Travel With RichardUK

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by Vermilion » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:02 am

RichardUK wrote:I went to Universal Studios yesterday, Vermilion would have loved it (a lot of Harry Potter)

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Awesome piccies, though the real Leicester Sq station ain't that clean. :lol:

You're right though, i would have loved it, though i did get to see the real Hogwarts Express yesterday so i haven't missed out too much. ;)

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Oh and a lot of the Potter merch on sale at universal is the same as what i encounter at the studio tour, so you could have picked up a hogwarts railways scarf too. ;)

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by RichardUK » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:54 pm

The train takes you from Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure, a lot of people were dressed up and a lot of people were buying wands and using them around the park because they make things happen like control fountains, out of all the franchises in Universal I’m a fan of Jurassic Park, E.T and The Simpson’s the most, most of the rides I remember I loved has a child have gone, I can’t believe they got rid of the studio tour and the Bates motel

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by Vermilion » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:01 pm

RichardUK wrote:I can’t believe they got rid of the studio tour and the Bates motel


Something tells me you'd feel at home there. ;)

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by RichardUK » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:06 pm

Vermilion wrote:
RichardUK wrote:I can’t believe they got rid of the studio tour and the Bates motel


Something tells me you'd feel at home there. ;)


We had a family photo in front of it and back then I didn’t know the film but since then I watched the newish show and really enjoyed it so wanted a photo again years later, I also wanted to buy some key rings and other tat with my surname on it :lol:

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by Mini E » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:15 pm

RichardUK wrote:-


How're you getting on?

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by RichardUK » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:09 pm

Mini E wrote:
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How're you getting on?


I’m enjoying it but I’m still finding it difficult to be on my own, I didn’t really expect it to be an issue as in the past I had some great solo holidays but I suppose I have changed, I’m still emotional at times and it’s pretty much always on my mind, tomorrow it will be two weeks since I left, so far I have resisted any contact but he’s been around to my parents and they believe he will change, it’s quite ironic because he always thought that they would try and convince me to leave him and that’s why he tried to make me avoid my family events in the past but they are actually the opposite and sing his praises,

Yesterday I went to Sea World and it wasn’t as good as I remembered or thought it would be, I expected more actual aquariums with fish, coral etc I queued for around a hour for “Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin” you watch some boring animation (similar to happy feet) then get span around in a car thing for 30 seconds, get out and then look at some penguins, I enjoyed watching the real penguins but that’s it, I also found myself not being comfortable with seeing Dolphins and Killer Whales performing or being in tanks that are not as big as I thought or remember,

Today I think I’m just going to go to some outlets and maybe have a game of Disney crazy golf (might be strange on my own, at least I will win) tomorrow I plan on going to Busch Gardens,

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by Chocolate-Milk » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:13 pm

The Florida Mall is worth a look if you're just after a shopping day!

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by RichardUK » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:28 pm

Chocolate-Milk wrote:The Florida Mall is worth a look if you're just after a shopping day!


I went there the other day, it was ok but after visiting the Trafford Centre recently it doesn’t really compare, just been to a Nike factory shop and got a few bits and now I’m in Wendy’s having a “biggie bag” meal and using the free Wi-fi, I think I will have a walk around because it looks like there are other shops around, it’s a place called celebration, then I’m going to go and play some crazy golf and see if I can get to Epcot avoiding the $25 parking although I’m sure it’s fenced off so people can’t just do that

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by Chocolate-Milk » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:42 pm

RichardUK wrote:I’m going to go and play some crazy golf and see if I can get to Epcot avoiding the $25 parking although I’m sure it’s fenced off so people can’t just do that

If you want to avoid parking onsite, you can take a city bus to Disney Springs and then take a free Disney shuttle bus to any of the parks. It's a bit of a faff, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper.

Edit- Parking at Disney Springs is apparently free, but I've no idea if there's a time limit.

