What started out as a simple review has spanned many photos, activities, & a weeks time. It ended up turning into a fun virtual vacation. Something that was more than just writing down a review about a place. I met some interesting people, had a whole lot of fun, & have made plans to take friends on a “mini vacation” in the future.
Because I have SO MUCH information I have decided to split this review into two parts. Three Disney related areas today. Two on Wednesday. In part two I’ll throw out which was my favorite to visit, where I got all of the neato swag, & thoughts on the whole thing. Break it all down.
With that said I spend a week visiting five different magical parks that involve a Disney theme. Many of which are tied together with posters outside of them suggesting that you check each one out. You would think that you would be all magic kingdom-ed out after one place but each one offers a unique experience. Most of the areas do their absolute best to give you an exact replica of what you might see if you were to actually visit Disney. A realistic experience makes the experience so much more enjoyable.
1. Sarah’s Magic Kingdom (M) – This is a smaller tribute to the wonderful world of Disney but well worth your visit. During my visit I had someone in the room with me watching the computer as I explored. While my favorite area was the Tiki Room (The song has been stuck in my head for DAYS!) they fell in love with the Haunted Mansion.
There are other great activities like a Disney Museum or Tower Of Terror. Miss that old “Mr. Toads Wild Ride”? Then Sarah’s Magic Kingdom gives you the opportunity to virtually revisit a ride from days past. If you check out the music area then you will end up with THIS Song stuck in your head. Not a bad thing. I might have to play this at a DJ-ing event. When visiting be sure to take the time to grab & wear each hud for each different ride as well as the parade & fireworks.
2. Once Upon A Kingdom (G) – Much of the park is currently being remodeled so I do hope that they finish up sometime in the near future. Disappointing but I can understand. Redoing, rebuilding, or new constructions take time. Especially ones that are so in dept as these parks are.
Aside from the frustration of construction I must say that it is a beautiful park. The main street is absolutely beautiful. Cinderella’s Castle is a pleasure to look at. I do recommend, with all of the construction, that you make your way to Liberty Square where you can watch “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln”. When in doubt get your education on.
3. Enchanted Adventures Theme Park (G) – This is the one park that isn’t trying to be an exact replica of Disney. They are also not as large but it feels like it could be if they also finished up various constructions that are going on.
Honestly I don’t have a whole lot I can say about them. The spooky area was nice. The Wonderland ride absolutely rocked. It is disappointing when you go someplace that has so much potential but it kinda goes flat on you. Hopefully, after all of the construction/remodeling going on that this will change in the future.
I did run into a couple who were visiting the park. The guy kept calling me “It” to his date while she said that I was cute. I stopped for a minute to say hi to her. Being my tiny bulldog the guy was in shock that I am a girl. Of course he just kept addressing me as it or to her. Never directly to me. She was nice. This is not the fault of the place I was it. It was just the fault of a dumb guy. The lady rocked. You can come say hi & that I’m cute anytime. Hehe…
This does bring me to a good closing for today. Each park does have park security. Since they are meant to be safe “family friendly” areas it is nice that they have this set up. Then you never need to worry about someone harassing you while you are just trying to have a great time.
Next week we shall review our last two Disney themed Second Life areas, discuss role-playing policies for all of them, pick our favorite, & tell a few stories.
*The parks are not doing this for profit nor are they affiliated in any way with Disney. Most of the parks do have signs up stating this. The money that is donated goes to paying for the land. I do suggest giving each of them a few L$ when you visit so they can keep running.*
“Certainly, the terror of a deserted house swells in geometrical rather than arithmetical progression as houses multiply to form a city of stark desolation.” – H.P. Lovecraft
Innsmouth (M) comes with a long three notecard description of the backstory of the city. If you have the time & patience to read a three notecard story then please do so. I, on the other hand, am the type of person who is very…oh look. There’s the theater! Neato!
You get the picture.
The basics are simple. It’s a dark New England 1930s coastal town that has been inspired by Lovecraft.
I got that off of the land description. Take that looking through…Oh look! A bar!
In all seriousness Innsmouth is based upon the Lovecraft book “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. I actually happen to be reading the book right now so it was a pleasure to walk the city in all of it’s lonely, abandoned gloom. It’s an absolutely perfect tribute to a wonderful novel. This place is scary. It’s abandoned. It’s evil-looking. The windlight settings they have going on freak you out a bit.
