The Middletown Lions Club will be hosting the fourth annual Wiffleball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event will be held at the Tindall Park tennis courts across from Middletown High School North. The one-night tournament will be open to all ages. Trophies will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams in Little League, High School-College and Adult divisions. The tournament is a charity with proceeds to support the blind and the Challenged Youth Sports program. Rosters may consist of four to five players and the entry fee is $70 per team. There is a minimum of three games guaranteed. A Home Run Derby Contest will also be part of the tournament. The Little League division will begin at 3 p.m., the High School-College Division will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the Adult Division will start at 6 p.m. Acceptance into the tournament is on a first-come, first-served basis. For registration or further questions, please send an e-mail to LionHallOfFame@aol.com or call Ray Veth (732-747-9588, 732-747-8647) or Bill Bechtoldt (732-671-0744, 732-787-5624). For the third consecutive year, the Middletown Youth Athletic Association 9/10-year-old girls softball All-Stars won the Little League District 19 Tournament. The girls had a great series in which they dominated with their pitching. The team was led by Kristi Miceli, who threw two no-hitters during the tournament. Sam Politano and Kendall Keelen also combined for a one-hit shutout. Hot hitting by Alex Raguseo, Elizabeth Gulino and Nicolette Scheinhartz helped lead the team to victory. Also contributing to the series win with their fine defensive plays were Nikki Alfano, Payleigh Behan, Amanda Kanski, Julia McCarthy, and Sinead Slade. The manager and coach for the team are Frank Miceli and Nick Alfano. Next up for the girls is the sectional tournament, which is hosted by Marlboro.
PNG’s pocket dynamo is undergoing a training camp to fine-tune her preparations for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.42 Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games gold medallists are in a special training camp at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in Mont Dore, New Caledonia, in preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast from the 4th to 16th April. The 20 institute lifters plus the top lifters of Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand will be training together for a 10-day period.Of the lifters taking part in this elite training camp at the Institute, quite a number of them are ranked first and second in the Commonwealth.Some of them will be trying to win back-to-back gold on the Gold Coast, including PNG’s very own Dika Toua in the women’s 53kg division.Toua was the gold medallist from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and she is now going for back-to-back gold.In the men’s 62kg, Morea Baru from PNG is the number one lifter in the Commonwealth in this category. He is a favourite to win gold at the Gold Coast games.In the men’s 94kg division, Steven Kari is looking to win back-to-back gold as well but he will need a lot more work to get there, judging from his Vanuatu Mini Games performance.This elite training camp is financially supported by the IWF.
View comments Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 35-year-old Iguodala also collected eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.Led by @andre’s clutch trey, 👀 the TOP 3 PLAYS from Game 2 of the #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV! pic.twitter.com/Uye4vmCq8iFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2019 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Steve Kerr: It’s ‘feasible’ Kevin Durant may play after 1 practice NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga MOST READ Andre Iguodala’s game-sealing triple led the top plays in the Golden State Warriors’ 109-104 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Monday (Manila time).Iguodala, who was the Finals MVP in 2015, had eight points and none bigger than his 3-pointer from the left wing that gave the Warriors a five-point cushion with only 5.9 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN
SEA Games: Arven Alcantara gets taekwondo silver as comeback falls short View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Laila Delo loses in a heatbreaker in the taekwondo competitions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Laila Delo suffered one of the most heart-wrenching defeats in taekwondo in the women’s under-67 kilograms final to salvage the silver medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Sunday at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.The Filipino jin dropped her gold medal bid after losing to Vietnam’s Thi Khiem Bac via golden point, 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Delo and Thi were locked in a 3-3 stalemate after the first three rounds sending the match to a testy final hit.Both fighters eagerly looked for a body kick but it was the Vietnamese who landed her left foot down Delo’s guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Delo joined Arven Alcantara as the Filipino silver medalists in today’s taekwondo competition.
