Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 12 – Goodbye Universal

Day 3 – 11/6/2014

After getting the famous Vitameatavegamin skit stuck in my head again, I continued on my way to Transformers: The Ride – 3D. Transformers & Spider-Man use the same ride systems (even the same vehicles). Having just rode Spider-Man, Transformers just didn’t feel different enough.

DSC04681 – passed by some beautiful classic cars on my way to Transformers
DSC04454 – Autobots, Roll Out!

Mom’s kept herself busy taking some photos while she was waiting.
– you can kind of see them filming the Steve Harvey show here
– Moms used to love Emeril’s show on Food Network

The Decepticons defeated, I headed to the exit. Moms collects Hard Rock shot glasses and we couldn’t remember if she had Orlando already. I decided to stop in the Hard Rock Café when I exited to get her a shot glass.
DSC04683 – bye for now Universal Studios

We were hungry and Emeril’s had a promotion going on for like a buy-one-get-one free entrée or free appetizers with a theme park ticket. We thought that seemed like a good deal and the menu looked good, so we decided to try it. The thing is, the promo was only for lunch and they had just opened for dinner. Neither of us caught that bit on the outside menu. Plus we had been looking at the lunch menu which had completely different food and prices from dinner. We stayed though and both got some small dishes. After looking at the lunch prices we weren’t prepared to pay double that for the entrees. The food was excellent though. I got a prosciutto pizza and Moms got some sort of pasta.
DSC04686 – my prosciutto pizza
DSC04687 – Moms’ pasta

After dinner we made our way back to the car, stopping at a nearby Walgreen’s before going back to PORS.
– this mini golf course looks insane

We got back to the room and rested a bit, but we ended up feeling a little hungry after our light dinner. We went to the food court and decided to split a burger back in the room.
DSC04693 – Downtown Disney boat taking off
DSC04696 – moscato colada I got from the pool bar on the way to the room (yes, it was very good)

After second dinner around 11 I wanted to go take some photos of the hotel with my tripod. Port Orleans Riverside is such a beautiful property at night. I mainly stayed around the lobby/pool area since I was super-tired.
DSC04701 – I like this spot


– Old Man’s Island pool


Random Photo for 06/20/2015


Today’s photo is from the China Pavilion at Epcot Center.  On the 2nd day of our trip we visited Epcot to partake in the Food & Wine Festival.  The China Pavilion has this lovely spot and I was able to take this photo while the park was open with no crowds; handheld.

Sony NEX-5N w/SEL16mm, 1/8, f/2.8, ISO 3200.

Walt Disney World Trip Report: Part 4 – Nothing Grey Should Taste This Good

Day 2 – 11/5/2014

With the arrival of our lunch fastpass time, we crossed the bridge to The Beast’s Castle. We hadn’t done the advanced ordering of our food so we got in the “order your food when you get here” line. That’s so 2011; so primitive. Both of us ordered the braised pork and I ordered The Grey Stuff. We found a seat in the West Wing to get away from some of the crowds.


The food was excellent. We both really enjoyed the pork. The Grey Stuff? The Grey Stuff was amazing, but entirely too small. I need it to be about four times the size. The restaurant itself is packed full of little details. Makes you want to walk around everybody else’s table to see everything. Which is pretty much what happened to us. The only open table we found in the West Wing was the table right next to the rose, so we had a constant stream of people coming up to take pictures.





Our stomachs full, we made our way to the world of Tomorrow. We did some shopping before heading to one of our favorites – the Peoplemover. It was down though 😦 Carousel of Progress was up and running, so it wasn’t a huge loss. We do like to get our Peoplemover in though when we’re in WDW.

After our journey through technological innovations we had fastpasses for Buzz Lightyear. We like the Disneyland version and wanted to check out this version. It’s weird not being able to pick the gun up and move it around freely.

With the evil Emperor Zurg defeated once again. How does this guy keep getting out? That’s the Intergalactic Justice System for ya I guess. We made our way out of the park to check in to our next hotel.