AlwaysMoveForward.com - Artie's Blog http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPosts en-US AnotherBlog RSS Disneys Fastpass is terrible for Disney guests. http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2019/8/16/Disneys_Fastpass_is_terrible_for_Disney_guests%3B%3B 8/16/2019 10:51:39 AM Arthur Correa This opinion might not be popular, but a recent trip to Walt Disney World has convinced me that Disney Fastpass+ is great for Disney's bottom line, but is horrible for visitors to Walt Disney World. For those that aren't familiar with it, you can read all the details about it at Disney's site here.  The gist of it is you reserve a place in line for up to three rides a day to help shorten your wait time for those three rides.  Disney tries to sell it as allowing you to get on the rides you want with fewer lines, but honestly, it really doesn't deliver on even that promise. So why don' t I like it? Let's start at the beginning.  The planning stage. Fastpass+ can force you to plan months in advance when you don't know what that day will bring. You can book your fast passes 30 or 60 days before you visit (depending on if you're staying at a Disney Hotel).  At first, that sounds like it's a good thing.  You get to make sure before you even go that you'll be abl Disney testing abolishing waiting in line http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2014/10/10/Disney_testing_abolishing_waiting_in_line 10/10/2014 7:07:58 PM Arthur Correa I saw this post and felt sick to my stomach.  I can't believe that Disney is testing elminating a wait for any line.  To me part of a vacation is the ability to kick back and go with the flow, make things up as you go along.  I know with Disney there is a growing segment of the population that feels like its a once in a lifetime trip, and they want it to be perfect.  So they plan everything down to the last minute.   However these are also the type of people that come home and say Disney is a terrible place to go.  Once their finally laid out plans fail in some way either due to a kid being too tired to git up at the crack of dawn, or taking to long (in the parents minds) to eat their lunch, or a ride going down unexpectedly, or a lunch seating running late, or it starts to rain, or you get the idea...   Anyway once those finely laid plans break down these people just can't deal with the change and the whole day is ruined.   We experience Is it just me or have I seen Toy Story 3 before http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2011/6/29/Is_it_just_me_or_have_I_seen_Toy_Story_3_before 6/29/2011 9:08:21 AM Arthur Correa Now before I get into this.  I first want to establish that I'm a Disney fan.  My family and I have seen/own all the Pixar movies to date (including Toy Story 3, reasons below), and enjoy them  The Incredibles is one of my top 10 movies to watch.  We go to Walt Disney World at least once a year (sometimes more), we belong to the Disney Vacation Club.  In short, we're only a Disneyana membership short of being feral Disney addicts. That being said i really don't undestand the hype around Toy Story 3.  From what I can tell its just a rehash of Toy Story 2 wth the major roles reversed.  In Toy Story 2 (TS2 from now on)  Woody is the one freaking out about his lot in life, and the rest of the gang is trying to make him feel better.  In Toy Story 3 (TS3) its the opposite, the whole gang is freaking out about their lot in life and Woody is the one trying to make them feel better.  So right out of the gate the overall plot of the movie has a Making a game out of chores http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2011/2/10/Making_a_game_out_of_chores 2/10/2011 12:00:00 AM Arthur Correa Like all parents, my wife and I have been struggling with getting our kids to help out more around the house.  They're good kids and they do the chores when we ask them, but like most kids they aren't crazy about the whole thing. Then a few weeks ago I was reading Influencer: The Power to Change Anything and I got an idea.  I was reading the section on changing peoples behaviors and how its hard.  You know what, I get that, I've seen it first hand in my job over the years.  In one role in particular the people I worked with were gun shy about ever trying to change peoples behaviors because they've never gotten it to stick. The book talked about how you have to give them an incentive to change their behavior, one that appeals to their ethics, morals, and points of view while also interesting them enough to stick with it.  As I read about that I started thinking about how I could use this to help my kids do chores. Now I've also been a video gamer for years, a A new version of Monopoly http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2011/2/9/A_new_version_of_Monopoly 2/9/2011 11:27:30 AM Arthur Correa I don't think I like this new version of Monopoly.  