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Old 10-22-2012, 06:36 PM   #421
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Just 'cause I'm too lazy to go surfing around the Uni threads, any word on opening dates yet? We'll be back in USF/IOA in March for a day or two - would be nice to have a new attraction to try! Of course I may have to do Chinese Fireball this time as I've already been on the Hungarian Horntail with DS. That is one INTENSE coaster, and will take a while to recover from.
Really? You think so? I don't know, I'm just not a real fan of ANY coasters in Florida, I guess, I still like wooden ones best, and I'l take the Raptor , Millenium Force, Magnum and Dragster, all at Cedar point, over Kraaken, Dragon Challenge, Hulk, Montu, Kumba , any of the steel ones in florida. To me, BTMR is still the most fun coaster there. But you need to get to Cedar Point to try "Intense". The Milenium Force is 310 feet High, and the Dragster is 430 feet high, and those are NOT typos.

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That's good, funny how much more work it takes for these things than you think, eh?
And you have TWO of you doing it!




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This was something I wasn't looking forward to. Especially since I'm the one driving.

You know, I have never rented a car in my life, and we were just talking that if we fly out there to Dland, what about Uni? Well, the way my eyes are now, I dun't want to have to drive there, so not sure how we are going to work this part of the Cali trip out.

Rise & Shine. It's Universal Time.

Rise and Shine, time to break Mike's Spine!






I didn't know we had clothes just for Universal on Monday's. I guess for our Orlando trip, I'll have to re-arrange our schedule so we can make sure to go to Universal on Monday over there. I would hate for these clothes to go to waste since I can't wear them on any other day of the week.

Yeah, and I was going to ask if you were also wearing your September underwear like you were supposed to .

Don't tell Nebo that. He's already disappointed in us.

That's ok, you can get alcohol there.
But you need the locker to keep the Vikes in, I understand.
But, um, I don't remember what that 4 digit code was that you use for the locker, so just to be safe when we are there on our next trip meeting up, you probably ought to tell me in case you forget, or something comes up.
You know, Like giving your next door neighbor your house key.




I wonder how that happened? I could've sworn we began at the resort, onto Orangewood, Harbor, Katella and then I-5. I told you to get some more coffee for the road. Or was I-5 when the coffee kicked in and now you were fully awake? Or were you jealous hearing the other woman talk to me?

"In 100 feet, turn right onto Harbor Blvd?"

We tried that one time, that's all, just once. And Mr. Garmin almost found himself defenestrated by Smidgy, and it wasn't a woman voice, but "Jack", when he went against the outlined, time proven Smidgy way one too many times.
And who wants to take on "defenestrate?"
Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen her so angry, and at a disembodied voice! Yes, we alomst missed our exit, but still....
and my laughing didn 't help.



Trusty?! She almost got tossed out the window remember.

Oh, shoot, I didn't see this part. You beat me to it.



By this I think she means there are no construction workers to be seen anywhere. The whole time we were stuck in traffic, through the construction zone, I don't think we saw anyone working. Must be the economy. No money to finish the road.

I don't understand; you really expected to see workers in a construction zone?
This is how CHIPS keeps the death road talley down, by staging fake construction zones and lowering speed limits. You'd have a better chance of seeing Erick Estrada than a real worker.



If I would've tried to look at these places, I might have landed up in someone's rear bumper. Or they would've landed up in mine. I've still yet to see that Hollywood sign.

Don't you hate that; there's finally something worth looking at and you can't take your eyes off the bumper in front of you.


Actually I paid for VIP parking prior to going. I just needed to show the parking attendant that I have access to the special entrance. It's Hollywood. I want to act like a star for at least a day.

Really? That was VIP? So where is the regular parking, Alcatraz?

Well ok, so we didn't get to use the special access road, but at least we got pretty close parking.

It's not the parking but the walking part I worry about.

It was just so funny, because it was just so random. I even had to ask her, "Who dies?" She said "Him, King Kong." That's when she went on to tell us she had never seen King Kong. Poor D'Sis. She's never going to live it down.

Wait, You're saying King Kong dies in the movie? Well thank you very much, I've never seen it!
Next you're going to tell me that the boat sinks in Titanic!


