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Old 11-28-2012, 09:47 AM   #556
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I know you went to the dark side, but what a great day at US! Too bad you missed out on T2D. It is "SUPER!" YOU KNOW! I didn't know the Blues Bros. did a stage show - I thought it was just a street performance. How Cool! Looks like we need another visit for sure! What Honeysuckle candy are you talking about - was it a sucker, or a taffy?
We go to the dark side quite often actually. We'll be going to the dark side on this trip as well. We have fun where ever we go.

The best way to describe them is they are like the flavored hard candy sticks, but with the texture of a candy cane. I remember them back in the 80's. Only place I used to find them was Hallmark stores. They were sold in a little bag and you would get about 20 to a bag. There were 3 different colors, all light in color: pink, yellow and green. They were about 3 inches long. They were the perfect size to stick in a lemon and they would act like a straw. So when you would drink the lemon juice, you would get the sweet and sour taste at the same time. I'm guessing they've been discontinued as I haven't been able to find them anywhere.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #557
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Sounds like a good time was had by all. Although I think we should all refer to the escalators as The Beer Ride.

The views were amazing! That picture of Warner Bros looks like it should start wavering into the 50th/75th -whatever anniversary that was - logo.

Have fun with Nebo on your visit to the Dark Side Orlando. And SIL. And most especially when you two are on your own.

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:14 PM   #558
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Sounds like a good time was had by all. Although I think we should all refer to the escalators as The Beer Ride.
That's a good way to think about it. Every time we went up and down the escalators, seems it was to get a beer.

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The views were amazing! That picture of Warner Bros looks like it should start wavering into the 50th/75th -whatever anniversary that was - logo.
Once we zoomed in as far as we could with our cameras, we noticed it was WB. Who knew it was so close by. The views came from where we took the pics with Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton.

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Have fun with Nebo on your visit to the Dark Side Orlando. And SIL. And most especially when you two are on your own.

We will actually be meeting up with Smidgy and that other guy over at AK. They will be done with the Dark Side way before then. We don't have no set pattern as to how we're doing the parks. One day Dark Side, one day Disney. Not all of Dark Side first then all of Disney last.

We are looking forward to spending some time alone at WDW for once. D'Sis has always been with us the whole time. She was going to stay with us at WDW also, but her job wouldn't allow all the time off she needed.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:38 PM   #559
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Great huge chapters!

Where are you staying this time?
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Great huge chapters!

Where are you staying this time?
Staying at our timeshare for the first portion of our trip. Last 5 days it will be just Lady H and I staying at CBR. Day we switch to CBR is the day D'Sis leaves back home.
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I'm finally done with this chapter.
You make that sound like a bad thing.

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Between work and packing and work and resting, I'm plumb tuckered out and really need this vacation.
I got an idea. You should go to Disneyworld!

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I hope you don't mind. And if you do...well...tough!
Now is that a nice way to treat your faithful readers?

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As we settled in, Evac gives us the cue to put on our protective gear (i.e., 3D glasses).
Was it from dust? Don't want you to get dust in your eyes? Is that it?

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Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore...Oh, wait...Wrong movie...
Wrong park, too.

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I will say, this has got to be one of my all time favorite rides. As most of you know by now, I’m not a thrill type person. I like my feet on the ground, with a steady block of concrete under it for stability. But this wasn’t your everyday roller coaster or thrill ride either.
It's pretty clear that you really liked the ride from your description of it. (Which was great BTW)

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If you have been on Spiderman at Universal in Orlando, then you have a feel for what this ride is like.
Nope. It wasn't built yet last time I was there.

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You are in the city, you are helping protect the world from the Decepticons. You are a hero.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBwS66EBUcY

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It always bugs me that you wait forever, just for a minute or two of thrill and excitement only to be tossed out on the street again just to wait in another line.
Yeah... but it's worth it, isn't it?

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We decide that a beer is in order. So we go back up the escalator (Being that i forgot about these before this trip, I started to wonder if they were really there at all, or if they would disappear before we got to them...but nope. Still there).
Maybe it's Schrodinger's escalator.