There is no roleplaying set in this sim but you are able to do so with your friends if you would like. Just remember that not everyone is there to roleplay. Some are just there to explore. Please be respectful of others while visiting.
I highly recommend checking out this wonderful sim as well as reading the book by Lovecraft. Both are worth your time. I didn’t take pictures of some of the big highlights of Innsmouth because I wanted to leave it up to you to find them. Just check doors & various areas because you never know what you might run into.
P.S. Before I go I couldn’t help but take a great horror picture to go along with the place. If you’re looking for a spooktastic area to take pictures then you couldn’t ask for a better one.
When I say “Bunny Hill Of DOOM” I keep picturing a typical bunny hill only it just makes you ski past trees on fire while someone laughs all evil like.
Bunny Hill Of DOOM sounds awesome!
Winter is almost upon us in the real world, The same goes for Second Life. Snow is starting to fall. Festive holiday lights are being put up. With this it’s time to grab a virtually steamy cup of hot chocolate & check out some places to do a bit of winter skiing. Here are just a few of the many skiing places you can find around the grid.
When I rezzed in the first thing that I noticed was this wonderful sign the owners had put up. It says that everyone should be free to be unique. Everyone is welcome no matter what your skin or fur color is. This is a WONDERFUL thing to see because it is a problem on our fair grid. Kudos to your sign & positive message!
There is a LOT of various things to do at the ol’ Skate & Date. Roller skating, snowmobiling, & ice skating are just some of the options you have on your visit. Since we are here for the skiing I have to say that the hill is a nice skiing hill. Nothing too fancy with a small ski lift to take you back up the mountain. (or a teleport if you don’t feel like taking the ride). You can either just go straight down or take the slalom to test your skills. I came in 2nd place out of those that had tried it.
If you don’t have skates or skis they do provide some there (both free & nicer paid versions). It is worth a visit if you’re just looking for a place that isn’t very fancy & offers a few activities. It’s also good for an actual “skate & date” if you have someone in mind & a need for a place to go.
2. AW Christmas (M)
If you are in the mood for a simple, old-fashioned Christmas then I highly recommend checking out AW Christmas. This was a pleasant surprise type of visit. No shopping. No decorations that felt they should have been left in 2007. It’s a very well put together construction that is simple yet a treat to explore.
When you first teleport in you find yourself on some sort of old Victorian street at Christmastime. Carolers are singing. Decorations are being put up. Non threatening hobos warm themselves in an alley by a barrel fire. (nice touch). It feels like you’ve walked into a Christmas card.
Things are pretty spread out so it will take some time for you to go off of the street & find a few things to look at & do on your visit. Like ice skating or skiing. I did, however, wander around for a bit & found a ski lodge which I have conveniently grabbed a SLurl for. The skiing is very simple with a nice large hill to go down as well as a ski lift to take you back up to the top. Since there is a lot of space between some things it is fun to take your skis off the mountain & do a bit of cross-country. Lacking ski equipment? Not a problem as you can find a free pair at the top of the ski lift.
3. Alpine Byway Route 1 (G)
You can’t exactly go wrong with an EXTREMELY large area that involves multiple sims when it comes to looking for a place to ski. All Linden owned there is Alpine Byway Route 1 & there is also an Alpine Byway Route 2. Today I’m just talking about Route 1.
Today we are starting out at the Voss Lakeside Rez Zone. The ski lift next to this rez zone decided that it didn’t want to work at all for me. (Might have been just me or maybe it was having a bad lift day…or something.) Because of this I ended up skiing over the frozen lake, past Chalet Linden to a different ski lift. This ski lift worked perfectly for me.
As I reached the top of the mountain you’ll notice that there are so many different ways you can get back down this mountain. I could ski, sled, or even tube it if I felt like it. All of which are completely free options.
Now this is where the story goes a little weird my friends. Winterfest 2008 just happened to occur at the Alpine Byway. I know this because I went in 2008. I also know this because there are signs EVERYWHERE telling me that Winterfest 2008 is here. There was even a sign at the top of the mountain that talked to me & told me to check out the guide on the fest. (No…the page just takes you to the destination guide of what’s hot now.) This is not a complaint or a bitch. It’s just…I don’t know…weird. You would have thought someone would have taken the time, after all of these years, to take down the signs telling me about a festival that happened in 2008.
