"What Is This, a Crossover Episode?"-HHN 29, Universal, & A Little Disney (Sep 2019)-Updated 12/3 Batuu, Everclear Concert, & HHN 29 Vlog

Raeven

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Weirdest thing was he was the same age as me. :rotfl:

Yeah before we went, I kept seeing posts on facebook about people bringing their own straws and I was thinking it was dramatic. Then suddenly I was wishing I had my own straws lol
I still probably wouldn't have brought my own, but I really didn't like it.

:rotfl: :rotfl: I feel like they were a lie lol. We sat in that scare zone for like 15-20 minutes at one point and it definitely didn't happen.
Lol yes!

Yeah they brushed over it so briefly which surprises me after your explanation cause they clearly make their living on youtube. Maybe they already know something we don't?
Maybe they've already made a decision about how they'll do everything and just didn't want to get into the details? However it does seem to me more like they weren't really thinking about it at all, and I've seen that attitude from some people that if they say it's not for kids then they're good. And I don't think that's how it's going to work. So hopefully they have a plan or have someone they can consult about what to do.

There's a thread about it in regards to the Dis podcast (on the podcast board), and Craig weighed in. I found his response to be similar to how I was feeling about it, and I feel like he's gone into more detail than most other people I watch. That it's more a case of marking it a certain way just to be safe because we don't really know if they'll crack down or not yet. And if there's a chance the video could "appeal to children" (especially if it isn't your main source of income) then you need to be realistic about what you mark it, and not say well my whole channel isn't made for children so that's that.
 
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Raeven

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"Yesterday You Would've Died of the Heat & Today It's Worse"
September 18th

Samantha and I started our day with a trip to Crystal Palace.


Crystal Palace Review



The title of this post is a quote I heard walking into Tomorrowland. :rotfl: From personal experience I have to say I found the day before this one to be hotter, but that quote pretty much sums up the weather in Florida.

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I had to document the new Tomorrowland sign that had been called a giant cupholder on Twitter:



Did you even ride the Peoplemover, if you didn't take a picture of you resting your feet on it?

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Tron construction:



Last time we were there in June, I don't think that building was even there!

After that I didn't take any photos for awhile, but I know we rode Peter Pan's Flight with a FP, and Winnie the Pooh. We knew we only had a short time in MK this morning because Josh's flight was coming in, and was on time (maybe a few minutes early), so we wanted to make sure to get back to the resort on time. (And with hopefully enough time for me to shower quickly). So we decided to take a Minnie van.

I bid goodbye to Samantha (until the next day), and I met Josh in the lobby after my shower. I think I was basically wearing PJ's so this picture is from much later when we went to dinner, but Josh had arrived!



On the way to Sapphire Falls we had a weird ride, our driver tried to drive us around the back of the resort. It was pretty obvious this wasn't the right area/street, and you couldn't get to the front from there. When he asked us to get out there, security told him he couldn't do that and he needed to drop us off at the entrance. He didn't seem to know where he was going, and he was driving really fast so when he again dropped us off in the wrong place (across from the hotel) we just decided to get out and walk. :rotfl:

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Here's our room:



I don't know if it's because we're used to staying at RPR, but the room seemed kind of crowded and cramped. There was almost 0 space around the sink, and instead of the glass door shower I remember having the first time we stayed there, we had one that looked like a school gym shower? It was a good price, but I was not thrilled with the room, and I've already booked RPR for next year. Overall though it wasn't a bad stay, it just seemed smaller than I remember.

But we were off to Bice!


Bice Review



After dinner we got ready to head over to HHN. I was so excited to show Josh everything.

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Josh is wearing the Shorty shirt I had them print at HHN the weekend before, so we have matching Killer Klowns shirts :laughing::



I do not know if this was the beginning or end of the night, but I attempted to take a selfie in what I think is Anar-cade, and it did not come out well.



We did Ghostbusters first. It was about a 40 minute wait, and the people in front of us were very strange. They were in a group, and one girl was trying to act like it was the scariest thing she'd ever seen. She literally threw herself to the ground at one point screaming so that the others would pick her up.

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It was annoying, but Josh liked the house.

In the Tribute Store we found the cup for my dad!
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I bought it asap this time in case they sold out again, but I was so happy to be able to check that off the list.



Of course in Hellbilly Deluxe, we needed to take a Rob Zombie throne selfie:



Then we made a huge mistake.



