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Old 11-25-2011, 07:13 PM   #886
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It has been 8 years since I drove to Universal and I could use some opinions on the easiest route about driving to Universal. We aren't taking the bus. (DW has never had Tijuana Flats, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it). We are staying at AKL but, right now, the plan is to stop at Dr. Phillips for bagels (and a few things that go well with bagels), a Publix run and Tijuana Flats).

It looks to me as if I can turn north from Sand Lake Rd onto Turkey Lake road (with another turn or two) and get to the Universal parking garages. Google seems to think that is the best route.

Am I better off going that route or is it better to just get on I-4?

(This is me getting excited about the trip, Amanda.)
Just get on I-4. Why bother with unfamiliar and often VERY confusing back roads in the dark? I am familiar with the area and it can still send me ten miles the wrong way without much trouble!



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Old 11-25-2011, 07:23 PM   #888
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Credentials arrived today. Now I'm extra psyched!!,

Question: I've never been to Universal. We're staying at Hard Rock. What time should we go to the water taxi so that we're at the gate of IOA in time?

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Figure about half an hour to walk or water taxi.



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Old 11-25-2011, 08:48 PM   #889
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A quick question... I've never been to FL in December, so I have no idea what the weather's like.

I did a quick Google and it said the average high is 71 and the low is 51. Does that seem about right to people?

I'm imagining I'll need a fleece or whatnot, but not a hat/scarf, etc. I might throw gloves in my bag as I get frozen hands pretty easily. Plus it'll make it easier to grip the Butterbeer.

How "bundled up" are other people planning to get?
We have found that clothes that are called "packable" like down vests and rain gear are great to take, along with good fleece. Windproof rain gear over the fleece make it much warmer. The rain gear does not look like rain gear just like a good nylon jacket. Layers are the key.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:07 PM   #890
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I have a question about Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. Has anyone tried the modified seats? I'm worried I won't be able to fit. I can fit on all the rides I've tried at Disney with no problems. I haven't tried Space Mountain so I'm not sure about that one. I've ridden RnR, BTM, and Everest with no issues.

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Old 11-26-2011, 08:05 AM   #891
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I have a question about Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. Has anyone tried the modified seats? I'm worried I won't be able to fit. I can fit on all the rides I've tried at Disney with no problems. I haven't tried Space Mountain so I'm not sure about that one. I've ridden RnR, BTM, and Everest with no issues.

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I've done the modified seats. I'm about 5'5" and carry most of my weight in my hips/stomach. I can ride all the same rides as you, no problem. The modified seats were no issue, I rode fine and comfortably, nothing pressing into me, etc.
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Just out of curiosity, who is going to ride Dragon's Challenge during DAP (I am pretty sure the screams you hear on the video are not Pete's ).
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:35 AM   #893
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:36 AM   #894
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Just out of curiosity, who is going to ride Dragon's Challenge during DAP (I am pretty sure the screams you hear on the video are not Pete's ).
As long as it's not really cold, I will ride it multiple times. Last year, my friend and I were there in mid-December and froze 'almost' to death riding it since it was so cold. Did you know that 30 degree temperatures feel alot colder on your bare face when going 25 mph.
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I am Pooh sized. Will I fit on Dragon Challenge? I love suspended coasters.

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I am Pooh sized. Will I fit on Dragon Challenge? I love suspended coasters.

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I hope so. I'm Eyore sized.

This is a computer simulation of me in the greenman outfit Mike posted:
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Just out of curiosity, who is going to ride Dragon's Challenge during DAP (I am pretty sure the screams you hear on the video are not Pete's ).
I probably will! You want to sit next to me? You might go deaf. I tend to scream.

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I would SO rock that!


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I probably will! You want to sit next to me? You might go deaf. I tend to scream.
Probably??????

Oh come on! You ate lox - riding a dragon will be child's play.

And of course I will sit next to you. Then I will put the video up on YouTube.
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