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WebmasterBarry
01-09-2001, 06:13 PM
OK, since a lot of people are going to be at Universal in March during Molaki Gram's visit, I thought that we should have a meet on March 10 and 11. We can meet and hang out all day if need be, but the official meet times will be on those days.

How about these times?

March 10: 12 noon, in front of the Jurassic Park Discovery Center (the side facing the Great Inland Sea), IOA

March 11: 8:45 am, in front of Hard Rock Cafe, Citywalk

I will most likely be there from March 10 to 12. I maybe there on March 9 too, but I'm trying to figure out if I need to save days off for the DIS convention.

So what do you think?

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h20jag
01-09-2001, 06:57 PM
2:45 - 3 P.M. Sunday March 11 at the globe also?
Lotta folks might be checking for a glimpse on the webcams then.
We do the Pastamore breakfast quite often before the 9 A.M. Parks' openings also. Maybe a coffee meet there even.
And let's not forget the magic happy hours at 3 P.M. virtually everywhere at USF !
J

JessicaR
01-09-2001, 07:52 PM
Hey Barry...what do ya mean "if need be"??? I'm looking forward to riding those coasters with you!! And it better be before lunch! <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif" alt="razz"> But seriously...whatever everyone decides is fine with me. As long as I am in the parks I am a happy camper! I do happen to like the happy hour suggestion by h2ojag ;)

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Molokai Gram
01-09-2001, 09:50 PM
Now let me see, five hours difference - that would mean that Barry is suggesting we meet at3:45 AM!!! and that means I have to get up to get ready at ???? ;)

Just kidding, we leave here actually in February and I hope we will be able to adjust to the time difference by then.

Yes, Barry you have to go on the coasters with me too! DH was all for it until he watched the tapes you sent and he saw that the Dragons had no floors and then he saw the Hulk ride up close...now he is trying to talk me out of it. (Chicken?)

I want to meet everyone! . And I am getting into shape - no, that is not correct, my shape is beyond getting into and would take more work and time than we have left, but I am building stamina! :)

Lalalindica
01-09-2001, 09:52 PM
Barry, whatever everyone decides is fine by me too!! Meeting around noon on Saturday sounds reasonable to me. I'm not sure I am familiar with "the side facing the Great Inland Sea", but I'm sure I can figure it out.

Those of us staying at the HRH could meet earlier perhaps somewhere at the hotel.

Again, if all goes well, we'll be there Friday evening (the 9th) and leave late on Sunday (9-ish).

JessicaR
01-10-2001, 06:08 AM
If we all get our Hard Rock membership in time we can have a meal at Hard Rock Cafe and use our $10.Or we could even meet there for a few drinks.

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JessicaR
01-10-2001, 06:30 AM
Donna,

If you havent adjusted or like to sleep in do it! We can meet whenever you like :D This is a vacation afterall. You tell us what works for you.I would love to spend the day touring the parks and riding the rides together if everyone is up for that. I think it would be a blast! This is all in honor of your trip anyway so you call the shots! I am just so happy to be able to meet you and everyone else that can attend. :D

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WebmasterBarry
01-10-2001, 06:34 AM
Thanks for the feedback! I will figure out final meet dates and post them under Magic Meets. Is everyone old enough to drink? :)

MG, if your DH will not ride the coasters, he can wait in chicken, er, baby swap! :D

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JessicaR
01-10-2001, 06:56 AM
Barry, where can I find the magic meets posts?
As far as being of age to drink...Can I use my fake I.D.?

;)

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taff
01-10-2001, 07:26 AM
Hey Guys,

We would love to meet up with yall!
Our Babes will be going to Camp HR Sat. nite (10th) while DH and I have a nice dinner at Citywalk or the likes. Perhaps we could meet some of you at a Happy Hour before dinner on Sat?

My DD is 9, my DS is 7. Are there a lot of kids coming? Would be great! Perhaps some of the kids will meet up at the Camp!

