Going to Florida, where to go...

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 11:29 AM
I'm taking a 3-4 day trip to Florida. I plan to go to these parks:

IOA, SWO, BGT, Boomers

Aside from Disney, is there anything that I should add to this trip?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 11:31 AM
Boomers is quite a ways away from Orlando, isn't it?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 11:33 AM
lol, got me
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 11:37 AM
Boomers is hella gone from the Orlando area. You could always ride the skycoaster at Old Town in Kissimmee. There is also a Windstorm coaster there.

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Bob Hansen
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 11:39 AM
So, boomers ain't worth the 4 hour drive?
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 11:42 AM
well, to say it bluntly, it isn't worth the 4 hour drive. I have gone down to that area of Florida every year at least twice, and although it's fun, just stay up in Orlando. and I agree with Kick The Sky about the skycoaster, it's awesome.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 12:41 PM
Not meaning to start and argument, but I personally feel that Boomers is definitely worth the drive from Orlando (I found it to be 3 hours, not 4). The Dania Beach Hurricane is a Top-10 coaster, it has tons of airtime and one hell of an interesting layout. Crowds are pretty light and you should be able to get lots of rides if you're looking to spend a few hours there.

As far as if you should do it or not, I guess it depends on how much you are willing to give up in Orlando in order to make the drive. You have to take into consideration that you will probably miss an entire day in Orlando if you make the trip to Dania.

But is the coaster worth it if you decide to do that? YES!

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-Rob
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 12:49 PM
In my opinion, Boomer is definitely worth it!

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Sue Barry
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 1:19 PM
In my opinion, the only thing in Florida worth the drive is The Everglades.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 3:33 PM
If you're driving through the panhandle, stop at Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach and ride the Starliner coaster. I think the park is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so you should check their operational schedule first if you decide to check it out.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 3:41 PM
If your going to make a 4 hour drive for boomers go to Busch Gardens Tampa instead.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 5:45 PM
I'm not saying that the Dania Beach Hurricane is a bad ride, I love it. I think that I just went there so much and I almost never to to Orlando, so i'd rather spend time in Orlando, but in the end, it is up to you SFGAdv Lover, i do agree with u Rob. I guess i just took Boomer for granted.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 6:49 PM
Stay up in Orlando. I live like 20 minutes away from boomers in Miami, and it just doesn't have the feel of an amuesment park, let alone, and orlando theme park. But if your coming down to go to Miami, then its worth making the stop. Oh, and its about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Orlando depending on traffic.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 7:16 PM
keeping this short, don't want to give away the whole TR already (*shameless plug alert*), but after this weekend, Boomer's (with no Blender and no SkyCoaster) is worth a trek at least once, maybe more...;)...

As for Busch, well, let's leave that for the TR...if you haven't been, you're gonna go anyway, and you *should*.....two of B&M's finest pieces, and a really nice *dueling*(?) GCI...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 7:48 PM
Hmm, never heard of Boomers. I am curious. :-)

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Gimme speed, height, airtime and plenty of LAUNCH!!!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 8:04 AM
Joe- be thankful for what you have in the Dania Beach Hurricane... I would kill to have a coaster like that within an hour or so of my house. I really would... well, almost...

I will agree that Boomers is not an amusement park, so if you are looking for an amusement park experience with flat rides, a log flume and a drop tower, then you will be sadly disappointed. There are no other real rides- just upcharge stuff like mini golf and go-karts, but there are no enormous crowds and lines, either. The place is really an FEC (family entertainment center) and makes no joke about it (you have to walk through the arcade to get to the coaster) but it has something that no other FEC, and very few theme parks for that matter, have... a Top 10 wooden coaster!

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 2:26 PM
i would recomend IOA,DAK,AND BUusch Gardens since they are all really great parks IMO.But i wouldnt travel up all the way up to Boomers unless you plan on going up in that area.
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Thursday, September 18, 2003 3:59 AM
IOA, universal, BGT, and if you're interested, EPCOT for the new ride. try the skycoaster, as well as skyventure on I-Drive. there is alot of entertaining stuff in orlando, I would recommend staying there.

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Thursday, September 18, 2003 7:11 AM
Orlando is nice... very nice. Its very tourist-friendly, and there is more than enough to keep you busy if you decide to stay a week. You have no less than 7 great theme parks and a lot of "side" stuff in I-Drive and in the surrounding areas.

Still, there is one glaring, empty space in Orlando- one that is left by the lack of a wooden coaster. To some enthusiasts (myself included), that isa big deal. If you want to ride a good wooden coaster, go to BGT... if you want to ride a REAL GOOD wooden coaster, go to Dania.

It all depends of what your priorities are, really. If you want to stay in Orlando and do nothing but theme parks, you'll be happy. If you want to skip a day of theme parks, enjoy 6 boring hours in the car to ride a great wooden coaster, then you'll be happy. From what I see, this is a situation where you'll win either way. How important is it that you ride a Top 10 wooden coaster?

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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