Florida coaster downtime?

Tuesday, December 23, 2003 11:13 AM
I plan on making a trip to the Orlando area (including Tampa) the second full week of January and was wondering if anyone had heard of any coaster downtime at any parks. If any of you Floridians (or anyone else for that matter) have any advice ask to making the trip easier, let me know! I plan on one day at every park (except Disney) and one day split between Sea World and Old Town, and I'll be staying right outside of Universal Studios.

-Josh

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Tuesday, December 23, 2003 3:58 PM
Yes, that is usually about when Dueling Dragons closes for a few weeks I think, although sometimes they only close one side.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2003 10:15 PM
Yea, certainly call the parks. Last year, I went in the third week of January (I think) and went for 5 days (they had a special for a 5 day pass or something). It was my first time and it was GREAT, but double check b/c the ended up closing dueling dragons (both sides I believe) the last day or two while I was there. ....of course the Hulk was still open :)
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Wednesday, December 24, 2003 12:25 AM
I will go in to ask at IoA tomorrow, not sure how informative they'll be....maintenance for some reason doesn't really keep GR up to speed on that kind of thing typically....but sometimes ya get lucky! :)

When I am elected king, departments will talk to each other....;)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2003 9:18 PM
Where are you staying? the roomkey at the loews hotels gets you on all of the rides within 10 minutes, to save time and guarantee re-rides

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Friday, December 26, 2003 11:46 PM
I'm not staying on site. Going in the middle of January, during school, I doubt I'll have to wait much longer than ten minuted to ride anything. Is there something at Sea World that will allow me to go in and ride Kraken and JTA without having to pay the entire 53 bucks to get in?

Josh

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Saturday, December 27, 2003 12:43 AM
I have heard rumors that they have a "shopper's pass" deal which can get you in for up to an hour. Anyone with details?
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Saturday, December 27, 2003 12:36 PM
Bosshawk, pretty sure that's what we were referring to as a BGT "Tin Pass" in another thread, ROFL....not sure if Sea World does that, it IS a Busch Park....

For all interested, IoA GR said there are no plans for *extended downtime* this Winter...unanticipated closings are always a possibility, of course.

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Saturday, December 27, 2003 1:26 PM
That is funny. I had not heard of BGT doing that. I was talking with someone about the very same situation at Seaworld(just wanting to ride Kraken and JTA) and they told me about the pass. I ended up not needing to do that, so I am not sure what the exact policy is.
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Sunday, December 28, 2003 1:33 PM
I'm going to call Sea World and find out exactly what kind of deal that it is they offer. Once I find out, I'll post it on here so that everyone will know.

-Josh

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Monday, December 29, 2003 6:02 AM
I went to Sea World in October and was very disappointed with the downtime of both the main rides. JTA was constantly playing up all day (most of the time when I was in the queue!) and Kraken went down twice. You could say I was just unlucky, which I think I was in regards to Kraken, but JTA has had problems in the past, which two friends also experienced when they visited the park a year before me. For these reasons when you get to the park I would head straight for JTA, then do the shows, and save the best (Kraken) for last.

Dan

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Monday, December 29, 2003 9:23 AM
I mainly plan to go for the rides. I could care less about the shows. If I end up paying the full price to get in, then I'll see the shows. Other than that, rides only.

Josh

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:33 AM
I hope all the coasters are open the first week of feb. Because that is when I am going.

I have been to universal studios, but I have never been to islands of adventure.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:21 PM
I spoke with someone at Sea World today and she told me that they don't offer any type of discounted pass. If you want to go in to just a few shops and pick up somethings, they will have a security guard escort you around. The reason behind this I was told is because they offer a second day free deal on all there tickets so they don't offer any type of discounted admission. Oh well. At least I'll be able to go back and get a few re-rides in before I head home.

Josh

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