From what I remember about playing Monopoly as a kid half the fun was cheating.  And isn't that what a monopoly is really all about anyway? It was always fun trying to sneak out on not paying the rent when the property owner forgot to check, or slipping yourself an extra 50 from the bank when no one else was looking. Not to mention the fact for some reason that all seeing tower makes me feel like I'm sneaking through Mordor, Just saying.   The Google Book Settlement disturbs me http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2010/4/2/The_Google_Book_Settlement_disturbs_me 4/2/2010 12:00:00 AM Arthur Correa As someone who is an avid reader I find the ramifications of the Google Book Settlement disturbing.  If you want more information check out this post here.  Now I'm not a huge fan of how Google does business to begin with (in the interest of full disclosure I do have an Android phone so I do have some interaction with Google that I find enjoyable, but the way they infringe on privacy and copyrights bothers me, that and I totally don't buy they're whole "don't be evil" mantra). At any rate, the post covers 5 ways that the GBS will impact books, and it has some insightful comments so check it out My phone is dead, long live my new phone http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2010/1/19/My_phone_is_dead%2C_long_live_my_new_phone 1/19/2010 10:36:50 PM Arthur Correa Yes its true, after three years with the same phone I finally pulled the trigger and upgraded.  It was a long time coming.  For the last 3 or 4 months the battery life on my HTC 8525 had been nearly non existent.  On top of that the screen on the phone had been acting really funky for the last few weeks.  Every so often the screen would just go all white, and the only way to get it back would be to hard boot the phone.  Then just last week my screen developed what can best be described as a dying heartbeat.  The screen would fade to the all white state, then slowly come back to a normal screen, then fade back to white.  All within a very regular interval.  It was kind of bizarre.  Now I'm not complaining about my old phone.  Like I said it was three years old, thats gotta be like 90 in phone years right? So I switched to Verizon and got myself a Motorola Droid.  In addition to needing a new phone I'd also I had a few problems wit Disney and Transformers http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/9/2/Disney_and_Transformers 9/2/2009 10:24:21 AM Arthur Correa Okay so this is nowhere near the same scale as the Disney buying Marvel.  But I saw this and thought it was cool.  A Mickey Mouse that transforms into a pseudo Optimus Prime semi.  Like one of the comments said, I'd buy this just because its so obscure.  Sure its a completely useless toy, but admit it.  You're a Disney fan, you're a Transformer fan, you want one don't you..... Disney buys Marvel http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/9/1/Disney_buys_Marvel 9/1/2009 2:53:57 PM Arthur Correa For those who haven't heard yet, Disney apparently is buying Marvel for 4 billion dollars.  If you ready anything on this blog you probably know that I'm a big Disney fan.  Well I'm also a big Marvel fan.  Back when I was a kid I collected comics, Marvel comics mainly.  I never really got into the DC title.  Sure a few like Shadow of the Bat were good, and I was always a Green Lantern fan, but I definitely read more Marvel than DC.  Series like New Warriors, Nova, X-Men, Wolverine, Thor, and the Incredible Hulk were always my favorites (especially the Peter David/Dale Keown years).  So when I heard about this I was actually pretty excited.  I know there is a lot of concern that Disney is going to kill a lot of classic Marvel characters by making them cute/cuddly/PC.  Essentialy going corporate with them.  And I admit that concern may not be completely wrong, but I just don't see Disney doing that.   I think Iger is smart enou Firefly's BBQ http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/8/24/Firefly%27s_BBQ 8/24/2009 1:08:23 PM Arthur Correa This past weekend my wife and I went out with some friends to Firefly's restauraunt in Marlborough.  It was great! First we started off in the bar and got some drinks, we all had a different specialty cocktail.  Unfortunately I forget the names of most of the ones we got, but they were all good, and a great way to start off the night.  Then at around 8 or so we moved into Dante's, and ordered dinner.  We ended up going with the an appetizer of bbq chips, a Picnic for 4 with macaroni and cheese and bbq beans as sides. We also tried to order a Waffle Lot O Chicken, but they were out of waffles (seriously?  How can you be out of waffles?  And at the begninng of the night no less) so we ended up just getting an order of Fried Chicken with some sweet potato fries. So how was the food?  