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  1. I know this is off of the YOLOcoaster topic but today was my first day at MM and I had to say this. The tunnel (or as I'm calling it, The Oven) in the queue for Superman is horribly hot. None of the vents on the wall were blowing any air and this Wisconsin boy was cooking like a chicken. This was the worst part of my experience today, aside from the most terrific amount of line jumping I've seen at any park.



    I'm wonder if they are trying to cut expenses. Superman is usually one of my favorites in park because they seem to always blast the A/C in there like crazy. (at least whenever I have walked through the queue)


    Back to Animal Kingdom, what is everyone else's thoughts about Everest? My disappointment came from not the ride experience, but from the theming which seemed surprisingly minimal. Every time I saw a train go up the lift, it ruined the illusion of how tall the mountain was. The inside-the-mountain parts were just pitch black except if you looked at where the track was where you could see lights below it, ruining the effect I thought. Finally, you crested by the Yeti at the end seemingly just feet from the unload station. If he was really that close, couldn't he just hop down and get you right there?


    I was completely surprised to find myself realizing that I like the Matterhorn's theming ten times better than Everest. Am I alone in that?



    I have always felt it odd that right after you see the Yeti you hit the breaks for the end of the ride while still in the mountain.


    But yes, even though I still love the ride. It is in my mind the most over rated ride in all WDW only behind Soarin'. And I to think that Matterhorn and the Thunder Mountains are so much more thoroughly done in terms of the amount rockwork and just things to look at with the caverns and props.


    Of course the queue is one of the best I have ever seen. The mountain also (minus the train going up the lift) is just beautiful to look at from a distance. And I am sure the Yeti was really cool when it worked, but you still would only see it for 2 or 3 seconds.

  3. For Sure -

    Cedar Point

    Silver Dollar City (1st time)

    Six Flags St. Louis (1st time)

    Universal Studios Florida

    Islands of Adventure

    Sea World Orlando (1st time)

    Busch Gardens Tampa (1st time)


    Disney California Adventure

    Six Flags Magic Mountain


    Maybe -

    Worlds of Fun (1st time)

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas (1st time)

    Sea World San Antonio (1st time)

    WDW – Epcot

    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Knott's Berry Farm

    Darien Lake (1st time)

    Kings Island


    Possible but not likely -

    WDW – Magic Kingdom

    WDW – Hollywood Studios

    WDW – Animal Kingdom

    Six Flags Over Texas (1st time)

    Coney Island (1st time)

    Six Flags New England (1st time)

    Lake Compounce (1st time)

    Canobie Lake (1st time)

    Great Escape (1st time)




    Waldameer Park

    Sea World San Diego

    California's Great America

    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    Santa Cruz Boardwalk

  4. Here is my updated list of maps. And sorry I am only interested in maps, not brochures.


    2012 -

    Canada's Wonderland

    Cedar Point

    Disneyland California - Summer

    Disney California Adventure - Summer (with Carsland / Buena Vista Street)

    Dorney Park


    Holiday World


    Kings Dominion

    Kings Island

    Knott's Berry Farm

    Six Flags Great Adventure

    Six Flags Great America

    Six Flags America

    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Universal Studios Hollywood - Summer (with Transformers)


    2011 -

    Cedar Point

    Disneyland California - Summer

    Disney California Adventure - Summer

    Dorney Park


    Kings Island

    Knott's Berry Farm

    Michigan’s Adventure

    Six Flags Great Adventure

    Six Flags Great America

    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Universal Studios Hollywood – Summer


    2010 –

    California's Great America

    Cedar Point

    Disneyland California – Halloween

    Disneyland California – September

    Disneyland California – Summer

    Disneyland California – Spring

    Disney California Adventure – Halloween

    Disney California Adventure – September

    Disney California Adventure – Summer

    Disney California Adventure – Spring

    Knott's Berry Farm

    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Universal Studios Hollywood – Summer

    Universal Stusios Hollywood - Spring

  5. Thinking about this more. I wonder if they would just make a chopped down version to the Florida counterpart. Similar to how they did the Jurassic Parks, where IoA gets a whole land while USH gets a version of the feature ride with a restaurant, and a shop. If that is the case I think they could fit it just in the Gibson area and leave Waterworld for something else. Then they can use the Gibson's current entry path which has this kinda hidden in the trees and secret away from the park type of entrance. Or this guess could be completely wrong and the entire upper lot becomes Harry Potter.


