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About better_by_design

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    I'm a know-it-all about donkeys!
  • Birthday 08/22/1975
  1. Legoland Florida has a similar 10 minute time throttle on their Freestyle machines. And yes, it's a ridiculous lawsuit, but he's not technically wrong. Look a menu description change to remove the word "unlimited" or maybe an asterisk and some tiny type that no one will read. Progress!
  2. Eh, I wouldn't look too far into that, those slides are only 48" so a lot of kinds under the age of 10 can and will go on those especially the tornado slide, they'll fit the demographic just fine. Agreed - my 5 yo loves any slide he can get on. Notably Sesame Street was the most memorable part of his visit to SWO earlier this year - he still talks about the parade. I'm still kinda shocked about this, mainly because I hadn't even comprehended that they had a water park out there in the first place!
  3. YES! This exactly! My kiddo is way past Rollerskaters, but it'll be a couple more years before we get to 54", let alone him wanting to do 7 loops... but he is going to be super excited about Ice Breaker!
  4. Disney owns ESPN and ESPN does a lot of work with the NBA. So that part makes sense. And yes, that is Kareem! D-Wade, Mike Conley, one of the Lopez twins, Victor Olidipo, Aaron Gordon, and Adam SIlver were there as well from what I could tell in the pictures posted to various socials. Looked like a nice event. And a TON of other players attended... I follow the NBA (mostly my hometown team) and the "stars" of official media releases were all hanging out with other less famous NBA players as well. One example: Mike Conley was hanging out with Jeff Green and Brandan Wright at th
  5. Totally agree - not every attraction should be an E-ticket. This looks really cool, especially for the hordes of tiny Cars fans out there. And heck... it's air conditioned. If it had seats for the audience, I'd be all in! Love that it's right beside the two big draws on that end of the park - will provide some nice balance to RnRC and ToT.
  6. Well... that looks pretty darn cool. The controlled car turn is going to open up some pretty cool possibilities, very interesting! Thanks for posting!
  7. I'm convinced Cedar Fair is just using names of Pacific Rim jaegers for their new coasters now. I actually happen to like this one though! And this layout is far and away more original and better than I think anyone expected. I don't care how mediocre I thought Valravn was, Striker Eureka----I mean Yukon Striker looks incredible. I am very glad I wasn't the only one making the Pacific Rim Jaeger connection with this! (Also, ride looks great, love the name, good job, very exciting!)
  8. A&W Canada was bought out by local management at least 20 years ago - basically it kept being popular, when the US business went down the tubes. No idea why, exactly. I will say that the Canadian version is still popular - if you are only counting burger chains (and not Tim Hortons) it's safe to bet it's #2 behind McDonald's. And the Burger Family lives on! (Not to mention that Chubby Chicken got resurrected too)
  9. That Slinky Dog coaster toy is a "must buy" when we visit this fall for sure. Thanks for the report and pictures, the land looks great!
  10. I really appreciate the feedback - I need to check the "crowd calendars" for early October before we make decisions... I think we have an option of staying at one of the Universal Hotels (spousal convention is the occasion) so the early entry option may play a role too. Basically we have been pretty spoiled by off season Disney waterparks the last few years - with very low crowds and short (zero) lines for slides that all the hullabaloo about Volcano Bay seemed... exhausting?
  11. Robb, Thanks for the amazing trip reports - loving living vicariously through you guys! And love all the non-theme park stuff as much as the theme park stuff! PS: Amazed at the turnover of Disney Sea popcorn flavors since I went last! Crazy! Glad curry is still there!
  12. Have things settled in at Volcano Bay now? Have the crowds and all the crazy "you have nothing to do for 4 hours because you can't ride a slide without a reservation" been solved by reduced crowds, better operations, etcetera? Asking as the early returns from the opening season last year (as documented on this forum and others) sounded completely horrible. A couple more recent notes from folks sounded somewhat more rational. Asking as we are planning a family trip in October to Orlando and debating sticking to the Disney waterparks versus making a point to visit the new/shiny on o
  13. DCL rooms are notably larger than other cruise lines... and considering that most rooms have 3-4 people in them, that's important! The room design is really amazing in how it maximizes space and utility in what is still a small space. Similarly, the split bathrooms are a fantastic feature when you're getting the family ready - and having a bathtub is a huge luxury on a cruise ship - most cruise lines only have showers unless you go up to suites. It's obviously a big deal for families with kids, but my mom also loves baths over showers, so this was a huge deal to her as well. Along
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