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Old 08-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #856
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hey there....

just wanted to let you know, i finished your report today Sorry took so long, but spring was super busy around here..then school let out, vacation was here, and now...well, better late than never.

anyhow....it seems like you guys were pleasantly surprised at the time you had at UO (especially Skip!) You really need to go again and stay onsite...easier on his feet

people that 'stand' on the moving walkway is my peeve too (altho, we've only been a day guest once) They walk in the morning cuz they're anxious to get to the parks...yet, are so tired at the end of the day, they stand. IF they stayed onsite, they'd be 'home' by then

tip for people doing Harry Potter and early entry for the first time: don't waste time and slow down to take pix at Port of Entry. It'll still be there later...get your butt movin' to HP!

I wonder if they DID change the Ollivander queue? They didn't used to have it go behind the building that early? The tip about the line snaking between the 2 buildings being 1/2 hour wait was from a TM personally.

Glad you remembered the bathroom w/ Myrtle...and loved Claire got a big bang outta her

The 'show' in Suess Landing...w/ Lorax...must be a new thing with the movie coming out. That show didn't used to be there. Nice they have one tho

Happy to hear the 'spin' is back on Cat in the Hat. They took that out for awhile when a little kid (wasn't being watched by parents) went flying out of the ride. Ruined it...glad it's back I also got busted for taking pix on that ride. If you look up during the ride, you can see cameras everywhere. They ARE watching!

Sign in standby line at Popeyes: You WILL get wet. You MAY get soaked. Enuf said

Glad to read you enjoyed your lunch at Mville. No better place at CW imo. And yes..nachos=drool.....

Nice to see Jaws' shark is still there. Wonder if they'll keep it in the park somewhere as a tribute? (like they do w/ the all the original rides...Kong, BTTF, etc...)

I think you did have a faulty gun on MIB If you scored w/ the button (awesome job btw ) and no points with your gun, I'm guessing gun malfunction. Been known to happen

I agree with your recommendation of no more than TWO people per party at a locker screen. There's at least someone else there with you to remember your locker...more than that crowds it and is unnecessary.

I don't think Simpson's has screens at opposite ends of the building. I think they are next to each other actually.

LOVED your ice cream at WDW. I wouldn't want those calories, but I'd sacrifice 1 time

Your pix are all beautiful...especially of Toon Lagoon. You really captured the area perfectly. Just like being there.

The stores/shops in WWoHP are small because JKR wanted them that way. That is how they are in the movies/books, so she wanted them like that in the park. A more authentic feel I'm guessing? Doesn't matter...people will still go and still spend $$.

Tell me...years ago, did Hoop De Doo used to be IN the MK? I think my Mom did it when I was young? I haven't been to WDW in forever and I'm thinking this used to be there?

I'm SO glad you guys had a good time at UO. See? Toldja to give it a shot...and now you want to go back AND stay onsite. NO other way imo.

thanks for your great pix and review....makes me miss the place!
I did notice you hadn't been on Dis at all, so I figured life just got in the way. I am so excited to hear about your latest trip.

Claire just said the other day that she can't wait to go back to Universal, so I do hope we get back there in the next few years. She and I have a big trip in Nov. at WDW and on the Disney Dream, and we'll be spending a lot of that trip with family and I booked the Magic out of Galveston for Sept for a friend and I, so it might be awhile again.
I do agree, I think onsite would be better. I really wanted to, but Skip didn't see the light...maybe next time he will.

I loved the Harry Potter area. It was really like being in the movie. They did do an excellent job with that. I can't wait till the new part opens. I will push for a trip then most likely.

Claire was so intrigued by Myrtle and since we've been home she has watched the movie, so now she knows who she is.

Yep! The spin was back. It was fun....but I can't spin too many times or . But I do think it was one of the coolest dark rides I have ever been on.

The nachos were sooo good. I could go for a batch of those once a week!

I was really impressed with Universal and IoA. Skip loved it too, so I'm sure it will be on his list. I have to thank you for all the time and tips you gave to me to help me out. It really did help out our touring style.

