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    8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    I'm getting so un-creative with my titles and stuff for these trip reports :P
    Oh well... I'll blame it on my end of summer funk. Classes start again next week and I'm definitely not psyced.

    So, my aunt, who had had a horrible time at Disneyland back at the end of June, decided we had to make up for it by going last week. She, my mom and I jumped in the car and were on our way to the resort in the wee hours of the morning...

    But as I am a sneaky Kuzcochik, I can't actually start this trip at Disneyland *le gasp!!* I know right?!
    We actually traveled the extra hour of so and started our trip at the U word! Universal Studios... *cue dramatic music* dun dun dun!!!

    I hadn't been to Universal in a little over 3 years (the last time we went was during our Cali trip to Dl for the 50th). I kind of remembered why. With the exception of a few attractions, there's not much reason for me to visit the park more than that often.

    It was also weird to me to go into a park that I don't know like the back of my hand. We bi-passed the house of horrors (I kind of miss the Van Helsing overlay) and ended up making our first stop the brand new Simpson's ride. I really like how much of the cartoon the incorperate... I was also kind of sickened at the fact I got every single reference... I watch too much Simpsons!

    One of the fakey ride posters scatter about the queue




    The layout of Krustyland


    Poor Poor Doc Brown! We miss you!


    Okay, this pic is terrible quality... but I thought it was funny how it looked just like the pic I took w/ Matt Groening at Comic Con (he didn't look that scared... maybe on the inside)


    As for the Simpson's Ride... I really really enjoyed it! It's been a long time since I've gone on a ride and just been completely captivated, trying to see every single detail of every single second. The CG Simpsons were a little off putting, I'd rather they had been in the regular cartoon style but I guess it wouldn't look as "realistic" that way. There was a fairly coherent storyline (on a late ride I realized how much more of it the videos in the queue and waiting room help to set everything up... best part: Sideshow Bob taking out Barney w/ a day old hard as a rock churro)
    I don't know, I was really pleasantly suprised how much I liked it and how much I wanted to jump back on the ride. Okkay, gushing off (that's about all the gushing I'll do for this park)

    We went and got lunch because we were straving and ran into the scrawniest Zorro I've ever met... and that girl... what's her name? Cathrine Zetta Jones


    Then it was time for Shrek 4D. I laugh because the pre-show for that ride is the best part to me (but even that goes on too long). The ride itself is just kind of meh. It bugs me how there's no consistant POV... it's like you're the camera not a character w/in the story.


    On our way to T2 3d (I have no pics, but that's one of the coolest 3D shows around!) We ran in Fievel!!! I was super excited


    Downstairs we tried to die of heat stroke at Back Draft (that attractions funny because it's so dated... seriously I don't even think I've actually seen the movie Back Draft let alone the average guest)


    And then on to the Land of the Lost.... err I mean, that other boat dinosaur thing


    This was funnier to us at the time... it could have been the heat stroke and sleep deprivation combination. I was too short for the ride


    Welcome to Jurassic Park... where the water effects were on high much to our distain (I hate getting wet on rides and generally JP's not that bad... unless it's a hot day and all the stupid squirting effects are on)


    Rawr!


    Oh no it's going to eat us... good thing there's a fall here for us to go down.


    A fairly drenched Kuzcochik


    This was taken after I shook out my hair animal style and made my mom mad... I was not happy to be drenched!


    After that we rode Mummy twice. That ride just made me sad. It's a fantastic attraction, but half of the effects weren't working right, there were terrible back ups that made us think the ride had broken down and it was just in sad shape. (also Florida's is so much better!)

    I was psyced cause i could see the WB watertower from the Universal Starway... I can't help but theink there are Warners up there... watching and waiting to make their move. What? I have issues I know!


    better shot of the Tower while sitting on the tram


    Zoinks! Funny enough we saw Scooby & Shaggy roaming about later that day


    The devo-sta-sion!


    Serenity mobiles


    Deloreans


    Oh no, it's the same flash flood that's been there forever... I don't know how we manage to get caught in that flashflood everytime I'm on that tram. Bad luck I guess


    Woo-Ville looking sad and neglected


    Weep weep weep weep! (that's the Psyco music for those that were unsure)


    Okkay, I'd never seen this before. Norman Bates came out of the motel! He had some terrible dummy he stuffed in a truck and then came after the tram w/ a knife. Excellent touch.


    War of the Worlds set


    The fate of all strollers that get in my way! Mwha ha ha ha!


