ub Iwerks, who worked with Walt in the very early days and was responsible for designing Mickey Mouse.

Nothing clever about this sign. It's just the name of the street.:P

Los Feliz is themed as a vintage five and dime store.

Vintage displays can be seen all throughout the store, typical of what you'd find in a dime store circa 1920.

The shop carries a large assortment of Disney-themed merchandise.

A large section of the shop is devoted to hats and caps, and offers custom embroidery.

Embroidery machines.

Also on hand are mugs,

key chains,

trading pins,

and pet supplies. Don't you want to dress up your dog like Minnie Mouse?

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Lake Walt: Roaring 20s (Park Update)
« on: October 14, 2018, 01:35 PM »
Everything is just too damn perfect! :mad:up: :P

Just 2 more days to get your entries in before the Oct 15th Midnight deadline.

Just 2 more days to get your entries in before the Oct 15th Midnight deadline.

Planet Coaster Rides / Re: Enchanted P.O.V
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:04 AM »
Welcome back. :)

There were some great effects in that ride. I loved where the lightning set the tree on fire. Great job.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Lake Liberty Phase 2 (or3?)
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:55 AM »
I thought that 3rd screenshot was a real theme park for a second. Great job!

You can zip all your photos into one .zip or .rar file and upload it. You don't need to upload one photo at a time. But you do need to add a screenshot of something, either your park, or one or two of your images.

You can upload them to the Planet Coaster Depot in the Billboards category. ;)

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Gazua Valley #2 Main street
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:47 AM »
I love the Disney-inspired Main Street. And the flowers in the central planter give it a nice whimsical touch. Beautiful job so far.

Southern California Attractions / Re: San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:47 PM »
I don't know why Disney removed its sky rides in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at WDW. Speculation is simply because of the costs to maintain and upgrade it to new, stricter safety codes was more than they wanted to spend. But now they're building the Skyliner (gondola sky ride) at WDW to transport guests to and from several destinations within the resort. They're building this instead of another monorail line because it's cheaper. The bottom line in most of what Disney does is based on the almighty dollar.

Community Chat / Re: Advice For Members?
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:05 PM »
6. And finally, something more psychological: You are not too old to build theme parks on a computer.
This is a good one. This is a mature forum, with members in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. It's never too late to show off the child inside you, and here you can share your creations and ideas with like-minded and young-at-heart members who won't look at you funny when you say you play computer games or build virtual theme parks in your spare time.

And not to leave out the younger crowd. Yes, there are plenty of young people sharing their work here as well. And I consider them also a mature group of individuals. There's no drama here and no annoying childish shenanigans that you may find on other similar forums. We share our work and our passions, our ideas and our dreams. We support and inspire one another. So what are you waiting for? Whether you play Planet Coaster, Parkitect, Nolimits, or any of the Rollercoaster Tycoon games, come and join us. It's no fun to play by yourself. ;)

Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:32 PM »

The Skyfari is an aerial tram that takes guests on a one-way trip from Discovery Outpost to the very back of the park... the area called the Northern Frontier. Or, of course, you can do the opposite and ride the sky tram from the back to the front of the park. The ride was built in 1969 at a price of $2 million dollars, and was very much needed as it was such a trek to get to the back end of the park by foot.

The entrance station in the Discovery Outpost section is built at the base of a small lagoon.

The lagoon is home to the South American Black-necked Swan.

A variety of brightly colored birds are painted on each gondola.

The gondola leaves the station on its air born trip to the far side of the park.

The Skyfari gives guests a great aerial view of the park. This is looking down at Front Street.

Below is the Front Street Cafe & Cantina, with the tip of the Reptile House in view at the very bottom of the screen.

Soaring over the treetops to a height of 190 ft.

The ride offers some great views of the surrounding Balboa Park. This is the California Tower and the Olde Globe Theatre below.

Passing over the Treehouse.

The Treehouse is an impressive structure housing eateries including an upscale, waitress-service restaurant.

The newest addition to the zoo's skyline is the Bashor Bridge, which spans from the Treehouse to the Elephant Odyssey section.

Now take a ride yourself on the San Diego Zoo's Skyfari.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Star Wars Land - Galaxy's Edge (Batuu)
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:20 PM »
For some reason I thought you had finished this park, so I haven't viewed it in a while. Boy, have I missed a lot. Everything looks super. I commend you for your diligence as you keep on plugging away, while continuing to wow us with so much eye candy.

Southern California Attractions / Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:15 AM »
Knott's is not about shopping. It's more about the rides and the food. But there actually are a few very nicely themed shops in the Ghost Town, which I will get to shortly.

Oh yes, taking shots of birds, especially the very small ones, can be very challenging, as they rarely sit still long enough. By the time I've set the focus and clicked the shutter, they've flown off. ;)

Sure  seems like there are a lot of places to eat at this park?
Nairobi Village and Safari Base Camp make up the central hub of the park, so there are several shops and places to eat. As you head deeper into the park, the shops and eateries become pretty sparse.

No screenshots from existing parks! :mad:up: :P

Cavendish's Dik Dik

The Cavendish's Dik Dik are a shy and elusive animal, and can be hard to spot in its enclosure.

So I was pretty excited to see both out and about during a visit to the park one morning.

The Dik Dik is a small species of antelope, and gets its funny name from the sound of the alarm calls of the females. This one is a male, because of its horns. Females don't have horns.

The Cavendish's Dik Dik is found in the scrub lands and savannas of Tanzania.

Here is the male and female together.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Lake Walt: People of Lake Walt #2
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:54 PM »
The mannequins is a very clever idea. The park looks great too, btw. :)

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