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Coast through life
[FINAL Edition]
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando, Fla.
Author: Michael, Eric
Date: Mar 31, 2006
Start Page: 3
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Illustration by Rich Pope of the Sentinel staff What goes up must drop 80 feet, dodge a yeti and escape through a shop selling `Everest' T-shirts. JOHN RAOUX/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOX: Case File #54 Test-driving Expedition Everest Where: Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando. When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Cost: Parking $9, one-day pass $63.64 general, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger. Call: 407-824-4321. Online: RATINGS Bang for your buck: 2 out of 5. Evel Knievel factor: 3 out of 5. Degree of difficulty: 2 out of 5. Overall fun: 4 out of 5. SENTINEL ARCHIVE BOX: ACTION FIGURE'S TOP 5 SCREAM MACHINES Incredible Hulk (pictured, Islands of Adventure, Orlando): The first two seconds alone, during which riders are launched from zero to 40 mph, make it worth the time spent in the queue. SheiKra (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay): The 200-foot monster, Florida's tallest, wins my vote for best drop, straight down at 90-degrees, and most shameless tease (riders hang at the top for a few seconds). Kraken (Sea World Orlando): This serpentine beast boasts the tallest loop on the peninsula at 139 feet, a G force-fest worthy of NASA. Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay): The ride's gravity-defying "Batwing" maneuver, a mix of loops and corkscrews that dives into a trench, is a personal favorite. Dueling Dragons (Islands of Adventure, Orlando): Flying within a few feet of a sister coaster on the outside of twin teardrop loops is a near-miss visual like no other (from the front row).

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