Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sports Competitions at Walt Disney World

WDW is home to a huge sports complex, called ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. I was lucky enough to play in a field hockey tournament there, this past February (see photo below). WWS has many fields, stages, and more and hosts tons of sports competitions throughout the year. The facility is beautiful and playing here is a great experience.
WWS is on the WDW property and on-site hotel buses can take you there, but when I went we stayed off-site and parked the rental car there for the day. The complex is huge but you would only go to the field(s) pertaining to your sport. Many places to buy food are located throughout the place.
Spectators must pay a fee to watch their athlete play. But athletes receive discounted Disney theme park tickets, so I strongly recommend visiting at least one park while you are there.
A common question is will I have time to visit a Disney park while at a WWS competition?
Yes you probably will. When I played, even with my many games, I had time to spend a few hours at a park three out of four days.
If you are serious about the sport you play, many college coaches go to the Disney tournaments. Athletes get to play teams from all over the country, and may even win a medal!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Roller Coasters at Six Flags Great Adventure!

On Sunday 5/17 I visited Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ! This was my second time visiting this fun theme park. I will describe all of SFGA's roller coasters and I have ridden all of them except Kingda Ka because it was closed both times I went.
(my photo)
Kingda Ka
456 ft tall and top speed of 128 mph and the ride is only 50 seconds long. 0 inversions. This coaster is the tallest in the world! And the fastest in North America. No wonder the wait times are hours long.

230 ft tall and 80 mph. 0 inversions. This is great ride because it is 3 minutes long and the lines go very fast! I timed the wait from the sixty minute sign to the ride and it took 15 minutes!

Batman: the Ride
105 ft and 50 mph. 1 min 40 sec. 5 inversions. This is a classic inverted coaster and is very similar to Dragon Challenge at Universal.

Green Lantern
154 ft and 63 mph. 2 min 30 sec. 5 inversions. This ride is unique because you are standing up the entire time!

146 ft and 61 mph. 3 minute 15 sec. 7 inversions. This ride is certainly crazy. But watch out for the balls of fire and no floor on the coaster.

El Toro
181 ft and 70 mph. 1 min 42 sec. 0 inversions. As wooden coasters go, this is a really fun one. The drop is long and steep, but the ride broke down when I went to SFGA.

Superman: Ultimate Flight
108 ft and 60 mph. 2 min 25 sec. 3 inversions. This is exactly like Manta at SeaWorld and it is a lot of fun. But it is noticeably slower than all other coasters at this park.

Overall, my favorite ride here is either Nitro, because of the height and short wait, or Bizarro, because of the inversions. All Six Flags theme parks are a lot of fun and I recommend visiting one close to your home for a day trip!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Touring Plan: Islands of Adventure

Since there are so many things to see and do at Universal, it is hard to get to everything. To help you make the most of your time there, I have come up with a touring plan for Islands of Adventure.
Get to the most popular rides first, and where comfortable shoes for a long and fun day!

Remember: Get to the park when it opens! Even though you are on vacation, it is beneficial to wake up early and get there before the long lines.

Use the Universal App! You can see wait times for any ride, anywhere.

If you are staying at an on-site hotel, you have early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take advantage of this or get there as early as possible. Also on-site hotels come with Express passes! These are super helpful.

Here is how you should spend your day at IOA:

  1. Get a quick breakfast at your hotel.
  2. Ride Incredible Hulk Coaster.
  3. Ride Forbidden Journey.
  4. Ride Dragon Challenge or Flight of the Hippogriff (or both)
  5. Try some butterbeer.
  6. Walk to Jurassic Park.
  7. Ride River Adventure if you don't mind getting wet (see previous article)
  8. Explore Camp Jurassic or Discovery Center.
  9. Ride Ripsaw Falls and Popeyes Barges (also water rides, see previous article)
  10. Grab some lunch from Blondie's sandwich shop.
  11. Ride Spiderman.
  12. Ride Dr Dooms Fearful and Hulk again.
  13. Walk to Suess Landing and go on rides if you have little kids or like slow rides.
  14. Watch The Sinbad Stunt Show in the Lost Continent.
  15. Go back to any rides you would like to ride again.
  16. Eat dinner at the Three Broomsticks.
  17. Explore shops/visit City Walk.
Yes, this day may seem long and busy, but personally I like to experience as much as I can so as to make the most of the vacation.

Remember to keep in mind the likes and dislikes of everyone in your party so everyone enjoys themselves.