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Old 02-10-2013, 07:14 AM   #271
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haha thats funny I remember on my first adult trip I got seriously angry because I thought that the MGM map was wrong and outdated for showing things that didnt exsist.I was going up Mickey Ave and the map said I could get through but to me it looked like the street was a dead end( I never walked ahead to see it turns a corner) So I was bummed thinking there was no muppet 3D anymore n no honey i shrunk the kids playground LOL I am happy to report I know better now
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MUPPETS. I agree, their humor is perfect. I kinda understand what you mean about 3D. Sometimes it makes me feel weird, too. Not always, but sometimes. I can see why you wouldn't like it if that always happened to you!

Oh gosh, I'm sorry about your sweating incident! That must have been scary. Aww I hope you've seen the rest of DTD since then! I admit I'm not really a big fan of DTD myself... I really like a good amount of enjoying the resort time and a TON of park time, so DTD is always my very last choice haha. But still, it's fun to see it at least once! So I hope you get to someday if you haven't yet!
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Featured ensemble is amazing! AHH I would kill to be a featured ensemble in like... anything. I'm so happy for you! I hope we get to see pics and stuff from this! And I definitely know what you mean about your Saturday nighrs being tea and Disney movies. Yeah same here pretty much. I really should go out more but I ENJOY MY BED!

Okay onto your update!

YAY for muppets and remembering where the car is! Progress.

YOU are not disgusting... FLORIDA HEAT is disgusting! Ugh... it's really hard to be cute in Disney with the heat. Sometimes you just have to forget about the hair, make-up, and nice clothes and just throw your hair up in a bun and put on some huge sunglasses and whatever outfit keeps you cooled off!

The whole breeze at night thing DOES happen in Florida from like October-April, but not in the summer Never in the summer. That's why I don't go during the summer anymore. I don't know how anyone does it. I have a low tolerance for this stuff! I was freezing my butt off at times on my Dec and Oct trips but it was sooo much better than sweating to death.

OMG that is too funny that you totally missed the Marketplace side of DTD! Your poor sweaty brain! I hope you got to go on your subsequent trip!
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In your defense, DTD is really big and everything's kind of jumbled together, so it can be easy to miss a lot of stores. It took Alex and I two trips before we figured out where D-Street was. But hey, at least not walking all the way over to World of Disney meant you all could cool off in a movie faster.

Florida is insanely hot 10 months out of the year. Unless you're right on the water, there's never a breeze to cool you down.
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I have trouble viewing 3-D sometimes too. I think you're right -- you're too smart for it. The "jedi mind trick" probably wouldn't work on you either.

Hey, if it makes you feel any better...I went to a Bruce Springsteen show this past summer and towards the end he sat down, took off his boots and dumped the water out. It was partly sweat and partly from dousing himself with a sponge all night, but hey, at least you're in good company.

That's so funny that you missed half of Downtown Disney. I only ever go as far as Raglan Road, but from the other direction.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:49 AM   #276
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haha thats funny I remember on my first adult trip I got seriously angry because I thought that the MGM map was wrong and outdated for showing things that didnt exsist.I was going up Mickey Ave and the map said I could get through but to me it looked like the street was a dead end( I never walked ahead to see it turns a corner) So I was bummed thinking there was no muppet 3D anymore n no honey i shrunk the kids playground LOL I am happy to report I know better now

Haha oh no!! That sounds exactly like me! I'm terrible with maps even when they are right and I have the whole thing.
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MUPPETS. I agree, their humor is perfect. I kinda understand what you mean about 3D. Sometimes it makes me feel weird, too. Not always, but sometimes. I can see why you wouldn't like it if that always happened to you!

I know!! They are beyond amazing!! I just find them so hilarious
Yeah, I mean it doesn't bother me too much and I still enjoy the shows if they are good but I feel like the whole time my brain is saying "What is this??? Nope I don't like it! This is NOT real!"


Oh gosh, I'm sorry about your sweating incident! That must have been scary. Aww I hope you've seen the rest of DTD since then! I admit I'm not really a big fan of DTD myself... I really like a good amount of enjoying the resort time and a TON of park time, so DTD is always my very last choice haha. But still, it's fun to see it at least once! So I hope you get to someday if you haven't yet!
Haha thanks! Ugh it was more disgusting than scary. I had a whole 'we aren't in Kansas anymore' moment when I was falling over due to sweat. YUCK!
I actually only made it there this last september when I went with Darcy and really enjoyed looking around....and finding the missing half!!


