Keep it coming. GREAT REPORT!
Keep it coming. GREAT REPORT!
Beautiful photos! Looks/sounds like you guys are having a great time! Glad you got your room changed, now you can get some sleep so you can be rested for the rest of your trip!
Hope to meet you at the anniversary!
Wow. I love reading your trip report. It makes me feel like I'm right there.
Sayyy, I know that cousin at Prime Time Cafe... ;)
I keep hearing great things about Islands of Adventure. It's going to be a must-see the next time I go to Florida.
I'm glad you got to hook up with Witches of Morva.
Love love the pics.
Glad you guys had such a good time over at Universal. I get so tired of the constant bashing that park gets on here from so many of the Disney only fans. I don't think it's quite up to the exact level of the disney parks in every section, mainly in just not giving you that magical feeling, it is up there in everything else. February will make our 4th trip to Universal since late August and we have an amazing time every trip. I'm afraid our trips will become less for a while since we just found out my wife is pregnant and I'm going to miss it a great deal, so I'm glad to know there are others out there who are seeing the beauty in the place.
Seeing your photos, it's like I was just there. Oh wait..... :lmao:
Glad to see the King Tut dudes still walking around - rowr!!
As to what Universal has done here, we were truly impressed at every turn. And, that's after being here just under 3 months ago. We've still got lots more we want to do there next trip.
Lu and Rick
Your report is just getting better and better. Love the pics. Thanks for showing us!
It's hard to write things on walls about myself after a quintuple Absolut cranberry.. errr plain old cranberry juice and a broken wrist! I had to shorten it. Besides my nose was bleeding from the altitude and I had to be as quick as possible.Quote:
Originally Posted by MickeyMaxx
Thanks for the free publicity though, you can't buy stuff like that!
the attraction is great, like the EMV but developed to be different and turn 360 degrees....
oh, and witches, you know Robert.. he's the decoy you pay money to show up at meets for you... of course you possess his body but he gets paid still...
ORDDU: Actually, I NEVER pay a man to do things for me. Instead, they always pay ME.
ORGOCH: Yeah an' we ain't gonna' bother sayin' what kind a tramp that makes ya, neither!
ORWEN: I just wish I could go back and eat my meal at the Prime Time all over again--with the same ducklings who were present with us that same day!
We head home tomorrow, and after a long day today, I'll likely wait until we're home to finish up our report. Got an early wake-up in the morning.
Lu and Rick
That Jason is a cutie ;)
Love the TR... great pics, looks like you guys are having a faboo time!
OK, here we go with Day 6 in the Parks
Sorry for the delay, but we returned home last Thursday evening, had to actually work on Friday, shopped the LA Gift Show all day Saturday and the Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach on Sunday. Worked today and, well, here we (finally) go.
When we planned this trip, we thought we would spend more than one day in Epcot because there is so much we haven't done there on our three previous trips to the World. We ended up with one day there. That's OK, because it just give us a way to rationalize the next trip. I think Rick is trying to figure out how soon he can coax me into returning.
Spaceship Earth as we entered the park.
I turn into a five year old when it comes to monorails. They take me back to memories of the first Disneyland monorails. As a kid, I had read lots of articles on the monorail that would soon be a common form of transportation. I was, maybe, a little odd as a child, because after a brief affair with comic books, I moved on to Popular Mechanics and the like. Back then, it was hard to sort out the science fiction from the reality in these magazines. So . . . monorails make me happy because in two of my favorite places on Earth, they are a reality, and a little sad because there aren't any running down the center of our freeways.
They brought the LED Earth close to shore early in the day so we were able to get a good look at it. Not quite as pretty in the light of day.
Two barges were right behind Earth.
We did Mission Space, woosie boy version. Loved the visuals, but I had a similar ride experience in my recliner tonight. Maybe someday we'll be brave enough to spin our brains out.
Can't get enough Nemo!
We're gonna bake us some biiig pumpkin pies.
Sometimes, the illusion of being transported to another place and time is ruined when you move far away from the scene and use a long lens.
What is the huge building looming over Canada? I think I know. if the shape is any indication, I believe we have a similar building at DCA.
And the quaint Boardwalk Hotel is dwarfed by the massive hotels beyond.
In no apparent order, are sights we enjoyed on our last park day.
At the recommendation of Lori, at the front desk (the nice lady who also moved us from our noisy first room), we went to dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Hotel. We grabbed a ride on a Friendship at the International Gateway of Epcot.
First stop on the way was at the Boardwalk Hotel around dusk.
This is the pool slide taken from the dock at the Yacht Club. Talk about theming!
Time for dinner! We were dressed reasonably well, for spending a day at a theme park, that is, but it was interesting to see the range of dress in this Disney Signature restaurant. From shorts and fanny packs to black tie and slinky gowns, it was fun to look around the room. We asked Lori what sort of dress was appropriate. As with most eateries at Disney, she said, "Just show up wearing clothes."
We knew we would enjoy this place. Anytime they display huge cuts of meat in the lobby, one knows you're not going to leave hungry. Note the Hidden Mickey . . . one expensive Hidden Mickey!
The food and service? Amazing. It is, however one of the more expensive places you can eat at the resort. Our bill for two, with no liquor, was just north of $120 before our 20% discount was applied. Of course, the tip brings it right back up again.
Time to head back. Here's the Boardwalk after dark.
As we leave, Spaceship Earth at night.
The next day, we headed to Daytona Beach. One of the things we resolved to do this trip, was to check out souvenir and gift shops like ours for ideas. Not to mention, we've never seen a Florida beach. The day started out dark and as we reached the coast, the rain started, so there are not photos of this day. We were struck by how many shops there were, and how huge they were. And, on a gloomy, off-season day, every shop was open. We also loved the cute vintage beach homes and were surprised how reasonable their prices were.
An Orlando Souvenir shop. Our shop would be maybe as wide as one set of windows at this joint.
That's it folks! We had non-stop fun. A large part of the reason was that we had enough time that we weren't quiet as driven in our quest to do the parks. Epcot, is, of course, impossible to do justice in any single trip, but with our multiple visits, we are beginning to make a dent in the possible things to do.
Thanks to Tim and Dianne at Craig's Travel for booking excellence, to David who worked his butt off at our store while we played, to Witches of Morva who was such a gracious host the day we met up with him, to Jason for the best service we had at any restaurant on our visit, and to brother Tim and Annette who hosted a Charger's game meal. We might not have won the game, but we ate well while losing!
Rick and Lu
One of the best TR's ever. Thanks for bringing us along again. Oh and thank you on the congrats for me becoming assistant editor. It truly is an honor to be working along side some great people.