Published: January 5, 2010 at 11:44 AMPoor weather has made this holiday season a terrible disappointment for the Orlando tourism industry. The rain during the bowl game, the cold weather shutting down Aquatica. It's been really disheartening. The one bright spot was New Year's Eve when temperatures jumped to 75+ degrees.
Published: January 5, 2010 at 7:47 PMHow do you keep water rides from freezing like splash mountain because ice is bigger then water and could that casue the track to crack if water is frozen?
Published: January 5, 2010 at 7:49 PMHeat also causes problems in the parks too. And I'm not just talking about the dehydrate soda drinkers passing out and falling into the parade path. Volcano at Kings Dominion had operation problems due to heat. The track at the eruption point of the volcano would be in direct sunlight and expand enough to slow the train and prevent it from cresting the loop. The train would then drop back and get relaunched, probably with fingers crossed.
Published: January 5, 2010 at 7:57 PMWater rides aren't really an issue, unless the temperature were to fall below freezing for an extended period of time (i.e. several days). Then, I suspect you'd need to drain and cover all exterior flumes to prevent damage. But Orlando's not been *that* cold in its theme park era.
That said, water rides pose an issue for visitors. I wouldn't go on any ride (or to any show) that might get you wet with temperatures under 60s, unless you were planning to change into dry clothes soon after. And I wouldn't go on a wet ride with temps below the 50s under any circumstances. The time it'd take to get to a place to change would be too long to avoid potential drop in body temperature.
Published: January 6, 2010 at 1:32 AMThat comment about extra warnings for splash-zoners at Seaworld reminded me of one December when I got soaked at Dolphin Cove.
Published: January 6, 2010 at 9:31 AMI chanced BGTB in cold weather - I just rode the six coasters. I'll be likely going to DHS - lots of indoor attractions and MuppetVision 3D, which is appropriate for this year's campaign by WDW (Give A Day, Get A Disney Day, if you know what I mean). As long as I don't ride any wet rides (gentle ones like Living with the Land at Epcot and "it's a small world" at MK are exceptions), I sometimes go to the parks during cold weather.
Published: January 6, 2010 at 4:51 PMThat Global Warming thing is causing trouble ALL around the world. **sarcasm**
Published: January 8, 2010 at 8:53 AMWell as a UK rider, let me tell you - the rapids ride at alton towers no matter what time of year is always cold! It always surprises me how many people seem to still ride it in winter - eek, it is ssooooooo cold!
Published: January 8, 2010 at 5:33 PMAt the BGW christmastown, they were operating the Griffon. It was closed the day we were there because the temperature was too low.
Last year we went to Dollywood before Christmas, and one day the high temperature was 25. On that day, there were very few rides running. They couldn't run the metal rides below 40.
Published: January 10, 2010 at 4:24 PMI went to universal today. I was really disapointed because almost all of the coasters were closed. My favorite ride