It was great.  The bbq chips were awesome, I was bummed we didn't get two orders of those.   They were just like home made ch Ice Cream http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/6/14/Ice_Cream 6/14/2009 5:32:02 PM Arthur Correa Tonight we made ice cream with the kids using our new Ice Cream Ball for the first time.   To be fair the Ice Cream maker wasn't exactly new.  I had gotten it for Christmas, but it was the first time we had actually used it.  I remember making ice cream as a kid with an ice cream maker that you put ice and rock salt around a bucket ingredients and then spun a handle to keep the bucket of ingredients moving.  I remember I had fun doing it, but it was a lot of work, and took a long time to do. Well Ice Cream Ball did take a while as well, but it was much easier and a lot more fun than I remember doing as a kid.  The kids, my wife, and I all sat down in a square on the floor in the living room and just took turns rolling the ball to each other.  The kids had a blast, and the ice cream was done in about 20 minutes or so. So how did the ice cream come out?  Overall it was frozen pretty well, but it was a bit soft  Next time we'll mak Las Vegas http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/5/31/Las_Vegas 5/31/2009 7:52:11 PM Arthur Correa So last week my wife and I went on our first trip to Las Vegas.  We've been wanting to go for a few years now, but for whatever reason we just never made it out there.  So we trekked out there on the Wednesday night before Memorial Day weekend and came back on Sunday.  Las Vegas is a really interesting town.  For example we got to our hotel, Treasure Island, and checked in at about 12:30 Vegas time.  Then we went out for a walk on the strip.  I have this thing where whenever I go someplace new, when I first get there I want to go out and see something.  Anything. Well the great thing about Vegas is that you can go out walking around at 12:30 at night, and see plenty.  Sure a lot of the stores are closed, but the hotels themselves are all lit up.  The people our out and about.  Bars and casinos are open, and there is really no bad time to just take a stroll around to see a few sites.  So that was the start, and the rest of the wee UFC 98 http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/5/26/UFC_98 5/26/2009 6:28:56 PM Arthur Correa So this past weekend I went to UFC 98 in Las Vegas.  I'm not a die hard fan of MMA, but I am definately a fan of the UFC.  I don't watch every MMA thing out there, but some friends and I usually take turns getting the UFC fights on a pretty regular basis.  I also usually try to watch the Ultimate Fighter competition whenever I get a chance. So when my wife told me that her brother was getting married in Vegas,  and it happened to be over the same weekend as UFC 98 I started to think about trying to get tickets.  When I heard it was a title fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida (one of my favorite UFC fighters) I knew I was going to get tickets.  A title fight in Vegas?  Of course I was going to try to get tickets. Off to TicketMaster I went.  Hmm, the tickets started at $125 and just went up from there, but by the time I got the tickets the cheapest I could get were second row balcony in section 221 $250 ins Why I'm eating through a straw http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/5/17/Why_I%27m_eating_through_a_straw 5/17/2009 8:42:38 PM Arthur Correa So where were we.  At the annual Alpha Tae Kwon Do tournament I was the lone Goju student in a sea of Tae Kwon do.  My son had just finished up, and now it was my turn.  First up the forms.  For my form I decided to do Geki Sai Dai San.  I knew I wasn't going to have some of the flashy kicks that the TKD forms would have, but I have decent technique and power so I was hoping that would show through in the form.  On top of that the form has some elements that show off really well, and I really like to do it. There were three other students in the forms division.  I'm watching them, thinking, well hey at least my son will be happy I did the tournament.  I get up, I do my form, and present myself to the judges, hmm, they were all TKD instructors.  Neither Sensei Rollinson or Shihan Sidlik were on my judging panel.  So none of the judges had any idea what my form was supposed to be like.  That could be good, or that could be bad.... The Hanmadang http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/5/17/The_Hanmadang 5/17/2009 7:38:36 PM Arthur Correa The Hanmadang!  What is a Hanmadang?  Well, honestly I don't know what the word means, but its an in house tournament at the Alpha Tae Kwon Do school where I take my Goju Ryu classes. Wait a minute I take Goju Ryu Karate classes at a Tae Kwon Do School?  Well yeah.  