Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Lauderdale HELP!

Wednesday, February 26, 2003 7:18 AM
We finalized the plans for Spring Break. Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Palm Beach will all be hit along the way. Now, comes the questions:

1) Which city has a better night life Tampa or Orlando? What are the hot spots for each of them?? (This question could start a FLA FLAME-war at the drop of an orange).
2) Atlanta Hot spots to hit on the West side of the city or Downtown??
3) Palm Beach is not a problem, but what time is the best time to Ride the Dania Hurricane?
4) What is the best plan of attack for IOA? Where do you go first and why?
5) Is there any Wild Adventure Coupons for admission in Valdosta?

I've been to the other parks on the list and know how to attack them, besides how to relax and have fun in them.....but I need some nightlife ideas in the three cities that I haven't spent a great deal of time.

Thanks for all of your help, Woody.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 7:44 AM
1. Not a resident, but if you're looking for stuff that's not generic (such as Universal's City Walk, you're probably better off going to Tampa for night life. Probably more of a local flavor there. But we have some FL natives who might be able to point you to other stuff to do in Orlando.

2. AVOID ANYTHING WEST OF DOWNTOWN ATLANTA! Western metro Atlanta ranges from low income to ghetto (not an exaggeration). I reccomend driving to the city and going to Buckhead, Midtown, Little 5 Points, or Virginia Highlands for night life.

Buckhead - Just about anything, ranging from the alternative crowd to yuppies (but usually more youthful than not). It's pricy, but it's THE place people go to party after-hours. Buckhead is mostly a clubber's scene, with some bars spliced in the mix.

Midtown - Mostly young professionals in the clubs. The bars are not bad, but it's still kind of pricy like B'head. Also, fewer bars and clubs compared to other parts of town.

Little 5 Points - Used to be THE alternative hangout in town. It's become much more commercialized in the last 5 years. Mostly college students and young professionals at the bars. Few or no clubs. Not as expensive as B'head or Midtown.

Virginia Highlands - Lots of bars, few (if any) clubs. The scene is mostly yuppies who like to get drunk and crash their BMWs into telephone poles or people. If you're not into the young wealthy professional/yuppie scene, you might not enjoy it. But the bars are good (yet crowded).

West of Atlanta: Not that much. Avoid anything east of Six Flags on I-20 and I-285. Probably not your bag. If you go west toward Douglasville, there is a mall and maybe a few bars (Taco Mac is the only one I know of) near it.

Check www.accessatlanta.com to search for nightlife. Also, check www.ajc.com (the Atlanta paper), sometimes the run articles about nightlife around town. Check the Living Section (found on the left side of the main screen) for local info.

Ask if you have any other questions!

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*** This post was edited by General Public 2/26/2003 12:47:15 PM ***

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 7:45 AM
Q1: Tampa is quite a bit *seedier*...hey, YOU said "at the drop of an orange", LOL...

Q2: Hotlanta...I only know the places we've stayed for work were real nice (Buckhead), and the places we stayed on our own dime were "not as nice"....but MUCH closer to the park...;)

Q3: DBH...ride at night, most definitely....unless you're lucky enough to ride during or immediately after a nice drizzle...

Q4: Since I'm *assuming* you haven't done IoA, Spidey first...low capacity...then the water rides BEFORE they get busy....;)

Q5: Wild Adventures....great park, friendly staff, clean...excellent for kids. Don't know of coupons, but here's their URL: http://www.wild-adventure.com/default.asp?flash=yes

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 7:47 AM
1) It depends on what you mean by "nightlife." Because this is a family site, I'll just say that Tampa has better "adult" entertainment, while Orlando probably has the better nightclub/dance spots.

4) At IOA, I tend to work from the back of the park to the front, hitting the Dragons first, then Spidey, and then Hulk. Very few people make it to the dragons before noon.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 8:35 AM
2) General Public summed up HOTlanta pretty well. Buckhead, Midtown, and Virgina Highlands are where you'll want to hang out. As a college student (GT) living in Downtown HOTlanta, I know the local club scene pretty well.

Buckhead - Lots of clubs and pubs. It really has something for everybody. Try the fishbowl at Lulu's Bait Shack (Near E. Paces Ferry & Peachtree). Parking is a pain though. You can pay for a close spot, or you will have to walk a little bit for a free spot on the street.

Midtown - Like B'Head, but a little frutier (if you know what I mean). Yeah

Va. Highlands - Almost exclusively composed of pubs and taverns. It's a good place to hang out with friends, lots of brewskies, and live music (Dark Horse Tavern is pretty good). Free parking is readily available in the surrounding Va. Highlands residential district.

