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  1. Maybe it's just me, but a dive coaster still sounds like such a stupid idea in my opinion. Do we really need a huge steel coaster at Cedar Point? Is that what they're missing? I think Cedar Point needs a GOOD wooden roller coaster from GCI or a Triotech dark ride before this. Cedar Point does not need a new steel coaster until they improve other parts of the park. Sure, I might be in the minority when I say this, but if CP builds a new Dive Coaster, I'd be disappointed. Especially if that's the only park to get a roller coaster, and the smaller parks are passed over AGAIN.


    ^^^I'm Cedar Point won't disappoint! Cedar Fair knows what they're doing and the reasons for them.

  2. Thanks for the photos - very unique shots! Fury sticks out very well on the Carowinds skyline.


    My only complaint about the look of the ride is the choice of colors for the seats (light blue) and lap bar (neon green). Those are going to get very worn/dirty very quick and look disgusting. I wish parks would just go black//black on the seats and restraints.


    I agree with you that they will get dirty quickly...especially the neon green lap bar. But I actually like the colors. They stand out nicely and I'm glad they went with that! While the black on black would be better to cover up the worn and dirt collected from it, I don't think I would like the trains as much as they wouldn't fit too well with their color scheme. I really do like what they have now!


    The photos are amazing!!! I went to Carowinds when Intimidator opened and I can't believe how many changes the park has made in a few years! Fury 325 looks amazing and I need to make a trip back to Charlotte sometime!

  3. Wow! Great Trip Report! I really enjoyed reading it! I was always curious about their Jurassic Park ride being a family raft and all. It seems very unique and I would love to try it out (if I ever can get to Singapore in my lifetime) but I feel like I'd prefer my hometown giant boat. It still looks amazing. The park appears to be in great shape! Thanks for the report!

  4. Fury is better the MF, and easily a top 5 ride. Its not my favorite, but it really would be in my top 5 somewhere


    Riding Fury, it's impossible not to compare it to MF, the first giga and still the most widely known. MF is of course still a breathtaking ride, but riding Fury really demonstrated how much better it could have been had it included any force at all during the ride.


    Ok I haven't been on Fury 325...but I have to say that Millennium Force does have Force. (I mean why wouldn't they call it Millennium Forceless otherwise).

    But what I am saying is that when I recently rode Millennium Force, I experienced a grey out on the first turn and really felt the G's at the bottom of the drop and the overbanked turns. I have been on Intimidator 305...it feels quicker than Millennium Force because of the quick transitions and consistent low to ground movement...but I wouldn't say Millennium Force has no force during the ride.

  5. I'm actually fine with the restraints on Fahrenheit and Storm Runner. They are both incredibly smooth rides (or at least when I rode them last year) and the restraints didn't bother me. However, SkyRush could use those new restraints pictured above. I'm not saying I didn't like the restraints on SkyRush as that is my #2 ride and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the ride...it's just that the angle of the restraints are a little uncomfortable. These look like they don't lie on your legs but your actual waist. This would make SkyRush not only more comfortable, but even better than it already is.

  6. I keep hearing rumors of people saying that RMC is going to do work in Apocalypse next year. I just wanted to say that there's no way that's happening. They already have 4 projects for 2016, that's double any other year for them. I highly doubt they'd have any time to do work on Apocalypse or GhostRider in 2016.


    That's the first time I heard about that. Also, I didn't hear any rumors about GhostRider getting treatment from RMC either.

  7. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Update! Now taking Reservations! Opening July 14, 2016!






    If you thought Universal Orlando Resort was an incredible place for meetings before, just wait.

    Opening in 2016, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will add 1,000 rooms and 115,000 square feet of meeting space to Universal Orlando. Whether you’re looking to host a major corporate meeting, a large-scale tradeshow and exhibit, or an association convention, our expanded meeting and event options put countless options at your fingertips.


    Here are a few things you might like to know about why Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the best choice for your next meeting.


    1. Unique Resort-Wide Theming

    If you’ve visited our on-site hotels, you know that they transport our guests to an entirely different world—and that it’s all in the details. With stone ruins, sandy beaches, waterfalls, and uniquely-themed dining experiences, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will make your attendees feel like they’re meeting in the Caribbean islands.


    2. Meeting Space Designed with Planners in Mind

    We know how much time and effort it takes to bring a meeting to life—our job is to make your job easier. In addition to Loews Hotels & Resorts’ renowned service, our new hotel will have loading docks with easy access to all meeting space, a business center adjacent to the meeting planner offices, and a dedicated registration desk and meetings entrance.


    Here are some more details that were specifically designed with Meeting Planners in mind:


    High quality sound system and built-in ceiling speakers.

    Sophisticated AV network to allow for audio and video signals between all meeting spaces.

    Digital signage system throughout to assist with wayfinding and meeting room displays.

    Large pre-function areas surrounding main entrances.


    3. Massive Meeting Complex with Loews Royal Pacific Resort

    Go big or go home, right? Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will connect to the newly expanded meeting space at Loews Royal Pacific Resort coming this fall. That gives you a total of 2,000 rooms and 247,000 square feet of meeting space to work with.


