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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Trackmaster » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:28 am

I visited this park yesterday and everything was an absolute walk on. Ironically I brought the quick queue, and it was so worthless that the line attendants stopped even checking. I pretty much only used it so that I walk in through the shorter queue and not walk by unused queue lines.

What do you guys think that this mostly attributable to?
1. The fact that it is a Monday (but 71.4% of all days of the week are not on the weekend, so I'm not sure how much weight this holds).
2. The fact that its an inconvenient time of the year for most families... kids are still in school, and finals are coming up, so its not a highly prioritized time of the year to travel.
3. The forecast was for storms... but it always rains in Florida. It'll usually rain for 15-20 minutes and go away, this happens almost daily when the summer starts.
4. The most intriguing option...: has Blackfish and the other smearing against SeaWorld been hurting its imagine and making it less popular?
5. Or.... other? Something I'm not thinking about.

It seems a little odd that the park from what I'm reading is usually pretty deserted. The admission price is still somewhat high, so its not like they're slashing prices to get people in. It pretty much as the undisputed best coaster in Florida (Mako). Orlando is a hub for people to visit to go to parks. Which leads to another intriguing option brought up by The Florida Project:

6. Does Disney dominate Central Florida SO MUCH these days that people are more likely to just stay on Disney's campus these days and more or less never leave to explore the rest of the area?

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:35 am

It's a little bit of all of your reasons which all added up to a pretty easy day.

The forecast yesterday was actually for rain all day which is more rare in Florida. Granted, it didn't actually rain for more than about an hour total, but forecasts can change a lot of peoples minds.

All schools are in session around the world this week.

Universal and Disney almost never see these absolute dead days anymore, but this week is pretty quiet.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:18 am

Trackmaster wrote:I visited this park yesterday and everything was an absolute walk on. Ironically I brought the quick queue, and it was so worthless that the line attendants stopped even checking. I pretty much only used it so that I walk in through the shorter queue and not walk by unused queue lines.


No offense, but that's not irony, that's just stupidity. I sound like a broken record by this point about this, but THIS is exactly why you don't buy skip-the-lines in advance. What makes it worse is if you just poked around a bit on this thread most people would have told you that you wouldn't need it @ Seaworld.

Trackmaster wrote: It pretty much as the undisputed best coaster in Florida (Mako).

Admittedly I love Mako to death but you better watch your mouth around here with statements like that. :lol:

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Trackmaster » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:24 am

boldikus wrote:
Trackmaster wrote:I visited this park yesterday and everything was an absolute walk on. Ironically I brought the quick queue, and it was so worthless that the line attendants stopped even checking. I pretty much only used it so that I walk in through the shorter queue and not walk by unused queue lines.


No offense, but that's not irony, that's just stupidity. I sound like a broken record by this point about this, but THIS is exactly why you don't buy skip-the-lines in advance. What makes it worse is if you just poked around a bit on this thread most people would have told you that you wouldn't need it @ Seaworld.

Trackmaster wrote: It pretty much as the undisputed best coaster in Florida (Mako).

Admittedly I love Mako to death but you better watch your mouth around here with statements like that. :lol:


Well, I hurt my knee the other day, and wanted to whatever I could to minimize standing around. This was an extreme case where there NO lines, but usually on dead days, I'll at least wait here and there.

I recently moved to Miami from Boston, so I guess that the Orlando parks are kind of my home parks, despite how long it takes to get around Miami traffic, and how long it takes to get there.

I appreciate the hell out of the theming of a lot of the Disney rides, but let's face it, from a raw coaster standpoint, there isn't exactly a whole lot of airtime, speed, or intensity.

The only coaster that I could see in the argument as a truly great coaster in the same category as Mako may be Cheetah Run, but I haven't been to BGT since it was added. I just love Maverick so much that I want to give any blitz coaster a chance to match its greatness. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of wooden coasters, so there isn't a lot of room from RMC converstion, but I think that with Sea World's light crowds, they would be an excellant candidate for a raptor. I could also see it fitting in well with the marine life theme.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby RollerManic » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:25 am

boldikus wrote:
Trackmaster wrote: It pretty much as the undisputed best coaster in Florida (Mako).

