The tour bus sent us to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. We were finally on our own, free and easy with hotel stay and transfers which were included in the tour package, plus 2-day tickets to Disneyland theme parks and 1-day tickets to Universal Studios theme parks. […]
It was freaking hot and we didn’t bring any shades for the summer tour. We managed to buy two caps for ourselves at the nearby 24-hour shop. Warren reminded us that there would be security at the park entrance and we need to queue up for security check if we brought along any bags. […]
We had tons of fun in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure!
Universal Studios is separated into six different areas: San Francisco/Amity, New York, Production Central, Hollywood, Kidzone and World Expo.
We watched Terminator 2, a 3-D interactive experience in stationary seating. The real terminator literally rode on a Harley Davidson; live-action stunts, special effects, and […]
Our Disneyland Passes allowed us to enter four theme parks: Magical Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studio (It was called MGM Studio when we were there.) and Animal Kingdom. We had two days to tour around four theme parks.
We visited Animal Kingdom, followed by Epcot in the afternoon as there would be a round of spectacular […]
We embarked on another exciting journey for the day. Epcot has a lot of attractions, rides and a World Showcase.
We were hungry and couldn’t really find anything bigger and cheaper than the soft and chewy pretzel to fill up our stomachs!
Inside Disney’s Store.
Lively and colourful Disney characters posters and paintings.
We didn’t take many photos […]
We boarded the hotel shuttle bus around 7:50am and took the designated bus at Disney terminal to Magic Kingdom first as we thought it would draw more crowds later in the day due to firework display at night.
When the park opened, we were greeted by Disney’s songs and characters dancing on the stage. […]
Having done with Magical Kingdom in the early afternoon, we hurried off to the last theme park on our list – MGM Studio, a movie theme park drawing inspiration from the heyday of Hollywood.
We were just in time for the Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade. It was drizzling during the parade.
The Toy Story!
It was the last day of our tour package. Our next destination was Virginia, where Jacky’s sister and her family live. Warren brought his loving wife along and drove us to Orlando International Airport. From there, we took a domestic flight by US Airways to Reagan National Airport in Virginia.
Jacky’s sister, Jaime, was working when we reached Reagan Airport, after a 2-hour flight. We waited for a while before she came. There weren’t many shops around the airport so we were reading a complimentary magazine with David Beckham making the biggest headline about his arrival in Los Angeles for his new soccer club – Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
After a busy week of preparing for our customary wedding and another week of rushing through our guided tour (plus jet-lag) and six theme parks (within two days!), we were simply exhausted. We were not very motivated to visit the nearby water theme park as we had enough of queuing-ups. Cruise? I don’t like cruise as I can fall asleep easily in a cruise so it’s a waste of money. I even dozed off on a boat ride in Venice when everyone onboard was enjoying the beautiful Venetian setting.
But one thing for sure, I was very motivated to go shopping as we didn’t really have the chance to shop around during our guided tour. Jaime accompanied us to the nearby Fair Oaks Mall. It was a big mall without many patrons during the day. We were surprised to know that the shopping mall closes at 6pm on Sundays when it is supposed to draw a larger weekend crowd.
It took less than 30mins to reach Washington D.C from the family house in Northern Virginia. Jaime drove us to The Kennedy Center to watch Phantom of the Opera.
The Kennedy Center is located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
The exquisite opera costumes on display.
We were seated in the third row in front of the stage. The last opera, Tosca, that we watched was in Vienna, Austria and that was back in 2003! For Tosca, we stood and watched throughout the Italian opera in the standing gallery. The standing gallery ticket only cost around S$7 (but we queued for the tickets for about two hours, first come first serve basis), whereas a ticket for Phantom of the Opera at our seat cost USD98. It was Frank’s opera treat. Nonetheless, it was a very nice opera with awesome stage scenes and costumes too.