Nebo & Smidgy, you know what would be really funny? If you mention it at random when we meet up. She'll be with us.

Consider it done.




Park doesn't officially open until 10. When we got to the end of the red carpet, we could see them letting people in. I guess since we paid for VIP parking, we would get the VIP treatment and get to be let in early. WOW, we really must be stars? Or not. They're letting everyone in early.

Oh the young and naive.

Before this, I thought I would see how much it would be to upgrade our tickets to the front of the line pass. When I inquired about it, it was something like $75 a person. No thanks we'll pass on the pass.

Gulp. I just swallowed my keyboard.

Like DL, we've each been here to Universal. Again, it's been a long LONG time since either one of us has been here. When we started comparing notes, some how I missed this on my trip. Only thing I can think of was when it said, Studio Tour, I thought it was something additional you had to pay for. So I bypassed it. By the time I found out that you didn't, it was already shutting down for the day. So if we see nothing else, this is something I definitely had to see today.

They do'nt have this in Orlando. Is this something that's really special?

Also, since they were letting people into the park early, this was the only attraction open at the time. Better for us. It was already starting to get hot.

Yeah, ten really seems to me to be a late opening time. I mean C'mon! That would mean, hmm, that the park does not open until 1 in the afternoon, Florida Universal time.
No, I don't know, don't ask.



Better than being in the middle if the row.

Agreed there.

Oh man. It was just getting good. I want to know what happens next.

Don't you hate that? Never catch me stopping at a point leaving people hanging in a report.
And no, let's NOT count how many dangling participles were left in that sentance, hey, you think that's easy to do?



Good start to our Universal day honey.
No, Heather that was a terrific chapter, really. I really enjoyed your writing style in it too, nice subtle sense of humor moments that work without hitting you over the head. great job!
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Lady H, loved your update, especially the traffic descriptions, LOL. We never made it to Universal when we went to CA, but we went for our sons AF promotion, so we only had one day and spent that at DL. Maybe some other year.
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Great update! Funny about Jeff Dunham. DH would agree. He's from SoCal and says he would never move back there because of the traffic. Too bad I want to retire in San Diego some day. We've still got a few years to argue it out.
My nephew used to be a narrator on the studio tour about 7 or 8 years ago. That's the last time we were there. Now I'm waiting until they build Harry Potter land, or whatever they're going to call it.
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Well you knew ahead of time we were going to have to. Did I not go over the spreadsheet with you?
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This was something I wasn't looking forward to. Especially since I'm the one driving.
I'm willing to drive. In the morning I'm fine, it's the evening after a long day at the parks, and after a few drinks that I tend to get sleepy.



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I didn't know we had clothes just for Universal on Monday's. I guess for our Orlando trip, I'll have to re-arrange our schedule so we can make sure to go to Universal on Monday over there. I would hate for these clothes to go to waste since I can't wear them on any other day of the week.
This trip we did, because Universal was on Monday. We had Disney Tuesday, and SeaWorld Wednesday clothes too. When we go to Orlando i'm sure there will be another spreadsheet with the days of the week and what clothes will be worn per park.



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Don't tell Nebo that. He's already disappointed in us.
At the rate I'm going, I could very well be disappointing everyone on this TR, so I'll take my chances.


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Would've been more like a luke warm one from the car. I don't know how we would've gotten them past the guards. Of course, there's a solution to that problem, drink them while they're still cold.



Given we are no where close to the resort, we're going prepared.
I don't even remember being frisked at this park. Do you? And as for the luke warm beer from the car, been there, done that, and recently too.



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A majority of the day? Did you have plans to go somewhere else? Then again, to be there all day, we would've had to been there since midnight. We were there before it opened until the time it closed and then some. So I guess technically, we were there a majority of the day.
So like I said...The majority of the day!



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I wonder how that happened? I could've sworn we began at the resort, onto Orangewood, Harbor, Katella and then I-5. I told you to get some more coffee for the road. Or was I-5 when the coffee kicked in and now you were fully awake? Or were you jealous hearing the other woman talk to me?

"In 100 feet, turn right onto Harbor Blvd?"
It wasn't so much having another woman talk to you, but the way she did it. Her sultry voice luring you to each direction she ordered you to go. Gets you all hyped up and then leaves the minute you get there. I've heard she's a player and will talk the same way to any man that can turn her on.



