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Old 11-08-2012, 02:10 PM   #511
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Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying them.

If you love ours, for sure you'll love Nebo's. He's a good friend and follows us here as well. Go check him out. Just watch out for Pkondz (aka Ponzi). He's the Dennis Menace of our group.
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honey!! I didn't know you had an aunt dixie, too!

ps happy anniversary honey.. 9 whole years together!!!
Happy Anniversary Nebo and Smidgy! Here's to many many more happy years together!

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Thank you! Hopefully I can get another chapter up in the next day or so. Between work and listening to the Stephen King novel I'm on, I've been neglecting my work here!

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Just watch out for Pkondz (aka Ponzi). He's the Dennis Menace of our group.
I take umbrage (I take the cake, I take the A-train) at this statement! Dennis the Menace was a mischeivous boy who was always causing all kinds of trou....

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Yeah, okay. I guess I can't really dispute that.

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Whoot with the paying off!!

So, Pkondz, would that make Nebo Tweeky - or whatever the robot's name was? You know, the one that was voice by Mel Blanc?
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Yes. Yes it would.
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New chapter should be coming soon. Sorry, we had a technical difficulty we had to resolve. Modem decided to kick the bucket over the weekend.

So we went out today and bought a new one. Should be back in business soon.
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The Curse of the Mummy

As we exited the tram and tossed our nifty 3D glasses into the discard container, we started to contemplate what to do next. We looked at the map that we picked up on the way in and decided that we could take a quick look around and just slowly make our way down to the bottom area where Jurassic Park was. On the way there, we ran into some astronauts posing for a picture.



We asked if they would be willing to take a picture with usÖthey agreed. Or at least they didnít disagreeÖ





Iím not sure Kevin Bacon was too keen on T-Man using him as an elbow rest by the look on his face, but then againÖhe did not vocalize any discourse.

Now, for some reason, As I believe I have mentioned before, for the life of me, I cannot remember the escalators leading down to the bottom section of the park. I remember more of a long ramp of sorts, but definitely do not remember escalators. And I definitely do not remember a series of 3 escalators to get down from the top section to the bottom section.

However, there in front of me, as we made our way through the park, was the first in the series.



Now granted the last time I was here was over 14 years ago, and there are times I canít remember what I had for lunch yesterday, let alone what I did 14 years ago. But these I think I would have rememberedÖ

Anyway, we made our way down to the bottom. As we passed from one escalator to the other, we saw a few drink stands that were selling bottled sodas, and beer. Those beers were already looking good and it couldnít have been later than 11:00am at this point. We decided we could wait a little while longer and kept going. Finally we reached the bottom and the first thing we see is:



I was starting to wonder if taking the Tram tour first thing was a wise decision, the lines have got to be crazy by now down here. There were only 3 rides on the bottom section, Jurassic Park, The Mummy and Transformers. All of which are popular rides. This can not be good.

We strolled up to the line, to see what the wait time would be. Iím expecting something like 45 minutes, What we saw was this:




NICE! We took that as a cue and walked right in. The longest part of the wait was getting through the que. By the time we wound our way in and out of the chain link fenced off areas, we only had to wait a couple of minutes to catch our ride.

Unfortunately there are no pictures of the ride here. Iím not sure if they just didnít come out or if we were too worried about the camera getting wet to bother, but either way, I canít find anything. I know, I know, bad TR writer...

The ride is pretty much the same as the one in Orlando. You take a tour, only to veer off course into the restricted section and find out that the Dinoís have escaped. (Hmm...Sounds a little familiar, Where have I seen that before?). Once again we are greeted by the spitting dinos, who have nothing better to do than to spit on me! And T-Man is having the time of his life watching me get drenched by them. He is paying too much attention to laughing at me to see that there is one we just passed and is now spitting directly at his back and neck! Haha...Laugh at me again will you?

As we start to make our way through the electrical building we see raptors tearing the place apart. Our only hope is that they donít see us! They seem to be more into feeding off the electricity than anything else. We continue.

Just as we come to an area that seems to have no escape, a humongous T-Rex comes right for us from the ceiling and tries to eat us, luckily a trap door opens up just ahead and takes us straight for a dive down into the waterfall of death! Haha Mr. T-Rex, maybe next time sucker! You wonít be eating thumper tonight!

As we make our way out of the boat, I realize that I am soaked. Just before getting to the final exit area, another one of those stupid spitters takes a shot at me and lo and behold catches me just as I am taking off my sunglasses to wipe them clean, catching me directly in the eye! That hurt! Oooh...Iíll get you, you little...

Once we worked our way off the boat and onto land, we needed to dry off! So of course, what better way to do that, then to ride this:



Once again, we are greeted with a wonderful, 15 minute wait time. Off to the right, we see a ton of people making their way to the lockers. Since we disposed of our stuff right when we got into the park, we didnít have anything to worry about. So we trudged on.