    We decided to end the day w/ one more trip w/ the Simpsons


    Apu selling his wares (at marked up theme park prices of course)


    Itchy & Scratchy's Wheel o' Pain


    The safety video with more call-backs to the ride that came before it




    A quick stop to get my brother a shirt and we left the park for the night.
    We headed to City Walk to get dinner and ended up at Hard Rock Cafe (where one of the workers was the first to compliment my Freakazoid shirt... it made me happy... I'm a dork get over it :P)


    We did a little shopping but miraculously I made it out of both the park & City Walk w/out spending any money!


    Stop... Franky Time! Or Frankenstein trying to tell us to come back... or to stop... or he just wishes he had a camera so he could take and arm-length pic of himself like all the cool kids do


    We jumped back in the car and drove down the busy Cali freeways back to Disneyland. After checking into our hotel (Paradise Pier) we hurried to the third floor where they pipe in music and watched the fireworks. it was pretty sweet!
    We headed back to our room and passed out.

    coming up Day 2: With Actual Disneyland Pictures!!!!!


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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Great TR, Kuzcochik! I like the pictures of the burned parts of the backlot- that was really cool! I'm glad you liked the Simpsons ride- I'm dying to see that! And your commentary gave me some chuckles

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    You cut your hair! It looks super cute. Your Universal Studios portion of the trip report is great, especially Feivel. Can't wait to see more.

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    And then on to the Land of the
    Lost.... err I mean, that other boat dinosaur thing
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    I'm sure you heard, that they are working on a Land of the Lost movie, in one of the Universal Sound Stages, due for release next summer! I can't wait. Maybe they can do a temporary makeover of Jurassic Park into Land of the Lost! The waterfall at the end works great with the story!

    Oh, you ever notice how similar the Freakazoid outfit is to The Incredibles outfits?!?!?!?!

    (By the way, your haircut is adorable!)

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    These pictures are great! And your captions are funny. Can't wait to see the Diseny Land photo's!

    And seriously, Freakaziod and Animanics where like the best, I havn't seen them in forever though

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    A Norman Bates face character? That IS cool! =D

    But I don't want to go among MAD people!

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Love your short hair! Looking forward to the Disneyland pictures!


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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Cool Universal Studios pics. Can't wait for the DL TR!
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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Awesome KC, can't wait for more!!!

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Nice Trip Report, If the rest is as good as the first I say A+


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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Nice report so far, can't wait to see more!
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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    I can't wait for Micechatters MrLiver and Datameister to analyze the layout of Krustyland. Definitely not a hub-and-spoke layout. Could it be a modified figure-8?! Stay tuned for complete analysis!

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Awesome TR! Thanks for the photos! I haven't been to Universial in 10 years now. =D

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    Re: 8/14-17 Universally Strange -- A Kuzcochik Trip Report

    Thanks for all the comments and compliments guys (my personal jury is still out on my hair... it's much shorter than I wanted it but I'm getting use to it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Aladdin View Post
    I'm sure you heard, that they are working on a Land of the Lost movie, in one of the Universal Sound Stages, due for release next summer! I can't wait. Maybe they can do a temporary makeover of Jurassic Park into Land of the Lost! The waterfall at the end works great with the story!

    Oh, you ever notice how similar the Freakazoid outfit is to The Incredibles outfits?!?!?!?!

    (By the way, your haircut is adorable!)
    I did know they were making a LotL movie. I'm not sure if I'm all that thrilled. I'm not a huge Will Ferrell fan (plus I saw what he did to Bewitched) but I love Anna Friel so, who knows.
    And yes! Freakazoid & Mr. Incredible have like the same symbol!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Clawdee View Post
    And seriously, Freakaziod and Animanics where like the best, I havn't seen them in forever though
    That is the glory of television on DVD my friend. All my favorite shows whenever I want them Even funnier now than when I originally saw them all

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    A Norman Bates face character? That IS cool! =D
    I know right?!
    Also, you're an extremely hard woman to track down/find when I'm actually looking for you and not running into you randomly at comic book conventions

    Okkay, enough of that. On to Disneyland.

