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Old 11-06-2010, 07:59 PM   #16
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Hey brab.I'm here reading your TR.Great as allways.We missed ya'll buy 1 day.Would have loved to meet up.Maybe next time!!

Kiesha,mac,you and Joyce(DW) would of had a ball at the Lone Palm with the margaritas!!
I knew we were missing you by 1 day...but, our schedule was just full. Really no wiggle room. Like ya said...maybe another time. I'm ALWAYS up for a 'rita @ Jimmy's!!

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...bad enough i had to hear i told you so all the way out to citiwalk...who knew?.

It's not that I don't 'want' to walk, somebody has to support the boat captains so they can keep their jobs. That's my story & I'm sticking to it. i do have quite a few pics i'll some post in my TR, found one of ur mr grinning widely too.

donald - the more the margaritier, joyce is really such a sweetie

btw, it's sure nice to hear somebody got into their room early.
PLEASE tell me they DIDN'T "i toldya so" all the way out to CW? It wasn't THAT big a deal...I woulda caught up w/ you sooner or later. Mof, I left YOU the voice mssg... You woulda returned my call.....eventually

You know, I'm so used to 'walking' everywhere there, that when I DO take the boat, it's just weird to me idk what it is....but, I understand/stood
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Day 3 - Sunday, October 10, 2010

Before I knew it, that room service for breakfast that we ordered arrived. Promptly. At our 8:30am request. DH jumped up to get it...I stayed in bed. They brought in both rooms' breakfasts at the same time. They set up BIL's and our gentleman set up ours. When they set up ours he took the covers off our eggs...so, I HAD to get up and eat right away. I wasn't planning to do that, but oh well...it was food and it was here to be eaten...while still in my pajamas

I don't know what I was expecting, but our breakfast was very good. Everything was yummy and exactly how we ordered it. I wouldn't hesitate to get PBH room service again (even at their prices). I would assume the club level food is just as good also...but, I don't know for sure because we've never stayed club.

Remember, today is Sunday, Oct 10th. I happened to look at the clock while getting ready and packing that morning, and I hollered to everyone: "Hey! It's 10:10am on 10-10-10." SIL hollered back: "Make a wish!" A little eerie....especially since we planned to attend HHN tonight!
One last look around "our" room before checking out. Sad we won't be back next year. We really love this suite at this hotel.

We checked out and had BIL drive us around to DoubleTree where they waited for us to check-in and stow our bags. (I was hoping nobody would catch on that I had all those cookies in one bag!) We 'pre-checked in' and stowed our bags with no problem and very little wait (surprisingly..because most people were checking out).

Outside, BIL picked us up and over to the UO parking garage he drove. He parked at trusty ole Spiderman and we all headed to the Studios. I wish they'd hang a sign to explain moving walkways to people. You are supposed to KEEP WALKING WHILE ON THEM, or, if you choose to just stand, stand to one side. We found it WAY FASTER to just walk around them.

We headed to the Studios where we planned to be for the day. DH & I were doing Stay 'n Scream for HHN (our first) and B&SIL were leaving later in the day. Once arriving in the Studios, I went to GS to get a 'real' ticket for our HHN ticket and Express Passes. I had purchased them online and did the 'print at home' option. Instead of lugging around those full sized pieces of paper, I wanted real tickets. Even though GS was crowded and slow moving, I was still in there about 10-15 minutes. Getting the actual tickets exchanged took like only 2 minutes.

After getting my 'print at home' tickets exchanged, we headed back toward MIB. We went down Hollywood Blvd. through the first two scarezones--HHN 20 Yrs of Fear and Fear Revealed. Of course, never being there for a HHN before, I took pictures of whatever I saw while it was still light out. Pic 1, pic 2, and pic 3. Just a quick look back and we continued on to the next zone. The last couple pictures before leaving this zone.

I absolutely LOVED Central Park with all the pumpkins everywhere! They even looked better at night, lit up, but I didn't get any pix of them at night. Pumpkin group, more pumpkins and lastly, yet more pumpkins!