All three of these locations are in central or east HOTlanta. Midtown, of course, is near the middle of the city. Virginia Highlands is a couple miles east of the city. Buckhead is about 5-10 miles NE of the city. It's worth the drive from the west side of the city (which I assume is where you are staying) to visit any of these locations.

4) Ah, yes. IOA. My favorite park EVER.

I recommend getting there as early as humanly possible. When the park opens, head straight for the Hulk and Spiderman. After that, go to the back of the park for a couple spins on Dueling Dragons. From that point on, go wherever you want. If it's warm enough, you should hit the water rides early because they can get quite a long line.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 8:41 AM
4) I would say Spidey -> Dr. Doom->Hulk -> Water rides

Spidey has relatively really really bad capacity and since you're right there (and it will probably be hard to resist) Dr. Doom with it's pretty bad capacity and Hulk are good choices. Water rides tend to not be too busy early.

If you're going to be riding anything during peak times, I would say DD would be the right choice: 2 trains of 32's with separate unload and load? You get the idea. The line pretty much walks down the queue from start to end without stopping.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 10:33 AM
1. The Orlando area has City Walk at Universal and Pleasure Island at Disney.

3. Try to get to Boomers before sunset and ride the Hurricane until it closes at like 11. It picks up incredible speed when it gets dark like all woodie and by 11 its insane.

4. If you get there before the park opens go to Spiderman and Dr. Dooms. Otherwise head to the back of the park. Sometimes IOA on off days doesn't open the back of the park until an hour after opening but during spring break they will probably open the whole thing up at 9. I recommend using the single riders line if possible which greatly reduces the wait times for Spiderman and Dr. Dooms. Get an express pass for Hulk and come back to it. Also hit the water rides before noon.

I hope that helps!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 10:46 AM
Just so you know, the strip clubs in Orlando sux0rz!!! But I hear "Nikki's" and "Magic City" in ATL are bangin'...

Oh...not *those* type of clubs....;)
lata, jeremy

---resident pervert...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 2:18 PM
Yeah Magic City is banging dude. Its of the hizzel fo shizzel. Oh yih come see me @ Georgia Cyclone @ SFoG. Peace

A-Rod

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 6:01 AM
Great stuff.......And yes, we need information on all kinds of activities. Thanks for being so blunt...

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 6:29 AM
....jeremy's not winning any awards for *most family friendly buzzer* this year, eh...;)
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 6:31 AM
I was trying to avoid that line of discussion with my post *mons venus*.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 7:23 AM
Not that I would know, but I *do* live in a college town...I thought I'd heard that MV was closed due to a more "family-oriented" push in Tampa. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure there was a new set of regulations that forced some of those places to either close or radically alter their operations...
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 11:47 AM
For nightlife in Tampa go to Ybor City - it's a historic area with lots of clubs and restaurants like New Orleans' Bourbon Street except it's old Cuban heritage. They block off the street and you can just walk from club to club.

Like the others are saying - go to IOA at opening and hit Spidey first - you can get acouple of walk on rides first thing but by noon the wait can be an hour and a half. Dudley Do-right's Ripsaw Falls can be that long a wait too, but Dueling Dragons lines are only 20 to 30 minutes max normally. You'll have to pass through City Walk to get to the park so you'll be able to see the types of clus that are there. When are you planning to be at IOA?

Disney's Pleasure Island is pretty good with a one price cover to all the clubs there. It's been several years since I've gone, but we especially enjoyed the Adventurer's Club - just go get a drink, find a seat and wait for things to happen - the show is all around you.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 3:15 PM
There is one club in Atlanta which rules, 'the Cheetah'. If you have been there, you understand, but who in the hell would go to Atlanta. No beach. Go to Tampa, and head to Clearwater.

Most of the dancers are on the beach in the daytime keeping their tans. Park at the city lot next to the Adam's Mark hotel, and head there around 6 to get a ice cold one and watch the sunset. That Pirate ship from around the corner sails back and forth with 'partygoers' and guns firing all for your personal enjoyment.

You can always skip over to Citywalk in Orlando for Mardi Gras. Its a good time, even for sanitized Orlando. If you buy a season pass for $99, you get free parking and free cover charges at the bars there, in addition to both parks and 15% off of food at in park resturaunts.

Then drive to Daytona and see if the action is still around. If you want, head to South Beach at Miami. The girls are out in full force.

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Friday, February 28, 2003 5:46 AM
Clearwater Beach is fantastic, but you have to make sure you go to the right end of it (hotels). If you go to the other end, you'll be wondering why everyone talks about a bunch of grandparents in 50's era swimsuits.

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