See ya soon!
Valarie

Molokai Gram
01-10-2001, 07:56 AM
No need to use fake ID JessicaR, I have extra years I can lend you. ;)

Don't worry, I will be too excited to sleep in. This is going to be fun. :D

Leaving for work now, maybe I can get home at lunch while you are still here to post. Otherwise, I will be back after 7 tonight (my time) when you are are asleep.

By the way, is it warming up in Florida?
And how are those of you in the north doing? Still snowing? What about that ice storm? Did it affect any of you? The pictures of those storms are almost fairy-like, but I know that are actually very treacherous. I hope you are all safe.

Aloha. :)

jtopicz1
01-10-2001, 08:03 AM
We're finally warming up it seems :). Today and tomorrow are still suppossed to be in the 60's all day but starting Friday and through the following weekend were suppossed to have highs in the mid 70's and lows in the upper 50's the whole time.


Jim

WebmasterBarry
01-10-2001, 09:43 AM
I'm sure it will be warm in March. One year in March in Orlando, it was kind of chilly in the early morning, but it warmed up fast. You won't need a parka, but do bring a sweater or windbreaker for the slightly windy nights.

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WebmasterBarry
01-10-2001, 09:46 AM
Oh, you can find the Magic Meets page at: http://www.wdwinfo.com/magicmeetings.htm.

Jessica R, why do you need a fake ID? Do you need it to get AARP benefits? :)

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JessicaR
01-10-2001, 09:51 AM
Thanks for the magic meets page!
Yes Barry that was why I needed fake I.D!! :D Now where did I leave my cane... :rolleyes:

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Robinrs
01-10-2001, 01:29 PM
Guys, I am STILL thawing out from my January trip...

March is now a "maybe" for me because my son has a big test in March and I have a trip planned for May (you ARE going to THAT one aren't you, Barry?)

ALSO....
I'm planning a MOVE to Orlando in the near future. At least within the year. If I can arrange a transfer from my job I will be a Floridian!

In the meantime, I'VE GOT TO SAVE MY MONEY so have a happy coupla hours on me!

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WebmasterBarry
01-10-2001, 02:08 PM
I was thinking of moving to Orlando too in the future. I wonder why? :)

Does this mean we can have parties at Robin's house when we visit Orlando? :)

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Lalalindica
01-10-2001, 02:31 PM
Hi Valerie!
I'm bringing my kids. I have two sons ages 10 & 11 and they love IOA/UA and any sort of thrill ride/rollercoaster. They are just as excited about this trip as I am.

Have your kids been there yet?

My kids generally get along with most kids. Maybe they hit it off?!

Linda

Molokai Gram
01-10-2001, 09:29 PM
First the island girls, me from Molokai and Maria (JessicaR) from the Long one. And Linda (Lalalindica) from our nation's capitol; Valarie (Taff) from Tennesse. Then we have the Florida contingent: Barry, and maybe Jim (Jtopicz1); Rob (Loric); and H2OJAG. :)

Anyone else thinking of joining us? We are all very nice people and we will have lots of fun. ;)

Aloha

PS Rob, I haven't heard anything on JP3, but will let you know when I do, if I do. :)

JessicaR
01-10-2001, 09:55 PM
Add to that list possibly megsmom and family they have a 12 year old daughter. Sounds like the kids are all in the same age group! Ummm Donna think we need to start a new post?? LOL! Were all over th board! :D

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h20jag
01-11-2001, 01:48 AM
See ya'll there Sat. & 1/2 Sun. Will be DW , 8 yr DD , possibly DM (my mommy) , and self. If things are slow , might hurry down Fri.
We do it much like Barry does , lots of little trips thru-out year. Even 1 day trips are common when I really wanna get out of week-end yard work! I can always count on DD's vote. "OK, mower won't start, who wants to go to Orlando?"
Unfortunately, we won't be on-site. But hey, somebody's gotta take pictures of you Mardi float riders, right?
Looking forward to meeting everyone then! Will be on lookout for band info meanwhile.
J

jtopicz1
01-11-2001, 06:07 AM
It's sounding better and better for me being able to make it. Got my AP renewed for two more years. I'm in as a "maybe" as of now:)

Jim

taff
01-11-2001, 06:18 AM
Hey everyone!