The que for this was what took the entire 15 minutes. No one was in front of us so we figured we would get to the ride in no time. We walked around the locker area and saw the roped off area. They must have been anticipating a huge crowd later, because we zigged and zagged our way through the roped off area. I felt like a mouse in a maze trying to find a piece of cheese. Finally, we make it inside the building. I thought for sure the maze was over. Unfortunately not. I think this might be a new way to make sure your still sober. If not, itís definitely a way to sober you up.

As we zig and zag here, we are listening to someone talking on a screen ahead of us. I canít tell what he is saying, Itís in some weird language and I am afraid I am not fluent in weird. I was paying more attention to the hieroglyphics on the wall. Iíve read that they actually make out words and phrases and warnings. Unfortunately I donít read hieroglyphics so I have no way of heeding said warnings. Where is the translators when you need them?

We get to the end of the roped off area, only to come to a set of stairs. At the top of the stairs we are greeted and asked how many in our party, and directed a row in the second car. As the car pulled up, T-Man was ready to jump the gate, he was that anxious to ride. As the gate opened, T-Man rushed to the end, sat down, placed his hat in the little pouch for protection.

I however, slowly made my way over to sit next to him, and hurriedly brought the bar down securely on my lap.

Now I have a rule on coasters or rides of any kind. No seat belt or lap bar, itís a great ride and I'm a happy Heather.

Lap bar or seat belt that goes across the hips, a few bumps and shakes, but relatively OK.

Anything that has an over the head harness, means it will probably be going upside down at some point. Time to start freaking out. A not so happy Heather. This is where the mantra starts to kick in.

Anything that has an over the head harness and a seat belt to keep you locked in place, means they are either trying to launch you into space or nothing good can come of this ride except me screaming my head off. Since I am not an astronaut, I think the latter would be the correct answer.

It has taken me years to get the courage to open my eyes during these rides. Iím such a wuss. This trip, I was bound and determined to actually see what the heck I was afraid of. So as I timidly got in the car and sat next to T-Man, I reminded myself that this only had a lap bar. There is nothing scary about a lap bar. Iím perfectly safe with my lap bar.

(Dumb wife, dumb wife, dumb wife!!!!!)

As the car started to move, I held on for dear life and did my best to keep my eyes open. Now I know why I close my eyes! Itís dark in here...and there is a strange guy up ahead telling us something...wait...now heís being eaten by a bunch of beetles. That canít be good. I wanna go back now. Can I change my mind? Wait...No...not forward...donít you see there are dead guys up ahead? Yes those sarcophagus's, sarcophagi? They are not empty boxes...and thereís another guy up head telling us something...wait...itís just a head, made of sand...and heís crumbling as he mentions something about eternal life...thatís definitely not good. Iím ready to get out now!

Oh great, thereís another guy wanting to talk to us. This one is saying something in a different language. Wait..this sounds familiar. When we went through that section on the tram ride, didnít Tour guide Sally say something about a curse? This sounds very much like what was said then. He canít be cursing us again can he? Can we be cursed twice? If we are cursed twice does that null and void the first curse?

No way to stop and ask questions as we take off, Iím seeing nothing but pitch blackness...Oh wait...Open your eyes Heather!

Eeek! Ok...nevermind, close them again!

We stopped. Why does it sound like a ton of rats or something are after us. I open my eyes and look ahead. Thereís a wall. A brick wall. And a bunch of beetles preparing to eat us for dinner...How do we get out of here. Thereís no way out! Unless we go...

BACKWARDS!

or is that SDRAWKCAB?

PRAC! Oh...sorry, I mean CARP!

I completely spaced out that this ride goes backwards. Freaked the heck out of me. As I am screaming in T-Manís ear and repeating my dumb wife mantra, we finally come to a stop safely on the other side.

The TMís are applauding. We made it back without a scratch. Now Iím the one trying to hurry out of the car, while T-Man is taking his time finding his hat and strolling out.

After this ride I needed a drink! I settled for a soda from a kiosk nearby. We bought the mugs so we could refill them throughout the park for only $0.99. This way we didnít have to purchase a brand new one each and every time.

As we took our time enjoying the ice cold coke, we walked over to the ďsplash zoneĒ area near Jurassic Park. The last time I was here, I remember my brother getting completely soaked while standing in this area after one of the boats came down the cliff. He literally walked away dripping and wringing out his clothes. I may still have a picture of that somewhere, I'll have to dig through the garage to see if I can find it.

Mike figured that would be a great way to cool off. So he stood as close to the wall as possible.



I donít think he got a drop of water on him. There was no splash. It was kind of sad. We tried again, thinking it was just a fluke...



Still nothiní...