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by RichardUK » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:46 pm

I have been to a Disney Springs and it does have free parking with no limit, the way around parking would be to get a free Disney shuttle bus to any of the Disney hotels and then get a free Disney shuttle bus to any of the parks, I didn’t dare do it but I do find the $25 parking annoying when it’s an extra on top, Universal charge $26, it’s good for them when you see all the cars and think each one is $25 plus all the entrance fees, the turnover must be amazing.

I have food and general stuff more expensive than the UK, I did think food from supermarkets would be cheaper but it’s not, I would say groceries are just over double UK price, in complete contrast I filled up the car with petrol today for the first time, it was nearly empty and I filled it until I couldn’t put any more in and it cost a few cents over $25 so that’s extremely cheap

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by Tsunade » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:25 am

Sounds like you're having fun there Richard, that's a lot of Disney!

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by Ad7 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:15 am

RichardUK wrote:I have been to a Disney Springs and it does have free parking with no limit, the way around parking would be to get a free Disney shuttle bus to any of the Disney hotels and then get a free Disney shuttle bus to any of the parks, I didn’t dare do it but I do find the $25 parking annoying when it’s an extra on top, Universal charge $26, it’s good for them when you see all the cars and think each one is $25 plus all the entrance fees, the turnover must be amazing.

I have food and general stuff more expensive than the UK, I did think food from supermarkets would be cheaper but it’s not, I would say groceries are just over double UK price, in complete contrast I filled up the car with petrol today for the first time, it was nearly empty and I filled it until I couldn’t put any more in and it cost a few cents over $25 so that’s extremely cheap


A lot of the hotels have Disney pickups, not just the Disney ones themselves. You'll find a coach will often do the rounds which takes you there for free. The only downer of course being you're tied to the timetable of coaches, and then have to be around holidaying families with their kids :dread:

If you like steak, may I reccomend you go to Charlie's on international drive. It's next to a big pirate mini golf near the top end and close to that big wheel thing. It was voted the best steak house in the whole of America a few years running and it's windows are full of awards. I've had the best meal of my life in there, its utterly strawberry floating incredible food. Expensive, but we'll worth it. I think we spent about £300 there between 2 trips the last time we visited, and it's so good we're planning a one night stop on international drive the next time we're in Florida just to go there.

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by Rax » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:37 am

Ad7 wrote:
RichardUK wrote:I have been to a Disney Springs and it does have free parking with no limit, the way around parking would be to get a free Disney shuttle bus to any of the Disney hotels and then get a free Disney shuttle bus to any of the parks, I didn’t dare do it but I do find the $25 parking annoying when it’s an extra on top, Universal charge $26, it’s good for them when you see all the cars and think each one is $25 plus all the entrance fees, the turnover must be amazing.

I have food and general stuff more expensive than the UK, I did think food from supermarkets would be cheaper but it’s not, I would say groceries are just over double UK price, in complete contrast I filled up the car with petrol today for the first time, it was nearly empty and I filled it until I couldn’t put any more in and it cost a few cents over $25 so that’s extremely cheap


A lot of the hotels have Disney pickups, not just the Disney ones themselves. You'll find a coach will often do the rounds which takes you there for free. The only downer of course being you're tied to the timetable of coaches, and then have to be around holidaying families with their kids :dread:

If you like steak, may I reccomend you go to Charlie's on international drive. It's next to a big pirate mini golf near the top end and close to that big wheel thing. It was voted the best steak house in the whole of America a few years running and it's windows are full of awards. I've had the best meal of my life in there, its utterly strawberry floating incredible food. Expensive, but we'll worth it. I think we spent about £300 there between 2 trips the last time we visited, and it's so good we're planning a one night stop on international drive the next time we're in Florida just to go there.

YES! Charlies is the best, Im not a big steak eater but make time for Charlies when I go to Orlando, its the absolute business.

Last ime I was there I got a bone in ribeye and lobster tail, it was absolutely glorious!


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