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  • #21
    Re: Jimmay's hastily cobbled Universal Orlando, WWoHP, and HHN trip report!

    Awsome report, can't wait to see the rest. Do you have any more pics from UHN?
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    • #22
      Re: Jimmay's hastily cobbled Universal Orlando, WWoHP, and HHN trip report!

      I wish I did. They don't allow you to take any pictures in the houses themselves (rigidly enforced), and the rest of the park is a challenge due to the low and mercurial light, especially for someone with no photographic talent like me.
      Forget 'Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln,' Samantha Brown is Disney's most sophisticated animatronic.
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      Disney/theme park Park Trips:
      Disneyland Anaheim: 1983, 1987, 1994, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2012
      Walt Disney World: 1997, 2007, 2010
      Tokyo Disneyland: 2009, 2012
      Disneyland Paris: 2010
      Hong Kong Disneyland: 2012
      Universal Orlando: 2007, 2010 (twice!)
      Efteling:2011
      Lotte World: 2012

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      • #23
        Re: Jimmay's hastily cobbled Universal Orlando, WWoHP, and HHN trip report!

        Man am I lazy sometimes. . .

        Two weeks later, here's the final report, the last day of one of my favorite trips I've ever done.

        Day 5 we pondered doing Seaworld (Atlantis looks like a fine ride, with great dark ride sections, but that and two coasters are not worth the 70 some dollar entrance for me), or Epcot (I'm really not that big of a fan), but ultimately decided to take it easy and just do Typhoon Lagoon, a long-time ambition of mine.

        Here, just like with Halloween Horror Nights, I wish I'd taken more pictures. But, as I don't have a waterproof camera, the camera I do have was locked in our locker for the day, and I only got to take pictures before we left.

        A finely themed park, leagues above the substandard endeavors of most, nearly all, other waterparks.






        The highlight of the park for me is the Crush'n Gusher, a rare water coaster well-themed to an abandoned tropical fruit processing plant. The idea here is that the conveyors and chutes they used to wash and move the fruit are now waterslides. It's simple, but perfect, and the slides themselves are quite fun. Powerful streams of water shoot you uphill and then gravity works its magic bringing you back down the hills, resulting in speed and airtime unlike anything I've ever experienced at a waterpark before.

        (protip: There are three slides, coconut crusher, pineapple plunge, and banana blaster. Banana blaster has the best airtime, and was by far me and the girl's favorite.)

        The only shot I took of the wave pool, from afar. I like how from this distance it looks like it could have been taken on a real beach.




        Great theming.




        The snorkeling pool with small harmless sharks and rays. We didn't partake. I've heard the water is shrinktasticly cold.

        Soft, inviting sand for feetsies.




        The iconic Miss Tilly.




        A great day of fun well capped off with some pleasing Florida sunset shots.




        They aren't this pretty back home!


        Back to the hotel and packing, had to make room for Potter swag.
        Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and Chocolate Frog.


        Chocolate frog undressed.


        As a lover of all things pumpkin-flavored, I had to bring back some Pumpkin Juice.


        Adorable Hedwig Puppet (As a bonus, it squeaks and chirps in a manner that terrifies my cat.)


        Wands! (Voldemort on top, Harry on bottom).


        Adorable, snarling Fluffy plush.


        The whole, dramatically expensive lot.


        And that, mercifully, is finally that. Heed my advice, Disneyfans: Universal Orlando is a world-class themepark resort, and I can't recommend it enough. The next time your in Orlando at the 'World, take at least a couple days to check it out, Harry Potter and all, You won't regret it!
        Forget 'Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln,' Samantha Brown is Disney's most sophisticated animatronic.
        ________________________________________
        Disney/theme park Park Trips:
        Disneyland Anaheim: 1983, 1987, 1994, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2012
        Walt Disney World: 1997, 2007, 2010
        Tokyo Disneyland: 2009, 2012
        Disneyland Paris: 2010
        Hong Kong Disneyland: 2012
        Universal Orlando: 2007, 2010 (twice!)
        Efteling:2011
        Lotte World: 2012

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        • #24
          Re: Jimmay's hastily cobbled Universal Orlando, WWoHP, and HHN trip report!

          love your photos!
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          • #25
            Re: Jimmay's hastily cobbled Universal Orlando, WWoHP, and HHN trip report!

            Yup - the water parks are still the only area where the rest of the amusement industry hasn't caught up to Disney lock-stock-n-barrel. TL and BB were the last bastions of where I said to myself 'wow, this is Disney' and others still chase to compete.

            Yes the snorkeling reef is cold.. real cold
            The water coasters.. or Master Blasters as that manufacturer calls them are pretty common now... but they are very fun and the TL implementations are very well integrated like you said.

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