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I'm sorry, but I found it deceptive because I assumed the reason for the poll was to get some community feedback on what Frontier should concentrate on. And I'm sure many others assumed the same thing. Yes, I know the old adage about never assuming anything...

But for Frontier to come out and say it meant nothing leads me to believe that they are not really seriously listening to the community, and are going to release whatever it is that they want to release, whether the community wants it or not.

Southern California Attractions / Re: Balboa Park (Rose Garden)
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:08 PM »
Rose Garden

The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden is a popular spot for tourists. This three acre garden typically displays 1,600 roses in several hundred varieties. The gardens are maintained year long by a staff of about 45 volunteers.

The gardens sit atop a canyon, providing a great view of the surrounding landscape.

A layout of the gardens is posted that shows where each an every variety of rose is planted.

You'll find various themed gardens such as the Rosie the Riveter garden.

The Fountain Garden

I'm not exactly sure what to call this structure...It's a huge gazebo with roses planted around it and on top.

In the central hub, beneath the gazebo. A nice place to relax and simply "stop and smell the roses". :)

You'll often find the local squirrels hanging out here.

I took some photos of a few of the many varieties of roses. This is the Crimson Bouquet.

Easy Does It

Eternal Flame


Ketchup and Mustard

Love Song

Marmalade Skies

Rosie the Riveter

Sugar Moon

Take It Easy

Rose Garden panorama shot. (right click to enlarge)

Disneyland Resort / Re: Downtown Disney - La Brea Bakery (Express)
« on: September 06, 2018, 02:48 PM »

Nighttime view of the La Brea Bakery.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Downtown Disney - La Brea Bakery (Express)
« on: September 06, 2018, 02:24 PM »
La Brea Bakery Express

If you don't have the time, or the budget, for a fancy sit-down meal at the La Brea Bakery, you may want to check out the La Brea Bakery Express next door.

This counter service restaurant is a great place to grab a quick breakfast before entering the parks. There's also a nice selection of sandwiches, soups, and pizza for a lite lunch or dinner.

And you get that same fresh-baked breads served at the pricier restaurant next door.

Assorted beverages, fresh fruit, and pre-prepared sandwiches and salads are also available.

A spacious, umbrella-covered patio outside provides ample seating.

Out front, is this colorful fountain...a popular photo spot for tourists.

Poppy's Patio

Located outside the entrance to the Children's Zoo, is Poppy's Patio.

This counter-service spot offers a nice variety of food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, snacks, desserts, and assorted beverages.

Colorful animal carvings decorate the popular dining spot.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:37 PM »
Wow, you saved the best for last! (or is it?)
Thanks. I was experimenting with night photography and thought that it came out pretty good. As for the last...never say never.

Legoland California Resort / Re: Ferndale
« on: September 05, 2018, 04:48 PM »
It occurs to me that seeing these scenes here in the Turnstile Tribune is, in many ways, better than seeing them in person- we can take as much time as we want to study the details, instead of viewing them from a moving boat. (Or can you view them from a walkway as well?)
The boat cruise is a separate attraction.,20677.0.html

All these Lego cities are viewed by foot.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« on: September 05, 2018, 03:40 PM »

Because I know you all just can't get enough of this scene. :P

Legoland California Resort / Ferndale
« on: September 05, 2018, 01:22 PM »

This historic landmark town is a representation of the ways things were 100 years ago.

Ferndale is located in Humboldt County, 265 miles north of San Francisco. It is situated on the edge of the Coast Redwood forest, and known for its dozens of well-preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. This is a photo of downtown Ferndale.

And this is downtown Ferndale in Legoland.

Lumber and farming are among its major industries.

Cycling is a major pastime.

The rodeo has come to town.

Ferndale suburbia

The town was established in 1852 by European and Canadian immigrants. The population of Ferndale is 1382, as of its last census.

Ferndale's Church of the Assumption.

Turn scenery building over to the community, and then Frontier can concentrate on giving us more rides and attractions, which are still quite lacking.

Fusion Smoothies & Wraps

There are a handful of small food vendors right around the corner from Dolphin Point. One of the more popular ones is Fusion Smoothies & Wraps.

Here, you'll find a nice selection of tasty, gourmet wraps and healthy smoothies made with fresh fruits and all natural ingredients. It's a great spot to grab a light lunch.

Wraps Menu

Smothies Menu

You can also indulge in a coffee by Starbucks, which has infiltrated many of the SeaWorld eateries. Yes, Starbucks will one day take over the world. ;)

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: American Heritage - Planet Coaster Park
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:52 PM »
This looks awesome so far. Especially that train station. :o

I love the way this park has a Disney vibe to it, but without the stereotypical Disney look. It does though, remind me a little of Disney California Adventure, with very a similar architectural style. Can't wait to see where you go with this.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Euro Reptarland
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:43 PM »
I think you and 89James89 should team up and work together. You both have very bizarre ideas. (And I mean that in a good way)

'On loan by shyguy'... what the heck is a shyguy? Is that the name of a town?... maybe some billionaire who loaned out part of his priceless art collection... or maybe it's the name of the artist," he rubs his chin, "shyguy... goofy name for an artist."
Well, I don't do sculptures, nor am I a billionaire, so it must be another shyguy. Probably that guy who's always giving those Mario brothers a hard time. ;)

Love the guide to the bathrooms. I think all parks should have that. It makes for such fascinating reading. :P

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disney California Adventure - Julius Katz & Sons
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:05 PM »
^Good questions. And I have no idea what the answers would be. :P

Disneyland Resort / Disney California Adventure - Julius Katz & Sons
« on: September 03, 2018, 02:28 PM »
Julius Katz & Sons

As we head underneath the Hyperion Bridge, on the right side of the street is Julius Katz & Sons.

