wind blowin',sun shinin',Soarin'on a magical celebration!April/10: Final thoughts!

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  1. longing2Batdisney

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    Hi! Leanne
    welcome back! missed you too...I, too, have been MIA on alot of threads...

    my poor little Ashton was so tired from the long day and than the swim, I think we were at the point of his trip that he needed a day just to recoup :cutie:...I just felt bad for Dad, mom buys Ashton so much stuff all the time that dad's regular slogan is "poor Ashton". He bought the sword and told him all proud "look what Pops found for you". :rotfl2:

    Hope you guys have a great weekend! and a great CA trip...can't wait to hear all about it!
     
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  3. longing2Batdisney

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    hey Ashley!
    you know its funny that you say that about being tired and hungry...both Ashton and Dayne (when he was younger) whenever they are overly tired, no matter how much they may have eaten earlier are always hungry...I have always thought they were getting the feeling of exhustion mixed up :rotfl2:

    normally, Danny and I would have tried to hang back and let it clear out but mom & dad had started rolling out before we could catch up...I know if I would have told mom let's take our time through the shops she would have been more than happy to obilge ;)
     
  4. longing2Batdisney

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    Oh! boy Kathy you are going to be in ther magic in a week! :mickeyjum
    also very happy Mark did well and just needs to get a little rest before you guys hit the parks! Danny never wants to take the truck...we should have gone sit down on a bench and people watched for a bit...the bus lines themselves moved quick it was to get to our station through the hoards of people...but just about all the resorts had two busses loading at a time with two more waiting in the wings it was a sight to behold that is for certain!

    I just really think that was horrible judgement on the part of the transportation director of the evening :sad:
     
  5. aprilisis

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    I love Spectromagic! I'm sorry your night ended badly, though. :sad1:
    I can't wait to read about Universal/IOA!
     
  6. BippityBoo

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    OH my gosh! What a crazy bus story! I would have been so upset.

    Can't wait to hear if you like Universal.
     
  7. Charlefours

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    Finally catching up Connie!

    Great updates! I have to say, I may politely but firmly suggest to DMIL to take a hike (obviously not with those exact words :rolleyes2) if she drives me bonkers like I am anticipating.

    Great use of a teachable moment with Ashton, at least he remembered it then hopefully he still does now. :goodvibes I don't think I am going to do laundry while we are down there, but I will have stuff just in case. There is just something unappealing about doing laundry on vacation...:rolleyes:

    I would had a hard time keeping my mouth shut if people kept jumping in front of me. What is it with rude adults at Disney? Hello, you are in one of the most magical spots--be nice!! Is that too much to ask for? :confused3

    Looking forward to reading about IOA day. :goodvibes
     
  8. jenseib

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    I always hang back too. I hate leaving with the hoards of people. You get no where fast.

    Can't wait to hear about Universal
     
  9. longing2Batdisney

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    Hi! April
    it really was a bad way to end the night...but, it was still as always a magical experience overall...
    Hi Katie,
    it was crazy; I really hope the guys working that night did some complaining to who ever came up with that poor decision

    Hey Steph!
    I find people are getting ruder and ruder everywhere these days. I told Danny yesterday it seems like everyone is always in such a hurry...it is a very sorry circumstance for the new generations....

    I can promise you we will be hanging back next time. or do like I planned and catch the parade at the end so we can walk out at the tail end of it all and miss the crowd that gathers at the beginning...


    Universal coming up!
     
  10. longing2Batdisney

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    On Thursday morning we woke up around 6:30 finished packing, Danny and the kids loaded up the truck and van. I ran to the POP century store to pick up my traditional souvie a photo album for the year and a necklace for Chloe. Danny picked me up by the door and with a very heavy heart we were off...

    we arrived and checked into the Royal Pacific Resort...
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    our rooms were ready!:cool1: so, we brought up all our stuff did the quick restroom break and headed off to Islands of Adventure (this is Danny and the older kids FAVORITE park in Orlando--now, Dayne and Gwendolyn both love WDW but if they could only do one park it would be IOA).

    we made it to the gates around 9:30 and we were very excited to have the Express passes that come with staying at the RPR. The crowds were very low and we were very excited about that as well.

    We had decided to purchase the Meal Plan for the day...at Universal you can purchase a meal plan for 19.99 and a drink cup for 8.99. You have a choice of three resturants in each park which normally serves your traditional counter service meals. Burgers, fried chicken, pizza, asian food...each one of the three resturants serves a different flavor of food...it is all you care to eat while in the park (this is a great plan for teenage boys who eat alot; but, if you are there for the shorter hour days it is really not worth it). Now, we added the 6.99 package to eat at one of the resturants (on the list) at Citywalk THIS WAS WORTH IT! it made the entire meal deal worth it!!!