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Oh look, there’s a nice picture of my backside for you all...


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Almost didn’t recognize myself with long hair.
You cut it???

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I was starting to get a little grumpy
I told you already. Wrong park!

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, I get like that if I haven’t eaten, and if i continue to not eat, I will eventually get a headache and be worthless the remainder of the day. Worthless and grumpy is not a good look on me.
As long as you don't get Dopey.

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So coming across this was a collectors dream. Too bad there was no way to disassemble it and put it in our backpacks.
Nothing that a set of wrenches and an acetylene torch can’t fix.

Future planning.

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We did however, stop to play for a bit. The place was deserted. I believe they had another little water park for the kids set up on the other side of the park, So this one wasn’t as interesting, at least to the little ones. To us big kids, it was awesome. The two things at the bottom of the picture pretty much controlled the water throughout the area… At one point, there was only one button we hadn’t pushed, and when T-Man wasn’t paying attention, I pushed it. Unfortunately, the button controlled the control area, and splashed T-Man right in the shorts...

That has to be the most convoluted and creative story I’ve ever heard to cover up incontinence. Next time, just don’t take the picture.

And maybe cut down on the beer consumption? Nah.

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The natives were starting to get restless, and you could tell some of them were not happy at all with this sudden issue.
Cool. Did somebody get eaten?

Wait… Didn’t you say that you were hungry?

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Eventually people started leaving, one or two at a time, then finally the lights came on and the TM’s ushered everyone out. They had us going back and forth.
But did you do the hokey pokey?

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We slowly made our way back to the other side of the area, one of the TM’s had a black bag in his hands. This is it I thought, They were going to put bags over our heads and lead us to our doom. They are all in this together. They all don’t want anyone else in the park to know they had a technical glitch, and if we go out this way, and see the back of the park, we are definitely never seeing the light of day again. Once they have us all out back, they will cover our heads with bags and shoot us all!

My imagination can run pretty wild huh...
I’ll say! I’m sure that by now Uni has a much more efficient way of disposing of its problems. Like a large trapdoor that opens into a trash compactor.

Why waste bullets?

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As we rounded back into the actual park, we decided that we should probably find something to eat and maybe wait around to see if they would re-open it. I was still hungry, and cranky, and the whole issue with Terminator didn’t help my mood.
So did you finally get to see it? Or am I getting ahead of myself again.

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I’m wondering if Scooby saw the water on T-Man’s shorts and started laughing thinking it was something else, or if he found something else entirely funny...But I liked the shot.
Water. Right. Uh, huh.

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Now, If anyone has ever seen the actual movie Water World, starring Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper, then I’m guessing the idea behind this show is based off of the movie. Since i have never seen the movie, I can’t tell you for certain how close it is or is not.
I’ve seen it in bits and pieces, never the whole thing from start to finish… actually, definitely not the ending, since I have no idea how it ends. Oddly enough, I can’t bring myself to care.

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I know that the last time I was here with my family, we also saw this show, so it’s been around a while.
I was curious, so I googled it. 1995. Interesting to note that it’s in California, Japan and Singapore, but not Florida.

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The show starts off with the water world crew trying to get us to scream louder than the other teams, and if you didn’t scream loud enough, they would throw water at you. For that matter, if you did scream loud enough, or too loud, then they would throw water at you. Only this time not as much. Sometimes, when pretending to throw water at us, the stunt men would turn around and drench the other team, resulting in a huge laugh from the other two teams, who would then be drenched by the first teams leader.
Sounds like a lot of fun… provided you don’t mind getting wet. I’m thinking that Mike welcomed the opportunity to even out his wet areas.

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He saves the heroine and they kill the evil people, and they all live happily ever after as they jet off to find dry land.
They all live happily ever after? Do the evil people reanimate as friendly zombies?

Cool.

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It was all coke products, which included Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Coke, Fanta, and RootBbeer, among others, and all it’s flavor elements, i.e., cherry coke, coke with lime, vanilla coke, Cherry Dr. Pepper, etc.
I haven’t been able to find Coke with lime for ages! Maybe they don’t sell it up here anymore.

