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2017 Universal Trip

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by trr1, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. trr1

    trr1 Well-Known Member

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    I know this is not in the trip report thread but if I put it in the regular WDW trip thread may not like a
    universal studios report there so here goes a special thanks to my two Secretary's Sarah and Val these will be daily and not hourly

    Day 1
    Got in the car at 6:45 am to leave.[​IMG]
    Crossed into Maryland at 740 am after leaving home at 7 am.
    Reached 1st stop Chesapeake House at 750 am,
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    had breakfast and potty break[​IMG]

    before getting back on the road at 830 am. Went through Fort MC Henry Tunnel at 910 am.
    Arrived at DC Outer Loop at 935am. Entered Virginia at 955 am.
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    Very heavy traffic from Lorton to Fredricksburg, Virginia. Stopped at Virginia Welcome Center
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    at 12 pm for lunch. Back on road at 1250 pm. Looped around Richmond, Virginia around 150 pm. Entered North Carolina at 315 pm. Stopped at the Welcome Center at 320 pm and back on road at 335 pm. Rain started at 411 pm near Wilson and Clinton, North Carolina. Heavy rain near Smithfield with lots of lightning.[​IMG]
    Arrived in South Carolina at around 650 pm.
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    Arrived at hotel Americas Best Value Inn
    at 7 pm (spooky). At 710 pm went for dinner at Huddle House. Food was okay, was southern fried chicken salad[​IMG]
    Sorry @JenniferS for the tomatoes


    it was like an old coffee shop. Night off to bed at 940 pm. more to come
     
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  2. MinnieM123

    MinnieM123 Well-Known Member

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    I'm in for the trip! :) Road trip TRs are always full of fun surprises. (I think it's o.k. to include your TR in general chit chat. The only other place I could think of would be in the "Other Orlando Attractions" forum, the Universal Orlando subthread there.) Anyway, doesn't matter--wherever this ends up, I'm tagging along! :D
     
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  3. Nemo14

    Nemo14 Well-Known Member

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    Loving this! Have a wonderful trip!
     
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  4. JenniferS

    JenniferS When hinges creak in doorless chambers .... Premium Member

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    I'm in, despite the tomato mix up.
     
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  5. SteveBrickNJ

    SteveBrickNJ Well-Known Member

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    I hope you have a great time in Universal! :D
    I've drivin from NJ to Orlando twice. You are from PA.... Approx.the same distance to FL.
    It can wear you out for sure! :arghh:
    Can't wait to see your pix once you get there!
    :)
     
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  6. Batman

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    I tried shining a "Hi trr1 & family!" spotlight signal high in the air as you journeyed through this region, but didn't have a bright enough bulb. :(

    Safe travels!
     
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  7. trr1

    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2 part 1

    Up at 330 am, could not sleep. We decided to leave at 430 am and skipped breakfast at the Bates Motel. Went to the Quickie Mart next door and got lunch for later on. Drove to Manning, South Carolina and stopped at McDonalds for breakfast at 6 am. Back onto road at 630 am. Crossed into Georgia at 819 am.
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    Stopped at Georgia welcome center at 822 am.
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    Very nice center that had numerous attractions.
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    Back onto road at 853 am. Entered Florida at 1030 am.
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    Stopped at Florida welcome center for lunch at 1035 for lunch.
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    Crossed scary bridge at 1139 am.
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    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2 part 2 Light rain showers in the afternoon. Heavy construction traffic for the last 20 miles of the trip before arriving at Lowes Royal Pacific Resort around 227 pm.
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    entered bridge into lobby
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    Went to registration and were surprised to receive a complementary roll away bed. Got into room at around 330 pm and settled in for a little bit.
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    Around 5 pm we left for Universal Studios
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    and dinner at Mel’s Diner around 530 pm. of chicken fingers and fries
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    on our way to ET experience we crossed paths with Sponge Bob,Patrick,Squid ward then came Dora .
    Our first ride was E.T., followed by the Simpsons ride (which was great I laughed my Butt off during the whole ride), then the Hurl n’ Twirl
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    , followed by Men in Black. Headed over to Diagon Alley and explored for awhile afterwards[​IMG]
    . Rode Escape from Gringotts, which was fun.
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    Watched Tales of Beetle the Bard (Fountain of Fair Fortune) play.
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    had 2 very overpriced drinks (Gilly water $6 and Pumpkin Juice $6)to me the pumpkin juice tasted like pumpkin pie with ginger snap crust
    Our last ride of the night was Revenge of the Mummy (oh my god). Left for the hotel at 915 pm. Called room service about broken fridge. Took a shower (walk in shower which was very large) and no you wont have any pictures on me in the shower it wouldn't be fair to your spouses:rolleyes:
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    , the new fridge was delivered and got ready for bed.
    end of day 2 more fun to come
     
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  9. JenniferS

    JenniferS When hinges creak in doorless chambers .... Premium Member

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    Great report so far. Revenge of the Mummy is pretty spectacular. Glad you liked it.

