Published: October 14, 2007 at 6:56 AM
I'm not arguing with you Robert on the quality of the parks or attractions. I've heard so many things about USH's mummy attraction alone that I want to go, but the reality of it is exactly what you have said. Everything is more spread out, everything is more expensive. Orlando there are 9 parks and 4, soon to be 5 water parks within an hour drive of each other, and 8 of those parks are within 20 minutes. Add on top of that the amount of ease that hotels have given to get to and from the parks, and the variet of hotels....which generally means that you're sure to find one cheaper than the next...unless of course if you stay on site at disney or Universal.
The only thing that you will not find is a thrill park. IOA is the closest thing to it. Why? The mouse, plain and simple. Disney has everyone so family oriented in Orlando that IOA was a huge gamble, and it still has naysayers with things like "its too intense, there's nothing to do for kids, etc." Of course they tend to argue that with BGT(who has 5 coasters vs. IOA's 2, three if you count unicorn 4 if you count the flyers) as well, but it kind of gets nulled out by the fact that they have a zoo....and hey, kids love animals, thus not making it a thrill park...how that works out, I dont know. Point is, because of that mentality, you have everyone in Orlando competing for the family dollar, where in California you have everyone competeing for the best theme park experience.
A giga coaster, while it would be great, will never happen for that reason.....and the fact that Orlando and I think Tampa has a 200 foot limit on its coasters and rides....so I've been told. So yes, while Cali is more versatile in the theme park world, Orlando is the best pick, simply because there are more.