Admittedly I love Mako to death but you better watch your mouth around here with statements like that. :lol:

You know, if they had left the trims off the return camelback, I don't think that would be such a bold statement ... I love Mako to death too.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:27 am

Yeah I don't know about "undisputed", I love Mako to death but I can think of quite a few coasters in Florida I prefer. To each his own though. I could absolutely see why someone would find Mako the best coaster in Florida. I definitely prefer a handful of coasters at BGT, Mummy, a certain yeti infested mountain at Animal Kingdom and a flying coaster on the other side of the same park but that's just me. ;)

Then again... I'm awful at ranking coasters. If you ask me what my favorite coaster in Florida is every day for 3 days you might get 3 different answers between Montu, Kumba and Everest. It's insane how many awesome coasters and rides are all located within 90 minutes of each other and I'm jealous of everyone that lives there.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Trackmaster » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:33 am

coasterbill wrote:Yeah I don't know about "undisputed", I love Mako to death but I can think of quite a few coasters in Florida I prefer. To each his own though. I could absolutely see why someone would find Mako the best coaster in Florida. I definitely prefer a handful of coasters at BGT, Mummy, a certain yeti infested mountain at Animal Kingdom and a flying coaster on the other side of the same park but that's just me. ;)

Then again... I'm awful at ranking coasters. If you ask me what my favorite coaster in Florida is every day for 3 days you might get 3 different answers between Montu, Kumba and Everest.


Well, I've been out of the game for several years. I was a big enthusiast in my teen years, off and on for about 10 years, and have been getting more recently into it. My coaster is 233, but many of them I haven't ridden in a while. I've only ridden three B&M hypers, and I could see how if you've ridden a lot, you would be a bit de-sensitized by them. I thought that it was just OK as I rode it in the middle first, then the front -- I was getting a little skeptical by that point -- but then I rode it on the back. From that point on, I know every lap was going to have to be in the back. Its an airtime machine back there. Even after the MCBR you get great forces.

So maybe when I say "undisputed" its an existential battle within my facilities and mind that I'm referring to. I know that everyone has their own preferences.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Trackmaster » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:34 am

RollerManic wrote:
boldikus wrote:
Trackmaster wrote: It pretty much as the undisputed best coaster in Florida (Mako).

Admittedly I love Mako to death but you better watch your mouth around here with statements like that. :lol:

You know, if they had left the trims off the return camelback, I don’t think that would be such a bold statement ... I already love that coaster to death too.


The only benefit to that trim brake, is that B&M assumed that it was safe to have a sharp drop after it. So in the back, you get the best airtime of the ride on it, as you're going through the steep drop so fast. But anyways, its bizarre to have it on a two train coaster. Completely unneeded.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:35 am

:lol: No need to defend it. If it's your favorite then that's great! My favorite coaster is Millennium Force and Brit's favorite is Gatekeeper and approximately 100% of people think we're nuts (and they're likely right). Mako's a great ride.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Trackmaster » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:42 am

coasterbill wrote::lol: No need to defend it. If it's your favorite then that's great! My favorite coaster is Millennium Force and Brit's favorite is Gatekeeper and approximately 100% of people think we're nuts (and they're likely right). Mako's a great ride.


No no no. Not my favorite coaster, probably not top five. Just in Florida. Like you, its very tough to rank coasters. I prefer to rank parks if anything, but even that's tough. It was SROS@SFNE at one point in time, but it hasn't really aged great and the new restraints don't help. Last time I rode it was when it was Bizarro, and hated the VR. Ironically, it may just be Wicked Cyclone now (as they're both in the same, run of the mill park, when I've actually been to tons of parks), as its the only RMC I've been on. I guess until I knock out by big rust belt/Canada trip it stands at MF or WC.

I don't like to make expectations before riding a coaster or anything like that... and I'm firm on that. So let's just say that SeVen may just end up giving everything else a run for its money. But who knows, I don't like to speak authoritatively about coasters I've haven't even ridden once.

I'm sure that if Florida ever got an RMC, it would would give Mako a run for its money as #1 in Florida.

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