    We haven't been back to Universal since they removed Back to the Future for the Simpsons ride. The Potter stuff looks pretty cool.

    That's a very nice shower in your hotel. Certainly nicer than Disney Values or Moderates. (Not sure about the Deluxes, as I am too cheap/broke to pay those rates. :hilarious:)
     
  10. Batman

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    :hilarious:

    "My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their hat, where they going, where they been. I've stolen a lots of hats." -Forrest Gump

    I'm enjoying this trip report very much, @trr1 . Looks like you made great travel time heading south today. Looking forward to what comes next.
     
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  11. Nemo14

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    Looks like fun - glad you made it there safely!
     
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    I'm always intrigued by the "other" stuff, too. I like how you took pictures at the Georgia and Florida welcome centers. The big fish definitely adds to the "ambiance" . . . ;)

    Reminds me of family car trips when I was a kid. We'd always stop at (whatever state) we entered, and browse through whatever information they shared in their roadside welcome center. I recall coming back to the car with a bunch of colorful pamphlets, brochures, and maps. :)

    Anyway, glad you all made it safely to your Universal destination.
     
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    Nemo14 Well-Known Member

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    DH still picks up all those pamphlets every time we stop. Drives. me. nuts!
     
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    Ha! I do, too! Loves me some free pamphlets!! :joyfull: :p :joyfull:
     
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    Day 3 first full day

    Woke up at 3 to 330 am, went back to sleep until 530 am. Got up and had breakfast between 6 am and 7 am. kids have rice krispies for the week, wife has Raisin Bran and girlfriend and myself are having Cinnamon and sugar Belvitas and chocolate chip granola bars
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    Left for Islands of Adventure for early entry at 7 am. and
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    passed Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen where we will be eating at later in the week.
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    We were allowed into the park at 745 am and we headed to Hogsmeade area.
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    Rode Harry Potter Forbidden Journey, then Flight of the Hippogriff.
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    While wife, girlfriend and son rode Dragon Challenge, daughter and I walked around Honeydukes and Hogsmeade. 1030 am rode Jurrasic Park River Adventure… Got wet.
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    Went over to Skull Island Reign of Kong.
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    The dinosaurs and worm spit on me. After Kong, went to ride Spider-Man at 11 am. daughter and myself waiting for spiderman
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    Headed over Captain America Diner for lunch at 1130
    am. Had a chicken sandwich combo it came with fries and a Shake so thick you had to use a spoon do drink it
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    After lunch
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    , went over to Seuss Landing,
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    rode the Carou-Seuss-Sel. it Had a very small saddles that it cramped my "style".
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    After the ride we rode High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train ride.
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    Headed back to room to relax for awhile at 105 pm. Changed and went to the pool. Was able to get into pool for about 30 mins, when storm clouds rolled into area with lightning warning so we had to leave pool. At 330 pm went to the gym to enjoy the hot tub.
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    Left pool at 430 pm to go back to room to change for dinner. Then walked over to Cabana Bay to eat at the Galaxy Bowl. We had dinner at 530 pm. I had a cheeseburger with bacon jam and a fried dippy egg on it a dish of fruit and a pineapple and coconut mojito adult beverage
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    At 630 pm took bus from Cabana Bay to City Walk to walk off dinner. It started to rain and we left at around 8 pm for the hotel. And we’re back in the hotel at 830 pm relaxing before bed.
     
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    Sounds like you had a very full day. Darn those Florida summer rainstorms.
     
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    MinnieM123 Well-Known Member

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    I know that Uni has all kinds of attractions; but for some odd reason, I just loved this picture--crazy, I know, but that would be the first ride I'd want to go on there! :happy: :happy:
     
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    Nemo14 Well-Known Member

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    You would love Suessland.

    Great pictures so far - keep them coming!
     
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    @trr1 you are doing an awesome first trip report!
     
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    @trr1 Great thread! Do they still have the Shrek attraction and the Spiderman ride at Universal?
    btw......and what I'm about to say it so not important:
    We miss you on the game forum.
    Is @StarWarsGirl on vacation too?
    Some game threads need some new posts.
    ....but like I said.....that is so unimportant!
    Great pix...great thread! Keep having fun...and when the time comes to drive back to PA:
    SAFE DRIVIN' !!!
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