USA, Florida: Islands of Adventure II
We mentioned last week the great theme park of Islands of Adventure. One of its sections is home to Marvel super heroes. We also took (albeit imaginary) ride on the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster. As its signature superhero the ride is green and you can even experience zero gravity there.
Similarly exciting is the The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. You put on a pair of 3D glasses, sit inside a car and start a journey of young, inexperienced journalist who observes Spider-Man during the most perilous night of Spider-Man’s life. He meets his greatest foes such as Hobgoblin, Dr. Octopus, Hydro-Man or Electro. They attempt to steal the Statue of Liberty in New York. Spider-Man is the only one who can stop them.
The attraction has been awarded many awards. It was opened in 1999. However, four years ago it was modernized and received state of the art technology. Do expect unpleasantly long lines, however.
Once you leave Marvel Super Hero Island see Jurassic Park. Who doesn’t know a tetralogy of the most popular and probably the best movies with dinosaurs? The Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure is set in the events slightly after the first movie. You can see, for instance, John Hammond, the very founder and visionary of the dinosaur park.
Soon you will be captured within the illusion of being in a real zoo with dinosaurs brought to life. Expect attraction which would be in the “real” Jurassic Park.
The Jurassic Park River Adventure is such an attraction. On boat you sail down the river (for about five and half minutes) to see many dinosaur species. There is a huge ultrasaurus feeding itself on water plants. Also, you can see a stegosaurus. Soon, however, the peaceful ride will change into wild adventure…
Easy attraction which can calm you bit down is Triceratops Discovery Trail. It is basically a nature trail which leads you to three triceratops (those of you who have seen the Jurassic park can probably recognize the scene from the movie). The mechatronic replicas are very well made – they simulate breathing and other bodily functions.
To be continued...
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Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikimedia Commons: Jeremy Thompson, Daryl Mitchell, Loadmaster, Little Mountain 5, Jeremy Thompson (2), JonSnow
The Florida city of Orlando is clearly one of the world's most visited destinations. Tens of millions of people come here every year. The most interesting in this city are local amusement parks. We have already taken you to some of them - Islands of Adventure, Walt Disney World or Universal Studios Orlando.
We return to Legoland, Florida to see some of its most interesting rides.
There is a mountain state in the southwest United States. It is known for beautiful nature, high mountains, ghost towns, important scientific institutions, and developed agriculture. If you guessed Colorado you are right!
Today we take a look inside another interesting theme park. We leave the United States to move over the ocean to the Old Continent.
Last week we managed to describe you one of the best European amusement parks. It was, however, a short description, therefore we continue in our journey today. We experience rides which will make you sick on your stomach. But these are fun.
A while ago we mentioned Dyrehavsbakken, the oldest amusement park in the world. Its name is quite long and hard to pronounce. No wonder then that people call it simply Bakken. It is about 10 minutes by car (20 minutes by train) from Copenhagen.
Miami is a big city with all what comes with it – a vast airport, traffic jam on its multiplelane highways, skyscrapers, city parks, coeastline with beautiful beaches, museums, restaurants, etc.
The Everglades National Park is situated down in Florida's south which sees high tourist traffic. We are no exception. The entire area is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list. This park is at low altitude. Vast marshalnds which cover most of park's area are typical for this region. Home in there are aligators and crocodilles for which marshlands is a natural habitat.
Miami and Everglades national park – the two main places tourists visit in Florida's south. Other point of interest should be Florida Keyes (the name is of Spanish origin - Cayo = islet). Over one thousand islands are part of this archipelago. They stretch down from southeast projection of Florida and bend slightly leftwards down to Key West.
In the middle of the road between Key West (the southernmost island of the Keys island, south of Florida) and the Florida peninsula visit Bahia Honda State Park. The park is located on Bahia Honda Key island, about 7 miles from the island of Marathon. There is the legendary 7-mile bridge. The area between the signs of 36th and 37th mile of the Oceanic Highway 1 is the gateway to the park. The entrance costs 4,5 USD. The park is open from 8 am till the sunset.
We left the Islands of Adventure for another theme park of many others surrounding Orlando, Florida. There is a lot to choose from. We, however, take a look at a place that is somewhat closer to us in some respects.
Marvel superheroes, Jurassic park... So far it seems this theme park is all boys can dream of. However, to many standing for hours in long lines to get a three-minute thrill is rather a sobering moment.
In the preceeding weeks, we focused on California’s theme parks. Today, we move thousands of kilometers to the east – to Florida, the sunshine state. Florida is another Mekka of the entertainment industry.
Many Americans want to either live in California or start and build their career there. Was California an independent country, it would be one of the strongest economies in the world. Many innovative companies concentrate in the state (especially in the famous Silicon Valley). You can find here San Francisco – the city of which many songs were written. Americans love it not only for the Golden Gate Bridge but for its atmosphere and culture. There is also one of the most famous prison – Alcatraz.
Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
California is a home to new ideas and innovations. Did you know that here (in San Bernardino) the very first McDonald’s restaurant was opened?
Last week we introduced you the most famous theme park in the world. It radically change the city of Anaheim. Once a sleepy Californian town became one of the most important cities in the state and revolutionized the entertainment industry.
Today we continue in our trip in world famous theme park. We are going to leave Main Street U.S.A. and see other parts of the park.
For the last time we visit the most famous theme park in the world and see what else visitors can experience there.
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Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.