Saturday, March 24, 2012

Curse you Michael Bay!

Ok Mr. Bay.  I'm chill, just like Michelangelo. But I'm not happy. And I don't trust you with my beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. 

The first thing you announce about your new TMNT is that you are making them loveable aliens?  I'm sorry... but that kinda misses the whole point of them being Teenage Mutants, doesn't it?  We already have an absurd back story... they were dropped in radioactive sewer slime, mutated, then trained to be ninjas by a rat!  Do we really need to make an entire planet of walking, talking turtles to make the turtles-as-ninjas more "plausible"????  Guess what?  This franchise was never about  plausibility. Or having "loveable" heroes.  We fans loved the show because the Turtles were...

Irreverent.
Arrogant.
Sarcastic.
Goofy.

....but loveable and alien?  I think you have the wrong franchise here... that's E.T.  Not TMNT.  Who describes teenager boys as loveable, Mr. Bay? 

And then when fans, like myself, get a little testy about your decision to toss the origin story and  make a more "complex" one... you actually have the nerve to yell at the fans of the franchise.  You tell us to chill out -- because we haven't seen these amazing scripts you have! Nice way to sell you movie. Insult your audience.

Oh, and riddle me this, Mr. Bay...Why does a two-hour action flick based on a cartoon need a new "complex" back-story?  Are we really going to care about Raphael's mother back on planet Turtlelove while the Turtles dodge whirling balls of fire and flipped cars?

And now Mr. Bay is flaunting all the people that back his new "vision" of Loveable Alien Ninja Turtles, including one of the original creators.  But, you know what?  They got PAID to like you Mr. Bay.  I did not.

 And now a few lyrics from "Turtle Power!"....

They were once normal, but now they're mutants.
Splinter's the teacher so they are the students.
Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello,
Make up the team and one other fellow
Raphael. He's the leader of the group
Transformed from the norm by the nuclear goop.
Pizza's the food that's sure to please,
These ninjas are into pepperoni and cheese.

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This post was ALSO prompted by "30 days of shamelessness."  I'm planning to get through the whole list, in order, but not necessarily in 30 days. Enjoy. Feel free to steal and join in the fun.

1.declare your love for an uncool TV show.
2.look a fool.
3.eat. Whatever you feel like eating.
4.waste time.
5.declare your love for an uncool movie.  Oh, yes.  Not only did I love the TMNT movies, I knew all the words to the rap song Turtle Power.  .... I can't believe I just admitted that.
6.act “girly” or “manly” in a way you’d normally avoid.
7.share your efforts at something you don’t think you do well.
8.sweat.
9.expose something messy or dirty you’d usually hide.
10.declare your love for an uncool band.
11.dress to show some skin.
12.share about a health struggle.
13.speak up about something crap that was done to you.
14.hold yourself accountable — not guilty — for something crappy you did to someone else.
15.dress, walk, and act like you know you’re all that.
16.spend money on a non-necessity or share a financial struggle.
17.discuss the reality of your work situation.
18.brag.
19.share details about a bodily function or fluid.
20.talk about sex
21.express a strong feeling.
22.set a boundary.
23.air one of your secrets.
24.share a struggle you have yet to “just get over.”
25.ask for help.
26.make a mistake.
27.express a dissenting opinion.
28.discuss a failure.
29.look a fool.
30.name 3 more ways you can live shamelessly and commit to doing them…

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Disney Afterglow...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Disney Day 8: Goodbye Mickey & Friends!

Day 8 was our last day in Disney, and we really didn't do much at all except pack up, have lunch, and head to the airport.  But, I still have some more pictures to share!  Here are the pictures that were taken by the Disney PhotoPass photographers -- we decided to just buy the CD so we could have the whole lot.  Enjoy!

Animal Kingdom




EPCOT


Magic Kingdom

 


Hollywood Studios (...and the Jedi Academy!)










Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Disney Day 7: Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

Whew! Are you still with me? Are you thinking that these guys stayed in Orlando for a long time?  Hey, man... we decided to go all out on this vacation! Well, Day 7 was our last full day in Disney, and we didn't stay on the Disney property all day long for once. 

My one request for the vacation was to see the new Harry Potter park at Universal Studios, which is part of the Islands of Adventure amusement park (yes, I'm a Potter nerd, too).  So, we rose early (again), got breakfast at the resort, then took a taxi to Universal Studios.  We waited in line for the park to open, and my daughter was a little confused watching some visitors enter at the side entrance.  I explained that those visitors had stayed at the Universal Studios resorts were able to enter the park an hour earlier than everyone else.  She defiantly announced "That's not fair!" Then I reminded her that we got to enter the Disney parks early for the same reason.  "Ohhh..."


At 9AM, we entered the park, and made a B-line for the Harry Potter section of the park.  Daddy separated from the group to pick up the double stroller rental. I commanded the kids to "follow the crowd!" They were a little frustrated and confused as we passed by the Dr. Suess area, but I was determined to get us into the Harry Potter ride line as soon as possible (just like everyone else who entered the park!).

We entered the Harry Potter section, starting with Hogsmeade, and WOW!  It was stunning. Just like you were transported into a Harry Potter movie.


I wanted to stop and stare at everything, but we were on a mission to get to the "big" Harry Potter ride -- the Forbidden Journey.  We turned the corner, exiting Hogsmeade, and BAM!  There's Hogwart's castle!  So amazing!


We queue up for Forbidden Journey (it's inside the castle), but then we find out that there is a height minimum for the ride!  My littlest is too small to ride.  Doh.  So, we wait for Hubby to catch up, and decide what to do.  The attendants inform us that we can do a "child swap" at the ride -- my oldest and a parent can ride while the other parent waits with the younger child, then we "swap" so the other parent can ride.  My son is not pleased that the first wait in line is pointless for him, but he is a good sport, and we promise to find him a good ride after this one.  

The Forbidden Journey was an amazing ride, and even the wait in line (we waited about 45 minutes) was impressive.  It was quite scary, and I'm surprised my daughter opted to take the second ride with daddy (parent #2 in the swap), though she admitted she hid her eyes a bit the second time.




After our indoctrination into Harry Potter, we found a good ride that my son was tall enough to ride: The Flight of the Hippogriff.  It's another Harry Potter ride, a small roller coaster.  Bonus: while standing in line, we got to see Hagrid's house!


After two Potter rides, we decide to investigate Hogsmeade a bit more.  My hubby had on his list to sample some Butterbeer, so he stood in line and we checked out the square.  I had low expectations for the Butterbeer, thinking that Universal Studios was going to charge us $5/cup for a cream ale.  However, the Butterbeer was quite unique!  It was an extremely buttery and extra creamy ale with a vanilla flavor.  Very tasty!



After we had enough of the crowds of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we wandered our way back to Dr. Seuss Landing.  First, the kids rode the carousel, then we stood in line for One Fish, Two Fish.  However, we realized the line was NOT moving, so we left the line, and decided to head to lunch.


We walked over to Marvel Super Hero Island, and had lunch in Captain America's Diner.  After lunch, Spiderman was available, so we stood in line to get to meet him.  While daddy and I took turns standing in line, the kids shopped around, and my son found his latest souvenir: a Spiderman blaster!  He spend most of the rest of the day shooting bad guys. Pew! Pew!


After meeting Spidey, we wandered through Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park.  The lines seemed to be getting longer, and the kids were getting whinier.  So, we decided to divide and conquer.  Daddy and daughter went left toward the water rides; Son and momma when right toward Suessville.

My son and I stood in a very long line, and rode the Sky Suess Trolley Train Ride.  While in line, we saw a kid with a face painted like Spidey; we thought that looked like a good idea.  The boy directed us to the face painter back in the Marvel Super Hero area at the arcade.  No surprise -- we also found daddy and daughter at the arcade!  My son decided he wanted his face painted like the Hulk, and the artist did an amazing job!  Hulk boy attracted a crowd, and more business for the face painter, including my daughter who decided she wanted a unicorn mask.



