Walking With the Walking Dead

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Our last night in Florida, and the last night of our babymoon, was spent waiting in many long lines and walking with dead. We went to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. The theme this year was The Walking Deadwhich is really appropriate considering it’s everyone’s favorite TV show. Now, I know I have reviewed a couple haunted houses lately, but the Universal house are crazy good. Not necessarily crazy scary, but they are so well put together and professionally done. We’ve been once before, and it was definitely worth returning.

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Typically, the park is set up with several Haunted Houses and scare zones. The scare zones are placed on the roads throughout the park and we, the guests, must walk through them to get from attraction to attraction. It’s brilliant really, like all of a sudden you are in the middle of a haunted world when you thought you were just walking to the funnel cake stand. This year, the scare zones were different. Every single zone was a zombie zone, “the undead streets” if you will.

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I was unaware of this little change and was caught completely off guard (i.e. totally freaked out) when as soon as we entered the park people started running and before I knew it a very realistic zombie was growling in my face. Keep in mind that this is not your typical neighborhood haunted house, this is Universal so their makeup and costuming is done right. It was fun/terrifying to walk around the park and all of sudden find ourselves in the middle of a scene from The Walking Dead. 

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One annual attraction at Horror Nights is a not scary comedy show, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. This show is basically a 45 minute crude humor show that pokes fun and brings up every possible pop culture reference you can think of. It’s funny, but not hilarious…unless you are 14 or very drunk (which most people were).

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We were at Horror Nights from open to close (6:30pm-Midnight), we were there past midnight actually, and still only had time for five of the eight haunted houses. The lines were ridiculous. We waited in most for about an hour, some longer. Waiting in line sucked and there’s just no other way to put it. There was no entertainment, which I found shocking. Why can’t they project scary movies while we wait? Or provide games? Or something? Whatever, I know I’d do it again.

The houses have a constant stream of people going through, which would lead one to believe that jumping out and scaring poor innocent guests would be difficult, maybe even impossible. Somehow, Universal found a way to make this work. We (mostly Husband) were scared to the point of screaming as we held each other and inched around every corner. They were experts at popping out when you least expect them and from places were you would never expect. Ugh, if only I could have taken photos!

We walked through The Cabin in the Woods, Resident Evil: Escape From Raccoon City, An American Werewolf in London, Evil Dead and Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance before we were told we had to leave the park.

Other parts of the park were open too…I couldn’t ride most of the rides, but I did get to check out the new addition to the Simpson’s Land! They have added a very realistic Moe’s, Krusty Burger and more. They serve real Duff beer and a non-alcoholic drink called a “Flaming Moe”.

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By midnight (well by 9pm really) my feet hurt worse than they have ever hurt before. Not that I wasn’t enjoying myself, but I was looking forward to the park closing.  I don’t know when we will be able to return to Horror Nights but this was the 23rd annual year, so maybe the 25th? Only time will tell…

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Cheers and Happy Haunting!

First Half of the Honeymoon

 

Husband and I were fortunate enough to get 3 weeks off… Who am I kidding? Husband is ALWAYS off…. I was fortunate enough to get 3 weeks off work for our wedding and honeymoon.

The first half of our honeymoon was spent at Disney and Universal Studios, with my family.

I hate to admit to people that I love Universal Studios (it’s like cheating on Disney), but it’s true, I really do love Universal. It doesn’t have the magic or the incredible customer service Disney offers, but it does have some killer roller coasters. The Harry Potter Land addition is a huge plus too.

My family has never been to Universal, so Husband and I considered it our duty to make sure they get there, ride the scariest coasters, drink butter beer, and shoot aliens on Men in Black.  We spent the day with a group of 16 people, and managed to ride everything that mattered.

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Zoey, my Dad, and Husband were all chosen to be characters in a performance called “Disaster!” at Universal. The three of them got to to play 3 evil oil company workers, and star in a disaster type movie.

 

During our entire vacation, we were VERY often separated from one another, and often were not carrying our cell phones, or they had died after using them to upload pictures to Facebook while waiting in hour-long lines. In order to easily locate each other, when lost without a phone,  we came up with a fail proof plan: jazz hands.

Anytime someone was lost or looking for someone who was lost than you were to immediately put jazz hands in the air. This plan proved to be incredibly effective. In a crowd of 500 hundred people, all in tank tops in flip flops, it’s difficult to pick out someone familiar, but jazz hands shimmying above the crowd are hard to miss. We were all starting to enjoy our jazz hand signal so much that we decided to immortalize it on the Dinosaur ride photo spot.

 

To celebrate our roller coaster/butter beer/movie making victory filled day, we had dinner and margarita’s at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

Tuesday through Thursday was devoted to Disney World, our first love.

At EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow…In case you were wondering), we “traveled around the world”, visited the sites of our wedding reception, got caught in a very long thunderstorm, and watched a concert by Hotel California, An Eagles tribute band.

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This is what I got when I shouted, “Look Cute!”
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At Animal Kingdom we spent a lot of time shopping for a hat to keep my Dad’s head from getting any more burnt than it already was. We ate Chinese? food at Yak and Yeti, rode Expedition Everest a couple of times, and I was forced to see the most terrifying show…Flights of Wonder.

 

I am terrified of birds.

They are too quick, fly too close, and have very sharp beaks and feet. I just don’t like being near them.  Husband knows this, and was therefore very excited, too excited,  about forcing me to see this stupid bird show. Since he has seen the show before he was fully aware that the birds roam free around the theatre, fly directly over your heads, and that I would spend the majority of the show with my eyes closed and hands over my ears. Why do I always cover my ears when I’m scared???

 

The show turned out to be pretty impressive, still scary, but impressive.

At Hollywood Studios, we stopped by the sight of our first date and wedding proposal, The Sci-Fi Drive-in Café. We did all the other Hollywood favorites like the Tower of Terror and Rock-n-Roller Coaster, but my family’s favorite was probably the American Idol Experience.

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At American Idol, real guests (who had previously auditioned during the day) perform in front of the audience and judges, and one is chosen as the winner. At the end of the day all the winners compete against each other, and the final winner gets a golden ticket. That golden ticket can then be used to cut to the very front of any real American Idol audition line in the United States! It’s a pretty cool experience.

Husband and I ended our trip watching Wishes. The most incredible, magical, touching fireworks show. I get tears in my eyes every time we see this show…which is numerous. I don’t know if I get sentimental thinking of all the memories I made during my College Program internship, if I see the magic Disney creates for everyone daily, or if I’m just reminded of how happy I am to be with Husband at our favorite place. Whatever it is, it makes me happy and sad at the same time.

Typical woman.

Disney never disappoints, our week at Disney was excellent, and even though our next stop was Costa Rica, we were still said to leave.

Cheers!