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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 11:38 am
by viking86
Day 7 - EPCOT and Magic Kingdom

For day 7 I didn’t have any specific plans. Well, until the evening the day before when I got the following text message from Robb:

“Garbles is in town tomorrow night. I made some FP at MK if you want to go.”

And with that I suddenly had plans for this day as well. The meetup wasn’t until the evening, which I was fairly happy pleased with, because my feet were in dire need of some rest. I spent the first hours of the day in the apartment at the resort, getting a good breakfast, doing some laundry and watching some football (thats soccer for you Americans, match was between Chelsea - Liverpool if anyone feels the need to know).

Around 2 PM I ran out of patience and headed out. I decided to head to EPCOT first. Spent a couple of hours at the park, did multiple single-rider laps on Test Track and also took a lap around World Showcase before heading up to Magic Kingdom to meet up with the group for the evening.
(thanks to Robb for providing most of the pictures from Magic Kingdom this evening)


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Here I am back at EPCOT for some more Flower & Garden festival.

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EPCOT fountain doing its thing...

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Did several single-rider laps on Test Track. I love this ride, so much fun! And as I have stated previously, the single-rider line moves superfast due to the 3-across seating.

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Chevrolet concept car.

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Another beautiful day around the World Showcase Lagoon.

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Snow White was out meeting guests in Germany.

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Quick food-stop in Japan. This thing had some chicken stuff inside if I remember correctly. Quite tasty!

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Beautiful France!

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I ended up taking a lot of World Showcase Lagoon pictures on this trip

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Alice greeting guests in Britain

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EPCOT is so beautiful that you feel you never get enough pictures of it.

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SERIOUSLY!!!

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There was no way I was going to pass by these two without stopping!

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And with that I would say my final goodbye to EPCOT for this trip. Love this park so much and I will definitely be back in the future!

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I headed directly from EPCOT up to Magic Kingdom. Hello castle!

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Met up with the group and instant silliness occured!

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When you forget your space goggles you have to improvise.
(Pssst Tom, the camera is on this side)

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Went for a ride on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. I’m very focused, Tom looks beyond bored...

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...and these two guys?? Well.....yeah, not sure what words to put here!


We decided to be very brave and go on Peoplemover again. The outcome was inevitable...



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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 1:37 pm
by cfc
Periscope and Peoplemover don't mix!

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 3:18 pm
by Jakizle
This was an insanely fun night at the park!!!

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:27 am
by viking86
cfc wrote:Periscope and Peoplemover don't mix!


Maybe, but it gave me some of the most memorable rides of my entire trip! The Peoplemover will forever hold a special place in my heart. :lmao:


Jakizle wrote:This was an insanely fun night at the park!!!


That is a highly accurate description of that evening! So much fun....

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:06 am
by viking86
Day 8 - Sea World Orlando

New day, new opportunities. Arrived at Sea World a little after 10 AM and met up with fellow forum member Zach (thepoint4life23) shortly after, for what would become another great day in Orlando.


Some quick notes from the day:
- Sea World has two excellent B&M's, and when Mako opens next year they will have a really strong trio of rollercoasters.
- Excellent operations, two trains running on both Manta and Kraken even with both rides being walk-on all day.
- Wild Arctic is the worst simulator I have been on! The concept and story is cool, but it's just soooooooooooooo dizzying! I refuse to ride this ever again.
- Moving to the other side of the planet, Empire of the Penguin in Antarctica is another dissappointment. It's such a cool ride system that allows for so much, but I feel this ride misses so many opportunities to be great.

Overall I really like Sea World and I sincerely hope that the addition of Mako will bring a brigter future for the park. They have some excellent rollercoasters, but I cannot help but feel that they are a bit behind when it comes to rides.

Anyway, onto the pictures...

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:11 am
by thepoint4life23
It was great meeting you. The ride on Kraken was one of the oddest things ever.

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:53 am
by _koppen
viking86 wrote:Image


This is one of very few elements I'm absolutely dying to try out!

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:20 pm
by viking86
thepoint4life23 wrote:It was great meeting you. The ride on Kraken was one of the oddest things ever.


That sure was a strange ride indeed. I have never had such a "quiet" ride on a B&M (or any other coaster for that matter). Thanks for meeting up with me, I had a great day!


_koppen wrote:This is one of very few elements I'm absolutely dying to try out!


And with good reason, it's easily one of my favorite coaster elements. Heading up into the pretzel loop really gives you a chance to think about what's going to happen, and if you ride in the backseat there is some serious pull going over the top!

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:33 am
by dreynolds1982
_koppen wrote:This is one of very few elements I'm absolutely dying to try out!


I've never been on Manta, but the pretzel loop on Superman:UF at SFGa is one of my all time favorite coaster elements. Just an incredibly unique sensation, unlike anything else I've experienced on a coaster. Hard to describe. Definitely something you need to experience for yourself!

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:53 pm
by cfc
^To me, the experience was akin to having an elephant stand on my chest. Not a fan of the pretzel roll, but to each his or her own.