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Featured ensemble is amazing! AHH I would kill to be a featured ensemble in like... anything. I'm so happy for you! I hope we get to see pics and stuff from this! And I definitely know what you mean about your Saturday nighrs being tea and Disney movies. Yeah same here pretty much. I really should go out more but I ENJOY MY BED!

Thank you so much!! I'm excited but a little nervous! I haven't done anything like this is ages!! YES I'll post photos and updates once rehearsals start and the whole thing gets rolling.
I know right. Totally living life to the fullest watching full house reruns surrounded by cats... life in the fast lane!!


Okay onto your update!

YAY for muppets and remembering where the car is! Progress.

Finally we remembered!!! It was a proud moment!

YOU are not disgusting... FLORIDA HEAT is disgusting! Ugh... it's really hard to be cute in Disney with the heat. Sometimes you just have to forget about the hair, make-up, and nice clothes and just throw your hair up in a bun and put on some huge sunglasses and whatever outfit keeps you cooled off!

Haha yes. I blame the Florida heat for everything!! I was simply a victim!
I seriously had no idea what I was doing this trip as I had only ever been once and that was in December. These days its all about the messy bun and massive sunnies


The whole breeze at night thing DOES happen in Florida from like October-April, but not in the summer Never in the summer. That's why I don't go during the summer anymore. I don't know how anyone does it. I have a low tolerance for this stuff! I was freezing my butt off at times on my Dec and Oct trips but it was sooo much better than sweating to death.

Ugh I seriously don't think I will ever do it again. I mean unless it was the only time I could go and it was go in summer or no Disney!
Crowds and heat like that are just not fun!!


OMG that is too funny that you totally missed the Marketplace side of DTD! Your poor sweaty brain! I hope you got to go on your subsequent trip!
Such a dork! My brain got all soggy with sweat apparently! Yes luckily I had a whole day to myself before Darcy arrived in Sept so I spent the whole morning touring the marketplace
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:01 AM   #277
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In your defense, DTD is really big and everything's kind of jumbled together, so it can be easy to miss a lot of stores. It took Alex and I two trips before we figured out where D-Street was. But hey, at least not walking all the way over to World of Disney meant you all could cool off in a movie faster.

Thank you for taking my side against DTD and you're right, we cooled off wayyy cooler without seeing that whole other pesky side
Seriously felt like quite the doofus once I found the other part of the map though!!


Florida is insanely hot 10 months out of the year. Unless you're right on the water, there's never a breeze to cool you down.
I had no idea just how brutal it was down there until this trip! I've never been so sweaty in my life

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I have trouble viewing 3-D sometimes too. I think you're right -- you're too smart for it. The "jedi mind trick" probably wouldn't work on you either.

:rotfl: Exactly! How does this clearly superior massive brain fit in my normal sized head?

Hey, if it makes you feel any better...I went to a Bruce Springsteen show this past summer and towards the end he sat down, took off his boots and dumped the water out. It was partly sweat and partly from dousing himself with a sponge all night, but hey, at least you're in good company.

That is HILARIOUS!! That actually makes me feel much better about my sweaty episode! So happy that me and Bruce are like birds of a feather!
"cause tramps like us, baby we were born to ...sweat"


That's so funny that you missed half of Downtown Disney. I only ever go as far as Raglan Road, but from the other direction.
I know!! So silly of us, well me. I love the marketplace now that I know it exists! Thats where all the best stuff is!
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:55 AM   #278
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Hello! I just saw from your comment in my TR that you are doing one too! I must have missed it before because I was reading from my iPad. I have a lot of catching up to do!
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Hello! I just saw from your comment in my TR that you are doing one too! I must have missed it before because I was reading from my iPad. I have a lot of catching up to do!
Yay welcome!! Haha don't worry I somehow manage to miss so much when I just use my ipad. And it takes me 3 years to type anything!!
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Real life update:

THE CALL FROM DISNEY CASTING!! & other fun stuff

Hi guys, I have to interrupt this trip report to tell you a funny story that happened last Monday afternoon at 4:57 just as I was leaving work. So usually if the phone rings that close to 5 it is such a temptation to let it go to the machine because it's just Murphy's Law that if you answer it will be at least a 20 minute conversation.

Somehow I drew the short straw so as the others ran out the door I picked up the phone.

