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Old 12-29-2011, 05:23 PM   #811
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Well, I did manage to get on here today and catch up a bit! Yay me! So glad you liked the ride- I know when you don't know what to expect and it ends up being great is such a treat! I thought you'd enjoy Cinnabon! Yummy, calorie-laden goodness.

Hope you and your whole family had a most wonderful, Peace-filled Christmas, Katharina and Magdalene!!
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Wonderful update! I'm so glad Spidey didn't disappoint, it is one of our all time favorites anywhere. I love love love the hulk too (and it is actually VERY fun in a light mist) but agree, front is best. I hadn't thought about it but would agree, overall IOA and Universal area bit louder in some respects.

You had a Woody Woodpecker sighting! He has the BEST laugh. My nephew laughs just like him, cracks me up every time. Cinnabon. YUM! I used to work for the company that started Cinnabon, they sold it off a long time ago but I remember when it first came out (originated here in Seattle) and...YUM!
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Coming out of lurkdom to tell you what a wonderful trip report you've written!

Love all of your pictures, especially those from WWoHP. I also love Butterbeer but prefer the non-frozen variety which I have almost perfected here at home. It was relatively empty when we were there Nov 2010 too and it was amazing.

So sorry you didn't get to take your time in the Hogwart's queue, it's as much a part of that ride as the actual flying broomstick part. Too bad no one told you that you could do just the castle tour be in a separate line, take all the time you wanted as well as take your camera in and take some more of your wonderful photos!
Happy belated Birthday and Christmas! A prosperous New Year and a return to WDW in the future.
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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Magdalene!

All caught up on your TR. Sounds like you planned your IoA day perfectly to catch the big rides. Spider-man sounds very fun. And I can't blame Katharina for letting you test Hulk out for her!

We love Cinnabon here...just don't ask to see the nutritional information! (or lack thereof)
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I don't think I'd like the loud music in some of those IoA areas either. They must be trying to generate excitement, I guess.

Okay, so whenever we get to Universal, we need to try Spiderman in addition to Forbidden Journey. Got it!

I see Katharina heading to Cinnabon.
I think you are right, it is all about the excitement. Maybe it would be different if it were more crowded, I think crowds would absorb some of the music as well. And it was more or less empty when we were there.

And yes, you MUST ride Spiderman!! I know some people who claim that Disney hasn't done a really innovative ride in ages and they cite Spiderman as an example as what can be done. And it is really great - makes me wish that Disney would build something like that!! The only Disney ride which it can be compared to is Indiana Jones at Disneyland.

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Well, I did manage to get on here today and catch up a bit! Yay me! So glad you liked the ride- I know when you don't know what to expect and it ends up being great is such a treat! I thought you'd enjoy Cinnabon! Yummy, calorie-laden goodness.

Hope you and your whole family had a most wonderful, Peace-filled Christmas, Katharina and Magdalene!!
Hi Liesa! Great to see you catch up! The one thing that made our day there so special was exactly that: to explore something new where every ride is a new discovery! I would love to be able to do that with a Disney park again! I guess I need to travel to Tokyo for that...
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Wonderful update! I'm so glad Spidey didn't disappoint, it is one of our all time favorites anywhere. I love love love the hulk too (and it is actually VERY fun in a light mist) but agree, front is best. I hadn't thought about it but would agree, overall IOA and Universal area bit louder in some respects.

You had a Woody Woodpecker sighting! He has the BEST laugh. My nephew laughs just like him, cracks me up every time. Cinnabon. YUM! I used to work for the company that started Cinnabon, they sold it off a long time ago but I remember when it first came out (originated here in Seattle) and...YUM!
I can very well understand that Spiderman is an overall favourite. I think it and FJ definitely have a place in my all time top ten attractions in theme parks!

I have no idea who Woody Woodpecker is, but he was fun to watch!

You seem to have worked for a lot of interesting food/beverage companies. I think your next job needs to be with a brewery to equal out all that sweet stuff...

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Coming out of lurkdom to tell you what a wonderful trip report you've written!

Love all of your pictures, especially those from WWoHP. I also love Butterbeer but prefer the non-frozen variety which I have almost perfected here at home. It was relatively empty when we were there Nov 2010 too and it was amazing.

So sorry you didn't get to take your time in the Hogwart's queue, it's as much a part of that ride as the actual flying broomstick part. Too bad no one told you that you could do just the castle tour be in a separate line, take all the time you wanted as well as take your camera in and take some more of your wonderful photos!
Happy belated Birthday and Christmas! A prosperous New Year and a return to WDW in the future.
Hi Tink2Day and to my trip report! I love comments, so thank you very much for coming out of lurkdom!!

I think next time I need to try the non-frozen Butterbeer. Maybe I like it even better... How do you make it? I must confess, that the foam on top was nearly the best part...

Oh, we did take out time in the line, so it wasn't as if we did miss to much. I knew about the castle tour and I think we should have done that later in the day, but never thought about it. Still, leaves me something to look forward to for the next trip!

Thanks for all the good wishes, I hope you will have a magical 2012 as well!

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Magdalene!

All caught up on your TR. Sounds like you planned your IoA day perfectly to catch the big rides. Spider-man sounds very fun. And I can't blame Katharina for letting you test Hulk out for her!

We love Cinnabon here...just don't ask to see the nutritional information! (or lack thereof)
Thank you Mark, I hope your Christmas was wonderful as well!

We were so lucky with our day there and had some very good advice about how to tackle those two parks. But I am sure that in the future I want more time for these two parks.
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ALl caught up.