DH & I did Simpsons while B&SIL waited for us. I like a quick spin on Simpsons...especially the spiel in the room before the ride.
We caught up with them after Simpsons and the four of us boarded our own car on MIB. Ironically, the car we played against, only had 4 people too. I thought it'd be a pretty fair 'exhaust port' fight. Turns out, it wasn't. We hit theirs 3 times, they didn't hit ours at all.

Went through the game and the average score for our car was in the 400,000s. The car we played against? Their average score was 43,???. I don't think it was even a little bit close!

After one spin on MIB, we stopped by Jaws. We always get into the cheesy show and are usually the most rowdy bunch on the boat. I guess others are expecting a 'real' tour/show? idk, but we had a good time w/ our Captain on that ride!

After Jaws, we headed in the direction of the Mummy...back the way we came though. This had us go through some scarezones, of which I took some pictures of. This was The Coven scarezone. I must have run around the corner to snap a couple pix of the Esqueleto Muerte scarezone before we turned in the direction of the Mummy.
Finally on Mummy, we had a great ride and a good time with the camera on this ride. You have to laugh when you see two couples in the back row smootching on the picture!

I believe the next stop after Mummy was Twister. This is something that is 'meh' and we don't necessarily do it unless Bubba requests it. But, I think SIL requested it today...so, we went there. We kept seeing this skywriter overhead, but we could never figure out a whole message? Maybe because it was quite breezy and the message didn't last? I don't know, but we saw him back at the PBH that morning and again now. Took a picture just because I could.

Back to Twister.... I can say it was the first time I was ever the first person through the doors at the end of the pre-show. Although, after the next segment when the doors opened to the 'show' area, I think I was supposed to go forward to the low end of the stands. I always go high (so I don't get sprinkled). I went high and went all the way to the end. This allowed us to be all the way at the end and first out at the end of the show.

After Mummy, we stopped by Louie's to get a pizza for lunch, but DH came to get me (at the table I was saving) and said SIL went to Lombard's and there was only a 5 minute wait. Line at Louie's was much longer than 5 minutes (or at least it looked it), so I guess it was off to Lombard's.

After a short wait, we were seated. While waiting for the server to take our order, BIL checked us in at SW via his cellphone. We were right on top of it...2:45pm was our check-in time. When he did it (on the second), we got B1 and B5! I chalked it up to that whole "early bird check-in" thing SW offers. Probably not many people do it flying FROM home, but while IN Orlando, they are most likely IN a park somewhere 24hrs prior to their flight home, so they opt for that service flying home. Ah well...it was just the 2 of us, and B1 wasn't all THAT bad.

At Lombard's, SIL had a salad, the guys had the steak sandwiches and I had the Asian Chicken wrap sandwich. Oddly enough, this is a seafood joint and nobody ordered seafood. It was all very good...including my Asian Chicken wrap. I didn't know what to expect, but it was very tasty! (My menu pix came out blurry and not legible, but I know I have better menu pix from last year in '09's trip report.)

We sat here for awhile and talked about our trip with them for next summer. It was good just to have the 4 adults together...no kids. We are used to having the 4 kids and SIL's parents and grandmother...a large group! It was also nice to eat with them and have the bill under $100 for a change too

After a late lunch, they were getting ready to go home. Since we were passing by Mummy, you just have to stop and ride. Went back on Mummy again and wouldn'tcha know, we got the LAST row...AGAIN?! Oh well, the back row on Mummy is better than being in no row on Mummy Again with the smootching for the camera....

On our way walking them toward the front of the park (it was getting close to their time to leave), we all stopped to see Shrek. We got in the next show and this group is always a bit emphatic with the 'oh no' part of the pre-show. If you've been to Shrek you know what I'm talking about.

After Shrek, we walked all the way to the turnstiles with them and said our goodbyes. It'd be till summer till we see them again. But, we had a good time with them and appreciated the ride(s) they gave us. I made sure they remembered where they parked and off they went.

