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Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:15 pm Post subject: Williamsburgh, Miami, Orlando, and Kennedy Space trip report
Hey there everybody hereís my trip report for Williamsburg, Miami, Orlando, and Kennedy Space Center.†
Two of their coasters Apollo's Chariot and The Big Bad Wolf are celebrating anniversary's. Apollo's at 10 years and Big Bad Wolf at 25 years.
Paying to get into the park has never been easier. I don't tink the finger print is a fast solution.
A preview of the Christmas park event and a natural landscape of what the park feel like.
Once inside your in old time England. The Big building is a Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic. Really good.
New addition, it a fun place for the kids and kids of heart.
Grover's Alpine Express coaster is a mad man. This has thrill can chills that have you out of your mind.
This coaster has a mad man controlling it. A mad man.
I'm no coaster aficionado, I love coasters but I not one to break it down to it's pure element. So my coaster talk is going to be lite and simple. Sorry.
This is Apollo Chariot's a fast high coaster. That I got to ride this twice in the row before the operators say's it can only allow two rides at a time because of the G forces it pulls on the body. It's about 4 G's that cause too much stress they say. Rat's I'll risk it.
Check the Germany side of Bush Gardens called Oktoberfest. This is where Darkastle and the late Big Bad Wolf is at.
Oh Wolf, I'm going to miss you. You been a great ride.
Check out Das Festhaus. It's the place to eat in Bush Gardens. It's know for the show with the beer. But deciding what line you want to eat from. It's a big pizza line, or the big mile high sandwich, or ribs tray. With Germany cakes and sweet's it a must to do.
Now comes the ride that has a connection to the Season Pass with Mr. Brent Young of Super78 Curse of Darkastle.This is a real cool dark ride. I was surprise to find a dark ride at Bush Gardens, because these park are mostly know for midway and coaster type of rides. Check out the line area and see a real attenction to detail. This is a 4-D ride like Spider-Man and it's got some real good 4-D action. There a lot of 3-D thrown at you and it's horror sense of humor is really cool. It's fast and full tons of 3-D that it's you can't get enough of and leave you wanting to ride this over again and again. But do this ride before you get wet. The air condition is really strong inside the waiting line area.
Coaster time. Griffin and Loch Ness were to big ticket of the day, but Alpengeist was down due to maintaine. There is a area where you can get great photo's of Loch Ness that are amazing to pic. Griffin has a awesome view becuase it's the highest coaster in the park. Bush Gardens being a very tree cover park this view from 90 degrees is just show stoper. Griffin itself has great height's and speeds that is a great coaster to join the Bush family of coasters.
The animal show dislpay is a true sight to see.
Stop by Irland and get a magic and a pint.
Check out CorkScrew Hill. It's a 4-D motion movie ride that is a mythos of Irland tales and a great 4-D work. There is a part when you ride the horse that you get a big jolt from.
The company who made this is "Syntherspain Studios". It's a from more of the creative team behind Spider-Man †and the company has a video of the ride movie. If you want to check it out here's the link just look for the photo with two boy's one with a match. When you click on the photo the word play will be shown above just hit it and watch but be warned it's a spoiler.
There more of Bush Gardens photo and I have that link at the end of this report. Just to say that Bush Gardens Williamsburg a beautiful park. It top of line. Located on historic gournds of Williamsburg you find this a perfect getway of thrill and wonder. The park and town is not be miss. Also a real good water park called Water Country that was voted the top best from Travel Channel some time ago.
I later went to Miami where I found a water park run by the city.
This park was a big surprise too me. Itís a water park open and run by the City of Miami. Itís called Black Beardís Beach at Grapeland water park and it located close to Miami International Airport. This park is really cool for just 5 to 7 dollar admission you can enjoy a lazy river, water slides and a big lagoon all with refreshment stand's to accommodate your day at the park.
Itís strange to see city government take part in creating and running a more amusement style park. Usually most city parkís just have a pool and playland, but this park is a small but very unique for Miami. This park was design with artist Romero Britto style in mind. Romero Britto art style is very happy and colorful and he made this park more unique by designing the art for the attractions and modelís thought out the park. If you get a chance try this small price of water heaven.
Hereís the water park official site.