This is getting better all the time!

We had initially planned to go to SW on Sat the 10th to avoid the weekend crowds at IOA but, if the crowds at IOA include the "IN CROWD", we will rework the plan.

DH and myself plan on seeing the parade at least two nites. (one w/kids and one w/out kids and staying to see the bands). Well, I take that back, just need to see who the bands are AND mom and dads' state of mind as to wether the kids will see it on Sat. nite.

When do yall believe we start begging for float vouchers? Before or at the time of Check-In? I hope both of my kids will be tall enough.

Looking forward to meeting yall!
Valarie

JessicaR
01-11-2001, 06:36 AM
This is great!! What a group we have going :D
Valarie, read this link from bskmom...Patti
about float vouchers and height for riders.MardiGras (http://wdwinfo.infopop.net/OpenTopic/page?q=Y&a=tpc&s=40009993&f=56409977&m=766092536)

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WebmasterBarry
01-11-2001, 06:52 AM
If we aren't staying on-site, we may be able to get on a float by doing the standby line. AP holders may be able to get vouchers too.

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JessicaR
01-11-2001, 06:53 AM
Ohhh yes Valarie I also wanted to say that we also want to get over to seaworld. Trying to figure out what day to do that as well. My husband wants to do Discovery Cove. Have you ever been?

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Molokai Gram
01-11-2001, 07:31 AM
We want to do SW too, isn't there a coaster there? (I know, Barry, I am just teasing)

We want to see the animals that we can't see here - Artic and manatees. Don't they have an exhibit?

But we have 5 nights at HRH and so can be flexible.

Aloha, gotta go to work. :)

WebmasterBarry
01-11-2001, 08:14 AM
Does anyone want a Sea World meet?

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WebmasterBarry
01-11-2001, 08:47 AM
I was thinking...maybe we can do a meet like this:

March 9: Universal meet
March 10: Sea World meet
March 11: Universal meet
March 12: ?

I have a Sea World/Busch Gardens AP that gives me 15% off a one-day ticket.

There seems to be an interest in Sea World. So how about it?

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JessicaR
01-11-2001, 09:19 AM
Robin I dont know how but I missed your post about you probably not being able to make it in March. I am so sad. I was so looking forward to meeting you and Michael. I know too well that a mommy musy do what a mommy must do for her child.On the bright side...Moving to Orlando...WOW!!! How wonderful for you :D That is certainly something to look forward to! Once that happens we can plan a meet for sure! I look forward to that day :)

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WebmasterBarry
01-11-2001, 06:57 PM
I was thinking of times and here's what I think we can do:

March 9
Universal day
Meet: 12 noon (place TBA)

March 10
Sea World day
Meet: 8:15 am, Hard Rock Hotel lobby (if you need a ride). Otherwise, meet 8:45 am at Sea World (place TBA)
For afternoon people: 12 noon, Anheiser-Busch Hospitality Center

March 11
Universal day
Meet: 8:30 am (place TBA), 12 noon (place TBA)

March 12
Universal day
Meet: 8:30 am (place TBA), 12 noon (place TBA)

I put in for vacation time from March 9 to March 12 and I am pretty sure it will be approved. :) Again, if enough people want to go to Sea World, I will take some people there. If not, we will make it a Universal day. I can get 15% off for up to six people.

Let me know. I will post the final information on the Magic Meetings page.

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Lalalindica
01-11-2001, 08:24 PM
Well....we did Sea World in December and considering that we are only there Saturday and Sunday ....AND I just bought a two day pass/two park pass for the three of us - I think we will have to skip the Sea World part on Saturday.

Isn't Saturday the big night for a band? Wouldn't you all want to be at US/IOA?

