As for lines, your wait will be signifgantly reduced if you get a fastpass/Universal Express pass or if you are willing to be a single rider.
Be sure to watch where you're flying after you lift off. Upon reaching orbit the X2 flies northward over Ohio and right over Sandusky Bay. If you look closely you can see the Cedar Point pinnensula.
M:S is an absolutely amazing attraction. It's not the most thrilling thing I've ever ridden, but it is decently intense and captures the imagination.
Mission Space is awesome! Just keep your head back and face forward. You need to let yourself believe what is happening on the screen and you won't get sick. After my first 10 rides, I can look around and stuff, but i get a little sick.
The Mummy is the best ride in Orlando. BUT Don't expect express passes all day. The rules have changed, and if you are going in peak season you can only ride each ride once before 3. After 3 it is unlimited rides with your hotel key. So bear that in mind. More info here:
RPR is amazing. I am headed there next Sunday. I've stayed at all 3 at Universal, and I think RPR is almost the best. I love it, and I love Portofino equally. Both have great things. Any other questions feel free to contact me. I go to Orlando twice a month!
John *** Edited 7/9/2004 2:31:51 PM UTC by Shoewee***
Though I know that there are probably quite a few people round here who won´t like what I´m saying about Mission: Space, I´ll just give U my very personal opinion, and as a little wannabe-Mickey himself my brother would probably be the first to kill me :-)
Well, with all the buzz Disney was doing about its "new" Epcot attraction, I was pretty excited when I first got to ride it on my visit to Orlando last fall.
Okay, it´s more than understandable that Disney was in desperate need for some new rides, given the fact that Epcot (which is supposed to show an image of the future, if I got that right) seems like a "Back to the 70s" exhibit nowadays and there are so many great rides that opened up closeby -in parks owned by competitors, that is.
And what did they build? A lame simulator ride with its main "power" of pressing you against your seat, wow, every better thrill ride at any smal country fair gives you the same experience. Well, maybe without the theming around it, but, hey, it´s really a mistery to me how much changed since Space Mountain, as far as the Disney-plastic typed "Spaceship" interior is concerned... Not much, apart from being not that run-down, well, could be because it´s newer :-) What really makes me sad is the way Disney tries to sell it and the amount of money they say was spent on it. I just can´t see where all that has gone, apart from the pretty neat bulding. But the so-called "attraction" itself? Hey, come on, it´s nothing than a large centrifuge -my chemistry class teacher used obe of these things back in Highschool and it´s nothing sensational about bulding a bigger one and let people sit inside.
Oh, and about what you actually feel: Weightlessness -no way, just raise your arm while riding and you´ll see that it will come down in no time. If you want to experience a short sensation of real weightlessness just go on any old-fashioned drop-tower around. It feels like really going on a trip to Mars? Well, I doubt that there´s anyone around who can really compare :-) And, just think about it, if astronauts need weeks of training for this highly strenuous task (as they tell you before you board your capsule), how could some Disney ride even come close, given the fact that almost any tourist that comes around is allowed on board? I´m not a big friend of any simulator type rides, but with the first one that REALLY works just a few miles north at IoA (oh, I just LOVE Spiderman)this "great new attraction" is just a shame for Disney.
As far as the Mummy goes, that´s a whole different story. I went on it just a few days before the official opening, so it still was on "technical rehearsals" and I´m not completely sure how things changed since then, especially the scarab scene didn´t even come close to what people tell about it now, so I guess it wasn´t really working back then. But overall it´s a really great and fun ride, especially given the fact that the rollercoaster part of it turned out to be so much better than I had originally expected with being REALLY dark during most parts of it. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed about the scare-factor, I expected more there, because mummies in general are among my personal favourites in the "personal nightmare" category, if you understand what I mean :-) Also, though the animatronics you see are really great, there are just not enough of them around, but still, the theming is absolutely amazing, especially the whole queline is absolutely fantastic (that seems generally to be one of Universal´s best skills it seems to me).
BTW: The 3rd best ride is Tower of Terror 4! :)
Mission Space is a different story. Get a fastpass right when you get to the ride and then wait in the line to ride. The wait I experienced was only about 10 or 15 minutes, ALL day.
Single riders on both rides move faster, but on Mummy, still expect a 20 to 30 minute wait. Have a great time, both rides are great.
CORRECTION: Here is how the new Universal Express system works. You can use your room key card once per ride before 3pm, after that you can only only use it ONCE more.
That is only on the weekends. During the week I am quite sure you can still use your room key card once per ride after 4pm, not 3pm.
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