"It's Because This Wand CHOSE Me!" Sept 2017 TR *NEW* 2/11

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  1. MeghanEmily

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    Neat! I've never seen this before!

    :rotfl: Yep, they've definitely heard that somewhere! Funny!

    This is a cool shot. It's interesting how something you've looked at so many times can look brand new from a different angle.

    Naturally! The rule of strawberry icees is that whenever you see one, you get one.
     
  2. skier_pete

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    I like the Hogwarts express but it is so *slight*. I mean if you weren't a Harry Potter fan, would you get any pleasure from it? A great theme park ride does not rely solely on prior knowledge to entertain. And as a transportation system it's fine except for the humongous lines and the fact you have to by a 2-park pass to even use it. (Can you tell that it irritates me?)

    It doesn't look like the Hogsmeade crowds were very large though, that would make it nice doing the magic wand stuff. The wand stuff is great, but when there are 18 people in line to do each of them, it detracts a little bit as well.

    Love the Discovery Center - though it needs an update.

    Almost can't believe we'll be there in 12 days - it's so freakin' cold here. (16 degrees at noon).
     
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  4. khertz

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    It's really cool to watch others go through! Really great that they added that effect.

    Kids can be so funny. lol

    I agree! DH always seems to get this picture and it's one of my favorite views of the castle.

    Especially when it took us SO LONG to find them!!

    lol Yes I can see where it would be irritating! But it doesn't bother us because getting park to park tickets is automatic for us. With the parks so close together, I couldn't imagine getting one park per day passes unless we were REALLY strapped for cash and trying to go super cheap. It's just too tempting to have the other park so close!

    It's like Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. It's not as fun to do it when you've watched 10 people in front of you do it. I was glad we found it less crowded this day because I was a little disheartened to see it SO busy the evening before when we had made it over there. I was hoping it wouldn't always be like that.

    I agree, most of it is pretty dated. But luckily my 7 year old doesn't notice! lol So it still keeps him entertained and me out of the heat.

    So jealous! I keep remembering we were trying to be there this week, but couldn't work it out. My parents are leaving today for a cruise so they couldn't keep DD for us. But *fingers crossed* we should be back in September once more before the APs expire.
     
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    Day 5 Continued: Saturday September 23rd

    When I left off, Kong was down, so we walked over to Super Hero Island to finally get a child swap on Incredible Hulk! We definitely couldn’t leave on our last day without having ridden this at all! Because you go through the metal detectors before getting on this ride, I wasn’t sure how it would work with lockers and child swap. We asked a TM and since the entrance for those utilizing the child swap, this time DH and DS, was through the exit, we didn’t have to put our bags and stuff in lockers. Most of the other rides, everyone goes into the same line together and then separates for the rider swap, so just a tip for those who may be child swapping this one. You still don’t have to bother with the lockers and can leave your stuff with the non-rider.


    I went first, and it was amazing, as always! Never get tired of that fast launch right into going upside down! When I came off, DH and DS were waiting in the child swap room right on the exit platform, and DH was able to get right onto the next train, so it was a fairly quick child swap process.

    Per DS’s request, we next did Spider-Man again. I have lost count of how many times we went on this!


    We shopped in the gift shop after since DS was in a big Spider-Man phase at the time and still had some money left to spend. He ended up picking out some Spider-Man pencils to use for school. We stopped in Captain America’s Diner to fill our cup with some ice water, and when we came out it was starting to sprinkle. We saw in the app that Kong was back up, so we thought it would be a good way to wait out the rain and hurried over to get in line.


    It was good timing too because it started raining harder just as we got into the covered queue! The Express line was a bit backed up because of the ride having been down, but we didn’t mind the time out of the rain. It ended up taking about 30 minutes in the Express queue and the ride skipped the short outside portion.

    It had stopped raining by the time we came out, so we passed through Jurassic Park to check out the wait time over at Poseidon’s Fury. It’s one of those things we never do because it takes so long, but we had talked about taking the time for it this trip since we had a few days and DS had never done it.

    While passing through, we watched a few rafts come down on the River Adventure.


    A pass through the Wizarding World.


    As we were walking past the train station, DS asked to sit down and take a break. All the walking had started to catch up with him, but I was happy he wasn’t complaining like I thought he might (and like he had the night of the Halloween party). So we rested our feet for a few minutes on the rocks and people watched. He knew the plan was to leave the park soon after doing Poseidon’s Fury, so he asked if we could ride Forbidden Journey again since it was his favorite. I’d had enough of that ride for one trip, so I sat with the stuff while DH took him on one more time. The two of them got all the way on the ride and loaded before a TM realized they hadn’t measured DS and made all 4 people on the car get off to measure him. It was a little odd considering they really hadn’t measured DS on that ride all week!

    When they came back, we continued on to Lost Continent to get in line for Poseidon’s Fury.

    We didn’t realize this attraction has “show times” so we got in line with about 15 minutes to go before the 4:50 show. Not too bad, but longer than I’d like to wait for something like this.