Donna, Maria, Barry and everyone/anyone else who needs a good excuse for this trip - what day are we doing our "birthday celebration" at a "nicer restaurant"? (My birthday is in June but I REALLY need a good justification for this weekend!! So, please don't be shy about joining this celebration!) Do you want to do Saturday early evening or poss Sunday lunch (or dinner). Our flight leaves at 9:15PM on Sunday. Which restaurant? Emerils? Mama Della's? The Palm? or another of the new HRH restaurants?
:D

taff
01-11-2001, 08:57 PM
Lookie Lookie !
Sorry, just had to show off Scooby!

Linda,
Any time is workable for us. We definately want to see the band!

Valarie


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Molokai Gram
01-11-2001, 09:03 PM
Aloha all!

Barry, since Linda is only there on Saturday and Sunday(and maybe H2OJAG too), should we do Sea World on Friday? What does everyone think? And...I have an Adventure Club card that allows $5 off the ticket for SeaWorld for up to 6 people. Not sure if mine or Barry's is more of a discount. :)

Linda, I am looking for all the excuses I can! LOL Not for the trip, but to keep me on my diet! I keep promising myself treats if I make it until I leave. I have absolutely no will power (and it shows). We will also be celebrating our wedding anniversay (which is in April). I think a nice dinner would be wonderful, but DH does not own a coat (aloha shirts is as dressed up as he will get) and so that may limit us in where we can go in Florida. But please do not let us keep you from somewhere you want to go. We did not go out to dinner last time, but would really enjoy it this time. What places are nice, not too formal and where a large happy group could have a wonderful time? :D

And Valarie, I love your Scooby! :)

Donna

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Lalalindica
01-11-2001, 09:21 PM
Except for Delphinio's(sp?) which after reading recent reviews doesn't seem like it's where we would want to eat at anyway, I don't think any of the restaurants are formal! Emeril's has a "No tank tops" type of rule (I think I read that somewhere recently), but no one expects people to dress up while there!! Let's say if we chose Emeril's (which might be fun considering it's Mardi Gras time)I think a shirt (even a hawaiian one!) and poss long pants for your husband would do just fine! I guess we'll have to read the reviews re the HRH restaurants as they come along, but the HRH does not sound like a formal place at all. As deluxe as the Portofino is, we never dressed up there for any of our meals and never felt out of place.

Lalalindica
01-11-2001, 09:35 PM
Valarie!! I love your Scooby!! :D

I think I read recently that Friday and Saturday are band nights. Has anyone found out who will be playing yet?

We spent New Year's Eve at MGM studios. It never occured to me that there could be bands playing there that night so I never asked it beforehand. When we got there that morning we found out "Sister Hazel" was there as well as "Vertical Horizon"! It was great! Sister Hazel played from 8-9PM & 10=11PM at the Indiana Jones stage, and Vertical Horizon played from 9-10PM & 11-midnight in the back of the park near the Osborne Lights display. They also had another group playing dance music in the center of the park.

Pleasure Island had "Duran Duran" and "Foreigner".

How was Universal/IOA for New Years Eve? Did they have any bands playing?

JessicaR
01-11-2001, 09:55 PM
My dates are still up in the air. I know I will be there friday just not sure if it will be early or late. I am planning on being there for the parade and concert that evening for sure though. I may however be there in the AM. Saturday and Sunday sounds good for IOA/Universal. I am thinking of doing Discovery Cove Monday. I have to figure out if I can do this and still fly home right after. I have to be home by monday eve. If we get there early friday I will join you at Sea World.

