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Discussion in 'Universal Studios Trip Reports' started by jenseib, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Thanks. I do go back and look them every so often.
     
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  3. rndmr2

    rndmr2 DIS Veteran

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    So sorry to see your TR come to an end! :sad1: It seemed like a really great trip, though, was so glad you were able to get a little Magic for your last full day, though! :thumbsup2

    I hope your plans for the fall work out.
     
  4. englishrose47

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    Great TR Jen !!Now you will have more time to visit my threads , my Free trips one keeps growing more trips !!!:rotfl2:
     
  5. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    It was a great trip...but anything getting away from home usually is.


    I know, I need to get over and read. Believe it or not, I am still way behind on Dis. I have been working on a few other projects..and still have a couple more I need to start..I keep putting them off. No reason to really do so, but I just do. Maybe I'll start my pillow case one today. Once I get my mickey head sewn in it's not too hard.
     
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    Wrong thread, but I just wanted to say that I was happy to hear that you finally got Claire's dress.
    Can't wait to see pics of Claire wearing it. :thumbsup2
     
  7. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Thanks Karin. I am so relieved. I don't like getting ripped off and I was beginning to think that might be the case.
     
  8. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

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    Jen, I saw the outfit on your other thread and it is just so cute! Well, then, you have the perfect model too! ;)

    So, can't you just hop to WDW in 2 weeks time? It will definitely not be the same without the first day. ;) :sad2:
     
  9. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I sure wish i could. I need to win the lottery...and play it to actually win. :rotfl:
     
  10. natebenma

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    Working on catching up.

    Fantastic photos of the parade!

    Love the sweatshirt you bought. The colors look great with the black and white of the sweatshirt.

    We also injected some MK into our Universal trip last summer and it was so totally worth it (although a one-day park ticket is not an inexpensive way to visit the park)

    Be back soon to read about your final day.
     
  11. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    It is an expensive way to do disney. Thats what makes it so hard to do a 1 day trip to another park too. Those 1 day tickets are killers.
     
  12. natebenma

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    Loved your trip report! Thanks for sharing all of your amazing pictures and great descriptions of everything you experienced!

    Smart call going to Universal on the last day. Like you said, the masses were all headed to IoA. Sounds like you got in a few fun rides before leaving.

    I know all about the hunger monster. Making sure I am well-fed and caffienated are the secrets to keeping me happy.

    I'm glad to hear the dog quieted down. We had a yippy dog in the next row on our flight home from Puerto Rico while we were waiting to take off. I thought I was going to lose my mind if it kept barking for the entire flight. Fortunately, it stopped for most of the flight, just starting up again as we descended.

    Can't wait to follow along with your next adventures!
     
  13. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I have to attribute some of my good times and planning to you (and Bubbas Mom too) You both had great TR's that gave me so much info.

    My next adventure will be sans family in Sept.
    My good friend and I are taking a trip. I haven't offically annoucned what it is, but I am playing the guess what it is game on my PTR. (It's the Universal Dreams link in my signature). That PTR includes the Universal PTR, my upcoming Nov. trip and now this newest one which will be in Sept. I see a lot of writing in my future. :rotfl:
     
  14. natebenma

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    That's so nice of you to say!!!

    BubbasMom is definitely a helpful Universal expert. I learned a lot from her.

    The value in my report was probably that it came from the perspective of a "newbie". Although you can get a lot of information from people who have been someplace again and again (like most of us who visit Disney frequently), sometimes you can get a lot of insight from someone is experiencing and learning about a destination for the first time
     
  15. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Very true. It's nice to see both sides.
     
  16. bubba's mom

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    hey there....

    just wanted to let you know, i finished your report today :lmao: Sorry took so long, but spring was super busy around here..then school let out, vacation was here, and now...well, better late than never.

    anyhow....it seems like you guys were pleasantly surprised at the time you had at UO (especially Skip!) You really need to go again and stay onsite...easier on his feet ;)

    people that 'stand' on the moving walkway is my peeve too (altho, we've only been a day guest once) They walk in the morning cuz they're anxious to get to the parks...yet, are so tired at the end of the day, they stand. IF they stayed onsite, they'd be 'home' by then ;)

    tip for people doing Harry Potter and early entry for the first time: don't waste time and slow down to take pix at Port of Entry. It'll still be there later...get your butt movin' to HP!

    I wonder if they DID change the Ollivander queue? They didn't used to have it go behind the building that early? :confused3 The tip about the line snaking between the 2 buildings being 1/2 hour wait was from a TM personally.