Dear Editor,Having just completed reading a book titled The Con Men: Hustling in New York City which is about how con artists use verbal persuasion, physical misdirection, and sheer charm to convince others to see and do things which they want them to, I could not help but see the similarity between the actions of the characters of this book and some of the operatives of the Georgetown municipality.The Town Clerk of Georgetown, in a statement addressed to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) stated that the City Police have “a legal and statutory duty to uphold and enforce the law, not to disrespect and break,” and as such asserted that “anyone who has chosen to disrespect, disregard and break the law is not worthy to be part of the City Constabulary.”Which City Police Department is he talking about? The Georgetown City Constabulary which has allegedly been involved in innumerable scams over the years including bail money, disappearance of ammunition, sex scandals, uniform purchases, shaking down of vendors, harassing of businesspersons to name a few infractions? The Town Clerk could not be serious.But he does admit that the City Constabulary is incapable of dealing with matters of a criminal nature, which according to the laws of Guyana must be dealt with by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), contrary to his earlier rantings that the City Constabulary is the oldest law enforcement service in Georgetown, and that it has the same power the national Police (GPF) has in the maintenance of law and order in this country.I would hope that he would now stop having them perform guard duty at residences outside the limits of Georgetown, and performing bodyguard duties as he and the Mayor gallivants around the country.It is time for the City Constabulary to be disbanded and its ranks absorbed into the Guyana Police Force where they could be better utilised. Already the GPF has had to take responsibility for the security of our capital, whilst the Constables spend their time chasing itinerant vendors.The ramblings of the Town Clerk of Georgetown including that his actions were made to “preserve the good name and image” of the City Council and that the Council has an almost sacred duty to provide strong spiritual, moral and civic leadership, makes me ask the question whether he is just an arrogant administrator who imagines himself to be above scrutiny or is he suffering from episodes of psychosis which causes him to have false beliefs, and to see, hear and feel things that are not there?Sincerely,Nadine Jerrick
Aleksandar Kolarov Goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri were enough to see off Everton as Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League table.Both teams came close to breaking the deadlock but it was not until after the half-time when Kolarov finished from an almost impossible angle.Nasri made sure of the win at the death with another well-taken finish to continue City’s perfect start to the season.City almost went ahead immediately through Sergio Aguero but Tim Howard moved smartly to block the shot with his legs.It was the same outcome again minutes later as the Argentine was denied for a second time before Raheem Sterling was guilty of missing a clear-cut chance at the back post.Everton had the ball in the net after 23 minutes when Romelu Lukaku the ball around Joe Hart but was correctly judged to have been offside after receiving the pass from Ross Barkley.On the stroke of half-time, Lukaku clipped the crossbar from a free-kick after Tom Cleverley’s driving run was illegally halted by Fernandinho.City shot out of the blocks after the break as Sterling cut in from the left and found David Silva in space who blasted the ball against the post.And it was another moment of magic from Sterling which led to the opening goal.Again cutting in from the right, he played a perfectly weighted ball to Kolarov who beat the offside trap to finish expertly from a very tight angle to put Manuel Pellegrini’s men in front.It was nearly two moments later as Jesus Navas capitalised on a defensive mix-up, but was denied by the face of Howard after neglecting to pass to the better-placed Aguero.Gareth Barry almost nicked a draw for the hosts but Vincent Kompany cleared the ball of the line.And City secured the win on 88 minutes after a fantastic one-two between Yaya Toure and Nasri, before the latter lobbed the ball over a helpless Howard. 1