    It was super cheesy, but funnier than I had remembered, so it was worth doing once. Now I don’t feel the need to do it again for several more years/trips. When we left, I looked at DH and said, “This CAN’T be the last thing we do on this trip!” So as we walked through Seuss Landing, we asked DS if he wanted to do anything there again and he said the High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride so we did that again.


    It had been drizzling off and on but was starting to rain a little harder, so DH put the camera up and we stopped to put our ponchos on for the walk out of the park.

    We had decided earlier to have dinner at NBC Sports Grill & Brew in Citywalk, so that was our destination as we exited Islands of Adventure. We got seated right away. It was cool to see (and smell!) all of the burgers cooking in the center of the restaurant.


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    DH got a burger, DS got the kids sliders, and I went with the chicken macaroni & cheese. We all really enjoyed our meals!

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    While we were eating, we talked about how much fun we’d had and how we wished we didn’t have to leave the next day. Then we started discussing logistics of what time to leave the hotel to get to the airport in enough time before our flight, and an idea hit DH and I at the same time. Our flight wasn’t until noon, and we didn’t need to leave for the airport until 8:45 or 9, so why couldn’t we put those brand new APs to good use and squeeze in one more 7 am early entry in Diagon Alley?!

    Excited that we would be able to get a little more park time before leaving the next day, we took the boat back to Royal Pacific after dinner and spent the evening packing up our stuff to leave the next day and showering before getting to bed.

    UP NEXT: One More Magical Morning
     
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  6. missangelalexis

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    Haha I love that you declared that Poseidons Fury would not be your last attraction!

    Love DH's pics from the trolley ride!

    Sounds like a nice dinner stop! Your mac and cheese looks delish!

    YES to you guys squeezing in one final park morning before your flight! Can't wait to hear about it.
     
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    Last Park day is always the best and not the saddest when you have time to do that one last ride again on your departure day
     
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    That's good information to know about the child swap and the Hulk. Not sure I'll be back before Evie phases out of the child stage, but if I am it's nice to know I don't need to get a locker!

    Haha, one more ride on Forbidden Journey! I can't wait to see how many times DS drags you on the coasters when he gets older.
    And maybe the Team Member was new and didn't want to mess up?

    Hooray to realizing you could squeeze in some more Universal time the following morning!
     
  9. MeghanEmily

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    Nice! Nathan loves this ride, too. One of his favourites in Orlando. Sounds like fun!

    Saved by the queue! Good timing!

    Good for DS for asking for what he needed without getting upset or complaining! Sometimes I need a break, too. Vacationing is a lot of work! :laughing:

    That's weird! And awkward for all of them in that vehicle to have to get out at the last minute!

    :rotfl:Poseidon's Fury isn't exactly the high note anyone wants to end their vacation on! The trolley was a much better choice! I love the views you get of the park from that ride. :-)

    Yay!! I'm all about squeezing as much park time in as possible! Being able to get into and out of the parks quickly is really an awesome thing about being onsite at USO.
     
  10. khertz

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    With all of the great stuff in the park and after all the fun we'd had, I just couldn't end on something like Poseidon's Fury!!! lol But after skipping it for many trips, I am actually glad we took the time to do it since it was something DH and I hadn't experienced in a long time, and DS had never done it.

    The Trolley ride is definitely photogenic!

    The chicken mac & cheese was REALLY good, but I was having a little food envy over DH's burger, because it was really good too. Lots of good choices there, and it wasn't terribly expensive either, so it was a nice last meal.

    It was so funny how the idea hit both of us at the same time! I'm so glad we think so much alike. lol

    It was really exciting to realize we could add on another morning and delay our departure from the parks just a tiny bit longer!!

    It's SO nice to still be able to leave things with the non-rider and not have to get a locker! I appreciate that they have them and they're free, but they can end up a real hassle at times.

    I hope he gets more adventurous when it comes to coasters...I still can't get him on Big Thunder! But Forbidden Journey he'd do 10 times in a row if I let him. Go figure!

    Could be, we just thought it was funny that he didn't really get measured the whole trip, and this time not only did he get measured, he got pulled out of his seat to do so!! Definitely don't mind him getting measured, I am all about ride safety. I get so annoyed when I see people talking about stuffing toilet paper in their kids' shoes to make them taller!!

    It's always a great moment when you realize you can fit in just a little more park time!!

    It's one of my favorites too! I was a little disappointed only to have time to ride it once this trip, so hopefully next time I can get in another ride or two.

    Gotta love those indoor queues!!!

    He very much surprised me with his maturity this trip. I think not having DD with us, and getting more attention, plus going more at his pace really did wonders. He was his typical self whining at the Halloween party and I was hoping not renting a stroller would not be a huge mistake, but he was so great the rest of the trip. I was really proud of him! And we got to do so much in the time we were there that sitting to take a break whenever needed was no problem.

    Yeah, DH said it was super awkward and he felt bad for the other people in the vehicle!! lol

    We all love the Trolley! Not the biggest or fastest, but definitely one of the best, and definitely a better way to cap off a great trip over Poseidon's Fury. lol

    Absolutely!! Had this been a Disney parks trip, I don't think we would have attempted a park on departure morning, even with a later flight. It's much more work getting into and out of a park than just a short boat ride or walk over from your hotel room.
     
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