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Everything posted by Imhotep

  1. Actually quite excited about this rumor which is odd because I LOVE Gwazi, but I would trade Gwazi for a B&M Hyper coaster any day of the week. I do agree that BGT is due for Darkcastle type ride rather than another coaster, but considering the area a Hyper would make a good backdrop for events like Bands Brew and BBQ. Who knows, maybe more than a coaster is in the works, such as a permanent outdoor amphitheater type setup?
  2. What if for the banner, you used a really awesome photo of the Enchanted Oak? Might as well have the option of using the banner to remember and pay tribute to some awesome theme park related stuff that is no longer around. Just a thought.
  3. Sweet! Welcome to FL! Hopefully I'm good to join the group, and can make one of the events soon. My musical interests have me pretty involved right now, so I'll try my best! (btw, Orlando has a pretty sweet local music scene!! )
  4. You're right and thats the point. Not every drummer could handle this rig either, or play upsideown/sideways period so thats cool to see. I'd love to be the guy in charge of setting up and taking this down. He prob makes a ton of money for supervising and has a team that does all the hard work That being said, its probably 1000 times easier to set this up than Ray Luzier's (Korn) kit or Terry Bozzio's monstrosity!
  5. I thought everyone might be interested in seeing this. As an enthusiast and a drummer, I wish I would have come up with this idea and had the funds to implement it! Here is more information Source: Pearl Drums http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myy7VRkzXVo Pretty awesome, eh?
  6. There has DEFINITELY been a line every time I've gone. Even at the slowest day. On a very slow day (where the Hulk and Spiderman are walkons), the Harry Potter park was a walk in, but there was a 35 min wait for the WWOHP ride, and a 45 min wait for the wand shop. I also had to wait in a line that started behind the bar in Hogsmeade just to get a butterbeer, don't remember the wait but it was longer than anyone should have to wait for any drink at that bar. I only went this route because the various butterbeer carts all had MUCH longer lines. Do I go every day? No. Are there some days that are probably slower? Sure! But either way, this tells me this place needs to expand just to spread out the crowds. Even on that slow day with probably a third of the people you would normally see there on a crazy busy one, it was STILL a beast to navigate through people. Could this be poor design? Poor Flow? Not really too much of a fan of the HP franchise, but I really do like that part of the park. That being said , we avoid the hell out of it because the congestion sucks. We'll sneak in the JP side, ride WWOHP, say "we've rode dueling dragons millions of times, we'll skip it," then talk the kids into doing something else. This place definitely NEEDS to expand.
  7. Good idea to weed out the bad apples, I actually enjoyed your posts! We've only met once (and I'm not sure I made a favorable impression), so I'll probably save you the trouble of figuring out whether or not I should be readded. Either way, I enjoy what you do and all the amazing FREE things you've done for the coaster community. Keep doing it, don't change for anyone.. Although I don't need to tell you this |m|.(>_<).|m| -Don
  8. Oh.. My.. God.. Full of win. Everyone is staring at me I'm laughing so hard. They think I'm crazy for looking at coasters all day as it is!
  9. I thought the ride was decent, not B&M or Intamin glass-smooth, but its not crazy rough. They would have done better to go with the more reliable less ugly B&M and just made a Hollywood Dream clone, however we may not have been able to have our two unique elements. I can only recall experiencing airtime on the NIL. The rest of the ride is just a fun laid back ride to accompany the music, which is what I'm pretty sure they were going for.