Manuel Lanzini lies prone on the turf after fracturing his collar bone Reserve goalkeeper Roberto has deputised in the absence of Fabianksi and flapped at this cross at Turf Moor The Argentina international required oxygen after landing awkwardly and is now set for surgery, potentially ruling him out for at least two months.Lanzini will join Lukasz Fabianski in the treatment room, who is still recovering from a torn hip muscle. In his absence, West Ham are decidedly worse and reserve shot-stopper Roberto is struggling massively.The Hammers lost once from their opening six games with Fabianski in goal. But since the former Arsenal man limped off away at Bournemouth, they have picked up just one point and conceded a whopping 11 goals. AFP or licensors Manuel Lanzini may not play again this year after it was confirmed the West Ham midfielder fractured his collarbone against Burnley.It capped off a miserable day for the Hammers, as the Clarets ended their own poor run with a thumping win at Turf Moor. AFP or licensors The Argentina international was stretchered off 3 AFP or licensors 3 Strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood celebrated their new contracts with a goal apiece in the 3-0 win, with Wood having another chalked off by VAR.The third goal was a calamity for Hammers keeper Roberto, who was given a vote of confidence by Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday following criticism of his performances in the absence of the injured Lukasz Fabianski.There is no medical term for a fear of corners but Roberto was all at sea all afternoon, with the nadir coming in the 54th minute when he pushed Ashley Westwood’s cross into his net for an own goal.However, it could be about to get even worse long-term for the Hammers after Lanzini was stretchered off. 3
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Eventually you will find Billy popping up in another strip. (photo by Michael Carelli) View of the Incredible Hulk Coaster. (photo by Joe Matt)Be on the lookout for some fun visual gags.Toon Lagoon’s Plymouth rock.(photo by Michael Carelli) Here we have Parkscope Nick showing how it’s done, as he jumps in the air to make the photo really pop. You may notice this shot has the Toon Lagoon logo at the bottom. The logo was removed approximately 3 years ago. (photo by Parkscope Jenn) Mailboxes for Popeye and his friends. (photo by Michael Carelli) Plenty of themed seating is available. (photo by Joe Matt) Wimpy’s in its normal closed state. (photo by Brandon Glover)So there you have it: Six Reasons We Love TOON LAGOON at Islands of Adventure! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: 6 Reasons We Love PORT OF ENTRY at Islands of Adventure6 Reasons We Love JURASSIC PARK6 Reasons We Love WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – HOGSMEADE VILLAGE6 Reasons We Love SEUSS LANDING6 Reasons We Love MARVEL SUPERHERO ISLANDSpecial Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Mr. ‘Ohana Tim Grassey, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, the possibly insane Parkscope Jeff, hot shot Michael Carelli, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2019 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? That’s right, ANOTHER NEW ONE EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION! Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!Thank you Gary Larson and The Far Side for helping me become the person I am today. Actually, maybe I should be blaming them… Ripsaw Falls. (photo by Michael Carelli) Mythos in the background. Yes, the very same Mythos restaurant that just got a new banner! (photo by Joe Matt) Star Wars parody. (photo by Robert Egolf) Inside Me Ship, The Olive. (photo by Michael Carelli) Climbing up to the upper levels of Me Ship, The Olive will give guests some wonderful views of Islands of Adventure.Telescope on Me Ship, The Olive. (photo by Michael Carelli) Toon Lagoon’s school of fish. (photo by Michael Carelli) A Silence of the Lambs reference, inside an American theme park! (photo by Robert Egolf) Water cannon to shoot at Bilge-Rat Barges riders. (photo by Michael Carelli) Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at TOON LAGOON at Islands of Adventure! Over the years we have given an in-depth look at many of our favorite lands at Universal’s IOA, including Port of Entry, Marvel Superhero Island, Jurassic Park, Seuss Landing and – of course – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Village. But this week we are going into one of the least talked about lands in the park, despite the fact that it has two incredible attractions.Toon Lagoon. (photo by Brandon Glover)The biggest “complaint” about Toon Lagoon is also – in my opinion – one of the land’s strengths. Toon Lagoon is based around characters from newspaper comic strips and the subversive Jay Ward cartoons. As anyone who has read a newspaper lately – and judging by newspaper sales that probably isn’t you or anyone you know – comic strips are becoming a dying breed. Once a daily staple of American life, comic strips and editorial cartoons have slowly had their space in newspapers reduced. In fact, the NY Times