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The Road to Rio 2016?

Who has been watching the Olympics this weekend?

I know I have. I saw USA Archry almost win gold against Italy. Lochte winning the gold, the amazing race of Dana Vollmer and oh she lost one of her swim caps, I disagreed with the line up team USA used in the 4×100 free relays, I watched USA vs. Montenegro in water polo. Ladies gymnastics again broke my heart. I have watched a lot of the olympics, these are just the moments that are sticking out in my head so far.

For many athletes they have started their road to the Rio 2016 Olympics, they will shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and you know what I want to join them….

As a spectator 🙂

This weekend I decided that my big trip in 2016 is going to the Olympics in Rio. My brother and I are both wanting to go, we have been texting each other back and forth all weekend and, we feel that if we started saving and planning now, we can make it to Rio in 2016.

It is sure to be a historical event! The first Olympics in South America? That is huge! It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of history.

So that lead me to utilize my stellar research skills, because I am positive attending a huge international event like the Olympics takes some intense planning if you are going to maximize your visit and really do it up.

Yes, I know the 2016 Olympics are 2,499 days away according to the Rio Olympic Website but if I am going to do it up, I need to plan, and since I am someone that loves to plan and research trips, might as well start now. It makes the days spent in my cubicle that much easier.

Not to mention I am sure going to the Olympics can cost a lot.

I looked at past Olympics guides, and all of them appear incomplete to me. Which is kinda a downer, which also leads me to believe it must be hard to plan to be a spectator at the Olympics. So I am going to do my best to share all of the useful information I located after spending hours on the web.

So I have decided to share my travel tip with the world, because right now we have time by our side and you can plan and save to have one epic Olympic Spectating Experience 😉

So here is the 4-1-1.

Transportation & Accommodations

All of the sights typically do a great job at telling you to plan your flight and accommodations. To me this is a no brainer, you would do this if you were going to the country to visit, so why wouldn’t you do this for the Olympics.

So I am taking it a step further. You should plan hotels that are close to the events you would like to see. After researching the Rio Maps I have found that the Rio Olympics will be broken down into zones. I am interested mostly in swimming and the Olympic Opening Ceremony. So after looking at the website it looks like I would want to look for lodging in the Barra Zone.

So my plan will be book a hotel here, and if there are other events, take transport to those events.

I encourage you to look at the Rio Venues Map to get a general idea of where you need to stay, and where the “must see events” for you are located.

As far as flights, well you can’t really book those until 330 days in advance and flight costs can change in a hurry. I know a flight from Houston to Rio can cost at least $1200 so that is something that I must plan for and book well in advance.

The airport codes for Rio are RIO, GIG and SDU. I encourage you to look into multiple flight options and get a general idea of a flight cost. This will allow you to plan a little easier.

So according to my research, it is a very good idea to book accomodations a year in advance. Also it appears that the major hotel chaines i.e Marriott, Hilton etc, will expect the full amount paid up front, so this is something to keep in mind when planning and budgeting. A positive is that at least the large cost will be paid for in advance and you will not have to worry about it once you arrive.

Tickets & Events

There will be 28 sports ranging from swimming to golf to marathon running. What you want to see will determine how much you should save for. Tickets are obviously not available right now, but if you are planning on attending the 2016 Olympics go to THIS SITE and sign up for email up dates on the tickets. You will be grateful you did later, when 2 years from now, you get a notice, that tickets will go on sale soon 🙂

It will keep you informed on all of the up to date information for the tickets. Tickets are very hard to come by, and you are competing with the world, so believe me when I say you want to be in the know.

I researched current ticket costs.

I will use London’s Ticket Prices for my planning and budgeting. For an idea of what to expect CLICK HERE

It would appear tickets range from $32 to well over $200 depending on seat location and event.

If you want to go to the Opening Ceremony like we do, be prepared to pay a lot especially if you don’t buy right when they go on sale. It was reported that Opening Ceremony tickets went for $2,500 resale after they sold out.

Face Value of tickets are $31.57 to $3,157 US. So if the opening ceremony is something you must do, you must be ready to battle for these tickets they go on sale or be prepared to pay a lot more.

So again this my reminder for you to go sign up for the ticket notification, or you will miss out.

I personally plan on attending some event every day, so I know ticket costs will be a HUGE expense and I am glad I have plenty of time to save for them. I want to see as many different sports and competitions as possible and once the tickets become available I will have a better grasp of what to expect. I also want to see Brazil soccer, which I am willing to bet will be a very very expensive ticket. Not to mention golf is coming to the Olympics, as well as squash, wake boarding and roller sports. There will be a lot of new events to consider.

Important Info you Should Know

Obviously safety consideration should be apart of every travel you take so I am not really going to cover that

Brazil has visa requirements so make sure you handle that prior to arriving so you do not have any issues. It would really suck to spend all that money and then have a visa issue upon arrival. You will not be able to get a visa at the airport.

For all things Brazil check out the Brazil Country Specific Information on the Department of State website.