After Miami I heading back home go though Orlando with a small stop to Sea World and Disney World parks. Propaganda in full force for Hollywood Rip Rocket Ride.
My First stop was Sea World Orlando with Manta being my number one on the list of things to do at the park. Now itís been a while since I been to Sea World, I mean 80ís. But boy this park has grown a lot.
Manta was my first stop, but after maintaince issues and weather, but by the end of the day I got to ride it.
There a point in the line where you wait behind a waterfall, but the coaster track are at the front of the falls. So, when the coaster pass by it's force of air rush pushes the waterfall water back and spraying you lightly.
I won't go too much into the ride becasue there of the great review show of epoisde 79. I agree entirely with the review that this coaster does make you feel like you are flying. The only thing was the 1st corkscrew broke up the smoothest of the ride.Manta is another great ride that I love riding on.
Kraken another coaster that surprise me. Now this coaster I found to be violent and a dirty ride that lives up to the name of what itís called. This is a fast, heart turning, pulsing racing coaster that moves in a fanatic pace. This coaster is one not to miss at Sea World it a hard ride that will take you to the edge.
Kraken Eggs Oh no.
Iíve stop at Journey to Atlantis and this was first time on this ride. I enjoy I found this half log flume half roller coaster ride. It has a fast and fun ending I thought give it a jolt of rush.
I later ate at Sea Fire Inn, which is cool because at the eating lounge there is a stage where they have a show called ďThe Wild Animal ShowĒ. Itís cool show with a lot of stunt and tricks. When the show is over the leave bird at the stage which is amazing they donítí fly off and try to eat you food
I then caught the Believe show with Shamu. Thatís another project work by Season Pass Co-host and Super78 Brent Young. This so really left me impressed. This show links †video from 3 moving big screens to the live action show at the tanks. What can I say is this show is wonderful. Itís has a rich emotional vibe with the sprit of Shamu and the presentation†of a freedom to believe that anything is possible. The show has a great message and delivers in a exciting the audience in what Shamu is doing and connected on a deeper level. Itís a show that will make you cheer. This show also had a prefect length. Itís never long winded or short
I went to the Stingray pool when I got to touch a stingray. Yeah. I know there a dirty joke in there somewhere. I even got underwater shot too.
I got to meet some new family members and shake hands.
More faimly I got to meet at the Manta line area.
Well after riding and meeting my distance faimly I went to Downtown Disney I found a sold out Ballon ride and a new exhibit of Princess Diana where the Mega CD store once was.
After a Wolfgang Express late Dinner it was time to vist the mouse. Magic Kindgom being the first. But due to the accidents that happend the monorail was closed for the morning.
We had to use the ferry but it was a big boat that was fast enough to get there. This is one hotel I want to stay, it just looks too cool and futuristic
The Baylake Tower is Disney newest hotel and ready to accept guest today.
Now here's my secret photo. Well not too secert. Disney is doing Pirates show outside the ride and you can see the survey group here. I got a close look at the touchpad. Only there a Casino vibe as a lot of worker and people were watching everybody eles.
After a Dole wip, I later check out the new and improve Slasph Moutain and was off to the Hall's of Presidents.
The show was incredible. The full motion they give to President Obama is something else. If you pay attention to the roll call you can see President Obama give a real and full motion reaction to the the presidents. The movie is a prefect lenght. It's not too long or short and focus on what the meaning of being a President and not a history lesson that can put you to sleep. It's a really treat to see and very proud to be a america and maybe run for president too. Also Lincoln is still a big part of the show.
I saw a lot of construction on building. It seem like a common site.
More on where a tragic accident has left a empty view.
After some Bevely at Epcot and a quick ride on Spaceship Earth and the Sea ride it was off too Hollywood for one last ride on Star Tours.
Don't be fool Toy Story line was 1 hour from the inside.
This is not a ghost, but a maintance working on fixing the droids. Just making move again.
Well I got word about the Star Tours redo and it was I don't know. So, yeah they say there the last to konw only they couldn't say what's being done at the time.
Oh well. I went back to the Magic Kingdom which stay open late and got to ride the redo of Slasph Mountain. This new ride will get you wet more then ever. It's doesn't come from the fall, but by the water that shoots out in the air and spray like rain at your boad. It's has a more fancy look with bright colors. I ride that will get you wet and any turn. Here a photo of the short live Stitch show. It's now a empty shell of now what coming.
