Adam C

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  1. Great Escape closure

    It appears the Great Escape has risen from the ashes.
  2. OK, this is just my opinion so I’m not criticising anyone else’s view. I’ve not been to LA but have been to Orlando 5 times. Last time, my kids were 12 & 13. Firstly, the Holiday Inn Suites are an excellent choice. The location is perfect for all theme parks; especially if you want to have a mid afternoon nap with the little ones. Do get a WDW multi pass. I’m not sure what the current deal is but try to get a 6 day pass with 2 extra days in the water parks. Use them as follows. MK - 2 days in week 1 & 2. The MK is great for all ages. One tip is to do the left side of the park first. Jungle boat, Pirates, Splash Mt, Thunder Mt & Haunted Manor. Book your fast passes for Space Mt, 7 dwarfs and Goofy coaster (or meet the Princesses if the little ones like that). The MK gets stupidly full after lunch so consider leaving for a rest at the hotel around 2pm and return around 5pm. Or do the sit down attractions like the hall of Presidents, Philharmagic or ride the MK railroad. Take a pram for the 3 year old and if possible, a buggy board for the 6 year old. Finally, the Be our guest restaurant is awesome but needs booking online 6 months in advance. EPCOT - 2 days in week 1 & 2. EPCOT is very big. Pram is essential. Book your fast passes for Test Track, Frozen ever after and if possible Soarin. Lots of attractions for the whole family but more geared to older visitors. Again, consider a mid afternoon nap but come back for the fireworks around 8/9pm. Finally, try Germany for food. All you can eat BBQ. DHS - 1 day in mid fortnight. DHS is a bit of a building site at the moment. Star Tours, ToT & Rocknrollercoaster are main draws. Little ones make like Frozen singalong and there and B & Beast shows and a Little mermaid theatre. You may finish DHS by around 3pm so have a rest and return for Fantasmic around 7pm. It’s possibly the best WDW show ever. AK - 1 day mid fortnight. Fast passes for Exp Everest, Avatar and Na’vi River. Since Avatar opened, AK is now a full day. Lots of attractions but tends to close around 6pm. So think hard about a mid afternoon nap. BB & TL. 1 day each bit remember 1 park will be closed during Orlando winter. TL has the edge for teenagers but I’d pick BB for 3 & 6 year olds. Both are really good and Mum can relax on a sun lounger all day. Sea World. 1day. SeaWorld is great for the whole family. Sitting in the splash zone of the Orca show is a great experience but remember it’ll be cooler. The 3 Rollercoasters are arguably the best white knuckle rides in Orlando. Again. Lots of sitting attractions so don’t bother with a mid afternoon nap. Finally, arrive at the Shamu show 45 mins before the start. Dad & a teen can get snacks while the family save seats. Universal - Now we didn’t do Universal last time. Mainly because my kids aren’t into Harry Potter and my wife wouldn’t ride anything in IOA. That’s not saying don’t do U.S but we skipped it to make room for other stuff like shopping and KSC. KSC - Seeing the space shuttle was great but as for KSC, the boys loved it, the girls hated it. Volcoano Bay - is very new and I’ve not been. Looking at their website, it looks awesome and possibly better than BB & TL. Remember it’ll be winter and hold off on tickets until you know how warm it’ll be. Legoland - is targeted at young families ages 3-9. We didn’t bother as we’ve done the park in England. Finally, the Vineland mall near your hotel is the best one. Also, consider booking a table at T-Rex in Disney Springs. Awesome special effects but average food. And if you like LEGO, the LEGO store in Disney Springs is approx half the price of Australia. Just take a half empty suitcase. Happy Travels!
  3. I meant people who are self employed who can imply they were entertaining clients, etc.
  4. Well I suppose the customer is always right. Personally, I don’t think any average person would pay $250 for a cabana. Maybe people who can claim the money back on tax or who aren’t paying for it with their own money. I suppose,we’ll find out how successful it is if the fee remains or goes back to the previous $120.
  5. I was at AW today. The wristband was offering a return ticket for $29.95c. That said, it was a Friday and 30c but the park was relatively quiet. So if you go on a weekday, you’ll probably only need 1 day.
  6. Great Escape closure

    I was passing the Great Escape yesterday. No surprise that it’s still locked up. What’s the thinking on maintaining the water slides? Will there come a point where they’ll only be good for scrap?
  7. AW have 25% off on Groupon.
  8. I agree it won’t be next year. Possibly in 2 years but maybe even in 3 years. It all depends on how many paying customers come through the gate. Something will eventually be added or the park numbers will steadily decline. Lots of factors may play a part in this. Direct flights from London, WA mining picking up, the Chinese economy. I could go on. If AW are reading this thread, perhaps they’d like to comment.
  9. I’m not sure about the cost, but the Krakatau aqua coaster in Volcano Bay looks great. I think I’d move house to live by it.
  10. I’m sure we’ll have a designated thread in the future but any thoughts on what Mi4 might be? I’m guessing it’ll be a water attraction of some description. Mark did previously talk about a lazy river. Personally, I’d like to see a donut flume starting next to the Kraken and winding its way down to the go karts. Also, I wonder if I AW have decided what’s coming yet?
  11. November is school term time so on average it’s a lot quieter. If you come on a weekday, 1 day will be enough. If it’s a weekend, buy one day as they will offer you a return ticket for a reduced price. Last year, local Woolies stores had 2 for 1 ticket offers on their till receipts which expired on Christmas Eve. I’ll keep an eye out and post it if it happens again. And one final note, AW is only open 5 days a week. Closed on Tue, Wed.
  12. This one of my kids at Typhoon Lagoon.
  13. Excuse my ignorance but which bit is the dive loop? Is it the 90 degree drop at the start? I always find the camel hump makes me feel odd. In fact I always get a bit anxious when I approach it.
  14. I know what you're saying but I know a lot of people who will spend a lot of time at the lazy river. Especially if it had lots of extras and add ons. And it's an attraction that would be used by almost everyone. I'm guessing Mi4 will be a water attraction and I think a lazy river would tick one of their boxes very nicely.