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Day 136-138: Last Two Days at Disney and the Drive Home

On Thursday, we went to Hollywood Studios (but because I’m old, I still know it as MGM). We had an early morning Fast Pass for Rock’n’Roller Coaster, but it was closed so I thought it would be great opportunity to go on Tower of Terror. The only problem was that no one wanted to do it with me! Finally I corralled L and convinced him. We rode it once and the line was non-existent, so I asked an attendant if we could ride it again and she quickly got us right back to the front of the line. It took until after the second time for L to admit that he hated the whole ride and completely detests drops. While I do feel a little bad, at least I got to ride it twice!

From there we made our way to the new Star Wars rides, which were actually really fun. The best part was watching L’s dad, who is a MAJOR fan totally geek out the entire time. I wish I was that passionate about something other than wine (just kidding). We also ended up catching Rock’n’Roller Coaster later when it opened up, as well as the Indiana Jones show – which I still remember from when I was little!

14379623_10153700010041008_1718596012722074140_oFrom there we made our way to Epcot, which is so much more fun when you’re an adult. I guess alcohol will do that. Although this weekend, I was the only one drinking (oops!). L’s dad is also a major car lover – I’m pretty sure he considers his Camero as his third child. It made Test Track his favorite ride of the entire trip, so we rode it a few times. Not going to lie, but I designed an awesome car/truck hybrid.

Test Track - Day 136

The whole family also really loved Soarin’, which is simulation of a hang-glider across the world. Now I want to go to the safaris of Africa so bad (Lion King may have been the culprit, but we’ll blame Soarin’).  By the end of the day, we were super tired. So, L and his dad ran out for Chick-fil-a, which is a minor problem because the whole I’m allergic to chicken thing. But because I have an amazing fiancee, he stopped to get me sushi!

I’m not going to lie, by Friday we were all exhausted! The rest of the crew were leaving mid-afternoon, so we headed back to Magic Kingdom for our very last day. We stopped by some of the classics, like the Philharmagic, It’s A Small World After All, and People Mover. As an added bonus, I also had a chance to spoil my baby nephews with some adorable swag.
Magic Kingdom - Day 137


L’s family left mid-afternoon after a much deserved ice cream break. We stopped through Space Mountain and BuzzLightyear Space Ranger Spin once more before making our way back over to Epcot for some exotic food and drink!

On Friday night we decided to start the drive home. We were super optimistic about making it at least four hours into the drive. We made it two and a half. We ended up at some super sketch motel where I spent the whole night freaking out that the car was going to get broken into. (Disclaimer: L says I’m being crazy and this whole ‘sketchy motel’ thing was all in my head. Maybe he won because the car was break-in-free in the morning).

On the way home, I convinced L to stop at a winery we saw on the way down. It was 9:30am and we were clearly the only people in there. It was totally worth it because they had wine tastings and they gave you a free glass with the tasting!

Day 138 - Wine Tasting

Our Disney trip was an absolute blast – seriously, don’t let not having kids from keeping you from Disney!

Day 135: Universal Studios

I have no pictures of my outfit because I’m a horrible vacation blogger. At least I live in the moment?

So like I mentioned yesterday, I went to Disney all the time growing up. Which means, I’ve never been to Universal and I am SO EXCITED to finally see it!

We got to the park bright and early via an Uber – which L’s parents had never taken before. His dad was nervous the whole time!

Once we got into the park, it was clear we weren’t at Disney anymore. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but it just didn’t look like an oversize dollhouse like Disney does. Plus Universal really kills it with their themes – you can tell such a difference between the Marval areas and the Harry Potter area, which was absolutely amazing!

Harry Potter Day 135

So with that, onto the rides!

  1. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – the first rollercoaster of the day and it was awesome! You could pick a song that would blast through the whole coaster, which was an awesome touch.
  2. Transformers 3-D The Ride: I’ve never seen Transformers, so I’m sure 95% of this ride was lost on me. However, the graphics and thrill aspect was amazing – you really felt like you were moving and falling, even though the cart in reality went through minimal movements!
  3. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts: One of the best parts of this ride was waiting in line! The entry way had Gringotts characters lined up. The ride itself was a low thrill roller coaster but the graphics were amazing.
  4. King’s Cross Station: This was the train that took us between Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. It was awesome to sit and get some AC, while the train reenacted some memorable parts from the Hogwarts Express.
  5. Dragon Challenge: This was the most intense rollercoaster we went on! Like a lot of the most extreme rollercoasters, I LOVE this ride, but I hated the way the restraints hit my shoulder blades. Oh the joys of being short.
  6. The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: L’s whole family remembered this from ten+ years ago when they last rode it, so they were excited to hop on it again! Once again, Universal did an amazing job with making the waiting lines interactive and the ride itself so much fun!
  7. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: Saving the best for last! This was by far the best ride of the entire trip. It brings you through Harry’s world – a Quidditch match, a matchup against Voldemort and through some of Harry’s memorable classes. The whole experience of the ride, from the look, feel, and even smell was miles above anything else we saw on this vacation!

Hogwarts - Day 135

So there you have it! Since I didn’t take any pictures, I did cobble together some pictures of what I wore. Enjoy!

Day 34: I remember.

I remember 9/11. I was in fourth grade. On the way home from school, my mom stopped us in our driveway and said “Something very bad has happened.” At first I thought something happened to my grandparents. As my mom tried to cobble together the facts in a way an eight year old and a ten year old can understand, I was unable to grasp the magnitude of the terrorist attack.

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