The chief instructor of the school, Andrew Rollinson (who also owns the school with his wife Michelle), is also studying a number of other martial arts and bringing them into his school.  So he is studying Goju Ryu under the auspices of Hanshi Bernard from the House of the Samurai up in Londonderry, NH, he is also studying Kobudo through that school.  As part of that relationship Shihan Dan Sidlik comes down to Alpha and helps us in our in Kobudo and Goju on Saturdays.  On top of that Sensei Rollinson is also studying Hapkido through a different school (sorry I'm not sure of the name of that school). At any rate so this past weekend was the Hanmadang at Alpha.  T My opinion of the Bruins season http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/5/15/My_opinion_of_the_Bruins_season 5/15/2009 5:06:55 PM Arthur Correa AAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!  . . . . I'll post a more coherent opinion when I'm done gnashing my teeth.   Is Joe Thornton the A Rod of Hockey http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/4/30/Is_Joe_Thornton_the_A_Rod_of_Hockey 4/30/2009 8:33:59 PM Arthur Correa What do I mean?  Well look at their careers, they both have a history of great regular season success.  They also both have a career of post season failure.  So sure, there are some similarities, but how comparable are they? Ok, lets start by looking at Regular Season success. Since Joe Thornton came into the league he has averaged just over a point per game for his entire career.   On top of that his points per game averages are skewed down quite a bit by his rookie year.  That year he played in 55 games and only scored 7 points.  Not what one would expect from a #1 overall pick, especially if you see the impressive numbers for the rest of his career.  However he didn't get much ice time.  Coach Pat Burns believed in bringing him along slowly, which has apparently worked out pretty well for Thornton. Since coming into the league Thornton has won the regular season MVP trophy  (the Hart), and the regular season scoring Bruins Canadiens game http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/4/22/Bruins_Canadiens_game 4/22/2009 6:59:27 PM Arthur Correa Like the first three games, this was a great one to watch.  The game was back and forth with a lot of action overall, just like the whole series.  Lots of hits, lots of shots, and just great enegy. The Canadien's got the early lead in the first period (sorry I wasn't home to watch this goal so I don't know the details).  But the lead was short lived.   Michael Ryder opened up the scoring for the Bruins to tie the game.  With a little more than 2 minutes left in the first period he took advantage of a horrible defensive laps by the Canadiens.  Krecji carried the puck in front of the Canadien's net, but got wrapped up by 2 defenders and lost the puck.  A third Canadien's defender came in to help, but ended up making things worse.  When that third defender came in, Krecji stopped whacking at the puck to try to get control and peeled away.  But at the same time the other two defenders did the same, expecting the incoming third d A cool new sweepstakes http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/3/31/A_cool_new_sweepstakes 3/31/2009 2:45:07 PM Arthur Correa I just came across this post on JimHillMedia.com.  Apparently active annual passholders have a chance to win a sign from Space Mountain!  Not just any old sign, a sign that has been there since the opening.  There is a picture of a space mountain sign in the post, but no word on if its THE sign.  I'm really curious just which sign it is, mainly so I can find out how big it is and if it will fit anywhere in/around my house.  The sweepstakes is running from March 1st - April 3rd so get moving!  For those of us that can't make it to the parks in person, you can also mail in entries somehow (I'm trying tohunt down that information now). Good luck! January 2009 Trip - Epcot http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/3/30/January_2009_Trip_-_Epcot 3/30/2009 2:44:28 PM Arthur Correa Ok, so I'm way behind on finishing up these Disney posts, but they will get done! So Epcot.  We didn't spend a ton of time here.  The kids were all about Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Soarin This is my son's favorite ride.  I think we did it about 5 or 6 times this trip.  If you go on this ride anytime then try (if you can) to go to the one on the right.  That one appears to have the better quality film right now.  The one on the left has a LOT of wear and tear in the film.  Its pretty noticeable and distracting.  On the right has a few here and there, but nothing as bad as the one on the left.  I'm amazed at how quickly this film has deteriorated, why isn't it digital! That being said this ride is awesome.  