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The End of a Wonderful 2013

So as 2014 begins, I wanted to get back on here and reflect about the year and look forward to what promises to be a great 2014.  I was able to make 5 separate trips to different parks (2 solo) and visited 7 different parks total.

A quick summary of the trips:

Jan – A solo trip to Orlando to hit Universal Studios Florida and Islands Of Adventure.  By getting to the parks early, I was able to ride 9 different rides a total of 10 times in 3 hours and 40 minutes.  Made the entire trip in 31 hours.

June – A 5 day trip covering over 2000 miles.  Kaswell (my eldest daughter and partner in fun) and I left very early on a Wednesday in order to be able to spend the afternoon at Universal.  Was at USF by 6:15 am for the opening of the Transformers ride.  There was a great show put on for the opening and we ending up spending all day at the park, finally leaving the park just after 9.  Friday brought a drive to Richmond, VA, and KIng’s Dominion.  We arrived at the park just after 5pm and managed to ride all the rides we wanted, including riding the Dominator 3 times.  A quick drive to Williamsburg after that put us right next to Busch Gardens for the weekend.  If you have never been, I highly suggest going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  The park has great theming and landscaping combined with world class roller coasters, including Apollo’s Chariot and Alpengeist.  The food and wine festival was also well done.  We spent 2 days and was able to ride all of the roller coasters at least twice.  These five days equaled a great and exhausting trip.

August – After flying into Tampa to pick up a car for Sean (my stepson), I drove to Orlando and spent the night so I could get in another solo trip at Universal.  Thanks to Universal’s early admission for passholders at 8 am with onsite guests, I was able to be the first person to ride Forbidden Journey followed by breakfast at the Three Broomsticks.  Between 8 and 9:30 am,  I rode 6 rides (Forbidden Journey, the Dragons, Hulk, Dr. Doom and Spiderman).  After the quick walk over to USF, I rode the rides I wanted (Rip Ride Rockit, Mummy, Transformers and MIB) and had a great lunch from Krusty Burger.  After hitting my favorites one more time (Mummy and Transformers), I headed out with another successful solo trip behind me.

October – In what is becoming an annual tradition, Julie and I went to both Halloween Horror Nights and Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween along with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  The details of the trip have been covered here so I will just say it is a tradition I look forward to continuing.

November – Some of the details have already been posted here so I will fill in the rest.  The day at Epcot was better than expected.  The Candlelight Processional was even better than expected and walking from country to country listening to the presentations on Christmas traditions was an unexpected surprise and a great learning experience.  Sunday brought the Magic Kingdom and Mickey’s Christmas party.  We arrived early to see the Welcome show and ride a couple of rides early.  This also put us in a great spot to eat at Be Our Guest, which we managed to do before the line formed.  The restaurant was very well done and the food was good, only wish we had been able to try the Grey Stuff 🙂 (only available at dinner, when you have a special occasion).   After taking a break, we went back for the party.  The Jingle Cruise was a great change from the normal ride and show and the cookies and hot chocolate make most anything better.  The Tommorowland dance party with Stitch/Sully and Mike Wazouski was quite cute as well.  The parade and fireworks were well done but the Halloween versions are still my favorite.

As you can see, it was a wonderful year filled with theme park trips and good times.  Plans for 2014 are still forming with two on the calendar so far.  I have a solo trip planned for January, which I will be revealing details for in the next few days, and Julie and I are taking a trip in March.  There are many more ideas and possibilities and I look forward to sharing them with everyone.  Have a Happy New Year!!

The Thanksgiving Trip is on!

So it was decided several days ago that we are going to head to Disney on the Friday after Thanksgiving!!  Julie and I are both very excited as neither one of us have been to the Christmas festivities at Disney before.  We are getting to do both Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (complete with the newly added Jingle Cruise) and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.  Also on the agenda is seeing the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom one more time before they move to their new theater, which is rumored to be taking place sometime after the beginning of the year.  We welcome any tips or suggestions for the Christmas festivities and I will be sure to post anything that we learn while we are down there.  I also plan on doing some scouting for my next big solo adventure that I have tentatively scheduled for the end of January.  This trip is going to involve hitting the six major parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure) all in one day.  Previous solo trips have involved just the Universal parks in the same day and I still need to post details about those trips.  Look forward to lots of details and pictures about the trip coming up starting on Friday.  Happy Thanksgiving!!


A Belated Trip Recap

So thanks to life getting in the way, I was never able to finish a more detailed recap of the trip.  After all the Halloween fun was over, we spent Saturday at Epcot enjoying the many offerings that were available at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  Some of highlights included the tacos at Mexico, more Cherry Wheat, and the lamb at Australia.  I also continued to wear my rainbow afro visor that I picked up the night before, which continued to get several double takes and compliments.  The following day brought Islands of Adventure along with the sadness of having to make the trip home.  IOA was solid, as always, and attendance was surprisingly low.  We only waited 15 minutes for Forbidden Journey and that was the longest that we waited for anything.  We also picked up some candy from HoneyDukes for the kids and slowly made our way out of the park for a bit more shopping offsite and then the ride to the airport.

It was just an awesome trip.  We had all the fun of the Halloween event, plus the food and wine festival, combined with relatively small crowds and beautiful weather.  Fall is just an awesome time to visit Orlando and the parks.  Julie and I plan on continuing to make this an annual event for as long as we can and maybe one of these days we will get some friends to go with us on the trip.

As far as what is next for the blog,  I plan to start sharing theme park news from various sources and talk about upcoming trips.  We are considering a trip Thanksgiving weekend to attend the Christmas party at Magic Kingdom and I am working on planning my next solo adventure.  Maybe first I will detail my previous solo trips.  Thanks for reading!

The awesome Halloween trip continues at Epcot

So day two of the trip was just as great as the first.  We  decided to head to Epcot to hit the rides and have a partial sampling of the Food and Wine Festival before heading to Universal for Halloween Horror Nights 23.  The day started off slow as we were still recovering from the early start and long day getting down to Florida, so we were running a bit late getting to Epcot.  Once we got there, we also found out they are in the middle of replacing the entry machines so there was a bottleneck to get in.  As anyone who has been to Epcot in the past few years knows, you have to get there early for Soarin’ as the FastPasses run out quickly and the line quickly builds to 90 minutes or more.  So despite the fact I was at Soarin’ around 9:25, the FastPass times were already 6:45-7:45 and the line was at 50 minutes.  So we decided to head over to Test Track after a quick stop to get a Fast Pass for Mission Space.  The wait for Test Track has already built to 50 minutes as well so we went the single rider route.  This worked out awesome as we got to be in the same car.  The new test track was good and next time I will spend the time to build my custom vehicle as it puts your design in competition with other in your car.  The fun continued for me on Mission Space (Julie doesn’t ride it due to issues with tight spaces), and then it was time to go to the festival.

The Food and Wine Festival did not disappoint.  To get the whole thing started off right at 11 am, the Scotland kiosk was offering flights of scotch.  The sampling of 12, 15, and 18 year old GlenFidditch scotch was great.  We moved on to Canada for the always awesome Cheddar cheese soup and the O Canada film and followed that up with some beef sliders and key lime wine from the Florida kiosk.  This was all just an appetizer to my ultimate goal .. 22 oz of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Cherry Wheat


It was just as awesome as it always is.  We had to move pretty quickly after this to get to Halloween Horror nights so the last stop was South Korea for a kimchee dog, lettuce wrap, and a Soju fruit slush, all of which were great.  That’s all from Epcot for this time .. Onto to HHN!