Sunday, October 3, 2010

Universal solders 2: On a brighter note

The family trip to Universal them park in Orlando got off to a slow start because we were all converging from different directions, kind of like these penguins on their wild modes of transportation. We also had a problem involving our tickets that we had bought on line the night before, something about having to change the names on some of the tickets. Whatever it was we needed to get approval at the customer service desk. So some of us went into the park, some went to the customer service desk and some of us had not even arrived yet. By the time we began to get into the park, it was time to get lunch for the kids, and they hadn’t been on a ride yet. Then as the rest of us trickled in, lunch became a long, drawn-out event until everyone was fed. We were having fun, mind you, but it was finally time to hit the rides and other attractions. We decided to start at E.T., snaking through the corrals of the long waiting line. Just as we caught our first glimpse of the roller coaster cars loading, the ride went silent and the house lights came on. An announcer informed us that the ride was closed. They told us we could come back later and go through the speed lane once the ride was functioning again. We had been in the park now for at least three hours, still no ride under our belts. Lucky for us, we had all day and all night to catch up . . . and we did.  To be continued.

All acquired November 24, 2007, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando

Department 56 Christmas Eve Musical Note with penguin rider
Number: 0413
Size: 4.75 inches tall
Price: $6.99 (originally $10)

Department 56 Christmas Eve Vehicle ornament with two penguins on a red motor scooter
Number: 0414
Size: 3.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches long
Price: $9.99 (originally $15)

Department 56 Christmas Eve penguin on a bicycle
Number: 0415
Size: 4 inches tall, 3.25 inches long
Price: $9.99 (originally $15)

Department 56 black musical note with bird wings and candy cane striped legs
Number: 0416
Size: no measurement (it’s very tall)
Price: $6.99 (originally $10)

Bathtub handcart with two penguins and a Christmas tree
Number: 0417
Size: 4.5 inches tall
Price: $9.99 (originally $15)

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