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Re: Photo TR : phantasialand & Tomorrowland

Postby Kumba9 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:39 pm

great photos!
Love the outfits on the chicks by the Church of Love...

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Photo TR : Island of Adventure & HHN

Postby Groteslurf » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:56 am

Thanks for the comments.
Now back to the themepark reports. Last year Octobre, together with 4 friends, we booked a holiday in Orlando to visit all the parks.
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Arrived at Orlando airport waiting for 1 friend who decided to join months after we booked our flights so he was on another flight arriving a bit later.
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Our fridge, shortly after arrival at our villa
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Waking up early because of the jetlag and seeing this. Excellent view to wake up
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First park of the trip : IOA. Since my first visit in 2004, I hadn't been in Orlando so I was pretty excited to see all the changes in the park.
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First coaster of the trip : Hulk. I remembered it to be a very goed ride, but this time I preferred the waiting area over the ride itself.
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Spiderman : since 2004 the best darkride I ever did. I still liked the ride very much, but I wasn't blown away this time.
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My 4 friends were Orlando newbies so they didn't know what to expect
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IOA is still my favorite park in Orlando
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More Hulk
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We didn't eat at Mythos in 2004 so this was for sure on our to do list.
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While waiting for our table, time for some pics or the area
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Shot in IOA (EB's tshirt)
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At Mythos
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Me and Mike
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Hans & EB
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Love the theming inside Mythos
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Because I was still jetlagged, I wanted to eat light so I ordered sushi. I was so surprised to see my fried sushi. I never could imagine somebody serve fried sushi. The taste was great, but it wasn't light ;-). I love the US :-)
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Lunch was great. Time to go into the park again.
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Waiting times were quite ok.
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Harry Potter area
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I'm not a fan of HP, I saw the first movie long time ago.
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This is a great moment in the waiting area. The ride itself left me a bit confused. I'm still not sure whether I liked it or not. Most of the time, I didn't know what was happening. At least, I didn't get sick
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Loved these buildings though
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My favorite park area ever
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Discovery area
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I was a bit confused about these 2 guys. Are the 'characters' ? Or just employees ? They had a lot to discuss in any case
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After doing the boatride, we went back to ...
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Harry Potter world.
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On to the Studios
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Awesome ride
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Good Mummy
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haaaaaa ...... smoke
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The holding area before HNN starts is really great
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Time for the best event on earth .... that's what I expected and remembered from my last visit.
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Thanks
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Don't get me wrong. HHN is still awesome. However, it's not THAT good anymore. Some mazes in Europe are coming very close to Universal quality I must say. Except for the sound at Universal. The audio is still top notch. Europe is still way beyond reaching the same quality.
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My friend Michael
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Love this area
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but .... where are the scare actors in the park ??
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In 2004, it was the year that HHN was in both IOA and USO at the same time, both parks were filled with scare actors all over the place.
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Ghosts & stuff
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Alice Cooper maze
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There were some great actors walking around later in the evening
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But I expected much more to be honest
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Yup, still at Universal
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Love this brand
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I see you .....
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Although I wasn't blown away as during my previous visit, we still had an awesome day.
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Photo TR : Universal Studios Orlando

Postby Groteslurf » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:59 pm

Day 2 Universal Studious
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It's such a great park
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Love the Minions
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Love the big beer cans
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What's this ?
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Fisherman's wharf
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Eaten by a shark
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ET
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Excellent place to hide for a thunderstorm
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Hardrock dinner
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Alice
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End of day 2

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Re: Photo TR : Universal Studios Orlando

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:38 am

Great photos! Both parks are among my favorite parks I have been to. Great look back at the 2012 HHN as well!

