Experiencing “Dark” Disney & Universal Attractions With The Lights On

Some attractions at Disneyland (DL), Walt Disney World (WDW) and the Universal parks are nearly 100% outdoors – DL’s Grizzly Peak, WDW’s Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster and UO’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish all come to mind. Other attractions (DL’s Radiator Springs Racers, WDW’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coasters and Uni’s Jurassic Park, for examples) are partially outdoors and partially indoors, which gives the parks the opportunity to control more aspects of the ride experience. Still other attractions are nearly 100% indoors – i.e. The Haunted Mansion and Soarin’ at the Disney parks, or Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey or Despicable Me at Uni – besides even more control over the experience, it also protects guests from the weather (which is more of an issue at the Florida-based parks that have to deal with more rain, thunder, lightning and extreme heat and humidity than their California-based counterparts).

Many of the partially and completely indoor rides are considered to be “dark” rides, which means the rooms you go through are dark, either to make it seem scarier (i.e. Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, E.T. Adventure) or to get the riders to focus on whatever the “lit up” scene they’re up to (i.e. DL’s Monsters, Inc., WDW’s Journey Into Imagination, Universal’s Revenge of The Mummy).

There are occasional opportunities to see “dark rides” with the lights on – Disney Cast Members are sometimes allowed to experience the attractions that way, and there are occasional behind-the-scenes tours at the various theme parks for guests to have the experience. When something goes wrong on a dark ride, the emergency lights sometimes go on, which is also a way to see these usually “dark” rides in a whole new way. Several videos of these “special” experiences have been captured on video, and we gathered a bunch of them. Enjoy!

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When You’re Looking For Universal Studios & Wind Up At An Incinerator

Universal Studios theme parks have a lot going for them – Harry Potter, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park, and many more attractions to make a day or two at the park(s) worth a visit (that’s not even including special events like Halloween Horror Nights). But if you’re going to Universal Studios Japan, make sure that you actually wind up at the theme park and not at the Maishima incineration plant in Osaka.

Wait, WHAT???

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YMMV Travel Deals: Tuesday., Jan. 15, 2019

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Here’s what’s out there right now:

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Did You Know You Can See Where They Make The Floats For Mardi Gras? You Can! And We Did!

I reluctantly admit that I did little to no preparation for our trip to New Orleans, besides the planning for our parade. That left us with four days with absolutely no plans, so I did what I typically do nowadays when that happens: I asked our readers for help. I did and you responded with some wonderful suggestions. One of the top suggestions was to go see Mardi Gras World.

I asked Sharon if she was interested in seeing where the floats for…


So we went to Mardi Gras World.


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Orlando Has SEVEN Hotels With The Name “Rosen” In Them. Who The Hell Is This Rosen Dude?

If you’re in Orlando and have driven down International Drive (I-Drive), or even just on I-4 between exits 72 (to Rt 528 East) and 74A (Sand Lake Rd.), you’ve seen at least some of them:

  • Rosen Centre Hotel
  • Rosen Inn
  • Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
  • Rosen Inn International
  • Rosen Plaza Hotel
  • Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
  • Midpointe Hotel by Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Oh, and there are two Clarion hotels (Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista and Clarion Inn & Suites) that are owned by Rosen. So that makes nine. AND, not a hotel, but there’s also the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management (sooo…Rosen can teach people how to work at places that are potentially owned by…Rosen?).

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever wondered who this Rosen person is. So I went and found out.

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