The scents, the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, Patrick Warburton, what else could you ask for?  We were lucky enough to get center seats in the center section a couple of times this trip which makes it t The Bs just aren't clicking http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/3/22/The_Bs_just_aren%27t_clicking 3/22/2009 2:50:00 PM Arthur Correa And I've gotten to see it live in person this time.  I went to the Kings game on 3/19 here in Boston.  I had great seats.  Front row balcony just slightly to the right of center ice, right behind the Bruins bench.   I was with a good group of guys (my cousins Bob, John and Al (who are all brothers)), and we were all set to see the Bs take down a bad Kings team.I was really looking forward to this game because I was supposed to go to the game on January 16th with these same guys but I couldn't make it.  I wanted to, I just physically couldn't make it.  So there I was at home wishing I was at the game, watching it on tv, and it was an awesome game.  Two goals and a fight in the first 10 minutes.  I was dying.So now I had a second chance at seeing what has been a great Bruins team overall this season, and I was pretty excited for it.The Bs got out to a two goal lead by the end of two periods, but they weren't controlling the game.  For example, at one point in the first period they were g Well the Bs got a win http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/3/13/Well_the_Bs_got_a_win 3/13/2009 2:49:22 PM Arthur Correa Sure it was against Ottawa, who isn't much of a power this year (what the heck happened to Ottowa anyway, they still have great players like Spezza and Heatly, but they're terrible this year), but its still a win.For the most part they got the win in a good way.  They started off with a shorthanded goal by Aaron Ward in the first period.  Its great to score first in a game, and even better to do it short handed.Then, for the most part, the B's were in control.  The score was 3 - 1 for most of the game until Kessel got a beautiful goal in the third.  He came in on the right wight with Stuart  joining him on the left wing to take the attention of the defenders.Kessel kept the puck, and put it in the top corner on the near side.  Just a great shot into a tight spot. After that though things changed.  For about three minutes or so the B's sort of fell apart and gave up 2 goals to the Sens to make the score 4 - 3.  A bit too close to comfort.  But, unlike recent games, they rose to the chal January 2009 Trip - Magic Kingdom - Part 2 http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/26/January_2009_Trip_-_Magic_Kingdom_-_Part_2 2/26/2009 2:43:47 PM Arthur Correa Liberty Square Oddly enough, for all that its not a major land in thie park I've always liked Liberty Square.  Something about the buildings there, the bridge, and the Liberty Belle just makes for a nice area.  Sleepy Hollow For a long time the Sleepy Hollow bakery was a bit unknown, it just was never that busy unless people were waiting for a parade.  Couple that with the fact that it was one of two places where you could get ice cream cookie sandwiches (on the big chocolate chip cookies that they sell), or a root beer float, and it was a nice little hidden surprise. That being said they don't use the same vanilla bean ice cream in those treats as the Main Street Bakery does, they use soft serve so its not quite as good.  But it will do in a pinch.  Haunted Mansion I've liked the Haunted Mansion for years.  Sure the effects are not crazy complex, and they are blown away by modern computer generated stuff, but the ride is just down so well. &nbs What is up with the Bruins lately http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/21/What_is_up_with_the_Bruins_lately 2/21/2009 2:48:43 PM Arthur Correa So I start my blogging, all excited about writing about the Bruins, and as soon as I start to get into it the B's aren't doing so well.So they only have a single win in their last six games if I'm not mistaken (1 - 3 - 2).  Their power play hasn't been effective in that span, the one game that it was effective was in their win against the Hurricanes.  Now they were getting some offensive chances, they outshot the Panthers 41 - 29.  Is it that they're getting too cute?  Are their injuries starting to catch up with them?  Are they hitting a wall?My opinion?  They're hitting a wall.  A lot of people say its the injuries, but they've been getting people back over the last few weeks and they're still having problems.They're a young team, that has done great this year.  Maybe they're just starting to get run down and don't quite have the experience to fight through this bump in the road.  I'm actually hoping it is this, because the approach of the playoffs should jazz up the team and give th January 2009 Trip - Magic Kingdom - Part 1 http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/16/January_2009_Trip_-_Magic_Kingdom_-_Part_1 2/16/2009 2:43:09 PM Arthur Correa Ok, the next park we wanted to go to was the Magic Kingdom.  