Islands of Adventure 3/24/02

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 7:10 PM

First time ever at this park, and before I start this, I'll admit that I doubted IOA could be that good of a park with only 3 coasters. We arrived at noon, and it was very hot, waited the longest line of the day at the ticket booth. As soon as we go in we headed for Hulk. The wait time was shown as 75 minutes, but we got on in 40 minutes. The que for this ride is one of the most memorable things about this park, and nearly a week later, I still have the music stuck in my head. I was expecting to be totally blown away by this ride, but it was a bit tame. The launch and first inversion were great, the cobra roll was good, and I nearly blacked out on the loop, but after that the ride deteriorates. It's nice and smooth for the most part, the only complaint is after the Mid-Course break run, there isn't much of finale. Still a good ride, and we'd re-reide it before the days end.

Next up were the river rapids. This ride was fun, although I got my boots soaked and had to live with that for the remainder of the day. Got drenched before the ride was half way over, but that was welcome because of the heat. Following this we got on the Flying Unicorn for a fun, short ride.

By now it was 3, and we walked around for a bit before heading for the days main course- Dueling Dragons. The line was ridiculously short, and we went on Fire first. The theming in the que was excellent, and since there was no real line until the loading area, I didn't mind the the length we had to walk. I took last row on Fire, and was amazed at how fast this ride was. This one de-throned Batman, but within 45 minutes Fire itself would be de-throned by Ice. Ice IMO is the perfect invert. Everything about this ride is fast, and I prefer the cobra roll to the little hill Fire has. The rest of the day would be spent re-riding both Dragons into Oblivion. Towards the end of the day, the line was 15 minutes, but the loading crew took it's good time to dispatch the trains. It was up to 5 minutes at its worst. After riding both rides in the front, Ice was still my winner, but Fire is still an excellent invert.

And so the day ended. I should note that I didn't do Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls, Spiderman, or Dr. Doom's Freefall Towers, but even without those rides, this park amazed me to no end. I'm regretting to no end that I didn't get any pictures of the rides, and especially the que's (gotta love Hulk's que) But overall a very fun and tiring day at IOA. Definitly gotta come back here in the near future.

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R.I.P Fear Factory 1990-2002. You will be missed.

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 8:08 PM
Hey, another Ice fan! Glad I'm not the only one and I agree camelback hill on fire isn't all that thrilling.

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Don't, Don't Don't believe, Don't believe the hype.

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 9:47 AM
Glad to see someone else who prefered ice to fire but you didn't ride spiderman that is the best attraction in all of universal. Was the line really long or something?
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Sunday, March 31, 2002 10:16 AM

Yeah, It kept a steady wait time of around 75 minutes throughout the whole day. At least that leaves somthing new for next time.

About the hill on Fire, I was expecting a killer pop of airtime, but instead got minimal air. Still a great ride.

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R.I.P Fear Factory 1990-2002. You will be missed.

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 5:54 PM
I agree that IOA is a neat park.My girl friend lives in Orlando and I Down thier evey December.In fact we get the two day pass.witch alouds you to go from IOA to Universal Studio's in the same day.In that way you can enjoy both parks.It's like having two parks all rolled up into one big park.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 3:05 AM

Ozzyhead, I have some great photos I took over New Years that I'd be happy to send to you.

It's be easier if you have broadband and I can just link up with you on some instant messaging service and send them that way. ;)

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas.

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Friday, April 5, 2002 12:45 PM
You should have still queued up for Spiderman, because I was absolutly blown away by that ride, everything about it is incredible, and its worth the wait time whatever it may be.

Reguarding Hulk, Do they turn on the Mid Course Brakes Now, When I went on the ride, It was turned off complety meaning you got a small bit of insane AIR time coming off the brakes into the Cork.

Also, After 7 Rides each on Fire and Ice, I prefered Fire over Ice, but thats my opinion. I think the Double Innelman did it for me, plus the CamelBack Hill was great, A Nice Bit of airtime if you're lucky(Something that is rare for an inverted)

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