The Queen CW's (Mellemel8) Bday Celebration at Universal Studios
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Well, the weekend was here - Melanie's Bday is on Sunday the 5th and we made plans to hang out at Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights to celebrate the anniversary of her 25th birthday! LOL.
My day started early - went to Disneyland with Mom for a special event signing and artist meet and greet (will be posting pics and blog under a separate Disney blog currently under construction). Over 4 hours in line but I got my merchandise, met the artists, had my stuff signed, and even ran into old friends I had not seen in 5 or 6 years! One of the highlights of the day was standing in line behind a guy who also had Haunted Mansion tattoos so we were talking about our ink and I got to show off my new leg piece.
Colton (Burner1313) and his wife Marissa (Travchick) were going to join us for drinks/appetizers beforehand. They couldn't come play with us at Universal since Colton had to leave early Sunday morning for a business trip. Booooooo! We arrived at Universal and wandered around a bit, planning to head up to the Howl at the Moon Piano Bar (thought we could have a redo of the Melanie adventures at the one at the KC meet up in June!! LOL).
Trying to find some place to have a quick drink and appetizers with Colton and Marissa turned into a fiasco with Howl at the Moon being closed, 20 minute waiting times elsewhere, and finally we ended up back at Karl Strauss Brewing Company which worked great as they had happy hour specials. SWEET!! And since it is October, no better way to celebrate than with a great beer! :D We were treated to some more of Colton's crazy magic trips and a special palm reading. I learned a lot about myself that evening...both good and bad. My love line is great...I will do whatever it takes to try and make a relationship work but my health is all over the place (no joke) and I will die an accidental death! Lovely.
We stayed there for a while, munching on nachos, spinach dip, these awesome sirlon strips, and calamari when we realized it was time to go. It was already 7:15 and the gates opened at 7pm.
We finally got inside and headed for our first maze. We were like little kids pushing each other ahead, not wanting to be the first inside. Silvina had the smart idea that we should be looking to stay in line with big guys ahead of us who will "protect" us. Well, we ended up working it so we had big (and somewhat cute guys) behind us. They got an absolute kick out of us and we started talking with them through the line queue so by the time we got inside, we were like old pals. One of the guys ended up grabbing on to me when he got spooked and I almost jumped on the back of another guy when one of the dead people scared me.
We moved on and pretty much did all the rides that were themed. We didn't have time to hit the shows which was fine - I'd rather concentrate on mazes and rides anyways. One of the two best of the night though - had to be the Hollywood Studio Tram - OMG.
The second best attraction was the Simpsons ride. Holy cow!! It's not themed for the Halloween Haunt but it is probably one of the best rides I've ever been on in my life. It's a motion simulator that puts Star Tours at Disneyland to shame (sorry Disney!). Without giving anything away, you are at Krustyland, riding a roller coaster. It surpassed any notions I ever had about the possibilities of the motion simulator experience!! If you go to Universal, make sure you ride it!! We almost didn't. We snuck on about 5 minutes til park closing and Silvina got so tired during the line, she almost decided to skip it but we trucked on.
Sadly, it was 1:30am now and they were closed at 1am so we made our way to the front....through the throngs of both chainsaw wielding pigs and clowns. OH if only JillianJ had been with us - she has a serious phobia about clowns...imagine them dead with chainsaws Jilly!!! I decided to be the brave one and literally walked right down the middle of them as they stood motionless, waiting for their next victim. Got almost all the way through when a dead person came out of no where and I let out a few blood curdling screams! I texted my friend David who we ran into beforehand but sadly, he was already back home.
What a fun night! I didn't get back to my house until almost 3am and poor Silvina still had a long drive home. By this time, I was wide awake and decided to start blogging and uploading photos. Next thing you know, I am chatting on IM, and I didn't get to bed until 5:30am. HA HA HA. Good thing I had nothing but a lazy Sunday planned!!!
Silvina and Mel - had an awesome time and enjoyed celebrating Mel's birthday - the first two to wish her a Happy Bday at midnight. Although I couldn't find her a cupcake, I got her a turkey leg and that sufficed (if anyone knows Mel and her meat on a bone...yeah, you'd understand!). :-) Happy Birthday Mel..until next year. Same time, same place to celebrate your 25th again? LOL