Well after a great night I was off to Kennedy Space Center, but before I wanted a ballon ride at Downtown Diseny, but weather cause it to be close. Aw man.
I have a suggest for the show. If interview can be given to goverment parks like Kennedy Space Center. Now they are not know for thrill rides, but they do have rides and it would be interesting to hear from a goverment side about how they present a ride or show.
Your space age ticket booth.
The Space Kennedy Center is a space theme from start to end.
A robort show that follow a robort adventure from training to Mars. It's walking, but you get a look at some real robort working in space.
But the real treat was the shuttle ride experience. †This a motion type of ride, but not like the Mission Space at Epoct. Here you are put in a mock shuttle cockpit were the launch is the ride. You are shock up and pitch at an angle that would be enough to spill you change from you pocket. It's force comes from the pitch, but the seats too. After the launch is finish you get a feeling of weightless that is strange. Now it's not Mission Space, but it's a ride that make you feel like a left off then a force that push you back all the time.
Inside there a pre-show that explains what it takes to launch a shuttle.
If you can't handle it there is a room to watch it from.
ending the ride is a view of space on your way down to a gift shop.
Take a tour of what a inside shuttle looks like and a working moving model of a shuttle launch.
There are more launch station then just the shuttle.
Where a shuttle hangs out.
Later in the tour you get a show of the Apollo moon launch in it's history looking glory.
Later your see a real Saturn 5 rocket that is all to amazing to see.
Later on the tour you get to go into the Internation Space Station working building. It's very limited to accress so it's a treat to see.
Space toilet and shower.
The Rocket Garden, grow these.
I think the name say's it all.
Now I said that there was a secret park. Well kinda of. it's a park I don't hear people talk about. When coming back I pick up a vistor center book and saw
this park. "Wild Adventure" at Valdosta, GA.
The Hangman coaster.
Here's the park official site.
If anybody is around this park I would love to hear more about it. It's looks great. I try to go this park in a future trip to Orlando. It's about 1 hour from 95 exit and about 3 hours from the Jacksonville, fl. It's a park I want to check out. Well I guess there was no somking gun, but I got to check out a lot of new stuff. I hope all of guy's like what you see. Doug thank you for asking about my family and thank you for the show it's incredible show. It's really change how I look at all parks. I †agree with Shannon on the maps. I remember on your review of Orlando how those Sea World and Bush Gardens maps are hard to fold and put in your pocket. If you get a chance try to check out Kennedy Space Center I think you won't be disappointed. Wylder I agree man with Manta, I think karken is a ride that still get the crowds, but Manta is a smooth ride I ever been on. I just wanted to ride it over, but the wait is over 2 hours unless I pay that extra $20 for that fast pass. I can't wait to hear how Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket is I looking forward to your review. One thing here while at Downtown Disney I saw a musical act by a guy name Dominic Gaudious. Check him out he is amazing act to see. Here a link.
Thank you all and hope your ride is the best it can be.
Here is a link to my photo trip.
I don't think the finger print is a fast solution.
I 100% agree, it took up more time than it was worth cuz those things don't always read the fingerprint, especially at Seaworld. stupid, I think. I would just rather insert my driver license, but I suppose that won't work because not everybody has one. I swear I thought they were going to ask for a cheek swab.
And holy crap man, when you commit to a review you commit. how the heck long did it take you to put this post together!! That's awesome.....I haven't had time to look it all over but man alive......LOL, I'll just be sending you my pictures and videos the next time we go somewhere and need to leave a review.
Thanks everybody. I hope everybody like the review. Yeah those finger print readers aren't the fastest in the world. I think those maps should be easier to fold too. Not to erase to put in your pocket. But I had a lot of fun at the parks this summer. I just love Bush Gardens Willaimsburg. Every time I go there I just clean and beautiful landscape and rich in the old country feel. I'm going to miss Big Bad Wolf a lot, but if those rumors are true, then a big thing is plan for that area. Flying coaster or the new Spain area HMMM??.
I really found Kennedy Space Center to be the new attraction everybody must do. I glad everybody enjoy and I hope everybody have fun at their own trips to the parks. Thanks everybody
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