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Nightingales: Blood Pit said it was only a 20 min wait which was the shortest of anything. I figured it would be a good time to get it out of the way since Josh was really curious to see it (he really likes gladiator stuff), and I didn't want to wait long for it. Well when we got into the line it must've jumped to 50 mins, because that's how long we waited. I also thought it was even worse the second time.



The smell they pump in for this one is so horrible, that I spent the whole house trying not to puke.

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I don't know why it was even worse the second time, but besides the scent, I wasn't impressed with the house either. I don't think Josh was too impressed either, so I secured a promise we would not go through that house again. I read some stuff on Twitter about how they really stepped it up in that house throughout the event, and it was a lot of people's favorite; but I honestly don't see where an improvement could be made. The story was incoherent, the monsters weren't cool, and the house smelled awful. The coolest part was the lion puppet and the facade.



I was craving another Twisted Tater so we stopped for one. I have another HHN snack review coming up so I won't say anything here. But look at the amount of seasoning on that, and you can maybe see how trying to eat that went...



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HHN Snack Review (Nights 4, 5, & 6)

Universal Monsters was a 30 min wait (though I think we waited longer than that). It was better this time (you know when I wasn't soaked), but I still think we never got a perfect run through of this house.



We did Killer Klowns on the way out. The Klowns were out and even more interactive tonight. The only problem was it looked about to rain (I don't think it did), and the TM that usually takes pictures seemed really distracted by that, so Josh took some pictures:







I love them, but then we did ask the TM to get one of the both of us, he snapped this one quickly without looking to even see if he got it and it didn't really come out so that was a little disappointing.



Josh liked Killer Klowns too, and after that we decided to call it a night. I think we got a decent amount done Josh's first night, but this was the only night we got in line and the waits seemed to be longer than posted. But I was satisfied with what we got done since we had two more nights, and EP one of the nights.

Next Up
I'll post the second MNSSHP vlog,
and we have a relaxing day before the Everclear concert in Epcot!

 
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lvcourtneyy

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I had to document the new Tomorrowland sign that had been called a giant cupholder on Twitter:
:rotfl: :rotfl: I hadn't seen that til now but it does kinda look like a giant cupholder lol

Did you even ride the Peoplemover, if you didn't take a picture of you resting your feet on it?
Nope definitely doesn't count

He didn't seem to know where he was going, and he was driving really fast so when he again dropped us off in the wrong place (across from the hotel) we just decided to get out and walk.
Oo no- good self preservation instinct!

We did Ghostbusters first. It was about a 40 minute wait, and the people in front of us were very strange. They were in a group, and one girl was trying to act like it was the scariest thing she'd ever seen. She literally threw herself to the ground at one point screaming so that the others would pick her up.


I hate when people act like this in the houses.

Nightingales: Blood Pit said it was only a 20 min wait which was the shortest of anything. I figured it would be a good time to get it out of the way since Josh was really curious to see it (he really likes gladiator stuff), and I didn't want to wait long for it. Well when we got into the line it must've jumped to 50 mins, because that's how long we waited.
That happened to us a few times. As soon as the wait time dropped for a house, it seemed like everyone flooded that line so it jumped up super quick.

I read some stuff on Twitter about how they really stepped it up in that house throughout the event, and it was a lot of people's favorite; but I honestly don't see where an improvement could be made. The story was incoherent, the monsters weren't cool, and the house smelled awful.
I saw that posted too and with how much we saw it was hated at the beginning, I feel like it must be true. It definitely wasn't our favorite but it wasn't horrible either. The story wasn't coherent to us still but we didn't notice a terrible smell and there were a good number of scareactors.
 
  • Tracy161

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    but it's just really disappointing since I put them up as a hobby/for fun, and now it feels like I have to take everything super seriously and make sure I don't film certain things and think about how to classify each video. (Because each video leaves me with different questions.
    Yeah, it just seems like a huge, unnecessary headache. I get making things safe for kids, but there's gotta be a better way? And it really takes the fun out of it for viewers too. Something tells me they'll make some adjustments. (fingers crossed!)

    I'm hoping it's not as harsh as they say, since people are already deleting their whole channels because of it.
    That's really sad to me! :sad2:

    Did you even ride the Peoplemover, if you didn't take a picture of you resting your feet on it?