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From Shrek, we went back to our beer kiosk and got another beer for the long escalator ride back to the bottom section.
Was it still there?

Just wonderin’

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It seems someone in the previous run, had lost his wallet on the ride. The TM’s were frantically searching each car, and sending it through the ride empty to come back around.
Ugh, can you imagine losing your wallet while on vacation?

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After searching all the cars and finding nothing, they sent a few of the TM’s in to see if they could spot it somewhere in the ride. The TM’s each took a hard hat, each equipped with a light on it and went off to work...

“Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to work we go...*Whistle*”
WRONG P…. oh PRAC, nevermind.

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You could see the man start to sweat a little as he held the phone closer to his ear. He was calm and sweet as he kept trying to explain to his wife that they were stuck at the moment waiting for the ride to get going again. He asked her if she wanted them to back out of line and meet them. You could tell whatever she said wasn’t pretty, and he sort of sagged his shoulders a little and said OK...then we will meet you as soon as we can.
Never ever tick off an angry mother… just… don’t.

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I worried for them. I could only imagine the tongue lashing he would get once they met up later. But for now, the dwarfs are back and are resetting the ride to finally let us on.
I wonder if they found the wallet.

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Once we were off the Mummy, we needed one more fix before heading back up for the day. Off to Transformers we go for the 4th time.
Not quite sure here… So… Did you like this ride? You haven’t really made that clear.

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At one point, during one of the action scenes, EVAC tells us something along the lines of “a little warning next time?” so right as the scene begins, T-Man and i yell, “WARNING”, of course he didn’t heed our advice and the couple next to us looked at us funny until EVAC said his line and then they laughed.
Had anyone else done that earlier? Or was it a Bunny invention?

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The Warner Brothers Studios were just over the hill and through the woods...
To Grandmother’s house we go…

Sorry, pretty cool about seeing WB though.

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We walked by the Simpson’s Ride, but it was a 35 minute wait and there were tons of people walking towards the entrance at the time. I wasn’t a big fan of this ride the first time I did it in Orlando, it was fun, but not one i would wait 35 minutes for.
But is it better or worse than Back to the Future?

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The first thing you notice as you are settling in, is a prop off to the side of the stage. It’s one of those menu boards, showing the “special of the day”. As we walked in and sat down, the menu board said the special was “Chicken fingers”...
Not too long later, a chicken runs across the stage and changes the sign to read:



I got such a kick out of that.
Me too. That’s hilarious.

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As the show started, the animal expert came out with a parrot, who flew out over the audience
I’ve often wondered about these types of displays. Do they not feed the birds for a day or so before the performance? Or do they fit them with color matched, feathered diapers?

These are questions that need to be answered people!

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Well the boy first off wanted the microphone to tell the dog what to get. When the lady told him just to tell the dog out loud, he wanted to then whisper it to the dog. You can see even the dog is looking at the kid like, “give me a break!”
Yeah, stuff like that is cute for a bit… but then it gets old pretty quick.

Unless it’s your kid, then it never gets old… downside is then people hate you.

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Eventually the kid did as he was told, and the dog went back stage and came out with a bra...
Been there. Done that. See Turtle Talk with Crush.

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While we were waiting they had some music playing the background. Off to the side, around the handicap entrance there was a lady, who seemed to be guarding that area. As the music began to play, she began to dance. And while she looked like she had been around the block a time or two, she could still move!
It looks like she’s behind a roped off area. Any chance that she was actually a performer?

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The guys who played the Blues Brothers were dead on. They acted like the originals, sang like the originals, and for being the last show of the day, they had so much energy and were so lively, it really was a great way to end the day.
That’s cool. I would’ve definitely loved to have seen them.

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As we walked on, there was a popcorn place we passed called Popcornopolis. Now I love popcorn, but this was just crazy! Every kind of popcorn you can think of, plus combos of different types. Cinnamon flavored mixed with chocolate covered. There was cheese covered and caramel drizzled. Popcorn everywhere!
Buy some?