I really enjoyed taking pictures there because it had so many new colorful things to see. I know there is still so much more to do and see there too!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:52 PM   #857
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By the time we get back there, I'LL need insider tips and info! We have no immediate plans to return (read: sailing trip SO great, going back to do that more!)

oh...forgot to tell ya...there was a picture of a hotel that you took but didn't know what hotel it was. It was the Hard Rock Hotel. Can't remember where you were when you took it, but you could see the 'white-ish' top of it? That's what it was. It's the closest one...about 5 min walk to/from parks.

Sounds like you will have a great cruise. I know we had a much better time with all those people vs. just us 3.

then again, how can any vacation NOT be good?

At least your crew will now know what to expect on their next trip to UO
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:06 PM   #858
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By the time we get back there, I'LL need insider tips and info! We have no immediate plans to return (read: sailing trip SO great, going back to do that more!)

oh...forgot to tell ya...there was a picture of a hotel that you took but didn't know what hotel it was. It was the Hard Rock Hotel. Can't remember where you were when you took it, but you could see the 'white-ish' top of it? That's what it was. It's the closest one...about 5 min walk to/from parks.

Sounds like you will have a great cruise. I know we had a much better time with all those people vs. just us 3.

then again, how can any vacation NOT be good?

At least your crew will now know what to expect on their next trip to UO

Thanks. I think i took it walking out of Universal Studios park.
I'm sure the cruise wil lbe fun..but probably annoying at times too. You know...sisters can be a pain at times.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:37 AM   #859
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know all too well. haven't spoken to mine in years.....

You'll have a wonderful cruise... Close enough to be together and enjoy, but a big enuf ship to 'get away' if you need to!
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Thanks. I think i took it walking out of Universal Studios park.
I'm sure the cruise wil lbe fun..but probably annoying at times too. You know...sisters can be a pain at times.
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know all too well. haven't spoken to mine in years.....

You'll have a wonderful cruise... Close enough to be together and enjoy, but a big enuf ship to 'get away' if you need to!

I have two sisters. One of them I get along with really well and the other one makes me grind my teeth!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:58 PM   #861
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You'll have a wonderful cruise... Close enough to be together and enjoy, but a big enuf ship to 'get away' if you need to!
Very true. At least it's only 1 sister coming. I am glad she is coming, but we don't always do things the same way. I haven't vacationed with her since I've been out of highschool though.

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I have that with both of mine at times.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:35 AM   #862
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I want to remind everyone that you are all welcome over to my pre trip report as well. It covers 3 trips (one being the Universal trip that was just completed) and the other 2 that are still coming up, the Disney Magic cruise that will be happening this month! And the Disney Dream/Disney World vactaion with family in Nov.

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I'm so excited to read this! Thanks for sharing... I've just started reading today... (You are entering Hogsmeade).
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Welcome!! And thanks so much for reading! Let me know if you have any questions.
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For a short notice trip it looks like you had a great time!
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For a short notice trip it looks like you had a great time!
It was a lot of fun
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It was a lot of fun
Don't tell me you are back again already? Didn't you just leave???????????
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Don't tell me you are back again already? Didn't you just leave???????????
I'm in Chicago now. Still a few hours till home. I left Friday of last week. Working way home
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Hi Jen! I'm Liz. I started reading this TR two weeks ago, right after my beloved mom died at age 65. Your relationship with your mom reminds me of mine with my mom and it makes me so happy to see that! I also have a little girl, she is 8 and in 3rd grade. Anyway, before my mom passed on 9/21, I made plans to go to Universal with my BFF on 10/12. I'm a Disney girl, from a Disney family and have never been to Universal! So I started reading your report in my grief, looking for something to make me happy and excited about this upcoming trip.

It worked. Your report and pics and stories pulled me out of my sadness, even for minutes, and made me WANT to go on this trip again. That's a remarkable thing and I want to publicly thank you for it.

I'll miss my mom every day of my life but I will also LIVE, as she lived so big and so well. I knew that before she died, but it's nice to feel it again. Thank you - your TR made an impact I'm sure you never imagined!
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