    Glad you remembered the bathroom w/ Myrtle...and loved Claire got a big bang outta her :laughing:

    The 'show' in Suess Landing...w/ Lorax...must be a new thing with the movie coming out. That show didn't used to be there. Nice they have one tho :thumbsup2

    Happy to hear the 'spin' is back on Cat in the Hat. They took that out for awhile when a little kid (wasn't being watched by parents) went flying out of the ride. Ruined it...glad it's back :) I also got busted for taking pix on that ride. If you look up during the ride, you can see cameras everywhere. They ARE watching!

    Sign in standby line at Popeyes: You WILL get wet. You MAY get soaked. Enuf said :rolleyes1

    Glad to read you enjoyed your lunch at Mville. No better place at CW imo. And yes..nachos=drool.....

    Nice to see Jaws' shark is still there. Wonder if they'll keep it in the park somewhere as a tribute? (like they do w/ the all the original rides...Kong, BTTF, etc...)

    I think you did have a faulty gun on MIB :( If you scored w/ the button (awesome job btw :thumbsup2 ) and no points with your gun, I'm guessing gun malfunction. Been known to happen :headache:

    I agree with your recommendation of no more than TWO people per party at a locker screen. There's at least someone else there with you to remember your locker...more than that crowds it and is unnecessary.

    I don't think Simpson's has screens at opposite ends of the building. I think they are next to each other actually.

    LOVED your ice cream at WDW. I wouldn't want those calories, but I'd sacrifice 1 time :hyper:

    Your pix are all beautiful...especially of Toon Lagoon. You really captured the area perfectly. Just like being there.

    The stores/shops in WWoHP are small because JKR wanted them that way. That is how they are in the movies/books, so she wanted them like that in the park. A more authentic feel I'm guessing? :confused: Doesn't matter...people will still go and still spend $$.

    Tell me...years ago, did Hoop De Doo used to be IN the MK? I think my Mom did it when I was young? I haven't been to WDW in forever and I'm thinking this used to be there?

    I'm SO glad you guys had a good time at UO. See? Toldja to give it a shot...and now you want to go back AND stay onsite. NO other way imo.

    thanks for your great pix and review....makes me miss the place!
     
  17. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I did notice you hadn't been on Dis at all, so I figured life just got in the way. I am so excited to hear about your latest trip.

    Claire just said the other day that she can't wait to go back to Universal, so I do hope we get back there in the next few years. She and I have a big trip in Nov. at WDW and on the Disney Dream, and we'll be spending a lot of that trip with family and I booked the Magic out of Galveston for Sept for a friend and I, so it might be awhile again.
    I do agree, I think onsite would be better. I really wanted to, but Skip didn't see the light...maybe next time he will.

    I loved the Harry Potter area. It was really like being in the movie. They did do an excellent job with that. I can't wait till the new part opens. I will push for a trip then most likely.

    Claire was so intrigued by Myrtle and since we've been home she has watched the movie, so now she knows who she is.

    Yep! The spin was back. It was fun....but I can't spin too many times or :sick: . But I do think it was one of the coolest dark rides I have ever been on.

    The nachos were sooo good. I could go for a batch of those once a week! :thumbsup2

    I was really impressed with Universal and IoA. Skip loved it too, so I'm sure it will be on his list. I have to thank you for all the time and tips you gave to me to help me out. It really did help out our touring style.

    I really enjoyed taking pictures there because it had so many new colorful things to see. I know there is still so much more to do and see there too!
     
  18. bubba's mom

    bubba's mom <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=darko

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    By the time we get back there, I'LL need insider tips and info! :lmao: We have no immediate plans to return :guilty: (read: sailing trip SO great, going back to do that more!)

    oh...forgot to tell ya...there was a picture of a hotel that you took but didn't know what hotel it was. It was the Hard Rock Hotel. Can't remember where you were when you took it, but you could see the 'white-ish' top of it? That's what it was. It's the closest one...about 5 min walk to/from parks.

    Sounds like you will have a great cruise. I know we had a much better time with all those people vs. just us 3.

    then again, how can any vacation NOT be good? :goodvibes

    At least your crew will now know what to expect on their next trip to UO :thumbsup2
     
  19. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Thanks. I think i took it walking out of Universal Studios park.
    I'm sure the cruise wil lbe fun..but probably annoying at times too. :rolleyes1 You know...sisters can be a pain at times.
     
  20. bubba's mom

    bubba's mom <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=darko

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    know all too well. haven't spoken to mine in years.....

    You'll have a wonderful cruise... Close enough to be together and enjoy, but a big enuf ship to 'get away' if you need to! :laughing:
     
  21. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

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    I have two sisters. One of them I get along with really well and the other one makes me grind my teeth!
     

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