By now, we were all thoroughly exhausted.  We all got some treats, and headed toward the exit.  I managed to find a Harry Potter sweatshirt at the gift shop on our way out, and then the rain started.

We grabbed a taxi, and had it take us to our next destination: the Pirate dinner theater!  The downpour started during our taxi ride, so we were happy about our timing to leave the park.  At the Dinner theater, we timed our dash to the door in between downpours, but we were not washed away.

While checking in, we were talked into "upgrading" our experience to "VIP." After we entered VIP waiting area with free appetizers and nice comfy seats, and then sat in our front row seats, we decided it was worth the upgrade.  The show was very entertaining and interactive!  My son LOVED the show with all the action and sword-fighting!  Plus, we all got to be part of the show (part of the VIP package!).  The kids were sworn in as pirates on the pirate ship stage, then got to shoot the "bad guy" with muskets to win the day!  Hubby and I got to be swabbies, assisting in pirate-y duties like carrying gold, hoisting sails, and flexing muscles!





After the show, we were invited onto the pirate ship stage, and took some pictures with a couple of the pirates.


It was a great end to the evening, but we were all very tired by the time we got back to the resort.  Everyone but daddy fell asleep in the taxi!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Disney Day 6: Downtown Disney

After four days of Disney parks, we welcomed a break from all that walking.  But, we still had some fun plans for our sixth day in Orlando!  We started out the day by taking the Disney bus to Magic Kingdom than taking the Monorail (the kids thought this was pretty cool) to the Floridian resort. 

On the Monorail.
At the Floridian, we had reservations for breakfast at the 1900 Park Fare restaurant -- another character affair!  We meet up with Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Pooh.  The breakfast -- buffet again -- was quite good, and they had be best smoked bacon I've ever had.  The characters were, of course, the best part of the meal;  I enjoyed meeting the Mad Hatter the most -- he talked fast, and was silly just like you would expect.  When a neighboring table had a shy kid who pulled up his shirt over his head to hide, the Mad Hatter announced, "Alice!  He's lost his head!"  Pooh was also fun, because daddy got an adorable picture with him.



After breakfast, we took a bus to Downtown Disney.  My daughter checked out the fountain (Mickey-shaped, of course).  Daddy and the kids also rode the carousel.  And, of course, we did some shopping. My son picked up yet another toy set (Star Wars this time), and my daughter picked out a baby giraffe (surprise, surprise).





Hubby had afternoon reservations to play golf, so he left us shortly before lunch.  He got to play on one of the courses used for the tournaments. Yes, Tiger had played the same course!

The kids and I checked out the Lego store, and they got to build some Lego vehicles.  Then, we decided to have lunch at T-Rex!  It's similar the the Rain Forest Cafe restaurants, but with dinosaurs and meteor showers!




After lunch, we headed back to the resort via the ferry and had some downtime.  Hubby met back up with us after his 18 holes. 


We cleaned up, and headed out again for dinner -- this time at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort.  Again, we had to take the bus to Magic Kingdom, and then hop on the Monorail.


Chef Mickey's is another buffet character meal, and probably one of the best.  After all... it has Mickey and Minnie!  We also saw Pluto and Donald Duck.  When Minnie visited, I was quite impressed that she noted the kid's names in their signature books, and signed their books to them personally! The best character interaction of all was Donald Duck.  After initially coming by for the standard book signing, hugs and picture, Donald came by again.  My son hid his head and curled up on his chair, so Donald walked over and kicked him in the butt!  Hilarious!  Later, we caught Donald driving by... in a lady's power chair! 


 


After dinner, daddy took the kids back to the resort, and I headed back to the Floridian resort.  My son had forgotten his lanyard with Disney pins and camera on it in the morning.  Fortunately, I successfully retrieved it, and then headed back to the resort.

The entrance to Magic Kingdom on the way back to the resort.

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