SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

P. 628: Ice Breaker launched coaster for 2020!
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 5 guests
Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
"Excuse me, miss, may I pound my large rooster into your donkey?"
User avatar
 
Posts: 1147
Joined: 16 May 2005
Location: las vegas
Gender: Male
Age: 36

Postby haiderodes » Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:18 am

PURE wrote:^When is the last time those Magic Motion simulators have been used?

I remember getting on those way back in the day, there was a runaway train simulator and I think a Colossus simulator as well. I thought they were removed.


They are still alive and kicking. They dont play the "classic" films anymore. They keep with the updated films.
walking in space.

What would donkeys be like on the moon?
User avatar
 
Posts: 229
Joined: 02 Mar 2005
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 45

Postby freestylenut » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:07 am

Dang, I'm a SeaWorld AP holer & I never heard of this!!! I need to hit SeaWorld ASAP!!! Polar Express is my fav Holiday movie!

Update: Will be going to SeaWorld this Saturday. Will report back here.

What would donkeys be like on the moon?
User avatar
 
Posts: 229
Joined: 02 Mar 2005
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 45

Postby freestylenut » Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:15 pm

I went this past weekend (even stayed overnight Saturday).

The ride itself was OK...

(spoilers)

...lots of in-movie footage which is basically a shortened version of the movie. I guess I was silly for thinking maybe some unique train type footage would be used. The SETS were the best part of the "experience". Lots of giant gifts, boarding the PE also was a kick due to the sights & sounds (outside the kid's house was awesome) & getting to the North Pole was equally as nice. Complete with Christmas Tree right out of the movie and Santa with sled & giant bag of Toys.

(end Spoilers)

All in all, a good experience. Warning though, my daughter couldn't ride (and, unfortunately, she loves the movie) as the height requirement is 42" (bummer) & bring a sweater...it can get pretty cold in there. I only waited 15 minutes, but I'm sure as the month wears on, that wait time will change.

Challenge me at Donkey Kong...I dare ya!
User avatar
 
Posts: 871
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 54

Saw this

Postby snorkymn » Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:06 pm

I'm on a trip to Orlando this week and just saw that news on a flyer today.. I'll be hitting Seaworld either Wed or Thu and post some reviews when done. It looks like it should be fun! Tomorrow, it's off to Busch Gardens.

Delicious & Refreshing
User avatar
 
Posts: 8477
Joined: 21 Jan 2006
Location: Orlando, Florida
Gender: Male
Age: 28

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:43 am

I was fortunate enough to ride The Polar Express Experience this past Friday and I was pleasantly surprised at the overall attraction.

I have always been a fan of Wild Arctic, and not so much a fan of the Christmas overlays (if any) that Orlando has recieved in the past. I have never seen The Polar Express before, so I didn't expect much on that front either.

Walking through the entrance, billboards featuring the movie's train and its journey greet you. Though the wait for the attraction seemed to have increased since the overlay was complete (but it had been a while since I had last rode the simulator). Here is where the interested part began. Entering the building, I felt like I was in a cozy home, (ending up to be the main character's house). The pre-show theater has been transformed into the title character's bedroom, with new wallpaper and a window (the projector screen). The preshow video was a re-edit of the opening scene from the film (which was about 3-5 minutes long), putting you at the point where the simulator picks up afterwards. Exiting the pre-show theater, you walk into a completely redone loading station, painted to look like you are entering a train at the train station for the Polar Express. Instantly, I noticed the smell (I believe it was pine) throughout the station- a nice added touch to the overall atmosphere. After a new loading film, we entered the "train" and my amazement only grew. The insides of Wild Artic's simulators have been completely redressed, with new paint, new colors and new lighting effects.

Rather than spoil it, I will just give a review of the film (as basic as can be). I feel that the new film was well synchronized with the simulator's motions, offering a much more tame, smooth ride than previously seen in the simulator's other versions. The film itself is only a recut of the original, with footage that can be used to simulate movement. The first half of the film was extremely well synced, with movements that felt right for such a film. The second half (arrival at Santatown) was a little less interesting, with far fewer motions made in the last minute and a half. My only real problem with the film (and it has been stated before) is that the video was partially in third person, taking away from the "you are experiencing" feeling that normally comes with a simulator.

Exiting the train, we arrive in Santatown (a redressed Base Station Wild Arctic) where Santa is there ready to take photos with his loaded sleigh.

