Having just visited a few days ago, I saw the prompt for Photo Friday this morning and immediately realized there were several things at the Universal Orlando Resort that qualify for inclusion in a collection of “vertical” photos. Here we go!
ABOVE: Four Points by Sheraton hotel, right outside Universal Orlando Resort.
ABOVE: The tower outside Universal Islands of Adventure theme park
ABOVE: From across the lake in Jurassic Park, you can see the two towers that are otherwise known as Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall (no I have never and I ain’t ever gonna!)
ABOVE: This is ROCKIT! at Universal Studios. Note the VERTICAL drop. Yes, I have. No, I will NEVER AGAIN!
I like this hotel. It is right outside Universal Orlando and just across the street from Wet N Wild. There’s an IHOP next door and a Walgreens on the next corner. Also, you get an olfactory treat from "Eau du Four Points" wafting through the lobby, same as when you go to the Walt Disney World Swan and you get "Eau du Swan".
Finally, the hotel is free using Starwood Preferred Guest points. Free is good 🙂 If you want to know how you can stay free too, send me an email BellTinkR at gmail dot com.
After long and careful consideration, I have determined that if I could be any character in the world of Harry Potter, I’d like to be The Sorting Hat. I would be able to look into people’s minds and hearts and help them to figure out where they belong (that’s my B.A. in psyche talking 😉 ). And I’d deliver the Sword of Godric to any true Gryffindor whenever they had a need for it.
[pullquote]You must be more than goblin sized; 48 inches tall…[/pullquote]OH – and between bouts of sorting and swording, I’d deliver safety reminders in the queue at “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”. Not a bad life, eh? 😉
There’s very low light in the queue, plus the least bit of conversation tends to bounce around the cavernous space, but I think if you listen carefully, you’ll be able to hear the entire spiel.
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Just doing some camera maintenance and found a bunch of videos on both the Canon and my Nokia phone. Here’s some video I took of my new favorite parade at Walt Disney World. Prior to this parade having made it’s debut, my favorite had been Continue reading Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It!→
Tried to drive to Magic Kingdom to meet Chez Bro and SIL but there was heavy traffic due to triathlon. Came back and dumped car at Old Key West again and took the looooong bus ride the round-about way. Finally in the park!
Don’t do it. If I had any free hands, this would have gotten a big thumbs DOWN. However, it is raining on and off and no one has been by to squeegee the outdoor tables. Not wishing to put my plate down in a puddle, I took cover in that alcove near the stairs with the lady’s head on the bannister.
The "crust" – and I use that term loosely, since there isn’t anything remotely "crusty" about it – is bready, which is typical of Sicilian-style pizza. Neapolitan-style pizza does not seem to be available at the window. Since there’s nothing crispy going on anywhere on this thing, the "crust" is a FAIL. If you were expecting more than half a teaspoon of tomato sauce (I was), then you will be disappointed. The cheese at least is pretty fresh.
They are clearly making the take out window pizza on the cheap – VERY cheap. I won’t be doing this again unless someone – ok MANY someones tell me that it has improved.
It’s been fun attending the Flower and Garden Festival on both the first and last weekends of the show. This area evolved quite nicely since that day back in March when I first saw it. Good job, Disney!
Storm clouds are forming. The air is by turns stagnant or breezy but still hot, hot, hot. Chez Bro called and said he’s going down to The Art Of Disney store so I’ve sought air conditioning… guess where?
Two cast members at the entrance to the butterfly garden were handing out free seeds. Mine are California zinnias – not sure if there’s more variety than that but I’m happy to have them no matter what they are.
It is pretty hot inside the Butterfly Garden enclosure. It’s made of a breathable mesh but there’s something metalic about it that seems to draw the heat. This water feature provides for a soothing bacground gurgle.
Between the magnolias blooming near the bag check, the jacaranda blooming near Spaceship Earth and this guy exuding strawberry goodness, the front entrance to EPCOT is just an olfactory smorgasbord. Well done, Disney 🙂
I like these banners – the colors are soothing, as is the whole shady stroll into EPCOT from the bus stops. I also tend to like anything with the geosphere pattern on it. It’s the EPCOT icon, after all!
Sometimes I have to carry an empty bottle around Walt Disney World for a good, long while before finding a recycling bin. I love that you do this and I that you would wish you would do it MORE. Thanks!
We picked up maps and brochures at EPCOT last night for Pixar’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. I just remembered they were in my"safari" bag, so I’m going to check it out while riding to the park. looks like there will be country-appropriate character meets around the World Showcase and some Pixar animators holding speaker sessions.