Florida Trip 2014

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 4:24 PM

I'm putting together a trip to Florida next February and see there are about 40 odd coasters to ride.

What I would like to know is what rides in Walt Disney World-Magic Kingdom, Seaworld Orlando, Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventure, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Legoland Florida and Busch Gardens I should not miss.

Essentially I am only interested in roller coasters. I'm not interested in the 'run of the mill' flat rides so would be keen on any suggestions around that.

Also do your schools have a half term break in February, and if so, when it is normally taken?

Thanks.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 4:31 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

There are no "run of the mill" flat rides in Florida. :)

Do you have the number of days you're planning on being there for?


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 4:35 PM

About 7-10 days.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:14 PM

Well, first off I would recomend just entering the parks you intend to visit in the search bar and it will list all of the roller coasters at each of the parks.. It is a good way to see all the roller coasters each park has to offer in a condensed format.

But here's my take. Magic kingdom-space mountain, big thunder mountain are the only real coasters there but you obviously can't miss splash mountain. I also would recommend the Peter pans flight ride. I'm not sure if the 7 dwarfs mine train will be open at that point but if so I'm sure it will be absolutely packed and esentially unacessable even with a fast pass. We had this issue with the opening of cars at disneyland, the entire area was packed beyond belief. Animal kingdom- expedition Everest is a can't miss, primeval whirl is a typical spinner but I liked it, and dinosaur is kind of a roller coaster-ish ride that you might as well do. Hollywood studios- rock n roller coaster. Do tower of terror though even though it isn't a coaster. Awesome theming on that one. The toy story mania ride is a great interactive "shooting" game too if you have the time. Are you not going to Epcot? Mission to mars (simulator ride) test track (coaster-ish ride) and soarin (another simulator) are some of my disney favorites. If you havent found a hotel yet I would try and get a disney hotel in order to score the fast passes and be able to use the busses to make things easier. Since you are crunched for time a park hopper pass might do you well. Busch gardens Tampa-ride all the roller coasters there that you can. Sea world Orlando-ride both coasters but manta is the number one ride not to skip during your vacation! I don't have much expierence with the others but I hear hulk at universal is really good as well. Have fun on your trip and let us know how it goes!(:

Last edited by 913girl, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:17 PM
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:02 PM

I visit Orlando just about every February, and I consider it one of the ideal times to go. The parks for the most part are not busy, but they do close early some nights so be aware of that.

We don't have a traditional school break that month, but the area can be crowded with South American tourists who are on their summer break. It seems to be the time they visit.

Take my advice, please, and try to do as many attractions at the parks as you can. Don't skip an iconic ride or show simply because it's not a coaster. If you do you'll be missing out on a lot of great stuff. Like, magic and stuff like that.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:23 PM
rollergator's avatar

Toy Story Midway Mania!

Oh yeah, we've also got a bunch of coasters and stuff....whatever.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:32 PM
Jeff's avatar

Barnstormer is the tits.


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:38 PM
sws's avatar

I understand that you're only interested in the coasters. However going to Disney parks only to ride the coasters is entirely missing the point.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:43 PM

Hey 913girl...I think someone with the screen name coasterlove123 has a pretty severe crush on you (or your posts,anyway.)

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:43 PM

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:45 PM
sws's avatar

I think Tyler must have created a new screen name.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:09 PM

It always makes me laugh when people talk about someone when they know that the person is reading. Mr Coasterlove123, please post or something. That's the fun part of coasterbuzz.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:16 PM

Lol I've been caught. Ill stop now. I just wanted to see how long it ttook to get ur attention 913girl

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:26 PM
sws's avatar

Cyber stalkers, great. There goes the neighborhood. Can't you just pass notes back and forth in study hall?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:28 PM

What does that say about me that I noticed it???

Wait...don't answer that! :)


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:30 PM

Perv.

Oops!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 9:04 PM

So much to see and do at all of the Florida parks, I will focus on the Universal Parks for now.

If you are strictly focusing on roller coasters none are to be missed at the Universal Parks, but if you HAVE to skip one I would pass by Flight of the Hippogriff since it is more of a kiddie coaster (though still fun!)

If this is your first time here I wouldn't pass up the other main attractions also. At Islands of Adventure: Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Forbidden Journey and if you like Dr. Suess, the Cat in the Hat! Over at the Studios, along with the coasters, I would also recommend Men in Black, Transformers and E.T. (I know a lot of people hate on it, but it's a classic and one of the last original attractions at the park.) If you're a Simpsons fan you might want to check out that too.

February should be a great time to visit! Be sure to take advantage of the single rider lines!

If you have some extra time you might want to squeeze in a visit to Fun Spot America (which is the Orlando location.) They have 2 new coasters. A family coaster: Freedom Flyer and Orlando's first wooden coaster: White Lightning, which is my new love! <3

Last edited by JulieSFO, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 9:05 PM
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 10:11 PM

Oh well, it's a compliment I suppose. Helps in the scoring game at least(; But mike you stalked me and found nothing to +1?? Shame on you.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 10:17 PM
sws's avatar

Mike can't. It would set off his ankle bracelet.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 10:25 PM

Hahah. Does my pic need to be a more gravy buffet-esque to ward off the coaster creeps?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 11:21 PM
sws's avatar

Just the opposite. Gravy attracts them more.

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