The Favorite Photos: Universal Studios, 2011 – 2015

My last retrospective album post focuses on Universal Studios. Here are my favorite photos from there. (See also: First Photos and Last Photos.) Once again, apologies for photo quality; 2/3 of these are really old. The year: 2011The companion(s): ElizabethThe title of the album: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!The why: I LOVE SHARKS The year: 2012The companion(s): My cousin and his best friendThe title of the album: Mischief managedThe why: David and Sandy talked to this fountain (think the late lamented Push in the Magic Kingdom or the palm tree in DAK) for like 45 minutes. There are different people working it, using different voices,...

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The Last Photos: Universal Studios Florida, 2011 – 2015

We recently wrapped up all my Disney trip albums in my Last Photos series – and I know I said we’d do First Photos next. But while Universal Studios is by no means my heart’s home the way WDW is, I’d say it deserves a little love, no? So let’s take a quick look at my Last Photos there… Once again, apologies for photo quality; 2/3 of these are really old. The year: 2011 The companion(s): ElizabethThe title of the album: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!The why: We didn’t eat at Margaritaville, but as we exited the parks for the final time this sign really spoke...

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The Most Universal Trip Report Of All: Food Reviews

Shall we talk food? I thought so. My Universal Studios trip was brief and not particularly food-filled, but I made time to try some things. Lunch on day one was of course accomplished at The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. The offerings are extremely British and rather heavy, but I found a good option in The Ploughman’s Lunch. It’s advertised as for two but they can split the portion and sell it for one if you ask. The Ploughman’s Lunch for One comes with half a Scotch egg, half a roasted tomato, salad, bread, cheese, and some random jelly stuff...

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The Most Universal Trip Report Of All: 8/15

No trip to brief for a trip report, right? Last week I was in Orlando for a conference, and I figured while there I may as well schedule in a little playtime. So I headed down a day early for some Universal Studios Florido time (don’t worry, WDW, you’re next!). There was a long luggage check line at the airport, I barely made my boarding group, I had hardly eaten anything, and I was frankly exhausted by the time I made it to Orlando, but there’s nothing like the promise of a theme park to fuel the old adrenaline....

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In Which Jenn Is Headed To Universal Studios Florida

Just because I have made my decision doesn’t mean I have to like it. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have a conference in Orlando next week that will include a little bit of downtime. Hardcore WDW girl that I am, I decided I’m going to spend that downtime at Universal Studios Orlando so I can check out the new Harry Potter expansion. But then of course I was listening to Main Street background music on YouTube and that made me all sad and I miss WDW and wouldn’t it be silly to go to Orlando and...

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In Which Jenn’s Disney Loyalties Are Tested

The rather mundane element is this: I am going to a conference in August. This is my fourth year attending said conference, and while it is not without elements of fun (or not; I’m looking at you, San Francisco), the trip is not in and of itself something to get all worked up over. Only the exciting element is this: this year it’s in… wait for it… ORLANDO, FLORIDA. I’m not so lucky that the conference is on Disney property, and I’ll of course spend most of my time at, y’know, the actual conference, but still – there will...

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In Which Jenn & Elizabeth Expose the Dementors

JENN: Let’s welcome back the one, the only, Perfect Traveling Companion, Elizabeth! ELIZABETH: Ta-da! You’ll spoil me with those comments. My ego is getting so inflated. JENN: She is vital to today’s discussion, which is: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. We want to get our thoughts down before Diagon Alley opens and The Wizarding World goes all old-school-retro. And since Elizabeth not only accompanied me on a Universal trip in January of 2010, but also actually remembers what happened in all the books (whereas I briefly forgot what Gringott’s was), we NEED her.   ELIZABETH: I have my uses....

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