We had just under an hour until 5pm to be at the holding area for HHN. I needed to see Jimmy Neutron so DH & I headed there. Walked right in. Not necessarily a good thing with express...we got the far end. Not the best seats, but how can you complain when you get to do the chicken dance?!

After JN, DH really likes T23D, so we headed there. Didn't have much of a wait before the next show, so in we went. We were let into the large room and walked all the way toward the front and grabbed a seat on the floor against the wall. Listened to the pre-show and noticed not a whole lot of "super" in it ...booo.

Got seats about 4th row or so...all the way toward the end. Gotta love the schmucks who plop their butts right in the center of the row...despite the TM's instructions to move all the way down. It really DOES hold up the seating people. Finally, everyone seated, show starts. Always a great show...this time noticed "John" was taller than the "Terminator" and our seats didn't work at the end. Bummer But, a good show...and, I quickly remembered...cold inside.

After T2 show, it was almost 5pm. On our way to the area of 'holding' for HHN, I saw an eerily "empty" Mel's. Looks weird, huh? We thought we'd make a bathroom stop before heading to the holding area near Finnegan's.

On my way to the bathroom, I spotted Mac & Metro sitting outside on a bench (and we'll leave it at that). I went over to let her know I was there and surprise Metro. We chatted and after using the restrooms, headed over to the holding area for HHN. They scanned our tickets and we were in. We did find out that you can't leave the holding area after being scanned in...not even to go in Finnegans. Good thing I decided to use the bathroom before going to the holding area.

The 4 of us talked about everything it seemed while waiting to be let out of the 'holding' cell. I just made sure they knew we were following them because we had NO clue what we were doing. They had been to the houses and such...we had no idea of anything. Matter of fact, while in line, they were giving us the background info on all the houses so we'd know the story/theme to each one. And, as I would find out, it helped. It made the house make more sense to me....but, only in the beginning. As I would realize after going through the houses, they would start out with wonderful themeing and then turn into a bunch of people just jumping out at you from around corners and such. That got old after awhile.

I know when we were let go (I don't know what time it was...Mac might remember), we went to Legendary Truth. Since this was behind HRRR, I looked toward the front of the park and I did not see anyone being let in yet. Glad we stayed. We only waited about 15 minutes and we were through. Again, many, many thanks to Miss Mac. Without her pointing out stuff to me, I would have missed a LOT of stuff.

After that, we went to PsychoScareapy (tour guides' fave) and then to Hades, where we used our Express for the first time. I snapped an unusual pic from Twister while walking through the PsychoScareapy line.

Next we went to Zombiegeddon and then to Orfanage. According to our 'private tour guides', we were making good time, even though it seemed we waited in lines, turns out we were only waiting about 15 minutes. Ironically this seemed like a long wait for us because we are used to staying onsite and using EP. We were assured a 15-20 minute wait was GOOD during HHN and trusted our friends.

We finished the last 3 houses using our Express Passes: Havoc, then Catacombs and lastly Horror Nights of Hallow'd Past. Here's a cool pic of the MIB building on our way to Havoc. I liked the Horror Nights house with all the memorabilia. I just think that's a great idea to have bits & pieces of the past HHN's all in one place.

I did notice the Express lines were longer earlier in the evening and later in the evening (when we used ours), the Express lines were almost non-existant. Definitely use standby lines early and switch to Express later on when more crowded.

After we finised ALL the houses, at least once, it was about 9pm. We talked about what to do next and Metro decided he wanted to go do his thing and my DH said he was hungry and wanted a hamburger...so, we were headed for Finnegan's. Mac said she coulda used a bite, but wanted pizza at Louie's. (Here is DH & Mac walkin' ahead of me.) I told her to come to Finnegan's when she was finished (figuring she'd be done before us), but she didn't. She did finish before us, but she spied on us through the window from outside and was waiting for us to be done. I told her she was silly and didn't have to do that, but she wanted to give us 'alone' time. She didn't need to give US 'alone' time when she was there alone herself! I gave her heck telling her she was more than welcome to come sit with us! Oh...and a note about Finnegan's. I remembered another reason it isn't one of my favorite places to eat. It's cold in there. Freezing as a matter of fact. I asked our server if there was any way to have the AC turned down or something and she said "No...unfortunately our temperature is controlled by the park. You could move if you like." Really? Interesting... Do they know it's October and NOT July? Ugh.... I can't handle that freezing cold...especially when I'm eating. Made me remember why it's a place I will eat at, but rather not.

I hurried out of there when DH was finished his burger. I went outside and called Mac...who was at the corner looking at me! She came over and we talked while waiting for DH. I'm pretty sure we decided to catch an earlier showing of Bill & Ted and headed in that direction...through Scarezones Zombie Gras & Saws n' Steam.

We got to Bill & Ted's with great timing! It wasn't a long wait for the next show...AND with our tour guide, holding hands, she cut us through the mass of people who'd been waiting and we managed to get pretty darn close to the front of the line. When they let the line go, that was a whole 'nother story!! OMG...I was holding on for dear life. We were all but running. I just couldn't help but laugh! But, I knew we were in good hands.

After a super-fast walk/slow jog, I think we ended up in about the 7th row or something close to that. We were at the end of our bench and in the center section. Our tour guide did NOT fail us...most excellent seats. We thought the show was good...for what they had to work with this year. The Situation & Snooki were some of the funniest parts of the show. My DH likes stuff like that, and we both got some good laughs out of the show.

After the show, we started back through the houses we hadn't used our Express Pass for yet. First up, being right there, was Orfanage. Then Zombiegeddon, PsychoScareapy and lastly Legendary Truth. How cool the last house we did, was the first one we started with at the beginning of the night? While doing PsychoScareapy again, I snapped a couple of pictures from the Twister area...while we were in that area again. I guess I don't normally see some of these props because we usually go in through the Express line?

Anyhow, after finishing all the houses and exhausting our Express Pass, we went through the scarezones. First was Saws 'n Steam. My DH & I enjoyed it and waited for Mac to talk to some CSW friends she found there. Matter of fact, she is one popular lady...she sees people all over the place there that she knows! I don't think she is ever 'alone' for very long when she's there! I also came across of a photo-op of the Ghirardelli building...how cool.

Scarezone Fear Revealed (by Mel's Die-In) ...this one was REALLY good. Mac made a point of looking for the Director. She talked with him briefly. DH especially liked this zone, as the actors really stayed in character. It was here we talked with Cindy (from Orfanage) and the Usher. They were very interactive and let's just say Mac ticked them off just a tiny bit. You don't want to tick off Cindy. They were VERY good and we spent the most time strolling through this scarezone. More pix from this area: Mac & Jack, a creepy old lady , Queen of Hearts, scary lookin' tall dude and DH & Pumpkinhead.

The next scarezone we did was HHN 20 Years of Fear... on Hollywood Blvd. We walked around to where JN was and did Scarezone Esqueleto Muerte and then around the corner to Scarezone The Coven, behind Shrek. If you didn't know, there are scareactors that jump out of these huts as you go walking by. Of course, if you stop and wait to try to get a picture, they don't come out. Of course...oh well... I took this one instead.

It was about 1am and this was where we said goodnight and goodbye to Mac and thanked her ever SO MUCH for all her help and information she generously gave to us on our first HHN. After about 12 hours in the Studios today, my DH was exhausted and it was time for us to leave. We left backtracking through Esqueleto Muerte Scarezone. (But not before a few pix.)

As a brief review of HHN, we felt there was more 'startle' than 'horror' at HHN....scarezones and the houses. Don't get me wrong, some of the houses had some really cool stuff (stuff like we expected) like: a nurse-zombie with scissors sticking out of her one eye and there was a person laying on a table (face down) and the 'doctor' was pulling her spine out of her back...stuff like that was cool (even though we knew it was totally fake, they did a good job with the make-up and blood and such....) I did think the 'mesh netting' in the houses got annoying after awhile. I know it's there so you can't see the scareactors jumping out at the people walking ahead of you in the house...but, it's more annoying than concealing.

