I know you missed me, but here I am. The East Coast leg of my Fall Unemployment Tour has come to an end, much to my chagrin. Here is where I’ve been, this post will cover the first two stops:
Virginia: Visited family 9/19-9/24
Florida: Disney, SeaWorld, Universal & FOOTBALL! 9/29-10/8
New York City: New York Comic Con, Nerdist Podcast 10/10-10/15
South Carolina: Visited Maz, FOOTBALL! 10/20-10/25
The first stop consisted of me visiting my family in Virginia, nothing super exciting here. Ate some delicious food at Kabuto, the local Japanese Steakhouse and Rare Olde Times, an awesome Irish Pub. There was one point where I was responsible for watching seven children (my brother’s five kids and his girlfriend’s two kids) under age eight…even though it is Halloween, that story is too chilling to tell, sorry it’s still too fresh.
Furiated, myself and my Girlfriend flew out on Saturday 9/29 to sunny Orlando Florida. As Furiated and I made our way to the happiest place on Earth, Rebecca went off to visit her parents, fret not kiddies, she joins us again on Tuesday. From the airport we headed to the Pop Century Resort, checked into our room in the 70’s then headed over to The Magic Kingdom. Space Mountain, yeah we did that…
OK, where’s Mickey Mouse?
Sunday found me walking the parks solo as Furiated had a D23 event for Epcot’s 30th anniversary. I strolled around Epcot for a while, met up with Furiated for lunch then as he went back to his event, I headed over to The Magic Kingdom. I had two quests on this trip, both which failed. There is a rumor floating around that there will be Doctor Who merchandise at the UK store in the World Expo at Epcot and they were releasing the Oswald ear hats in limited amounts in random stores across the parks. We also had never really gotten into the whole “Pin” Thing…this trip was different…
I NEED this hat!
Monday was the 30th anniversary of the opening of Epcot, so we started our day there. What better way to start the day than to spend an hour in a merch line? Exclusive pins and Figment gear, don’t mind if I do. Sadly the two Figment shirts I wanted they released early (for some reason) and they were sold out. This was also the first week of the Food and Wine Festival. By far the best thing is the Cheddar Cheese Soup in Canada. The line for Canada was always insane, don’t worry we eventually were able to get it. After the awesome merch line and a Journey Through Imagination with Figment we headed over to Hollywood Studios, my favorite park. Hit Star Tours, the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror (LOVE this ride) had some eats at the Sci Fi Dine in theater then headed back to Epcot for the closing fireworks…the finale was absolutely insane.
Tuesday started with us heading to Hollywood Studios yet again, like I said, love that park. Stopped by Epcot to check the UK for Doctor Who merch, also there was no line for the Canadian Soup, scored some soup then headed to meet up with Rebecca and her parents (for the first time) at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review. So much food! So good, if you go to Disney and you enjoy some dinner theater, make a reservation.
Wednesday the three of us park hopped. Starting with the Animal Kingdom, after Expedition Everest and a Safari we headed off to Hollywood Studios, hit the great rides then closed out the day at Epcot…trying delicious noms around the World. We of course met characters Doug & Russel, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy…I met Stitch, cause Stitch is Awesome.
I met Stitch and you didn’t
Thursday we went to SeaWorld. I haven’t been to SeaWorld since I was five. We went on the Manta rollercoaster, the reason this memory is so vivid, well…as we entered the line a random lady walked up to Eric, Rebecca and I and pawned off her nine year old daughter on us. Yes, this lady trusted US with her child…could I make this up? After a hellish line, made more so by the strange child that would not stop rambling, we finally get on the ride, fresh you think…well it’s a mixed bag. It’s a suspended coaster and the people running the ride were terrible at their job, after the ride is over we were left hanging for five minutes or so while they were loading the other car, instead of using the other track that was RIGHT THERE! Rode some rides, went to the Dolphin Show, Shamu’s show and the Sea Lion and Otter show (none were anything like a Donkey Show, sadly). Ate at the Shark’s Underwater Grill where you eat surrounded by the sharks themselves, cool right? Cool equals expensive. From Seaworld we headed back the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party. Special Fireworks and a Halloween themed parade, sweet, except the rain had other ideas and both were almost cancelled. I said almost, fortunately the weather cooperated long enough for them to pull them off. After the party we headed to Universal to check in…
Yeah, we’re awesome
Friday was spent at Universal Studios. Starting the day with the Wizarding World of Harry potter, Butter Beer FTW! We hit all the major attractions, I’m still not a huge fan of the Hulk coaster, that ride kicks my ass. Staying on site you get the “Front of the line” pass, totally worth it, though for some reason it doesn’t work on Harry Potter OR Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, which is just strange.
I feel it is important to mention at this point that Rebecca did not pack the proper shoes and ended up with crazy blistered feet and we still had the Halloween Horror Nights adventure to go through! So, me being awesome and all, I rented a wheelchair to push her around the haunted houses. This is a double win, see it looks like I’m being nice, but really she’s getting pushed through and scared first…I think you underestimate the sneakiness. Using our “We’re Better Than You” Front of the Line passes we zipped right through the lines, the posted wait times later in the night were over an hour, as cool as the houses were, not worth standing in line for over an hour each…
For the 2nd year in a row, I’m back
Saturday we dropped Rebecca off at the airport and went back to Epcot so I could once again try and fail, to find Doctor Who merchandise. After walking around the World Showcase we headed off to Downtown Disney, had some eats then went to see Dredd. Not a bad flick, already out of the theater, but you should rent it when it comes out. We waved farewell to Orlando and headed to Jacksonville to go to the Jaguars game on Sunday.
Remember when I used the past tense about the pins?
Sunday we closed out our trip to Florida with the Chicago Bears at the Jacksonville Jaguars game. Since 2005 Furiated and I have been traveling the country going to NFL games, I’ll do a post about that later. I enjoy wearing opposing teams jerseys at games, the only place I won’t wear the away team’s jersey is New England, Detroit and Carolina (more on that later). For some reason Furiated decided to wear a Jaguars jersey…wow, they got SMOKED 41-3! I’ve been to games in many stadiums and this is the WORST stadium I’ve been to. Terribly laid out, AWFUL PA system. After the game we hit up the Tilted Kilt for some food and Sunday Night Football, a good ending to a great trip. We flew out VERY early Monday morning…
Decent Seats in a TERRIBLE stadium