Photo TR: Sea World, IOA/Universal Updates!

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Photo TR: Sea World, IOA/Universal Updates!

Postby Erik Johnson » Wed May 24, 2006 3:44 pm

I went down to Orlando for a few hours to take some pictures of the new Shamu Happy Harbor area with The Shamu Express, Florida's brand new kiddie coaster. Plus a bunch of new photos of the Sky Trolly at Islands of Adventure and much more. I have quite a few photos to post, so they will be added in sections.
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There is quite a few of these new Believe! posters (new Shamu show) all around Sea World Orlando now.
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Oh yeah, those Platinum passes rule!
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See what I mean?
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I guess this explains that after 2032 Beer : Trip Reports, Derek is still not fat.
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Yes, they already have the new kid's area on the map.
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Something special must be going on, because they had the full Budweiser Beer Wagon out today.
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Yeah, including the dog as well.
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I think it was media day today, with all of these radio station booths.
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Ok, its time to earn a new credit.
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Its called, Shamu Express, in case you already forgot.
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Holy crap! That is a long train.
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These people seem to be having fun.
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Especially this guy.
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Ok into the station we go.
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Hmmm, I dont think I can get a good onride video from this seat.
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Ready to go!
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Actually, I was surprised how fast the lift hill was.
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They have already made the area pretty nice.
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Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
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I can't get over how long these train are.
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I tried to get the entire train in one photo.
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Another group of people on the train.
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OK back on down, away from the station.
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Just like Kraken, they had fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo for loose items.
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As well as an on-ride photo station.
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Ok, this is another new ride they added to the park.
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Here it is!
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Here is another ride.
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And that is the name of that one.
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The "Bouncing" attraction.
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Here is another picture of the "bouncing" attraction.
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Postby nursemelis374 » Wed May 24, 2006 3:48 pm

Is there a thread for cutest coaster?, because I would vote for Shamu Express! That train is the cutest thing!

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Postby WillMontu » Wed May 24, 2006 4:08 pm

Actually, that Air Bounce attraction has been there for a few years. They did a nice job on the theming of the trains (how many cars do they have?)

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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed May 24, 2006 4:14 pm

Here are the final photos from Sea World today. After this IOA!
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I would have liked to see the new Shamu show, but I got there too late, and I was not going to stay until 3.
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But this is what it looks like from the Sky Tower.
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Here are the Shamus/Orcas being lazy.
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Shamu's Happy Harbor from the Sky Tower.
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They are clearing a bunch of land right next to Sea World. I wonder if this is the upcoming water park.
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I finally rode the front row of Kraken. Awesome coaster.
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Did they get new boats? They seem brighter to me.
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Between the love bug splats (all clean now) you can see them clearing this big tract of land up close.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed May 24, 2006 4:18 pm

WillMontu wrote:Actually, that Air Bounce attraction has been there for a few years. They did a nice job on the theming of the trains (how many cars do they have?)



Oops, oh well. I have not been in the area for a while. I think I ocunted 14 cars on the train, so it has a 28 person capacity.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed May 24, 2006 4:48 pm

Ok onto IOA and Universal. Just to let you know, in case you are going to visit IOA in the next 2 weeks. Dueling Dragons have been open on both Friday and Saturday during the ongoing re-paint.
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I have never parked up here before, boy is it hot!
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Bubba Gump's is still coming right along.
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They put in a few more dollars for the sign. The coasters have been open ever Friday and Saturday, just to let you know
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I think the logo is pretty cool.
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They have built two new platforms along the Sky Trolly's track, for evacuation purposes.
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Same platform, different angle.
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Here is a guy working on the other platform.
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Lots of work still being done around Seuss Landing.
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It looks like the theming is quite different from each track's dark area. Yes, all of those brushes were moving today.
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As well as the Sneeches Star Stamp room.
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Here is the train, all in its glory!
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Pretty cool way to advertise the upcoming new ride.
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Sky Trolly through the trees.
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Here is a closeup of one of the cars.
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At least the Balsamic Chicken is still there.
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Nice! Looks red again.
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New paint really makes a ride look brand new.
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My baby is getting some TLC! :)
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Just a few more weeks to go, again its open on Fridays and Saturdays!
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"Sorry, its closed!" This poor guy has said it over 2000 times in 30 minutes.
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Oops, forgot to close the door.
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Universal's best kept secret.
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They added some kind of TV monitor with a mummy logo in the queue line.
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Here are some Universal 360 construction photos...well only 2.
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I guess this is going to be the spinning platform.
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Guess there is going to be, two of them. Hope you enjoyed the update!
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Postby Kumba9 » Wed May 24, 2006 5:46 pm

Awesome photo's!!
Man, I haven't been to SW since (before) Kraken was built...lol

1. S-E looks like a fun coaster, and I can only imagine from that view of the "tail" you can only have a good view from the front seat..lol I actually LOVE the color-scheme. I'll have to ask Santa to put one in my backyard in Hawaii.
2. Bubba Gump restaurants in Hawaii (ALL of them) suck! I've tried to go on several occasions (even with management changes) and each time the food gets worse. I'm curious on the B-G food report if anyone else experienced this chain.
3. DD-looks nice with it's paint job (long overdue).
4. Busch seems to have done a nice job with its landscaping there. I love the pic of the 'Great American Beer Co."..lol
5. NOTHING beats a good day @ a Busch park than seeing those Awesome Clydsedales Beer wagon!
6. Looks like IOA will make use of the S-T track afterall..lol That looks like a fun ride with the kids
7. Good job on the Photo TR!

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Postby Bubba Z » Wed May 24, 2006 5:55 pm

Nice update Erik , Thanks for the photos. Hopefully I get back to Florida soon for that new credit. ;)

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Postby YoshiFan » Wed May 24, 2006 6:17 pm

Nice photos. That new Shamu coaster looks decent for a kiddie coaster.

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Postby CoasterCrazy » Wed May 24, 2006 6:37 pm

Great pictures!

I will have to visit Sea World the next time that I go to Florida. While I'm there I will get the Shamu credit and ride Kraken again.

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