We may have vocalized our disappointment a little too loudly, because while we were getting ready to make our way to the next attraction, a T-Rex tried to grab us. I escaped. T-Man wasnít so lucky...



I was able to tickle the T-Rex into loosening his grip and we ran as far away as we could. Hoping if he did come after us, we could get some assistance from the Autobots...



The wait time for this ride was the longest we had seen so far this morning. 60 minutes. We looked at each other and figured this would probably be the best time for us to go, who knows how long the line will be later in the day. We still had our drinks, so we wouldnít die of thirst while waiting. We headed on in.

There were two lines, off to the left was the stand by line. Off to the right, was the single rider line. The que for this ride was really entertaining. As you walk in, you are immediately transported to NEST base.



For those who have seen the movie you know what NEST is all about. As we enter, the first thing we see is the Allspark.



As we walk through the base we are informed via monitors surrounding the area that Decepticons have come to earth in search of this and are set on destroying anything in their path to get it.

As we continue our walk through NEST, we come across this:



I was thankful they had a blueprint of what this actually was, because I wasnít sure.



Seems like it came from a really big scorpion like robot type thing...

On one of the monitors, Megatron came up, telling us that they will defeat the Autobots, they have done it before and will do it again.



This didnít sit well with Optimus and the others and they asked for our assistance. Optimus, along with Bumblebee, Ironhide and Ratchet explain that they need our help to keep the Allspark safe, as they transport it to a safer location.

As we walked along, excited to help out Optimus and his pals, we saw buttons on the wall. I have no clue what these buttons did. But whenever there is a button, what is the first thing we do?



That was my ďIím pushing the red buttonĒ evil face. I promise everyone can open their eyes again. Iím sorry I scared you. I didnít mean it I promise. Look...this is much better.



Since I pushed the buttons, T-Man of course had to outdo me, and press 2 red buttons at the same time. Iím wondering if somewhere in the rest of Universal Park, lights are being turned on and off or rides are being stopped and started as we press all these buttons randomly.

45 Minutes later we are at the front of the line. We are given a pair of 3D glasses and now we start to get really excited. It seems so do the TMís. I have to give it to them, they really got into character.

We are given our orders from Optimus, and told that we are heading on this mission with a new Autobot, Evac. He will see us, and the Allspark safely to the other side.

The TMís all dressed in Army fatigues, usher us to our specified rows. Another TM, waiting to usher us into the car looks us over, and in his best army voice says:

Now soldiers, you know what to do. Once the car comes to a full stop, you are going to go as far to the end as you can. Take a seat as quickly as possible and complete your mission. Right?! Right?! Now move Move, MOVE!

We are ushered quickly onto Evac, who kindly does not mind us stampeding onto his back.

Wow...Look at the time. No wonder Iím exhausted. I should hit the hay, I still have to get up for work in the morning ya know....

What? You say I canít leave you hanging like that? That me leaving this chapter at this particular spot is cruel and unusual punishment?

Maybe...but I know youíll be back to find out more...and that in essence is good writing. You will be back right?
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Count me in!!

I enjoyed the Mummy at Universal Orlando very much. Probably the most of any of the rides we went on there.

I'm with you about keeping my eyes open. This year's test was Rockin' Roller Coaster...It's not as scary with your eyes open. I was a little disappointed.

Is it wierd that I want to ride those escalators more than the rides?
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I enjoyed the Mummy at Universal Orlando very much. Probably the most of any of the rides we went on there.

I'm with you about keeping my eyes open. This year's test was Rockin' Roller Coaster...It's not as scary with your eyes open. I was a little disappointed.

Is it wierd that I want to ride those escalators more than the rides?
Yay!

I enjoyed the ride at Universal too, It's been so long since I rode it, I forgot all about some of the specifics until I got on it in Cali.

I have yet to do the rides in Orlando with my eyes open. I guess we will see what happens in December when we are there. It should be interesting. My problem is I am scared of heights, hence the closing of the eyes and the mantra. But I am getting better! On certain rides I am now able to ease up on my death grip on the lap bars and may even raise my arms up depending on the ride.

Not weird at all. We rode those escalators quite a bit when we were there, and we saw quite a few kids rushing down just to go right back up. I think it's a ride all on it's own.
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I enjoyed the Mummy at Universal Orlando very much. Probably the most of any of the rides we went on there.

I'm with you about keeping my eyes open. This year's test was Rockin' Roller Coaster...It's not as scary with your eyes open. I was a little disappointed.

Is it wierd that I want to ride those escalators more than the rides?
We've been on both. I have to say I personally enjoy the Mummy in Orlando just a little bit better. The one in Hollywood seemed a little faster, but there wasn't as many props as Orlando had. Mostly just neon ghost figures during the ride. Now you do go backwards more in Hollywood than you do Orlando. So that makes it a little more intense than Orlando. Overall both are great rides.
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Great chapter Mrs. T. I'll be back tomorrow with thoughts, comments and general mayhem.
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"vocalize discourse?" You know, it's just us here. You don't have to get so fancy. You could just say, "enunciate circumlocution." See? much clearer.

