March 30, 2001
On the Road to Adventure
What a GREAT day! I've been anticipating this trip for so long, I woke up at
4am, even though i had to leave by 5:30. I got ready quickly and i noticed that
i still had an hour to spare until it was time to leave. This was a school
trip, so I expected to get to the park by 10:30. That didn't happen. The buses
arrived half an hour late. We departed 40 minutes later than our scheduled
time. Oh well, the bus ride wasn't boring at all. The rest stop was supposed to
be for 20 minutes, but ended up being (almost) 30 minutes. We actually arrived
at the park at 11. I noticed some major construction going on by JP and MSHI.
It's EASILY visible from Int'l Drive. We got inside the park at 11:30 and our
Lost & Found.. and Lost Again.
Our group consisted of 7. I knew it wouldn't work out. It didn't. We ended up
with 6. One of us had decided to not show up at our meeting place after we
stuffed our lockers. It was the 3rd time in 15 minutes. We decided to leave the
person behind because we only had until 5:30pm. It turned out that she had
found someone else and had enjoyed the park with her instead of us. Good for
her though, because I didn't want to leave her alone.
The REAL Adventure
Marvel Super Hero Island:
This is the section of the TR that you're probably most interested in.
We decided to hit The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman first after noticing a 90
minute wait for Hulk. Spidey was a 40 min wait. It was WELL worth it. I forgot
most of the ride since last June. The heat sensory effects were great, since
inside the building was cold :) I saw that giant green *** with the hand, and
i pointed it out to everyone else. Interesting. The queue is interesting as
well. One banner on an office wall reads, "We don't BLOW IT when it comes to
news!" and another one reads, "You can't get anyhwere by just sitting on your
assci-characters, so get moving!" . While waiting in line, I overheard one lady
say this: "Doom is even better than this!" After Spiderman, we noticed that
Dr. Doom's Fearfall had a 70 minute wait. Not even the singles line was moving.
Hey, the cars go all the way up the tower now. With that, we strolled off to
the next awesome thrill ride, The Incredible Hulk Coaster. A friend had
informed me earlier about the singles line. Much quicker. I turned out that I
got to ride with 2 of my good friends on the very back row of the train. I
don't know what you guys mean when you say that Hulk is slow-paced near the
end. I thought it was a great ride. G-forces all around. That launch is
amazing. The zero-g roll really makes this coaster great. Prior to the laucnh,
my friend accidently pushed my shoulder restraint all the way down with his
elbow. I was stapled in. I got no airtime off the brake run. Well, we'll just
have to ride again later :) I purchased a photo of our ride.. $11. The next
island on our schedule?
This place really cheers me up. Watching one of the flumes from
Dudley-Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls drop beneath the dynamite shack and shoot back
out onto the bunny hop is great. With a 65 minute wait, we ditched it and
headed straight for my favorite river raft ride, Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat
Barges. I was drenched from head to toe. I remembered to take my shoes and
socks off though, because if i didn't, then I'd be walking around with soaking
wet shoes all day. Did they change the lift hill? I thought the boat wash was
more colorful with bubbles floating around and other little gadgets. At least
it was like that last June. I swear there was something missing. Oh well. I
ended up getting soaked mainly by the waterfalls. Right on me. How great. The
drop is speedy with a touch of airtime! Hehe, my friends noticed it too. Next
was DDRRF. This time the wait had gone down to "only" 60 minutes. Since I had
never ridden it before, we hopped in line. Just as we were about to be assigned
our flume, the ride broke down for 10 minutes. No big deal. We were in our
seats in no time. Although, I can't follow the story-line very well, I still
consider this my #1 water ride. The first small drop got me soaked. I was the
3rd person from the front and a wall of water crashed right onto us. I was just
getting warm, too. The final drop is incredible. The further down you go, the
steeper the drop gets. Anyone know what the angle of descent is? I thought
that we were going straight down at one point. I managed the courage to let my
hands up just before shooting out of the dynamite shack and onto the bunnyhop.
Got a little bit of air and was drenched all over again. The only thing that
disappointed me was the graffiti on the walls of the queue. But they touch up
on the paint every day, don't they? My 2nd favorite island :)
We had enough water for the day, so we all skipped Jurassic Park River
Adventure and headed for food. I forgot the name of the restaurant, but it had
a T-Rex in the middle. the burgers were great, although a little pricey, $7.41
for a cheeseburger and fries. It also has a "buffet" with condiments and
veggies for your burgers. Not bad at all. After eating, we paced over to...
The Lost Continent:
My favorite island. Beautifully detailed. Also home to my #1 rollercoaster,
Dueling Dragons. Fire Dragon to be exact. The castle queue is INCREDIBLE. I
noticed graffiti on a skull, though... the same symbol as the one on Dudley. We
opted for a front row seat on Ice first. Awesome. The only thing that was
missing was the 0G on the zero-g roll. I've never felt it on this ride. The
cobra roll by the castle wall is intense. My buddy next to me was screaming,
hoping he wouldn't lose a toe or 2. the beeline toward Fire Dragon is also fun.
As luck would have it, some other friends of mine were on the front row of Fire
Dragon, so I was waving my hands and feet around frantically trying to get
their attention as we plowed through the most intense vertical loop EVER. There
can't be more than 18'' of clearance with both trains. Fire Dragon on the other
hand, is even more intense. Unfortunately, the ride ops let our train go alone,
with Ice Dragon still in the station. I HATE that. It would've added a whole
lot to the ride to see the other train manuever through the zero-g roll and
have the rider's feet come up to meet ours. We sat in the very back where the
G's are best appreciated. The bunnyhop provided some great airtime and the new
high-g element which i don't know the name of was strong. The final corkscrew
was also fun. What a great coaster by great designers. Poseidon's Fury was
amazing. Don't wanna spoil it though :) The only drawbacks are the exit signs
and the fire alarms on the ceiling. I LOVE the ending. After our DD rides, we
only had 45 minutes until we had to go back to the buses. Next up? no, we
didn't have time for Seuss Landing. Reride on Hulk!
I bet it's not Easy Being Green. Our last ride of the day was Hulk. GREAT ride.
This time it was a 2nd row seat, but not with my friends. Single riding of
course. This time I felt the launch was more powerful. The Gs weren't quite as
intense though, and I wasn't stapled in. Fun fun fun.
All in all, I had a fantastic day, with great weather, great friends, and
totally awesome rides. The wait times that are displayed are usually incorrect
though, but that doesn't keep it from being my favorite theme park. And I only
live 3 hours away! :)
Islands of Adventure -- March 30!
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