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    Jurassic Park Rollercoaster Coming To Universals Islands Of Adventure?

    I'm not sure IG can beat this, I absolutely love the first half and disagree with the launches being "weak." My ride the first was from a standstill, and that second launch it felt like the train was trying to move vertically as well as forward. They have the launches juiced about as much as...
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    Jurassic Park Rollercoaster Coming To Universals Islands Of Adventure?

    None of what you've said/suggested would improve the ride experience in any meaningful way because you're flying by everything so fast for anything more than the absolute quickest of glances, and one doesn't generally "look around" on a coaster (especially moving at speed). You're pretty much...
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    HHN 2021 Speculation Map

    Aside from the 3 houses we saw last year (that were really good), I'm also interested in 3 of the others (Puppets, sCarey, and Icons), so I definitely won't complain about that house lineup.
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    The distribution of people along I-4 specifically does create an interesting problem in terms of volume for ridership. It almost needs to be commuter rail for overall volume and to serve the populations along the route as well as a higher speed "express" connection between Orl/Tampa, which is...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    It's been 3 lanes each way for several years now and still gets heavily congested in spots even without the help of the constant crashes. I don't go to BGT on a whim anymore (well, before COVID) without carefully checking the traffic situation, and I just assume it will always be awful...
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    Disney to Sell Vista Way Apartments

    I would honestly be a little surprised if anyone other than Sheraton gets the complex. The buildings already somewhat match the style and colors of the existing Vistana resort complex (although I'll admit I haven't driven back there in quite a while so they could be wildly different now), and...
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    Understanding Why Disney's Magical Express Is Ending

    We're nowhere close to "overbuilding" around here (Orlando) right now until the amount of homes available as vacation rentals turns into mostly residential, and even then I'm not sure if that would be enough inventory to sate the legitimate demand. And even the vacation rentals aren't seeing...
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    News World Drive Magic Kingdom Intersection Re-Design

    This is purely a local accessibility solution the way I see it. The north service area is no longer just an entrance to MK Cast parking, it's the entrance/exit to property for a lot of cast in other areas of the resort, even after the improvement that the Western Way extension made in that area...
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    Splitsville Changes

    It's actually about the same price as the Splitsville location in downtown Tampa last time I looked at that location's prices, maybe a few dollars more at Springs. It's just the nature of the type of bowling alley it is. Kings, Splitsville, any other similar chain/brands will be more expensive...
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    News New Park Entrance coming to Epcot

    After a quick thought...I actually really like that idea as part of a show sequence, but not the only option. Maybe thin LED strip fixtures around the edges of groups of panels would stick out less than these new fixtures while offering a similar quality of light, allowing the "point" lights to...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I understood the toll diversions to be pre-calculated lump sum payments prior to lease/ROW usage agreement based on the way the conversation was going in the board meeting. If it were just a basic per-rider fee I doubt that would have been a serious point of contention because that's ongoing...
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    WDW to Build New North Entrance to Property

    That thing was the bane of my existence for several years, and it can't go away soon enough. It's great if you're going south on Floridian Way or west on Seven Seas, but if you have to go north on Floridian or left onto Seven Seas during park hours...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Thanks for these links. Seems I'm always a few days ahead wondering where the next official update is to when they actually come out. I'm a little surprised by the alignment proposal after Meadow Woods to reach 417 at first glance, but it does avoid having to deal with traversing/modifying the...
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    News Reflections of Earth confirmed to be replaced by Harmonious

    But I was assured the mist would dissipate after a few feet. 😂
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Without the need for using the horn, it shouldn't be much or any louder than the already existing highway traffic noise. A moving diesel train seems to be about the same volume as highway traffic from what I can tell. I believe the tracks for Meadow Woods have been there decently longer than any...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Ok, let me try and make this simple. Just like 417 the tracks will cross roads via bridges. SunRail crosses roads at road level. The Brightline track in 417 ROW is essentially 417 in train form. There's no pedestrian or cross traffic on 417. After breaking to the new track to reach 417, it will...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Unless CFX is modifying their widening plans to go entirely outward with an extra lane instead of expanding almost entirely using the median like current documents/concepts show, I expect the tracks to run on the north/west side of the roadway for the entire stretch along 417. Those lines on...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    If someone from a nearby residential area is walking across this, they have tried very, very hard to trespass and is in no more danger than if they had walked up there to cross 417 for some inexplicable reason. Again, this is grade separated, likely running at the same/similar level as 417, or...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Which has no bearing on safety which I'm guessing was your angle with mentioning the schools. It will be grade separated just like 417. They bought next to a major highway, and there are sound walls up for some subdivisions already. It's not like Brightline trains will be sounding loud horns the...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I suspect any appreciably large settlement will be a setback to Brightline's expansion plans beyond the line to MCO. Enough to impact the chance of a Springs station anytime within the next 5 years I would think (2024 was the earliest I expected anyway, never bought into a 2023 timeline).
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