Anyway, my huge issue will be budgeting and saving for the trip. I know what I would like to do, but like my past travel tip post said setting a very specific goal makes it easier to accomplish. So I am going to take my own advice. I have my $$$ goal, so it is time to start saving! Not to mention, it is so far in advance, you could save $2 per day, and by time it came time to book you would have plenty.

Seriously, just $2 bucks a day and you will most likely have enough to cover your flight & hotel!

So who is with me to cheer on Team USA in Rio, I mean you have 2,499 days to plan, why shouldn’t you go!

Until next time,

XOXO

Jen

A Legend Has Ended

A legend has come to an end….

At least a legend to me. I am sad that one of my all time favorite rides at The Magic Kingdom closed it’s doors yesterday.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures is now closed.

I loved the ride, it was one of those rides, that every time I rode it, I would smile, even though when the hag pops up and would scare the bejeezus out of me (yes I am that jumpy). It is always a sad day when a classic has to be shut down, so new things can move in, but it was time to move on for the park.

SWSA’s is one of the classic “dark rides” that Disney is famous for, Disney plans to replace it with a character meet & greet for the princesses called Princess Fairytale Hall.

This short ride lasted less than 2 minutes and has been around since the park’s opening on October 1, 1971, will be missed for many, including me.

My regret is that I did not get as many awesome photos of the ride as I would have liked, especially a pic of Dopey waving goodbye. 🙁

Anyway, I have a few pictures that I have taken on my past trips to the resort (with horrible cameras) but want to share anyway.

Speaking of cameras, my camera has still not been replaced (but I am in the process of replacing) so the pictures are going to be rough the next few posts because I had to make due with my latest adventures with what I have.

NOTE: The pictures are not in any particular order

Anyway, enjoy!

it’s fuzzy, very fuzzy but this was my favorite mural

always a happy ending…

The Most Terrifying Ride at Disney World

In my opinion, Dinosaur is a ride that scares the bejesus out of me. I have to give it to the Disney, they test every ounce of emotion I have on this ride.

This ride is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and it is worth trying at least once.

The back story of the ride is, you are taking a trip back in time to save an Iguanodon from extinction. You are on this “unsanctioned” trip, mind you, to save this dinosaur, right before the asteroid is supposed to hit Earth. I mean what could possibly go wrong? Right….

Disney of course does an amazing job theming the line, you are walking in the queue at the Dino-Institute, looking at Dino Remains and fossils.

Then you are of shuffled into a room where there is a pre-show. This pre-show briefs you on the actual safety of the Time Rover, and the mission, should you chose to accept it.

On the ride, well you will have to experience it for yourself, because needless to say, I am ducking, diving and dodging so I can’t really tell you what happens, except that you will have a brush with death when the T-rex pops out, but the gist of it is….

You are in the dark looking for this dinosaur that by the point you find it you could care less about it because, you are in this vehicle that is jerky, taking you in all directions, stopping suddenly for man-eating dinosaurs, that stare you down, and then jerking you around some more when you can’t see where you are going then

BAM a T-rex is in your face, and what does Disney do… take a photo of this terrifying moment, for you to always have the memory.

Notice how I am the only terrified person in this rover?

I really wish I would have bought this instead of taking a photo of the screen, but eh you live you learn.

I am not sure why this ride gets to me, but it just does. Maybe it is the anticipation of knowing that we are going to barely escape the T-Rex.

I don’t have any actual photos of the actual ride, because it is hard to get good photos, and well flash photography is of course not allowed, but I have some decent line queue pics.

What is yo

Leap Day and the Downhill Spiral of My Mood

Original post is on Texas Travel Girl

Hey Everyone,

This is continuing my post from the other day.

If you missed my What I did for Leap Day post CLICK HERE

After our yummy lunch,

We decided to take a little bit of a longer break and ride the train full circle, and then continue to ride it again to Frontierland. We decided it was time to start budgeting a few more breaks, as we had already accomplished a lot, and had realized we had 18 hours to go.

After we stepped off the train in Frontierland, we saw Woody & Jessie out, the line was sorta longer than I liked to wait for anything, but we figured it would be ok, as it appeared to move quickly.

While we were waiting, a “real snake” was coming through the side of the fence, and let me just say, Jessie freaked out, she took of running and grabbed a broom. I am not sure if this was an act or not but needless to say, they moved the photo op, so a very discreet Disney Cast Member Crew could handle the situation.

After our meet & greet, we walked over to the Country Bears as it was about to start in 10 minutes, another show I slightly remember from when I went as a kid. Cute, but not a MUST DO for me in the future.

We walked around a bit, and came up to the Enchanted Tiki Room, and was advised that the show was about to start in five minutes, so we walked in sat down, and watched the show. The show is so animated, I just wish I had a better camera so I could take more photos.

Afterwards, we rode Pirates. A classic. I am not sure why I must ride this ride every single time I go, but I must. I think it just makes me think of going to Disney as a child.