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    Nope. If you didn't take a picture of you resting your feet on it, you just didn't ride Peoplemover. :snooty: :laughing:

    She literally threw herself to the ground at one point screaming so that the others would pick her up.
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    The smell they pump in for this one is so horrible, that I spent the whole house trying not to puke.
    Gross :scared:

    The story was incoherent, the monsters weren't cool, and the house smelled awful.
    This is one of those sentences that cracks me up because of how absurdly funny it sounds if you had no context :rotfl:
     

    schumigirl

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    That was a quick snap the TM took of you and Josh!!!

    Completely agree on Nightingales...….the smell was awful.....I just wish I could find something good to say about it, but any memory I had has completely went out of my mind.....apart from the smell!!! Disappointing house and it should have been so good. I didn't think it got any better by the end of our trip either. I did hear about folks commenting, but it just wasn't a great house and didn't seem to have been thought through. Maybe next year we should offer our opinion up before the close off on a house......lol.....

    Were we in Ghostbusters at the same time!!!! I swear we had those pathetic creatures too......screaming and throwing themselves around for no reason!!! And I`m sorry you never got the perfect run in Classic Monsters....it really was top notch, I think we were lucky every time in those two back houses.

    Nice update Raeven......
     

    Raeven

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    :rotfl: :rotfl: I hadn't seen that til now but it does kinda look like a giant cupholder lol
    You're welcome :rotfl:

    I hate when people act like this in the houses.
    Me too! It's so obvious that they aren't really scared, and that it's just because they think it's funny to act that way.

    I saw that posted too and with how much we saw it was hated at the beginning, I feel like it must be true. It definitely wasn't our favorite but it wasn't horrible either. The story wasn't coherent to us still but we didn't notice a terrible smell and there were a good number of scareactors.
    I wonder if the smell didn't bother everyone. The first time I went through it was tolerable, but the second time it was basically all I noticed.

    Yeah, it just seems like a huge, unnecessary headache. I get making things safe for kids, but there's gotta be a better way? And it really takes the fun out of it for viewers too. Something tells me they'll make some adjustments. (fingers crossed!)
    The FTC has already put out some clarifying stuff that helps a little, but it looks like they might still be reviewing it.

    That's really sad to me! :sad2:
    It is! Especially because it seems so premature, I'd rather wait and see what happens before I do something like that.

    This is one of those sentences that cracks me up because of how absurdly funny it sounds if you had no context :rotfl:
    I like the next one too without context :rotfl:

    Completely agree on Nightingales...….the smell was awful.....I just wish I could find something good to say about it, but any memory I had has completely went out of my mind.....apart from the smell!!! Disappointing house and it should have been so good. I didn't think it got any better by the end of our trip either. I did hear about folks commenting, but it just wasn't a great house and didn't seem to have been thought through. Maybe next year we should offer our opinion up before the close off on a house......lol.....
    Yes! It's really all I remember too. I don't personally know anyone who liked it.

    Were we in Ghostbusters at the same time!!!! I swear we had those pathetic creatures too......screaming and throwing themselves around for no reason!!! And I`m sorry you never got the perfect run in Classic Monsters....it really was top notch, I think we were lucky every time in those two back houses.
    Why were so many people acting that way? :confused3 I think Classic Monsters would've been great if we hit it at the right times, I would've gone in it more if it wasn't in such a long queue.
     
  • Raeven

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    "IT HAS A CRICKET IN IT!"
    (A Night of 90's Bands, Pomeranian Validation, Bad Charades, & More)

    September 19th

    On this day we were going to meet Samantha at the parks, but we each ended up making different plans and meeting up later. After the first few days of the trip, I decided to sleep in a little and rest up during the day. The weather was cooler today than it had been earlier in the trip so we probably would've been fine, but I was glad we took some time just to relax. We ended up just watching trash tv and a show called Killer Couples. :laughing:

    Around 3 pm, we headed to Epcot. We did some Food & Wine-ing, and ate at La Hacienda De San Angel.


    Food & Wine/La Hacienda De San Angel Review

    After dinner we walked around for a bit with Samantha, and this is where we said our goodbyes. :sad:

    Because there was one main reason I'd wanted to go to Epcot tonight:



    See, I actually love the band Everclear. (As in still listen to them all the time still, know a lot of their newer stuff too, and would actually pay money to see them in concert). Every year that they play Eat to the Beat, I hope it falls during our dates, and it never has...until this year!

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    We decided to skip the package, and just get in line early since we had a bad experience with the Candlelight Processional package and getting a seat a couple years ago. (You can read about that in the
    Dec 2017 TR).

