The Wicked Explorers VLOG – TWE 0007

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Episode: 0007

Little Tommy Brady has been with Arty and Suzi for only a few days now. Arty shows him off to all off you tube.

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Hotel Review: Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre – 8501 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL, 32836

Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre – 8501 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL, 32836

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcobn-courtyard-orlando-lake-buena-vista-at-vista-centre/

About

This was our first time staying at this hotel off of Disney Property. I prefer to stay in hotels around Disney rather than staying on a Disney resort because it is cheaper, there is usually food and drink options around you and unless you are spending big money, the hotel is usually better.

The last time in Disney  I stayed at a Courtyard in the same area. This year we wanted to try something new. This hotel is 2 miles from Disney Springs and about 10 miles from Magic Kingdom. Over all to Magic Kingdom in the morning it would cost about $11 for an uber or Lyft. The hotel offers complimentary shuttles to Magic Kingdom, Sea World and the Orlando Parks. For us we didn’t use the shuttle because the first one for MK is at 8:50 and we wanted to be at the park by 8, but it i a good solution if you are in no rush to get there. The bus also will bring you back as well at night.

To and from the airport is very easy. About a 20 minute drive and $20-$40 uber or Lyft depending on the time of day. The Hotel does offer a shuttle that needs to have a reservation be made a day in advance and that is $20 a person.

The hotel has a large store and a full service restaurant on site. The only problem is the restaurant opens for breakfast then closes and reopens at 5 PM. Also the store does basically the same so if you need something to drink or eat, you have to leave site in the middle of the day.

The only problem we had there was one lady at the desk who couldn’t help us with a bottle of water around 3 PM when the store and restaurant was closed, BUT we did find a vending machine in the hall (just make sure you have cash on you).

The hotel has a nice outdoor pool in the sun with a shaded hot tub. We didn’t get a chance to use it because it was so cold while we were there. Not sure how crowded it gets in the Spring – Fall. There is also a fitness center on site.

Overall Suz and I had a great experience there. They were doing some painting, but that didn’t really get in our way. We had a large king suite at the end, the only problem that room had no balcony. They were able to get us checked in early and took care of their Marriott rewards members very well.

The Score

  • Room Cleanliness : A
  • Hotel Cleanliness: A
  • Friendliness and knowledge of staff: B
  • Food & Drink Selection: B
  • Accessibility: A
  • Total:  (B+)

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The Wicked Explorers VLOG – TWE 0006

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Episode: 0006

Arty built a garden on the patio of him and Suzi J’s Silver Spring apartment.

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Hotel Review: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Bloomington/Mall of America

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Bloomington/Mall of America, 2401 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspbl-fairfield-inn-and-suites-minneapolis-bloomington-mall-of-america/https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bdlsm-sheraton-springfield-monarch-place-hotel/

About

We stayed here at the end of October for our yearly New Orleans Saints Away game. Hotels in downtown Minneapolis were a little pricey, so we decided to stay closer to the airport. The hotel had free transportation and it was right across the street from the Mall of America as well.

I like Fairfields because of the free breakfast in the morning, which we take advance of. As I said above, it was a quick walk to the Mall of America where we spent a good amount of time. There were 2 light rail stations in walking distance, 1 actually in the MOA.

The only dis-advance was the noise of the airplanes being so close to the airport and other than the MOA, there was not much else going on. The store at the front desk didn’t have the greatest selection of snacks and I think MN laws prevent them from selling beer as well. The airport shuttle leaves every 30 mins on the 15 min mark and you need to call when you get to the airport to let them know you are there.

There is an indoor pool (because when can you use a outdoor pool in MN). Plenty of parking and right off the highway. Would consider this an option next time we are in Minneapolis, St. Paul or going to the Mall of America.

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The Score

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Tourist Attraction Review: Mall of America – 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Mall of America – 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425– http://www.thepointboston.net/

About

This was my second time here but Suzi J’s first time. This time we spent a good amount of time exploring the biggest mall in America.

As part of our yearly New Orleans Saints road trip, we took this opportunity to see what all the talk is about this large indoor shopping and entertainment center. We stayed across the street from the mall, which is close to the airport. Doing this allowed us to walk across the street to the mall, where there was also a light rail station that took us downtown.

The mall is located in Bloomington which is a suburb of the twin cities. There didn’t seem to be much to do other than the mall here, but the mall has several restaurants, an amusement park (Nickelodeon Park), an aquarium and plenty of stores. We didn’t do the aquarium, but it seemed pretty cool from what we heard. We did the flight across America ride which was like Soarin at Epcot (they also have the flight across Canada for our friends to the north). I had done the roller coasters there in 2010, which are pretty cool for an indoor park.

The mall was built on the site of the old Metropolitan Stadium where the Vikings and the Twins played. In the middle of the theme park, there is a bronze home plate exactly where the plate was for the stadium.

There are so many stores in this mall, it would take a day or 2 to see them all. Plenty of food choices as well, both food court and sit down. The mall has weekly events so check the site to see what is going on at the mall. This would be a cool 2 day trip for a family with kids.

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The Score

  • Total: (B) Worth a destination trip to this location

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The Wicked Explorers VLOG – TWE 0005

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Episode: 0005

First time puppy owners we watch as they get into everything and don’t know any better.

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Amusement Ride Review: The Cyclone Roller Coaster Coney Island NY

The Cyclone Roller Coaster Coney Island NY – 101 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY 11224 – http://www.thepointboston.net/

About

A bucket list ride that I finally checked off this summer. Suzi J does not like roller coasters so I decided to take on this assignment. I rode this coaster on the 4th of July 2018 on a day trip we took to NYC.

This coaster opened in 1927 and was part of the Astroland park that was in Coney island. Since then, the parks have change some and now is part of Luna Park. The cool part of this ride is that you can just pay to ride it and don’t have to get a day pass or anything. I think it was about $7 – $10 to ride.

The park is closed for the winter and opens up in April. I would think it probably closes around Columbus day in October. The ride is cool because as you climb up, you have a nice view of the beach and the entire boardwalk. The lines moves pretty fast and if you are going to have someone film you, tell them to go to the side where there is a little alley way and can catch you about halfway into the ride coming down a hump back.

Highest point is about 85 feet and you hit max speed at about 60 MPH.

If you are in NYC and have some time, check this out!

The Score

  • Intensity (1-10) : 7
  • G rating: 3.75
  • Type: Wooden Roller Coaster
  • Total Grade:  (B)

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