I agree that Spiderman is a great ride. We went ages ago, and that ride was the highlight. Our trip eneded up being the midst of a hurricane.

Cinnabon is yummy and I hope to get to IoA soon.
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ALl caught up.

I agree that Spiderman is a great ride. We went ages ago, and that ride was the highlight. Our trip eneded up being the midst of a hurricane.

Cinnabon is yummy and I hope to get to IoA soon.
IoA in the midst of a hurricane sounds a bit frightening... I think you really need to a redo then, and hope that you get to go there soon as well!

Cinnabon is indeed very yummy. Unfortunately I was not very much into taking food porn that trip. I would love to have a picture of what we got there... I only remember that it was warm, sticky and delicious...
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Part 5: Two Parks in one Day?!

Part 5: Two Parks in one Day?!

And then it was time to head over to the second park – it was 11am by now and we had a lunch reservation for 2pm back at Mythos in IoA. So not so much time for Universal Studios.

Luckily it is just a very easy walk from one park to the other, with no bag check between. So, soon we were at the other entrance:







It is an interesting entrance because you immediately fall into the park, there isn't really any entrance area. I think that gives it a much more realistic feel, like it were a true studio compound.







And at first corner we met these lovely – albeit rather yellow – people:







We then entered New York city:







I am not sure whether all those things in that bus stop are always there or whether this was some decorations for Halloween Horror Nights. HHN is Universal's Halloween event and from all I have heard about it, it is truly scary. But very creative, they change the theme every year, which I think is very impressive! More strange “decorations”:



On with New York City:









And this was our first destination in the park:



The Mummy. I knew that this was going to be a roller coaster in the dark. I expected something like Rock 'n Roller Coaster. I did not see the movie it is themed after. Actually, I think I have seen very few of the movies which have rides at Universal. But this really did not matter at all. Like you can enjoy Splash Mountain without having seen Song in the South (even though I recently watched it – and can't recommend it at all!). Back to the Mummy: It started with a nicely themed queue walking through the inner corridors of a pyramid (at least that was my interpretation) and then you board the train. And then strange things happen. I was so amazed. This was so different from what I expected! I really don't want to spoil it, but in the end I think this ride gets the #3 spot for me after Forbidden Journey and Spiderman. And I must say that when we got back and rode RnRC again, it really paled in comparison.

continued in the next post...
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Part 5: Two Parks in one Day?! - continued

We continued on our way and saw the Blues Brothers:

















Next we came to the “San Francisco” area where you have views across the lake to the “World Expo” - as you can see because there are a lot of different flags. And Katharina was excited that one of them was the Czech flag!



The San Francisco area kind of morphs into Amity:















Amity is the town where the events in the film “Jaws” take place... So this is why they have this beauty on display:



And you can go on a scenic boat ride there... Just be warned, it's a place where sharks were around in the past... “Jaws” the attraction has been described to me as kind of like the Jungle Cruise. Well, in a way it is, but kind of mixed with Catastrophe Canyon of the Backlot Tour at DHS...

Katharina and I thought the queue was quite funny. Even though it was just simple switchbacks through a shed, there were TV screens overhead playing “local TV” - news, commercials etc. from Amity. A lot of that was quite funny! The ride itself was surprisingly entertaining. I really liked that attraction a lot as well. It helped that we had a good boat captain as they deliver a spiel and just as with the Jungle Cruise I am sure that there are differences in quality.

I think this and the Mummy were the longest lines we had to wait in all day – about 15 minutes. I think Universal Studios felt more crowded than IoA that day. But then we missed the busiest part of the day at WWoHP.

While we were in line for Jaws it started to rain and we were wondering whether this was the start of the downpour which was forecast. But by the time we got off Jaws it had stopped raining. Perfect timing!

However, Amity and Jaws are history by now. The whole area is undergoing change - and the very strong rumours indicate that we will see Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter universe appear in this area, with a coaster themed after the Wizarding bank Gringotts. And with a train connecting "London" in Universal Studios with "Hogsmead" over in IoA. There still is no official announcement, but since the rumour surfaced in October there have been quite a lot of insiders more or less confirming that those are the plans.

More Studios in the next update!
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Hi Magdalene!
Ok I swear I commented on your last update but don't see it?? I wrote about Cinnabonn! I must have closed out of the thread before I hit submit.... errr......

Any way I LOVE the theming of Universal! Very cool! I love old buildings very neat how they replecated them. Are there shops in most of them? I really like at DS the area of New York but always thought it would be nice if some of the store fronts would actually have stores in them. It seems to me like that area is so bare you know?
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Just pausing to once again ponder a world without bag checks. Ahhh....

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Wow! Come on, you can spoil it just a little...right?

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I was in Universal way back in my college days and remember enjoying this ride. Shame to see it go...did they still have the part where the shark swims under your boat and it rises up out of the water a bit? That cracked me up.

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Old 01-04-2012, 04:02 PM   #823
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Glad you had an opportunity to experience Jaws. It's been a long time since I've been to Universal, so I really enjoying your descriptions!
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Ah, the mummy! I admit, I never thought to compare it to RnRC. I do like that mummy quite a bit though and am really glad you enjoyed it. I am very jealous of your visit with Jaws. It was closed due to weather when we were there and if it's going away..we'll never get to ride it. Sadness! However your rumors (which I'd not heard, not being up on all things universal at the moment) do lessen my disappointment. A Gringotts coaster, now THAT would be cool. I'm going to need to get up to speed! Fun and productive quick visit to Universal before lunch, looking forward to seeing what you thought of Mythos.
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Great Update of Universal !!! Can't wait to see it this year !!!
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