    Because we were the first people in line (and were in line during the first show, for the second show) they gave us these wristbands to make sure we were let in first. Only like 5 people got them so I said we were VIPs. :laughing:



    We actually didn't have to wait that long before they let us in:



    And we were front row!



    Here's some more pictures from the show:



















    It was a good show, and one day I'd like to see them play a longer concert. What I didn't expect is that they would play different songs in each of the three shows. (I guess it would get boring to play the same ones but I figured they had a set setlist or something). I wasn't really aware of this before going, but it seemed like you'd have to attend each of the 3 shows in order to hear all the songs you might want to hear (at least for them, I'm not sure how other artists do their shows).

    For instance a lot of songs they played in our show had been requested in the previous show. They did play "Father of Mine" which is Josh's favorite, and "Wonderful" which is probably the song they're most known for, but there were a lot of songs I liked that I could hear them playing in the previous show while we were in line that they didn't play again. It was still a very good show, and I'm glad I got to see them; but the fact that they mainly played requests from the previous show, and then planned to play the requests from this show at the next one was a little disappointing.

    After the show Art Alexakis came down stage a little and took some pictures with fans.



    I managed to get a selfie before he had to go, but it didn't really work so well with me being short and him being on stage. :rotfl:



    We took a Lyft back from the Beach Club, and saw this beautiful sunset over Crescent Lake while we walked there.



    Back at our hotel we quickly changed for HHN. It was about 9 pm when we headed over.



    Tonight was very exciting because we were meeting up with @amalone1013 & her husband, Zack! This is the 2nd time we did HHN with them, and last year was so much fun we planned to meet up again. Our HHN crew was reunited!



    The first house we did was Us, which had about a 40 minute wait. We passed the time by playing Heads Up, although we had a hard time finding a category everyone liked. :rotfl: While we were playing the Disney version, Alyssa got the movie Dumbo as one she had to guess, and Josh shouts out "IT HAS A CRICKET IN IT!"

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    Now I think this was on par with the time Josh thought Jessie was Woody in a wig (apparently he's only seen the first Toy Story). Despite going to Disney as frequently as we do, Josh apparently also think Jiminy Cricket is a character in Dumbo. :lmao:

    Even though it might just be because we were playing games, the wait seemed shorter than 40 minutes, and soon we were inside. I still felt Us held up as a very scary house, and had a lot of good scares in it.



    In the Tribute Store we had to take some Ghostbusters wall pictures because of our shirts:



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    We walked through Zombieland, and even saw a little bit of one show. (Which is the only one we ever caught walking through). I did like this one though, and the zombies were usually a tad more interactive coming away from this booth.



    It did look like there were more props out this weekend, and I took some more pictures to document Zombieland since I felt like I hadn't been getting a lot of pictures in this scare zone most nights.





    Josh got to meet the guy with laser eyes in Hellbilly Deluxe. :laughing:



    Then I got to meet Ryno from The Dis!



    So some of you might be familiar with the podcast boards on here, and The Dis/Dis Unplugged Youtube channels. I found these boards first (the trip reporting/planning ones) while I was planning my first trip, but started watching The Dis/Dis Unplugged around 2016 while planning for our second trip. After that I started watching some other Disney vloggers too, but they've always remained my favorite for Disney news/reviews/discussions. I think some of that is the personalities of the people on the show, and how they interact. And while I watch most of their shows, one of my favorites is the Universal show. Most channels only cover Disney so I really enjoy that there's something out there for Universal fans as well, and they talk about HHN during the Halloween season. The Universal show is hosted by Ryno and Craig, and they are two of my favorite members of the Dis team. I find their reviews to be in depth and honest, and they always make me laugh. So it was pretty cool to be able to meet Ryno.

    So as we were walking out of Hellbilly Deluxe, Josh said "hey isn't that the guy you watch on TV, Ryno?" And indeed it was. I decided to go up, and tell him I enjoyed the show. He told me they'd just come back from California, but he'd wanted to go to HHN that night, and we talked a little bit about our HHN favorites so far. He also said he liked our shirts. And I asked for a picture. He told me to check the picture, and make sure it came out which I'm very glad he did, because it did not come out at all so he suggested we move into better lighting. I was a little bit star struck, and usually am terribly awkward in situations like this, but he was really easy to talk to. I couldn't wait to show @CatNipRules I'd met him. (We both are fans of the show, and message each other about it when we watch :laughing:). I also tweeted about our night at HHN (which I did every night), and this night Ryno tweeted back that it was nice to meet us and he hoped we had fun. It was really nice to meet him, and he's just as nice in person as he seems on the show.

    Alyssa and Zack aren't familiar with the podcast so mostly this whole thing just confused them, and they just thought I'd gone up to talk to a random person. :rotfl:

    And apparently I lapsed in picture taking for a little bit here, but I know we waited for House of 1000 Corpses next (about 40 mins though it seemed like less) because Josh really wanted to do it, and I had really enjoyed it the previous weekend despite my reservations about it before the event. Zack and Alyssa hadn't seen any of this movie, and I'll admit it's a strange one without context, though they did all help me confirm the existence of the Pomeranian picture. This ended up being Josh's favorite, and we had a good run through again.

    For those wondering about what the Pomeranian picture looked like that didn’t see it in my earlier post:


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    (This is a famous sketch, and I'm pretty sure we had it on the walls of my house growing up because we had pet Pomeranians, so that's probably why I instantly recognized it.) :rotfl:

    We went through Vikings Undead next:



    But had to stop for some S'mores Fries again. This time I shared with Zack and Alyssa, and they also had a Twisted Tater. They let me try some of their Twisted Tater, which was seasoned a lot more reasonably than the one I'd had the night before.


    HHN Snack Review (Nights 4, 5, & 6)



    We waited in line about 35 minutes for Graveyard Games which was also great again, and I wish we got to go in it another time before the event ended. But with the long queue houses we stuck mostly to choosing one (or less) a night. (I'm going to do a full review/ranking at the end which is why I'm trying not to give too much detail in the posts).

    After walking through Vanity Ball:



    We made a last stop at Killer Klowns! The wait was about 25 minutes, and it was much more pleasant waiting in line tonight. Not only were the lines shorter, but the weather was pleasantly cool. It was a little hotter in line (obviously), but not as bad as it can normally be. I believe this might be the point in playing Heads Up, that we switched to charades. Which went about as well as you can imagine :rotfl: I think we had to act out dusting for Zack to guess, and we completely failed at doing anything that even resembled dusting.

    What we thought we looked like:

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    What we actually looked like:

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    We had another good run through in Killer Klowns, and on the way out Josh decided to get the House of 1000 Corpses shirt. (Which reminds me I have to steal the House of 1000 Corpses shirt from him :laughing:). The line for the water taxi was long, and while we were in the outdoor portion it started to rain. Luckily, I had an umbrella, and since there was enough room, I offered to let the girl next to me step under it too. Which was fine, until she started arguing with her boyfriend with me in the middle. :rotfl: Luckily, it had stopped raining by then and water taxis were coming so I just kind of awkwardly moved away.


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    Back at the hotel we pretty much fell straight to sleep. I usually try to sort through my photos and stuff at the end of the day to save time in the morning, but I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to do so this night.

    Next Up
    The HHN crew takes on the Hagrid's line
    and I'll post the vlog that contains Batuu, the Everclear concert, and HHN.

     
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    lvcourtneyy

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    Because we were the first people in line (and were in line during the first show, for the second show) they gave us these wristbands to make sure we were let in first. Only like 5 people got them so I said we were VIPs. :laughing:
    Wow that's awesome. Glad this time worked out much better than the CP.

    I managed to get a selfie before he had to go, but it didn't really work so well with me being short and him being on stage.
    :rotfl: :rotfl: Makes a pretty cool picture though!

    Now I think this was on par with the time Josh thought Jessie was Woody in a wig (apparently he's only seen the first Toy Story). Despite going to Disney as frequently as we do, Josh apparently also think Jiminy Cricket is a character in Dumbo. :lmao:
    omg :rotfl::rotfl:Reminds me of Mike telling me at MVMCP that Prince Caspian was with Snow White lol

    Then I got to meet Ryno from The Dis!
    oo Awesome!!
    The Universal show is hosted by Ryno and Craig, and they are two of my favorite members of the Dis team.
    Mine too.

    Alyssa and Zack aren't familiar with the podcast so mostly this whole thing just confused them, and they just thought I'd gone up to talk to a random person.
    :rotfl::rotfl:

    Luckily, I had an umbrella, and since there was enough room, I offered to let the girl next to me step under it too. Which was fine, until she started arguing with her boyfriend with me in the middle.
     

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    First Trip to Batuu, Everclear Concert in Epcot, & More Halloween Horror Nights 29

     
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