Like I said in my Hollywood Studios post this park has the most for the entire family.  From the kid stuff in ToownTown in Fantasy Land, to the tweener stuff like Pirates, Buzz, and Monster's Inc, to the thrill stuff like Space, Splash, and Thunder Mountain. My kids really love this park, Eric loves TomorrowLand, Catie loves FantasyLand, makes sense for their age groups if you think about it (6 and 3 respectively). Tomorrow Land We spend a lot of time here, on just two three rides. also talk about cosmic rays and carousel of progress Buzz Lightyear This is just a fun ride for everyone.  Sure its been surpassed in just about every way by Toy Story Mania, but its still a lot of fun.  Everyone on my family can hop on and enjoy it in some way.  Even my three year old at least gets the idea, even if she doesn't reall get aiming yet.  It doesn't matter, she has fun on it. My son, Eric, on the oth Boston Bruins play San Jose Tonight - The Wrapup http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/11/Boston_Bruins_play_San_Jose_Tonight_-_The_Wrapup 2/11/2009 2:47:56 PM Arthur Correa Okay, so the B's lost last night.  My prediction was that they would win 5 - 3, and going into the third period with the B's leading 2 - 1 I felt pretty good about that. Then, well everything just fell apart.  In the span of 5 or 6 minutes the Sharks rattled off some goals and before you knew it, the score was 5 -2 in favor of the Sharks (hey at least I got the winning teams goal total right). How did Joe Thornton do?  Well, personally I think I was dead on with him.  He had a quiet night and didn't do much. Whats that?  Yes I know according to the box score he had a goal, but come on it was a fluke goal.  A pass in front of the net by Setoguchi happened to bounce of Thornton's foot into the net.  The pass wasn't even to Thornton, Setoguchi was trying to pass it by THornton to another Sharks player.  Thornton just happened to get in the way by accident and happened to get a goal. Then again, as the saying goes. Sometimes its better to be Boston Bruins play San Jose Tonight http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/10/Boston_Bruins_play_San_Jose_Tonight 2/10/2009 2:47:17 PM Arthur Correa It's  been three years since Joe Thornton last played a game in Boston  The Boston crowd didn't get much of a chance to react to the game since Joe got ejected, but I'm sure they'll make up for lost time tonight.Back when the B's first got Thornton I really liked him.  Sure he only had something like 7 points his rookie season, but you could tell by watching that he could be really good.  I told everyone that complained about his performance that if you go to a game just watch him.  He was smooth, he was calm, he made nice smart passes.  He just looked like he had it.Over the years he started doing better and better.  He started to come into his own under Pat Burns (not really, but started to), and really begain to flourish under Mike Keenan (why did he only last a year again?).  Until he really started to become a force putting up some solid numbers including a 100 pt effort in 02-03.That being said I'm glad he's gone.  He never really seemed to get it done.  He was big, and talented, January 2009 Trip - Hollywood Studios http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/10/January_2009_Trip_-_Hollywood_Studios 2/10/2009 2:42:22 PM Arthur Correa So our first day of our trip we spent at Hollywood studios, and ended up there in some capactity on more than half of the other days.  Why do we do it so much? Well its a great park for the kids.  Sure it has some great adult rides like the Rockin Roller Coaster and of course the Tower of Terror.  It also has things like the Voyage of the Little Mermaid (great for Catie), Playhouse Disney (still enjoyed by Eric and loved by Catie), Star Tours (one of Eric's favorites), Beauty and the Beast, and of course Toy Story Mania. So for both the parents and the kids, Hollywood Studios is a great place to go.  It doesn't quite have the densitiy of great rides for all ages that the Magic Kingdom has, but out of the four theme parks it easily comes in second in my opinion. The park itself was much busier than we expected it to be.  There were a lot of tour groups there and I think that was part of the problem.  Couple that with the fact that it was one of only Here we go Bruins, Here we go http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/6/Here_we_go_Bruins%2C_Here_we_go 2/6/2009 2:46:34 PM Arthur Correa Ok, so I was browsing ESPN this morning and I saw this. Wow! I honestly didn't expect to see an article commenting about how the Bruins are Stanley Cup contenders.Sure, they're playing great this year.  