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Old 09-11-2012, 07:58 AM   #76
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Hope is driving the car


UM.... are you sure that car isn't being driven by a Haunted Mansion Ghost? I'm just not seeing your daughter! LOL!!
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:19 AM   #77
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Good plans. I am hoping for some low crowds too!
I'm not sure which one I want more, low crowds or nice weather!

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UM.... are you sure that car isn't being driven by a Haunted Mansion Ghost? I'm just not seeing your daughter! LOL!!
Lol...if you look right next to Dave' knee you see a little bit of blond hair. Besides I think they try to keep the HM ghosts contained in there area...don't want to be freaking out the park guests!
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:12 AM   #78
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Hope told me this weekend that she wants to do the Agent P Adventure at Epcot. Anyone know what time they stop letting you do missions? I'd like to have them do that while I'm in line for Candlelight Processional.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #79
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Friday is moving day. We will be leaving Disney and heading to our Universal Partner Hotel. I plan on sleeping as late as I can (which I don't expect to be past 8:00) and let Hope sleep late (maybe 10:00). I plan on sending Dave to pick up breakfast and I'll start packing up the room. If the weather is good, they will swim while I go to Downtown Disney to finish up the snack credits and buy in last min things. If its too cold, they'll just have to come with me.

I'm thinking we'll have enough cs credits for lunch.

Sometime in the afternoon we'll head off to our Universal hotel...its a Rosen Inn or a Quality Inn or some combination. I plan to be in bed super early because tomorrow we get in an hour before the park opens to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter...for the first time ever!!!
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:24 AM   #80
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You wll have a blast over at universal...now it's not the same as Disney...different, but if you go in knowing that and enjoy what it offers, you'll love it. The Harry Potter area is fabulous!
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:03 PM   #81
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You wll have a blast over at universal...now it's not the same as Disney...different, but if you go in knowing that and enjoy what it offers, you'll love it. The Harry Potter area is fabulous!
I'm super excited about the WWOHP! Dave & I have been to IOA before...but that was many years ago. It will be all of ours first time at US. I'm also excited about seeing the Christmas stuff in Whoville.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:31 AM   #82
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Park Day 6 ~ Islands of Adventure aka the park that has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hope is now obsessed with all things Harry Potter. I've only let her watch the first couple of movies and we've read the first book together. She wants to be chosen for Ollivanders. I'm going to make an Ollivanders shirt for her in the hopes that the shirt will increase her chances of being chosen.

She's also a fan of the "The Cat In The Hat Knows Alot About That" show. So overall I think she'll love IOA.

This will be my 3 time and Dave's 2nd, but WWOHP will be a first for all of us.

I'm a little concerned about the lines getting long that day because 1) it's saturday & 2) it's the first day of the Christmas decorations at Universal. That being said, we will get there super early, spend the hour before the park opens in WWOHP and perhaps another hour after the park opens. I can't decide if we should hit Jurrasic Park and then Spiderman or backtrack to JP. We stood in an awefully long Spiderman ride last time we went and we would like to avoid that.

Then on to Whoville and maybe back to HP before we leave. If its warm, we may try the water rides. If Hope turns out to be a coaster lover, we may try hulk. If time permits we'll hit Sinbad & Posiden.

Since I don't have any pictures for this day, I'll leave you with pictures of the box that we are using for the big reveal. I have a pic of it in it's original state on the first page. Here are pictures after I put some stickers on it.




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Old 09-18-2012, 09:55 AM   #83
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I made some magnets to put on our hotel room door. If you see these at All Stars Movies the week after Thanksgiving...you'll know its us!

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Old 09-19-2012, 09:57 AM   #84
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At the end of Park Day 6 we will start driving home. Not sure if we'll make it all the way or if we'll need to stop and sleep somewhere.

I may end up having to redo all of these plans. Remember Dave's eye surgery, the one back in March, that caused us to cancel our June trip...well that whole situation is rearing its ugly head again. We finally got him scheduled for his lens replacement surgery...but not until Oct 25th. Then his dr tells him there is a 'significant chance' that he may drop some of the pieces of lens into the back of his eye during surgery. If that happens, he'll have to have another surgery to get those pieces out. This is all getting way to close to my trip! But we've decided not to cancel again. If he is restricted and can't ride the 'jerky' rides, we will have a very laid back trip...but we are STILL GOING.
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I want to WWOHP SOOOOO bad! But I think we're going to save it for another trip. We are already over budget on our trip and I can't justify spending that much money. I remember the days when they had their own version of FP's. Now you have to be a guest there and their hotels are overpriced. I heard they're going to open a "VALUE" resort, but you're not entitled to the UNIVERSAL EXPRESS passes. ~~~ LAME! ~~~

I hope everything goes well for your husband. I'll keep positive thoughts!
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I want to WWOHP SOOOOO bad! But I think we're going to save it for another trip. We are already over budget on our trip and I can't justify spending that much money. I remember the days when they had their own version of FP's. Now you have to be a guest there and their hotels are overpriced. I heard they're going to open a "VALUE" resort, but you're not entitled to the UNIVERSAL EXPRESS passes. ~~~ LAME! ~~~

I hope everything goes well for your husband. I'll keep positive thoughts!
Rumor has it they are expanding WWOHP. If we really enjoy our time at Universal, I think I will plan on doing Disney and Universal on separate trips. It's too crazy trying to fit all 6 parks into a week. I agree the hotels are overpriced and I don't intend to stay there. I'll just plan on going in the off season and getting a partner hotel so I can get in early and get a jump on the (hopefully low) crowds.
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Rumor has it they are expanding WWOHP. If we really enjoy our time at Universal, I think I will plan on doing Disney and Universal on separate trips. It's too crazy trying to fit all 6 parks into a week. I agree the hotels are overpriced and I don't intend to stay there. I'll just plan on going in the off season and getting a partner hotel so I can get in early and get a jump on the (hopefully low) crowds.
Yes, where jaws used to be is where the new part will be. They say there will be the hogwarts express going between the 2 parks.
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Yes, where jaws used to be is where the new part will be. They say there will be the hogwarts express going between the 2 parks.
Any idea when this is supposed to be done?
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Yes, where jaws used to be is where the new part will be. They say there will be the hogwarts express going between the 2 parks.
I've heard that rumor. I think that would be super cool.

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Any idea when this is supposed to be done?
No clue. We're not even sure what they are doing. They are already doing construction (that looks like a bridge in London) but they aren't saying what they are doing. I wouldn't expect it to be ready for another year or two...maybe more.
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These shirts didn't come out as planned...but they aren't too bad.



Notice the 'hidden' Mickey at the bottom of the photo.
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