Which Types Of Footwear Are Best For Orlando Theme Parks?

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we are prepared to go that extraloads of shoes mile to make sure you smile (part time rapper). So today I’m happy to tell you we’ve finally solved one of the most important questions in the history of theme parks…. Which types of footwear are best for Orlando Theme Parks?… I know exciting huh!?

Our tests took part at Universal Studio’s and Islands of Adventure in May of this year, our intrepid pioneer was www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk staff member Kelly, her mission, to wear each of the following shoe styles for 1 hour throughout the day, Flip Flops/sandals, Trainers, Croc’s and High Heels!

As you can imagine it was a gruelling task, mostly trying to convince our fashion conscious 20 somthing to put on Croc’s but we managed it and here are our findings.

High Heels

We started with this one first assuming that this would be the least comfortable. The heels were approximately 3 inches in height and strapless. Kelly also wanted me to point out they are red and from some posh shop in London…

Conclusion: This won’t really be a shock but high heels were not the best for walking around a theme park. Kelly had issues keeping up with the rest of the group and complained about her feet being sore and hot. Also after one near shoe loss experience on The Hulk Ride she had to remove her high heels on every ride.

OAT Score: 2/10 It managed to get 2 out of 10 because Kelly loved them so much.

Crocs

Kelly couldn’t have been anymore despondent about wearing them.

Conclusion: Although she moaned initially, Kelly didn’t have the same issues as before, she was able to keep up with the group and found the open style design to be of benefit as her feet stayed cool. She had a brief issue with the Crocs rubbing her heel but after someone pointed out this could be altered it was plain sailing. She didn’t have to remove her shoes for any of the rides and never felt like they would fall off.

OAT Score: 8/10 Kelly marked it down for style points, but as far as theme park use was concerned it did the job well.

Flip Flops/Sandals 

The Flip Flops we used were the usual kind, open with no straps.

Conclusion: Kelly had no problem keeping up with the group however after a while she did complain that the inside of her big toe was beginning to hurt and she summarised that further wearing may have given her blisters. While riding coasters she did state that she felt they would fall off and therefore removed them. The big plus was that her feet stayed totally cool.

OAT Score: 6/10 Kelly felt that they had potential but would have prefered a Gladiator Sandal to help secure them.

Trainers 

The trainers Kelly wore are very popular at the moment and were white. The name rhymes with Longverse…

Conclusion: Kelly easily kept up with the group and at times was actually at the front. She had no issues on the coasters and felt much happier.

OAT Score: 9/10 Would have been 10 but Kelly felt that they had the possibility to make her feet very hot but she did state that these were the comfiest to wear  and importantly (to her) she thought they looked cool.

So there we have it, our totally scientific experiment has proven that Trainers are the best footwear to use while walking around theme parks with Croc’s a close second.

For clarity, I can confirm we did also try bare feet but we only managed 5 mins before a member of staff advised us to put our shoes back on.

What do you think about our findings here?

What footwear do you prefer?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Rip Ride Rockit Play List

As we reported yesterday the Rip Ride Rockit is now back open at Universal Orlando, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap this great ride.

Riders of the Rip Ride Rockit have access to a touchpad mounted on the lap bar, which allows you to select your own music. Riders can choose their favorite genre – Classic Rock/Metal, Rap/Hip-Hop, Club/Electronica, Pop/Disco or Country – and then pick a song. Each seat is outfitted with individual stereo speakers so guests can rock out to 90 decibels of music – and yet never hear the songs playing for other riders. Your song pick will be the soundtrack to your ride and to a music video you can purchase that uses on- and off-board cameras to mix music, moves and special effects.

Music List

Classic Rock/Metal

  • “Born to Be Wild” – Hinder
  • “Bring Me to Life” – Evanescence
  • “Gimme All Your Lovin’” – ZZ Top
  • “Kickstart My Heart” – Motley Crue
  • “Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven
  • “Rollin’” – Limp Bizkit

Rap/Hip-Hop

  • “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Insane in the Brain” – Cypress Hill
  • “Pump It” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Rock Star” – N.E.R.D.
  • “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys
  • “Stronger” – Kanye West

Club/Electronica

  • “Busy Child” – The Crystal Method
  • “Harder Better Faster Stronger” – Daft Punk
  • “Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys
  • “Keep Hope Alive” – The Crystal Method
  • “Le Disko” – Shiny Toy Guns
  • “Pump Up the Volume” – MARRS

Pop/Disco

  • “Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
  • “Glamorous” – Fergie
  • “Hella Good” – No Doubt
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “That’s the Way (I Like It)” – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • “U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer

Country

  • “All Night Long” – Montgomery Gentry
  • “Guitars, Cadillacs” – Dwight Yoakam
  • “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” – Jason Michael Carroll
  • “Living in Fast Forward” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Midnight Rider” – The Allman Brothers
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – The Charlie Daniels Band

Rip Ride Rockit Closed

The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida will remain closed indefinitely, it was confirmed on Monday.

Universal Officials claim that the unscheduled closure has nothing to do with the  safety warning from Maurer Sohne, the German steel company that makes the ride’s vehicles. Who stated that the coupling used to hold the vehicle together may not be fatigue endurable.

Universal Orlando said the safety concerns from Maurer Sohne would have been addressed soon after the memo’s release and the ride’s closure was not related to the safety bulletin. However, Maurer Sohne said the repair solution or new design would not be available for two to three months.

Universal closed the attraction last Wednesday and said it was undergoing unrelated maintenance. It said the closure was temporary.

Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder said on Monday that the ride’s extended closure was due to the park’s decision to do annual maintenance on the attraction.

“The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was operating safely when we closed it for maintenance and it will be operating safely when we reopen it,” said Schroder.

“We don’t forecast when an attraction will reopen from annual maintenance due to the fluid nature of the maintenance work,” Schroder said.

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is located in Orlando and is one of the parks that make up the Universal Orlando Resort along with Islands of Adventure and CityWalk.

The park is very much themed around movies and encourages users to “ride the movies”

In 2009 Universal Studios Florida attracted 5.4 Million visitors making it the 9th most visited theme park in America.

Universal Studios Florida features six themed areas all situated around a large lagoon. This lagoon is home to Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a seasonal fireworks display that showcases scenes from various Universal films, featuring lasers, projectors and fireworks. The six surrounding themed areas, clockwise from the entrance, are Production Central, New York, San Francisco/Amity, World Expo, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and Hollywood. Each area features a combination of rides, shows, attractions, character appearances, dining outlets and merchandise stores.

The Six Lands are

  • Production Central Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre • Donkey’s Photo Finish • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit • Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast • Shrek 4-D • The Universal Music Plaza Stage
  • New York The Blues Brothers Show • Delancey Street Preview Center • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride • Twister…Ride it Out
  • San Francisco/Amity Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue • Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride…Starring You!Fear Factor Live • Jaws
  • World Expo Men in Black: Alien Attack • Roboasis • The Simpsons Ride
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone Animal Actors on Location • Curious George Goes to Town  • A Day in the Park with Barney  • E.T. Adventure  • Fievel’s Playland  • StarToons: 80’s Rewind • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
  • Hollywood Lucy: A Tribute • Mel’s Drive-In Concert • Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time • Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show Lagoon Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular