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Old 07-24-2011, 08:02 AM   #241
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IOA looks like fun, and the Harry Potter part is so cute (even though I haven't seen the movies or read the books!) but I just can't bring myself to go there! I don't know why, I really should do it on this trip, since it's such a long trip, I should be able to tear myself away from Disney for one day! We'll see, maybe we'll go spontaneously when we're down there! I'll have to watch the HP movies first!
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:46 AM   #242
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Yay on going back to IOA!

Love all the pictures esp of the inside of The Forbidden Journey I was with you on hoping that you kept your eyes open this time around and was happy to read that that is exactly what you did!! Btw all this talk about WWoHP is making me soo excited for my visit in September.

Your food does look good and once you find out the criteria for the awards please do share! I am also curious.
Trust me I was glad that I kept my eyes open too!

So apparently this voting is by theme park insider and it looks like it's just by individuals that review on their website or something. Mythos is no longer number one, it's the Bistro de Paris, which I wholeheartedly agree with btw.

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IOA looks like fun, and the Harry Potter part is so cute (even though I haven't seen the movies or read the books!) but I just can't bring myself to go there! I don't know why, I really should do it on this trip, since it's such a long trip, I should be able to tear myself away from Disney for one day! We'll see, maybe we'll go spontaneously when we're down there! I'll have to watch the HP movies first!
I had a hard time tearing myself away in the last, but now with WWoHP it makes it more worth it to me. However I would suggest watching the movies or at least a few of them.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:04 AM   #243
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Awwww... last full day but WOOT more IoA! So glad to see you were going on the Forbidden Journey to take some more pictures and keep your eyes open on the ride. It sounds like fun and you seemed to enjoy it. I love the pictures you took along the queue and of... Is that Poseidon's Fury or something? I haven't been to Universal before so I don't know hahahaha

The food at Mythos looks really good! If I end up going to WWoHP when I go back to WDW, I may have to check that out. I love Pasta (and Pasta, as in NOT spaghetti), so that Pasta dish seems to be calling to me.

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #244
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Awwww... last full day but WOOT more IoA! So glad to see you were going on the Forbidden Journey to take some more pictures and keep your eyes open on the ride. It sounds like fun and you seemed to enjoy it. I love the pictures you took along the queue and of... Is that Poseidon's Fury or something? I haven't been to Universal before so I don't know hahahaha

The food at Mythos looks really good! If I end up going to WWoHP when I go back to WDW, I may have to check that out. I love Pasta (and Pasta, as in NOT spaghetti), so that Pasta dish seems to be calling to me.

Can't wait to read more!

I think it was Poseidon's Fury. Good catch with not having been to Universal before!

Mythos was really good, and I found it to be the only good food in Universal. The rest is kind of scary.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:02 PM   #245
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Great Universal Update. Good to see that you were able to conquer the Forbidden Journey this time around. You got some nice pictures of the queue also.

Oops, accidentally posted before I was done..

I agree that the CS food in Universal is lacking. Perhaps we'll try Mythos next time around for lunch. I have seen enough people scratch their heads at that best theme park food rating but at least it seems better than the CS food.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:11 PM   #246
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Great Universal Update. Good to see that you were able to conquer the Forbidden Journey this time around. You got some nice pictures of the queue also.
Thanks! I knew I wanted to get some pictures inside the castle. It would have been a shame not to. They did such an amazing job on all of the details.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:18 AM   #247
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Day 7 - Friday February 11, 2011 - You're welcome!

We wrapped up our lunch at Mythos and made the decision to head over to Universal Studios since we had done all we wanted to at IOA. There were a few attractions that we had missed on the Universal side.

We headed over to Disaster!







I hadn't been on this ride since they revamped it a bit and added Christopher Walken.

I love Christopher Walken. I think having him on this attraction really made it much more enjoyable to me. He just cracks me up. You're welcome! (if you've been on the ride, you'd get that last part). Christopher Walken says that constantly during the attraction and it just made Jason and I crack up the whole time.

After that, Jason and I decided to take another turn on Men in Black. We love our shootin' rides!

The last ride on our agenda was ET. So we're heading over there, and people are just moving through the queue so slowly as the doors opened up. We missed the door by milliseconds. I mean, if people had been moving just a touch faster, we would have made it through.

For some reason, we had a really long wait after we missed the door. I was puzzled. I've been on the attraction before and I know the pre-show doesn't take all that long. We finally made it in and got on the ride. I like this ride, but I think it needs an update. It just feels a little dated and a bit cheap now.

Jason said that the thing he doesn't like about Universal is that it feels like they just grabbed a bunch of attractions, tossed when in the air, and just let them fall where they may. That the park overall feels a little bit mashed together without a real sense of continuity. I could agree with that.

While we were waiting in line for ET, we decided that when we were finished there, we would head over to City Walk to see Harry Potter 7 part 1. Jason still hadn't seen it, and I don't think that being at the WWoHP was helping the matter a bit.

We putzed around the shops on City Walk for a little while before the show time.

In this sense, I made a little bit of an error. I completely forgot the movie was 2 1/2 hours long, and was operating under the impression that it was 2 hours. Well, we had dinner reservations at the Bistro de Paris at 6:30pm. We got out of the movie at 5:30pm. We had to hustle for sure. I was glad we were staying at the Boardwalk.

We made it to the hotel at about 6pm, both freshened up a bit, and made it out of the room by 6:15pm. We made it just in time. It was busy in the restaurant, and the girl at the podium was turning people away because it was reservation only. I felt kind of bad for her, because people were getting irritated. When people would check in, she would also ask people if they were on the dining plan. I think maybe they have problems with people thinking that they accept the dining plan.

The funniest exchange ever happened here between a guest and the CM at the podium. So this woman comes rushing into the restaurant and asks, "where is the bathroom?" The CM looks at her and politely says "in Morocco." The woman then says angrily, "no......where.....is.....the.....bathroom?", as if the CM was stupid and didn't understand her the first time. So the CM says to her again, "the bathroom is in Morocco."

The woman basically stomps her foot and says to the CM, "well there has to be a bathroom in the restaurant, doesn't there?" So the CM simply says, "down the stairs to the right." I think she just didn't want to deal with her anymore. Love how at the nicest restaurant in Epcot, a guest just thinks you can walk in and use the bathroom. Just sayin'.

Jason and I were seated shortly after this exchange. I didn't take many pictures. I didn't want to blind customer's with my flash and be irritating. I felt like the restaurant was too nice. Maybe I'm weird.

The atmosphere is really nice. Our server was named Thibaud, and he was really good. We ordered drinks, both Kir Royale to start.

We had decided that we weren't going to do the wine pairing.

Then the amuse bouche came out. It was crab on a piece of toast. Sounds simple, but it was oh so good.

I ordered from the tasting menu, because I wanted a three course meal. Jason opted out of that.

Here's the few pictures I took.



I got escargot for appetizer, beef tenderloin for dinner, and creme brulee sampler for dessert. Here is my dinner.



Jason got the rack of lamb and the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert. He had to put the order in for the dessert right away because it takes some time to make.

My escargot came and Jason was hesitant. I could have taken a bath in it. I'm not kidding, it is one of the best things I have ever tasted. It was everything, the sauce, how it was cooked. Oh man. I gave Jason some, and of course he wanted more.

Our dinner was so good overall. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Everything was amazing. Jason said that the Grand Marnier souffle was the best dessert he had ever had. It's not the kind of dessert that you get anywhere.

All in all, it was absolutely worth every penny that we spent on it, and I'm so glad we made it to the restaurant on time. I had actually contemplated canceling the reservation earlier in the trip because of the budget, but I'm so glad that I didn't.

After that, we headed into World Showcase to walk around a bit and drink some more. I got us both a glass of Nuvo from the France kiosk. This is one of my favorite drinks and I buy it regularly at home. Jason had never had it. This lady was funny, because she said that my drink looked good. I told her it was very good, that it was sparkling fruity vodka. When I said that, she made a face like she thought that didn't sound so good. Pretty funny. It's very sweet and desserty.

We walked through Italy and both got a glass of Rosa Regale wine from the Italy kiosk. Again, my favorite wine. That says a lot though, seeing as though I'm not a wine drinker.

After that, it was off to Spaceship Earth. Jason hadn't been on it since they changed the ending, so he got a kick out of that.









After that, the park was closing up, so it was time for us to start heading back. This ended our last full day in the parks. We did have a morning to enjoy before our flight the next day though.

