Photo TR: Soren Visits IOA and Universal Orlando!!

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Photo TR: Soren Visits IOA and Universal Orlando!!

Postby Erik Johnson » Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:58 pm

Hey all! I was lucky enough to be invited to document Soren's first visit to Islands of Adventure. Yes, we did have a good time. Before I get on with the pictures, there are a few news worthy items I would like to mention to you all about the park.

** Dueling Dragons will be closed until early June according to some of the employees standing in front of the ride. DD is finally getting its brand new coat of paint. They also mentioned that the ride could be open this weekend as they are only currently working on painting the lift hills this week.

**Lots of new Annual Pass news. I was able to find out some interesting information concerning AP passes. In about two to three weeks they are going to be closing both IOA's as well as USO's pass processing centers. They are going to be changing the format of the AP passes themselves. The new passes are going to be very similiar to the Disney AP passes as they will not have your photo, will be using biometric technology, as well as being on "tough to tear" paper instead of plastic.

--They will soon offer a 2-year Preferred renewal for about $189 (you will save $9)

--There is also a super preferred pass in the works which should be available to buy in a month or two. It is going to cost $300+. What is different about this one is that they will act as an Express Pass after 4PM, will get a free HHN pass on an off-night, as well as additional discounts in the parks. The bad thing is that you will not be able to upgrade your current AP passes to the new one by paying the difference. If you want this new pass, you will have to pay the full amount.

**Suess Landing is getting a bunch of TLC with new paint and landscaping. I guess it is all due to the new ride that is opening this summer.

**Mythos has "officially" added back Balsamic Chicken. Now all they need to do is add back its Tomato and Cheese salad, as well as those awesome desserts.

**Parking has increased $1 to $10.00.

Ok enough writing, onto those pictures:
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I wonder why all these signs can be found all over central Florida now?
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Parking has increased by $1.
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Soren missed his bus, which means that I will be sad and pathetic for another hour.
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Well, its not really a surprise that I am considered sad and pathetic anyways.
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More work has been done on the new Bubba Gump at Citiwalk.
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Larry and Joe are doing thier very best to make Universal more, "artist friendly."
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And here come Frank with several boxes of brand new porcelin deer.
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Oh God, I will make sure not to be anywhere close to this place when that event occurs.
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I made sure that all the effects were working before Soren arrives.
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Its great to see Universal selling more donkey style T-shirts.
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An hour later both Soren, and his roomate/Epcot co-worker Stefan, show up.
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Soren is paying money for his AP pass.
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This was when we first found out two credits are going to be closed until early June.
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This may be one of the final photos you see of the AP processing center.
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As well as a final photo of a brand new AP Power Pass.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed Apr 26, 2006 8:22 pm

Ok onto the first credit. Yes it is a green color.
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Here is a picture of Soren taking a picture of The Incredible Hulk coaster.
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Yeah, its a real credit for Soren.
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Though he seems to prefer Bruce Banner over the Hulk.
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How does someone lose hats on this ride? I wonder....
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Both Soren and Stefan seemed to enjoy the coaster. Yeah, both front and backseat rides.
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Onto Spiderman. The wait was about 90 seconds when using the S&P line. We ended up riding together as well.
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Two thugs from the hood.
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Soren's second credit of the day. The Flying Unicorn.
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What's up with the drums in front of Dueling Dragons?
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They even had theming for our disappointment.
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DD really does need a new paint job. Tom and Wes really should consider themselves lucky!
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At least Dueling Germans was open today.
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OMG!!! Look what is back on the menu.
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Thank you!! Now if you add that Tomato and cheese salad back to menu, Mythos will be R&E friendly again.
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Some people may try to count this as two credits.
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Both tracks seems to be completed.
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I wonder if he is testing out the new "guest removal machine" for the new ride.
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Some kind of plastic monster thingy in the beginning of the dark ride section.
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This wall has been extended out further for more construction.
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The entire Suess Landing is pretty much in referb mode now (though the rides are all running).
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Lots of these signs everywhere.
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Yes, all this was really needed. Thanks for spending more money on this kind of stuff IOA.
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More referb stuff.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed Apr 26, 2006 8:58 pm

Yes more.
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Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, and Thing 4.
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Another photo of Soren taking a picture of the Incredible Hulk Coaster.
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We ended up over at Universal for a few hours.
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Yes, it is time for Soren to get that Mummy credit.
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All that fire made Soren hungry for some ice cream.
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While Soren had his money mixup problem fixed, Stefan guarded his ice cream.
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I never did find those Pac-Man or Mappy machines.
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This was starting to become a familiar sight today, at least the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo are free.
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Onto another awesome Universal attraction.
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Yes, this is where it all started folks.
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That was Soren's score flashing in the background.
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Most certainly my highest score ever.
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Did you already lose your MiB suit Stefan?
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I guess that silver flash-rod memory thing worked too well today.
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Uh-oh, time for Back to the Future.
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At least Stefan brought his industrial strength motion sickness bag.
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Oh dear, the pain is about to begin.