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Trusty?! She almost got tossed out the window remember.
Sorry...I thought she was coming on to you. I'll leave her alone next time.


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By this I think she means there are no construction workers to be seen anywhere. The whole time we were stuck in traffic, through the construction zone, I don't think we saw anyone working. Must be the economy. No money to finish the road.
Yes, by that I meant no workers or any work being done. And of course Mrs. GPS lady couldn't even tell us that there was construction. She had to lure us right into that trap. We gave her a piece of our mind on the last day though.



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If I would've tried to look at these places, I might have landed up in someone's rear bumper. Or they would've landed up in mine. I've still yet to see that Hollywood sign.
Sorry honey! I promise to do better next time!

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Lady H, did you know we even passed Dodger's Stadium? At least according to Google Maps.
Nope. Totally missed it. And of course that would have been the one thing I would have taken a picture of if i would have seen it.



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Actually I paid for VIP parking prior to going. I just needed to show the parking attendant that I have access to the special entrance. It's Hollywood. I want to act like a star for at least a day.
That's right, I forgot we had paid for parking in advance. And we are stars, what are you saying? At least I pretend to be one every time i sing in the shower.



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Nebo & Smidgy, you know what would be really funny? If you mention it at random when we meet up. She'll be with us.
Oh, she would kill us! But that would be sooooooo funny!


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After stopping for a hat. Some how I always forget to bring a hat.
Personally I think they are conveniently forgotten..."Oh shoot. I forgot a hat. And my poor head will get all sunburned if i don't get another one to add to my collection!!!"



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Like DL, we've each been here to Universal. Again, it's been a long LONG time since either one of us has been here. When we started comparing notes, some how I missed this on my trip. Only thing I can think of was when it said, Studio Tour, I thought it was something additional you had to pay for. So I bypassed it. By the time I found out that you didn't, it was already shutting down for the day. So if we see nothing else, this is something I definitely had to see today.
I think I talked about this tour non stop while we were planning this trip. It was one of the main things i remembered from when i went back in the day and I was destined to go back again. i would have rode only that ride all day and been very content.


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Are you sure it was 2? For some reason I want to say there were 4. Ah yes. Looking back at the pics, I can tell it was 4.
I stand corrected, I think your right. I couldn't remember off hand how many cars there were and I couldn't find the picture to prove myself right or wrong.



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Oh man. It was just getting good. I want to know what happens next.
Well, we went on rides, we got some beer, we ate, we went back home.



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Good start to our Universal day honey.
Thanks honey! Let's see how well I can do the rest. I'm working on it...
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Well, we went on rides, we got some beer, we ate, we went back home.
Hey! I figured you did those things.
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You know, I have never rented a car in my life, and we were just talking that if we fly out there to Dland, what about Uni? Well, the way my eyes are now, I dun't want to have to drive there, so not sure how we are going to work this part of the Cali trip out.
The problem with rental cars is the hold they put on your CC. Usually we can find a pretty decent deal for a car, especially for the amount of time we will be going. But when you pay $150 - $200 for the week or so, and then they hold another $200 until they get the car back, just to make sure you have the money in your account, drives me bonkers. I could very well be using that hold money for food or booze.


T-Man said if you give him some dates, he would be happy to be your chauffer .

ďIím a good driver.Ē Said in his best Rain man voice.

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Yeah, and I was going to ask if you were also wearing your September underwear like you were supposed to .
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That's ok, you can get alcohol there.
But you need the locker to keep the Vikes in, I understand.
But, um, I don't remember what that 4 digit code was that you use for the locker, so just to be safe when we are there on our next trip meeting up, you probably ought to tell me in case you forget, or something comes up.
You know, Like giving your next door neighbor your house key.
Sure you got it. I forget so easily and Iíd hate to forget and have no one around who remembers.....

Um....Who are you?