  10. ^definitely a major difference of opinion there.. Not to take anything away from your opinions, but I strongly disagree. All my opinion of course, i think LC in its origional form was far superior for one major reason : it was all original. The only section of the park not based on anything marketable. Take that into account, and the heavy original theming of the area and you had an incredible section of IOA. HP has such a huge wow factor because it is based on a huge franchise .. its really incredible how they were able to bring it to life ill give them that! However, that enthusiasm is lost on those that simply give two dumps about HP, or don't know much about it. All I know is, I was floored by the LC the first time I visited. The detail was amazing! It continued to impress me for years as id always find some new detail in the theming. Does my opinion matter? Absolutely not!! As far as mythos is concerned, you guys are right. So who knows what is going to happen, but its safe to say a change will be made
  11. Thats the 'ok' thing about mythos and its food.. They don't really need to attach food to the HP mythology, since there seems to be a revolving door on the menu. If anything, whenever they change something they can give it a new 'HP-esque' name to try to draw more people to eat there. I'm sure we'll probably see they will keep what they're doing food wise in Mythos, alter the facade a little (or a ton, depending), put a new ride in Posideon, a HP themed show in the Theatre, and they'll be good to go... As much as some of us might not like it.
  12. From an enthusiast standpoint I'd have to say, I sort of agree with you.. and whats sad is, it all starts with the queue. From a GP standpoint, do you think its actually seen a decrease of ridership because maybe its a little to extreme or intimidating for some of the GP that would want to visit the park JUST for HP? I know my mom loves HP, but there is NO WAY she'd ever think of getting on the coasters. I might have trouble getting her on the Forbidden Journey when I take her.
  13. I hate to say it but I'd have to agree. I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan myself, and I really REALLY miss the facade of the Enchanted Oak.. However, WWoHP is WAY too small.. Might as well fully convert the LC, especially since there isn't really anything to do in the part thats left over. Yes, I know you have Posiedon and Mythos. But Posiedon and Mythos aren't THAT good, are they? They already got rid of two of the best parts of LC.. Might as well rip the bandaid off quick!
  14. The latest article translates to "The pedestrian could have used better judgement, or could have at least looked for traffic before crossing." As far as going to an all monorail system... Other than costing a ton of money, you have to factor in that more monorail track + more stations + more trains = more chance of accidents on a system where if something goes wrong it could disable the ability to move guests more than the bus line could.
  15. The corn maze looks like a lot of fun, I bet my kids would enjoy it... Probably won't be able to make it until next year though
  16. Awesome. I remember when I first saw Believe I thought it was a nice change, but I saw it a second time and it made me want to take swimming lessons from Tillicum. Its one of those shows you care to only see once whether you like it or not. Also, the rotating/seperating screen is nice, pretty cool tech for the show, however I think its kind of distracting. I find myself dorkishly watching the screens instead of the interaction (or actually, lack thereof) of the trainers and whales. Hopefully they can get back to focusing on the whales!
  17. I was VERY mixed about the finale. The finale itself was absolutely brilliant. I LOVE the idea of making your own purgatory so you have a place to meet up with your loved ones and important people, and you are all able to pass on together. The whole sideways on its own was done well, and there was some cool forshadowing with Juliet and Sawyer this season. I must say that I was a HUGE fan of the mythology aspect. Yes, I cared about the characters, the writers did a good job of making me care about them. They also did an excellent job of getting me sucked into the mythology, leading me on for 5 seasons, only to say during season six "we are only going to show what we have always felt matters most, the relationship between the characters." So more or less, they were saying we are going to throw the mythology by the wayside and focus on characters for season six. Yeah, thanks Darlton. Even though they said all that, they kicked off the season with mythology.. Say hello to the pointless temple, and the Nikki and Paulo of season six, Dogen and lennon. We find out they know virtually nothing and are killed. Also, we get to see how Ben was healed, except it was only used as a plot device to allow Smokey into the temple by infecting Sayid. How did that happen? Who knows? Ok, we're off to a bad start, but there's still hope.. Widmore shows up on the island with a mysterious package, which we all know is Desmond