    4. The Convenience and Value of One Destination

    Proximity is important, especially when working with a budget. When your attendees stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, they are a complimentary water taxi ride away from our theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

    So, if you are planning an after-hours event outside of the hotel, there’s no need to worry about additional transportation costs.


    5. An Attendee Experience to Remember

    At Universal Orlando, we offer everything you could want to inspire, motivate, and entertain your attendees in and outside the ballroom. When your attendees have some time to themselves, they’ll be amazed by all there is to do not only at our hotels but our two theme parks and CityWalk. And because we are one seamless destination, getting there is easy (and free!).


    They can experience VIP treatment with Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens, complimentary in-room delivery of merchandise, and the convenience of resort-wide charging with their hotel room key card.


    Even friends and family members receive these special theme park benefits, giving them a fun way to pass the time while your attendees are in meetings.

    We can’t wait to help make your next meeting one to remember. Contact us and ask about our current incentives to book your next meeting.



    Meeting Room Conceptual Rendering








    It’s officially Summer and, if you’re like me, you’re wanting to escape to paradise. Luckily for me (and you), Universal Orlando and Loews Hotels are going to make that much easier. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal Orlando Resort’s newest hotel, is now on sale and will be ready to welcome its first guests on July 14, 2016.


    Last year we shared some of the resort’s theme, which is inspired by the Caribbean—where shoes are optional and relaxation will be calling our name.

    But now, we can share even more about what you’ll experience when you visit.


    One of my favorite things about this resort is the 16,000 sq. ft. pool. It will feature an awesome waterslide and a massive fire pit right next to it. In fact, it’ll be the largest pool and fire pit across all of our on-site hotels. Hello, s’mores!


    I was astounded to hear that this resort would feature 1,000 guest rooms and 83 suites. The rooms will feature great amenities like free wi-fi, a huge flat screen TV and incredible views. I can feel my troubles already melting away into tropical bliss…


    Speaking of which, there will be several Caribbean dining options available—you will never need to go hungry! The resort will offer restaurants and lounges with exciting options inspired by Caribbean cuisine:


    -Strong Water Tavern – This lounge serves lunch and dinner and will be a great place for relaxing after a long day. For those of age, the daily rum tastings are something I know I won’t want to miss.


    -Drhum Club Kantine – If you’re ready to relax by the pool (my favorite spot) and enjoy some Caribbean-infused drinks (piña coladas, yum!), this spot is where it’s at.


    -Amatista Cookhouse – With an open exhibition kitchen, you can watch chefs prepare Caribbean fare right in front of you for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But what I like most about this restaurant is that it will overlook the lagoon, really making me feel like I’ve made my way to paradise.


    The list goes on and on with everything to do here!


    I can confidently say that you will not be disappointed when you stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Plus, when you stay at this resort, you’ll get to enjoy some serious perks:


    -Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required)

    -Complimentary transportation to both theme parks and Universal CityWalk make getting around the resort fast and easy so you can make the most of your time

    -Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel

    -Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card

    -Complimentary scheduled transportation to nearby Wet ‘n Wild water park, SeaWorld, and Aquatica

    -Universal Orlando character appearances with some of your favorite theme park characters

    And More!


    Loews Sapphire Falls Resort really is going to be an island jewel right in Orlando. I can’t wait to escape to paradise in Summer 2016.


    Click here to book your escape and get more details on hotel benefits. And while we wait for next summer, let’s just watch this video over and over again and dream of sunsets and swimming pools.


    Pool Concept Rendering



    Model Room



    Model Room Bathroom



    Strong Water Tavern Conceptual Rendering



    Amatista Cookhouse Conceptual Rendering








    Some evil spirits want to live again—and some want to pull you into the eternal darkness.


    Insidious: Chapter 3 has hit the theaters, and Halloween Horror Nights 25 is celebrating the trilogy by opening the “red doors” to the Further. For those new to the successful franchise, Insidious has scared audience members for the last six years, and all three films are represented in this year’s event.


    You’ll come face to face with the evil denizens of the Further—the Long Haired Fiend, the Lipstick-Face Demon, the Bride in Black, and the newest evil: The Man Who Can’t Breathe.


    The path through this terrifying maze can only be accomplished by going into the Further, the mysterious world of the spirits. Many of these spirits crave the souls of the living. And while guests are dodging the grasping hands of death, the Further will disorient any who travel into the great beyond.


    Paranormal mazes bring a unique opportunity to engage the guests with an eerie theme and pervasive creepiness that will inhabit every turn. You can look forward to an unsettling feeling of terror following you home and roaming your nightmares.


    Grab your tickets and be on your guard: the spirits want to take what you love most.






  9. What I recommend...


    When I went to Carowinds, I flew in at about 1pm that day. We went to our hotel and checked in and all and went to the park. We bought the after 4pm pass and we got a LOT of rides in. Then we went the following day and did the water park and left by about 2 or 3pm.


    When I went to Six Flags Over Georgia, I got everything done in 1 day but I haven't been there since the new waterpark opened. I'm sure you can still get everything done though in a day.


    Dollywood is one of those places where I would spend 2 days at. Also, if you're planning on doing the waterpark, then I would probably spend 3 days. I would spend 2 days at the park and then a day at the waterpark.


    Hope this helps!

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