Overall, the attraction impressed me for its unique theming and smooth motions, but I did feel that the 3rd person issue took a little away from my experience. I'm planning on going back to Seaworld again before they remove the attraction, so my review may change after this.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!

Image

Challenge me at Donkey Kong...I dare ya!
User avatar
 
Posts: 871
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 54

Ride

Postby snorkymn » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:05 am

I was on it this past Thursday and have to agree with the good things others have said. The theming of the ride was excellent. They did a great job in just the 2 weeks they had to get things ready.

I didn't see the original movie, but understand it was just cuts from the movie. But they all seemed to work, and the ride was pleasant. Well, TOO pleasant for my tastes, because I preferred the more extreme theme it used to have, as it was my favorite for the motion simulators I had ridden in the past. Oh well.. Can't win them all! (And Kraken was down for Maintenance for 3 weeks at this time as well!) But if you want just a pleasant ride and great theming, you'll be quite happy. And your kids would be happy too. If you were looking for a more extreme ride, you'll be a bit disappointed.

Delicious & Refreshing
User avatar
 
Posts: 8477
Joined: 21 Jan 2006
Location: Orlando, Florida
Gender: Male
Age: 28

SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:28 pm

New SeaWorld Orlando coaster/animal attraction revealed
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2008/04/new-seaworld-or.html

SeaWorld Orlando is preparing to build a new roller coaster attraction billed as the most ambitious and largest single investment for any SeaWorld attraction.

The ride will be part thrill ride and part animal attraction — combining those elements for the pre-show queue line, the ride itself and the-post-show, said Joseph Couceiro, vice president of sales and marketing for SeaWorld’s parent company, Busch Entertainment Corp. He and other company executives revealed their plan tonight to a gathering of travel industry and community VIPs dining at SeaWorld for Busch’s kick-off gala for two other big new attractions — Aquatica in Orlando and Jungala in Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Few other details of the new coaster were disclosed this evening — not even a name.

The coaster is set to open some time in 2009.

No cost estimates were announced.

"What it’s going to be is the next generation SeaWorld attraction," Couceiro said. "What we do well is connect the world with the sea, presenting marine life in totally different perspectives. Also what we do well is put the guest in the midst of that. This is the next generation of that."

He and other officials were reluctant to call the ride a roller coaster, though they said it would have roller coaster components. They said the attraction will combine entertainment with education about marine life.

"It’s going to have animal components, marine life components. It will have a very unique, state-of-the-art ride, a roller coaster if you will, that will provide a sensation of gliding," Couceiro said. "And the combination of the animals and the ride is what makes it special."

SeaWorld began clearing land for construction this winter. The ride will go into the area formerly occupied by a flamingo habitat exhibit, a backyard habitat exhibit, other small exhibits and a gift shop.

The attraction's primary construction site, shown in the above photograph shot Monday from SeaWorld's Sky Tower, is situated between SeaWorld's Dolphin Nursery (under the blue roof in the lower left corner) and the Whale & Dolphin Theatre (in the upper right corner.)


Some great news for Seaworld Orlando!
Last edited by larrygator on Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:36 pm.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!

Image

Ask me about being a pathological liar!!
User avatar
 
Posts: 2690
Joined: 28 Jan 2006
Location: Hendersonville Nc
Gender: Male
Age: 26

Postby kraken613 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:33 pm

Sensation of gliding......
Flyer we all knew that plus the name has been leaked as Manta.
Im really looking forward to seeing more!

Donkey eat mullet pump.
User avatar
 
Posts: 446
Joined: 26 Jul 2005
Location: Clearwater Florida, U.S.A.
Gender: Male
Age: 52

Postby Johnny Upsidedown » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:36 pm

You need to think, dive / flyer hybrid coaster. Can you say B & M.
Its going to be a long summer to winter season with lots of drives out to the park for construction photos. Cant wait tell next year when we get to take spin.
Johnny Roller Coaster Website with Roller coaster related: events, trip reports and construction photos. http://www.Johnnyupsidedown.com
Manta Construction http://www.johnnyupsidedown.com/manta.html

What is this, Joisey?
User avatar
 
Posts: 1512
Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 31

Postby Swimace » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:41 pm

Wow, well I guess this project will include a lot more than simply a coaster? If it's a B&M flyer it sounds like it will be very family oriented, more like an "Air" type of ride.


"reluctant to call the ride a roller coaster".....?
I don't even know where to start with that statement.....

PreviousNext

Return to Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 5 guests

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron