Universal Studios

Trip Start Nov 17, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

We had a wicked day at Universal Studios.  Actually, we had a wicked morning at Universal and a wicked afternoon at Islands of Adventure.  The parks were so quiet.  We waltzed strait onto almost every ride.  The only thing we had to queue for was the Rock It, and that was only for about 10 minutes.  The weather was awesome as well.

So, we got up at 8 and had to rush out to book a shuttle to Busch Gardens for the next day, and catch the 9am shuttle to the Universal Resort.  My parents were on skype, and I hadn’t spoken to them, so I wanted to chat, but my webcam is playing up, and we had to go out. 

When we got off the shuttle, we walked through City Walk and turned right this time, into Universal Studios.  Islands of Adventure is on the left.  Our first ride was Rock It, which pulls you up a very high, vertical hill and then sends you plummeting down the other side and round loops and things.  You get to pick your own music…every seat has a tiny screen and speakers in the head rest.
Then we went on The Mummy: - a really fast and dark indoor roller coaster.  It starts of slowly, taking you into Tutankhamun’s tomb, and then, naturally,  a curse comes to life.  It’s pretty scary.  But the scariest part was the woman outside who was dressed like and evil Queen Nefitari, and kept staring us in the face.

We went on Jaws….which was amazing.  Not necessarily because it’s a great ride (although it is) but because, for the first time, I actually felt like I was doing something that I had done before.  It felt familiar.  I remembered everything accurately, including the queue.  I could remember waiting in line with mum, dad and graham, and I remembered the Shark at the entrance.  It was great, it brought back memories. 

After Jaws it was The Simpsons ride, which I figured out, used to be Back to the Future.  I knew this because you go and sit it a car and it’s a simulator, so the Dolorian had been turned into a Simpsons themed ride-style car, because it simulates being on a roller coaster at Krustyland.  There is even a part in the ride where you are swallowed by a huge Maggie and then spat back out (remember the T-Rex?) You also go through the middle of a sign like you did in B to the F. 

Man in Black was next, which was great, and then onto ET, which I also remembered from before.  It was wonderful.  We went to Mels Diner for lunch, and finally went on Twister, which use to be Earthquake.  It was ok, but you just stood under a canopy while the set fell down around you.

So we had done the whole of Universal, loved it, and it was only 1:00 in the afternoon.  Well, if you were right next to the BEST theme park in the world and you had a free afternoon, what would you do??  We went to Islands of Adventure, of course!

It was amazing….the sun was out and the people weren’t.  We walked strait onto Hulk, and then strait into Spiderman.  Then Jurassic Park and into Harry Potter.  We got another Butterbeer and then headed for the Dragons.  Since it was so quiet, we waited the extra 5 min for the front row.  It’s SO MUCH BETTER!  You can actually see the other coaster…especially the bit where they do the loop at the same time…they head towards each other at 60mph and it looks like the other one is coming right at you!  Then they turn into the loop at the last minute.  It’s amazing.  We did the Fireball first, then strait back round and onto the Horntail.

Then we went on Forbidden Journey, again no queue.  I told Kate when to close her eyes because of the spiders, so she didn’t see them this time.  Then we went on Flight of the Hippogriff, which we didn’t last time, and looked around all the shops because this time there were no queues.  We got some more fudge from Honeyjukes. 

When we had exhausted Harry Potter, we walked back via Seuss’ Landing and the Cat in the Hat.  We had bought a meal and movie deal for $21, and we picked a great restaurant in City Walk called ‘Latin Quarter’.  We both had pork loin with sweet mash, black bean sauce and mango culis.   Then at 20:00, we watched Harry Potter in IMAX at the Cineplex.  It was a great day.

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