Canadian Buffoon's Semi-EPIC Vacation - 08/21 - Come To The Dark Side

pkondz

. . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
Joined
Mar 9, 2007
Yeah you never know when bringing random teens together if they will hit it off.
I've seen it go both ways.
I wasn't really worried about
Elle, though. She's a sweetheart. :)
Really depends on the day, and their moods and...the phase of the moon or something...glad it worked out so well!
"phase of the moon", huh?

:rolleyes1
I love this! I love that you (and loads of other people that are not me) can look so relaxed in ride photos and do fun stuff like that. I'm always the one wondering when the drop is and making a really stupid face by accident, not on purpose.
:laughing:
I love planning those shots. :)
I really feel for the characters sometimes. Especially the ones like Ariel without a big furry costume between them and the drunken frat boys. I wonder how Disney politely escorts them outta there in Disney style without any pointing or un-Disney like actions?
And especially Ariel with her
bare skin.
I'm sure she inwardly cringes

fairly regularly.
Wow. That just shows you how much Universal doesn't want you just adding two days at Universal onto your Disney trip by making it such an incredible rip off that you'll go for the AP because it's such a good deal. I guess if you're in Orlando a lot it really does make sense to have both.
I figured it was a good gamble.
I thought I might go back.
Not sure, still, but...
Maybe? Possibly?
If not... it's only $30.

Not $500.
 

buzzrelly

DIS Veteran
Joined
Nov 20, 2005
I don't normally post two
updates so close together.
(At least, not anymore.
I got complaints... :rolleyes:)
What?? Just keep 'em coming…we don't mind at all :-)


Universal Studios, here we come!!!


And within just a few minutes,
we found ourselves backstage
at Epcot trying to explain to
a not very happy security guard
that we were trying to go
to Universa
Oh, no! I'm sure I would do something like that, but the Lyft driver? :rotfl:

Now that you say it, I think I vaguely remember that you were going to UO. How fun!


We eventually arrived at our resort,
the Royal Pacific just after 7:00pm.
That's where we stayed in 2015. It's so pretty, it kind of reminds me of The Poly :love:


I dialed the number and
it was promptly answered
by a female voice.

N: "Thankyou for calling National. How may I help you?"
P: "I'm just looking for the phone number
for the Four-Points location.
I'd like to be picked up, if possible."
N: "Of course sir. MCO?"
P: "No. Four-Points."
N: "Certainly, sir. Do you have the reservation number?"
I rattle it off.
N: "Where are you calling from?"
P: "Orlando"
N: "For how many days?"
I tell her.
N: "The rate for renting a mid-size car at MCO for..."
I cut her off.
P: "No. I'm not renting from MCO.
I'm renting from Four-Points.
I just want the phone number."
N: "Certainly, sir. The phone number for MCO is..."
P: "Not MCO! I'm renting from Four-Points!"
N: "Of course, sir. Let me get that number. Do you have a pen?"
Lady, I've been white-knuckling a pen
for the past five minutes.
P: "Yes, I have a pen."
She gives me a toll-free number.
The number that I dialed to reach her.
I start to laugh.
P: "Gee! Thanks a lot! You just
gave me your own number!"
N: "I can..."
<click>

I hung up.
Oh, my word :sad2:

I don't blame you for hanging up.


Lucky for you, since the pool
was closed, and getting a phone
number was proving impossible
I decided to spend a few minutes
wandering around taking photos.

I know. I know.
"Yay! I can stop reading!"

The front entrance:



Walkway to the hotel:

Your pictures are amazing! ::yes::
 

thepicklebee

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jun 29, 2016
I love the Royal Pacific! While my heart will always belong to Disney, I think the universal hotels are so much nicer and you get more for your money.
 
  • pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
    Mar 9, 2007
    I love the Royal Pacific! While my heart will always belong to Disney, I think the universal hotels are so much nicer and you get more for your money.
    Interesting!
    I really have only the one to go on.
    I've never even seen any of the others! :laughing:
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
    Mar 9, 2007
    What?? Just keep 'em coming…we don't mind at all :-)
    :laughing:
    Thanks!

    But I really did get complaints

    for posting updates too quickly. :)
    Oh, no! I'm sure I would do something like that, but the Lyft driver?
    Maybe it was... his first day??
    Now that you say it, I think I vaguely remember that you were going to UO. How fun!
    ::yes::
    It was kinda an open secret. :)
    That's where we stayed in 2015. It's so pretty, it kind of reminds me of The Poly :love:
    I really liked it.
    I'd stay there again
    in a heartbeat!
    Oh, my word :sad2:

    I don't blame you for hanging up.
    It was both funny and sad.
    Your pictures are amazing! ::yes::
    Thanks! :goodvibes
    Unfortunately, after this,
    I mostly put the big camera
    away and just used my phone.
    It was my first time in a loooong
    time at Uni and I wanted to
    experience it... not photograph it.

