IOA Thoughts From My First Time

Tuesday, March 5, 2002 6:43 PM

Went to IOA for the first time today - thought it showed a lot of promise.

Good clean park, friendly staff, the Guest Services guy was nice, and they've got 3 good coasters. Hulk was a lot of fun, but after the MCBR it was pretty disappointing. Hell of a first half, though!

DD was really good, too, but too short. I was hoping for a longer ride than that. But it was a very creative layout, and tons of fun. I loved the flybys/near misses. If I had to nail it down, I'd say Fire is better than Ice. It just seemed to be a more natural and fluid layout with better pacing.

Spiderman was good, but I've never been a big motion sim guy. Especially when I have to sit front row - my eyes have a hard time focusing.

Hulk had a 5 minute wait today, and DD was 10. Got to spend the day riding coasters till I felt sick - not much better than that!

My $0.02.

-Ken

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 6:38 AM

Thanks for the trip report ken, We always like to hear about peoples trips. Did you ride Possidons Fury? Jurassic Park River or Dudley Dooright? Blutos Raft ride?

Thanks again and I am politely saying here that there is a trip report forum on this site.

Chuck :)

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 6:48 AM
Forgive my ignorance, but what is the MCBR? I've been trying to figure it out all day and have given up. :-)

-Nate

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 6:50 AM
My guess is mid course brake run

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Bob Hansen

New Top 5:
5-MF; 4-X-Flight; 3-Hulk; 2-Kraken; 1-Raging Bull

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 7:16 AM
Ah! Makes perfect sense now. Thanks. :-)

And while we're on that topic, Hulk's second half is (IMO) no worse than the second half of most B&Ms, which is exactly why I'd take Hulk over, say, Kumba. Kumba's midcourse occurrs halfway through the ride, but Hulk is already 2/3 done by the time you reach the midcourse. And though I love Kumba's intensity, Hulk's first half is more interesting, longer, and the "boring" second half is not nearly as long.

And yes, that's my opinion only.

-Nate

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 7:39 AM

True enough, KTS, and I have stated repeatedly that the post-MCBR section of Hulk is a *bit* weak, and could REALLY have used a nice vertical loop. But the front half of the coaster is as POWERFUL as any steel inverting coaster around...sounds like a swarm of angry bees (a good thing, IMO).

DD's Ice used to be a heck of a ride, pretty disorienting, fast-paced, nice visuals of the castle walls, etc. It has gotten BUMPY as anything over the past 6 months or so, and I have developed a real affinity for Fire's feeling of flight. The airtime and the downward helix are top-notch on a suspended, and this Dragon is glass-smooth....

The water rides at IoA are under-appreciated by most non-FL enthusiasts, they really are the BEST around. Try coming down when the weather's WARM guys, there's really only about 2-1/2 "cold" months here. After that, you'll never address Dance Dance Revolution as DDR again...that acronym is reserved for the best flume ride anywhere! The Barges, there's only ONE thing I would change (and this is ME, guys, so you know it's good)...the water "cannons" from the good ship Olive aren't exactly "super-soakers"...you'll get wetter standing by the Magic Fountain outside Poseidon's Fury (which is really fun).

Spidey, 10x better than any "sim"....IMO, that's a degrading term for what is WAY far above any other non-coaster/non-water ride on the Planet (no disrespect to TR:TR intended)....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 8:30 AM

I never considered Spiderman A sim even though it somwhat uses the same technology. The SCOOP vehicle provides a much better sensation than a moving seat. I felt like I was on a elevator, I felt like I was falling face first :)

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 9:08 AM
I loved IOA when I went there for my first time last december. It's a true theme park. The park has great rides/attractions, great service, and a great atmosphere. IMO there is nothing IOA needs to improve upon.
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