The chainsaw guys in the scarezones got sorta old pretty quick. I was standing there talking (to someone...can't remember who) and someone came up behind me and growled in my ear. I think I expected to be more scared than I was...but I wasn't? After a while, just the loudness of the chainsaws was enough for me....I'm not a sort of person who likes "loud". Between the scarezones and the houses, I would say if you are a person that scares easily, you will be scared! If you don't scare easy, it may not be all you had hoped.

As we were leaving the Studios, I asked DH if he wanted to take the boat, but he didn't want to wait cause of the crowds...he decided walking was faster. So...we headed out to HRH parking lot. I didn't forget to take a couple of pix of entrance to the Studios on our way out either.

It was about a 10-15 minute walk by the time we arrived to the DoubleTree. Obviously at that time of the morning, there was no line at the front desk. We 'officially' checked in, got our key, retrieved our bags and headed up to our room.

We were in room 1526 and our room directly faced the other tower. I was hungry so I ate one of the cookies we received at check-in and drank some water. I did a quick check for bedbugs (negative btw) and we headed off for la-la land. It didn't take long to fall asleep after the day we had!

Pix of our room: king bed, the closet (with the tacky mirrored doors), two bathroom shots...always, a pic of our tolietries (for Janet ) and the coffee maker (that we don't use).

As you can imagine, we fell asleep pretty quickly.

That sums up our first HHN. Tomorrow we fly home....already!


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excellent report barb

i may just cut & past it into mine for HHN stuffs

btw, im still offended we didn't get any toiletries either night of our stayleast we got the coffee

r u sure u won't be returning next year? never know, another quickie HHN trip?
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Sounds like you guys had a great time. The three of you look like sisters!!!
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Sorry, I'm late to the party!

Excellent trip report as always.

We were there that same weekend. Sorry that we didn't get to meet up, or did we? On Sunday, our check-out day, we did MIB and the opposite car spanked us good. After reading your trip report, I suspect that the opposite car may have been you!

Would have loved to have met up on Saturday, but we had dinner reservations at Emeril's. Afterwards, we did some shopping before heading back to our room. We went to bed early Saturday night so that we could get up early Sunday to pack, checkout and take advantage of the extra morning hour for WWOHP.
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I knew we were missing you by 1 day...but, our schedule was just full. Really no wiggle room. Like ya said...maybe another time. I'm ALWAYS up for a 'rita @ Jimmy's!!
Alittle more planning on our end and you can and DW(Joyce),mac and Janet will meet up oneday and party up.The men will do our own,in a good way!!

Give Joyce'y one drink and she is the life of a party,I promise(in a goodway,the more she drinks,the funner she is)!!!
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Alittle more planning on our end and you can and DW(Joyce),mac and Janet will meet up oneday and party up.The men will do our own,in a good way!!

Give Joyce'y one drink and she is the life of a party,I promise(in a goodway,the more she drinks,the funner she is)!!!
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Excellent trip report as always.

We were there that same weekend. Sorry that we didn't get to meet up, or did we? On Sunday, our check-out day, we did MIB and the opposite car spanked us good. After reading your trip report, I suspect that the opposite car may have been you!

Would have loved to have met up on Saturday, but we had dinner reservations at Emeril's. Afterwards, we did some shopping before heading back to our room. We went to bed early Saturday night so that we could get up early Sunday to pack, checkout and take advantage of the extra morning hour for WWOHP.
and (sorry) You were in a car of 4...on the left track (right track if you're riding I guess?) If you had EP, what were you doing over there? They usually put the EP peeps on the right side (left track if you're riding).

I didn't know (either that or remember) you'd be there then...or else I woulda met you somewhere.

We were up and out late Saturday and spent the entire day Sunday in the Studios. We NEVER spend all day in only 1 park....but this weekend we did...Sat in IOA & Sun in Studios.
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Alittle more planning on our end and you can and DW(Joyce),mac and Janet will meet up oneday and party up.The men will do our own,in a good way!!