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T-Man needed to add to his collection of pins. He has so many of them; we have to get a new case to add the new ones.
Heh. Sounds like a movie title from the golden age. The Case of the New Pins.

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Paul Reubens

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As we made our way out of HRC,. We noticed that there was practically no one around. There were still a few people milling about inside the restaurant, but outside on the CityWalk, there were only a few stragglers…Did we enter an alternate universe? Pop into a rabbit hole no one knew about? Was the Curse of the Mummy still out to get us, and when it hit, we were protected only by the HRC’s outer shell, and that is why only those inside the restaurant are the only people we see?
They all died and turned into friendly zombies and lived happily ever after.

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Great pic of T-Man, me, not so much. You could tell I got a little too much sun that day and my make-up had already worn off.
I couldn’t disagree more. I don’t see a woman without makeup and too much sun. I see a couple of kids who just had an absolute blast that day. It’s a great pic!

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This sign turned different colors, so of course T-Man had to take one of each.
Just be glad he’s a guy. We only know 4 colors.

Mrs. T, “Oh, look honey! The sign’s turned fuscia!”
Mr. T, “Huh?”
“Oh, look! Now it’s teal!”
“Huh?”
“Magenta!”
“Huh?”
“Indigo!”
“Huh?”
“Turquoise!”
“Huh?”
“Maroon!”
“Huh?”
“Red!”
<click!>

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I was waiting for a hord of zombies to start popping out from behind the poles or something.
Where they lived happily ever after.

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Remember in the beginning how I was too in awe to take any pictures of anything on our drive in, and how i would take better ones at night? Um…Yeah...That didn’t happen. By the time I tried to get a picture of anything, it would wiz by and all I would get is a blur of lights. So much for that bright idea.
Saw that one coming. All you needed to do was have Bunny Boy pull over, set up your tripod, attach the camera, set a longish shutter speed and voila. Oh, and stop any other cars in the area so they’re vibration wouldn’t blur the pic.

Simple, no?

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Whew...I didn't realize until I was writing this all down, how much we actually did that day. We packed a lot in.


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Hopefully by the time we get back, this TR will still be here and we can continue to delight you all with our story.
I’ll be waiting. Thanks for the great chapter(s) Heather. Especially all the ride descriptions and pics. :
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #562
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You make that sound like a bad thing.
Not necessarily a bad thing. I just know i've been neglecting you all and wanted to make up for it this time around.



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I got an idea. You should go to Disneyworld!
That my dear friend is the best idea EVER!



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Now is that a nice way to treat your faithful readers?
I could have put afterwards. But I love you all and didn't think that would go over very well to all my faithful readers.



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Was it from dust? Don't want you to get dust in your eyes? Is that it?
You know, come to think of it. I believe the next day I was having issues with my eye, I wonder if all the dust Devastator kicked up while he was trying to suck us all in damaged my eye...



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Wrong park, too.
I was waiting for that. Although, now for the holiday's that movie is on regularly and it's one of my all time favorites, so i incorporate when I can.



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It's pretty clear that you really liked the ride from your description of it. (Which was great BTW)
Thanks, I hope I didn't go overboard with the descriptions.



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Nope. It wasn't built yet last time I was there.
Well, the next time you go, which I hope is very soon, you will have to ride it. Although, hopefully by the time you go, Transformers will also be in Orlando, so you can compare.



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You just stole my '80's loving heart on that one! You rock!



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Yeah... but it's worth it, isn't it?
Yeah, I gotta admit, it is...



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Maybe it's Schrodinger's escalator.
Hmm...So the escalator is really there, and not there...Interesting.



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I'm glad someone likes it.



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You cut it???
Yeah...I cut it. And not just a smidge either...I really chopped it off, And will actually be going back in today for a trim and color. T-Man wasn't too thrilled with the cut either. He's used to it now, but I don't think he like its.



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I told you already. Wrong park!
I'll never get it right...Never, ever, ever!!!!


