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2017 Universal Trip

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

  1. trr1

    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 4

    We woke up between 530 to 6 had breakfast and out the door by 7:15 am for Volcano Bay.
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    Got to park around 745 and got the tapu tapu at 800 .
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    here is the view after getting tapu tapu
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    Connected my cc to tap and pay and had issues with connecting through the smart phone app got a locker then we settled in to lounge chairs, as DD could not get into water as she got the unwanted subscription to Satan’s waterfall and the wife kept her company.
    Val, Justin and myself rode Krakatau water coaster, then Val and Justin rode puihi of the maku tube ride as I don’t like high places . then we rode the 2 lazy rivers twice by 1150. at 1150 we had lunch at kohola reef rest and social club
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    BBq ribs,mango slaw,fried plantains and boniato mash
    after lunch I kept Sarah company and Justin went to the lazy river while Val and Amy went to the wave pool (cold water) we left the park at 1 pm (park at capacity)
    to go back to hotel to rest until 350 when we headed out to dinner in Hogsmeade. Water taxis stopped due to thunderstorms in area
    Had to take shuttle bus.
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    Upon arrival at city walk we had a heavy rain with thunder and lightning.
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    we waited until it slowed down then donned our wonderful $.99 rain ponchos and braved the rain. We entered the park and rode shrek 4-D at 445 and at 513 we headed to diagon alley to board the Hogwarts express on platform 9 3/4 to Hogsmeade for Dinner.
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    at the Three Broomsticks we ordered the great feast for 4 son wanted fish and chips and Ice tea, Butterbeer and lemonade .
    Huge portions enough for at least 6 people! it came with salad( that was left after we all had some)
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    Then amy ,sarah and justin couldn’t hang any longer(tired) and left for the hotel leaving me and my Girlfriend (S-I-L)to have fun!. Then we rode Harry potter and the forbidden journey
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    then headed back to London at 753 via the Hogwarts express at Hogmeade station.
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    We rode Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon (Fun Ride).
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    around 830.after leaving Jimmy we walked around then hit T2:3D Battle across time at 9 pm.
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    We were not impressed with it as the 3-d didn’t work half the time. We decided to leave the park at 930 as the fireworks were cancelled due to not being able to due a safety test prior to the show and got back to room at 945.
     
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  2. RustySpork

    RustySpork Well-Known Member

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    Yes, Shrek is still at Universal and Spiderman is still at Islands of Adventure. I personally verified both last Sunday. :joyfull:
     
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  3. JenniferS

    JenniferS Go with the green. Premium Member

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    Wow, you guys are really mowing through those rides. It pays to get up early and get moving!
    Do you have those Express Passes? How many of those are you using?
     
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    RustySpork Well-Known Member

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    They do, unlimited express and early park access are benefits of staying at Royal Pacific.
     
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    RustySpork Well-Known Member

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    So much better than Disney's rooms.
     
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    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    The staff here has been very accommodating and they almost bend over backwards to help you
     
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    RustySpork Well-Known Member

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    They really do, it's my favorite resort and I stay there often. I'll be staying there again at least one night for HHN.
     
  8. trr1

    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 5 (short post)

    I decided to take the day off and stay around the hotel while Justin and Val went to Universal studios.
    At 1100 I woke Amy and told her to get ready for lunch.
    We left the room at 1140 and headed to lunch at the Bula bar and grill which is by the pool.
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    I had the Seared Fish Tacos and a Maui Sunset Colada it had
    Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum, Passon Fruit, and Pina Colada with a Strawberry Meltdown
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    , Sarah had the Korean Beef Sandwich and Amy had Chicken Fingers.
    We went back to the room and relaxed until Val and Justin returned from the park .we left for Old Town at 233 and arrived at 300 pm
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    we walked around and then left for Disney Springs.
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    We arrived around 5 pm and parked in the lime garage.
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    We went to the world of Disney and walked around the marketplace
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    . We headed to the welcome center so we could charge up the phones and wait for a scheduled meet up with Eric 1955.
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    We met up with Eric at 7 pm and had dinner at the polite pig (sorry no picture of the meal). While we ate we had a nice conversation and visit, but unfortunately we had to leave early as my wife Amy had medicine to take. After saying goodbye to Eric at around 815
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    anyone who will be Down at Disney should meet with Eric he is a very nice young man.
    we went back to the hotel and were back in the room at 845
     
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    NYwdwfan Well-Known Member

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    ^^^double like
     
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    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    On the short post;)
     
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  11. JenniferS

    JenniferS Go with the green. Premium Member

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    I wondered when all those early mornings would catch up with you. It still looks like you had a great day.

    I can't wait for them to finish the revamp of Old Town. Back in the day, we used to stay on 192, right next door to Old Town. It's tacky as heck, but still brings back great memories of the first two trips we took with our boys.

    Before there was the DDP, there was Flippers, Checkers and Ponderosa. To this day, the boys still remember our Ponderosa server (from multiple, multiple visits) - a lovely lady named Ping.

    @Eric1955 - straighten those shoulders! I'm glad you two were able to meet up. It's nice when you can stop putting finger quotes around the words "Disney friends" when talking to your real life family about our WDWMagic family.
     