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Re: Photo TR : Universal Studios Orlando

Postby KBrylczyk » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:16 am

Nice TR. What stuck out to me the most, though, was how you mentioned and made fun of (slightly) the Sushi Tempura at Mythos, but then wrote how you love Bubba Gump, where 99.9% of the menu is deep-fried. It made me giggle, haha.
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Re: Photo TR : Universal Studios Orlando

Postby Groteslurf » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:56 pm

^ha, I've never eaten at Bubba Shrimp. I only love the brand name, because it's fascinating to me how the chain was inspired by the movie. To me it's just a strong brand, but I've never actually eaten there ;)

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Photo TR : Seaworld

Postby Groteslurf » Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:48 pm

Day 3 : Seaworld
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Kraken, still one of my favorite floorless
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I love the combination of a zoo and rollercoasters
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Manta
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Quite an intense pretzel loop I must say
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EB and Hans ready to go
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Yeah baby !!!!!!
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Love the close encounters
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When I show this pics to non theme park lovers, they really go crazy. In a positive way. They just can't believe you can touch a dolphin at Seaworld
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Manta love
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Hans !!
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I was getting a bit dizzy, so had time to take some pics
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Great 3D show though
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Feed me
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FEED ME !!!!
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FEEEEEED ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yeah, like I would spend 10 dollars and feed you....... everybody on the net is supporting you :-)
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Stonefish or something like that
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Shamu Shamu Shamu .....
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Had to take a pic of this
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In Celcius, but gotta love it
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Still feel like a Rockstar .....
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Our villa pool

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Photo TR : Animal Kingdom & Disney Quest

Postby Groteslurf » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:56 pm

Animal Kingdom, my favorite park during my 2004 stay in Orlando. And also my favorite during this stay if Epcot, with which I fell in love during my last visit, wouldn't exist.
First, we purchased our park hopper passes on beforehand.
We also bought our Universal/Busch/Seaworld passes on beforehand. We had to exchange the voucher in real passes at guest relations. At Universal it took us more than an hour to get our passes. At Disney, it took us ..... I didn't time it, but it must have been less than 2 minutes. Amazing how smooth and fast we were settled.
Secondly, I love the zoo/themepark combi as said earlier and AK is just like the perfect park to me.
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The park is simply amazingly beautiful
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Look at this. I would live here, forever.
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Dinosaur area
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I was blown away by Dinosaur the ride back in 2004, not so this time. I guess I was spoiled by other more amazing rides in the last few years
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This was still under contraction during my previous visit. To be honest, I didn't really like the ride. Going backwards isn't really my kind of ride I guess.
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It should be one of the seven wonders of the world
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The Himalaya theming is great though
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Batman
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F*ck you bloody tourists
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Hans' laundry
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Where's the elektro music ?
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Taking the train to the other part of the park.
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Love this game ;-)
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Oh, be quiet, surgery going on
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Waiting for the train
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Probably my favorite attraction in Orlando
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Words cannot describe how much I love this ride.
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What can I say, it's just stunning
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I don't know how the views from the AK lodge are, but if they are similar to these, I WILL stay at the lodge the next time I visit Orlando
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Yeah baby !!!!!!
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Once again, I love this park because of it's beauty
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Adam Ant
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Because the parks closes early, we combined it with a visit to Disney Downtown
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For a visit to Disney Quest which was included in our hopper passes
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While DQ is a bit aging, we had a fun couple of hours
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It was a while ago since I was able to play this arcade game
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EB is full concentration
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Guitar heroes
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Getting dressed for the virtual reality experience
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I quit after a few minutes. This was feeling so old. They really should get current technology in this place.
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It was fun to watch though
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The virtual rafting ride also didn't feel quite right but rather outdated.
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Mike skipped the raft ride and got a nap outside
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Waky waky
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We had dinner here. It was ok but we prefer Hard Rock Café.
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Planet Hollywood dinner
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And Mike was awake again after a visit to the supermarket

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Re: Photo TR : Animal Kingdom & Disney Quest

Postby A.J. » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:31 pm

Seriously - all that I did during my last visit to DisneyQuest was play the arcade games. I think that I probably played Mario Kart Arcade GP for several hours, at least.
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Re: Photo TR : Animal Kingdom & Disney Quest

Postby jray21 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:34 pm

Another great update! Gotta love the 'retro' Disney Quest. ;)
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