Up next: We end at Hollywood Studios
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:16 PM   #248
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Sounds like you had a good day! Oh no on the wait at ET.

Yay on watching Harry Potter whilst at Disney World! I'm glad you managed to get to your ADR on time and it looks like it was worth the rush - the food looks great!

Love the SE pics and am sad that your TR is coming to an end.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:12 PM   #249
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Sounds like you had a good day! Oh no on the wait at ET.

Yay on watching Harry Potter whilst at Disney World! I'm glad you managed to get to your ADR on time and it looks like it was worth the rush - the food looks great!

Love the SE pics and am sad that your TR is coming to an end.
I was glad we made it too, the food ended up being so worth it.

I'm sad it's ending too, but all good things, right?
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Hi Danielle,

I am with you on Disaster and Christopher Walken. Anything with Christopher Walken in it is better. I had no idea they added him in later. It's a fun attraction especially the ending.



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I can see that as well. For example, what does the Mummy and Twister have to do wtih New York?

We still had a good time in the park though.

Bistro sounds amazing but I don't think I will be headed there unless my wife and I get a night out on our own someday. If I do though my camera is coming out for the experience as well.

Some people don't seem to like the change to the ending of Spaceship Earth but my family is easy to entertain and we always get a kick out of it.
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I am with you on Disaster and Christopher Walken. Anything with Christopher Walken in it is better. I had no idea they added him in later. It's a fun attraction especially the ending.




I can see that as well. For example, what does the Mummy and Twister have to do wtih New York?

We still had a good time in the park though.

Bistro sounds amazing but I don't think I will be headed there unless my wife and I get a night out on our own someday. If I do though my camera is coming out for the experience as well.

Some people don't seem to like the change to the ending of Spaceship Earth but my family is easy to entertain and we always get a kick out of it.
Oh yeah, anything with Christopher Walken is just better. I love him.

Exactly, what does the Mummy and Twister have to do with New York? Just strange. It's still a fun place to visit, I just don't love the layout of it all.

The Bistro is definitely an every once in a while restaurant. And unless the kiddos are adventurous, I wouldn't bring them along.

I have mixed emotions about the end of Spaceship Earth. My favorite part before used to be the descent back. I just loved to look around at everything. I guess I'm indifferent. I like making funny faces though.
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...all caught up! We've been talking about not spending all our $$ with the Mouse, but haven't made any real plans for that. Even though I know I'd end up making comparisons, I think it would be great to do Universal for the change of pace.

Wow, your dinner sounded amazing. We've never been there, but we may have to do that, sometime. Maybe sometime when/if it's just the DH and I.
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...all caught up! We've been talking about not spending all our $$ with the Mouse, but haven't made any real plans for that. Even though I know I'd end up making comparisons, I think it would be great to do Universal for the change of pace.

Wow, your dinner sounded amazing. We've never been there, but we may have to do that, sometime. Maybe sometime when/if it's just the DH and I.
I've talked about going down to Orlando and not do Disney, but I honestly don't know if I could go down there and stay away from the mouse.

I highly recommend the Bistro. . It is definitely a place worth going to, but I do agree, it's a grown up restaurant.
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The last Harry Potter movie made me want to re-read the books too, I'm up to Order of the Phoenix already. Such a nerd

We felt the same way about ET. Cute, but it could use an update for sure!

And I agree with Jason, there doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason at Universal, it's totally random.

Glad you liked Bistro. We had a no-so-great experience there, which is a bummer, but I think we'll give it another try. I wonder if the holiday season had them off their game.

Love your face on spaceship earth. I always forget the picture is coming and have a totally normal but slightly bewildered face.
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The last Harry Potter movie made me want to re-read the books too, I'm up to Order of the Phoenix already. Such a nerd

We felt the same way about ET. Cute, but it could use an update for sure!

And I agree with Jason, there doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason at Universal, it's totally random.

Glad you liked Bistro. We had a no-so-great experience there, which is a bummer, but I think we'll give it another try. I wonder if the holiday season had them off their game.

Love your face on spaceship earth. I always forget the picture is coming and have a totally normal but slightly bewildered face.
I want to re-read the books, but I'm such a book nut, I don't want to put aside my new books for it yet.

I remember reading about your experience at the Bistro. It could have been the holiday, because we thought everything was faboo.

I always make a funny face on Spaceship Earth. I'm a dork like that.
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