Florida Trip 2014

Thursday, August 8, 2013 3:54 PM

913girl said:

My damn brother admitted he has been using my phone after I found about 12 new apps installed and one of those "you shouldn't have left your Facebook up" statuses. The boredom has set in after being at the lake on vacation with nothing but rain, evidently.

And he spent the time finding and +1 ing your posts on Coasterbuzz? Doubtful. Quit digging.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 3:57 PM

He's a 15 year old boy.. Need I say more?

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 4:01 PM

From what I know, I'm one of like four fifteen year young men on this site, and whoever that weirdo acts a lot like I'd expect with my experience of being friends with many teenage boys.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 4:59 PM

Well I have certainly got some great ideas from you guys which will help in my planning. I agree that going to each park I need to enjoy the parks for what each can offer.

Because of the time of the year I'm hoping to have multiple rides on the coasters but should have plenty of time to take in the shows and other atrractions. This will also make it a little more relaxing

Makes sense to add Epcot if possible. Would not have thought of Animal Kingdom - Expedition Everest. Not keen on spinners but Dinosaur will be an option. I enjoyed Tower of Terror at Disneyland Paris so would like to do the Florida one.

How do the Flash Passes work if you stay in a Disney Hotel? Do they get you on rides quicker? Do you get in the park earlier if you stay in a Disney hotel?

Fun Spot America will be on my list because of the new coasters. This park looks a little easier to handle. At Islands of Adventure there appears to be some very good attractions to add in.

Will look at Flex Tickets. Also ensure that my days at Disney are not too rushed because of the coasters. I do know that Disney does not have high thrill coasters as they aim for the family market, I found this out in Paris. I woudl imagine that I would only ride the coasters once, certainly the indoor ones as I am not keen on them. This should give me a fair amount of time in the rest of the park, hopefully.

Busch Gardens area I plan on being there two days. Not just to do Busch Gardens but also Lowry Park Zoo, for their coaster, and Celebration Station Clearwater for their coaster. This will enable me to do Busch Gardens on 1 dayy and a return trip the next day to re-visit the best parts. Also take a look at the beach area, even if it is February. You can't beat seeing the sea on holiday (sorry - vacation)

All in all I can start putting some more meat on my plans. At the moment I don't know how many days I will be away but taking on board what you guys have been saying I need to ensure I have time for more than just the coaster (and the ticks)

It's also possible that I may be back late in the year as some other coaster friends are interested in Florida but only after the new coaster for next year are operational. I could have the best of both worlds. Good job I have an understanding wife. For the record I flew out to California on my 40th wedding anniversary last year - I think she must love me - or she is glad to see the back of me. I think (hope) it's the first.

LostKause there is a great deal of helpful info there which will help me greatly.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 5:27 PM

Just found out that the Tampa State Fair will be open from 6th - 17th February and usually has some coasters, I'm told. Another addition to my trip.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 5:31 PM

Sounds like you're going to have a great trip! There is always so much to see and do in the area. You will be finding new things to explore no matter how many times you visit.

Nice to see you're adding in a visit to Lowry Park Zoo! Visited for the first time a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. If you're ever near the Brevard Zoo, in the Melbourne/Cocoa Beach area, that's another nice one to check out. It's smaller, but I was really impressed with it.

The Clearwater area has beautiful beaches - Enjoy!

Last edited by JulieSFO, Thursday, August 8, 2013 6:39 PM
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Thursday, August 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Coaster-Robin said:

You can't beat seeing the sea on holiday (sorry - vacation)

You got a +1 for that....

Two peoples a continent away, separated by a common language...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:36 PM

913girl said:
My damn brother admitted he has been using my phone after I found about 12 new apps installed and one of those "you shouldn't have left your Facebook up" statuses.

Call me skeptical when the login/logout is seconds apart.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:47 PM

It's kind of freaky all the info Jeff can figure out about us. I'm officially clearing all the porn off of my computer.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:48 PM

Oh come on. I'm new here on this site but I'm not new in the coaster community. I don't have anything to prove.

Edit. It's frustrating that you are suggesting I'm trying to cheat in a game that has no reward, that I told you I thought was flawed anyway because it promotes rude comments.

Last edited by 913girl, Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:06 PM
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Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:19 PM

Maybe 913girl is really Dan Koch

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:20 PM

You're on to me.

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Friday, August 9, 2013 12:32 AM

High five!

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Friday, August 9, 2013 1:08 AM

Robin:
Staying at a Disney Hotel does get you early entry and extended hours at certain parks on certain days. They are called Extra Magic Hours and it will tell you on Disney's website when and at what park they are offered. Since there are so many Disney Hotels, however (20+), some people think it's better to avoid the parks with extra hours because hotel guests tend to head to those parks en masse. So that may or may not be beneficial to you. Not all attractions are open during these hours (the list of open rides is on their website), but the big coasters should be operating.

Fastpasses don't work any differently for Hotel Guests; however, Disney has started a new program called Fastpass+ that I believe allows Hotel Guests to schedule in advance times to ride certain attractions- this is a very new program and I'm not entirely sure how it works.

While the Flex Ticket looks great on paper, look at all of the Universal and Sea World/Busch Gardens options before you commit. If you look around on their websites, you can find tickets that offer basically the same benefits of the Flex Ticket for less money. Sea World offers combination Sea World/Busch length of stay tickets, and you can buy however many days you want from Universal and it should still be cheaper than buying a Flex Ticket.

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Friday, August 9, 2013 1:52 AM

Tyler Boes said:

Is it a portrait of his son?

Sort of. It's his representation of his son's disposition on CoasterBuzz since July 14, 2012.

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Friday, August 9, 2013 2:16 AM

913girl said:

I thought was flawed anyway because it promotes rude comments.

It promotes what the majority of participants want to read. If everyone got all butthurt everytime someone said something, then rude (snarky, biting, honest, whatever) comments wouldn't get voted up.

I've always thought it encouraged too many attempts at glib humor. A one-liner will always get more 'ups' than a well thought out reply.

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Friday, August 9, 2013 2:18 AM

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!!!!!1!!

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Friday, August 9, 2013 6:22 AM

Coaster-Robin said:

How do the Flash Passes work if you stay in a Disney Hotel? Do they get you on rides quicker? Do you get in the park earlier if you stay in a Disney hotel?

While I don't know the answer to your question, and I have not done Disney in February, I can tell you that at the other parks, any line skip program should be completely unnecessary. You should have no problem getting multiple laps on every ride.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013 4:21 PM

Trying to work out the best way of paying to get into Disney. In the UK all I can find are 14 days packages which seem over the top when I'm only likely to be in Disney for two days.

Can anyone tell me what the normal cost to get into Disney for the day is? Can you buy a two day tickets for the three parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood?

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Saturday, August 10, 2013 4:44 PM

Daily Disney tickets are now just below 100$US (hehe). Park-hopping allows you to do more than one park per day. The majority find that to be pretty important, and it seems like the park you *might* consider wanting to do a full day at would possibly be MK.

Their website really kicks butt in terms of pricing/options, and it is SO easy to use that I'll send you to them. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tickets/

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