As for our birthday anniversary mardi gras celebrations, saturday is great should we do this after the concert? anyone know what time it ends? or should we try and do this before the parade/concert? If we leave the parks to have dinner first I would imagine we should shoot for a 5:30-6P ressie to have us back at the gate by 8P. BUT...if we wanna ride the floats we will have to have dinner after. I would imagine whatever way we decide it should be no problem to get a ressie but we have to consider we are a good size group. We better make a ressie or we wont be sitting together. As to where? City Walk would be fun and so would the HRH at one of the new places. If we go with Emeril's, Donna dont worry...all the restaurants are casual. Even though I have heard Emeril's asks men to wear jackets when we were there this was not the case. Slacks and a shirt were fine. So no matter where we eat your DH will be comfortable! :) Another note...when we ate at Mama Della's they had a large group in the back room so this is a nice option also. How many would we be for dinner? So that being said...I am easy! Whatever the group decides is great with me. I will eat anywhere at any time and do the parks in whatever order! :D
At least we have some time to figure out the dinner thing unless we do Emeril's a group our size will have to book that early. Barry care to add your 2...(well damn why do I not have a cents symbol on my key board)!!!! anyway 2 cents! :D
On the dinner idea's?

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JessicaR
01-11-2001, 09:56 PM
OH!! and Valarie...Love your Scooby! :D

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Lalalindica
01-11-2001, 10:05 PM
I would love to try and do the floats if possible. We might be able to get tickets for that in advance, right? (for those of us staying on site.) We should prob plan on meeting at Citywalk or HRH for dinner to be closer to US. What if we all met around 5-ish? That makes it early enough to poss get seated quicker, and it leaves us plenty of time to get back to US and wait in line for float tickets (when do they start giving them out again to the stand-by line?).

I wonder if we can get extra float tickets from the HRH for those who are not staying on-site?

Molokai Gram
01-11-2001, 10:18 PM
Friday or Monday for SW is fine by me...I am going to HRH on Thursday for 5 nights (Do I sound as if I am I bragging? Hope not,I am just so happy. :D) BTW what is Discovery Cove? Is that one of those swim with the dolphin things?

And as long as the clothes thing is not an issue, anywhere we eat is fine too. Love to eat and eating with a group of friends is the best. :)

JessicaR
01-11-2001, 10:28 PM
Donna...you deserve those 5 nights!! I couldnt be happier :D
Linda...yes the 5P makes more sense for dinner. Hopefully we can secure passes for floats prior. I am alos in hope we can get a few extra for others too! A smile goes a long way. :D

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JessicaR
01-11-2001, 10:31 PM
Yes Donna..Discovery Cove is a swim with the dolphins excursion. Its look like it is also a whole lot more reading the posts on SW board. My husband made me promise we could do this. It looks great I must admit. He is an avid scuba diver and loves anything to do with Marine life. It just appears to be an all day event. And expensive too! But how could I say no? He did after all tell me to book Universal/IOA again!!! :D

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WebmasterBarry
01-12-2001, 04:55 AM
Oh, I keep on forgetting about the bands! Perhaps we ought to leave out Sea World this time or go on Friday. If we do, then we can meet somewhere at Sea World around 12 noon.

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Lalalindica
01-12-2001, 09:14 PM
Discovery Cove sounds fabulous JessicaR. Someone was just telling me recently how much they loved it. They also mentioned that one has to get reservations far in advance. Have you checked on availability?

WebmasterBarry
01-13-2001, 06:20 AM
So it looks like we want a Sea World meet? I won't be able to meet you at opening because I will be on the road, but I will meet you at 12 noon inside the park. I may have some coupons if you need them, although MG's discount may cover all of you.

BTW, I am considering staying at the Portifino on Sunday. I had a 3 night hotel stay certificate, but it was only good from Sunday to Thursday. :( I have a 2 night one to use, so that means I will have to stay somewhere else for one night. Why not the Portifino? :)

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jonathansullivan
01-13-2001, 06:34 AM
Goodness, once you all lock in this ever growing party (are we big enough to just rent the 2 parks out yet?), I guess I will have to stop by and meet some of you wild folk...

Can hardly wait to see what the final plan turns into.

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taff
01-13-2001, 10:05 AM
Does sound like a great party!

I just got a phone call about a family wedding in Nov. in Naples FA. Lucky us!!

Can we start planning a Nov. meet? hehe

Barry,
Still have a single niece in Ft. Meyers.
Just kidding. Thank you for all the organizing. Keep us updated!

Valarie


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