I'm going to Florida :( much against my will (I hate warm weather) from Syracuse
We are only going for 4 days and 2 of those days we have to spend laying next to a beach
We're goin to 2 parks in Orlando and it turns out those 2 are Magic Kingdom and MGM.
Why? Well we went to Seaworld on our last trip (2 years ago), Animal Kingdom and Epcot ehh..(theres mission to space though :/ ) MGM good choice because my brother can go on both Rockin Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror. We were going to go to Islands of Adventure but he can't go on Hulk or Dueling Dragons and I really would feel bad (For a 7 year old going on Millennium Force and SROS without one comment about being scared, looking up at 2 (3) awesome beemers and not being able to hop aboard is a tragedy)
My brother wants to go on SPace mountain for some reason and because I honestly don't care where we go and it was a big deal to me I told him thats fine, and plus we can ride stuff together there.
Main quetion: Hows rockin rollercoaster? Smooth? Bumpy? Boring? Good? Worth it? Or should we go to Magic Kingdom and someplace else?
I've rode RnR a lot and never had a bumpy ride on it. It is very smooth and enjoyable.
MGM also has ToT (as you all ready know) which is great, but thoes 2 great rides are and the cool end of the day firework/parade/watershow is not worth the $52 imho.
poor kid-not tall enough to ride Hulk or DD. That would be torture to take him to IOA. On the other hand, they have a lot of very exciting rides that he can ride.
MK is a great choice though. What are you talking about-Space Mountain is a really, REALLY fun ride:>)
I'll gladly go in your place to Florida because this 2.5x normal snow nonsense here in Northeast Ohio is killing me.
I thought the ride was fun and very smooth. The music is a neat touch too. Aside from the launch, I didn't think it was anything like the Premier rides (and in fact, JJ and the FoF's are all different for various reasons). RnR in some ways feels like a more continuous pace, not the meandering followed by insanity that the Premier model follows. It's fun, and it's next to Tower of Terror, so if you can find a good food stand nearby (toilets are in between the rides), you can stay there all day! Although the DDR machine, sadly, is at the other end of the park.
i was very disappointed with the magic kingdom last july: dirty, poorly maintained rides, and poor customer service. honestly MK looked a little like a very nice six flags park.
mgm on the other hand was extremely enjoyable. the food was good, great rides, nice atmosphere. ToT4 was the best drop ride i've been on. the new program they are using on it keeps you in complete suspense on every single ride. it was awesome. the great movie ride was still good and so was star tours and other rides.
hopefully you'll enjoy MGM the same way we did and the magic kingdom much more than we did.
ToT is by far the most amazing non coaster ride that I have been on, combine that with Fantasmic (which is breathtaking) and RnR and you have a great line up allready not to mention the more disney-type rides of Great Movie Ride (audio animatronics arent at every park you know) plus some of the live stage shows MGM is a very fun place to be.
As for the Magic Kingdom, you cant tell me that you didnt want to go there when you were a kid, I mean come on. My first trip there Space Mountain was closed (I was in kindergarden) and man was I upset and when I finally returned 11 years later I was pumped to ride it; its a wild mouse in the dark with a bunch of cool theming. It is a perfect example of what themeing does to a coaster it turns a mediocore (Space Mountain) and family (Thunder Mountain) into amazing experiences, the latter especially at night.
And thats just the coasters, yove got Splash Mountain one of the best flumes in existance, and the icons that are the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean. After that youve got all the rides in Fantasyland to bring you back to your childhood dreams. Finally you get to end your day with the firework show over the castle, I mean seriously you cant get much better then that, talk about childhood dreams there geez.
There arent any parks like Disney, for allmost every park all you here is I want more flats and dark rides well here you can get your fill. Its all about attitude, I find people who walk into WDW expecting a horrible visit have one and those with open minds experience the magic.
I havent been in 5 years and am finally going back this summer (along with IOA, which I must admit does suck by the way cause thats an amazing park but MK is still better at least for me). Enjoy your time there because there are millions of people who would give there eye teeth to be in your shoes those days. Besides your going to be going on roller coasters in the middle of winter all of us northerners wont be able to do that again for another 4 months, lighten up please!
*sigh* ok rant over.
Although the DDR machine, sadly, is at the other end of the park.
Are there usually long lines for TOT/RnR
Sure I'd rather be in Utah Skiing but thrill rides are fun too.
I've been worried that I 'won't get that cool feeling in my stomach' since I have ridden coasters to much..and i'm noticing when I go off jumps skiing its not anyfun at all anymore because the feeling is gone. But I guess tower of terror is a good way to test it out and see if drop rides are still fun...I used to LOVE them..hopefully I still will..
And by "cool" he means if it were about 1975. :)
"...with a bunch of cool theming."
The theming is kinda cheesy, but it's not supposed to be an immersive ride like it's 199' tall dark ride neighbor. It's supposed to be fun and a little surreal.
Also watch the train come into the station! It comes in really fast and makes car sounds- it's freakin cool! :)
As for the whole Disney argument, I very much enjoy the Disney experience. This will be my 6th trip to Mouseland. It will be even more exciting this time around as it will also be my son's first trip (he'll be 20 months) and also the first time we are staying at a Disney resort.
I also have to agree with Touchdown - Splash Mountain was a lot of fun. I was expecting a simple flume ride the first time I experienced it, but the ride went way beyond that.
*** Edited 2/3/2004 2:17:49 PM UTC by Gemini***
RnR is a great ride at Disney-it brought a lot of thrill to the park, as it was the first looping ride at the WDW parks. Its theming is great, and the launch is fun. The blacklight effect on SoCal inside is amazing, and the first time I rode it I was very impressed. I get a little pop of air everytime I crest the small hill entering the final break run.
I hope you fully enjoy both Disney/MGM Studios and the Magic Kingdom. They are both great parks. Don't pass up anything at the Magic Kingdom because it is not a 'thrill ride.' The attractions there are varied and entertaining all around. My favorites are Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and Peter Pan's Flight are classics. Also, don't miss The Carousel of Progress, a rare gem developed by Walt Disney himself as one of the first audio-animatronic shows/rides. The new fireworks show, "Wishes," at the Magic Kingdom is incredible with unique fireworks displays from all around the castle, and it is beautifully choreographed with the music. Look out for Tinkerbell too.
The line will move quick as they can run at least 4 trains on it at once. When you are on one of the last sections of the ride, look up and you may see a train going through the first two inversions. That's dispatching for you!
As for the Posideon vs Fantasmic water screens. I think that Posideon's Water Screens are better then Fantasmic's because its not outside (where it would have to deal with wind) and they are much smaller and seen straight on (as opposed to the downward angle at Fantasmic) and seen from a closer distance. The screens are not what makes the show though for me it is definatly the finale when Mickey does a live action version of the dream he has in Fantasia, it just leaves you thinking wow and you have that theme stuck in your head for days (not in the annoying way).
I believe that both the layout and themeing (obviously) were done by Imagineers for the two mountains but the rides systems fabrication and trains (minus the locomotive car in Thunder Mt.) came from Arrow. *** Edited 2/3/2004 10:58:29 PM UTC by Touchdown***
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