    The morning started early over in Tomorrowland. One of the things about going with my family is the weird little traditions we have. One of my mom's fav rides is Space Mountain so for as long as i can remember it's the ride that signifies the beginning of a Disney trip to me. Rushing through space gives me the thrill and elation that I'm actually in Disneyland
    Afterwards we headed to Indy (figuring we'd hit it early before the crazy crowds) and then to the Jungle Cruise. As we pulled into the dock, my mom got a phone call from my dad. Turns out he and my brother had jumped in the car at 3am and driven out ot meet us (which was cool, except that they hadn't thought to invite Darkwing Chuck who we'd been trying to get to come w/ us all week. C'est la vie)
    We jumped on Pirates while the boys did Indy and then headed over to DCA (despite my advise) to try and do early morning Midway Mania

    The line said it was 60 min when we finally got through the throngs of people to the attraction. It ended up being more like 40.
    so while we waited.. here's some random pier shots
    Soon to be yesterday land


    I really don't know why they're getting rid of that sun... like I think a big Mickey face is going to be uber tacky


    Potato Head is still far too cool. I love when he taps his toes


    My best score of the trip... I got progressively worse at the game the more I played


    We hit up Tower and Monsters and headed to the Animation Building to see the Zoetrope since my dad and I were the only ones who had seen it.
    My brother's reaction was priceless. He looked at it like it was the dumbest thing ever and then the strobe came on and his jaw fell to the floor. He couldn't stop watching it


    Heading back over to Disneyland, my mom, aunt and i went to Blue bayou for our reservations. As we waited, Jack Sparrow ran in to the lobby (the one that runs away from everyone...) and when the CM asked a guest for their name Jack piped in with "S-P-A-R-R-O-W" and the CM asked how big his party was and he said "36... I'm taking the whole crew to dinner" then he ran away.


    Inside the Bayou. We were water front... but in that small table closest to the load dock of the ride. It was nice though


    you can't really tell from this pic, but my dad and brother are in the front row of the boat. We were two seconds from leaving and I get a text that says to stay were we are. They pulled out and we all waved at each other like big dorks. It was fun.... my family's weird


    Next stop was Haunted Mansion


    My mom, dad and aunt decided to head back to the hotel so Dan and I ran over to Space Mountain
    Another picture that perfectly sums up our lovely relationship (no, really, I do love the dork, even if I'm obligated by blood relations


    I then proceeded to kick his butt on Buzz Lightyear. You can see in this pic that in order to catch up to my score he was trying to shoot at the same stuff I was


    We headed back to Midway (where he did beat me, but there's no proof so :P)
    Then met back up w/ my parents at the Winery. I bought some pins and then we decided to stick around at watch PIXAR Play

    I love the costumes in this parade.


    Mike A-kow-ski (that was suppose to be how Boo says it... whatever, you do it better!! )


    I love that it looks like the back of his head is on fire... or like he has long wavy fire hair


    The chefs are one of my favorite parts of the parade. They're so over the top


    I also love the bouncing rats. The one on the side closest to us is always really flirty for some reason.... it's kind of strange but hilarious (and Emilie at the bottom was so so so energetic! The parade had to pause briefly and he was still dancing like crazy)


    Nemo was either laughing or fell asleep... not sure which


    I love when the puppet performers faces match the characters expressions


    Crazy jelly girls


    His wings are so little!


    This was the first time I saw the parade w/ the full Bug's Life Float. pretty cool


    Ooh ooh! Go buzz girls!


    Also the first time I'd seen the swinging part of the TS float. Really really cool!


    Mater w/ his crazy hat


    We decided it was time to take a look at the Innoventions Dream House. It's so weird seeing a line for Innoventions! Like scary weird

    I want these!


    Oh Tom Morrow! You're still here and still creepy as ever. I even watched as he passed and was scared to see he still does the thing where he stares at his hands when no ones around and then looks straight up at you *shiver*


    The preshow stuff was pretty lame but what are you going to do, it is Innoventions after all.


    Dan playing with one of the panels


    The Dream House was okay but nothing spectacular. I couldn't seem to get my timing right. Everytime I came back to a room they were just ending a presentation. My favorite part... that the pre-programmed music has The B52's Cosmic Thing CD

    After choosing not to brave Nemo, we grabbed dinner at Village Hause and then my mom and brother left. My Dad, aunt and I decided to stick around for Fantasmic... I will never be sick of that show


    A pirate ship is far superior to native americans... sorry Florida


    It kind of looks like Ariel's on Fire


    BWHA HA HA HA!


    Afterwards we rushed off through Main Street as the Fireworks blared overhead. Luckily we hit the hub just as the Haunted Room Was Actually Stretching.
    But we made it back to the hotel and totally collapsed!

    Saturday up next


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