Despite that bit of strange time warp action it’s still worth skiing around the Alpine Byway Route 1. The whole time I was there no one showed up anywhere so it’s not very crowded. The mountains are huge & the paths are long. Falling off a cliff is a possibility & who doesn’t love a bit of prim danger.
Coming up at the end of the week we’re going to discuss how Winterfest is here & how Wootmas is around the corner with a great review about everything from Mt. Waffle To Winter Sports.
Happy Virtual Skiing Everyone!
Happy Friday Everyone!
Yes…it’s finally Friday so it’s time to grab a drink, sit down, & figure out what the hell you are going to do with your virtual weekend. I’ve highlighted a few special events & places to check out if you’re at a loss for activities.
“ Día de los Muertos” is spanish for “Day Of The Dead. If you don’t know what the Day Of The Dead is all about then I suggest you check it out HERE.
The fest ends on Nov. 4th so check it out before it’s too late!
2. Carneval (M)
MadPea games have done it again with a wickedly horrible evil carnival that opened on Halloween. Even though the holiday is past us I recommend that you check this out. It’s freakishly fun with a great feeling of impending DOOM on top. Just don’t forget to grab a hud when you teleport in.
With the same element that all MadPea games has there are things to be figured out if you want to make it out of this nightmare carnival alive. It’s not for those that only have a few moments to spend. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time & take a friend. You never know when you might need a vict…a friend.
An entire world where everything is black & white. Look through drawn houses as you watch stick people dance in the black rain. Sit by the drawn pond & watch the sketched waves.
This place is, flat-out, amazing. It’s like stepping into a pencil drawing & walking through the scene. Only thing I can say about this place is “GO!”.
4. Forest Of D’Avaria (M)
I really enjoy areas of Second Life that recreate nature without adding a shopping mall & advertisements to ruin the idea. This forest does not ruin the idea of taking a virtual hike through a forest. It’s perfect for those that are looking for a place to walk around, take a date/friend/buddy/whatever, or to take beautiful photos.
The listing says that you can ride a dragon or horse around the park. I did not see any of these things but I did see a canoe rezzer at the landing point. There is plenty of waterways to traverse so taking a canoe would be a fun adventure. I do insist that you beware of some strange-looking flowers. Trust me because I took a peek at one & it not only tried to eat me it also tried to poison me. FUN!
Whatever you decide to do this weekend have fun, be safe, & enjoy yourself!
For those that are actually DYING to know where I got the stuff I’m wearing today:
Indyra Originals Coquette Noir – Kelsi Pumps: Noir (RC)
Indyra Originals RTW & Mesh: Garbo (RC)
MishMish – Annie Outfit (Sweater & Pants) The sweater has a really awesome deer on it!
If you are looking for a quick place to visit for Halloween related photos then I suggest checking out Carn’evil (M). It’s the home of Catnip & Love Zombie but besides being a shopping area it is a freak carnival full of horrors.
Yes. Yes you could.
I just wanted to point out the ambiance of the area. Taking a hike down a spooky hill to get to a carnival of horrors is a great touch. Yes…you can pick up a Halloween costume while you are there which is a bonus for those of you who have waited the last-minute to pick a virtual one up. Besides that you can always take the time to check out the carnival decor itself.
In the description it says “Role play encouraged, no rules just hide the bodies. Management is not responsible for injuries due to ride malfunction or zombie attacks” Love it! I decided to have a little fun with this & get all horror movie. I was bored & thought it would be fun.
I recommend checking out Carn’evil (M) before it disappears.It’s good for those that are slaves to the SL fashion wheel as well as being perfect for those of us who like well put together areas filled with blood.
“Zombie Tipsy” Cerulean
Horor movie picture edited using PicMonkey. The two other photos were just windlight & cropped.
Today I thought I would give you a few quick blips from the Halloween radar. They are all very small places & your visits don’t take very long. Not such a bad thing when you don’t have a lot of time to wander about.
For each one I am going to give you a brief description followed by a positive & negative. Then you can decide if a quick trip is worth your time!
1. Misty Acres (G) - Family Friendly Amusement Park
Positive: It is a very nice family friendly amusement park that goes all out for every holiday that comes along.
Negative: It is really laggy. This could be just me but I always have lag issues because of all of the stuff/scripts/etc. going on.
