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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

Hey guys,
those of you familiar with Disney and theme parks in Orlando can give a hint on this one.
I will be spending a day in Orlando and I want to visit a theme park.
I want to know, from locals, which one is the best? I am grown up, so I am not interested in seeing Mickey or Goofy or Cindirella. I want to experience real roller coasters and extreme rides. Where should I go?
Thank you in advance.
Adam


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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

www.universalorlando.com


User currently offlineBeefstew25 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

Islands of Adventure hands down....Ride Fire, then ride Ice....it is worth it to wait extra to ride in front. Same with the Hulk...and the Spiderman ride made me use the bathroom on myself....

They have some pass system in which you can bypass the lines by issuing you a window of time in which your wait in line is only like 15 minutes for the big rides.



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User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3207 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

purely for rides, yes, go to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. You may also find Epcot quite interesting, with an amazing firworks display!


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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
I am grown up, so I am not interested in seeing Mickey or Goofy

And whats wrong with grown-ups wanting to see Mickey and Goofy???

just kidding... defenitely Islands of Adventure.... more coasters than any of the others...

Have fun



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

Islands of Adventure is the only way to go if you want a real rollercoaster. Too bad you can't make it to ATL with Six Flags.

Quoting Beefstew25 (Reply 2):
They have some pass system in which you can bypass the lines by issuing you a window of time in which your wait in line is only like 15 minutes for the big rides.

I think the only problem with this system is that you can only have so many passes to come back later at a time. IIRC Disney allowed you to have 2 passes in the system at a time. It keeps folks from running to the popular rides and getting passes for all of them and then leisurely wandering around the park only to move to the front of the line.



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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 5):
I think the only problem with this system is that you can only have so many passes to come back later at a time

Actually, I think Universal lets you pay so much and you can get a pass to go in the express lanes all day long, but they only have so many each day. When we went , it was 55.00 for that day per person (not worth it for 4 ppl.)



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

Interesting about pay more to get the express lanes. Works in theory until lots of folks start doing it. Kind of like the premium lines at the airport. On Monday mornings at ATL the regular unwashed masses line usually works out to be shorter since there are so many Medallion folks in ATL.


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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Thanks guys, looks like I am going to Island of Adventures. But I still dont understand the express lane thing. You pay 55 bucks extra to be able to get to the express lane or what?
Thanks again,
Adam



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

It varies based on the date you want to use it. For light days the cost is $15 more on top of the cost of your ticket for one park. On more crowded days (check the dates) it can go upwards of $40 more per ticket.

It appears that you can only go on a ride once using the express pass. Once you have gone through the short line you have to go in the regular line with the unwashed masses if you want to go again.

If you want to get a 1 day/2 park pass the prices for the express pay option go to $25 to $50 based on date.

http://secure.universalstudios.com/w...OMain&SalesCategory=UO1ParkUEPLive



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User currently offlineBasas From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 4):
And whats wrong with grown-ups wanting to see Mickey and Goofy???

just kidding... defenitely Islands of Adventure.... more coasters than any of the others...

Have fun

And since when does 'the most coasters' equal the best park? Personally, I would choose any of the four Disney parks over both Universal parks. And the attendance figures show I'm not alone. Universal had a tough year last year with major attendance losses, while Disney's were up. Island of Adventure didn't even attract 6 million guests, while Magic Kingdom was over 16 million, and Disney's lowest park, Animal Kingdom, was nearly 8.5 million. I would choose Magic Kingdom for one day.

[Edited 2006-05-11 04:40:27]

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

From the thread starter..."I want to experience real roller coasters and extreme rides."

As one who has been to all the parks I personally would rather spend a day at Disney myself but he specifically asks for roller coasters and extreme rides. Unless they have had some massive upgrades in the last year I'm pretty sure that Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad aren't exactly extreme rides. Same goes for any of the stuff at EPCOT which has no rollercoasters.

For what he asks for you have to go to Islands of Adventure. They are the only park in the Orlando area who can provide those two things.



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User currently offlineBasas From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1017 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 11):
As one who has been to all the parks I personally would rather spend a day at Disney myself but he specifically asks for roller coasters and extreme rides. Unless they have had some massive upgrades in the last year I'm pretty sure that Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad aren't exactly extreme rides. Same goes for any of the stuff at EPCOT which has no rollercoasters.