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We tried that one time, that's all, just once. And Mr. Garmin almost found himself defenestrated by Smidgy, and it wasn't a woman voice, but "Jack", when he went against the outlined, time proven Smidgy way one too many times.
And who wants to take on "defenestrate?"
Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen her so angry, and at a disembodied voice! Yes, we alomst missed our exit, but still....
and my laughing didn 't help.
Oh, shoot, I didn't see this part. You beat me to it.
T-Man tends to program the gps with the address, and then proceed to study the map for a different course. Instead of just listening to the gps lady, like I would, he hears where she wants him to go, and then checks the map to make sure. I think he has trust issues with her.

And yes, I had to look up the word defenestrate...

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I don't understand; you really expected to see workers in a construction zone?
This is how CHIPS keeps the death road talley down, by staging fake construction zones and lowering speed limits. You'd have a better chance of seeing Erick Estrada than a real worker.
I know. It was silly of me to think that in a construction zone, there would be actual construction. I see it here at home all the time, lanes blocked off, detours, and yet nothing happening, so I donít know why I was surprised this time around.




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Don't you hate that; there's finally something worth looking at and you can't take your eyes off the bumper in front of you.
And I didnít help matters, by ooohing and ahhhing the whole time.



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It's not the parking but the walking part I worry about.
To be honest, the walking wasnít bad. Most of the way was just floating on an escalator, and the actual walk from the top of the parking garage to the park entrance wasnít far at all.



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Wait, You're saying King Kong dies in the movie? Well thank you very much, I've never seen it!
Next you're going to tell me that the boat sinks in Titanic!
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Nebo & Smidgy, you know what would be really funny? If you mention it at random when we meet up. She'll be with us.

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Consider it done.
Oh...She will kill us...But what a way to go...That will be absolutely hilarious! Please warn me, My luck, I will end up taking a drink just as you do it and will have it come out of my nose...Wouldnít that be a story for the TR!



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Gulp. I just swallowed my keyboard.
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They do'nt have this in Orlando. Is this something that's really special?
If your into the backlot stuff it is. I love all the behind the scenes stuff. Youíll see it in my upcoming chapter, but I recommend it to anyone who goes. Itís just awesome to see where some TV shows or movies have been filmed.



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Yeah, ten really seems to me to be a late opening time. I mean C'mon! That would mean, hmm, that the park does not open until 1 in the afternoon, Florida Universal time.
No, I don't know, don't ask.
This is me, not asking.




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Don't you hate that? Never catch me stopping at a point leaving people hanging in a report.
And no, let's NOT count how many dangling participles were left in that sentance, hey, you think that's easy to do?
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No, Heather that was a terrific chapter, really. I really enjoyed your writing style in it too, nice subtle sense of humor moments that work without hitting you over the head. great job!
Awww. What a compliment. Iím speechless...Thank you.
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Lady H, loved your update, especially the traffic descriptions, LOL. We never made it to Universal when we went to CA, but we went for our sons AF promotion, so we only had one day and spent that at DL. Maybe some other year.
Thanks! I tried to make my descriptions clear enough for our readers to see it too. As for Uni, I highly recommend it. We tend to go because of the rides. T-Man is a thrill ride seeker and some of the Disney rides just aren't exhilarating enough for him.

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Great update! Funny about Jeff Dunham. DH would agree. He's from SoCal and says he would never move back there because of the traffic. Too bad I want to retire in San Diego some day. We've still got a few years to argue it out.
My nephew used to be a narrator on the studio tour about 7 or 8 years ago. That's the last time we were there. Now I'm waiting until they build Harry Potter land, or whatever they're going to call it.
T-Man and I are big Jeff Dunham fans, we've seen him at least twice live, and we couldn't stop laughing.

I'm from NM, I mean, we have traffic issues. I-25 and I-40 can be crazy during rush hour traffic, but Cali is just nuts!

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Just 'cause I'm too lazy to go surfing around the Uni threads, any word on opening dates yet? We'll be back in USF/IOA in March for a day or two - would be nice to have a new attraction to try! Of course I may have to do Chinese Fireball this time as I've already been on the Hungarian Horntail with DS. That is one INTENSE coaster, and will take a while to recover from.
Really? You think so? I don't know, I'm just not a real fan of ANY coasters in Florida, I guess, I still like wooden ones best, and I'l take the Raptor , Millenium Force, Magnum and Dragster, all at Cedar point, over Kraaken, Dragon Challenge, Hulk, Montu, Kumba , any of the steel ones in florida. To me, BTMR is still the most fun coaster there. But you need to get to Cedar Point to try "Intense". The Milenium Force is 310 feet High, and the Dragster is 430 feet high, and those are NOT typos.
Sounds pretty tall, what's that in kilometers?

