Universal, Emeril's, Blue Man Group...
Trip Start Oct 23, 2009
16Trip End Nov 09, 2009
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Holiday Inn Express near Universal Studios
So I’ll let mum tell you about the log ride now:
Okay. I’m tired. Whew. Where to begin. Well, we walked to Universal this morning. It was a nice 20 minute walk and Jarod was quick to spot a few creatures on the way, including birds we think were probably Golden eagles and geckos. Dan was quick to point out the incredibly tall bamboo just inside the driveway to Universal. We never did get around to using the water taxis we saw though.
Universal Orlando can be done in one day, but would be better in two days. We went first to Universal Studios park. I would direct Martin at this point to take a look at our photos and then pay up when I see him at Christmas. You know what I mean, Brother.
Our first ride was on Shrek 4-D, which was a pretty cool virtual ride with special effects you can feel
I’m posting a cool picture of Dan with the original Millenium Falcon. How many of you know what I’m talking about on this one? A hint: we had lunch at Mel’s Diner.
After lunch we made our way to The Simpson’s ride. In case Jessica wasn’t clear enough above: BEST RIDE EVER! If we had had two days we would have done this ride at least once more. It was a virtual roller coaster better than I’ve ever been on before. Leaving this ride we happened upon Homer posing for pictures with people. Jarod almost didn’t get this picture when Homer saw what shirt Jarod was wearing (Stewie from Family Guy saying 'You are under my control’).
This ride was followed by Jaws and MIB. Jaws was an okay ride. The driver was entertaining doing her part, but the ride itself was pretty tame. If memory serves me, I believe the Universal Hollywood Jaws ride was way better. Of course, that was 28 years ago, so I might be combining two different rides in my head. Anyway, MIB was better fun and involved shooting at bad aliens and trying to shoot at other cars to make them spin
It got hot and humid today, but was bearable and cooled off fairly quickly in the evening. Dan and I both agree it came nowhere near the heat and humidity we got in Montreal in July a few years ago. Anyway, we took a break after MIB. Don’t bother getting the pretzels there; they’re kind of dry and way too salty.
We decided we’d better get over to Islands of Adventure at this point or we wouldn’t be able to get there at all. As it was we still had time for only one ride. Yes, that would be the Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (the log ride). When we read the description of this ride we were all interested in doing this ride. Then we got a look at ‘one of the steepest water drops ever created’ and started to think twice about it. We watched it a few times and then Jessica said she would go on if someone went with her. Jarod agreed to go when I conceded I would go too. But we all agreed Dan should not go on this until we knew what it was really like. So we handed all our stuff to Dan and he stayed to watch. By the time we got in to the ride itself I was getting a little apprehensive, but a promise was a promise
Unfortunately, we did not have any further time to do this ride or any other ride as we were due at Emeril’s for supper before too long. So we headed over there. And believe me when I say the meals we ate were totally worth the extensive dollars we paid for them!
After Emeril’s was Blue Man Group. What a great show! It was so much fun. Totally recommend seeing them if you get a chance.
By this point we were getting tired, but Jessica convinced us to get some dessert, so we stopped in at Bubba Gump Shrimp for the dessert we were too full to have last night. Jessica and I shared the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae while Dan and Jarod shared the Alabama Mud Pie. Well, they were both delicious, but the mud pie was probably three times bigger than the photo implied. They didn’t get around to finishing it.
So that was our day two and even Jarod said he would have no problem writing his journal entry for school today. Take care and we’ll ‘see’ you tomorrow!