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  1. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Sickly. A bit like gasoline, a bit like that metallic brake smell if you’ve ever followed a truck down a steep mountain road.
  2. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Okay, back to Egypt - pausing to admire the nicely textured colonial restaurant seen above - to see about grabbing some rides I missed this morning. Cobra's Curse was still shuttered, as predicted. Montu, however, that was up and operating, with riders' legs visible hanging out from the...
  3. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Like so many parks throughout the country, Busch Gardens has a locomotive. This one seemed particularly useful as a transportation option to get from Stanleyville back towards the front of the park...You'd be surprised how many park railroads only have a single station. After a brief, relaxing...
  4. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Next up came Stanley Falls Flume, which is a super run-of-the-mill old school log flume. There's little more to this than some fiberglass chutes meandering a wilderness area, then a 43' drop. That plunge is shallow and not even up to the thrill level of Splash Mountain. Stanley Falls did at...
  5. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    My Busch Gardens Tampa adventure continues! With this park, it's just ride after ride after ride, which I like. Busch's rides can range from extremely good, to simple amusement park standards. Plus there are the animals to elevate things. This is a fairly "bread 'n' butter" park, which...
  6. D Hulk

    The Imaginarium - Competition Thread [Finale]

    Congrats to both @Disney Dad 3000 & @MickeyWaffleCo. for reaching the finals! Well earned, both of you. 👍
  7. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    The Edge of Africa trail concluded in a Serengeti area. Here were more animal trails, plus a park-spanning locomotive ride offering better views of the multi-acre savannah stretch. I'd be revisiting this stretch later on. For now, though, the allure of roller coasters was too strong. So I...
  8. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Time to get things kickstarted in Busch Gardens! Time for Cheetah Hunt! On a normal attendance day, the standard advice is to avoid this popular coaster near the front of the park at rope drop, since everyone goes here first. Which, everyone did it first today as well, but when "everyone"...
  9. D Hulk

    The Imaginarium - Competition Thread [Finale]

    Jeepers, I had no idea you felt so betrayed on a personal level regarding things entirely removed from this silly game. Believe me, I wasn't intentionally ghosting you in our personal conversation. It seemed that the discussion was simply on hiatus until our future travel plans came into...
  10. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    September 29th Day 9 It was time for a break from Walt Disney World parks. Time to spread my wings beyond the realms of DisneyVersal and see what else the theme park gods had to offer in Orlando and beyond. Time to collect a rental car! Following an uneventful and unrushed morning at the...
  11. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Magic Kingdom would close at 8 on this day. Under an hour remained once I polished off my meal at Skipper Canteen. What to do with that time? Hmm, maybe I should attempt summiting the Kingdom's Mountain Range one more time, why not? It would be neat to see familiar sights in the cool glow of...
  12. D Hulk

    The Imaginarium - Competition Thread [Finale]

    HULK RESUME! What has been your favorite project to work on during this competition? Hulk loved Land of the Apes, our replacement land for DCA's Paradise Pier Gardens. I enjoyed the chance to do one of those new-fangled highly-immersive, single-IP lands. It helps that the Planet of the Apes IP...
  13. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    I returned to the mainland from Tom Sawyer Island with less of an agenda than ever. With an hour and change to spare before the evening's dinner reservation, and a desire to stay over here on the west side, it was time for some rerides. My impressions and experiences weren't vastly different...
  14. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    When I reached the Country Bear Jamboree, a helpful cast member outside informed me that the next show wouldn't be for 10 minutes. Rather than wait in the lobby, I headed to the meandering nature trail alongside the Rivers of America, to best enjoy Frontierland's ambience. And then it was...
  15. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    With my body temperature nicely lowered by the shade and the Dole Whip, it was time to ascend the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. This isn't a standout attraction on its own, but it shows what Magic Kingdom - especially its west side - does oh so well. This is always available! (If you can...
  16. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    The Liberty Belle concluded its voyage by gliding past an ominous Gothic manse on the river's shores. While I couldn't place my finger on why exactly this place filled me with such mortal dread, I alighted from the paddle ship with an insatiable curiosity to plumb the depths of darkness and...
  17. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Upon reaching Liberty Square, I could see the Liberty Belle loading in her dock. This gorgeous paddle wheeler only leaves once every half hour, so this was the perfect stumbled upon opportunity to take in the sights upon the Rivers of America. Disney's various "Big Boats" truly enrich their...
  18. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    HELLO THERE! Oof, this past week! On Tuesday I got deathly sick, for the first time since early 2020, with some symptoms which suggested a certain ongoing disease, and other symptoms which suggested I merely ate extremely bad street food. I spent much of this past week curled up in a ball...
  19. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    Parklike floral views of Fantasyland accompanied my meal in Columbia Harbour House. Rapunzel's Tower stood tall in the forced perspective "distance." Blatantly artificial flowers lined the window planters; you'd barely notice the artifice from ground level. A getaway from Magic Kingdom's...
  20. D Hulk

    Trip Report MILESTONE TRIP! First Orlando Visit, Final Disney Park!

    As this Trip Report resumes, we find my past self still halfway through a soothing ride aboard the PeopleMover. There were excellent views throughout, from Space Mountain on one side... ...to Cinderella Castle on the other. Afterwards, I had to follow up one long lost Disneyland vintage...
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