Well now coaster comparo's could make for a very long thread - I just try to ride them all; and I pretty much love them all. I still have very fond memories of riding the Beast at Kings Island in 79 or 80; my last big wooden coaster - not so fond of the 2 hour wait to get on it tho.

Dragon Challenge isn't very high at all, but altitude doesn't bother me much. It is the severity and frequency of attitude changes (rolls, loops, curves) that gets to me. About half-way through DC, I thought to myself (for my first time EVER on a coaster!), "I could lose my cookies" immediately followed by the thought "but the g-forces won't let anything come up" I really did need a couple of hours of lesser rides before I faced Rip-Ride-Rocket later that afternoon.
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It wasn't so much having another woman talk to you, but the way she did it. Her sultry voice luring you to each direction she ordered you to go. Gets you all hyped up and then leaves the minute you get there. I've heard she's a player and will talk the same way to any man that can turn her on.

I like to change the voices on mine, that way I can have a whole harem of these ladies. Something about the Australian accent that I really like, especially when she calls a ramp a "slip" road.

And of course Mrs. GPS lady couldn't even tell us that there was construction. She had to lure us right into that trap. We gave her a piece of our mind on the last day though.
What you need to do is upgrade to a higher end model with traffic reporting. We just traded up our "Bossy" for a new smarter "Bossy II" (or is that "Bossier"?) Now she lures me past the point of no return on the slip road, only to announce "traffic ahead!"

Stop right there! I gotta know right now...
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Sounds pretty tall, what's that in kilometers?

Well now coaster comparo's could make for a very long thread - I just try to ride them all; and I pretty much love them all. I still have very fond memories of riding the Beast at Kings Island in 79 or 80; my last big wooden coaster - not so fond of the 2 hour wait to get on it tho.

Dragon Challenge isn't very high at all, but altitude doesn't bother me much. It is the severity and frequency of attitude changes (rolls, loops, curves) that gets to me. About half-way through DC, I thought to myself (for my first time EVER on a coaster!), "I could lose my cookies" immediately followed by the thought "but the g-forces won't let anything come up" I really did need a couple of hours of lesser rides before I faced Rip-Ride-Rocket later that afternoon.
Dragster is actually 420 feet high which translate to 130m.

We didn't get to do RRR on our last trip. They had closed it down to replace the cars. Hoping to ride it this next trip.

I love Dragon Challenge but really love Hulk. I used to be able to ride them back to back to back to back. Now I can only do back to back before I can do them again. It's the pits getting old.

Another coaster I love is Manta over at Sea World. Going backwards on your back is something that will make you a little queasy.
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Sounds pretty tall, what's that in kilometers?

Well now coaster comparo's could make for a very long thread - I just try to ride them all; and I pretty much love them all. I still have very fond memories of riding the Beast at Kings Island in 79 or 80; my last big wooden coaster - not so fond of the 2 hour wait to get on it tho.

Dragon Challenge isn't very high at all, but altitude doesn't bother me much. It is the severity and frequency of attitude changes (rolls, loops, curves) that gets to me. About half-way through DC, I thought to myself (for my first time EVER on a coaster!), "I could lose my cookies" immediately followed by the thought "but the g-forces won't let anything come up" I really did need a couple of hours of lesser rides before I faced Rip-Ride-Rocket later that afternoon.
Haven't tried Rip Rocket yet, going to next month. Any good?
And the Beast is still my favorite. Only tried it once in '92, but it blew me away. I alsot like The Mean Streak at Cedar Point too.


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Dragster is actually 420 feet high which translate to 130m.

Not 430? Well forget it then, why bother?

We didn't get to do RRR on our last trip. They had closed it down to replace the cars. Hoping to ride it this next trip.

I love Dragon Challenge but really love Hulk. I used to be able to ride them back to back to back to back. Now I can only do back to back before I can do them again. It's the pits getting old.

