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    Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    So yesterday, Wonderpup, the BF & myself headed to Universal Studios for the day for my birthday (even though it was the day before). I hadn't been there since 2003 or 2004 and the BF had never been there. Neither had Wonderpup.

    Entrance to CityWalk




    We originally had lunch reservations at Emeril's, but ended up canceling them a few days prior as I found out they had a dress code - business casual, but they say "smart casual" is perfectly acceptable. Well, that meant no shorts and whatnot, so we passed. So instead, we had lunch at Mel's Drive-In.





    Neat little thing where you put your camera on this pedestal and it creates an optical illusion that the Hollywood Hills are behind the Monster Makeup Show facade.



    First ride of the day was ET. It was hokey but fun. I was laughing at how the BF kept doing an exaggerated "AWWW!" at everything.

    After ET, we caught the tail end of some show featuring Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat, Scooby & Shaggy, Woody Woodpecker & his girlfriend and a couple dancers... dancing to 80's music. They had a meet & greet after and Wonderpup wanted to meet Scooby, so we got in line. He and Shaggy were fascinated with him. LOL!



    From there we went into the kiddie area and rode the Woody Woodpecker coaster (because I'm a credit [edited]). That coaster is actually on par with Goofy's Barnstormer over at MK. It was short but quite fun.

    Behind the coaster is this building. It was the original Hard Rock Cafe from when Universal Studios opened until they built CityWalk and Islands of Adventure. I ate there once in 1993. Cool but kind of creepy to see it's still there.



    From there, it was time for a trip to Krustyland!









    I laughed so hard I was nearly in tears. I especially loved Captain Dinosaur's Pirate Rip-Off. I wish they sold shirts that had that on it. That's one intense motion simulator though. So much that it made the BF queasy. Turns out he really can't do any real intense rides because 20 years ago, her went to a fair with a friend and went on some ride that messed him up bad and he hasn't been the same since. Poor guy! I wish he had told me that sooner though... not after he got sick.

    I ended up doing Men in Black by myself.





    Then we wandered around and I was going to go on Mummy, but it had broken down, so we did some more wandering.



    Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit wasn't testing that day, but I saw some people doing some work on it. I saw some guys on the track and some others doing sme work on a boom crane thing.







    The BF stopped at the gift shop next to Twister and got some Motrin for his head. We sat in the "grass" (it's the same stuff they use in the field at Tropicana Field.... I thought that was neat) and people watched for a bit, then went back over to Mummy to see if it was up... it was! So I did it twice through the single rider line while the BF held my backpack.

    OMG... that was an awesome coaster! It hadn't opened yet last time I was at Universal (they were still putting it in and it had "Coming Soon!" signs up.

    After my 2nd ride on Mummy, the rain came, so we hung out in the Mummy gift shop for a bit, then cut through the arcade and went to the Italian restaurant next door as the BF wanted to get some soup to see if it would help with his queasiness. We did a little more wandering around and tried to find something we could do, but he couldn't even do the Shrek 3D movie or the Terminator 3D movie because the seats in the theatre move a bit and the slightest sudden movement would have spelled disaster. So we ended up leaving the park. We wandered around CityWalk a little bit, then decided to head to Downtown Disney.

    Wonderpup made a new friend from the Endangered Species Store at CityWalk. He's a Greater Bush Baby. He needs a name... any suggestions?



    Over at Downtown Disney, we had dinner at Earl of Sandwich, then visited some of the shops. Spent a lot of time in Art of Disney. Love looking around in there. Shared a banana split over at Ghirardelli. YUM! Hadn't had one of those in almost a year.



    Went over to World of Disney and I found the coolest Star Wars toy ever... Stitch as Yoda! I laughed so hard I had to get it. Was the only one they had too. They also had Donald as Darth Maul, Mickey as Anakin, Minnie as Amidala and Goofy as Jar Jar Binks. Over in the jewelry/watch department, I found this Swarovski Crystal Minnie silouette pin I'd been looking for for nearly 2 years! My mom had a bigger version, but she lost it. This one is smaller, but I like it better. So we got that for her. After that, we headed for home.

    So the day had a sucky interlude, but we managed to salvage what was left and it ended up being a not bad day in the end.
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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Lovely pictures!
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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Looks like you, the BF and wonderpup all had a reasonably good time! And how nice! Wonderpup made a new friend!! And i'm sure a banana split that looks that good was eagerly shared by all 3 of you!

    Thanks for the great pics!
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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    I would have taken lots more pictures, but the sucky interlude made me not want to get my camera out.

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Great TR! I'm very jealous. I'll probably never be able to visit this park, but it was nice seeing it through these photos.

    Also, something cool I noticed:





    I never really appreciated the ingenuity of your avatar until now. Great job!

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    ^^ Huh?

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Isn't that you in the Rays shirt? You have the same expression as your avatar, which I thought was cool. I put up my current avatar because I thought it looked like me too.

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post

    Those two guys remind me slighty of some MCer's. .....hmmmm.....

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Looks like Wonderpup had a blast.

    You and your avatar have lots to be cheery about! Great job on the TR.

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Great TR, makes me want to make a side trip to the park. Where's the pictures of the BF?
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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Fun place, isn't it? I'm surprised I didn't see you! I was there this weekend too. We must have left just before the rain though because we stayed dry on Sunday even though it rained on Saturday.

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    At first, I thought this was a baked potato filled with scrambled eggs, sour cream, bacon bits & a cherry. I'll definitely have to try this with my BF some time.


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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dark Lady View Post
    Isn't that you in the Rays shirt? You have the same expression as your avatar, which I thought was cool. I put up my current avatar because I thought it looked like me too.
    Yeah that's me in the Rays shirt. I don't think my expression looks like my avatar though.

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    Great TR, makes me want to make a side trip to the park. Where's the pictures of the BF?
    Ummmm.... He's in the pic with Scooby and Shaggy.

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilQueenRocks View Post
    Fun place, isn't it? I'm surprised I didn't see you! I was there this weekend too. We must have left just before the rain though because we stayed dry on Sunday even though it rained on Saturday.
    It rained around 5pm. Was funny because while eating lunch, the BF made a comment on the weather and I said, "$10 says it'll rain by 5:00". It was 5:09 when I checked the time when I remembered what I had said after it had been raining for a few minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dark Lady View Post
    At first, I thought this was a baked potato filled with scrambled eggs, sour cream, bacon bits & a cherry. I'll definitely have to try this with my BF some time.





    I looooove the banana splits at Ghirardelli.

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    Re: Wonderpup's Universal Orlando Adventure!

    I totally thought it was a baked potato at first glance, too!

    Great report, thanks!
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