Greg's Florida Misadventures, Day 1 -- Seaworld

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Tuesday, January 15, 2002 11:40 AM
So my trip got off to a great start, when my flight out of Pittsburgh was delayed an hour (they yanked our 757 for a West Coast route, and stuck us on a 737 instead.  Ick.  And of course they didn't post the delay until after I'd left the USAir Club -- 5 minutes earlier and I'd have waited out the extra hour in much nicer chairs :) )

Arriving in Orlando, I was starving, so I grabbed a chicken sandwich from Burger King (ordinarily I wouldn't eat there, but I was really hungry and it was the only fast non-pastry type thing I could find).  The sandwich had been under the heat lamp who-knows-how-long, but at the time I didn't think anything of it.  This would come back to haunt me, and nearly ruin my trip...

So after picking up the car and checking into the hotel, it was off to the first of my planned stops -- Seaworld Florida.  I'd picked up the 5-Park 14-Day FlexPass, which is good for unlimited admission at Seaworld, Busch Gardens Tampa, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, and Wet N Wild.  I had no plans on stopping at the last, but the rest were all on my agenda, so the pass was a good deal.

Seaworld is a GREAT way to kill off an afternoon, as planned.  First stop, Journey to Atlantis (1 lap).  Is it a coaster, or a flume?  Both, and a decent dark ride for good measure.  It DOES get you quite wet, but fortunately the weather was sunny and warm.

Having added Journey to Atlantis to my track record, it was off to Kraken (6 laps).  This is a very good floorless, although the airtime whore in me still votes for Batman:Knight Flight in the back row.  Like the other floorlesses I've ridden (Medusa East, BKF), the visuals may be better up front, but I like the RIDE better in the back. I also didn't notice any real roughness in this ride, as some had reported earlier. Perhaps they've rotated the one train they were using? ;)


While at Seaworld, I also took in some other sites, such as the tropical reef and penguins.  Then it was time to head back to the hotel for some sleep before hitting Islands of Adventure.  Or so I thought...

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"The questions ticket agents ask at airports are useless, but give an illusion of security to the GP. Much like seatbelts on roller coasters...
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*** This post was edited by GregLeg on 1/15/2002. ***

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Tuesday, January 15, 2002 11:44 AM
Uh - oh.  Heat lamp + mayo + BK grade chicken = bad news.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2002 11:52 AM
*EXACTLY*
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--Greg
"The questions ticket agents ask at airports are useless, but give an illusion of security to the GP. Much like seatbelts on roller coasters...
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Tuesday, January 15, 2002 11:54 AM
I believe the correct term for that which you ate was "chicken flavored meat substitute."
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"When I was growing up, we were taught something called manners. You'd understand that if you weren't such an idiot." - Jack Handey
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Tuesday, January 15, 2002 2:30 PM
Something tells me the second day of your trip wasn't QUITE as enjoyable as the first...just a hunch.  I guess I'll have to wait in anticipation of your next TR to see if my assumptions are correct... :)
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