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Now granted the last time I was here was over 14 years ago, and there are times I canít remember what I had for lunch yesterday,
You had a ham sandwich on rye with a pickle on the side and.... oops. I wasn't supposed to say that.

Forget I said anything and don't worry about the cameras in your.... ummm...

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Anyway, we made our way down to the bottom.
Sorry, I missed something... whose bottom?

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Where do you think you are? Disney?

Actually, sure sounds like you lucked out with wait times that day.

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You take a tour, only to veer off course into the restricted section and find out that the Dinoís have escaped. (Hmm...Sounds a little familiar, Where have I seen that before?)
Jungle Cruise?

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Once again we are greeted by the spitting dinos, who have nothing better to do than to spit on me!
Was it something you said? You didn't use the word 'extinct' did you?

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And T-Man is having the time of his life watching me get drenched by them. He is paying too much attention to laughing at me to see that there is one we just passed and is now spitting directly at his back and neck! Haha...Laugh at me again will you?
How long before he noticed?

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Haha Mr. T-Rex, maybe next time sucker! You wonít be eating thumper tonight!
Hasenpfeffer? Hasenpfeffer!

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Just before getting to the final exit area, another one of those stupid spitters takes a shot at me and lo and behold catches me just as I am taking off my sunglasses to wipe them clean, catching me directly in the eye! That hurt! Oooh...Iíll get you, you little...
Well... but you have to admire their persistence... and aim.

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Itís in some weird language and I am afraid I am not fluent in weird.
I am! I am! And, not to brag... well, maybe a little, I can also speak gibberish and a few others as well.

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I was paying more attention to the hieroglyphics on the wall. Iíve read that they actually make out words and phrases and warnings. Unfortunately I donít read hieroglyphics so I have no way of heeding said warnings.
"I'm not going to pay attention to that because I don't understand it. Instead I'm going to focus on this because I don't understand it."

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Where is the translators when you need them?
Geez, I'm right here!

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Now I have a rule on coasters or rides of any kind. No seat belt or lap bar, itís a great ride and I'm a happy Heather.

Lap bar or seat belt that goes across the hips, a few bumps and shakes, but relatively OK.

Anything that has an over the head harness, means it will probably be going upside down at some point. Time to start freaking out. A not so happy Heather. This is where the mantra starts to kick in.
What about: Over the head harness plus padding, helmet and mouth guard?

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Anything that has an over the head harness and a seat belt to keep you locked in place, means they are either trying to launch you into space or nothing good can come of this ride except me screaming my head off. Since I am not an astronaut, I think the latter would be the correct answer.
So... you would let yourself get launched into space?

Cool.

Did you see the video of the guy who just broke the record for skydiving out of a capsule on the edge of outer space? That so could have been you.

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(Dumb wife, dumb wife, dumb wife!!!!!)
That kills me, everytime.

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Yes those sarcophagus's, sarcophagi?
Back in the day, we just called 'em 'Gussies'.

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or is that SDRAWKCAB?
There's always a drawback to sdrawkcab.

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PRAC! Oh...sorry, I mean CARP!
Ha. I like it. That could be our knew code word. If someone says PRAC, we'll know just what they mean.

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I donít think he got a drop of water on him. There was no splash. It was kind of sad. We tried again, thinking it was just a fluke...

Still nothiní...
He probably didn't look 'unsuspecting' enough.

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We may have vocalized our disappointment a little too loudly, because while we were getting ready to make our way to the next attraction, a T-Rex tried to grab us. I escaped. T-Man wasnít so lucky...
Weíll miss the wit he brought to the TR, or at least his half.


ahem.

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I was able to tickle the T-Rex into loosening his grip and we ran as far away as we could. Hoping if he did come after us, we could get some assistance from the Autobots...
Youíre really, really, really brave Heather.

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That was my ďIím pushing the red buttonĒ evil face. I promise everyone can open their eyes again. Iím sorry I scared you. I didnít mean it I promise. Look...this is much better.
Somewhere on the planet, a missile was launched.

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Since I pushed the buttons, T-Man of course had to outdo me, and press 2 red buttons at the same time.
Phew. ĎCause thatís the abort signal. You coulda started WWIII.

Close call.

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Maybe...but I know youíll be back to find out more...and that in essence is good writing. You will be back right?
Thanks for all the ride descriptions Mrs. T. Entertaining and educational. As for leaving us hanging, and whether Iíll be backÖ
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:09 AM   #525
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Really loving your trip report Mr and Mrs T! You're both so funny! it's had me chuckling!
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