Need Orlando/Tampa coaster advice.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 8:23 AM
Well I'm heading to Florida this weekend to ride a few coasters. What I need to know from all you Florida Buzzers is what are the best seats to ride on the coasters at BG: Tampa and IOA? I'm looking for the best rides possible on all of the coasters at both parks. Also, is there a height restriction on the Pteradon Flyers at IOA? How about on the Woody Woodpecker coaster at USF? Finally, does anyone know where to get any kind of discount coupons around the Tampa area for BG? Thanks in advance.
Tuesday, October 8, 2002 8:36 AM

Montu go for the front. The visuals are worth the wait alone. As for Gwazi either go for the back or that last seat in the front car. Both should provide a modest amount of air. All others at Busch I would do in the back.

IOA, I would go on Dragons in the front, and Hulk in the back only because you get more launch and some air coming through the zero G turn. Pteradon Flyers is a no go if you are too big, Woody Woodpecker and Flying Unicorn are similar rides with no restrictions on either.

Be sure to get to Seaworld and ride Kraken also. A front seat ride on this masterpiece will give some of the best visuals to be had in Florida while a back seat ride can give some good thrills.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2002 9:24 AM
And Kumba in the back. If you go to Sea World you can get a combo pass w/BGT at a discount.
Tuesday, October 8, 2002 9:47 AM

I think any where on Hulk is ok it really dosent matter were you sit its just such good of a coaster.On dueling Dragons Sit in the front it gets you a good view of the near misses.You cant go on PF without a kid under 56 inches. But its not that cool anyway. Flying Unicorn is pretty good for a kiddie coaster but its up to you if you want to go on it.As for woodie woodpecker coaster it is kind of like Flying unicorn if your only going to USF to ride that I wouldent go. But they do have some good rides that arnt coasters.

Go to MGM studios rocking rollercoaster is very fun so is Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.The Magic Kingdom Has good coasters too.

Go to Sea World Kraken Is very good and its a floorless rollercoaster.

Bush Gardens has excellent coasters as well they have Montu, Kumba, and Gawazi. Which are all very good coasters.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 11:47 AM

Yes, Kraken gives great visuals in the front, but it gives a great ride in the back.

You need a someone under 56" to ride with you on Pteranodon Flyers. Front seat is my personal favorite on both Dragons. Hulk doesn't really have a seat that's better than the others.

Dorney Park visits in 2002: 18

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 1:36 PM

They'll let you ride Pteranadon Flyers if the park isn't too busy and you talk nice to the attendant.

Contrary to some of the above posts, Fire Dragon rules in the back seat. I'd ride everything in the front and back anyway. But, if time limits your amount of rides, do the front of Ice and the back of Fire.

Without the chaindog, you'd never get up the lifthill...

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 3:34 PM

I agree Chaindog, Fire Dragon gives some serious air time in the back row. Ice's layout is not quite as smooth as Fire, the cobra roll gives a little head banging, but nothing to worry about.

Also, about BGT- i don't know of any coupons but if you get your ticekts through AAA then you get a discount and the second day is free, but if you buy a ticket at the park gate the second day is $12, i think.

IMO, Florida has an excellent line up of parks and each one serves its purpose. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 4:15 PM
I third fire in the back. It was pretty much all I rode on my second day at IOA. That is one sweet invert.

A rollercoaster? What's that?

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 4:48 PM

I don't think there's a huge difference on any of the Florida coasters (as to seating). They are all so good that I don't think it makes a damn bit of difference.

I tend to like the back seats on most rollercoasters because I think the ride is a little more intense. Obvious exceptions would be for the Dragons and Montu, which offer a better view in the front.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 6:32 PM
And don't miss the Windstorm at Old Town! It's a silly little coaster but it's got this really cool diving turn type thing that is lots-o-fun.

Vekomember is from Holland, ishn't zaht veerd?

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 6:46 PM

I just came back from IOA. Here is a tip, when exiting the first corkscrew on the Hulk, put your head foward. Or else you will get serious head banging. I rode it 31 times and got head banging everytime there. It should be pretty empty. Even on the weekend

On Fire and Ice dragon, I would definity ride in the front. You can actually see the other dragon....

Hope you have a great time!

PS. Is the Hulk rusting really bad or are there trim brakes on the drop after the brake run?