recently made headlines this week with the announcement that they will no longer publish editorial cartoons, something which our parents and grandparents would have considered unthinkable growing up.Toon Lagoon is a reminder of the importance comic strips once held in America. Filled with humor, heartbreak, and a healthy dose of speaking truth to power, newspaper comics can appeal to every single person in the household – young or old, male or female, rich or poor – in a way that no other section of a newspaper can. Today we are going to look at one of the most underrated areas of any theme park, starting with…# 6 – The Walk Around the LagoonOne of my favorite “secrets” of Islands of Adventure is the waterside areas that you can explore. No matter how busy the park is, these areas are almost always completely empty and often have fun surprises to discover. Toon Lagoon has possibly the largest quiet area of all the lands. With great views of the Wizarding World, Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, and Marvel Superhero Island, this is the perfect area to take a break and relax.Part of the waterside walkway at Toon Lagoon. (photo by TouringPlans’ resident Millennial Joe Matt) # 4 – Photo OpsWhile you may have to get Grandpa or Grandma to explain who some of the characters are, Toon Lagoon is LOADED with a ton of great areas to take fun family photos or Instagram-friendly selfies. Among the more popular photo-ops are the various “word balloons” which you can position near the people in your photos.Word balloon photo op. (photo by Michael Carelli)Dog lovers will see plenty of friendly pooches to take photos of.In the background you can see the character Little Nemo, who made his debut in newspaper comic strips all the way back in 1905. (photo by Michael Carelli) SAT 6 Editor-In-Chief Megan Stump taking a much needed break. Ripsaw Falls. (photo by Michael Carelli) The queue of Ripsaw Falls has some clever references to movies, including this one based on the surprise Disney smash hit, Three Men and a Baby. (photo by the Artist Formerly Known as Amusement Buzz) EDITOR’S NOTE: Finally a photo-op in a theme park that accurately represents what it is like getting text alerts from Derek Burgan at 2 a.m. on a Friday night asking to proofread an article. # 3 – Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw FallsWith Disney’s Splash Mountain, we are blessed with not just the best flume ride ever made, but one of the all time greatest attractions. While Ripsaw Falls is filled with the trademark humor (and puns) of the Jay Ward cartoon it is based on, thanks to budget and time constraints under which it was built, it doesn’t have the “wow” factor of animatronics or the immersive scenery that Splash has. What it does have is an amazing facade, several decent drops, and one great drop at the end. In fact, the final drop of Ripsaw Falls can hang with any flume ride and includes a rather interesting surprise, but Ripsaw Falls doesn’t quite end there….Ripsaw Falls. (photo by Michael Carelli) Ripsaw Falls. (photo by Michael Carelli) Blondie’s. (photo by Michael Carelli)Unfortunately, the actual Dagwood sandwich available at Blondie’s is nowhere near what you expect and is pretty much just a “kinda large” sandwich. We are now in a world in which you can get a hamburger in CityWalk that uses Voodoo Doughnuts as the buns, so I think it’s time we have an actual Dagwood sandwich that lives up to its name. YOU HEAR ME UNIVERSAL?!The Dagwood. (photo by Brandon Glover)There are several characters that can be seen walking about Toon Lagoon throughout the day. Popeye and Betty Boop are out relatively often, but keep your eyes open for the rarer characters such as Bullwinkle J Moose or Beetle Bailey.Popeye. (photo by Michael Carelli) Olive Oyl. (photo by Michael Carelli) # 5 – Me Ship, The OliveIslands of Adventure gets a lot of attention for its E-Ticket attractions such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey, but it also has several E-Ticket play areas for kids with a level of detail you won’t find at any other theme park. Camp Jurassic in Jurassic Park is one of my favorite places in IOA, period. Me Ship, The Olive is a three-story interactive playground themed to Popeye’s boat. Inside you’ll find stairs, slides, climbing platforms and a whole bunch of elements that kids can play with.Me Ship, The Olive. (photo by Michael Carelli)The backside of Me Ship, The Olive faces Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and has water cannons available for guests to squirt water on Bilge-Rat Barges riders.Me Ship, The Olive bordering Bilge-Rat Barges. (photo by Michael Carelli) Betty Boop. (photo by Michael Carelli) Bullwinkle. (photo by Brandon Glover)Inside Comic Strip Cafe is this wall which is the backside to lockers