I had been to IOA once before, and it was a lot less crowded, but it was a cold day. Today though, IOA seemed much better than I remembered it!
We cruised on over to Hulk and decided to get a Fast Lane ticket and then wait in line.
My rating system: 1 smile=worst, 5 smiles=best.
Hulk :):):):):) 2 laps
Positive:Fun launch, insane barrel roll (thought I was going to fly onto the midway), great, long first half, second half much better than I remember it, smooth, and I love the trains.
Negative:The loud grunting of the Hulk in the queue.
Bottom Line:Much better than I remember! I loved it!
Then we headed over to Dudley DoRight's since we didn’t get to ride this last time.
Dudley DoRight's Ripsaw Falls :):):):):) 2 splash downs
Positive:I’m still stunned by that drop, great airtime, funny theming.
Negative:Slow loading at times.
Bottom Line:Gives Splash Mountain a run for it’s money.
We kept walking to the back of the park and decided to skip Jurassic Park for now since we had just got of a water ride. Dueling Dragons here we come!
The Dragons had a very short wait, with running three trains per side, the line never stops moving!
Dueling Dragons (Fire and Ice) :):):):):) 4 laps (2 on each)
Positive:My favorite of the two, very intense and fast ride, great floater hill, interesting immelman/helix combo, incredible theming.
Negative:Didn’t duel the entire time.
Bottom Line:Only Busch’s and Alton Tower’s Inverteds are better.
Positive:Duel with the castle wall, incredible theming.
Negative:Didn’t duel the entire time, and it took the crew 30 minutes to clean up after someone barfed. I know it really isn’t IOA’s fault, but it just kind of took away from the experience. I guess...
Bottom Line:Not as good as Fire, but still good.
After four rides in a row, we passed up Flying Unicorn. Nobody was really in the mood for kiddie coasters. We got on P-Flyers last time we were here, so there was really no need to do that (I gave it 2 smiles). So, we got in line for...
Jurassic Park River Adventure :):):):):)
Negative:The splashdown kind of through me into the lap bar.
After that, I believe we went back to Dudley, and then to Hulk to use our fastlane. After all that we had time for one more ride: Spiderman (75 minute wait) or Dr. Doom (30 minute wait). Having done both before we just opted for Dr. Doom.
Dr. Doom :):):):):) (Is there anything that I don’t give 5 smiles at this park?) 1 shot
Positive:Great story/theming, outstanding airtime pop that threw me into the OTSR.
Negative:I can’t imagine why IOA didn’t decide to go with at least three towers or even four such as Power Tower. With these crowds, how could you not?
Bottom Line:Stan Checketts is my hero.
Well, a great day at IOA. I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do, (Flying Unicorn, Spiderman, Poisiden). In fact, in my two visits to IOA, I have never even entered Dr. Seuss Land.
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