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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby dandaman » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:01 pm

^ I'm thinking the Lizzie Borden Experience. "ONE whack! Ah! Ah! Ah! Two! TWO whacks! Ah! Ah! Ah!"
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby aimster » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:08 pm

Electerik wrote:
Hilltopper39 wrote:I still think they should have a Sesame Street Character haunt. that would be pretty cool


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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:17 pm

Was there a Cylde and Seamore Halloween show?

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:45 pm

BarryH wrote:Was there a Cylde and Seamore Halloween show?


Someone mentioned that the show was different somehow, so we checked it out. But all they did was say the word "spooktacular" several times. :p

(For the record, it was not advertised as being special. Someone just told us that there were differences from the normal show. Not really the case, though.)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:49 pm

^Too bad. I remember about 4-5 years ago, the Cylde and Seamore show became "spooky." Slappy walked the plank and then came back as a ghost to steal the treasure. The Pets Ahoy show had the trainers in Halloween costumes. I still haven't seen the Tony-award winning "Countdown T Halloween."

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:13 am

As much as we love amusement parks, neither of us have ever been big water park fans. In fact, you can count the number of water parks we've each been to on one hand. Neither of us are particularly strong swimmers, and neither of us like body-slides or being dunked. No, we like family raft rides and lazy rivers. We like animal exhibits and pretty flowers. We like...

Aquatica
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Aquatica is located directly across the street from SeaWorld.
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The park's mascots give you a clue to Aquatica's general South Pacific / Australia / New Zealand theme.
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A small bridge and waterfall lead you to the entrance.
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Odd that such a new park would have a crooked entrance. ;O)
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"Hey man, Anheuser-Busch left their eagle here. You want it?"
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The pathway from the gate to the park proper is weird, funky, and cool. It takes you under, past, and over the park's signature attraction, Dolphin Plunge.
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Dolphin Plunge dumps you out near this hilarious sign.
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Next to Dolphin Plunge is an underwater viewing area, where you can watch people on the slide trying to catch a glimpse of the park's Commerson's dolphins.
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Kiwi Traders gift shop stands at the park crossroads.
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I bought one of these shirts. I'm sure it'll show up in a future update.
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Misty bought this bumper sticker with 'Roa' on it, among other things.
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Next stop, the park's main fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo complex. (I just don't see any practical way around getting a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo at water parks.) It's $5.00 plus a $5.00 deposit for a standard-size all-day fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo.
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Next to the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo is a cabana with a few small animal exhibits.
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"Hello, I am some sort of lizard. I might be from the South Pacific, for all you know."
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We are now here.
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The entrance to Tassie Twister, the park's dual "toilet bowl" slides, is accessed from within the lazy river. It seems like a neat idea, but creates some practical problems--especially when the park is busy.
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Loggerhead Lane is the name of the lazy river.
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Preparing to enter the lazy river's underwater viewing area.
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Okay, this is cool.
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Do you think that person in the slide sees the Commerson dolphin?
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There's also this half-tunnel fish tank thing.
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Coming back around to the entrance and exit of Loggerhead Lane.
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Well...we should be protected against Satan. So that's nice.
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This would make a good caption contest. I have no prizes for you, though. So, instead, I'll just talk about the water sprayers that exist throughout the park, wetting the midways and your feet. They're great if you're barefooted, not so good if you're wearing flip-flops.
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Aquatica has three proper restaurants. This is the biggest. The park offers an all-day dining deal, but it's only good here. Still, that would probably be our recommendation.
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It's a buffet, whether you choose the $15.00 one-time offer, or the $20.00 all-day deal.
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Cook-out appropriate food. Pretty good, too.
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The park's other gift shop, Adaptations.
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The entrance for the park's two family raft rides.
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HooRoo Run is one big non-turning undulating drop.
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The splashdown pool.
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Wahalla Wave is half open, half enclosed, and all awesome.
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The top of Taumata Racer.
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There is no way I would ever get Misty on this. Honestly, I'm not too sure about it myself. That's what water park wimps we are.
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Hard to make out the times in this photo, but I do think it's a nice idea.
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Walkabout Waters is one of the park's two water play structures, and the one adults are allowed to experience without children.
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And now for our favorite thing at Aquatica, Roa's Rapids!
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It's like a lazy river, but very fast and with no inner-tubes. You can wear one of the parks free life-jackets though, which I highly recommend.
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Basically, we spend about half our day here. And since there are two entrances, it can also be used as a sort of transportation ride, to get from one part of the park to the other.
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Uh-oh, Smisty has the face. What's the matter, Smisty?
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Oh, I see; I have a tiny lifeguard on my head.
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On our second visit to the park, we decided to try Mango Market, resulting in our one sour experience at Aquatica.
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The short version is: We got there 5 minutes after they opened, were ignored for about 10 minutes while the employees did there opening stuff, and then we gave up and left.
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Kata's Kookaburra Cove is the more kid-oriented water play structure (though they look awfully similar to me).
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A cute slide.
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I heard somewhere that SeaWorld did a bunch of surveys about what people want in a water park before designing Aquatica, and the result was lots and lots of beach with lots and lots of lounge chairs.
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There are two wave pools, side by side. I think one is supposed to have bigger, stronger waves than the other, but I honestly couldn't tell you which is which.
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I have a waterproof camera.
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First Aid and a second set of fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo. For really busy days, perhaps?
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Okay, so let me use this bird display to talk about Aquatica's animal exhibits. Outside of the Commerson's dolphins, there's not much. Just a few birds and small fish. It still kicks A$$ over every other water park's no-animal-exhibits-at-all, but they definitely could do more.
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Whanua Way and Omaka Rocka inner-tube slides.
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Ghetto "carry your own tubes up the stairs" style.
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Omaka Rocka is the park's newest addition.
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"Aaaaahhhhh!!!"
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It's really fun, except for the parts where your feet bash into the walls.
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The third restaurant is the Waterstone Grill. After we gave up on Mango Market, we headed here.
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This menu board really doesn't do it justice. They also have fish and buffalo chicken sandwiches.
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We received much better service here.
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Dig the souvenir inner-tube bowl.
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And we're back at Kiwi Traders.
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This made us laugh. Possibly because it's so brilliant.
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On your way out, you're continually reminded of what a pretty park this is.
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Not really a show, but they sometime have "training sessions" with the Commerson's dolphin.
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It mostly involves them swimming back and forth. But again, it's better than every other water park's nothing-at-all.
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The exit. I used to be funnier than this. I don't know what happened.
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"Ah-qua-tick-ah" or "Ah-qua-teak-ah"? Discuss.

And now I leave you with one of the coolest photos I have ever taken. Ready?
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby disneymoc » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:37 am

Great report. We may have to check this out with our 2-year-old when we visit in May.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby WildStangAlex » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:56 am

Fantastic Trip Report, once again! Looks like you guys had a great time at Aquatica, and your pictures make me really want to go, BAD! Thanks again for sharing all of your fantastic experiences with us!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:49 am

Great pictures Erik! For the two of you not being water park enthusiasts per say, you definitely shoot them well. It looks like you both had a blast. The park is a lot more lush than I had thought. I had heard that there was very little shade. SW must have put more umbrellas & trees in during the off season.

That $20 all day buffet is a deal! I will have to get my family here when we make a trek to Floruba. Hopefully next year. =)

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby tiger01 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:43 pm

Awesome Report! I love hte last picture with Sea World in the Background!
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