used for Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. Can you spot some of the incredible references?!Comic Strip Cafe. (photo by Michael Carelli) Who wants to get wet?! (photo by Brandon Glover) Shower heads used by guests not on the ride to dump water on Bilge-Rat riders. (photo by Brandon Glover) Humorous sinking boat photo-op. (photo by Michael Carelli) # 2 – Ripsaw Falls Water CannonsOnce guests go down the intense final drop at Ripsaw Falls, most assume that they’ve been through the worst and the ride is over. NAY NAY, this is where the fun really begins. As the logs circle around back to the unload station, they travel under a bridge. This bridge connects Toon Lagoon to Jurassic Park and is quite large. After purchasing a token, guests on the bridge have an opportunity to trigger one of the dozen water cannons aimed directly at the guests on Ripsaw Falls. It can not be expressed in mere words how fun this is (for the guests on the bridge, at least), and seeing the look of surprise from the unsuspecting riders as they get one final blast of water is almost worth the price of admission to Universal itself.2 tokens for $1 and 12 tokens for $5. (photo by Michael Carelli) Me Ship, The Olive. (photo by Michael Carelli)If you play the notes in the correct order on this piano you’ll get rewarded with a musical theme synonymous with Popeye.Piano. (photo by Michael Carelli) Let’s face it, kids LOVE firing water cannons. (photo by Michael Carelli) Ripsaw Falls. (photo by Michael Carelli) Water cannons.Surprise!Parkscope Jeff maniacally laughs as Ripsaw Falls guests get one more blast of water. (photo by Parkscope Joe) Beetle Bailey’s “Cookie” character. (photo by Michael Carelli)For newspaper comic strips, there are not many more iconic items than Dagwood Bumstead’s sandwich. Toon Lagoon has a quick service restaurant named Blondie’s, and as you can see by the logo, it basically promises the larger-than-life sandwich created by Dagwood.Blondies. (photo by Brandon Glover)Inside the restaurant you’ll see some great signage for one of the world’s most famous food items.Blondie’s. (photo by Michael Carelli) Popeye statue. (photo by Michael Carelli) We mentioned earlier that Toon Lagoon is based around newspaper comic strips and Jay Ward cartoons. For those who don’t know, Jay Ward was a producer of cartoons that were essentially the South Park and Family Guy of their day. Filled with self-referential humor, highbrow (and lowbrow) jokes, and a shameless use of puns, Jay Ward cartoons still stand in a league of their own. While many people remember Jay Ward’s most famous characters of Rocky & Bullwinkle, for me personally it was the next level bonkers shorts like Fractured Fairy Tales and Aesop and Son that kept me watching.Aesop and Son photo-op. (photo by Brandon Glover)A Toon Lagoon snack kiosk which uses classic Jay Ward wordplay in its name. (photo by Brandon Glover)I’ve always been a huge fan of newspaper comic strips. Growing up, my grandmother would do the crossword puzzles, my mom would do the Jumble, and I would read all my favorite comic strips like Garfield, Peanuts, and Beetle Bailey. As I got older, I still enjoyed those strips, but started to fall in love with more nuanced comics like For Better or For Worse, Bloom County, and Calvin & Hobbes. Comic strips like The Far Side, Non Sequitur, and Pizarro encouraged me to read more and inspired me to draw my own stories.Readers of the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report may remember that to celebrate the Four Year Anniversary I used comic strips as the running theme. One of my “guilty pleasure” strips is Family Circus. I’m a sucker for the strip despite the fact that it is a humor-based comic with just about zero humor. One of the long running gags in Family Circus are the Sunday comics in which the character Billy is shown taking a long circuitous route, only to eventually arrive at someplace nearby. This is done with the use of a dotted-line showing his travels. Toon Lagoon has a Family Circus strip with Billy breaking the fourth wall and leaving the comic strip, with a dotted line path going across the land.Family Circus gag in Toon Lagoon. (photo by Michael Carelli) # 1 – Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat BargesThe kids in our family LOVE water rides. Several times when we have gone on Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom they have gotten off of the attraction upset because they didn’t get wet.This doesn’t happen on Popeye’s. You are going to get wet: no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It is impossible to walk off Bilge Rat Barges without getting drenched. One or more people on your raft may possibly drown.The theming of Bilge Rat Barges is whimsical and fits right into the “straight out