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.
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.
Our fridge, shortly after arrival at our villa
Waking up early because of the jetlag and seeing this. Excellent view to wake up
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.
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.
Spiderman : since 2004 the best darkride I ever did. I still liked the ride very much, but I wasn't blown away this time.
My 4 friends were Orlando newbies so they didn't know what to expect
IOA is still my favorite park in Orlando
We didn't eat at Mythos in 2004 so this was for sure on our to do list.
While waiting for our table, time for some pics or the area
Shot in IOA (EB's tshirt)
Me and Mike
Hans & EB
Love the theming inside Mythos
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 :-)
Lunch was great. Time to go into the park again.
Waiting times were quite ok.
Harry Potter area
I'm not a fan of HP, I saw the first movie long time ago.
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
Loved these buildings though
My favorite park area ever
I was a bit confused about these 2 guys. Are the 'characters' ? Or just employees ? They had a lot to discuss in any case
After doing the boatride, we went back to ...
Harry Potter world.
On to the Studios
haaaaaa ...... smoke
The holding area before HNN starts is really great
Time for the best event on earth .... that's what I expected and remembered from my last visit.
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.
My friend Michael
Love this area
but .... where are the scare actors in the park ??
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.
Ghosts & stuff
Alice Cooper maze
There were some great actors walking around later in the evening
But I expected much more to be honest
Yup, still at Universal
Love this brand
I see you .....
Although I wasn't blown away as during my previous visit, we still had an awesome day.
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.
^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
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.
The park is simply amazingly beautiful
Look at this. I would live here, forever.
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
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.
It should be one of the seven wonders of the world
The Himalaya theming is great though
F*ck you bloody tourists
Where's the elektro music ?
Taking the train to the other part of the park.
Love this game ;-)
Oh, be quiet, surgery going on
Waiting for the train
Probably my favorite attraction in Orlando
Words cannot describe how much I love this ride.
What can I say, it's just stunning
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
Yeah baby !!!!!!
Once again, I love this park because of it's beauty
Because the parks closes early, we combined it with a visit to Disney Downtown
For a visit to Disney Quest which was included in our hopper passes
While DQ is a bit aging, we had a fun couple of hours
It was a while ago since I was able to play this arcade game
EB is full concentration
Getting dressed for the virtual reality experience
I quit after a few minutes. This was feeling so old. They really should get current technology in this place.
It was fun to watch though
The virtual rafting ride also didn't feel quite right but rather outdated.
Mike skipped the raft ride and got a nap outside
We had dinner here. It was ok but we prefer Hard Rock Café.
Planet Hollywood dinner
And Mike was awake again after a visit to the supermarket
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