    There'll be plenty of photos....

    Just not very good ones.
     

    SimplyGoofy

    "You are not Mickey Mouse... you are a rat!"
    Joined
    Jul 31, 2011
    This should have been my
    first hint that maybe he
    wasn't the best Lyft driver.
    Oh, goodness.

    Universal Studios, here we come!!!
    :woohoo:

    Hooray! Hello, Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

    (And yes, I suppose all that other stuff at Universal, too.) :rolleyes:

    And within just a few minutes,
    we found ourselves backstage
    at Epcot trying to explain to
    a not very happy security guard
    that we were trying to go
    to Universal.
    Oh, no! :rotfl: I figured you were going to tell us how he cut off traffic left and right or drove to the backstage section at Universal (I've seen that on several trip reports when they use online directions!), but how on earth did he end up at EPCOT?!

    :rotfl2:

    Well, it's a good story?! ;)

    Big bathroom.
    You could put a cot in there.
    WOW that bathroom is HUGE! The accessible bathrooms are a heck-of-a-lot bigger than the usual bathrooms with the separating door (the sink by itself and the toilet and tub/shower together behind a sliding door). You could definitely put a cot in there!

    Our view from our room:
    Wow, what a great view! I cared not one iota about our view at the Royal Pacific as I figured we wouldn't be spending much time in the room (I was correct on that one), but it would be neat to see the theme parks from your room!

    Eventually she got it sorted out and
    I was the proud owner of a
    Universal AP.
    Wow! TWO annual passes in ONE vacation - you're so fancy!

    My Disney AP, upgrading from
    a 5-day park hopper was over $500.
    My Uni AP, upgrading from
    a 2-day, 2-park ticket?

    About $30.
    It's AMAZING how much cheaper Universal passes are than Disney passes! Even if you don't return to the parks, I think there are other perks with the AP that may make an upgrade worth it on a one-time trip.

    I decided to spend a few minutes
    wandering around taking photos.
    Beautiful photos! I was so tired by the end of the day when I was at Universal that I didn't take many night photos. I can't believe how few people were in the lobby (and how many people were in what I believe was Orchid Lounge!).

    I hope getting picked up for your rental car worked out! (One thing you could've tried is calling the front desk of the hotel who could then transfer you to the rental car counter - I'm sure they do it for hotel guests all the time. If you had a hard time finding the actual hotel phone number, my usual trick is to call a restaurant in the hotel who then transfers me to the front desk. Perhaps that's a lot of rigmarole to reach the rental desk, but it sounds like it may have been easier than your phone call!)

    Stay tuned!
    I can't wait to hear about your experience at Universal! I hope both of you loved it!
     

    docsoliday1

    DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
    Joined
    Mar 12, 2008
    Rise and shine!
    It's moving day!
    NO!!! I just moved from GA to FL. Not going to move again.

    We checked out of the hotel
    and then checked our bags
    at 8:25am.
    We then boarded a bus
    at... 8:25am.
    Okay, that's just insane. So, you checked in your bags as the bus pulled up?

    We were heading over to DHS.
    Unlike the last time we went,
    there was no anniversary
    celebration going on.
    Ruh roh, George!

    So it should be a lot quieter,
    right?
    Ummm, dude...no...it's May the 4th and that's where Star Wars is. Bad move.

    It's May! Nice, sedate, May.
    May the fourth, to be precise.
    Not a good day to be near the Star Wars fans!

    It's just gotta be dead there, right?
    I keep telling you, it's not a good day to be there and dead is quite the opposite.

    The standby line for TSMM was
    already up to 40 minutes.
    We both figured that it wasn't
    going to get any lower today, so...
    We hopped in line.
    Yeah, for SB, that's about as good as it gets.

    Always beat your children.
    Builds character.
    People tend to go to jail for that.

    Would it surprise you to
    know that at 10am the
    wait time for TOT was
    110 minutes and RNRC was
    already up to 115 minutes?
    Not at all.

    I find this picture comical. PM me if you'd like to know why.

    We'd already done this ride,
    so it didn't have quite the
    excitement factor that the
    first go-around did.

    Wake up!!!!
    Did you work too hard laying down side tracks?

    Contrast our expressions
    with the two young ladies
    in front of us.
    Oh how I hope they got
    their PP photo! :laughing:
    I sure hope they did too.