2. Steelhead Nevermoor Hedge Maze Harvest Festival (M) - Steelhead Nevermoor currently has a hedge maze/festival going on for the season.
Positive: It is a very pretty area of our little virtual world. It feels like it would be a great place to take photos.
Negative: There are anywhere doors throughout the maze that left me feeling all “Meh!” & the place doesn’t feel festive to me.
3. Zombie Nightmare & Halloween Spookfest (M) - Lot’s of spooky items & zombies stuffed into a small slice of Second Life.
Positive: If you want a no themed zombie shoot out with a slice of fog & sound effects then this works for you. It’s a quick shoot stuff & go kinda place.
Negative: Some of the items feel dated.
4. Surreal Fall Festival (G) – Through October 31st.
Positive: There are a lot of carnival rides, Hell Hotel Ride, & a paintball area to check out during your visit.
Negative: Of course there is a LOT of shopping. If you’re not into wandering past tents filled with shopping then you’re out of luck.
I also wanted to share the Halloween costume I am wearing today. Today I am actually dressed as a Halloween Cupcake.
I got the Tiny Cupcake Avatar – Hallowe’een from the SL Marketplace. Not only is it a really cute Halloween costume idea it also makes you look delicious. The entire avatar is only 55L so it’s great if you do a lot of costume changes like I do throughout the season.
“Tipsy The Tasty Cupcake Terror” Cerulean
I want to say that these two virtual Halloween experiences are the most fun I’ve had while searching for scary, haunted areas. I also want to point out that both of them are tiny built BUT absolutely work for any avatar. Both big & small. The tinies know how to make great fun! They are worth your time.
Once again the tinies of the Raglan Shire have outdone themselves with their two latest items for Shocktober. First up we have the Tiny Ride Of Horrors (G) which just opened up this past weekend. I want to go on record by saying that this is, by far, the BEST DAMN Halloween/Horror ride I have found on Second Life this year. Virtual hands down. It’s interactive, extremely creative, very well done, & both big and tiny avatars can ride in the cars with no issue. It is also a great place to take your virtual family since it is a G area & not as flat-out violent as a lot of haunted SL areas.
I’ve gotten kinda tired of the usual “Oh No. It’s Jason killing campers…AGAIN…” feeling while wandering around Second Life. Yes…Freddy was in a zillion movies. He has sharp knife hand finger things. They’ve both fought each other in a movie together. We get it. The Tiny Ride Of Horrors gives you zero on the “OMG…I am so bored!” scale. From evil basement kitties to scary politics they have gone above & beyond in their creativity to bring you a unique experience for everyone.
When you do go & visit The Tiny Ride Of Horrors be sure to have your volume turned up. Be sure to stop & listen to the voice when you first enter the mansion. Follow the directions. It’s a big part of the experience & worth the time.
Today we get not one but two reviews! Woo Hoo!
Next up I want to mention the Tiny Apawcolypse (M). The idea is simple. You get missions, like finding water for the Apawcolypse survivors, & you go out into the zombie infested world to do it. When you return with the items you are rewarded with cool prizes then sent on your way to find something else. It’s Second Life meets Left 4 Dead. You have your gun, your hud, & a LOT of zombies to take out in the process.
There are many zombie killing areas on Second Life. Some with a story & many without. I really enjoy the video game feel of the Tiny Apawcolypse. Having a purpose to run out into the scary world feels so much better than just going out there to “shoot stuff”. Your weapon & hud are completely free so there is no worry of needing something to take down zombies.
I do recommend checking out the Tiny Ride Of Horrors (G) & The Apawcolypse (M) no matter if you are a large or small avatar. I also want to give a big thank you to everyone that worked so hard to put these two places together. You did an excellent job!
After I visited the Scared To Death! Haunted House Ride (M) last week so I could write it was added to the Destination Guide. At first I thought to myself “Crap! I just spent all morning taking pictures & writing so I could review it!”. I came very close to just throwing out the whole review & moving on. Especially when it wasn’t a good review but it wasn’t a “This place majorly sucks” review. I decided “Why should I scrap it?”. So, with that said, you get a review on a place that was added to the destination guide, I didn’t waste an entire morning, & “Saint” Bishop gets to throw his two cents in on the place.
Win for just about everyone!
When you first teleport into the Scared To Death! Haunted House Ride (M) you find yourself standing in a typical haunted Second Life area. Scary noises followed up by scary looking items floating around. The outside of the ride isn’t what everyone comes for. It’s the ride itself.
