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  1. On Monday I was able to give this fantastic new transportation option a couple of rides before seeing the final IllumiNations and the Skyliner doesn’t disappoint! For not having A/C it really is quite comfortable and I’d much rather take this than the busses. The only downside I experienced was that the difference in view between the cars with the character wraps and those without is quite noticeable. On my last ride back to Epcot I requested a car without obstruction and it was well worth the short wait! Of course they were happy to grant my request. I noticed others were also asking for the undecorated cars. This is a transport option that feels very “Disney”. Much more so than the bus fleet.

     

    I very much hope they expand the system and wonder if it would be something they would consider for Disneyland in the unlikely event the third gate ever becomes a reality.

  2. " They kept using all these new terms like "Story Coaster" so I honestly assumed we were going to get some legit "show scenes" like something out of Mummy which is way... WAAAAAAY more of a "story coaster" than Hagrid's. Like, did Universal FORGET that they have another coaster not far away with actual REAL dark ride show scenes even in the middle of the coaster that all help move somewhat of a story along?

     

    It's probably a good thing the Tom Cruise reboot of The Mummy flopped so hard. If it had been a success it's not hard imagine them deciding to redo Revenge of The Mummy to be themed to the 2017 Mummy film in the way they are changing Jurassic Park into Jurassic World at USH. While we're not sure if Jurassic World will be primarily screen based, I'm not holding my breath. Florida's Revenge of the Mummy is my probably favorite indoor coaster and I'd hate to see those beautiful sets swapped out for more 3D crap and your obligatory water sprays.

  3. I almost pushed back my May Orlando trip so I could experience this coaster. Truth be told, after watching the POVs I don't think that the new ride would've been worth the effort. I keep hearing on social media about this ride's amazing theming but for the most part it looks as though you go by the theming far too quick to really appreciate it!

     

    Also they've been referring to this as "the world's first story coaster." How is this more of a "story coaster" than Gringotts? (Of course calling Gringotts a coaster could be a stretch to some.)

     

    The one thing I'll say I'm impressed by is the lack of reliance on screens which is a nice change for Universal.

  4. Just because I'm curious and have no life I did invest the time to get a ride on Submarine Quest. Of course the first two times I waited through the queue the ride went down right as I got to the station. On the third try I finally did get on and it was bad. I get that it was made for small children but I doubt that even they would've enjoyed it.

     

    You know how some movies are so bad that you have to watch them to see how bad they are because it's hilarious? This was the ride equivalent of that. The one thing I will say is that I enjoyed the kinetic energy the ride vehicles added to the area. Just like the People Mover adds and added energy to Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. The awesome thing about those rides though is that they are fun to ride and watch.

  5. I was at Buffalo Bill's a couple of years ago and it was in really bad shape.

     

    While Desperado was a decent ride in it's early days it was one of the roughest rides I've ever had on a coaster on this last visit. It's a shame because Buffalo Bill's has such a unique atmosphere when it's run properly. I think when it was run by a company called Terrible's the name was appropriate because all of the Primm Valley Resorts are absolutely terrible. I think the only reason Desperado won't be the first defunct Arrow hyper (I'm not counting Steel Phantom) is because Titan at Space World barely beat it to closing first. I wouldn't be surprised if Desperado is closed for good.

  6. So glad that I went with a group of coworkers to marathon on Dragons to see how many times we could ride it in two hours a few years back. I would've never guessed then that this wonderfully unique ride would be gone in just a few short years! Maybe the fact that we could marathon the ride to begin with should've been a clue.

     

    At 95% of parks worldwide this coaster would have been one of the premier attractions. However at Universal the ride seemed to fade more and more into the background, especially after Potterverse came along.

  7. This article seems very biased based on the wording, particularly when it opens with the statement "A log ride at Knotts Berry Farm has been poorly maintained.." The fact that they waited until the end of that statement to say said statement is "according to a lawsuit..." makes the tone of the article more harsh and dramatic than what I think the facts laid out in the article call for. It seems like this journalist is jumping the gun honestly.

  8. Even though this has been rumored for a long while I'm still blown away by this. This is a coaster that will be remembered long after it's gone. Out of all the defunct coasters I can think of, I believe that this coaster will by far be missed the most. To enthusiasts it'll be as legendary in it's absence as Big Bad Wolf, Drachen Fire and Crystal Beach Cyclone. Perhaps even more. Unlike some of the previously mentioned rides however this legend is a great ride.