'"Company name company name This is Sally speaking"

"Sally, just who I was looking for! This is *John* from Disney Casting"

It was THE most surreal moment of my life.
My first thought was 'HOW DID THEY FIND ME????'

Nevermind the fact that I have never auditioned for Disney or given them my name or number for anything...
NEVERMIND those facts!!!

I thought I must have been putting out some Disney obsessed vibe to the universe,
one that had finally been picked up on by the right person.

There was a quite a few seconds of silence/daydreaming until I came back to reality and remembered I was at work and so I asked John how I could help him.

Long story short they were not plucking me from my everyday life to be part of their magical family they are casting the Lion King for the Australian tour and they need some kids aged 10-13 to audition and wanted us to nominate a few of our kids that could sing, dance and act. Which is still super exciting and fun to do!

Seriously made my Monday afternoon! I love my job!

On the down low, I'm totally going to somehow befriend *John* (feel free to let me know suggestions you may have) because I think having a Disney casting agent as a friend would be very handy

In other fun news, we had our first read through for the Wedding Singer and it was so great! The cast is so wonderful and hilarious!! It's going to be such a fun production!! The first 10 minutes of rehearsal was HORRIBLE though. It's so awkward walking into a room of theatre people that all seem to know each other from past shows and you know absolutely no one. Everyone was so lovely but it's just those first few minutes of awkwardly siding up to strangers and trying to subtly edge into their conversation circles. Soooo awkwarrrrd.
I feel like I have a friend or two already though and I'm excited to get to know everyone else.
ALSO I have A LINE!!! Actually I have a character, a tiny mini microscopic character but still it's a character!!
I get to throw a tantrum on stage (which will be so fun) and have my name and photo in the program under a name...not just 'anonymous tree #3' or something like that.

I know it's not a massive deal but I'm still very excited

Also the high school elite dancers at my work all got their 'action shots' taken this week. You know doing crazy splits and flips in the air.
So naturally I tried to get in on the action.



So graceful I know...

Ok that's all!

Onto updatetown...

Chapter 16

The Best Way To Start A Universal Studios Day Is With A Hearty (accidental) Hike


We woke up to another sweltering Florida day (surprise surprise) which didn’t faze us as we were heading to Universal Studiosssss and IOA!!!!
Tim and Bek had been talking about exploring Hogwarts and Hogsmeade for our whole trip so far and they were bouncing of the walls with excitement.

Now I on the other hand was looking forward to the Hulk and Dueling Dragons and all the other coasters and thrill rides because….

I had never read any of the Harry Potter books and only seen half of the 3rd movie.

I know, I know...

It’s just the craze took off quite quickly and I never really caught up!

I’m happy to let you know that as of September 2012 I have now read 2 of the books and seen one movie… slowly getting there. Just give me another 15 years and I'll be up to date

But despite my lack of Potter education they were going absolutely Potter-mad which made me excited too. I love sharing people’s obsessions and getting all wrapped up in the hype!

Poor Josh was still feeling horrible and so he decided to have another day to rest while we hit up the parks but he agreed to drop us off and pick us up so we wouldn’t have worry about parking... or where we left the car!
So we looked up universals address (first mistake) and plugged it into the gps
Off we went, our excitement building with each HP billboard we passed.

We followed Brigette's directions and after about 20 minutes pulled off highway 4 into a weird back street and a big carpark with big Universal signs. We could see all the rides in behind this carpark and buildings but it was weird. It DID not look like an entrance to a world renowned theme park. Buttttt there was all these people around that were all heading in so we figured it must be. Josh asked me if he should wait around to make sure we got in alright but I was sure we would be fine and not to worry (2nd mistake!!!) so Josh let us out and in we headed towards where it said entrance.

As we were walking it was looking stranger and stranger so we stopped and called Josh on his mobile to see if he could come back and get us. Unfortunately he didn't hear it ringing so we were stuck there.
We walked over to a guy who had just got out of his car and asked if this was the entrance to IOA or Universal.

"Nah man, this is employee entrance"

"Oh...
Can we get in this way?"

"No way, sorry it’s employee ONLY through here"

"Oh…
How do we get to the main entrance?"

"You gotta drive around a block or two"

"But we don’t have a car, can we just walk there?"

"Geez, that sucks.
Probably but it will take you ages to walk!"


"Oh… ugh…
Um we don't really have a choice, which way should we head?"