For what he asks for you have to go to Islands of Adventure. They are the only park in the Orlando area who can provide those two things.

Ah, i see. I guess I just saw "what is the best park to spend a day at", and didn't see the part where he specifically requests thrill rides. Islands of Adventure certainly has more thrill rides, but I prefer the more immersive rides at Disney.


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 990 times:

I also would rather spend the day in Disney...


edited because DeltaGator already answered my question

[Edited 2006-05-11 15:39:53]


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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 983 times:

Quoting Basas (Reply 10):
Universal had a tough year last year with major attendance losses, while Disney's were up. Island of Adventure didn't even attract 6 million guests,

One of the problems I find with Universal is they don't offer a value hotel for budgeted oriented families (ie. Pop Century, All-Star resorts at Disney). All 3 hotels at Universal are very expensive. Families on budgets are forced to stay outside the property which sometimes means a rental car or your at the mercy of a hotel shuttle.

Just a thought



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User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 980 times:

Or maybe you should check Bush Gardens in Tampa (about 1 hour west Orlando)


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User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 975 times:

I say skip it and go take a good aerobatic flight out of a local airport..... safer in the long run.....

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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2687 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 947 times:

It's pretty sad when the cost of admission to a theme park is more than the ticket to Orlando.  banghead 

User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Quoting Bohica (Reply 17):
It's pretty sad when the cost of admission to a theme park is more than the ticket to Orlando.

Ain't that the truth!!!!!!
 bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineThereAndBack From Turkey, joined Aug 2005, 699 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 923 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
I will be spending a day in Orlando and I want to visit a theme park.

Islands of Adventure...
but...SeaWorld has one good Rollercoaster Kraken.
Busch Gardens is great too but it's in Tampa.


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2732 posts, RR: 41
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 912 times:

Don't forget Test Track at Epcot, one of the best rides I've ever been on. Haven't they got that new ride now, where you simulate being in a shuttle launch? Each person gets a particular role to help the shuttle complete it's mission?

You can never get to old for Disney, was going to go to the L.A one in March, but worked out too expensive for just one day!  Sad

Simon.



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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 904 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 11):
Unless they have had some massive upgrades in the last year

Well, Animal Kingdom just officially opened Expedition Everest, another themed roller coaster. While it may not be an "extreme" coaster, it's one of the few coasters that goes *backwards* in the middle of its run--pretty cool.

Cool fact: The Audio-Animatronic yeti has a potential thrust, in all of its hydraulic cylinders combined, of slightly over 259,000 pounds force -- potentially more instantaneous power than a 747-400 airliner. Pretty cool, huh?  Smile

Quoting Bohica (Reply 17):
It's pretty sad when the cost of admission to a theme park is more than the ticket to Orlando.

 checkmark  I've been trying for six years now to find an excuse to go back to WDW, but the expense involved kills it for most people who are interested.  Sad

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 20):
Don't forget Test Track at Epcot, one of the best rides I've ever been on.

Ehhhhh... thumbsdown  I'd rather forget that sad excuse for a (thrill) ride. WDW is about escapism, right? So how does GM think that recreating the experience people had driving into WDW would be an exciting conclusion to Test Track? Is it escapist because there are no traffic jams? I say bring back an updated World of Motion and stop giving people the GM party line.

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 20):
Haven't they got that new ride now, where you simulate being in a shuttle launch? Each person gets a particular role to help the shuttle complete it's mission?

Mission: Space is actually three years old now, and it really isn't *that* great. Actually, Disney, due to the fact that there have been two deaths attributed to the ride, is actually creating a non-intense version without the centrifuge. I say get rid of the whole monstrosity and replace it with something from Tokyo DisneySea.

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User currently offlineTIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 895 times:

And no matter what you do during the day, you can still go to Downtown Disney at night and catch a performance of Cirque du Soleil, which will probably cost more than the admission to the theme parks  Smile. Or you can go to one of the many dinner shows, which are cheaper.