     

    I'll miss rocketing towards that castle wall on Ice. That was one of my favorite coaster visuals ever.

  9. So disappointed by this. To me this coaster was one of the only rides that I want to ride multiple times when I visited the park. Most of the others are fun, but I almost never feel the need to ride things like Forbidden Journey more than once in a visit. With certain rides like Minion Mayhem and the Simpsons Ride, I'll go months or even years without riding them. Sadly I feel as though more and more new Universal attraction fall into the latter category.

  10. Outside of the parks, of course you have the water parks and Disney Springs. Something to keep in mind too is that the resorts themselves are attractions that are worth visiting if you have the time. Some stand outs are the Magic Kingdom area resorts (Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge) where you have great restaurants, gorgeous beaches to walk on, and some amazing places to watch the fireworks (although you'll likely want to watch the fireworks from the park since it's going to be your first opportunity to see the show). The Polynesian and Grand Floridian are connected by a walkway along a beach. Exploring just those two is a relaxing way to take a break from the parks whilst still immersed in the magic.

     

    Another great resort area to explore is the Boardwalk/Yacht and Beach Club area. There's a great area of shops and restaurants here that you can access from an exit at the back of World Showcase at Epcot. This area is also connected to Hollywood Studios by boat and by a walkway however the walk will probably a bit long to do in the middle of summer.

  11. On Sunday I decided to make the trek to Knott's for the last day of the Boysenberry Festival and of course, Boomerang's last day. This was by far the busiest I've ever seen the park. Luckily this was also the day that I decided to try Fast Lane for the first time so I was still able to get on a lot. There are a lot of photos of Boomerang below and I included those not because I thought it was a great ride, but because it was very photogenic in a way that most coasters of the same model are not in my opinion (except for the period that it had the purple and green color scheme). This was a spectacular trip. Ten years ago, I felt that KBF had lost so much that had made it such an engaging and great park. It's amazing to see what a difference ten years makes because I think the park has regained so much of that charm that it lost and I think that it looks as good now as I've ever seen it going all the way back to the mid-90s. The park is beautiful and a place that has enough to engage all ages because it has once again become such a well-rounded family park. All right, on to the photos!

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    This was my second time to the Boysenberry Festival. I first went in 2015 and the food offerings seem to have gotten even better. I think the fact that this event is even being held is representative of how the history of this park has become so much more important to Cedar Fair than it was when they first bought the park.

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    This was my first Fast Lane experience and I was really happy with how much it helped increase the amount of rides I experienced. GhostRider had a seventy-five minute wait posted but I was able to get two rides within fifteen minutes.

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    The park is beautiful this time of year!

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    As this was Boomerang's last operating day, I wanted to take some last shots of it before it's demise.

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    This is certainly a case where I enjoyed the visual element a coaster adds to it's surrounding area more than the ride itself.

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    I remember being four years old and visiting Knott's for the first time. Back then this loop looked huge! If I recall correctly, after watching my Dad board I was reduced to tears because I was afraid something would happen to him.

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    Since this photo was taken a little over 48 hours ago, parts of this cobra roll have already been removed!

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    I did ride Boomerang once during my visit and it was as rough as ever. So excited to see what the park has up it's sleeve for this area!

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    Fiesta Village looks great! The relatively new paint jobs found on Jaguar! and Montezooma's Revenge work a lot better than the ones that they've had over the past several years. They compliment their surroundings as opposed to overpowering them.

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    Sol Spin also looks excellent. It adds some great kinetic energy to Fiesta Village. I wasn't able to ride it this visit but I look forward to giving it a try soon.

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    I love this part of the park. With the lush plant life and architecture it feels so peaceful which is quite the feat considering the number of rides and attractions this area holds.

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    The new paint jobs on Montezooma's Revenge and Jaguar! are not identical to their original colors yet they are close enough to remind me of how they looked when Jaguar! first opened. Those paint jobs worked well together back then and these new ones work just as well.

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    I'll never get tired of this view!

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    Same with this view. The ride was down at this point but luckily I was able to ride it later on.

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    Silver Bullet has really grown on me. The more I ride it, the more I appreciate it. When it opened, I really felt it was pretty mediocre compared to other B&M inverts I had ridden at the time. Now I enjoy it's interaction with the park areas around it. The visual experience on this ride is really superb.

