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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:50 pm

See if anyone remembers either of these retro Universal Orlando images from the "early days!" (I think these are both from 1995)
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Moose » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:54 pm

The first time I visited the park it was about that time. I was a bit too old for Nickelodeon, but loved the rest of the stuff there. The park has changed quite a bit since then.

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Postby arby » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:54 pm

^^i am going to have to check this out in the morning on my computer. I am not seeing those images on my iPhone and tapatalk.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:36 pm

Here's one more retro image for all of you...
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:48 pm

robbalvey wrote:Here's one more retro image for all of you...


Only ever got to ride the Japan version, did the American versions have some of the strange and wacky merchandise that Japan had like Mr Fusion underwear?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:49 pm

OMG we're only One Year away from..... The Future! :wink:

This was in it's first opening months when we visited Florida
(and eventually Louisiana for Mardi Gras) just before
Spring Break in 1987.

Such a nice smooth ride back then.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby triggernel » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:14 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:OMG we're only One Year away from..... The Future! :wink:

This was in it's first opening months when we visited Florida
(and eventually Louisiana for Mardi Gras) just before
Spring Break in 1987.

Such a nice smooth ride back then.


Ummmmm, the park didn't open until June, 1990...
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:46 am

^ Oops. Sorry, messing up my years again :oops:

1991 was the visit to Universal. 1987 was only to
WDW, and it was just the MK and EPCOT. 1991 added
the (then) Disney/MGM Studios, and Muppets 4D was just
soft opening. We did only the Studios and EPCOT, that visit.

Think I got it right now, thanks.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:50 pm

https://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi-Gras/Live-Concerts.aspx

Mardi Gras Grand Celebration Lineup

Feb 8 Daughtry
Feb 15 Barenaked Ladies
Feb 16 Thomas Rhett
Feb 22 Robin Thicke

Mar 1 Collective Soul
Mar 8 Prince Royce
Mar 14 Cody Simpson
Mar 15 Foreigner
Mar 21 A Great Big World
Mar 22 Gavin Degraw
Mar 28 To Be Announced
Mar 29 Weezer

Apr 5 Skillet
Apr 12 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Apr 19 Kool & The Gang

May 3 Nelly
May 10 The Wanted
May 17 To Be Announced
May 24 To Be Announced
May 31 Huey Lewis And The News
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby triggernel » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:41 pm

I had a chance to eat at Antojitos the day it opened.

I'm one of the few who doesn't hate the exterior of the building. I think if they would have just stuck with a plain brown facade, it would have looked pretty boring looking. Not saying I love the way it looks now, but I don't find it revolting like most.

The patio outside is great, and I'm sure it will be packed on those beautiful summer nights. Right now, though, it's been a little cold to sit out there. When I visited, it was pouring and the ground was really slick; saw quite a few people almost eat it. I didn't get a chance to see the VW Bus out front, but it should balance out the view from the front.

The restaurant interior is a trip. The walls are adorned with all kinds of art, from graffiti to traditional Mexican landscapes. It's not my favorite looking inside, but I can't say it's not great to look at. I was seated on the main level in the back of the dining room near the stage. Never saw any activity on it, but I'm sure they'll put it to good use.

My waiter was very helpful throughout the meal, although I couldn't help noticing how god awful their costumes were. Short sleeve white button ups, with embroidered blue trim, under a denim jacket...... They would have been ugly in the 90s. Didn't affect his service though. He kept my drink full, and refilled my chip basket a couple times. The chips themselves were fairly decent, a little under salted for my taste, but they were brought out hot and fresh. The salsa on the other hand was a bit of a letdown. I liked the abundance of cilantro, but I'm not a huge fan of their liquidy style. I much prefer ones like the corn salsa at Chipotle, light on liquid, and lots of chunks. This was just too mushy for me.

This is where my issues with the place end. I chose the Duck Tacos as my entree, deciding to try something a little outside the box. They came out after a very short wait, and the plating was excellent. Three tacos stood up in a rack, with a miniature cast iron pot and lid holding the rice and beans. Even better than the presentation, was the taste. I wouldn't call myself an expert in Mexican food, but each item was the best version I've ever had. The rice, beans, duck, and the tacos themselves were all out of this world. Seasoned and sauced really well, the tacos were pretty small, but filled with mostly meat, and the rice and bean combo was outstanding for something I wouldn't usually order.

I can't wait to get back here and try some more things on the menu. I've heard nothing but good things from other reviews, which is just making me more excited. And the price makes it easy to justify coming back. I think I paid around $20 for the tacos, a soda, and three boats of chips and salsa.
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