Cypress Gardens 12/19/04

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Monday, December 20, 2004 12:19 PM
My wife decided to fly to NYC to do some last minute Christmas shopping so I decided I would drive up to Winter Haven with my 9 month old daughter. I could visit my parents, do some golfing and hit CG to see the progress they have made since their soft opening the day after Thanksgiving to get our annual passes. We got kind of a late start on Sunday morning and made our way to the park around 11 or so. There was plenty of parking available and there was no wait getting into the park. Even with sercurity going through my daughters diaper bag we were in the park in minutes. We first walked through Jubilee Junction and just did some window shopping. We then hit the rides section of the park. The rides now have real fences around the rides rather than the orange safety fences they were using during the soft opening. My father and I rode the Okeechobee Rampage first. It is a fun little ride and the operator was letting people ride as much as they wanted as long as there wasn’t anyone waiting to get in your seat. We rode three times and had enough. We then hit the Ferris Wheel, the bumper cars and the Thunderbolt (my favorite ride of the day). The first time I visited CG, Swamp Thing wasn’t running so I looked forward to riding that. I read here that it was little on the rough side. But come on, how rough can it be? It only goes 30 mph. Well, after riding it, let’s just say it is not the smoothest thing I have been on. By the way, there is actually a maximum height limit on this of 6’2” and I must be shrinking. We then rode Triple Hurricane which is a nice little figure eight woodie. We then watched the comedy show set to a western theme. It was very corny but mildly entertaining. We finished up the day walking through the gardens and just commenting on how nice of a park it is. Just being able to actually walk around in a park rather than fight the huge crowds of USF or WDW is a relief.

Monday, December 20, 2004 12:37 PM
The enter key is your friend....use it.
Monday, December 20, 2004 1:13 PM
Thanks for the update Krigger. What shows do they currently have running besides the water ski show and the comedy show you mentioned? Is the nighttime laser/fireworks show running yet? Are there any musical shows besides the celebrity concerts? How is the animal area coming along? Thanks for your input.
Monday, December 20, 2004 2:17 PM
redman - I did use the enter key when I typed it out in MS Word. I guess they did not transfer over when I copied into this. Sooooooooooo sorry. Please have an admistrator delete my account because of the absence of returns. (Please notice the sarcasm in my apology because of the pettiness of your comment.)

gardener - I didn't grab a schedule of what other shows were going on - I think the ice skating show was open though.

Monday, December 20, 2004 4:53 PM
I think redman was just trying to help dude, lighten up.

I agree with Redman, that your post is hard to read because you have no spacing in it. So (yes I'll ask as politely as possible) can you please fix your post so I, as well as others, can read it easier?


Monday, December 20, 2004 9:12 PM
I know this might sound stupid, but why not just type it in on the little "Your Reply:" box in the first place?
Monday, December 20, 2004 9:38 PM
Yeah, that's what I always do?

Maybe they type it for another website though, like a blog of some sort, or maybe to save it. I plan on typing my reports in my blog from now on, but I plan on typing it in the reply box first, then copy and pasting it to word, then saving it.

I know that sounded totally pointless, but oh well.

Monday, December 20, 2004 11:09 PM
If there is a lesson to be learned its this: after you post, check to see how it looks. Edit if needed. That's what I always do ;)

And thanks for the trip report!!


Monday, December 20, 2004 11:17 PM
Wow, what a reaction. I read the original trip report with no problem, and I'm usually bothered by things like overly long paragraphs. I can't believe how blunt people can be when they can hide behind anonymity. What ever happened to having a little kindness and showing an awareness of when something negative doesn't really need to be said at all.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:11 AM
Well the other lesson to be learned is to not assume the tone of the person posting. When I read something that sounds demeaning I try to look at the post in a different light before reacting. And conversely, if I type something I'm worried can be interpreted as mean spirited I always make sure to include a smiley ;)

Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:14 AM
I don't hide behind anonymity! Sadly, I act this way in public! ;)
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 1:04 AM

dannerman said:
I know this might sound stupid, but why not just type it in on the little "Your Reply:" box in the first place?

Well, I don't simply because the text in the little box keeps going right no matter how much I type, which makes the post a little tough to read.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 1:52 AM
Fair enough. I was just curious.

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