    Also last year they reopened the New York area in the backlot. But I still think Kong was the major reason for their attendance increase last year.

  6. Quite a disappointment if it's a carbon copy. And dumb too. People will choose which one to visit, instead of visiting both.


    If it is a carbon copy (which I hope it isn't). The only people that are going to be upset are the enthusiast who travel to both resorts. Which let be honest, a small percentage of people actually do that to the point universal doesn't look to attract them hardly at all because they would still come anyway.


    And lets remember about other remake rides between the two resorts. The Mummies are both pretty different experiences. And the Jurassic Parks though the skeleton of the rides are almost the same, the themeing and scene setups are pretty different between the two.

  7. There have already been rumors about moving the entrance to the tour to the Lower Lot, so it's conceivable that the area where it sits now could be used. I mean, they already loaded the tram for the Kong thing during HHN down there, the entire JP overflow queue is NEVER used. It really wouldn't be that hard to do.


    Didn't the Studio Tour entrance use to be in the Lower Lot? I think Jurassic Park's queue use to be the queue for the Tour (hence why it is so dull), or I could be wrong. Then they moved the tour up to the upper lot when they built Jurassic Park. But yeah like what was just mentioned, they just finished remodeling the current queue area. And actually I think they are still working on it.

  8. Now that I looked back on the topic I would have to say that I feel Leviathan is the ride I feel is most overrated. Mainly its just a B&M mega with a bigger first hill and a layout that doesn't look all that impressive. Of course I have been on rides that I thought I wouldn't care for but ended up liking. And rides that I thought I would love but didn't really care for.


    And in regards to my early post. I wasn't referring that I don't care for Verboten. I just feel that won't like it as much I hope I will (I should have thought about the topic more). It is afterall the roller coaster that I am most excited for next year. Like how this pass year I was really excited for Little Mermaid but then I found to it to be a disappointment when I rode it.

  9. In regards to the upper lot attractions. The only reason I would be against them taking out Waterworld is because it would leave the park without a live action stunt show (unless you count Terminator) which is something that I think a park like USH with its movie making theme should always have. But then they can always build a new one because Waterworld seems to me as something that they have milked along for a quite few years longer than it should have. Unless they see keeping it around longer as a way to save money after the movie flopped so badly (actually I get the impression that most people don't know it is based after a movie). And yes I would miss the show, but there is always Youtube.


    Next I think that the Special Effects show should stay because of it fits with the movie making theme that the park is known for. But its castle theater setup feels kinda temporary for me even after they moved it from the Transformers spot two years ago. So they very well might move it somewhere else again.


    Shrek and Terminator I have seen them enough that I won't really miss them at all. Animal Actors and Curious George I wouldn't personally miss but they are the only family attractions that the park has right now, so it would be kinda weird to take them out without family attractions to replace them. And the whole Europe area around Terminator has always seem kinda pointless to me, unless you like taking pictures of you in front of those buildings. To me it was them recreating Europe streets sets from the backlot and putting it in the park.


    But as far as the upper lot goes the only things that I don't think are in danger are the entry gate, Simpsons, and the Backlot Tour. (unless if they reconfigure some of the tour by the parking garage.


    I always found it weird to compare USH to other Socal parks because the park really hasn't been about rides but more so the movie industry and how movies are made. And a lot of non theme park tourist to Socal tend to be very interested in that rather than going to park like SFMM or KBF that to them they see no difference from their local park back home.

  10. Plus I don't think USH gets the numbers to put that kind of money into it.


    Last year they got 5 million, which is still a good amount of people passing through its gates. The park is a very popular spot for non-theme park tourist of Hollywood and Los Angeles to visit thanks to the backlot tour. They also make a fortune off their $129 front of the line passes that seems like 1 out of 5 guest will buy. Harry Potter I feel will make the park much more popular among the locals to visit more often rather than just going to big brother down south.

  11. I'm really interested to see where they are going to put this. ^That seems like a good possibilitty. Another guess I have would be where Waterworld is because that has been on the chopping block for a while. And along with getting rid of the Gibson Amphitheater, that would open a big footprint, but I don't know how likely that would be. And also currently they've been doing a lot of construction around the Studio Tour's queue area, so I wonder if that is somewhat related.


    They had also had a long term plan to redevelop part of the backlot. They had said they were going to get rid of Falls Lake, War of the Worlds, and Wisteria Lane. But we have not heard anything about that in a while.


    I would much rather prefer to have this one be different from Florida. Maybe have Diagon Alley instead of Hogsmead.

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