Wait's for Dragon and Hulk at IOA

Friday, December 21, 2001 11:05 AM
What are the waits around christmas time for Dueling Dragons and Hulk at Islands of Adventure? Thanks, I'm going next week......

Also, which dragon (ice or fire) do you prefer? What are the good and bad points on each?

Thanks!

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Friday, December 21, 2001 11:08 AM
From What I know, the christmas time is the most Busy season of the year.I have never been but I want to SO BAD !! Have Fun !
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Friday, December 21, 2001 11:31 AM
I was there the day after Thanksgiving and December 8th. The first day was packed.An hour for Hulk, Dueling Dragongs was about 15 minutes. December 8th was different, it wasnt to bad. Hulk had about a half hour wait around 10am. Then around 3 there was a 5 minute wait for Hulk. Dueling Dragons was pretty much a walk on all day. The closer you get to Christmas the more crowded it gets. It probably be pretty crowded now thru New Years.
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Friday, December 21, 2001 2:53 PM
I would recomend trying to get the $99 rate at the Hard Rock, and you get front of the line all day on every ride (except a few things in Seuss Landing) at both parks.  But withought that heres how it always is at the park.

Early off right after the park opens Hulk will have a line of under 15min and you can ride it a few times. That is the time to do Spidey and Doom too.  Dragons won't have a wait at all in the morning either. Now around 12-3 that is when the longest lines will be at Hulk, Spidey, Doom, and Dragons. Around then it is best to try out one of the awesome water rides or head on over to the studios park.  Around 5 or so is when the lines start to get smaller throughout IOA. What I usually do is first, I do all the things I want at IOA till around 11:30, then go over to the studios till about 3:30 and then go back to IOA. 

Now about the dragons. I think that Fire is better from all the seats, but from the front Ice is better. There is an awesome near miss with the castle on Ice that you will only see from the front, but that is pretty much all that is special about Ice. Fire's layout seem more action packed with the immelman after the first drop, and the hearline roll over the water at the end. Ice is kind of boring at the beginning and end because it doesn't have any inversions but only turns.     

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Friday, December 21, 2001 3:31 PM

I think, I I I think this time it's...going to work!
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Friday, December 21, 2001 4:44 PM


IOArules said:

Early off right after the park opens Hulk will have a line of under 15min and you can ride it a few times. That is the time to do Spidey and Doom too.  Dragons won't have a wait at all in the morning either. Now around 12-3 that is when the longest lines will be at Hulk, Spidey, Doom, and Dragons. Around then it is best to try out one of the awesome water rides or head on over to the studios park.  Around 5 or so is when the lines start to get smaller throughout IOA. What I usually do is first, I do all the things I want at IOA till around 11:30, then go over to the studios till about 3:30 and then go back to IOA.       

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If the park was open past 6pm that would work. Currently I wouldn't know about Christmas crowds, but I've heard it gets packed. This year I'm not too sure how the crowds will be. During Nov (IAAPA) there were no lines at every park we hit, everything was a walk-on. Just be aware of the cut-backs in hours.

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Saturday, December 22, 2001 4:51 AM
I have never been there for Christmas but I have been in the Orlando area during x-mas and I know it is packed.  In my past trips to IOA though, the wait for the Hulk is usually an hour to 2 hours by midday but the Dragons line never surpasses the 30 minute mark.

I prefer a different dragon every time that I go to IOA.  The Fire dragon is good because it has nice air over Ice zero-g roll and two cool Immelman helix maneuvers but Ice is good because it has a zero-g roll and a cool collission with the castle walls.  Overall though, Fire is better because it has better pacing.  Ice sort of ends but Fire is still going all the way around the castle.  I love the end of Fire when you are really close to the ground but are still going full speed, I think it is a good foot chopper.  Ice's ride gets eaten up by the Cobra Roll and there fore it doesn't get that extra corkscrew at the end like fire.  So I guess Fire

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Saturday, December 22, 2001 9:48 AM
According to my pal, HomeyG, the lines are very short most of the time, with the exception of the front seats on both Fire and Ice.  Have fun!
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Saturday, December 22, 2001 10:02 AM
Well that was last summer, and now your pal is going back for New Years Eve, and he'd like to know what to expect?

Any help guys?

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Saturday, December 22, 2001 10:23 AM

IOArules said:

I think that Fire is better from all the seats, but from the front Ice is better.


It's really the truth, and I am in complete ageeement.  I've often told people the exact same thing, pretty much word for word as he said it.
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