Another coaster I love is Manta over at Sea World. Going backwards on your back is something that will make you a little queasy.
Heard good things about Manta, but havent been over to Sea Woild since '06.

Maybe at Animal Kingdom we cad ride EE together, Smidgy doesn't do that one.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:30 PM   #432
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Heard good things about Manta, but havent been over to Sea Woild since '06.

I love Manta. My favorite coaster at Orlando between Disney, US/IoA and Sea World. It may not have the speed of Hulk or RnRC, but the ride is smooth. And the way you actually ride Manta is what makes it a little better.

Maybe at Animal Kingdom we cad ride EE together, Smidgy doesn't do that one.
I'll ride EE with you. We would probably have to meet up before 4 if we're going to ride it. Or grab some FP's.

Lady H is almost like Smidgy. She'll ride it once and then be done with it. Although lately she has gotten a little braver on some roller coasters and will ride more than once.
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Haven't tried Rip Rocket yet, going to next month. Any good?


Heard good things about Manta, but havent been over to Sea Woild since '06.

Maybe at Animal Kingdom we cad ride EE together, Smidgy doesn't do that one.
Well if RRR's open, that's good! I had heard a rumour that it was closing permanently because the continuous loading wasn't continuous - which is true, and it never lived up to its billing. It is a pretty good coaster; but not great - the first 2 minutes are the best. The lift is incredible as you go straight up (vertical), very slowly. You really need to listen when they say you MUST stow all your gear in a locker. I had zip pockets, and was still convinced my cell phone was going to slip out. Heck, I was pretty convinced that I was going to slip out too!

The first loop is really cool because it flips you to the top of the track just as you near the top, you are never really upside down, but it is a fun sensation as the g's swap from neg to pos to neg to pos, along with the centripetal forces of the big loop and the barrel roll. It's a bit of a rush blasting through the wall and out over the main walkway too. The one downside of the ride is that there are approx. six interlock zones; they slow you down too often to wait for the previous train to clear. The first two zones are good, but it gets slow and boring after that. Hopefully THAT is what they have been tinkering with during the shutdown.

In all our trips to Orlando, we haven't hit Seaworld yet either. I've seen the Youtube POV clips of Manta, and it looks pretty cool. When we bore of Disney and Uni (yeah, right!) maybe we'll try it. Got to fit in a trip to Busch one of these years too. We visit family near Tampa already most trips.

Wish I could be there to ride EE with you guys too! That probably won't ever happen 'cause we only go on March break. Maybe when I retire in another 30 years...
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Well if RRR's open, that's good! I had heard a rumour that it was closing permanently because the continuous loading wasn't continuous - which is true, and it never lived up to its billing. It is a pretty good coaster; but not great - the first 2 minutes are the best. The lift is incredible as you go straight up (vertical), very slowly. You really need to listen when they say you MUST stow all your gear in a locker. I had zip pockets, and was still convinced my cell phone was going to slip out. Heck, I was pretty convinced that I was going to slip out too!

The first loop is really cool because it flips you to the top of the track just as you near the top, you are never really upside down, but it is a fun sensation as the g's swap from neg to pos to neg to pos, along with the centripetal forces of the big loop and the barrel roll. It's a bit of a rush blasting through the wall and out over the main walkway too. The one downside of the ride is that there are approx. six interlock zones; they slow you down too often to wait for the previous train to clear. The first two zones are good, but it gets slow and boring after that. Hopefully THAT is what they have been tinkering with during the shutdown.

In all our trips to Orlando, we haven't hit Seaworld yet either. I've seen the Youtube POV clips of Manta, and it looks pretty cool. When we bore of Disney and Uni (yeah, right!) maybe we'll try it. Got to fit in a trip to Busch one of these years too. We visit family near Tampa already most trips.

Wish I could be there to ride EE with you guys too! That probably won't ever happen 'cause we only go on March break. Maybe when I retire in another 30 years...
The last time we were in WDW, RRR was closed for refurb, and it had just opened. So who knows what will happen with that ride. I'm interested to see if they will close it permenently after all the time and money that has gone into getting it in the first place.

Of course either way I wouldn't be too heart broken. As T-Man has said, I've been getting better when it comes to coasters and have even gotten on a few more than once recently, but that one scares the bejeezus out of me.

