Optional page text here. The Beast's Lair: The Official Orlando Review

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Official Orlando Review

Well, I am back from the annual Orlando vacation with Rex, and as usual, we had a blast. There are so many levels as to why we can have more fun in 5 days at Orlando than any other two people in the world, but I will limit the explanation to only a few.

1. We know how to properly and effectively hit the parks. If we were with anyone else, our strategy would change. But only Rex and I can completely experience Epcot in 1 1/2 hours. It just comes natural to us.

2. We never get tired of taking staged photos. Whether on a roller coaster or in the middle of the park, we are the masters of taking pictures. Some of our coaster pictures are masterpieces. (who else would pretend to be reading a park map while going 60 mph down a wooden roller coaster?)

3. We understand the beauty of a solid Dozen D-Nuts. And are willing to sit in traffic on I-Drive for 30 minutes to get them.

4. Name me someone else who brings their collection of Columbo on DVD to watch in their motel room? Oh, and when your motel room doesn't have RCA connections on the television, who else goes to wal-mart to purchase the necessary RF Modulator? I believe we watched 5 complete episodes during our stay.

5. Two Words. Universal Express. Since we stay on site at Universal, our room ticket serves as a Express pass, which means we go straight to the front of the lines. It's a beautiful thing.

After this week, here are my top five rides from Orlando. (basically from Disney and Universal)

1. Spiderman (IOA)
2. Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)
3. Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom)
4. Tower of Terror (MGM Studios)
5. Fire Dragon (IOA)

Honorable Mentions go to Jaws, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Space, Hulk and Popeyes (a recent fav).

Below is an example of our great picture taking.


Anonymous Rexwilder said...

My top five (which vary frequently) are currently:

1. Fire Dragon (IOA)
2. Spiderman (IOA)
3. Dinosaur (AK)
4. Hulk (IOA)
5. Tower of Terror (MGM)

What's the matter Columbus?

August 02, 2005 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My top five are...oh wait, i didn't get to go. :)


August 02, 2005 12:05 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

Did you guys ride Soaring? What about Stitch?

My top 5:

1. Dinosaur (AK)
2. Spiderman (IOA)
3. Pirates of the Caribbean (MK)
4. Mission: Space (Epcot)
5. Twister (US)

Honorable mention: Men in Black (did you beat my first-timer right-side score, guys?) (US), Jurassic Park (IOA), Haunted Mansion (and I've only ridden it one time, ever), Back to the Future (US), Star Tours (MGM)

August 02, 2005 2:48 PM  
Anonymous rexwilder said...

We did ride Soarin'. Thought it was pretty good, but nothing special (not really much better than the old Cinema 180 in Gatlinburg (remember that Barry?). We did not ride Stitch. Since we were going to all 4 Disney parks in only 2 days, we had to drop a few we would normally go to. On MIB, Phil (as usual) maxed out at 999,999. I was in the 700-800,00 range (we didn't do MIB much this trip).

August 02, 2005 2:56 PM  
Blogger The Beast said...

Barry, glad to see you appreciate the beauty of Dinosaur. I couldn't believe how incredible that ride was.

August 02, 2005 11:03 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

I'm just happy and amazed I rode it, like, 4 years before the Brothers Theme Park did....;)

August 03, 2005 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could be the best picture yet!

August 08, 2005 5:16 PM  

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