Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 12/8/07

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Photo TR: Islands of Adventure 12/8/07

Postby Homer » Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:15 pm

A few weeks ago, my school organized a field trip to Islands of Adventure on the weekend before finals. The cool thing? All I had to spend was $20 just for the ticket and bam, an awesome day at IOA. Most of the lines were light 10-30 minute waits.

So me and a few of my friends end up attacking IOA. Here are some of the specifics for those of you who like reading TR's:

Incredible Hulk (7/10)

The Incredible Hulk isn't aging very well and I hope Universal gives it some rehab. Although it is a fun ride still, the track is beginning to really show rust and the first corkscrew gives your ears a good banging in some seats.

Spiderman (8.5/10)

Spiderman is still an awesome dark ride, not much else to report on it.

Pteranodon Flyers (3/10)

Probably my only peeve of the day was my friends wanting to ride the flying thing inside Jurassic Park. The horrendous capacity made what would seem like a brief wait at any of the other rides into 30 minutes. While it is a great family ride in a relaxing setting, I just wished/hope that Universal would or will install a higher capacity alternative in the future.

On a personal note, this was basically the first time I hated being an enthusiast since I did try to convince my friends to do Jurassic Park or Dudley Do-Right's instead. Oh well.

Poseidon's Fury (5/10)

Still a decent walk through attraction, but I really kind of hate the cheesy subplot of the archaeologist.

Dueling Dragons
We did both sides of Dueling Dragons today. Overall though, DD had tempermental operations that day. One side (particularly the Fire side) kept breaking down. Ice had slow dispatches (they even announced it in line that they were running behind normal hourly dispatches). On to my reviews:

Ice (8/10)
Did this in the back and the G-Forces are constant. I can see why some people say Ice totally owns Fire because of it and my right leg hurt from the forces right afterwards. But am I joining the majority? Nope, still doesn't convince me.

Fire (8.5/10)
I always liked rides with variety and the Fire side always had a variety of forces from the airtime hill to the forceful turns. Still my favorite side, I don't care what people say of it.

Jurassic Park (7/10)
Still the same old fun ride JP has always been, with its detailed theming and huge splash.

After that, my friends and I messed around the park and rode Hulk a few more times. It was still a great time. The lines were low, the weather was beautiful. Although I will miss Lost Continent, I hope my friends and I will go back again once Harry Potter is opened and we end up singing that Potter Puppet Pals song again.
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The morning starts on the bus and I have a girlfriend now? Hell has frozen over...
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Most of the gang is in this pic up the escalators.
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We're here!
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We start the day off with everybody's favorite bipolar Green Giant, Hulk.
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As you can see in this picture, the rust is really starting to show. Also, this corkscrew gives your head a good banging.
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My friend Jason thinks he is the Iceman. Interesting? No, not really. Schizo? Indeed...
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I could totally see Terrance doing something R-rated to that thing... *shudder*
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But since I had no Terrance, my friend Josh will have to do...
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Oh shi-...
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I wanted to ride this until I realized the greatest log flume in the world now has restraints. :(
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Since I was bored in the line of Pteranodon Flyers, I took an artsy fartsy shot of the ride. Might I say, kudos to the scenery.
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A great family ride, but the horrendous capacity always makes a short line a 45 minute wait.
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It's sad I could see Carlos Mencia doing a routine stolen from Larry the Cable Guy based off this sign.
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Poseidon's Fury is a great way to cool off from the sun.
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Mythos, I wish I had the time and money to eat there at least once if it lives up to the hype it gets.
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Seuss Landing was all decked out for Grinchmas. Complete with people that look like Who's.
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I love Universal's detail. Even down to the wacky trees.
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And I wish I also had time to ride Sylvester McMonkey McBean's.
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It looks like Harry Potter construction has begun on the DD queue.
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In this bad shot, here's proof that Dueling Dragons had a bad day.
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But eventually the kinks were fixed out and the line remained relatively short.
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Messing around at Jurassic Park. I love the angle of this shot.
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After a great day at IOA, we had to give the Hulk one last ride.
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Twas a great day, now here's a bad shot of me in a Dr. Seuss hat to haunt your dreams. The end.
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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:59 am

We start the day off with everybody's favorite bipolar Green Giant, Hulk.


Awesome! Great pics man. Congrats on a cool trip and new woman.

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Postby crazyrider06 » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:18 am

nice trip report.. my friends and i are hoping to go to IOA this year, hopefully we can fit it in with our all ready planned schedule lol
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Postby Team Thriller » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:20 pm

I hope I can get out there right at the grand opening of Harry Potter. ;)
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Postby Manny In England » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:29 pm

Great TR. Too bad about Hulk's aging condition. Never mind, if it becomes too severe then Universal will probably give it the rehab it needs.
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Postby thefitness » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:51 pm

I agree with you on Hulk, but once in awhile I'll get a random glass-smooth ride. I think it might have something to do with the trains.

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Postby jten11 » Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:13 pm

thefitness wrote:I agree with you on Hulk, but once in awhile I'll get a random glass-smooth ride. I think it might have something to do with the trains.


I actually thought Hulk gave me a pretty good ride when I went. I didn't notice any roughness or anything, but I cant say the same about Kumba. Them corkscrews were rough.

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Postby jamjar » Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:58 am

jten11 wrote:
thefitness wrote:I agree with you on Hulk, but once in awhile I'll get a random glass-smooth ride. I think it might have something to do with the trains.


I actually thought Hulk gave me a pretty good ride when I went. I didn't notice any roughness or anything, but I cant say the same about Kumba. Them corkscrews were rough.


I Totally agree, I went in summer and it was perfect. Kumba on the other hand :vekoma:
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Postby freestylenut » Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:34 am

Hey, you were there the same day as me & my fam! We went mainly for the Grinchmas & Macy's Parade! I thought I saw some of your Yellow loud shirts around the park.

Did U do the Grinch show? Looks like they based it off the broadway play moreso than the Jim Carrey movie...still, it an upgrade from last year & the new "if U have a child, you get to sit up front" thing worked out PERFECTLY for us.

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Postby thefitness » Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:56 pm

freestylenut wrote:
Did U do the Grinch show? Looks like they based it off the broadway play moreso than the Jim Carrey movie...still, it an upgrade from last year & the new "if U have a child, you get to sit up front" thing worked out PERFECTLY for us.


I think it's actually based on the cartoon, rather than Ron Howard’s movie. How did you like it? I can't wait so see it.

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