*** This post was edited by RCfan13 on 10/8/2002. ***

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 8:35 PM

Chaindog said:

They'll let you ride Pteranadon Flyers if the park isn't too busy and you talk nice to the attendant.

May I add to that? My advice, haveing worked on P-Fliers, is to run to this ride first thing in the morning. We would let grown-ups on without a kid if there was no kids around. Get to the park BEFORE the gates open (around 9;30 AM) and RUN to this ride. It's more fun than people say it is, especially the last, tight turn before the trims. And yes, DO talk nice to the attendant. P-Fliers employees have a very tough job.

I like Hulk in the back because you get a longer launch in the tunnel. The middle is nice to really feel the fake zero G roll (I say it's half of a zero G roll and half of a corkscrew into a banked drop, but that is just my opinion, and I like it anywhoo). the front is fun for the same reasons the front is good on other coasters.

Dragons is GREAT in the front for visuials. I really like Fire Dragon in the very back seat. It really whips you around the first drop and the immilman is incredible. Don't forget to use the secret doorway to return to the line without going all the way around. Look for a sign that leads you back to ride the opposing side you exited.

Flying Unicorn is a nice little intense roller skater. It's theming is very nice. It is almost exactly like Woodstock at CP. Ride it in the very back for high laterials.

Busch Gardens is very unique. Is it a zoo with rides, or is it a theme park with a zoo? I like to sit in Gwazi just about anywhere. It is definately one af my favorite woodies. Pray the night before you go to BGT that they race the lion and tiger at the same time so you can see what the ride is supposed to do. Expect Gwazi to have the longes lines, due to the slow loading procedures.

Montu is nice in the middle for me. I think this ride is just a little to intense for my likeing, especially in the back. I really can't ride it as often as the others. Maybe it's just me.

Viper is usuially lineless. It is a gem. The trains are a little uncomfortable, but that is to be expected for its age and manufacturer. Again I like the back, but that is just my preferance.

Kumba is awesome. Just say it out loud...Kumba. I really like the front of Kumba because it has so many twists and turns. It's so much fun trying to figure out where you are and what the layout is. The tunnel at the end is breathtaking.

Python??? What's Python? Seriously, It's so well hidden that I don't believe that the park even wants anyone to find it. It is worth one ride for the count, but I say that it is pretty eventless. Maybe they will make it an historical landmark someday.

If you get the chance to go, Sea world is a nice break from the other Florida parks. Krakken is one of my favorite rides. Journey TO Atlantis is nicely themed and exciteing as well. These two rides are certainly not the only things to do at this very underated, IMO, park. Take a break from the phisically intense coaster rideing and enjoy everything that SW has to offer.

The lines at these parks should be minimal durring the fall. Have fun, and take the time to see what else the parks have to offer. They are truely unique escapes from reality.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 4:24 AM

There is no coaster named Viper in Florida. You must be talking about Scorpion at BGT.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 5:58 AM
You can usually ride Pteradon Flyers in the first hour that the park is open if it is not busy.

Joey Ciborek, Florida Coaster Club, Member
"It's like an addiction" Me, The Discovery Channel, Ultimate Guide: Roller Coasters 5/27/02

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 2:49 PM

Ohh yeeaa, Scorpion. My bad.

It's a great ride though.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 4:36 PM

Are the Pteradon Flyers even open?? I was there last week and they were shutdown for 'seasonal maintenance'. Also Storm force is operating weekends only due to the lack of crowds in the park.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 7:08 PM

From an insider....P Flyers is back running at islands of adventure, however you do need someone under 48 in order to ride on this one. Hulk is a good ride, I prefer the back for the sheer fact that launch is a little longer...Dragons is a must do, I have found that fire in the back seat first seat close to the gates is the best...Ice is good in front for the visuals even thought the ice layout is just like every other inverted I have been on.

Just some thoughts...hope to see you at Islands Sometime Soon!


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Thursday, October 10, 2002 6:37 AM
Jamin... Any word on the Dragons rehab?
Thursday, October 10, 2002 8:49 AM
Is it 48 or 56 inches for Pteranodon (yes, that's the correct spelling) Flyers - Universal's website says 56 inches.

Dorney Park visits in 2002: 18

Thursday, October 10, 2002 9:33 AM
At IOA it is a must to Ride Dueling Dragons in the front at least once!


*** This post was edited by Mad For Intamin on 10/10/2002. ***


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