Photos from my travels in and around Orlando

Trip Start Jun 07, 2002
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Trip End Jun 22, 2002


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Saturday, June 22, 2002

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Back To The Future - The ten cars are arranged on three levels, with car 1 being on the left and car 10 on the right. Cars 5 and 6 apparently offer the most central viewpoint but this is debatable. Being in the front row of a car probably has a greater impact than the car number. If you don't get allocated to car 5 or 6 remember to offset your seating position within the car against your car's position in the matrix. Therefore if you are in car 1 don't sit on the right hand side edge of the car and if you are in car 10 don't sit on the left hand side edge of the car.

Earthquake - If you make sure that you are the last person to enter your row on the train, instead of leaving the carriage at the end of the ride you can just shift along to the opposite edge of your row. Thus gaining another ride without having to queue. I have not tried this but I can't imagine anyone noticing (or caring) if you sit at the unpopular very front of the train. The best viewpoint however is from the left hand side edge of the middle carriage.

Terminator 3D - There is a back door to this ride to the left of the normal entrance behind the doors under the Max Factor sign. You should only use this door less than five minutes before the start of each show, otherwise you will find yourself conspicuously either the first or last person to enter the pre-theatre green room. I didn't attempt this back door myself but saw people using it successfully. Once in the green room stand a little back so you can see the balcony and one of the huge screens. Keep an eye on the actor/actress as their performance is more entertaining than the video presentation when they are on the phone.

Single Riders - Why can't Alton Towers implement a system like this? Probably due to lack of space for parallel queues I guess. The single riders queue is a shortcut to the front of the most popular rides. I was able to ride Men In Black eleven times in less than an hour thanks to this facility. People from the single riders queue are used to fill up the gaps in partially filled cars. In practice, although you may not get to sit right next to your buddy you may end up in the same car or just a row or two away. Although not advertised, the following all have single rider queues so ask a member of staff for directions: Hulk, Dr Doom, Spiderman, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Men In Black.

It is quite difficult to experience all a theme park has to offer in just one day (they are designed that way) so either prioritise your rides and attractions or invest in multiple day tickets. Spending a full day at a theme park does drain you of energy, so if you have enough days on holiday try to intersperse high-energy theme park days with more relaxed days.
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