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  1. Haha I was thinking the same thing. I stay on that end of town fairly often and actually like that area but the traffic can be a pain. I would guess that when this resort opens From your room to the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot will be a solid 20-30 minutes if nto more depending on traffic. I live in the area and if you just take the back road behind Chick Fil A you only have to go through one stoplight and can be to Animal Kingdom in 5 minutes. But, you are correct if you are traveling during rush hour or early in the morning when the parks are opening it will take longer. Just curious since you know the area, how much of a walk would that be? It not the distance as much as there is no sidewalk most of the way and once you enter Disney property (by Animal Kingdom) their is no pedestrian connection to the park entrance. I have seen people walking it but I wouldn't want to do it.
  2. I agree with pricing. I think it will be themed better than some think. I see this park as a more themed version of a Wet N Wild. I know they will have a huge parking lot for the waterpark. So they are banking on a lot of day visitors.
  3. The master blaster water coaster drop has been installed, the bowl slide structure has been put into place and the racing slide has top off.
  4. So they have started slide instillation. Things should get a lot more interesting moving forward.
  5. Slide towers are going vertical and slide supports are going up rapidly now that foundations are in place. The first two pictures are for the racing slides and drop capsule slides.
  6. This is such a great park. Every time I have visited it exceeds expectations. These new additions look great and might just set them up for a new ride in Christmas in 2020, with them moving their offices to Thanksgiving. That last line was a little weird to type.
  7. Sea World - Infinity Falls Lighting The lighting in this new area does a great job at altering the colors of the rock work, accentuating the sculptural elements while still keeping the the jungle/expedition theme that ties the area together. This turns off (most of the way) when a boat goes through. The Station
  8. Here is a look at the ride and the area now that the walls are down. It is really nicely done and does a good job of 'engaging' people even if they don't ride the ride. Sea World and Busch Gardens seems to do this very well with their rides.
  9. Sea World Orlando - Lighting Part 1 Sea World does a great job of creating a 'relaxed' environment that just feels more natural as you walk around. The lighting in the park focuses on strengthening this laid back feel. Two of their newest areas, Shark Reef and Antarctica have some great lighting with Mako's plaza having special lighting and sound each time a coaster train goes through the plaza. Shark Reef Antarctica
  10. This ride seems to be getting really close to a soft opening. It has been running multiple rafts and dispatching out of the station at normal 'loading speeds'. The lift issue seems fixed and the drop is working well. Hopefully soon.
  11. I would do Water World. Its a huge water park with some really uniquely themed water rides. They have an indoor themed dinosaur raft ride, an Egyptian themed indoor raft slide, a great water coaster and about 30 water slides. Elitch is really not much. Personally I think the best park in Colorado is Glenwood Caverns. You can take the commuter transit system from Denver's Union Station to Glenwood Springs. Its called the Bustang and runs multiple trips every day. (Both directions)
  12. I wouldn't be surprised to see in phase 2 a well themed indoor dark ride. This land's new theme would give them a lot of options.
  13. Great news. We really enjoy Sea World and Aquatica in Florida. Great atmosphere, nice theming, great shows and beautiful landscaping. Hope the positive momentum continues.
  14. They could potentially build one or two large 'dry' retention lakes that only fill up for these type of events. I am not sure what the flow rates are for Spring Creek and how big these retention facilities would need to be. So it might or might not be feasible. Building something up stream would probably be their best bet. But that would require land and lots of permits.
  15. Hopefully this ride will be ready to go soon. It looks like a great addition to the park. I think once the landscaping grows in over the next few years it will really complement Sea World's beautiful grounds. The new store. It looks like this ride will really shine after dark.
  16. That logo is about as perfect as you can get. It truly reflects the history of Pittsburgh.
  17. It really feels like this attraction was designed to give Sea World a great water ride (for the Florida heat) and a tag line (big drop on a river rapids ride). I don't think this ride will make tourist change their plans but, it gives Sea World a nice new ride to attract those local passholder crowds. With Florida's population now the 3rd biggest of any state, with over 20 million, they may just find their new growth model with becoming the 'ticket' for locals.
  18. Hopefully they will paint the stairs blue to match the tower and add some more landscaping to block the view over time. But the tower and overall ride is really looking good. Sea World has a winner on their hands.
  19. Another nice urban neighborhood in Orlando is Thornton Park. Thornton Park is located just east of Lake Eola and downtown Orlando (2 block walk). This areas has a great traditional housing stock and a great main street area. The area has some nice mural art and a strong following for its local restaurant scene. This includes places like, Graffiti Junktion, Anthony's, Benjamin French Bakery, Dexter's and much more. If you are looking for a laid back 'southern' neighborhood in Orlando this one does the trick. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  20. Maybe the best downtown area in the Orlando metro is Winter Park. Winter Park is located just north of downtown Orlando. If you want a local experience that brings the charm of Florida to you Orlando vacation in a laid-back environment this is the place to visit. It is full of local shops and great restaurants, has a Sunrail Transit station and is home to the beautiful Rollins College. Some restaurants to check out include, Boca Kitchen Bar Market, ABO, Briarpatch, Prato, Rome's Flavours and Blu on the Avenue. It is also home to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Honestly this is a great urban downtown to visit in Orlando. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  21. Waterslide pieces have started to arrive at Margaritaville Resort Orlando for the new water park that is scheduled to open in March of 2019. Infrastructure work is well underway along with site work. I am not sure, but from the plans I have seen of the park I believe the slides and attractions maybe from Whitewater West. Tower construction should begin later this summer. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  22. One really nice downtown area near the 192 corridor is downtown Kissimmee. Downtown Kissimmee is located south of Highway 192 on Lake Tohopekaliga. The downtown has come a long ways over the last few years and has a number of local restaurants and shops that are worth a visit. A few restaurants worth checking out is Big John's Rockin BBQ, Shipwrecked in the Islands and Hatfield's Bar and Grill. The downtown is also home to a new Sunrail transit station that begins operation on July 30 of this year. But the true star of downtown Kissimmee is Kissimmee Lakefront Park. This new urban park on Lake Tohopekaliga has a wonderful promenade, kids water playground and the Big Toho Marina. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
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