right off the bat.. Yeah, this is more like it!!! Then we saw he brought the Geek Squad with him.. Eh, between this and the sideways, I was bored to tears for a few eps.. but its lost, so I kept hanging on.. And am hoping the much heralded Richard Alpert episode will redeem me. We get the answers to two mysteries, one that has been lurking since season one. Arzt hinted at it, and he was right. A freakin TIDAL WAVE... Ok, makes sense, its the simplest and most plausable answer, I get that. but in my opinion highly disappointing since we've had all this cool mythology thrown at us over the years, such as the island being able to move in space/time. So instead of getting a cool mythology answer like the island move, we get a tidal wave. Then, we find out Richards ageless 'cause Jacob said so. Speaking of Jacob.. It was nice to know him and the MiB were twins, however, it was NOT nice to find out they knew more or less the same about the island as any of the other characters on the show, or you and I for that matter.. Man! And we never found out exactly what the rules were, just that Jacob made them, which we already knew. We get introduced to this light, that needs protecting. MiB falls in and becomes Smoke? really? why??? I thought there was a volcano on the island. In my opinion, it would have been cool if he was turned in the smoke by being pushed into the volcano, since you know, smoke and darkess are usually associated with something as sinnister as a volcano and not, you know, A BRIGHT BEACON OF LIGHT. But whatever, I've kinda checked at this point. So the finale comes. I oddly enjoy every second of it. I loved the purgatory, I loved how the sideways comes together and we find out its purpose. I think about it for days after, and it actually makes me feel good which is the whole purpose.. until I start thinking of, you know, every other season and how the sideways purgatory sort of became a copout from answering any of the mythology they created to keep us hooked for years.. or at least some of us. So really, I did enjoy the ride.. I wish I could have got more out of season 6 as a whole, but the finale made up for it. Just my two cents.
  18. Pretty insane, but Sh1t happens, as said previously. As long as no one gets hurt or -god forbid- killed, you have to give them credit for creating a ride that even on the off chance something goes terribly wrong, there is an extremely good chance you will live to ride another day. Also, the B&M vs Intamin accident comparison is pointless, I can see where others can be frustrated seeing this. It only comes up between enthusiasts. To the GP, there may as well only be one coaster manufacturer... So If Intamin's accident record really were to affect the GP and how much they ride roller coasters, B&M would also suffer. On the flip side, the enthusiasts who know the difference wouldn't be deterred from riding an Intamin coaster, including the one that had the accident.. So the argument is moot. I'm sure the above already been said in this thread. If so it could probably stand to be repeated. If they want to fly me out to Germany, I'd gladly be first in line to ride this thing when they get it fixed. It would make an awesome 30th birthday present
  19. When I first saw the ride vehicle, the first thing that came to my mind was wow.. Hopefully these vehicles are not a maintenance nightmare!! I think the ride vehicles look great, and the bench is about what I expected it to look like. Not really sure what else they could have done with the seating.
  20. I'm kinda reluctant about posting this, since its April Fools and all, but here is a shot of the ride vehicles thanks to wdwinfo.com, which I found on Horrornightmares.com
  21. I personally liked the ride the way it was and was hoping for just a revamp of the track, but I am all about change so I cannot wait to see the full layout
  22. A couple things came to mind when I read this.. One. Most people I know have NO IDEA the park is under new management. I even spoke with a friend at length the day Blackstone purchased the park... Know what he said when he found out the accident happened? "Man, this will be a huge blow to Budwiser.. Hope this doesn't affect beer production." Two. Be agreesive in telling the public? Yes, be agressive with those that show concern for whats going on, but no need to constantly get in the news and make announcements... News like this doesn't stick in the long run, and the less is said about it the faster it disappears. I think it will only make things worse for them PR wise to keep it in the news, constantly reminding people that this happened (not to mention, constantly reminding the family of the victim). Yes, measures need to be taken but only with the source of the problem, not the way the attraction has been running or interaction with the animals overall. The more announcements you make, the more you keep it in the news there's a problem, the more you have to tone it down. Just my two cents. I am aware I am totally coming off sounding like a know it all, so... It is what it is
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