    We decided to start with Suess Landing and work our way around the park; we had lunch at Circus McGuricus (sp) they serve fried chicken, burgers, pasta...Ashton and I shared the chicken plate w/mashed potatos and a dessert; Danny had a chicken sandwich w/fries, Gwendolyn & Joe shared a chicken salad all the food was very good for being a counter service resturant.

    Ashton loves Suess Landing last year while we were there he and I just would make a circle of all the attractions and ride over and over again. We did the same on this day (after we had made our way around the park with our entire family). After we had circled the park and visited all the attractions, my parents decided to go back to the resort, the older kids and Danny decided to stay on the left side of the park, and Ashton and I hit suess Landing for Suessical adventures...

    so, on to the photos of the day...
    oH! BTW Ashton was able to ride Spider Man and the spinning cups and he loved both...he really enjoyed Spider Man so much so that is the attraction he chose to end the day on...

    cont...photos of the day...
     
  11. longing2Batdisney

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    Hint: for one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish...follow the directions of the song that is playing if you do not want to get sprayed!
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    Oh another neat note; in Suess Landing not one tree is straight, when building the area they were sure to find trees that were growing crooked!
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    exicted to ride the Trolley in the Sky! one if his favorites...
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    I love when he first eats these; he always starts out thinking it is ice cream :confused3
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    waiting for the cafe to open for lunch
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    a shot from last year on the Trolley in the Sky inside Circus McGuirkus (sp)
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    this year riding the Trolley in the Sky
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    up next the rest of our walk through Islands of Adventure...
     
  12. laashley

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    Yay Universal has started! (not that I wasn't excited about Disney, just am happy to get more info on US:laughing:) IOA looked so empty, bet it isn't that way anymore now that HP is open. So, Circus McGurkus was good, writing that down. I think they have gone up on the meal deal, but we still must eat. I think the kids will really like Suess Landing. Such a cute picture of Ashton on the carousel!
     
  13. longing2Batdisney

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    WE were there on a Thursday in April so it was pretty slow. There were a number of large conventions at the hotel going on...in fact the parks were open that night one for grad night and the other for a private party.

    All the food we ate was decent really could not complain. It is pretty standard as I mentioned. Your children will love Seuss Landing it is so fun just to walk around. Ashton loves it and would mention his books at home at he was riding some of the attractions.
     
  14. longing2Batdisney

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    Moving forward! join me on a photo montage of as we work our way around the park...

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    on our way to 'Posideion"s Fury"
    WARNING: this is a very intense attraction; this scared the hebe jebee's out of Ashton last year and he was not that thrilled with it again this year... sorry no photos of the chamber it is a pretty dark attraction...
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    views of Hogwarts as we wandered through to the next land...
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    We made our way to Juarrasic Park --Danny and the older kids went to ride the attraction. Ashton, my parents and I went on a dinosaur exploration
    (this is also where another of their meal deal resturants can be found- well Ashton was hungry and for some reason so was my parents. So, Ashton and I shared a chicken tenders basket and they each had a burger. They loved the add on station here they had everything to add to a burger. The food here is pretty standard burgers, onion rings, chicken tenders...you get the picture--again decent).
    Ashton loves to run around and explore this area...
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    from here we made our way through toon lagoon...
    we talked Danny and the older kids to wait to ride the two attractions here until after we rode Spider Man; so, we made our way to Spider Man
    we love this ride! from there we rode the spinning cups...
    after this mom and dad decided to go back to the resort, Danny and the older kids rode the Hulk a few times and back tracked to Toon Lagoon and pretty much stayed on that side of the park for the remainder of the day. Ashton and I went back to Suess Landing and spent the remainder of our day there...

    OH! NO!!! Ashton your sinking...
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    having some comic strip fun...
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    continued...
     
  15. longing2Batdisney

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    as we made our way back to Seuss Landing we ran into a few of Ashton's friends...