All the Buena Vista St. shops have fictional backstories, and this one begins with Julius Katz, who opened up a small radio and watch repair shop. This window display shows Julius Katz, at work.

As the story continues, Julius Katz's sons soon joined him and expanded the business.

Disney historians will be interested to know that Julius Katz actually refers to Julius the Cat, an animated cat who accompanied the live-action Alice character in Disney’s silent “Alice in Cartoonland” shorts of the 1920s. (Julius is the one holding the cake.)

Inside, you'll find a large selection of merchandise comprised mostly of home décor, kitchen gadgets, dinnerware, towels & aprons, and seasonal items and gifts.

Antique radios and time pieces are on display...leftovers from the radio repair days.

The check out counter.

Antique telephones on display behind the counter.

In contrast, there's a huge selection of iPhone covers to choose from.

A Penny Souvenir machine.


Disney towels

Little Mermaid themed merchandise.

I'm always fascinated by the vast array of chandelier styles found in Disney shops and restaurants.

Southern California Attractions / S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Nairobi Nursery
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:14 AM »
Nairobi Nursery

The Nairobi Nursery is a small yard where the young antelopes, gazelles, and other hoofed animals are cared for until they are old enough to be out on their own in the wide open safari section of the park.

This antelope seems a bit old to be here. It may be recovering from some illness, or perhaps it's the nursemaid on duty. ;)

Addra Gazelle, from northern Africa.

East African Sitatunga is on the right. The little one that looks like Bambi is an African Southern Steenbok.

From left to right...Grant's Gazelle, from east Africa, and a Nile Lechwe, from Africa as well.

This "Who's Who" sign is helpful in identifying the animals.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Disneyana Shop
« on: September 03, 2018, 10:52 AM »
Back Gallery

Where this shop shines is in the back gallery, where you'll find a huge selection of colorful oils and acrylic paintings. (And some very high price tags too!)

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Disneyana Shop
« on: September 02, 2018, 04:29 PM »
I always wanted to get some original art from Disney, but can't find myself to ever want to pay that much for it.
Same here. :)

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« on: September 02, 2018, 04:27 PM »
Sorry - I never understood this area of the park and this display. I get that its classic Disney, but that white statue in the natural setting just doesn't work for me. :(
It's all explained in the first post. ;)

Parkitect / Re: CoasterB Creations - Raptor Cedar Point Recreation
« on: September 02, 2018, 04:24 PM »
It was custom made just for the purpose of this recreation
Looks great!

Just wondering, are the Parkitect designers ever going to change it so it doesn't look like people's parks are sitting on giant flat platforms floating in space? ;)

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Palisade Park
« on: September 02, 2018, 02:07 PM »
Sorry you're stuck in a labor dispute, but glad you've got some more time to work on this. There are some gorgeous shots in this latest update. Love the hotel and its accompanying waterfall.

Disneyland Resort / Disneyland Resort: Questions, Tips, or Advice?
« on: September 02, 2018, 01:41 PM »
If you're planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort and have any questions or need some tips or advice, post here, as I know the resort like the back of my hand. Even if you're not planning a trip, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

Peanuts Headquarters

If you're a Peanuts fan, then this store is a must. You'll find a huge selection of gifts and Peanuts-themed merchandise here in the largest shop at Knott's Berry Farm.

Snoopy soars high above the merchandise, in constant pursuit of the Red Baron.

Speaking of Snoopy, here he is again, built entirely of Lego bricks.

There's absolutely loads of Snoopy merchandise for sale here.

Everywhere you look, there he is again.

Charlie Brown gets some love too, with plush toys, t-shirts, and more.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown t-shirts.

With all these Snoopys around, Charlie is definitely going to need Lucy's psychiatric services.

Charlie and Snoopy, happy together. Gee, I hope Linus isn't feeling left our now. :'(

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Future World 1899 - Change Places!
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:31 PM »
Disneyland Future World will never be completed. It will continue to grow (and change) as long as there is imagination left in the world Hethetheth. :P

And it just gets better and better.

Legoland California Resort / Re: Legoland - Miniland USA (Build-A-Boat)
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:25 PM »

At Coast Guard Build-A-Boat, guests can design and build their own boat out of Legos, and then send it on a trip down a watery obstacle course.

At the bottom of the course is where you'll find the Lego bricks needed to create your craft.

Looking down from the top of the course.

Dad helps the kids launch their boats.

Batten down the hatches! Heavy squalls ahead!

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:11 PM »
^That's something I did not know. But upon further research, I found out that over the years the marble became discolored. So in 1983, molds were cast from the original sculptures and they were replaced with fiberglass figures.

Here are the original figures, on display at Walt Disney Imagineering. (photo courtesy of

Lithograph of the original concept art by John Hench.  (photo courtesy of

Parkitect / Re: CoasterB Creations - Raptor Cedar Point Recreation
« on: September 02, 2018, 09:48 AM »
Does Parkitect have a sky ride now, or is that custom made?

Are you really going to continue working on this park? Or are you just teasing us? :P
That's a great shot.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« on: September 01, 2018, 04:36 PM »

Here are some more photos of Snow White's Grotto, taken on my most recent trip to the park.

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