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  1. Jeebus H. Christ... Last time I went to Magic Kingdom was back in 2003, when I was FOURTEEN F***iNG YEARS OLD! I had fun, along with the others in my trip (who were in the 14-18 range). Teens like MK alot, the Mountain's there are thrilling, the teacups and Buzz Lightyears were fun, Haunted Mansion and PotC also made us smile. A ride you would expect at Cedar Point DOES NOT fit in at Magic Kingdom and deliver the same amount of fun as they would. But I never said anything to the contrary -- I merely stated the the Magic Kingdom is a lackluster and outdated offering as compared to say Islands of Adventures. But for those of us who have been attending the Magic Kingdom since before you were born.... can probably see its decline in stature. I've been attending the Magic Kingdom since 1979 and I am saddened by Disney's lack of effort to keep the park relavent. They haven't added/changed anything to keep pace with the superior parks that now exist in Central Florida.
  2. Sorry, but you are wrong here. The extensive coverage in the Sentinel was mostly about Walt Disney World (local photos, many of which leaked by WDW staffers) -- and constantly talked about the failure of the 34 year old buildings and support structures. While the articles did make comparisons to California's DisneyLand -- the bulk of the continuing stories were about the Orlando attraction. Regardless of the Sentinel being biased or not -- Walt Disney World has a proven track record of removing sophisicated attractions that would appeal to adults like Carosel of Progress, Mission to Mars, Alien Encounter, Magic Journeys, etc. etc. and replacing them with strictly kiddie fare. As a member of Gen X, I can clearly say that there is nothing that interests me at the Magic Kingdom any more -- this is sad really, as Alien Encounter was probably my all time favorite theme park attraction. ....and no I don't agree with your assessment of the current condition of the park. I think the Magic Kingdom looked downright ghetto when I visited earlier this year. With burned out bulbs flickering, dirty bathrooms, broken animatronics, peeling paint on buildings, overflowing garbage cans etc. etc. The park is a former shell of its former glory. All because of the penny pinching.
  3. Don't take my word for it.... Go to the library and look up the Orlando Sentinel (lexus-nexus) articles about the topic (from late last year). They did a full week of stories on the Deterioration of Magic Kingdom. They took pictures of buildings on Main Street that were closed "for renovation" -- when they were actually suffering structural failures from neglect. They even tied several recent accidents to poor maintenance. The last time I went, several of the attractions had broken animatronics and dirty bathrooms. This never would have happened in the '80s, but Eisner's last 5 years of cost cutting has taken its toll.
  4. That is probably true -- but its based on the overpriced nature of Disney. Universal Studios destroys the tiny MGM studios. Islands of Adventures trashes the outdated Tragic Kingdom. .....and considering Disney costs about twice the price for annual passes for an inferior product..... You are paying for the Disney logo and not much else. Those are the facts as I see them and I'm sticking to them....
  5. Seriously, Disney isn't what it used to be. Recent visits to the Tragic Kingdom have revealed similar deterioration problems as noted in the above photo tour. Not only has the cost-cutting killed the original disney park but its attractions keep getting "dumbed down" for young children. It used to offer sophisticated attractions like the Carosel of Progress and Alien Encounter for adults. Now, the whole park is a snorefest for anyone over the age of 13. ...and the above comparison is unfair as I would also guess that 9 out of 10 kids have never heard of Cypress Gardens. I'm just telling you what my kids like. My kids think Disney sucks and I agree. Our family favorites (Top 5) are #1 Islands of Adventures, #2 Universal Studios, #3 Sea World, #4 Cypress Gardens, #5 Animal Kingdom (since Everest opened). I personally love Epcot, but my kids just aren't into it. If we are fanboys of anything -- it is of Universal Orlando.
  6. Seriously, B&B had two coasters -- not one. The Python and Boardwalk's Zoomerang were both lame barely 45 second duration coasters. I don't include lift hills with actual ride time. But seriously, the short 1800 foot Scorpion was dwarfed by the Hurricane (which was nearly twice its size). Most people will probably agree that the Hurricane was the best coaster in Florida until its removal in 1990 (only the Starliner gave it a run). ....and Boardwalk and Baseball's theming, wooden boardwalks and lush landscape destroyed Busch's Asphalt Heaven.
  7. B&B died because of politics not due to location. It was horribly mismanaged by HBJ and poorly promoted. Busch bought it to simply eliminate the competition -- at the time, B&B's wooden "Hurricane" coaster blew away any of the coaster offerings at Busch Gardens Tampa. Not to mention the fact that B&B offered a much nicer presentation (landscape, boadwalk, etc) than the so-so theming of BG Tampa. ...and I think I'm being horribly misquoted from previous posts about CG. I am not a CG fan boy. I merely said to cut it slack considering their annual pass to Wild Adventures/Cypress Gardens is about the same cost of a single day to Disney/Universal/Sea World. ....and for Senior Citizens, there are way more activities that would appeal to the older set at Cypress Gardens than Kiddie (Magic) Kingdom. It is sad to see them Cost Cutting the Gardens so bad, though.... and the Kids still prefer Cypress Gardens to Disney -- They hate waiting in line for 90 minutes for each ride at the Mouse House.... These lame reviews on this forum aren't going to change anything. CG is still set to match its record attendance last year. Wild Adventures is just as empty as Cypress Gardens on Weekdays. But both parks are packed on the weekends especially on concert days. I'll never understand the hating on CG -- it was never designed to compete with Disney.... Heck, it was around 40 years before the Mouse came to Florida.
  8. Honestly, DisneyQuest was overpriced crap. If the admission price was 10 to 15 bucks or so a day -- it would be worth it. But $35 dollars a day? Give me a break.... it was a terrible attraction. Only the Buzz Lightyear bumper cars and Virtual Coaster attractions were worth it. Pirates was dumb -- the "boat rowing" attraction was even more dumb. I'm a Gen-X guy, so it should have appealled to me. I love arcades -- but the defunct Sega Parks were way better. Let it DisneyQuest die. Just another lame Disney effort.
  9. Well, Cypress Gardens will get its second major coaster (after Starliner opens) -- a big steel Vekoma for 2007 (most likely)
  10. Well, if you are just going for ride credits -- you could probably do the park in about 2 hours... If you want to actually see anything -- the rides, exhibits, shows, etc... It will probably take the whole day. Definitely check out the animal show, ski show and skating show. The pirate show and barnyard show are kinda lame.
  11. Yeah, Phobia sounds good to me -- where and when would you all meet on 10/22?
  12. Well, According to the rumor mill -- the Tonga Tubes slide tower has been approved by the safety inspectors and will open for this weekend! Just wanted to pass it along -- so now Splash Island has some real slides open at Cypress Gardens.
  13. You're web site has been having problems... Perhaps too much traffic? I can't wait to see Splash Island in person.....
  14. Any coaster that wasn't built by Vekoma would rock! They need to get some more variety. To mimic Wild Adventures ride roster would defeat the purpose of going to both parks -- which is something they are now advertising hard now (with the Summer Pass/Annual Pass). I would love an old steel Wild Cat coaster -- they are also small and have lots of thrills.
  15. Yeah, quite a bit of the park is corny. The Farmyard Frolics and new Pirate show are pretty dumb. The Swamp Creatures show was a nice addition, though. The animal section is really nice and its not quite finished yet. I can't wait until the Starliner re-opens -- its been far too long since I rode that legend. I can't wait to see the other new rides -- and I too hope he adds a real log flume. I don't know if they can fit it: but it would be cool if the train ride stopped in all 3 ride areas. I guess we'll see next year.
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