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Postby Florida420 » Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:20 pm

Thanks for stealing my thunder Erik.
I wait a month to post my Photo TR and what do you do????
you just post a PRT of the same damn park, except you got a couple of Germans with you!! :angry:



I'm just playin'
no I'm not.
Yes
Yes I am, I guess the key phrase here is "I wait a month to post my Photo TR"
I'm glad you guys had fun, too bad Soren missed out on DD.
But now I'm defiantly gonna put the "guess that toilet game" in my TR, just for you, since you where just there, you should get a good score.
My Photo TR should be done in another 4 hours, I can't see, it's hard to type.

BTW, when are these new AP gonna be available, mine runs out in June, I want to look into the one with HHN and fast pass privileges.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:26 pm

Yes more!

And more photos can also be found here: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/vi ... 385#172385
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Back to the Future removed all of Soren's
food.
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But that is ok, he was able to fill his stomach right back up.
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We ended up not riding the "Old and Stupid" water ride today.
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Look who we ran into at the park.
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Time for another credit for Soren.
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Oh yes, Vekoma goodness.
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Soren only had to wait for about 1 minute for this ride, unlike NGT and Parktrips.
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Yeah, Soren is now only missing three credits. Though those will have to wait until June.
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Earthquake time!
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All seems ok so far.
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Uh oh! Things start to go wrong in the subway tunnel.
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Here comes all the water, and its all heading for Soren.
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Speaking of water rides, we ended up back at IOA to ride Jurassic Park.
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Time....everything was working on the JP ride today for Soren.
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I love Raptor in a box.
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These are the brand new German Cast Member uniforms.
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Stefan decided to take on some more water rides.
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Here is Stefan drowning on Ripsaw Falls.
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You like that Stefan?
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Looks like you got a little wet.
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He deicded to ride Bluto's Barges, twice.
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These rides get you so soaked.
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More water for Stefan.
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Both of these barges pretty much launched at the same time.
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Well, I guess they ended up far enough away from each other.
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I do not think Stefan could have been more soaked.
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All those rides today certainly builds up an appitite.
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Yes, it was a good day today. Thanks for reading. And yes, the adventure lives on.
Soren's photos here: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=172385#172385

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Re: Photo TR: Soren Visits IOA and Universal Orlando!!

Postby Slacking » Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:59 pm

--There is also a super preferred pass in the works which should be available to buy in a month or two. It is going to cost $300+. What is different about this one is that they will act as an Express Pass after 4PM, will get a free HHN pass on an off-night, as well as additional discounts in the parks. The bad thing is that you will not be able to upgrade your current AP passes to the new one by paying the difference. If you want this new pass, you will have to pay the full amount.


Nice pics Erik. Looks fun.

As far as I know, the $300 Premier AP has quietly been on sale since April. The oddest perk for this pass supposedly is 8 free bottles of water. You also get free preferred/valet parking. May not be worth the extra cash, but its interesting nonetheless.

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Postby Shockwave » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:19 pm

Duelling Dragons really needed that paint job, it was looking awful! Shame it will be down till June, but it'll look great once it opens again.

Soren, if you're reading this, you have to ride Row 2 on Ice! :lmao:

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Postby JT3000 » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:21 pm

The dragons need a paint job more than the ride does, but yeah... They should also paint that section of Hulk around the tunnel. It's almost black. Looks like they need to clean Popeye as well. At least Suess is getting the attention it needed.

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Postby SLUSHIE » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:55 pm

Dammit. Last I head DD was to be open when I go next month... now apparently it wont open till June 4th.

Actualy, I proably wont go to Universal now.

Whoever pushed it back needs to die. Oh well, I still have montu.

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Postby Swimace » Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:07 am

At least DD will be open for Grad Bash! =)

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