Was It Actually Any Good?
Well…If you ask me it’s not that bad. It has your typical Freddy & Jason appearances. Your zombies & freaky sounds with a side of some sort of blood & gore.
You get into a pumpkin shaped car & just sit back & let the ride take you through various rooms of horror. I, personally, think the ride gets kinda of boring after a while. It feels so drawn out & long that I, despite the scares, just wanted to get off. An example of feeling that the ride itself was long was the area that was dedicated to the movie “Psycho“. I would like to say that it looked really nice. But I feel there was no need to slowly drive my pumpkin car past every single hotel room. I actually got up in real life & made a drink because I had the time.
This is probably because I went solo. I am assuming that if you take a large group of people with you then it’s much more fun.
Despite the fact that I felt the ride was long & many of the scares have been so overplayed in real life & virtual life there were a few good points that I would like to mention. It was interesting to see a haunted house do a “Blair Witch Project” ride by. They also took the time to add a LOT of scary movies to this ride. And, although EVERYONE likes to use scary clowns in everything now I still liked yelling “Screw you evil clowns!” at my screen.
Bishop did a ride through & didn’t care for the whole thing. His reasoning is that it was long & some “spooky” elements have been so overplayed everywhere that it didn’t feel original. Someone needs to come up with some new material to freak us out.
I will give Scared To Death! Haunted House Ride (M) a “do check out” if you don’t go for a solo ride. I think that having someone to talk to while the ride is going on is it’s saving grace. This is probably the reason why the cars are so large. It’s not a solo spooky visit. Also there are some areas of the ride that are pretty interesting. If you’re not tired of Jason & Freddy yet then by all means do check them out.
“Tipsy-Zilla” Cerulean Capalini
Shocktober is now upon us at the Raglan Shire! Ghosts hungry for waffles, terror filled rides, & spooky things that tiptoe through the night.
As with anything in the shire it doesn’t matter if your small or big. Everyone is always welcome to partake in the festivities. I do want to mention that with the HUGE obsession with the mesh hamsters at the Arcade Gacha event this is the perfect place for you to use them. Gives you not only a reason to wear your hamster but a place where you are totally welcome to wear it. (And have some fun to boot.)
As usual the tinies of the Raglan Shire have outdone themselves again with this years Halloween “Shocktober” celebration. They have everything from the “Tiny Ride Of Horrors” to the “Haunted Carnival“. I am really digging this years haunted house. I’ve been chased by rats, spoken to by ghost clams, & traumatized by spiders. You can’t say it’s a good haunted house unless something traumatized you.
Besides the various areas to visit there will be live music performances, movies, parties, trick or treating, as well as other events happening all month-long. Be sure to check out the events calendar for more information & times.
If you are looking for Halloween freebies, decorations, costumes, & assorted scary things then there is an area in the haunted house for all of your needs. Many of the items are free to low-priced so it won’t break you to pick up a few items. A lot of the items, like the Halloween hats, seem like they would work pretty good for those of you still on the hamster kick. I’ve picked up two different sets that I wanted to share with you.
The first picture is the INGZ Chinese Take Out Costume (149L)
I absolutely love this costume because it comes with the hat, take out box, & noodle that hangs out of your mouth. If you click on the hat it gives you a fortune. Not only do you have a costume that looks awesome it also ends up making you hungry if you stare at it too long. Hopefully no ghouls will try to eat you.
The second picture is that of the ((Hippo)) Candy Corn Costume & Headband (0L).
Nothing says “I really love candy corn! You don’t by any chance want to give me any do ya?” more than wearing this beauty. Once again you do run the risk of someone walking up & trying to nibble on you. Just look at them & say “Don’t eat me even though I am delicious!”.
Both costumes as well as other items can be found in the special set up shopping area.
Remember that avatars big & small are always welcome to anything the Raglan Shire puts on. I highly recommend checking out this years Shocktober because it is really a lot of fun.
*I do recommend trying it out as a tiny so that you can interact with many of the items. Click HERE to find an avatar of your choice to wear. You can get a lot of free gestures & costumes at the shopping area if you just want to use it to explore. Being small is not needed but I always recommend trying it out (or at least wearing that mesh hamster) just to have a bit of shorter of stature fun.*