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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Dombot » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:42 am

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:08 am

A.J. wrote:It's certainly curious - speed slides like those typically have extended shallow run-outs at the end as opposed to splash pools. It's definitely an...unpleasant experience to be gliding along at 20 MPH or more and suddenly be dumped head-over-heels into a pool. With the run-outs, you really only have to deal with water getting shot up your nose. Still unpleasant, but not disorientating.


Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised to see those slides modified to a run-out in the near future some time. Has that ever been done before that anyone knows of ? Certainly seems feasible.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby YoshiFan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:49 pm

They are regular body slides but the 3 Jumpin Jack Splash slides at Dorney were modified to run outs in 2014. It made them worse because you sometimes hit the run out on an angle (the slides have a lot of compact turns) and can hurt your legs.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby ViperGTS500 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:54 pm

Question, going to Halloween horror nights tomorrow night. Heard it'll be busy with Friday the 13th. We will be staying in the holding area until hhn opens. Also have fast pass but want to use without as much as can! What is the best strategy for everything on hhn?

Also, I will be going to IOA in the morning. What is the best strategy for IOA while getting there at open?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby RollerManic » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:59 pm

This probably has to be the most incredible coaster photo I've ever seen. That loop standing alone is so incredibly powerful and yet all so disheartening.

I can't believe the ride is already almost completely gone - just like that. It looks as if Universal took pleasure in making a mess out of Dueling Dragons. Wow. I couldn't even recognize where things once stood at first.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:28 pm

^ ^ That's so depressing. :cry:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:58 pm

I feel so awful that I didn't get that coaster credit. :cry: My first and only visit to Universal was back in 2006, and I remember seeing Dueling Dragons in the background as I walked by. I was just starting fresh in the "theme park world," and considering Universal Studios was my second park, and then Islands of Adventures my third (my first was Disney's Magic Kingdom in 2005), let's just say I haven't worked my nerves up just yet to ride those massive roller coasters just yet. Oh well, life goes on. ;)
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Legocraft » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:52 am

ThemeParkJunkie51290 wrote:I feel so awful that I didn't get that coaster credit. :cry:...


Same, dueling dragons is on the top of my "rides that I will never get to ride" list.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby DILinator » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:43 am

Dueling Dragons is now #1 on my list of favorite defunct coasters, interestingly enough, bumping down another coaster with a "dragon" theme, "Drachen Fire". Such a shame... Such a pity... :(
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