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    Ashton was so funny with the Grinch! this guy stayed in character and Ashton just did not get it...
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    and they were nice enough to put on a show for us and a few other guests!
    (I'm sorry I had a video clip but I lost it...I am so bummed when the computer crashed I lost the video's of Spectro and this story time)
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    and than they come out to meet their fans
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    Ashton and this Grinch seemed to get along a little better...
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    and off we went to explore some more...
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    after riding everything here a few dozen times (the Express passes were wonderful but, without them would have been fine on this day the regular lines were moving very fast!)
    we walked through the Dr Seuss bookstore (I wish I would have allocated about $150 to buy some of the books we don't have--they have ALL Dr. Seuss books in stock)
    Danny had called and told us they were Toon Lagoon and to walk over...so, we did!
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  16. longing2Batdisney

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    upon entering Toon Lagoon this is what we found
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    (Ashley and anyone interested in the meal deal resturants; the thrid one can be found in Toon Lagoon it serves all the regulars, also pizza, and asian influnced food-- I remember I had the beef and broccoli in 2009 it was tasty; again as I said the food is decent for being counter service we were fine with the choices we made at all three in the two years we visited)
    can you find our wet crew...
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    Ashton found a ship to explore...
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    this was scary for me the slide is a two story thing, I was up at the top when he wanted to slide so I told him to wait at the top and I would call him when I got to the bottom of the slide--I was alone with him and I did not want him to wander out of the ship...what did he do?!? he slid down just as I was getting off the stairs.
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    Danny and the guys just kept riding this over and over..they were not even getting off would just go for another round...they must have rode this thing about 20 times...
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    well, of course the park was closing shortly and the guys were ready to go and find some dry clothes...but, Ashton wanted to ride Spider Man again. So, on the walk out we were able to get two more spins with the Spidy...
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    from here we made our way out of the park, through a few gift shops of course...and caught a boat for the resort. It was probably about 7 we were off to get showers and cleaned up to have dinner at one of the resturants
    that honored the $6 add on for dinner. (I believe there was like five choices).

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    our view...
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    and unfortuantely this was pretty much Ashton's dinner; along with some crackers
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    he did not make it to dinner, he fell asleep on the boat on the way over to City Walk. So, where did we dine...well, it was a little before 9 by the time we made it to CityWalk (this was the first time we encountered a wait and a large number of people--while waiting for the boat). We were going to try out Pat O's (since we have one here at home and it does not offer food it is a jazz and piano bar only) but, you can not get in after 9 under 21. So, we tried the Latin Quarter...I really wish I would have taken pictures. You are given a special menu along with the regular menu...we all figured it would be small portions due the amount of money we paid for this add on...well, let me tell you...

    we ordered and paid OOP for beef nachos (this was a meal in itself we ordered two and we were just about all full from just these two appetizers)
    my mom, Luke, and myself ordered the chicken pasta it was awesome! and sooooo much food, Dayne ordered the chicken tenders surprise (we saved a few and fries for Ashton for when he woke up--didn't happen), and Danny and my dad ordered the house special of pork loin...it was this huge mound of pork tenderlion medalions w/gravy and garlic mashed potatoes...all the food was delicious!!!! this is a must try for anyone eating at Citywalk. Definately different from the syndicated resturants that you find around the country.

    From here we walked our food off a little by walking briefly around Citywalk, the boys and Gwendolyn & Joe walked around. We caught the boat back the resort and hit the sheets for a much needed and relaxing sleep...

    up next, our last day of adventure
    Unversial Studios!

     
  17. mickeystoontown

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    Goodness Connie! You've been on an installment roll the last few days. I just now got caught up again.:laughing:

    Pacific Royal Resort looks absolutely beautiful. Is that the one that you were able to book with the pin that I sent to you?

    All of the pictures of Universal are great. We haven't been to Universal in years and year and years. I think Hunter was 2 or 3 the last time we went.
     
  18. longing2Batdisney

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    Just a reminder...you can find quick links to all Trip Report posting on the very first post of this report!
     
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    Sorry to be MIA for so long! What a fun day at IOA!! I did a lot of the same things as you at that park. The first Grinch we saw was stubborn, too-- he wouldn't even look at the camera! The second one was much nicer! Isn't the Dr. Seuss and company show cute? We met the characters in the same spot. Emily loved seeing Thing 1 and 2.
    I love the cartoon theme area.
    Sounds like Ashton was pooped after a long day.
     
  20. longing2Batdisney

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    I was given a little bit of time by Ashton tonight (he is playing the Wii), Dayne is in FL at the beach, and Danny is just getting in. So, I was trying to get in a little more of the day!

    Yes, this is the room I used your pin on...but, good thing Danny had recieved one, too. when I called two days later to add another room on they had asked for the email address attached and changed it on the orginal ressie as well. Although, they did not ask for anything upon check in; so, I was happy to have both. It is a beautiful resort but I don't think we would stay there without a great discount. I am so trying to talk Danny into a return trip soon and leave US off and do SeaWorld instead we have not been there in at least a decade.
     
  21. longing2Batdisney

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    Hey Barbara! I thought it was cute the way he was staying in character; but, what made it funnier to me was that poor Ashton did not understand at all; and he so loves all the characters. If is so much fun to see him run up to all the characters with such a big smile and all the amazement and magic in his eyes.
     

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