User currently offlineBasas From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 880 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 21):
Well, Animal Kingdom just officially opened Expedition Everest, another themed roller coaster. While it may not be an "extreme" coaster, it's one of the few coasters that goes *backwards* in the middle of its run--pretty cool.

Cool fact: The Audio-Animatronic yeti has a potential thrust, in all of its hydraulic cylinders combined, of slightly over 259,000 pounds force -- potentially more instantaneous power than a 747-400 airliner. Pretty cool, huh?

Exactly...Expedition Everest is not an extremely intense ride, but the theming and atmosphere created for it is excellent. My new favorite ride at Animal Kingdom!

Quoting Airwave (Reply 21):
Ehhhhh... I'd rather forget that sad excuse for a (thrill) ride. WDW is about escapism, right? So how does GM think that recreating the experience people had driving into WDW would be an exciting conclusion to Test Track? Is it escapist because there are no traffic jams? I say bring back an updated World of Motion and stop giving people the GM party line.

Test Track is OK...I still, in many ways, miss the old "World of Motion" attraction and the "It's fun to be free" theme song! Soarin', Spaceship Earth, and The American Adventure and my three favorite Epcot attractions though.

Quoting Airwave (Reply 21):
Mission: Space is actually three years old now, and it really isn't *that* great. Actually, Disney, due to the fact that there have been two deaths attributed to the ride, is actually creating a non-intense version without the centrifuge. I say get rid of the whole monstrosity and replace it with something from Tokyo DisneySea.

What would have been much better was an entire pavillion based on space, rather than just one 4-minute thrill ride. I do enjoy Mission:Space, but it is not an adequate replacement for Horizons.

Quoting Airwave (Reply 21):
I've been trying for six years now to find an excuse to go back to WDW, but the expense involved kills it for most people who are interested.

Keep trying! I find, compared to most other entertainment venues (be it sports games, concerts, theater shows, etc.), that $63.00 really isn't too bad. And, very few people are really paying for a one-day ticket. The more days you buy, the cheaper it gets for each day. You now have Magical Express to take you (for free) to and from the airport, and you can get a pretty good deal on discount rooms at Pop Century, or All-Star Resorts meaning your trip can be quite affordable!


User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 871 times:
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When I was there in february, Universal gave you access to both parks in one day for a nominal fee.
This would be my choice, as these parsks i feel are better for people who like more thrilling rides, especially the mummy returns rollercoaster at Universal.

Kev.



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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 864 times:

Quoting TIA (Reply 22):
And no matter what you do during the day, you can still go to Downtown Disney at night and catch a performance of Cirque du Soleil, which will probably cost more than the admission to the theme parks

I remember when Downtown Disney was simply Disney Village--a place for Guests to eat and shop (for both park merch and unique finds) without feeling hassled or harried to carry around bags of stuff whilst in the parks. Now it's become a teeming business district and I don't think it's exactly appropriate. People really want Planet Hollywood? A movie theater? Virgin Megastore? Harley Davidson?! Go to Downtown Orlando! Not Downtown Disney.

Quoting TIA (Reply 22):
Or you can go to one of the many dinner shows, which are cheaper.

And oftentimes a lot more fun, too. Also, let's not forget character breakfasts, lol. Big grin

Quoting Basas (Reply 23):
Soarin', Spaceship Earth, and The American Adventure and my three favorite Epcot attractions though.

I haven't been on Soarin' yet (and probably won't until they change over to the new show), so subtract that out and replace it with Maelstrom--god, I love that ride, lol. Years ago I would've also said Journey Into Your Imagination, but alas, with the demise of the Dreamfinder and the minimization of Figment's role in the attraction (bu not the merch sales!  Yeah sure ), this ride is dead to me.

Quoting Basas (Reply 23):
What would have been much better was an entire pavillion based on space, rather than just one 4-minute thrill ride. I do enjoy Mission:Space, but it is not an adequate replacement for Horizons.

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Quoting FlyKev (Reply 24):
as these parsks i feel are better for people who like more thrilling rides, especially the mummy returns rollercoaster at Universal.

More quantity, yes, but quality? Notsomuch. Personally, I'd take Tower of Terror and Rockin Roller Coaster anyday--who ever heard of an elevator cab that *leaves* the elevator shafts or a looping coaster in pitch dark?

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