But to be honest, back when in the beginning of the season (say late October, early November) when they first started to string together a lot of wins.  I said to myself "Yeah, they do this every year early, then they barely make the playoffs when its all said and done."Well, I was wrong, dead wrong.  They've done an amazing job of keeping their season moving forward.  And you know what, I don't mind being wrong about this at all. January 2009 Trip - Toy Story Mania http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/6/January_2009_Trip_-_Toy_Story_Mania 2/6/2009 2:41:19 PM Arthur Correa We checked in about 10 or so, but our room wasn't ready.  So we stored the bags and decided to hit the Hollywood Studios.  The kids were excited (as were my wife and I).  By the time we got our park passes and into the park it was around 11 or so.  Studios was a lot busier than we expected it to be, very busy in fact, lots of tour groups.  Ok, what to do first.  Toy Story Mania was the overwhelming choice from my son.  So we headed back there to check out the line and/or get fast passes.  It was only 11 it shouldn't be a problem, or so we thought.  Actually fast passes were already gone for the day (those tour groups must have sucked them all up).  .  Pfft, that stinks, but whatever the line was at 70 minutes.  We could wait right? Well not really.  My daughter, Catie, is just barely 3, and a 70 minute line wait just isn't going to work for her (or us) between potty needs and snacks never mind an extreme lack January 2009 Trip - Saratoga Springs http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/5/January_2009_Trip_-_Saratoga_Springs 2/5/2009 2:39:58 PM Arthur Correa My family and I just got back from a six day trip down to Walt Disney World.  I'll be posting my thoughts, as well as my So we stayed at Saratoga Springs.  I have to admit I was a little nervous.  My wife and I stayed in that area for our Honeymoon back when it was the Disney Institute.  We had a great time (its what kicked off our whole love fest for Disney), and it worked great for a young couple.  We could walk to Downtown Disney when we wanted to, the busses were no big deal.  It worked out well. Then a few years ago we went down and stayed there when it was Saratoga Springs.  To be honest it wasn't as great, not because of the resort itself, but becouse our situation had changed.  We were going with kids this time, and the spread out nature of the resort as well as the location on property made the resort more of a pain.  Waiting for busses to come, and then riding through all the stops with kids was incredibly different.  Now w January 2009 Trip http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/2/4/January_2009_Trip 2/4/2009 12:00:00 AM Arthur Correa My family and I just got back from a six day trip down to Walt Disney World.  I'll be posting my thoughts, as well as my families on a number of rides and restauraunts that we checked out while we were down there. We went down on Monday 1/26 on the 6 AM flight out of Manchester.  It was kind of brutal, and I'm not sure I'd do it again.  My kids were troopers though.  I tried to put their sneakers on them without waking them.  Hoping they would just sleep right through the car ride to the airport, but nope, once they caught on that we were leaving they were too excited to sleep! So they got up at about 4:30, and only took a short 1 hour nap on the plane ( unfortunately it wasn't longer ).  We landed around 8:45, got our minivan rental from Alamo and then off to Saratoga Springs! Now rather than do a typical play by play for a Trip report.  I'm just going to post things I noticed, and my families opinions about each parks attractions that w Sports I'll talk about http://blog.alwaysmoveforward.com/Blog/artie/BlogPost/2009/1/31/Sports_I%27ll_talk_about 1/31/2009 2:45:55 PM Arthur Correa So what sorts of sports am I going to talk about? The Boston Bruins (and pro hockey in general).  I'm a fan of ice hockey.  I've been playing it off and on since I was five years old.  To be honest I hadn't watched much the last few years (really not since the lockout), but the Bruins have been fun to watch this year and I'm getting sucked back in.  NFL Football - I really enjoy football season, and I'm pretty bummed that its almost over.  I'll continue to cheer for the local Patriots and, I'll admit, probably have a homer attitude towards them.  Goju Ryu Karate - I took Karate as a kid for a couple of years and got about 6 belts in (which was green I think), and I always wanted to get back into some sort of Martial art.  My son took up Tae Kwon Do at a local dojo (Alpha), and so I tried the adult classes.  Meh, it was ok, but not quite what I was looking for.  I started talking to Andrew and come to find out he was starting to offer Goju Ryu classes there as well.  Sounds interesting,