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As long as you don't get Dopey.




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Nothing that a set of wrenches and an acetylene torch can’t fix.
The wrenches I may be able to get away with through security...the Acetylene torch may be a little tougher.



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That has to be the most convoluted and creative story I’ve ever heard to cover up incontinence. Next time, just don’t take the picture.

And maybe cut down on the beer consumption? Nah.
I'm nothing if not creative...

I did tell him when I took the picture that people were going to think otherwise after I told them the story...So he knew ahead of time.



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Cool. Did somebody get eaten?

Wait… Didn’t you say that you were hungry?
Everyone lucked out this time around. I'm a picky eater.



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But did you do the hokey pokey?
It got pretty close.



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I’ll say! I’m sure that by now Uni has a much more efficient way of disposing of its problems. Like a large trapdoor that opens into a trash compactor.

Why waste bullets?
Good point, I didn't think about that. No wonder they took us out the back way...If we fell through a trap door, no one would be the wiser, and no one but the TM's would know we were there.



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So did you finally get to see it? Or am I getting ahead of myself again.
Nope. Never saw it. When we finished eating we went back to see if it was open again and it was still closed down. We figured that was the universe's way of saying, we didn't need to see it.



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Water. Right. Uh, huh.
It is...Hey, even used beer is some percentage of water isn't it?



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I’ve seen it in bits and pieces, never the whole thing from start to finish… actually, definitely not the ending, since I have no idea how it ends. Oddly enough, I can’t bring myself to care.
Never cared to see it myself, it just didn't look interesting to me.



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I was curious, so I googled it. 1995. Interesting to note that it’s in California, Japan and Singapore, but not Florida.
Interesting that it would be in Japan and Singapore...Being that it was such a box office flop, you wonder what the ratings for the show were like oversees...if it was even showed out there.



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Sounds like a lot of fun… provided you don’t mind getting wet. I’m thinking that Mike welcomed the opportunity to even out his wet areas.
We didn't get as wet as we did at SeaWorld (That story will be my next chapter challenge). But it was rather fun.



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They all live happily ever after? Do the evil people reanimate as friendly zombies?
With the whole Zombie Apocolypse thing, I never thought about that...Between the Schrodinger escalator and the zombie's...this is quite the place. I'm amazed we got out of there alive.


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I haven’t been able to find Coke with lime for ages! Maybe they don’t sell it up here anymore.
I don't even know if they still make it here. Although I've noticed these new coke machines popping up in more and more restaurants, that is the only place I have noticed them. If I find some, I'll see what I can do about mailing you a 6 pack.

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Was it still there?

Just wonderin’

Surprisingly enough, it was. Or was it?!


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Ugh, can you imagine losing your wallet while on vacation?
I know. i felt bad for whoever it was that lost it. The TM's were saying that they go through the entire ride at night once everything is shut down, to pick up those hats and what nots that people lost over the course of the day. So hopefully they ended up finding it that evening.



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WRONG P…. oh PRAC, nevermind.
D'oh (And FYI...That one IS the right park! )



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Never ever tick off an angry mother… just… don’t.
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Not quite sure here… So… Did you like this ride? You haven’t really made that clear.
Meh...it was alright.



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Had anyone else done that earlier? Or was it a Bunny invention?
Bunny invention...I like that. I don't remember anyone else doing it on the other 3 times we had gone.



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To Grandmother’s house we go…

Sorry, pretty cool about seeing WB though.
We thought it was pretty cool too. I just figured it was one of the sets from the backlot tour or something. It didn't seem that far off in the distance, but once we zoomed in enough, we realized what it was. pretty exciting stuff.



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But is it better or worse than Back to the Future?
It's been ages since i've been on Back to the Future, so I can't compare and contrast exactly. Simpsons is more of a roller coaster simulator. You are literally taking through on a roller coaster ride with the Simpsons, but it sort of jerks you around, and while it is in 3D, it's just a little too much for me. Maybe that's just me. I do remember enjoying Back to the Future back in the day. So I would have to say it was worse...but thats just from a dull memory.



