Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

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Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby pianojohn » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:05 am

Weird to think of this as retro, but I found my pics I took in March/April and may of 1999 while Islands of Adventure was doing soft openings. Notice the BRIGHT paint everywhere!

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Dueling Dragons from the now Hess station
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Dueling Dragons
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The Hulk from outside
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Dr. Doom also from outside the fences
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The old logo (EPIC Fail....seriously!!)
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Fire Dragon (now THAT's some red paint!!)
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Hulk from a distance
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The dragons dueling
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And another shot of DD
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Good Poseidon Before they ruined the show!
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Hulk from the back of Mythos
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Now THAT's a green train and track!
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Dr. Doom
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Toon Lagoon
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Seuss from across the lagoon
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Dueling Dragons with the old statues
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Hulk in action
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And Fired Dragon in action
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Green Eggs and Ham (when it was open all the time!)
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Hulk sign
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The Enchanted Oak (where Three Broomsticks now stands)
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And me at work! I used to play organ at Circus McGurkus when IOA first opened.

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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby rydrmr9 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:36 pm

I absolutely love the pictures John. IOA is my favorite park and it looks amazing freshly painted with all the bright colors. Thanks for posting! =)

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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby HappyEisentrout » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:20 pm

I love looking at pictures of parks in the past. My cousin has years worth of pictures from Cedar Point and I love going through them. It will be interesting in 10 years time when I look back at the pictures I've taken now.
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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby andyuk200523 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:35 pm

I went during the soft opening (All Year!) I went along in September, and loved the park, everything was so clean and bright!

Although I have to admit, I quite liked the Universal Studios Escape logo, got a Polo Shirt with it on somewhere :)

Interesting to see you worked there, did you work there for long?
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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby Brandy524 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:33 am

I was on a band trip in Orlando right around this same time. (I've done a retro TR with my photos). But we only went to Magic Kingdom. I remember seeing Hulk in passing and wishing we could go there instead! Nice pictures!

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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby SoCalCoasters » Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:54 am

I actually like that logo too...

These photos are great! It's interesting to see what the park looked like back when it first opened.

And Fire Dragon did have some very bright paint!


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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby pianojohn » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:11 am

andyuk200523 wrote:I went during the soft opening (All Year!) I went along in September, and loved the park, everything was so clean and bright!

Although I have to admit, I quite liked the Universal Studios Escape logo, got a Polo Shirt with it on somewhere :)

Interesting to see you worked there, did you work there for long?


I worked for USF/IOA from 1999-2002. I also helped open Universal Studios JAPAN in 2001. But I've been at Disney since 1999.

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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby noticias24 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:45 am

Thanks for posting this, I really like to see "old" photos of theme parks and compare them to how they are now. Would love to see the Dragons with brand new paint again...

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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby The SETGO Guys » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:57 am

Wow, looks like a totaly different park! So Fresh and new. I hope that we can see those paint jobs come back!

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Re: Retro Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 1999

Postby LoopLover » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:32 pm

It's strange, IOA has always stood out to me as being very bright and cheerful. It makes me smile. =)

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