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Old 06-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #46
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I am loving your trip report-especially all the pics!! Thanks so much!! We are leaving in less than a week and I am so stealing your "beginning of trip pic" idea! I might have to include the arrival pic, too, after 20 hours in the car with 5 kids!! Haha! Keep up the awesome report!!
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:30 PM   #47
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Thanks for the great TR. We leave in 1 month and 2 days. I'm getting so excited for our trip reading about yours. I got inspired to make our ressie for Mythos thru open table just now while reading. Can't wait to hear about your favorite dining experiences.

We will be flying from California, but your great idea for music and book cds makes me feel like we will be missing out on part of the fun. The suspense is killing me. Did you get the whole family out early for opening? That is my biggest worry. We are staying on property so we should get in an hour early, but getting everyone out the door in the morning is near impossible plus we are starting out with a 3 hours time change. I'm thinking about making everyone get up at 3am for the last 3 days before the trip to prepare. Is that over the top? I never can tell.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:48 PM   #48
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I am loving your trip report-especially all the pics!! Thanks so much!! We are leaving in less than a week and I am so stealing your "beginning of trip pic" idea! I might have to include the arrival pic, too, after 20 hours in the car with 5 kids!! Haha! Keep up the awesome report!!

Glad you like my idea. Now I am motivated to get this done before you leave. I cam back with a lot of tips which seem to be somewhat limited on this section of DISboards.

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Thanks for the great TR. We leave in 1 month and 2 days. I'm getting so excited for our trip reading about yours. I got inspired to make our ressie for Mythos thru open table just now while reading. Can't wait to hear about your favorite dining experiences.

We will be flying from California, but your great idea for music and book cds makes me feel like we will be missing out on part of the fun. The suspense is killing me. Did you get the whole family out early for opening? That is my biggest worry. We are staying on property so we should get in an hour early, but getting everyone out the door in the morning is near impossible plus we are starting out with a 3 hours time change. I'm thinking about making everyone get up at 3am for the last 3 days before the trip to prepare. Is that over the top? I never can tell.
Oh, I think your family will shoot you if you wake them up at 3 am. I bet they will be excited and wake up but it also depends on the ages of your kids and how excited they are to be there. Of course with the time change I know it makes it hard.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #49
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We leave on Saturday, and I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of your trip report. I've really enjoyed it so far!
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:01 PM   #50
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Just a quickie update before I have to take a child to a music lesson:

First I forgot this picture. DD12 bought her first souvenir at Pearl's. A ring for $5.


Ok, on to the morning....

YES! We did make it to opening. We arrived at about 8:25 for the 9 am opening. By the time we parked here:



We made it here



with just enough time to run to the restroom before they let everyone in at about 8:45.

And our adventure began. Do you know how I know our adventure began????? Well lets just say there was an obvious sign from above.



Yeah, I crack myself up.
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Nancy, enjoying your TR. I saw some of your food pics on the other forum, and I love the way your family does the "ta da!" with their hands. (Same as with the Chinese.) Very cute.

Keep it coming!
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:56 PM   #52
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Nancy, enjoying your TR. I saw some of your food pics on the other forum, and I love the way your family does the "ta da!" with their hands. (Same as with the Chinese.) Very cute.

Keep it coming!
DH started doing that on our 2009 Disney Trip for Two. I think I have a link in my signature. Unfortunately we didn't get to do it for all the food photos.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:08 PM   #53
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Of course we head straight to Hogsmead. DS leads the way as he has been here before. We don't stop to look at things although it is quite tempting. We get to Hogwarts which has posted a 30 minute wait time...or maybe it was 45. No it was 30. DS is amazed because he had about 120 min wait when he came during spring break a couple of years ago.



Here are photos of the queue:










The queue was indeed AMAZING! As a matter of fact I was disappointed about how fast went because there is so much detail and I didn't have a chance to absorb it all.

The 4 of do Forbidden Journey. DD12 wants to work her way up to this ride. DS was being a typical big bro before we left and told her how scary it was. I must say I was a little worried myself. I had expected to have the sensation of Dementors sucking my soul. Well, it wasn't as scary as everyone had made it sound. It was a super cool ride and I loved feeling like I was on the Quidich field.

Next up was Flight of the Hippogriff which was one coaster that DD12 was willing to do. We had about a 15 minute wait. It was a fun but very quick little coaster.



After Flight of the Hippogriff, DD19, DS and DH do Dueling Dragons. I don't like coasters where my feet dangle. I don't think they had much of a wait.

Then it is time for butter beer. I know from reading Dis that it is best to go into The Hogshead to get it as the lines are shorter and they were.



Sorry, I know it is not the best picture.



DD12 who is the only soda/ sweet beverage drinker in the family doesn't like butter beer so we get her a $6 ()bottle of pumpkin juice from Honeydukes.



I look at the sweet counter. I must say I was a little disappointed. I expected something like the counter at French pavilion in Epcot but Honeydukes is very small with just a couple of pastries. I did ask how much the pumpkin tart was and it was only $2.95 so I was sold!



It is starting to get crowded. I am guessing it was around 10:45. We head to Jurassic Park. Here is a photo of Hogwarts as we leave.

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Great pics, I can hardly wait to get there myself. My only problem with the FJ queue is that they won't let me go *touch* everything!!!
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Great pics, I can hardly wait to get there myself. My only problem with the FJ queue is that they won't let me go *touch* everything!!!
I know...there were several things I would have liked to have gotten closer to see.
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At Jurassic Park we do the river ride. We couldn't see the drop from where got on and were concerned about how wet we would get. DD12 was concerned about the dip although she had watched the video on youtube and thought she could handle it. Well we did get wetter than we had anticipated and the dip was bigger than DD would have liked but she managed although this was her last time for this attraction for the trip.