Give Joyce'y one drink and she is the life of a party,I promise(in a goodway,the more she drinks,the funner she is)!!!
ah maybe one day....might be far in the future as we don't plan on going there next summer and probably won't do another HHN for a very long time....
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Day 4 - Monday, October 11, 2010

I think we woke up about 8:30-9:00 the next morning...finally deciding to get up out of bed around 9:30. It was our first morning all weekend we were able to "sleep in". Once up, I got a good look out our window, and I could see the parks. Here are some of our views: View here and in this pic, you can see RPR. If you look closely enough, you can see: JP, HRH, the IOA lighthouse, Hulk, HRRR, Hogwarts, the entrance to the Studios, Dr. Doom & Mythos.

It was just after 10:30 and we were packed up and looking for some breakfast. We officially checked out downstairs at the front desk (with hardly any wait) and then headed across the courtyard to Pompanos Restaurant for breakfast.

DH opted for the (grand) breakfast buffet, while I had some eggs, toast & bacon. And, although my eggs were about $10 more than the local diner at home, they were very good and the portion size was excellent. I was stuffed by the time I finished! Sorry no pix...I was too tired to remember. The restaurant lost money on DH's buffet...he had an omlet, biscuits & sausage gravy and cream chipped beef on toast. And, being a buffet, he got more than his $17 worth

After breakfast we used the restrooms and then sat in the courtyard for awhile. After all, it was THE most beautiful day...mid 80s, sunny, no humidity...a perfect day! We sat outside and just soaked up the weather because by the end of the day, we knew we'd be back home and it was about 10 degrees cooler (during the day) there.

We had a car reserved with Happy Limo to pick us up at noon from the DoubleTree and about 11:45 we decided we'd better head out to the front of the hotel. When we went out front and had a seat on the bench, they asked if we needed a cab. I told them no, we had a car reserved. While waiting, another family came out looking for a ride...he called a cab that came right over. I noticed it wasn't a 'cab' looking type of car, so maybe it was a hotel shuttle? I'm not sure, but they didn't wait at ALL for a ride. While I was waiting, I took a picture of their parking fee sign.

Where we were sitting, we could see the cars turning down the street, which would turn into the DoubleTree. About 10 minutes before our scheduled pick-up time, DH saw a huge, stretch black SUV coming into the parking lot and joked with me that THAT was our ride. We laughed because I knew I reserved a car and that is so NOT our luck. As the stretch approached closer, I was able to read the 'Happy Limo' license plate on the front. I started to think it actually WAS there for us! He pulled past us and parked just beyond the front doors of the hotel. I went over to ask the driver how many people he was there to pick up and he said, "2." I said my last name and he confirmed that we were the party he was there for. You can imagine our shock and disbelief and how many times we said "no way" at that point. The driver took our luggage, put it in the front seat and we were off to MCO in a stretch Lincoln Navigator!

We arrived at the airport and while he was looking for our reservation (for DH to sign), we asked him why the big car? Turns out, he just dropped off a party and was heading to the airport to pick up another...so, it was convenient for them. He said the upgrade was on them. Ummm...okay!

DH signed whatever he had to sign and tipped the driver (generously) and we got ALL two of our bags and went in to check the monitor for our gate and print our boarding passes. We didn't go to the SW ticket counter, instead we headed for the escalators to head up to security. DH remembered before you do go up that escalator, there are SW kiosks to print your boarding pass. Smart move since I'm guessing a lot of people check-in while in Orlando, but don't have access to a printer. We printed our passes and headed upstairs.

We made a quick stop in Ron Jon Surf Shop looking to see if they had Reefs for DH. With no luck, he remembered Dad wanted him to call him when we got to the airport. He called Dad and chatted for a bit...more computer talk. After 10 or 15 minutes, their call ended and we headed to security.

We had less than an hour before boarding, so we found a seat on the floor near an outlet and plugged in my laptop so we could finish watching The Karate Kid...since we didn't have enough time to see the whole thing on the flight down, and we sure as heck didn't have time over the weekend to finish watching it! We finished watching the last 35-40 minutes JUST IN TIME for boarding.

