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Lebeau Family Trip Report 2017: Universal Orlando Resort Day Two


Today was the first full day of our vacation at Universal Orlando (Read about Day One here.).  One of my goals for this trip was to slow down and take it easy.  Usually on a Disney World vacation, we are racing around in an effort to get the most out of our time there.  But Universal is small enough that we should be able to get our fill in six days without driving ourselves crazy.  Especially since we were staying on property at Loews Royal Pacific which is both conveniently located and includes free Express Pass.  There was no reason for us to rush.  The question was, could I slow myself down?

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Lebeau Family Trip Report 2017: Universal Orlando Resort Day One


My family and I have recently returned from our latest theme park vacation.  When the kids were little, we made regular visits to Walt Disney World in Orlando.  Following our last trip in 2014, we decided it was time for us to explore some other options.  The following year, prior to embarking on our first family cruise (with Disney of course), we spent a day at Universal Studios.  This year, we settled on an extended visit at Universal Orlando.  I’ll tell you all about it after the jump.

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Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Last Day in the Kingdom – Daffy Does Disney


Well, here we are at the end of my Spring Break journey to Walt Disney World. While each of my previous videos has been just a portion of one of my vacation days, today’s final video will cover pretty much all of my park activities from my last day in the parks. Since my flight back home was set for late afternoon that day, I would have only from rope drop until around lunchtime to squeeze just a little more enjoyment out of my visit. That manifested itself in one more chance at favorite attractions like the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and the PeopleMover, last-minute opportunities at experiencing things I hadn’t yet on this trip, and trying a long-delayed food item that I’ve seen plenty of love for elsewhere. Unfortunately, it also meant dealing with a potentially inconvenient event that struck very early on. Come along and experience my eventful last day at the Magic Kingdom!

Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Four Parks One Day! – Daffy Does Disney


I began the last full parks day of my vacation with the plan to hit the Magic Kingdom early, have my lunch there at Skipper Canteen, and then hop over to Hollywood Studios later in the day. That was the idea. But with the new Express Transportation service paid for and sitting there on my MagicBand, a more ambitious (and admittedly somewhat slapdash) plan popped to mind. The concept of hitting all four of the major Disney World parks in a single day is not a new one. But it occurred to me that with this new service it had become much easier to accomplish. Almost laughably so. So what the heck? Why shouldn’t I have this particular meaningless feather in my cap? Why not come along for the ride?

Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Chowing Down in Adventureland! – Daffy Does Disney


Don’t let my initial peevishness this time around make you think I’m not having a great time. In fact, few things in life fill me with greater satisfaction than being a critical know-it-all. So sit back and watch me indulge in one of my very favorite activities…and then watch me hang out at Walt Disney World!

Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Good Morning Magic Kingdom! – Daffy Does Disney


With my last full day in the parks in front of me, I intend to take full advantage of the resources available to me, including the early morning extra magic hours at the Magic Kingdom. My misunderstanding of how the new morning entry protocol works yet again puts me there a little on the early side – and with an empty stomach. Oops. But, of course, once the morning gets rolling all of that gets left behind in great theme park fun!

Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Gojunoto – Daffy Does Disney


After another afternoon nap, I return to World Showcase in Epcot for my scheduled dinner at Teppan Edo. Come join in as I wander around the Japan pavilion, see some of its “cute” culture, then notice a toy I can’t remember seeing since I was pretty young. Will you be able to sing along with me? After dinner I watch the fireworks and run across a curious bit of detritus. And of course it will then be time for another installment of Pillow Talk with Daffy Stardust!

Universal Orlando: First Time in a Long Time and Potentially the Last Time


Last week, I reviewed a very long list of rides, shows, attractions and other experiences which would be new to my family on our up-coming Universal Orlando vacation.  I borrowed the concept from my old pal and blogging idol, Daffy Stardust, who posts similar articles prior to an excursion to Disney World.  His articles usually cover first, last and first-time-in-a-long-time experiences.  But as relative novies to Universal, our list of new-to-us experiences was long enough to fill an entire article unto itself.  So today, I am back to cover the other two categories.

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Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Shouting ‘Ay Caramba!’ – Daffy Does Disney


By this point in day 4, the reality of being on vacation had really set in and I’d started to give in to pure leisure. This manifested itself with a “hey why the hell not?” raw video share of my experience at La Cantina de San Angel sampling some churros and a margarita. Some of that is reproduced here along with other sights and sounds from Epcot’s Mexico pavilion. Ay Caramba!!

Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Slumming in Europe – Daffy Does Disney


Join me as I leave Future World and spend some time in a couple of the more popular Epcot pavilions in World Showcase. First, I grab lunch and interact with a couple of the better-known occupants of the UK pavilion, and then I move on to the France pavilion where I take in the sights and enjoy their beautiful film, Impressions de France.

Spring Break at Walt Disney World: I’ve Seen the Future and it Works – Daffy Does Disney


My return to Epcot continues in today’s video with the last of my stranger interviews, and spins on three Future World attractions. One of these is a second look at a new version of a ride that failed to impress at all in my first experience with it. Come along and see what my return to Future World reveals for me.

Universal Orlando Firsts


Frequent theme park travelers are always on the look-out for new experiences.  These have become something of a rarity for my family after regular visits to Walt Disney World which is one of the reasons we have been exploring other options in recent years.  In 2015, on our way to a Disney cruise, we spent a day on a whirlwind tour of both Universal theme parks.  We hit a lot of the resort’s highlights, but there is only so much you can do in a day.  After sampling what Universal had to offer, we’re going back this summer for a more in-depth excursion.  Let’s review some of this trip’s potential firsts.

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Spring Break at Walt Disney World: Rope Drop to Test Track – Daffy Does Disney


I’m halfway through my trip on my way back to Epcot where I spent the afternoon and evening of my arrival day. First I have to deal with a little hiccup with my well-laid plans, but nothing gets in the way of hitting rope drop and making a concerted beeline for one of the park’s most popular attractions.

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