of the funny pages” style of Toon Lagoon. Among the drops, waterfalls, and ability for guests not on the ride to spray you with water cannons (like Ripsaw Falls) AND have water dumped on you from a shower head, all the people in the raft are gonna feel like they just took a shower with their clothes on while exiting the ride. Bilge Rat’s length (it’s a nice long trip) and some hilarious surprises during the ride would make it one of the best water rides ever made.Bilge Rat Barges. (photo by Mike Sperduto) Bilge-Rat Barges. (photo by Michael Carelli) Bilge-Rat Barges. (photo by Joe Matt) Sleeping pup. (photo by Michael Carelli)Speaking of dogs, there is a clever photo-op featuring Marmaduke which lets guests appear like they are being pulled wildly by the large Great Dane.Marmaduke photo op. (photo by Michael Carelli)While this fine blog series has repeatedly mentioned that taking a vertical photo is the cardinal sin of Theme Park Photography, the way the Marmaduke photo-op works is that you take a vertical shot of a guest holding on to Marmaduke’s leash, and then transition the photo to landscape to see the “scene.”Marmaduke photo-op. (photo by Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders) Bilge-Rat Barges. (photo by Michael Carelli) Poopdeck Pappy. (photo by Michael Carelli) Honorable Mention – WIMPY’SWimpy’s is one of the “white whales” of the theme park Universe. Many times we run across attractions that have an element that rarely works (we’re looking in your direction bird-on-a-stick at Expedition Everest) or – in Wimpy’s case – a restaurant that is almost NEVER open. For years I had gone to Universal and never saw Wimpy’s open, no matter how busy the park was. After a while I had given up hope that I would ever see its windows open again. I even included Wimpy’s on the SATURDAY SIX 2014 In Memoriam tribute, which in turn led to the first ever SAT 6 retraction when I discovered the restaurant open during a life-changing day in 2015. Since then, Wimpy’s has returned to its once-in-a-blue-moon operating schedule, and I’ve yet to be able to order a long awaited hamburger (which I’ll gladly pay for on Tuesday.)Burger photo-op in front of Wimpy’s. (photo by Michael Carelli) MOAR WATER. (photo by Joe Matt)You’d think the air dryers at Bilge-Rat Barges were ATMs handing out free money with the lines they can attract. (photo by Seth Kubersky) On the one occassion I found Wimpy’s open, I had to get something spinach related to tie into the “Popeye” theme. Ripsaw Falls. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web#Yahoo richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The big news of the night is Yahoo’s release of a newtechnology portal, aimed squarely at non-geeks (see site tour). To make the point it’s not forgeeks, the site features 4 stereotypical “advisors” (aka bloggers): The Boomer, The Mom,The Working Guy, The Techie Diva. They are described as “struggling with tech every day, just like you”. Yes it’s kindof lame, but no doubt there is a market for a tech products portal aimed atnon-geeks. One thing that makes me feel uneasy about Yahoo Tech is the overwhelming consumerfocus – it’s all about “buying the latest gear” and is described as “productcentral”. Consumerism is still normal in mainstream media these days, but on the Web I’vebecome used to a more ‘prosumer’ form of commercialism. This quote from the NYTimes interview of Patrick Houston, the general manager of Yahoo Tech, sums up theslightly out-of-kilter mainstream consumer focus:“Technology is a form of self-expression,” Mr. Houston said. “You are what gadgets youcarry.”Also the advisor blogs look contrived and sound hokey – “I just zipped over to Amazonto price Microsoft Office: $407.99 for the full version that includes Access. Wow. That’sa lot of money.” Perhaps the advisors will grow into their role, but it all strikes me asa bit bland and as if they’re following a script. Then again, I’m not in any of thetarget demographics – and I’m not being sarcastic or ironic (like us Gen Xers are wont todo), I really am just saying that I’m not in the target demographics.But on a positive note, the “tech is made easy” angle is great and I really hope thispulls in the punters. Technology is too damn hard most of the time and “real” peoplewon’t get much down-to-earth tech advice by reading my blog, for example. They’reprobably better off getting their tech product advice from people who are just likethem. Plus there are a lot of great 2.0 features in the portal – reviews, ratings,social networking, tag clouds, questions and answers, etc. So likeTechCrunch, I’m taking a ‘wait and see’ approach with this. It looks promising, butat the same time also looks a bit too calculated. More atNY Times. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market