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Hershey Park
Hershey Park

Hershey Park

My favorite theme park is … "Hershey Park. My whole family is from Pennsylvania so this was our Disney, Cedar Rapids and 6 flags all in one." -- Sam Brown 960 1280

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Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm

My favorite theme park is … "Knott's Berry Farm because it is an older park and fits our interest in old stuff." -- Laurence and Sally Martin, Baggage Battles 960 1280

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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

My favorite theme park is … "the Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World." -- Steve Dishiavi, The Dead Files 960 1280

  

Cedar Point

Cedar Point

My favorite theme park is … "Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, because I worked on the Millennium Force roller coaster for Off Limits in their off-season and I’m dying to ride it now." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Universal Studios

Universal Studios

My favorite theme park is … "Universal Studios in Orland, FL." -- Nick Groff, Ghost Adventures 960 1280

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Coney Island

Coney Island

My favorite theme park is … "Coney Island. It was the original theme park with lots of history." -- Anthony Melchiorri, Hotel Impossible 960 1280

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Lakeside

Lakeside

My favorite theme park is … "Lakeside in CO, it is old, haunted and a LOT of fun! I go at least once per year." -- Amy Allen, The Dead Files 960 1280

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Disney's Epcot

Disney's Epcot

My favorite theme park is … "Disney World and Epcot [theme park] in Florida -- it literally is, as Willy Wonka would say, a world of pure imagination -- where everyone can be a kid, an explorer and adventurer for the day." -- Adam Richman, Best Sandwich in America 960 1280

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Six Flags

Six Flags

My favorite theme park is … "Six Flags in Jackson, NJ [for its] fast steel and wood roller coasters." -- Mark Meyer, Baggage Battles 960 1280

Rene, flickr  

Disney World

Disney World

My favorite theme park is .. "Disney World in Orlando. It's been a top attraction for a reason: just incredible for both young and adult visitors. My favorite attraction is Epcot; I love eating at all the different restaurants." -- Jordan Hembrough 960 1280

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Dollywood

Dollywood

My favorite theme park is .. "Dollywood for the food. You walk around the park and it smells like home. All the food is based on Dolly’s home cooking –- from french fries to turkey legs -– it’s sooo good." -- Bert Kreischer, Trip Flip 960 1280

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Amy Allan
Amy Allan

Amy Allan

A new car. :) My Honda Fit keeps getting run over with us in it, so I think we should get a new/used, larger vehicle. :)
- Amy Allan
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Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

1) Go Pro HD mini cam with monitor
2) Apron from www.emilerwin.com
3) Leather kniferoll wrap for keeping my cooking gear handy on the road
4) New iPad
5) Immersion Circulator
6) Vacuum Seal Machine
7) New iPhone
8) Pair of killer handmade vintage cowboy boots
9) Guitar lessons at the local shop
10) Home Entertainment Tech Guru house call to help us untangle, set up and streamline all our digital media
-Andrew Zimmern
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Andy Gertler and his mom

Andy Gertler and his mom

Andy didn't have a wish list. Looks like he will be spending the holidays with family like his mom. Notice the resemblance? 960 1280

  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

I don’t like to ask for too much at Xmas. I really do stand by the motto, “better to give than receive.” Nonetheless, if the following were under the tree I would not return them.
1) A NEW BIKE! A Linus Roadster please.
2) A NEW CAMERA. Something portable in a pouch on my belt or it’ll never be used enough.
3) PENDLETON BLANKET. I’d like to own the whole National Parks Collection. Alas only have Acadia and it’s covered in cat hair!
4) GO-PRO VIDEO PACKAGE. I use the little cameras all the time on Off Limits and have kinda fallen in love with the image produced.
5) A NEW WOODEN CANOE.
-Don Wildman
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Joe Bechtold and family

Joe Bechtold and family

1) Trek Madone carbon fiber road bike (I wrecked & ruined my 13 year old Trek this year)
2) The ultimate fleece that doesn't cook me when worn inside but keeps the wind out & core warm when things get blustery around here.
3) A better pair of socks, with a bit of wool in them, but thin, warm, wicking...and kind of groovy looking.
4) Nikon D5000 camera
- Joe Bechtold
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Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey

1) Books. Always and forever, digital or physical, I don't care, just gimme books. Books that blow my hair back and sweep me away and change the way I see the world.
2) A new suitcase. My trusty old bag is falling apart. She's logged a lot of miles.
3) A long-seasoned heirloom of a cast-iron skillet. Truly magical cast-iron is a generation in the making--it takes a lot of meals and oil and love.
4) This is a terrible idea, but after playing the guitar with a band in Seattle, I kinda want one. The problem is that I could practice for 70 years and still not be able to play Old McDonald.
-Marcus Sakey
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Steve Di Schiavi at holiday dinner

Steve Di Schiavi at holiday dinner

For my family to be safe & healthy, which is the best gift of all ... I get asked every year what I want for Xmas and it's always the same response, NOTHING ... I get more happiness from the gifts I give my family. -Steve Di Schiavi 960 1280

  

Sue McGrew was a kid with her family

Sue McGrew was a kid with her family

Well, I don't have one. But I am organizing a New Year's party in Portugal with my boyfriend and another European Sand Sculptor, and I have been wishing to do that for months now. - Sue McGrew (girl on the right; with her mom and siblings) 960 1280

  

The Dead Files’ Amy Allan has 3 New Year’s resolutions: to quit smoking, maintain an exercise routine (“that includes weights!” she says) and get her esthetician and yoga teacher licenses. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern doesn’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. “Why wait for Jan. 1 to do something you believe makes the world a better place?” he says. Here's what Andrew’s been focusing on lately: 1.) lose more weight; 2.) exercise more; 3.) spend more time with family; 4.) return phone calls and emails more promptly; 5.) keep focusing on being a better listener.” His advice to others: “Don’t wait to make your list and ‘get into action.’ Being stuck in ‘thinking’ about problems and solutions is no way to live." 960 1280

  

Don Wildman's New Year's goals: Get to know 10 new cheeses. See the aurora borealis. Be a better letter writer (especially to his 86-year-old mom and 4-year-old niece). Take more naps. Read more books. And take fish oil pills. Plus, invest more in world-improving companies and give more generously to life-saving organizations. Oh, and look back on this list in 2013, shake his head, and try again. 960 1280

  

Truck Stop’s Joe Bechtold will take a diving course. Start recording adventures of his "misspent" youth (“before they go missing ‘permanently,'" he says). Practice fly fishing more (“so that I actually start catching trout!”) Drink more big red wines. Drink less cheap beer. Finally organize his office. Read more books (and use his iPhone less). And take his family camping more. 960 1280

  

Hidden City’s Marcus Sakey doesn’t make resolutions. “Pair a hedonistic streak with a stunning lack of willpower, and the result is that self-denial is not my thing,” he says. In lieu of resolutions, here’s what Marcus has planned for the year: Return to Alaska (“I fell in love shooting the Anchorage episode”). Play chess and drink whiskey with his father. Finish a novel. Convert his basement into an office (“complete with fireplace”). Read to his baby daughter, who's set to arrive in February ("I’m picking books already”). 960 1280

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The Dead Files’ Steve Di Schiavi keeps his New Year’s resolution short and sweet: “To be more patient,” he says. 960 1280

  

For Sand Masters’ Sue McGrew: “Live healthier, live better: Eat organic and natural foods. Stay away from over-processed junk food. Stop using chemical sunscreens. Stay away from cheap products imported from China. Drink water out of my personal water bottles. Create less trash, recycle more. Exercise at least every other day.” 960 1280

  

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