IOA Travel Channel Shoot - 6/17/03

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:26 PM
I headed out to IOA on Tuesday to take part in the filming of "Theme Park Secrets" for the Travel Channel. The group was composed of a bunch of Florida Coaster Club members, and a few of us ACE members. The segment was being filmed on Dueling Dragons, however they only filmed us on the Ice dragon.

After the 6:45 call time, we walked back to the Ice dragon and waited while things got set up. After they were ready, we took our seats, with Jerry of the FLCC chosen for the play-by-play. After 2 rides, with time inbetween to check the tape, they wanted to switch the riders around.

Renee, a recent recruit to coaster enthusiasm, was the only female there, so they asked her to sit and do the narration. She was unsure of the ride terminiology, so they asked me if I would do it. Of course I had no problem with this, and we took another couple rides with me doing the play-by-play this time.

It's a lot harder than it looks on TV. Trying to focus on the camera and the ride at the same time is challenging. I also thought that the narrations were usually scripted, but I was told to just say whatever I wanted. It was definately a fun experience!

After those rides, they fired up the Fire dragon for morning testing, and we got a couple spins in the back row while the crew interviewed a ride technician. Following that, they interviewed us riders about the dragons and coasters in general before letting us loose.

The park was crowded, so I joined Jerry and some other FLCC members (I'm not a FLCC member, so I'd never met any of them before) and we went around the park. We took rides on Dr Doom, JP River Adventure, Cat in the Hat, and played in the camp JP area.

I left the group around 1 to head over to USF and check out Shrek 4-D. The line was long, so I grabbed some food and a ride on MIB, and came back.

It was still an hour wait for Shrek 4-D, but I decided to wait it out, and boy was it worth the wait! The building has undergone a major renovation, and the show was hilarious! Some of the effects are old and used on other 4D attractions, but the seats and script made up for it.

I decided to call it a day and beat rush hour traffic (see my signature), so I headed home with my farmer's tan (no sunblock) and went to bed! Waking up early isn't fun, but it was worth it.

-Matt
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I-4: The scariest ride in all of Orlando!

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Sunday, June 22, 2003 9:23 AM
Did they say when it would be on the Travel Channel?

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"Please stand behind the yellow line as the gates in front of you will be closing"
Clear for launch............. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 5:10 PM
Jeeze....

You do one interview for CBS Early Show and now look what happens. =:^)

I am sure you did a great job Matt. I can't wait to see it.

-Sean

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 5:24 PM
You're on your way to being the next Paul Rueben.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 5:48 PM
SFGAMan:
I believe it is going to air in the Fall sometime. I'm sure they will shrink the segment down to 10 minutes and just show me screaming or something, but it was fun anyways! I think they are also filming other segments for this show at other parks. Either that, or they are going to have a series of "Theme Park Secrets" episodes (maybe similiar to the theme park roadtrip parts 1 & 2). Your guess is as good as mine.

Sean:
Ever since I got put on "the list" all this cool stuff has been happening to me!

coasterphil:
You mean I'm on the way to loosening my seatbelt and cutting lines? GREAT!!!!

-Matt
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I-4: The scariest ride in all of Orlando!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 5:51 PM

Matt D said:


coasterphil:
You mean I'm on the way to loosening my seatbelt and cutting lines? GREAT!!!!

-Matt
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I-4: The scariest ride in all of Orlando!


Hopefully your on your way to that, and not on your way to becoming a pompous jack***.

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Two Points Amusement Park
http://games.coasterbuzz.com/filedetail.aspx?GameFileID=3433

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 6:00 PM

coasterphil said:

Hopefully your on your way to that, and not on your way to becoming a pompous jack***.


Don't you have to act like that in order to justify loosening belts and cutting lines? Maybe he'll take me on as an apprentice, as he obviously would not be impressed with my status on "the list"!

-Matt
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I-4: The scariest ride in all of Orlando!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 7:27 PM
Sounds like it was a great time...had the e-mail waiting for me upon my return from Con-Quest....which was also well worth getting up early for, hehe....

I was surprised how much I loved the Jiminy Neutron ride, sounds like Shrek maintains that high level....if the USF coaster turns out as well, the park will defintely go a long way to spreading the wealth at "The Complex"...:)

bill, saw an embroidered FLCC hat at SRM that I need to have....;)

EDIT: I *should* mention that Fire Dragon is MY favorite steelie in FL....*ducks incoming barrage*....
*** This post was edited by rollergator 6/24/2003 11:31:54 PM ***

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 7:40 PM
Gator:
We were all a little dissappointed that it was Ice instead of Fire, but at least we got on during the morning test runs!

I was hoping for more FL ACE folks to show, but I assumed they were all at the Con. I guess it kinda made up for missing out this year, but not really. I would rather ride Grizzly than any of the IOA coasters. It brings back childhood memories.

I still haven't done the Jimmy Neutron ride. The line is consistantly long. I also haven't been on the Pteranodon Flyers either! We tried to ride them after the filming, but the JP nazi said we needed to be there within 30 mins of the park opening (it was 9:40)! Oh well, one day I'll drag myself out of bed on the weekend to make it there at opening.

Are you talking about this hat? Let me know when you place your order!

-Matt
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I-4: The scariest ride in all of Orlando!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 10:28 AM
Nope, not that hat. There was an older gentleman at SRM who had on a black embroidered hat with a LOT of rides in various colors stitched around the bottom of the hat....he said he'd have some for sale on Sat. night at SRM, but we know how that turned out....

I have HEARD of people getting on PF without a kid, but I've never been that lucky....the ONE ride I got was due to a British family with two kids and a mom that didn't want to ride.....*can you imagine NOT wanting to ride*....I know I can't...;)

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Thursday, June 26, 2003 6:27 AM
Gator,
The gentlemens name is Bill Beaty and he still has some of the hats left I beleave you can e-mail the merchandise dept of the FLCC and they can get one for you.
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Joey Ciborek, Florida Coaster Club, Member
"WE RIDE ALL YEAR!!!" www.FloridaCoasterClub.com , www.CoasterJoe.com
2003 Kraken Crew
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Thursday, June 26, 2003 7:16 AM
Thanks Joey....will do!

bill, loves *over the top* merchandise...;)

I'll be heading down to IoA/USF soon (next weekend looks likely) just to get a peek at Shrek.....and catch a few spins on my baby Fire...:)

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