(Florida) = Universal Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens Tampa, Wet 'n' Wild, and Sea World Orlando.
(Las Vegas) = New York New York Hotel, Stratosphere Tower, Nascar Cafe, and the Adventuredome.
You will notice I'm not doing any of the Disney parks as I had to choose either them or IOA and Busch Gardens Tampa, and I went with the latter two, was this a good decision?
On the Las Vegas Trip I also hope to visit Buffalo Bills primarily for Desperado, but I'm not actually sure where it is. I know for certain that it isn't on the main strip, so could someone inform me on the relevant details relating to how far away it is and how long it takes to get there? Is it actually worth making a journey especially for it?
When you ride Manhatten Express, make sure you bring some headache pills. That coaster is, without question, the roughest ride I have ever been on. Non-stop TOGO head banging. When I went to Vegas in April, I rode ME again only because I had the 2 tickets comped (I refuse to pay $12 for the "experience" ever again). Look for 2-for-1 or half price ticket coupons in the freebie mags floating around. Also, a book called the American Casino Guide 2003 has some coaster coupons in it (among others).
Also, check out the Star Trek Experience at the LV Hilton. It's a niffty little motion simulator, plus some cool extras. Enjoy your trip!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that Vegas also has a Wet-N-Wild water park (although I don't know how it compares to Floridas).
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*** This post was edited by Outlane 5/28/2003 8:48:19 AM ***
There are also some neat sims at the Luxor and Ceasar's Palace.
Star Trek the Experience is an experience. The queue has the entire ST timeline and a lot of props from the shows and movies. Well worth the time and money.
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Personally, I think you've made the wise choice by sticking to the Universal and Busch parks. I haven't been to Sea World or Universal Studios, but I'd choose either Islands of Adventure or Busch Gardens over Disney any day. Again, personal preference, so don't take my word as gospel (though it's darn near ;) ).
Here are directions to Buffalo Bills Resort and Casino from Adventuredome (which is located at the North end of the Strip):
Directions to Desperado
Son of Hulk
*** This post was edited by Vater 5/28/2003 9:01:23 AM ***
If Mission:Space is everthing it is being touted as then an October trip to Epcot might have to be on top of your list.
Maybe the front seat is the key. I've never ridden ME anywhere other than the middle or back. Looks like I've got another excuse to ride it! :)
The price of those coasters is unreal, though. They charge $12 a ride for ME, and the lines are one hour long! I guess it's whatever the market will bear.
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Also, be sure to check the status of HR/BS at Stratosphere, since it apparently closes frequently for high winds...and at THAT height, it's a good thing...;)
At Buffalo Bill's, Despy may be the signature ride, but I could have easily spent another hour or so on the only shoot-em-up log flume I've ever seen...fun stuff!
As far as Florida, don't know anything about the place...;). Sounds like you've got the plan here...well, 'cept for missing out on DBH and Miracle Strip (Starliner)...but neither of those are close to orlando/Tampa area....
While I don't think ME's price is exceptionally reasonable, it is an unusually long coaster (and refreshingly so!). I think I just set a record for most adverbs in a sentence...
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I had quite the opposite experience that Outlane had on Manhattan Express. I was lucky enough to get a front seat, and I didn't experience a bit of headbanging... Of course, if you're one who hates Togo coasters (unlike myself, who thinks they're highly underrated), you probably won't like ME.
Where have you been all my life? ;) I had the exact same experience as you did during my single front seat ride. The only thing that really sucked about Manhattan Express was the wait (90 minutes in that hot, stuffy room, ugh). So the moral to the story is, try to get the front seat.
Togo coasters rock the house. Manhattan Express, Fujiyama, Ultra Twister forever! :)
I remain one of those that believes "good coasters don't require you to know HOW to ride them without getting hurt"....
I was in Vegas in January, so I don't know if that makes the difference, but there were no lines for any of the coasters. We walked-on to every single one. We rode solo on Canyon Blaster and never saw more than a half full train on any of them.
As for the prices. I'm of the mindset that it's Vegas, it's vacation, it's expected.
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Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but... aren't these like 2,500 miles apart? :)
As for Vegas, I would suggest skipping Manhatten Express, I agree that it is the roughest coaster I've ever been on and NOT worth the cost. Speed however, is my favorite coaster in Vegas!! Desperado is very fun also, if you want to drive out to Primm and the Adventuredome is fun, but it is small and filled with a lot of off-the-shelf rides. I do recommend Star Trek: the Experience (best simulator I've been on) and the Big Shot at the Strat (ride is all about sheer terror)!!!
Have a great trip!!!
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Son of Hulk
I imagine you have the five park 14 day deal with Universal/Seaworld/Busch/Wet n Wild. If that is the case it will be difficult for you to substitue any major parks for what you are doing. A lot of people are talking about Blizzard Beach as a good replacement for Wet n Wild. I would say Typhoon Lagoon would be an even better choice! This is the only place in Orlando that you can swim with sharks. Also they have the most kick butt wave pool I have ever seen.
Also, dont forget to visit Old Town in Kissimmee. It is on Hwy 192 (Irlo Bronson Hwy) and is REALLY easy to find. Just look for the giant towers for their sky coaster and reverse bungee ride. You cannot miss them. The sky coaster I believe is the tallest one in the world. Old Town itself is a little shopping area with a few thrill rides (like the reverse bungee and sky coaster), a few carnaval rides, most notably Windstorm which is a portable coaster that is actually quite fun, and a go-kart track. Also on I-Drive there is the Katanga Skyscraper which I believe is at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf?(Someone please correct me if I am wrong about that)
Oh, and Busch Gardens is definately worth the drive. Many are quoting times of a little over an hour, I made it there in 45 minutes without a problem and only going about 10 over the limit. Leave early before the Disney parks open up or that 45 minute drive will become a two hour drive as you fight traffic all the way up I-4 all the way too Kissimmee (now if you are staying in Kissimmee you wont have to worry about this as much and your drive time can be even shorter :)) The journey back you will probably not be able to avoid the traffic and it will probably start backing up somewhere in Polk City.
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