    And, dude?
    If you hadn't been so
    engrossed with your
    phone, you could've
    totally photo-bombed us.
    Maybe this is a get off my lawn type thing, but this is probably my biggest pet peeve at Disney. People with their face buried in their phone. YOU'RE ON VACATION PEOPLE!!!! I partly blame Disney because with having to do FPs on the app instead of the old (GOOD) way, people who normally may NOT have had their face buried in their phone now do.

    The show was cute but
    definitely a one and done.
    Except this was more of
    a two and phew for us,
    but she didn't remember it
    since it had been ten years.
    Funny...I liked it. If it were an air conditioned theater (or theatre if you prefer) it would be better.

    t was a walk on, thanks to
    a strategically selected FP.
    FP walk on? Who would've thunk it?

    Sleeping and checking your manicure. Wow, nothing seems to phase you.

    The show was fun as always
    and Elle enjoyed it.
    She said she remembered
    bits and pieces of it.
    I have mixed emotions about it. I like it because it has some pretty cool effects, but it's definitely dated.

    When I first joined the DIS,
    (over ten years ago!!!)
    I mostly was looking at the
    restaurant reviews.
    Consistently, Mama Melrose
    was rated as the worst
    restaurant in all of Disney.
    But I'd lately noticed that more
    and more positive reports
    were popping up, including
    glowing praise from @chunkymonkey .
    I was noticing I seem to be the only one recently who wasn't impressed. I didn't even think to order a steak, but kinda wishing I had now.

    Elle was ready to eat
    and so was I!

    Is that a ready to eat gaze or really Dad, you're taking my picture again?

    The only thing marring the dish
    was that tiny piece of green
    on the plate at about ten o'clock.
    How dare they!?!?!?!
    They ruined it!!!
    You should have eaten about half and then complained to your waiter/waitress. Gotten another one.

    We got to SDD only to see there
    was a 120 minute wait.
    But with our FPs we pretty much
    just walked on.
    Another FP walk on? What are the odds?

    :eek: Do you think she's right?
    Did they design it that way???
    I don't know. She might be on to something there, but I think only one of the imagineers could answer that definitively.

    We got...
    Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
    Not surprising...you get to see your....errrmm....love interest.

    This actually turned out to be
    a good attraction to have a FP for.
    While the show itself is pretty
    forgettable, having a FP allowed
    us to enter into the waiting area
    ahead of the standby line.
    Ummm, okay...this is typical for a FP. What's the big deal?

    The waiting area is air conditioned.
    Oh!

    And while we waited in comfort,
    I snagged two more FPs for
    the Frozen Sing Along.
    I'd never been, and had
    heard good things.
    Also air conditioned!
    Love this show. Remind me when you're here to show you the video I have.

    Elle responded by saying.
    "Too bad, so sad."
    She didn't care.
    She really didn't care.
    Not exactly a Star Wars fan.
    I am a Star Wars fan, but I could care less about the march. I like the original movies and the march just simply disrupts the crowd and being able to get where you're going. Not a fan of that at all.

    1 2 3 4 5 <SPIN!>
    5 4 3 2 1 <SPIN!>
    Repeat ad infinitum.
    If you go to DC, check out the tomb of the unknown soldier. It's uncanny that so many different people can have their footfalls in exactly the same spots.

    I don't know what they're
    paying these kids...
    But it isn't enough.
    I think most of them are doing it for the perks and not so much the pay. Other than that station, I think it's a pretty sweet gig actually...they rarely have to DO anything...most of the time it's stand or sit and watch.



    Apparently, I take this
    photo of Elle on just
    about every trip.
    :laughing: I hadn't
    even realized!
    First the roller coaster and now she's trying to sleep here also? You must be waking her up too early.

    Okay, this is better.
    (Is it?)
    ::yes::

    We split an order of
    grilled cheese and
    tomato soup.
    Dude, split it???

    Why split?
    It's not that big...

    Because, this:

    Okay...understandable. You're forgiven.

    Hello my beauties.
    Oh! And that's what
    half orders look like,
    if you've never seen
    that before.
    (Yes, you can order
    a half-order!
    Last time I was there I asked for the half order and the guy looked at me like I was insane. I get that look a lot...not sure if it's the white sports jacket with really long sleeves or something else. Anyway, he said I couldn't get a half order. I said I'm pretty sure I can. He said, well yes, but it's the same price. I didn't want to fight the issue, but I was not happy and it showed in his tip.

    And...
    Did you see it in this chapter?
    Yep. Never saw him there before though.
     
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