My First Visit To IOA - 4/23 and 4/24

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 11:58 AM

I am back from my honeymoon trip to Orlando, Florida and it was great! Now I have to face the tasks of thank- you cards and changing my name, but I wanted to share with you my visit to IOA.

Before I tell you about IOA, I must tell you about the deal I got on the tickets. When we arrived at MCO, we were shuttled over to Alamo. When we got the car and were leaving, there was an information center across the street. We went in to get maps and were told we could get discount IOA tickets just for visiting a timeshare. I was immediately not interested, but found out that the timeshare was only 15 mins. away from where we would be staying. We ended up visiting the timeshare for about an hour and my husband and I each got a 2 day pass to IOA for a combined total of $30. It was worth it.

Anyway, IOA was great. This is what I got to ride:

The Incredible Hulk - It was a good ride, but it made me dizzy, which doesn't usually happen. Unfortunately, I rode it first and then felt out of whack the rest of the day. I did not ride it again that day or the next.

SpiderMan - This was amazing. Anyone going to IOA must experience this attraction. We did SpiderMan both days. The wait was not bad.

Dueling Dragons - I rode Fire the first day, but since I was "loopy" from the Hulk, I decided to wait and do Ice the next day when I felt better. Maybe because of this, I found Ice to be my favorite. On Fire, we dueled. On Ice, Fire had just broken down when we loaded so we went alone.

Dr. Doom's Fear Fall - This was my very first experience ever on this type of ride. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous. Especially when the doors open and the seats are right there. After buckling in, I really got scared....not knowing what to expect was the main reason. Sure, I screamed pretty loudly the first time, but the next day we decided to do it again and I did a lot better. Pretty cool.

Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls - This was fun. Rode it both days. The drops are insane feeling. Big airtime and big soaking for me.

We also did the Jurassic Park River Adventure, Poseidon's Fury, and The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad. All were very good....and relaxing. Oh, and we really enjoyed Dr. Suess Landing. What a trip. We had pizza at McGurkus Circus.

Both nights we did the City Walk scene. We enjoyed many drinks at the Nascar Cafe, the Hardrock Cafe, Margaritaville, etc. You get the picture. We had a blast. City Walk is a fun place at night with so much going on until 2:00a.m.

That is all of my trip that is coaster related. Thanks for reading and I can't wait to read everyone else's reports over the summer.

-L-

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 2:03 PM

Happy you decided to visit my "favorite home park". It really is a spectacular place...:). We'll be headed down next week to O-Town for work, which will give us plenty of time for riding.....

Hulk has gotten somewhat rougher, but is still a great ride, despite what you may hear from a certain "green Beemer hata"...hey jeremy...;). Fire to me has such a unique layout, esp. for an invert, I just love that coaster. Dr. Doom is an excellent turbo-shot, and I'm always a sucker for good theming...which I guess explains why it's my "fav home park". Warning about turbo-shots is they are ADDICTIVE. The single-riders lines for Doom and Hulk always get some business from me when they're open, as Jill's tolerance for them is somewhat less than mine, and she likes the evil spinning ride installed near Hulk....I get queasy just looking at it! Finally, CityWalk is a blast.....good food and drinks, music, etc.

And just in case anyone asks, the acronym DDR is "reserved exclusively for Dudley Do-Rights"....LOL. Thanks for writing, glad you enjoyed your honeymoon trip.

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....teachin' people about towel safety and proper towel usage...it's important!

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 2:50 PM
do they still have Express Lane or whatever they call their fast pass system? That really screwed up the front of the line access the second time.

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HurricaneGeauga- Just in case

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Friday, May 3, 2002 4:28 AM
Yes, they still have the express pass system. I think you have to be staying at one of the Universal hotels in order to use this feature because I heard one of the attendants at the entrance to an attraction tell someone they could just show him their hotel key card. Otherwise, there were ticket machines located near the attractions where you could get a pass... I am assuming with the hotel key card.
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Friday, May 3, 2002 3:53 PM
Shouldn't this be in the Track Record section?

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-Sean Newman
80 coasters and soon to be more
Life is a roller coaster Ride It!

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Friday, May 3, 2002 3:54 PM

Sorry thought I was somewhere else!

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-Sean Newman
80 coasters and soon to be more
Life is a roller coaster Ride It!

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Friday, May 3, 2002 7:25 PM
I prefer Ice as well. As for Hulk, well, it was a nice ride, but it lacked somthing that I can't quite put my finger on. I loved the launch, and the nice pop of airtime that accompanied the drop, but after the Mid Course Break Run, there isn't much to write home about.

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R.I.P Megadeth. 20 Years of Metal will not be forgotten.

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