The Adventure Lives On

The Adventure Lives On

This is a trip report from my 2008 trip to Orlando – the full write up is after the jump…

I’ve just returned from a fun-packed trip to Orlando, Florida – the photo gallery is here for those who just want to look at the pictures…

The weather could have been better for the start of the week – overcast for the first few days, with some rain showers too – but as you’ll see in the photos, the weather later in the week dramatically improved – although it was never too cold!

Anyway, the main highlights for me were the new attractions since my last visit in 2004 – namely Soarin at EPCOT, Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, and SheikRa at Busch Gardens Africa…


Soarin' Well, there’s not much to say here really – this is exactly what I expected it to be, an exact copy of Soarin’ Over California at Disney’s California Adventure.  It’s very much a love-it-or-hate-it kind of ride.

You simple soar over an Omnimax style projection taking from a variety of aircraft, with the aromas, sights and sounds of the more picturesque parts of California being the focus of the film.

I for one like it – but it’s not worth a long wait!

Expedition Everest

Everest Even running the “B” programme (with the big animatronic Yeti being replaced with a smaller strobe-lit one) this is a well-paced, fast, smooth and (for a Disney park) fairly intense family ride.

I won’t do a blow-by-blow, spoiler laden write up, but in the tradition of Disney, it’s a ride that tells a story as your train escapes the clutches of the angry Yeti.  A truely great attraction from Disney.


Sheikra SheikRa at Busch Gardens in Tampa has the checklist of gimmicks covered, but manages to make so much of it…

  • Vertical “Dive” Drop – Check and Check (it has 2)
  • Watersplash Finale – Check
  • Floorless Trains – Check

Yes, I said it has both a watersplash and floorless trains – however this works really well, as the water is propelled backwards from the train, rather than all over the riders.

This shows what B&M can do with the Dive Machine concept, beyond that already seen at Alton Towers with Oblivion. A proper layout, even including an inversion, dips and helixes make SheikRa so much more than the list of gimmicks.


One thought on “The Adventure Lives On

  1. I’m slightly surprised they didn’t redo Sorain’ for Florida. You could fly over the Florida Quays, Miami, Busch Gardens, Islands of Adventure … oh wait, maybe not those last two.

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