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I’ve often wondered about these types of displays. Do they not feed the birds for a day or so before the performance? Or do they fit them with color matched, feathered diapers?


These are questions that need to be answered people!
I've wondered the same thing. I tend to duck when a bird is flying over me in these types of shows. You just never know. And we have seen where a bird will land on the trainers and then do it's business. The trainers I'm sure are used to it so it's no skin off their back, but I don't think an audience member would appreciate going around the rest of the day like that.

Although i do recall one of the shows we saw, probably the last time we were at WDW, one of the birds landed on an audience member as part of the show and ended up leaving them a nice gift.



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Yeah, stuff like that is cute for a bit… but then it gets old pretty quick.

Unless it’s your kid, then it never gets old… downside is then people hate you.
Yeah, you could tell who the kid was with, they were constantly laughing and clapping the whole time. The rest of us were just shaking our heads.



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It looks like she’s behind a roped off area. Any chance that she was actually a performer?
That roped off area was the entrance and exit for the handicapped. It wouldn't surprise me if she was a performer, She was having fun while she was dancing. I know we got a video of it at some point. We'll have to look and see. I did notice that she didn't have the usual TM uniform on. So I'm wondering if she was just a volunteer or something. Who knows.



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That’s cool. I would’ve definitely loved to have seen them.
They were pretty awesome to watch. I don't think i've ever seen a full show from them, Even when at WDW. So it was nice to sit back and enjoy it. And let me tell you, they could sing! I was very impressed.



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Buy some?
No. I contemplated it. I thought they would be great gifts for the office, but we were saving our money for HRC.



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Heh. Sounds like a movie title from the golden age. The Case of the New Pins.

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Paul Reubens
"Here's looking at you, kid...I know you are, but what am I?"


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They all died and turned into friendly zombies and lived happily ever after.
Right...Zombies...I forgot about those.



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I couldn’t disagree more. I don’t see a woman without makeup and too much sun. I see a couple of kids who just had an absolute blast that day. It’s a great pic!
You are too sweet! You're still trying to earn back that man card aren't you?


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Just be glad he’s a guy. We only know 4 colors.

Mrs. T, “Oh, look honey! The sign’s turned fuscia!”
Mr. T, “Huh?”
“Oh, look! Now it’s teal!”
“Huh?”
“Magenta!”
“Huh?”
“Indigo!”
“Huh?”
“Turquoise!”
“Huh?”
“Maroon!”
“Huh?”
“Red!”
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Where they lived happily ever after.


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Saw that one coming. All you needed to do was have Bunny Boy pull over, set up your tripod, attach the camera, set a longish shutter speed and voila. Oh, and stop any other cars in the area so they’re vibration wouldn’t blur the pic.

Simple, no?
I couldn't get the boy to slow down, let alone pull over and do all that stuff...



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I’ll be waiting. Thanks for the great chapter(s) Heather. Especially all the ride descriptions and pics. :
Yay...At least we know we will have a couple of readers when we get back. I'm afraid of the amoking that could happen, but I trust you all... did I just say that out loud?

Thanks for the breakdown Ponzi!
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Well everyone. Sorry to keep you waiting; between work and getting packed to go meet up with Nebo and Smidgy, I just didn't have time to post a chapter. I promise to tell you all about Carsland when we get back. Take it I still remember all the details by then. I'll post on Nebo's thread from time to time. Talk to y'all when we get back.
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Have a GREAT time!!!

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Lady H, D'SIS and I accomplished a first today, we drank around the world showcase at EPCOT today. We're feeling pretty good at the moment. At least until the morning comes around.
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And you remembered it!
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let's all set our alarms for 5 AM, and call the thumpers, and sing "it's a small world" .. very loudly!!!!
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let's all set our alarms for 5 AM, and call the thumpers, and sing "it's a small world" .. very loudly!!!!
With the way my D'SIL was wanting to party when we came back to the room, we may have all still been up at that time. Luckily we, and the alcohol, talked some sense into her.
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