After the first half of the A passes boarded, we got in line at B1 to wait for the B's to board. After all the A's boarded, they (of course) made the announcement for the people with little children to board next. They also had to make the announcement that only the child(ren) and parent(s) were able to board; extended family needed to wait for their boarding letter & number to be called. I saw a couple of unhappy peoples. Oh wells...thems the rules! Like my Grandmom used to say: "like it or lump it!"

We boarded and were only about 7 rows back again. We took the window & center seats next to a gentleman who was sitting alone, but traveling with his wife & two boys (sitting across from him). On the flight home, we watched The Backup Plan. I thought it was a TOTAL chick-flick, but it passed the time.

We actually landed in PHL about 15 minutes early and buzzed off the plane. Since we were supposed to land around 4:45 (rush hour..ugh), we had planned on having one last over-priced dinner at Chickie & Pete's in the terminal. My DH is very used to breakfast, lunch & dinner with snacks between. Since breakfast was quite awhile ago, and he hadn't eaten all day, I figured it was a good plan. Not. Turns out, DH wasn't hungry when we arrived.

Since all we had was our carry-on's, he decided to hurry and try to beat rush hour traffic. We were still walking through the terminal when I called the valet to bring our car to pick us up. We bought a bottle of water on the way outside to wait for our car.

We only waited about 10 minutes outside when our car arrived and we left for home (we paid extra to leave from the airport instead of having to take the valet back to the lot).

Traffic wasn't really all that bad, we were expecting MUCH worse. We were really shocked we made it back to my Mom's within 1:15-1:30! During rush hour. That's awesome time!

After gathering all Bubba's stuff, the dog's stuff, Bubba and the dog, we headed home. Back at our house, we settled in and did what we needed to and showed Bubba the pictures from our weekend. We also gave him the bag of cookies we brought back for him. He decided he needed to eat the 'peanutbutter with fudge on top' cookie that night for bedtime snack. Yummy...of course.

Well folks, that concludes my report for our first HHN. All in all it was a very quick, tiring, busy, FUN weekend that took my DH a week to recoup from! Would we do HHN again? Probably not. I don't 'get' all the hype about it. Are we glad we did it?

Absolutely!
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Another great report Barb, all the info makes like you where there with you Guys [i wish].
Loved Bubbas cookie, looks delicious.
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and (sorry) You were in a car of 4...on the left track (right track if you're riding I guess?) If you had EP, what were you doing over there? They usually put the EP peeps on the right side (left track if you're riding).

I didn't know (either that or remember) you'd be there then...or else I woulda met you somewhere.

We were up and out late Saturday and spent the entire day Sunday in the Studios. We NEVER spend all day in only 1 park....but this weekend we did...Sat in IOA & Sun in Studios.
Bummer! It must not have been you. We were on the express pass track side. It was odd: Lately, I've been scoring from high 200,000 to mid 300,000; but that ride, I didn't even break 100,000. I went from high score for the group a couple days earlier to the low score on Sunday. I'm going with 'the gun was broke' expanation. We did have 4 on the ride: me, dad, sister and bil. My wife and my mom skip this ride.

We usually spend all day in one park, except for check-out day, when we try to redo our favorite rides from both parks.
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Just read this one. Great and interesting. I now know that the HHN is probably not for my family of fraidy cats!
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:25 AM   #29
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I really enjoyed reading the trippie.....and the pics are fantastic.

I know what you mean about the chain saw men.....they were just loud and annoying this year. And I loved the pumpkins too....took too many pics of them!!!

You`re right about more startle than horror.....I thought the houses were excellent.....except ZombieGeddon, but the scare zones lacked something this year compared to others we`d been too.

But sounds a s if you had a fantastic time......esp like the sound of the Margaritas with the other girls
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Ha! We stayed in the same room a couple of weeks later. I have the same pictures. The stay n scream was a great way to do HHN. Only problem we had was the blasted heat, wasn't bad at night but during the day watch out. We had a blast and the actors were amazing. Glad you had a fun time.
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