Monday, February 26, 2007

Postcards from Mavel Super Hero Island

I'm back home now. My superpowers have been fully re-charged from Florida's warm sun and I'm ready to blog like no blogger has ever blogged before. Blog!

I will miss the warm weather, but I'm pleased to have escaped America and it's deadly "orange" terror alert level (running joke: it was only yellow before I got there). Here the terror alert holds steady at...well, nothing. Because we don't colour code our abstract national sentiments here. If I had to guess, I'd say the terror alert is at level "meh" here.

So, Marvel Island. I have actually been there before. Four times before, actually. And EVERY TIME the damn Spider-Man ride BREAKS! You have to fix that shit, Universal Studios! Seriously! Good ride, though. Excellent waiting area, too.

Dr Doom's Fear Fall was one of the few rides I hadn't been on before. Something about that Spider-Man ride breaking repeatedly kinda makes you lose confidence in strapping yourself into a death drop machine. It's fun that a theme park would assume that people would be into a ride that has the supposed purpose of harnessing enough "fear fuel" to destroy the Fantastic Four. I gotta say, Doom, the ride was a little weak. Looked great, kinda scary. Don't know if you got enough fear out of me to destroy your enemies. If you were harnessing confusion, maybe...

The whole island looks great. Lots of fun stuff to look at. I dream of a DC-themed park that puts this amount of effort in. Cause Six Flags ain't cuttin' it.

Hee! Namor: King of the Restrooms!

Oh, and check this out:

Ha! Marvel heroes ride ATVs! I'd like to see Superman ride one of those. Except I WON'T because he would NEVER do that. The saddest thing was when some dude blew an airhorn and all the heroes had to come running and jump on these little vehicles and ride back into their...cage...I presume.

Here's my buddy Steph and her bespectacled pal, Cyclops:

This was kinda puzzling:

The good news is that I did get to meet Captain America. It was magical.


Johnathan said...

That picture of you and Captain America is approximately adorable.

That's the first time I've seen - or even considered the existence of - fake thigh muscles.

Welcome home!

The Mutt said...

Gah! Cyclops has pouches!

Derek said...

Wow... I don't even know what to say about that Hulk Wheelchair.

It actually brought me to tears laughing. Just... just wow...

rachelle said...

Cyclops also has acne.

Yeah, those Captain America fake thigh muscles are incredible. But he's still a dreamboat. Too bad I couldn't have looked worse when I met him (soaked to the bone, totally exhausted, hair a mess...sigh. I'll never date a superhero).

And that wheelchair was hilarious. So, so confusing.

The Mutt said...

With a costume like The Hulk's, it's hard to see and walk, so to get from the dressing room to the street, it's a lot quicker and easier to put him in a wheelchair and have somebody roll him. I used to work at Disneyworld, so I speak as one who knows.

rachelle said...

Mutt, your theory isn't bad, but there is one flaw: there is no guy in a Hulk costume at Universal Studios (Why? I don't know. There should be). Hulk at Universal. Who owns that wheelchair?!

You used to work at Disneyworld?! Doing what?!

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Caleb said...

Holy crap. Those guys work there? At Disneyworld/-land/-place, all the princesses and stuff look kinda hot in a way-too-much-make-up/prostitute-at-prom kinda way.

Those guys don't exactly say "superhero" to me, but if I could shoot lasers out of my eyes, I wouldn't work out either.

Is this the place with wack restaurants with Marvel-ous menu items like Hulkburgers and Spider-sodas and what not?

Bruno Dieter Chan said...

rachelle, love your Blog... especially the Superman Porn commentary. :)

BTW I got some screencaps of a 1978 Japanese Spiderman TV series if you want to see them. Always good for a laugh.

The Mutt said...

No Hulk at Universal? That's odd. The have a costume Hulk they use with Spidey and Cap at other public events. Didn't I see him shaking hands with Donald Rumsfeld? Maybe he has just had a day off on all of your visits.

I was in the debut cast of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular back in 1989. I played the Arab Swordman/German Mechanic until the show went on hiatus in 2000.

rachelle said...

I saw that Indiana Jones stunt show! It was probably in 1993 or so? I remember thinking it was awesome. Better than most theme park stunt shows. Nice job.

Does that mean that you can do a backflip?

The Mutt said...

Not now. Not ever. I wasn't one of the tumblers, I was the big guy with the sword that Indy shoots. Then I switched to the German mechanic costume and fought him under the spinning plane.

After my second knee surgery, they switched me to the street comedy troupe. :(

That's me on the right.

RetroRoger said...

Can't help noticing the spare tires and hunched postures of some of those sightseers in the background of your photos.

Face it, superheroes come to Marvel Island to look around and feel good about themselves. And we're the ones who pay the admission price.

viagra online said...

dude I wanna go to this park, I can't imagined one photo of me with storm, or with wolverine, maybe one with cyclops, maybe sometime I have the money to go.