He gave us directions with a sort of smirk and off we headed..

This was our route.



It was ridiculous!

Googlemaps says it is 27 mins walking distance but I swear it felt a LOT longer!!

I think it would have been fine if it wasn’t 300000 degrees and humid as an ogre's armpit.

We headed back through the carpark and up to the main road. We passed the high school and wound our way back towards the MASSIVE turn off sign which we had somehow missed! Then followed the main road down towards the entrance then down under a bridge and up next to the river where they checked our bags.

We finally arrived at the gates sooooo sweaty and dying it was ridiculous!!

But we made it!!

So in we went through Port of Entry.





Past the Hulk!!


And to our main destination.





Tim and Bek fangirled around like crazy and I got a few shots.







We beelined for Forbidden Journey before it got too crowded and crazy in there.





Now as a person who knew nothing about Harry Potter I really appreciated this theming! Obviously the die hard fans would get the most out of this experience but I really enjoyed the immersive theming in the castle. It is brilliant and worth seeing even if you're not a potter fan.
The ride I enjoyed but, as I mentioned before I have issues with screens.
Wait did I say that? I think I just said 3d. Well it's a screen thing too. I don't get sick or anything but any rides with moving screens or 3d just make my head feel somewhat confused and weird.
I liked the ride but I wish there was more real ride and less screen time.
It was still amazing and we rode it twice in a row as we knew it would probably be our only chance before the crowds picked up for the day.

Weeee round two!


Then we headed to Dueling Dragons



(SO sad that they don't duel anymore!!!!!)

I love these rides so much!! Front row/no hands all the way!!

Next we decided to cool down a bit and so we went back through Toon Lagoon.




Slow down Marmaduke!!!



And headed towards what ended up being another silly decision...

Where Is My Shoe??? And OUR HEADS ARE EXPLODINGGGGG!!!

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Another non HP fan who has seen Wizarding World before me!!! However, it really increases my excitement and anticipation to see so many people who are not HP fans enjoy WWoHP so much! Only convinces me more (as if I needed convincing) that I am going to LOVE it! I'm glad to see you are trying the series out though. The movies are great, but the books are absolutely fantastic. Once I started reading them, I couldn't put them down. I think 1-5 were out when I started, so having to wait for 6 and 7 was painful. I don't know how people who started reading the first one from the very beginning could tolerate the waits between books!!!

Love your Marmaduke pictures. I will say without shame that I didn't understand that photo opportunity at all until one of my friends went with her kids and rotated the photo for her scrapbook.
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Great update! I can't believe how far you had to walk to get to Universal's entrance.. I think it's far enough for the main car park to the park entrances as it is

I'm also a non-Potter fan but thought the theming was good for the WWoHP area.. and agree with you on the Forbidden Journey ride, it did seem to be mostly screens, I was expecting more roller coaster!
When we went there last August, we marched around the lake to WWoHP first thing (it must be a mile, hehe) only to find out that FJ was closed! so we had to sprint back around the lake to Marvel Island and do rides there instead lol.


Btw that is great news about Disney casting! And I love the idea of a Wedding Singer musical.. it's one of my favourite movies


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ooohhh yeah I'd wanna befriend "John" too let us know how it goes
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Befriending *John* is a wonderful idea! I mean, it certainly wouldn't hurt anything. That must have been so crazy though... I totally would have thought the same thing!!! And your play sounds so fun! Congratulations on not being anonymous tree number three!

Hahahah we are in the same Harry Potter boat. I haven't read the books either... and I've seen like the same part of the first movie about six times on ABCFamily... but that's the extent of my knowledge on the subject. So I probably would have been a great companion for you that day. Besides the fact that I have no desire to go to Universal... but whatever. (Why am I talking so much?)

OMG... that's terrible! I mean a 30 minute walk is no big deal, but when you have no idea where you're going and it's Florida and it's summer... big deal. So sorry that happened! But so glad you made it!
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You and "John" are destined to be buds...I can feel it! Congrats on getting a line in "The Wedding Singer!" Your action shot is awesome!

I haven't read the HP books either, but I've seen the movies...my niece and nephew would disown me if I hadn't. I haven't been to US in about a million years, but WWOHP looks pretty cool. Maybe someday!

OMG, I think I would've sat down and had a good cry if I had to walk that far in the melting Florida heat! Kudos to you guys for making it!

Love the Marmaduke photos, too...very cool!
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