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  1. I can see the direction this is going in and it certainly wasn't my intention to rip to shreds the considerable investment WDW have made upgrading infrastructure, character meets, restaurants etc, the problem with forums is that it can be difficult to articulate opinion which ultimately what it's about. And a sense of humour hopefully. I'm only saying that when Avatar Land opens in 2017 it will have been 11 years since the opening of the last E-ticket attraction across the 4 parks. Really don't want to come across as obnoxious or anything as I'd like to think I'm far from it so apologies to all that I've caused offence to and particularly to Craig for distracting attention from his brilliant trip report.
  2. That's perfectly understandable that WDW don't need to update or add attractions at the rate of Universal due to it's timeless and endless appeal, I understand that and the incredible demand for the place, it's just as a repeat visitor (as many Brits become) I should have emphasised that this was purely a personal observation that since the major investment of the late 90's (Animal Kingdom) to mid 00's (Everest at AK), there haven't been any major new attactions in the last 9 years other than Toy Story Mania and Seven Dwarfs Mine train which are great for their audience, and a couple of attraction updates. With Avatar Land slated for 2017, that's quite a gap. It's all probably financial I know, some grand plan etc. Maybe that's the problem, that I was a repeat visitor during one of the greatest investment periods ever for the Resort and became too accustomed to fresh attractions 98 - Animal Kingdom, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin 99 - Test Track, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Kali River Rapids 02 - Primeval Whirl (Okay now I'm using dirty tactics to emphasise my point ) 03 - Mission:SPACE, Mickey's Philharmagic 05 - Soarin', Lights, Motors, Action! 06 - Expedition Everest I think you're all brill so certainly don't want to get into a war of words over this, just making a comment from a *personal* perspective having visited Orlando many times in the last 20 years that there hasn't been much to tempt me back more recently (an opinion shared by my wiser better half), and when a 7 day pass costs £275 ($415) it does inevitably make you think a little about how much value you'd get out of that. I agree as a newbie, it's good value. Peace all! And anyways back to what this thread is about, Craig's first time visit and antics! Having read back through the TR once more am I right in thinking you're also a fellow former employee of the British Airways/EDF/Coca Cola London Eye? If so then cue the music "...it's a small world after all"
  3. Absolutely, it's just refreshing to have both sides of the coin for once, with no fluff
  4. Loving the honesty in your reports Craig, a few months after coming back I keep getting memory loss and think Orlando is the best place on earth, like Lourdes for us TPR'ers, but reading your experiences reminds me that it's maybe not all great but with quite a "great" price tag, still astounded after all these years at just how little things have changed at WDW in comparison to Universal.
  5. SFOT & SFFT, SDC, HK Disneyland, Mirabilandia, Efteling and most German parks
  6. And here I was having doubts about my decision to postpone my Germany road trip to 2016, no longer!
  7. Talking of preshows how many on here have ridden Galaxy Express 999 in Shinagawa, Tokyo? Wow! Seriously the most tedious and random preshows (yes there were several I think) for such a short ride. It was just two of us and one very enthusiastic staff member literally reciting War and Peace, I wonder why it closed down? I don't really mind standing through the preshow for RNR at Disney Studios in FL as at least it's a little relevant, but the Paris one I REALLY can't stand, you can tell that even Aerosmith couldn't be with doing it, it's not good when the people getting paid to make the preshows can't stand preshows. Preshow rooms are the root of all evil and should be destroyed with fire Anyways, it's a lovely looking coaster with a great deal of thought going into it, but again it's dressing up a mediocre layout at the end of the day, was hoping for a little more but oh well, this is Europe after all, the continent where we prioritise the unspoilt romantic view over ancient forest from a romantic cottage balcony rather than a decent giga coaster that'll ACTUALLY kick your
  8. 10/10 for effort at least Lets just hope they haven't themed the rear
  9. I certainly won't get my hopes up, I missed out on Goliath at SFGAm by 2 weeks due to the construction delays so i'm gettting used to disappointing near misses.
  10. And the award for biggest coaster station built goes to..... This looks great so far, but I really hope they get this open for early June, i'm sure it won't take long to install the track, good to see that it's starting to arrive and hopefully we'll finally get a good idea of the specific layout. It's interesting that half of the lift hill will be enclosed, I wonder what treats they have in store for that part, along with the tunnel.
  11. Skyrush seems to come in at just under 45 seconds on POV vids so that'd be my clear choice but have yet to ride Outlaw Run, TTD is a close second.
  12. Looks like it's some kind of "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" tv show based maze experience type thing [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  13. And construction updates at the following: http://www.themeparks.ie/europe/tayto/index.htm
  14. Some construction pics: http://www.thejournal.ie/europes-largest-wooden-rollercoaster-tayto-park-1919808-Feb2015/
  15. Finally an update! http://www.thejournal.ie/europes-largest-wooden-rollercoaster-tayto-park-1919808-Feb2015/
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