We then decide we are hungry. I had originally planned on doing Three Broomsticks for lunch but we decided on Thunder Falls. DH knew that he could get some vegan options there something that is lacking at Three Broomsticks.

DS had the ribs.



DD12 had the turkey leg





DD19 wanted the kids mac and cheese



DH got the black beans, rice, potatoes and a side salad. I still wasn't hungry from my pumpkin tart and I knew DD12 would not eat all of hers so I just got a side of black beans and rice.



After this we head over to the cartoon section.

I like Beetle Baily. The creator of this cartoon when the same university as me. You probably can't guess which university that is by looking at the above photo





We then do Spiderman with about a 30 min wait.





I really liked Spiderman. DD12 liked it too. It had no dips.

After Spidie DH, DD19 and DS head over to The Hulk which had about a 30 minute wait as well. There was no way I was going to ride that thing.

DD12 and I do the x-men spin ride. I conclude that spinning is more fun when inside a teacup.



Everyone really liked The Hulk including DD19 who normally doesn't like the larger coasters too much. She has a fear of heights but since it rockets you out of there you really are not high for too long. It is the slowly going to the top that gets her. Will they convince me to ride it?????

The park is getting hot and crowded so we decide to head back to the condo for a break.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #57
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Great installment Nancy, love the photos. : Hmm. Wouldn't catch me on the Hulk...
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After the very long walk back to our car and the very quick 10 min drive back to our condo we go for a relaxing swim at the condo. Sorry no pics. You're just going to have to trust me that this is what we did. I think we just ate leftover Pearl's for dinner as I have no food pics either.


I think we head back to the parks at around 5:30. We decide to check out the US side of things.




We all agree we want to do ET. No dips for DD12 although she is a little nervous. I tell her it is just like Peter Pan. She claims Peter Pan had a dip.

The queue is dark so pictures did not turn out well. This is the best I was able to get. It said there was a 30 minute wait and it turned out to be a bit longer.



They also say you can't take photos while on the ride which most of the rides have this policy. I am beginning to understand why the Universal trip reports do not have many photos. I find that most of the queues are difficult to take photos and even rides that would normally be easy to photograph they say no photography.

DD12 decides that she likes the ride. As a matter of fact this turns out to be one of her favorites.

Next up is Men in Black because it is a ride that we knew we would all like. I must say I did like it but Buzz Lightyear is still preferred. I even like Buzz more than Toy Story Mania. The spinning was better but the items you were shooting were not. Just my opinion and I know a lot of people would disagree with me regarding TSM vs Buzz. I don't think we had a wait on this ride.

After this we see Transformers has a 60 minute wait. I had been reading it is usually 90 so we decide to go for it. It does have a decent queue. I think we end up waiting about 50 minutes. It moves quickly. I will say by the time we were done the wait was down to 45.



The kids really liked it. I must say it was very similar to Spiderman with different action heros. I must say that I preferred Spiderman. I felt like I just had metal being thrown at me in Transformers. There is at least a better variety of the type of characters in Spiderman.

After this we see The Mummy has a 5 minute wait. No way DD12 is going to do this one. I also had her watch a youtube video. We run through the very long and empty queue and walk on the ride.

We love love love The Mummy!!! Great effects and a fun coaster. I am glad I didn't watch the video. I liked the surprises in the coaster. I won't give away any spoilers but this was without a doubt one of favorite rides not just for this trip but this would include WDW and any other parks we have experienced.

DD12 and DH had fun in the gift shop while we were on the ride.





Of course DS and DD19 want to ride it again so DH gets to ride with them.

I discover these in the gift shop.



Yes they are really crickets and yes it appears that their primary function is to be eaten.

Also in The Mummy gift shop:


It is getting close to closing. We are tired so we head out. We decide not to stay for the Cinematic Spectacular. After all it is only our first day we will have plenty of time to get that in. DS was also disappointed that we did not get to ride Rip Rocket but he knows we will be back.

Sorry, another bad pic but this was the best one I got of this iconic symbol.



One thing I would like to note is that I used Undercover Tourist's crowd calendar. This was a level 6 day with both US and IoA listed as green days. (I just noticed that the website now has it as a level 7 day.) I will have to say that it was the least busy of any of the days we attended.

The big question I am leaving you with is...Will we make it to opening the second day???
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Thanks for adding that about the UT app. I have been watching it lately, trying to see the patterns...good to know you found it dependable. Looks like everyone had fun. Mummy sounds way too creepy for my crew, I won't even get the movie...but I love those bead thingies from the gift shop!
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Thanks for adding that about the UT app. I have been watching it lately, trying to see the patterns...good to know you found it dependable. Looks like everyone had fun. Mummy sounds way too creepy for my crew, I won't even get the movie...but I love those bead thingies from the gift shop!
Oh no...don't get the app. I meant to say something about that. I was referring to the crowd calendar on the website. I did do the app but it was completely inaccurate. It didn't even have all the correct rides on the US side. It still hadn't updated Despicable Me along with another which I can't remember. I think Jaws. Anyway there were two attractions that no longer existed and it was never ever accurate. Another thing I was disappointed in was that someone on Dis said there were wait times posted throughout the park. Well I think I saw them one time the entire trip.

Anyway...you should really give The Mummy a chance. Are you able to manage EE? I would say The Mummy is closer to EE without the height.
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