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Postby PsychoPuppet » Sun Mar 13, 2005 10:01 am

CoasterEricHP wrote:Glad you had a great time though. Definately be glad you came last week and not the next few weeks. Have fun with that Dave!


Oh, I will. We won't even be able to run 6 trains till March 27th, it will be a grand ole time!

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Postby Space Freak » Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:01 pm

Ok, whats with everyone liking MIB sooooo much? To me, it was utterly BORING!!! The theming in the que line was great, but the ride, in my opinion, sucked. So perhaps someone could tell me why everyone loves it soo much? I remember i was so disapointed when i got off. I was like "We waited 45 minutes for that? What a let down!" Anyway, it would be great to hear other peoples opinions.

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Postby EpcotLova » Sun Mar 13, 2005 5:47 pm

Since this is one of my favorite rides at the Universal Orlando parks, I must defend it.

The ride is a shoot em' up ride, with spinning and great themeing. Its a fun ride-you get to shoot aliens and see what kind of score you get, and low scores keep one wanting to come back time and time again to improve their score. My average score now seems to be in the 300,000 range, and I would love to further improve it. Shooting things gets your anger out, and lets you have a lot of fun.

Sure, the lines may get long, but thats what Universal Express and the single riders line is for. There was a 40 min wait during last Wednesday's rainy day, but we were on the ride in less than 3 minutes using the single riders line. Riding is as a family or with a friend is no big deal. After the ride you can compare points.

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Postby robbalvey » Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:39 pm

^^ See, and I can't understand why people don't LOVE it!

To me it's the PERFECT dark ride. It's got guest interation, which I think makes the difference between an average dark ride and an AWESOME dark ride.

The gun system seems to work REALLY well too. Although I will say that my biggest 'gripe' with the game system is that I didn't do very well the first few times I rode it, and I didn't get any feedback as to why. But once you figure out that shooting targets higher up, farther away, etc, it becomes a LOT more fun.

One thing to know about the ride, though is NEVER stand in line for it! Yeah, it's not worth a 45 minute wait...NO dark ride is worth that wait, IMO. But it's got one of the BEST single rider lines EVER! Since each car is two rows of three, and they load four cars at a time, it seems that almost every other car needs a single rider. So we've seen the normal line be well over an hour, and only have to wait 5 minutes in the single rider line.

Another thing I like about it is the subject matter. While MiB wasn't the greatest of movies, it really was a "fun" movie. Thus, it's a really "fun" theme to the ride. Goofy alien creatures tied around a funky premise. And you get to shoot stuff, and spin, and shoot more stuff!

I dunno, I just really love the ride. It's something I look forward to every visit to USO.

But again, I can totally see why after waiting 45 minutes you'd go "huh?" Try it next time with single riders, go round and round a few times, and maybe you'll see what all the fuss is about.


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Postby JT3000 » Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:26 pm

Hrm. I don't know how anyone can find a ride that's actually interactive boring. :? I could see how some people wouldn't enjoy it because they're bad at it, or it simply isn't their cup of tea, but boring?

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Postby Sir Clinksalot » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:43 pm

Glad to hear that Motel 6 is decent - we booked a room there for this weekend (since most of the town seems to be friggin' sold out or WAY overpriced). We just needed to get down there to shoot some pick-up shots for our video submission (after that, we need to get our hands on some editing software, learn how to use it, and get the thing edited together - sure we can't push the submission deadline back to 2006?).

Oh, and MIB rules. Not best ride in the parks, but always great fun.

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Postby EpcotLova » Tue Mar 15, 2005 5:50 pm

Is this the Motel 6 on Exit 64 B?

If thats the one, you shouldnt have any problems. Hope you enjoy.

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Postby CreativeForce » Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:33 pm

I have to agree with MIB being a great ride. I just got back yesterday and I think over a two day period I rode it something like 25 times. It has a great re-ridability factor. Not only are you trying to improve your score, but you are trying to getr the suit. (My car only got it four times out of all the rides I took.) And there are some great visuals that you simply cannot take in on one ride. All that being said, the single rider line is the only way to go. If you only wait 5-10 min. each time you ride then you really feel as if you've gotten a good trade on the time you spent waiting.
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