At this time it was time for the 3pm parade, so we found a spot to casually watch the parade, but a cast member that we had befriended early came up to me, and told me that Peter Pan was meeting in Adventureland after the parade and I should go line up, because the line has been getting pretty long and people had already started lining up. So I looked at my partner in crime and he was like “Let’s Go” and away we went! I was able to catch the parade from a distance, so that was ok.

At this point, we were starting to feel it. We had been all over the park, already accomplished a lot, more than a lot of people accomplish in a day at the Magic Kingdom. So we decided that we would go take a break on the People Mover, which we rode twice, but decided to get off, because the line was starting to form and the cast member said we had to get off and get back in line to ride again.

So we decided to get on the Carousel of Progress, that was much needed R & R, I looked around, I noticed a lot of people napping, but I stayed up and enjoyed the show.

We then rode Buzz Lightyear, I love this ride, I think I stay in sniper mode the entire time. Not that I am sniper, but that is what I like to call the pose.

As I said we were starting to feel exhaustion of going nonstop since 4:30am, so we decided to continue our break and decided to grab dinner, after we grabbed a fast pass for Peter Pan for that evening.

None of the sit down restaurants had availability, so we decided to go grab dinner at Pinocchio Haus, which neither of us have really eaten before, we were pretty happy with the place. We were trying to avoid burgers on this trip, and this allowed us to do so.

We took a spin on the tea cups next.

At this point it was approx 7:48 pm and my phone had been dead since 10 am, so I knew I needed to get it charged, so we split up. I went back to the locker to use the charger I had spotted tucked and hidden away and my partner in crime went to go snag a rocking chair in Frontierland.

I watched Wishes and boy how I wish I had a better camera to get the awesome shots of Wishes.

I took a break and charged my phone for about a hour.

BIG MISTAKE! My legs cramped up from sitting for so long, I made the walk back to Frontierland and met back up with my partner in crime, he advised me that he was not moving for a while longer, as he was taking a much-needed break. So I told him I was going to go ride Splash Mountain & Peter Pan as I had a fast pass I needed to use.

soaked from Splash Mountain

After I rode Peter Pan I decided I had to see what the Jungle Cruise at night was about plus I had grabbed a fast pass for it earlier.

I rode the Jungle Cruise, while it was fun, I do prefer the day.

At this point my phone had died AGAIN! So I found a spot by PhilarMagic hidden behind the strollers, sat down next to the three high school kids who were passed out and started charging and people watching

I realized it 10:34pm, and the PARK WAS CRAZY BUSY! The idea that the park would be busy earlier in the day and slower after midnight, was clearly NOT going to be the case.

I met back up with my crime partner, and we decided to take get on the people mover and plan our next course of action.

ummmm the people mover had a 25 minute wait! Let me REPEAT this a 25 minute WAIT! I was stunned! I never wait in lines like this for Disney… NEVER, especially for the People Mover but since we needed to figure out what we wanted to do, we waited.

We decided to just walk around and enjoy the park and look for “special character” greets, since by this point the park had went from moderate lines, to lines on crack.

Lucky for us we had accomplished a lot by this point and we were not too heart broken.

So I ventured over to Tink’s Nook and was told Tink and Rosetta were going to be in there for the next hour, it was only a 30 minute wait so I got in line. I had not met Rosetta so I was pretty excited to add another character to my character album.

I got inside and it was only Tink, I found myself pissed off, like VERY ticked and that was the exact moment I realized I needed to go home but I stuck it out a little longer.

This might have been a mistake.

I knew Flynn, was going to come out at midnight, and it was well after midnight so we walked over to the line. I asked a cast member how long the wait is and she said about 2 hours so I sat in line.

I hate waiting but at this point I was ok to wait to meet Flynn, since my legs were pretty much spent and I found myself with anger issues over not meeting Rosetta, I needed to chill.

It was that exact moment, when I was mentally telling myself to “chill out, you are at the Magic Kingdom on Leap Day, millions wish they could be here” that….

A cast member came over and advised us that this line was actually a 4 hour wait… A FOUR HOUR WAIT. let me repeat FOUR HOUR WAIT!!!!!

Hell No. If I was going to wait for 4 hours I better be meeting Zachary Levi (the voice of Flynn), and not a cast member.

(SIDE NOTE: I have met Zachary Levi at comic con and I only waited a hour so yeah no NOT waiting 4 hours).

We decided to check out the dance party, and other special events that were occurring just to see them and hopefully spot some rare characters that I had already not met. There were none.

It was 3 am, and I told the person I was with, that I wanted to go, there was no way I would be able to stay another 3 hours. It was for the safety of others.

We took the bus ride home, got back to the room, I washed my face, laid down, and woke up at 1pm the next day. I had accepted that not EVERYONE can make it for 24 hours, but hey I can settle for 21 hours 🙂

I do want to say, aside from crazy anger issues that occurred, overall the day was pretty magical and looking back, I would not change a thing about the day.