Mike will be thrilled that he has someone to go on EE with him. I tend to sit next to him and scream the entire way so it would be nice to have someone less vocal. Just a warning though, he does laugh, often.

As for SeaWorld, if you get the chance, and you like coasters, then definitely do it. Mike rates Manta in his top 5. And from personal experience, it's pretty intense. His coaster buddy (his sister) is usually pretty good with all coasters and is trying to do Hulk 15 times in one day, and can probably accomplish it if given the chance, yet Manta did her in. It was good to finally see her with the green face for once.

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The last time we were in WDW, RRR was closed for refurb, and it had just opened. So who knows what will happen with that ride. I'm interested to see if they will close it permenently after all the time and money that has gone into getting it in the first place.

From what I'm hearing, yes, the ride is not a hit. It has long lines but only because of loading and shut down problems. Lately, too many new coasters are One Trick Pony types that just don't work. Our local Great America, Six Flags park has replaced more than a few of those "one trick pony ' coasters. Just recently, I think it was,,,, oh crap,,uh,, either Deja Vu, or Terminal Velocity that they got rid of after only a couple of years on the job. Then there was the kind of bobsled coaster, Rolling Thunder they demolished after too many injuries,,,yeah,, lots of them,, They had a very early Looping coaster,, that was just that,, one HUGE gigantic LOOP,, called the Tidal Wave,,,, all gone.
I only wish you younger folks could have experienced some of the old wooden coasters of the Bronze Age.
The Bobs at Riverview in Chicago, the Cyclone of Coney Island,,, you really, really, had to pay attention on those rides.

if not, you very well could die.

The urban legend of the guy on the Bobs waving to his wife at the top of the first lift, and then falling out and getting sliced into thirds when he landed on a lower track and the train ran over him there is NOT an urban legend.
The ironic part was, when he stood up to wave to his wife,,, and yes,,, you really could do that back then, no shoulder harnesses, just a movable lap bar,,, he stood up to wave, and got knocked out of the car by the sign going over the track at the top, the sign that said to stay in your seat at all times!

But that ride was probably only about 120 feet high, maybe hit a top speed of 55 mph.
But the turns were so tight, drops so sudden, you got off feeling like ykou just defied death, laughing. The Cyclone at Coney was like that too. No, the word Smooth" was never used as an adjective.

Yeah, the Dragster is a one trick pony too, but the trick is so big you have to try it if your a coaster junkie.

Mike you are right, only 420 feet high, and you do go from 0 to 120 mph in 3.8 seconds. !
I rode it with Jeremy,,, and that little sh,,, he conned me into the FRONT ROW!
Only did it once,,, that was plenty, didn't need to do it again.
And I was only five foot 6 when I got off the ride!http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?...eature=related

Sorry, forgot how to do these things, and I didn't mean to take over your thread, I apologize again.



Of course either way I wouldn't be too heart broken. As T-Man has said, I've been getting better when it comes to coasters and have even gotten on a few more than once recently, but that one scares the bejeezus out of me.

Rip Ride Rocket scares you huh? I've read that folks wish they could do it without having to listen to ANY music.

Mike will be thrilled that he has someone to go on EE with him. I tend to sit next to him and scream the entire way so it would be nice to have someone less vocal. Just a warning though, he does laugh, often.

Ah, hes' a laugher. Yeah, I can picture that from talking that day to him.
I'm usually in prayer on rides I'm concerned about.


As for SeaWorld, if you get the chance, and you like coasters, then definitely do it. Mike rates Manta in his top 5. And from personal experience, it's pretty intense. His coaster buddy (his sister) is usually pretty good with all coasters and is trying to do Hulk 15 times in one day, and can probably accomplish it if given the chance, yet Manta did her in. It was good to finally see her with the green face for once.

I usually only need to do something once per trip, then I fell like I didn't chicken out, and I got my money's worth.
But I can still be terrified, and as I get older, I start to worry more and more about my heart.
I usually make the person they stick me with fill out an EMT aplication if I do the single rider line and end up with someone I don't know. I want to make sure they at least know basic CPR.
Or at least C3PO.


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Yeay,,, Nebo finally shuts up!
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