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    @trr1 thanks for meeting up with me. I had a great time meeting you and your family. I hope we get to do it again someday. :)
     
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    Yes, ma'am.
     
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    @trr1 , what fun it must have been to meet @Eric1955 !! Glad you two had an enjoyable visit. :)
     
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    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 6

    Woke up at 645 am and had breakfast. At 9 am headed to Islands of Adventure,
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    had a picture taken with Po.
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    920 am on storm force accelerator for the first time, then re-rode it in a better car that really spun. Oh my god, really nauseating but really fun. [​IMG]

    Headed up and rode Spider-Man,
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    and then Kong at 1045 am.
    There were technical difficulties with the door in Kong and took 5 to 6 tries to latch it.
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    On the way through Toon Lagoon met up with 2 other friends and had pictures with them.
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    My daughter Sarah didn't like me with them.
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    After Toon Lagoon went over to Velociraptor Encounter where it tried to eat Justin’s glasses.
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    we Headed over to Hogsmeade where we watched the Tri Wizard Spirit Rally
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    and the Frog Choir a half an hour later.
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    At 140 pm we exited Poseidon’s Fury.
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    then towards Seuss Landing for lunch at Circus Mcgurkus cafe Stoo-pendous.
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    and had this for lunch with water
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    After that we rode Cat in the Hat
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    and the High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride (beach side this time).
    At 10 minutes to 4 we got in line for the Hogwarts Express going to London(it was really hot). At 430 pm we headed to the hotel for a bit before heading to dinner. Left at 715 pm for dinner and tried going to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
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    but there was a 2 hour wait. But we met Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome.
    she was one tall drink of milkshake!
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    So we headed over to city walk where we ate at the Breadbox instead at 830 pm. I had a buffalo chicken sandwich,Tater tots and a Yuengling.
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    Left at 930 pm and back into the room at 945 pm.
     
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    Old Town Flippers is still worth it even with the DDP.
     
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    Finally able to catch your TR! As you know, I've been a bit busy myself this week. Sounds like you've had lots of fun! Awesome TR!
     
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    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 7
    part 1
    We awoke at 7 I think I’m coming down with something.My throat is sore and scratchy and I’m feeling congested no matter how I feel on with the vacation. We headed to the Universal Studios at 820
    And rode Minions at 845 It was cute.
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    Next we rode race through New York with Jimmy Fallon again Val liked this ride a lot.
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    At 930 We had to do Transformers as I have never ridden it and I loved it. its like Spiderman
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    We headed to Diagon Alley to walk around and take pictures
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    then Rode Escape from Gringotts at 1014
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    we stopped by 12 Grimmauld Place and Justin knocked on the door
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    and Kreacher peeked out the window
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    Around 1115 we rode MIB
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    after ridding we asked to due the immigration tour and see Idikiukup and Bob, Agent C took us to the control room,
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    we signed the visitors log. When we finished visiting with Idikiukup and Bob we asked agent C if there were any other areas with tours like this. .She informed us of a few so this is a secret so don’t tell anyone. .the mummy, Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey” and “Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts” rides. Simply ask for the “Castle Tour” (Forbidden Journey) or the “Bank Tour” (Gringotts). We went to lunch at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at noon and walked right in(score no waiting).
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    I had chocolate and stout glazed wings a sweet tea ant totchos to that we all shared both were very good
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    Sarah ha a french toast pattymelt
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    Val had boston creme crapes
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    Justin had chicken fingers and fries
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    and Amy just had a chocolate espresso buzz Milkshake
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    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    part 2
    after lunch we went back to the hotel as the temperature was 91 with a real feel of 112. we went in the pool swam for a while then put our patties and the rest of our body in the giant human cooking pot with jets(aka hot tub).
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    We got kicked out of the pool at 4 due to a thunder and lightning storms in the area. We went to the room to change and decided where to go for dinner, we decided on the Islands dinning room.I had General Tso Chicken [​IMG]
    Val had a salad and Amy Justin and Sarah had the Beef Satay
    After dinner Sarah and Justin went to city walk and Val and Amy were going to play a round of mini golf as I went to the room see above but they decided not to because it was drizzling.
    Night all
     
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    trr1 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 8
    Last day at Universal

    We woke at 7 and I was not well at all. Amy and Val went to Universal studios and Island of adventure while Sarah, Justin And myself stayed in the room and slept. Around 1030 Sarah went to city walk then met up with Val and Amy and they had lunch. They arrived back at the hotel about 2 –230. Around 3 a thunder and lightning storm rolled in and we napped in the afternoon.
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    at 5 we went to Jake’s American Bar for dinner.
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    We shared Crispy Calamari With Chili-Lime Glaze It was very tender and tasty,
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    Amy had a Crab Cake Sandwich and a salad, Justin had chicken fingers and fries, Sarah had a hot dog and fries, Valerie had a Chicken Quesadilla with fruit and I had a Beef Steak Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese, Cabernet Glaze
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    (the only thing that I had eaten since dinner last night the portions were generous. Amy and myself went back to the room to pack while Sarah, Justin and Val went to city walk and the studios as the rain had subsided to a sprinkle.
    We head home tomorrow
     

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