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    When I was eight years old I rode GhostRider two weeks after it opened and to this day, regard that as one of the best rides on a coaster that I've ever had. The huge awe-inspiring golden structure held a ride with near-perfect pacing, great airtime, a layout interesting because it kept you guessing and a ride that was satisfyingly long. Sadly the GhostRider I rode that day disappeared as it aged. When I last rode the old version of the ride in 2014, it was hard to believe that it once had been so good. I first rode the renovated Ghostrider at last year's West Coast Bash and was delighted to see that it had been restored to being a great ride. During the day it doesn't seem as intense as it was when it opened. At night however this coaster is a different beast that is as intense as I remember it.

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    Night shot of Boomerang. As the hours crept closer to closing more and more people seemed to want to ride. I left a couple of hours before closing so I have no idea if the crowds at Boomerang lasted.

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    One last shot from this visit! I've always wondered who first came up with the brilliant idea of lighting theme park rock work like this. Bathing the rock in intense colored light is no longer groundbreaking but I imagine it must've looked pretty strange when it was first done. My only guess is that theme parks were inspired by the lighting featured at show caves such as Carlsbad Caverns. Thanks for reading!

     

  12. The lift hill from the former Rim Runner(boat ride) will be re-purposed into the lift hill for this new mine train coaster. It will be compact, and it will interact with the Canyon Blaster as well.

     

    Based on the layout this seems entirely possible! It'd be great to see an attraction at the park that took advantage of the remaining theming from when the park first opened. The park was really beautiful when it first opened.

  13. I can remember back into the 80's (I know...shocking) and they used to have ol' school simulators back then at fairs and carnivals. You would get into this thing that looked like a sideways silo (I suppose it was supposed to look like a rocket) and you sat there and were amazed at the motion "technology." On the outside it just lifted from one end, shook a lot, and turned side to side.

     

    Of course the predecessor to that was the "You Are There" not-quite as big as IMAX movies. Darien Lake and Fantasy Island had them. You went into this "tent" that looked like a boob and inside you would STAND and watch a big movie screen with shots of rollercoasters, skiing, and other action shots. Anyone remember these?

     

    In 1994-95 I worked on Mission: Bermuda Triangle at Sea World in Orlando (which is now Wild Artic). It was a fun ride to operate. I also worked on Back to the Future at USH (I get around). Is it bad that both of the simulators I worked on are now gone?

     

    My favorite simulator memory actually has nothing to do with riding the attraction at all. When SeaWorld San Diego opened Mission: Bermuda Triangle, the gift shop had a unique feature. Behind a wall in the back was an observation area where you could watch one of the simulators, letting you see it go through the motions. It was a darkened area and the simulator exterior was painted in all kinds of fluorescent paint. To four year old me, it was quite the spectacle. Sadly the observation area was closed at some point. Did the Mission: Bermuda Triangle in Orlando have this feature as well?

     

    For years I've been looking for a photo of the observation area in San Diego.

  14. It sounds like a combination of a lack of awareness of the work it takes to create a great ride and the effort required to put on an incredible event along with a super-boosted sense of self-entitlement that all seem to be the culprit here.

     

    I bet you these are the same folks who would look at Mystic Manor and complain that it wasn't the same ride system as any of the other interpretations of Haunted Mansion.

  15. ^ Just curious, was it ever more of a hassle to kick someone off the tour than keeping them on?

     

    I'm assuming that a clause in the pre-trip paperwork stated that TPR had the right to ask a participant to leave at anytime, but I'd be worried about any legal shenanigans an exiled traveler might try to pull once the trip was over. Also I'd be concerned that they might try to interfere with the rest of the tour in someway. I tend to be a worrier though so maybe these would only be thoughts going through my head.

  16. It's frustrating to think that an adult in their fifties can act so immature. I think the people in those groups feed off each other. They're so cowardly they need a support group to bitch and whine about situations that are their own fault while shifting the blame to someone else. No one is entitled to break the rules without consequences. It's pathetic and such snowflake behavior!

     

    I thought that term was limited to misbehaving college kids but now I think the word has a broader definition.

  17. Maybe I'm a little biased because I used to work there but Epcot is everything a theme park should be and it doesn't have a coaster. Hell, World Showcase is in my opinion the best part of the park and one of the greatest theme park sections ever built despite only having two rides. It is awe inspiring and detailed in a way where I can't imagine ever being bored there. Something that truly stands out to me is the reaction guests would have to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Every night when working crowd control for the show I would see guests who were moved to the point of tears by the spectacle. I believe that this is a testament to how as a whole, Epcot is magical and inspiring in a way that would make Walt Disney himself proud despite not being the EPCOT he envioned before he died.

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