Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by Ranatra, Feb 13, 2001.

  1. Ranatra

    Ranatra Elliott Fan

    Sep 17, 2000
    <font color=red>We get our wake-up call at 6:30 a.m., Mears is picking us up to go to Universal Studios at 8:30 a.m. We have a quick breakfast at Roaring Forks with Jen and Greg and walk out front of the WL to wait for our ride. After Mears picks us up, he goes on to the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and the Contemporary and picks up more people, it seems like it takes forever!</font>

    <font color=red>Today is a gorgeous sunny day and we end up tying our sweatshirts around our waist, except DH, he braved the chilly morning and is now not bothered with an unwanted sweatshirt.</font>

    <font color=red>We decide to buy the pass to do both parks, I have never been to IOA. DD and friend decide to just do Universal Studios and not IOA, since they were there last year. We start out at IOA and ride "The Hulk" first. This is an awesome roller coaster! Next we go to "Spiderman", I love this ride, and the 3-D effect! It's so cool! Next we go on "Dueling Dragons" and this is the first time I have gone on a roller coaster with my feet dangling and not in a car! I was a little nervous about this one, but I ended up loving it! The Ice (blue) was my favorite. We end up walking thru Dr. Seuss, and my DH says it looks like "Whoville" We end up eating here under some big tent, can't remember the name of the place, we just had cheese pizza and chocolate cake! It was ok, and it was fast. </font>

    <font color=red>We head on over to Universal Studios, DH wants to see "Terminator III 3-D" We saw it in 1997, and we noticed they had changed it a bit. When we last saw it, there was an actor on a real motorcycle on stage and going up the aisle. They didn't have that this time. We then head over to "Back to the Future", "ET", "Earthquake", and "Kong", what a great Park! </font>

    <font color=red>We decide we are going to eat at Downtown Disney after we return to our villa and get changed, But first we walk down to the dock to see the Shuttle Launch. We make it just in time, and I get a couple of shots with my digital.
    There are a lot of people there with cameras and camcorders, also hoping to get it on film. This is the first time I've seen it live, I usually always watch it on TV.</font>

    <font color=red>We hop on the DD bus and decide that we will eat at whatever place can take us, since this was the only night I didn't have a PS already made. I thought we would be staying at City Walk and just eat there. We try a couple restaurants and they tell us an hour, so we don't stop, we keep on checking. Finally at Portabello's, they tell us 10 minutes so we stay. I loved this restaurant! DH had the rigatoni with italian sausage, I had the linguine with clam sauce. It was excellent! We also loved the bread!
    As the waitress was pouring little glasses of complimentary wine, she held the pitcher above my DD's glass and said, "are you 21?" Now I know she looks older, but 21??? I don't think so. She will be 17 in about 3 months. We passed on dessert and decided to walk around West Side a bit to browse. At this point my legs are killing me, and I beg to go back to the room to relax.</font>

    <font color=red>Back at the Wilderness Lodge, Jen and I decide to hit the hot tub, its empty for a bit and we have it all to ourselves. The guys are each in their own room with their remote controls missing all the fun</font> :D

    <font size=3 color=red>Sandi
    Nov 12-22 1997
    Intimate Wedding at WL
    Feb 6-11 1999 OKW
    Feb 3-10 2001 WLV

    <font face="Comic Sans MS"><marquee behavior="alternate">Happy Valentines Day!</marquee></font>

    [This message was edited by Ranatra on 02-13-01 at 06:30 PM.]
  2. tkyes

    tkyes <font color=purple>DIS Earth Angel! :)<br><font c

    May 11, 2000
    How cool to see the shuttle launch!

    I've never been to Universal, maybe next time. It sounds like a place that DH would like better than I would with all the roller coasters.

    Thanks for posting.


    ps. very cool pictures!!

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  4. Tiggerkeeper

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    Nov 4, 2000
    Great pictures of the shuttle launch. I have never been to Universal either. Once I get to WDW I never seem to be able to get away!

    Thanks for sharing your trip with all of us.

  5. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice A Disboards original...

    Aug 20, 1999
    The Wilderness Lodge villa sounds so cool!
  6. faith

    faith DIS Veteran

    Apr 27, 2000
    your trip reports Ranatra! Beautiful pictures, too.
    I am also guilty of reading the reports people put so much work into, and then failing to post a thank you.
    So... thanks in advance for all the reports! :D
  7. JennSaint

    JennSaint DIS Veteran

    Sep 18, 2000
    Really are enjoying your reports! What great pictures of the shuttle!!!!

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  8. startzy

    startzy Earning My Ears

    Dec 29, 2000
    Nice report keep them coming.
  9. master yoda

    master yoda Earning My Ears

    Jan 10, 2001
    cool pictures!
  10. sherrie

    sherrie <font color=CC66CC>On a quest to find a talking tr

    Jan 2, 2000
    Thanks for continuing your reports, I love reading them and the pics are great. Sherrie

  11. minniecarousel

    minniecarousel Chris Isaak fan

    Jul 13, 2000
    OOOOHH! Love the shuttle launch pix! (Sounds like you're having fun!)

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  12. Casey's mom

    Casey's mom Mouseketeer

    Mar 15, 2000
    I am dying to see a shuttle launch. The timing for us has never worked out. Sounds like you are having a fun trip! :)
  13. SamSam

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    Jan 21, 2001
    Love your launch photo's, I would love to be there for one sometime.
    dh and I also love Portabello's, glad to know you enjoyed it.
    Great reports!
  14. jennybobenny

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    Aug 19, 1999
    Great pictures! :)

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  15. oldkicker

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    Aug 23, 1999
    Great report - wonderful pictures, Sandi!


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  16. Marla Hellwig

    Marla Hellwig I'm not lost, it's called creative exploring

    Mar 25, 2000
    I got to catch a shuttle take off way back in '85 - something you never forget. A fun day for all. Thanks for posting!
  17. Cousin Orville

    Cousin Orville Inventor of Air Cooling

    Aug 27, 2000
    Neat pics! Thanks for the trip reports!

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    Inventor of Air Cooling - CoP
  18. TigerBear

    TigerBear Found him!

    Jul 23, 2000
    Incredible pictures of the shuttle launch! And I am really glad to hear you enjoyed Universal and IOA - we plan on spending a day there on our upcoming trip.t
  19. Mamu

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    Feb 27, 2000
    Sandi, Great report. Sounds like a wonderful day at Universal.

    Awesome picture of the Shuttle Launch. Its so exciting to witness a launch.

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