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Universal Detour

by Meghann on November 20, 2011

I need to do a mini-review of the Homewood Suites we stayed at off of International Drive last night. Basically, it rocked. The standard two-room suite was such a great deal for the price. The rooms were large and clean, the mini kitchen included a fridge, microwave, and stove top, it was within walking distance of Howl at the Moon, AND there was a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning.

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Everything I look for in a cheap hotel room and more. Score. :)

We took advantage of the free breakfast this morning and filled our plates up with eggs, pastries, and fresh fruit. I was really eyeing the waffle station, but stuck with the eggs. The extra-crispy piece of cinnamon raisin toast took care of my carb-y cravings. ;)


The hotel was right across the street from Universal and it seemed silly not to stop in for a short visit. Our Universal passes are set to expire in April and we have no plans to renew them, so we have to take advantage of them while we can!


Plus, I was really hoping to see all the Grinchmas decorations. I’m admittedly obsessed with all things Christmas related at the moment. Thanksgiving? What Thanksgiving? ;)

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I LOVE how they transform Seuss Landing for the holidays. Holiday cheer EVERYWHERE!


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Oh, we rode some rides too.


We have Islands of Adventure and Universal down to a science with getting in and getting out in a couple of hours. First we take advantage of all the rides with short waits.




Hulk and Spiderman each had 30+ min waits, but we walked right on via single riders. Harry Potter is another great single rider ride. I’ve never waited more than 10 mins for Harry Potter (even when the line is up to 120+ long) thanks to the single rider option. If you ever go to Universal, don’t waste your time in the regular line, use the single rider option and thank me later. :)

We were in and out of Universal before noon. Derek and I made a mini pit stop at Whole Foods for lunch. I’ve been seriously lacking in the veggie department lately, so I filled up with almost every veggie option at the hot bar and shared the 2+ pounds of food with Derek.


Mmmm…. veggies. ;)

We also made a mini pit stop at Starbucks in Plant City. BOGO holiday drinks anyone? I tried my first Skinny Peppermint Mocha and was impressed with just how deliciously sweet it was. I’m in love. :)

Now we’re home and gearing up for a little Sunday cleaning.

CONGRATS to all the marathon and half marathon finishers today!! I LOVED watching my twitter stream blow up with so many early morning accomplishments. You guys ROCK! Seriously. :)

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