Universal Studios - Voted Best Day so Far by Us
Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
22Trip End May 20, 2010
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Well its been a massive fun filled Day, and we are all up at 5:30 for the Bus to Vegas. The Bus trip lasts for about 5.5 hours, so I will fill in the details of this Day then. For now you will have to be content with some photos and captions.We are all agreed though, this had been the best day so far of the Holiday !
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29th April - on the way to Vegas.Well, here we are on the Bus to Vegas. We have about 3.5 hours left in our journey, and have been on the road proper for about an hour. We were picked up at our hotel at 6:30am, and are very hungry. We missed breakfast which opened at 7:30, and its now 10:30am, so in total we have been travelling for 4 hours already. What we didnt realise, is that the shuttle that picked us up from the Hotel, had to alos pickup everyone one else as well. So we did about 6 stops at variuos hotels all over LA. Sean and I ran into one hotel to use the bathroom !Anyway, back to yesterday.
We caught the DASH metro bus to Hollywood and North Highland where we jumped onto the subway. 3 levels deep and the trains ran fast
They really have their system planned well, because each ride has an introduction setting the scene making each ride an experience. Jurassic park was thrilling, its starts off like you are visiting the island, just like in the movie. Then as you are touring around, things start to go wrong and the life-size dinosaurs escape, causing havok. Dinosaurs jump form bushed to scare you, spitting water. Cars fall off ledges showering sparks all around
Next up was the Mummy Experience. This looked a little creepy, and Lauren was unsure but Sean thought it would be ok. Well, this was one scary ride. Creepy, as dismembered hands were came out of the ceiling groping for your hair. Scary Mummies and rotting corpses completed the scene. The Kids were pretty scared by now, and Char and I felt like "Parents of the Year" but worse was to come. By this time both had their eyes screwed shut and were burying into us. Then the roller coaster part hit us, and man was it awsome ! Pitch blackness, twisting and turning, rolling left and right - all in the dark with flashes of light and monsters all around. Then a slamming halt in from of the Mummy - Timotei (sp?) where he tried to get us. Then he banished us away, and to our very real horror, we started off again BACKWARDS ! OMG, it was better, and still in the dark. By this time I was worried about the kids being catatonic, and Char and myself were constantly reassuring them. Then it was all over, and what seemed like hours was only 3-4 minutes tops. They recovered quickly from this ordeal at mention of the Simsons 4D ride, and within 5 mins it was smiles all round again.
The simpsons 4D ride was amazing too. It ended up being our favourite ride and we did it twice. A great introduction led us through an episode of the Simpsons, culminating in a Massive 180 Curved Omni screen ride
Next we went on the famous Back lot tour. We saw heaps of sets that had been used in movies, and the current sets still being used today. They were filming CSI, Desperate Housewives and ParentHood during our tour, and we had to be quiet as we passed their studios. The Jaws experience was fantastic, and When Jaws lunged up out of the water at the tour car, it was right beside Lauren ! She was actaully leasning over the side when it happened, and you should have seen her face ! LOL Classic. Sean right next to her recoiled in horror and slid right over into the seat rest HAHAHA, this was the best. Then Jaws ate a scuba diver complete with blood, and then he destroyed the dock, with flames and explosions !I wont go into all the bits and pieces of this ride, and it would spoil it for you if you ever went, but there were alot. The underground subway earthquake we got caught in, with flooding was amazing. I have the whole thing on HD video so we will be wathcing it when we get back
Then we saw an Animal show, which was all about Movie animals and how they are trained - very entertaining and funny. Another show we saw was Waterworld - Kevin Costners one. This had the most elaborate set and most actors and was the kids fav show.
PS WOW - just saw my first Las Vegas Sign - 89 miles. Cant wait ...
In waterworld, we came a bit late as we were still running from place to place. We had to sit in the 2nd row - wow we thought, how lucky are we, why arent these prime seats taken yet ?? Only belatedly do we realise that these seats are in the SoakZone. They are also bright green while the rest are blue. As we had no choice, down we sat. The fun started out great, with the waterworld inhabitants secretly hosing late comers as they found seats and walked past. It was halariuos wathing them jump ! THis isnt too bad I thought ! Then the actors started warming up the stage, and when he cdalled for a cheer, it was half hearted as most of them are at first. Them to our horror, he slowly and purposly leaned over and picked up a bucket. Then filled it with water, and hurled it into the crowd ! We all got absolutly soaking. Not just wet, but drenched right through !! Mkan you should have heard us cheer the second time. NO one wanted to get wet like that again ! It was a massive, full solid wall of noise
Then we had our second Simsons ride, and bought some souveiners. We bought some US towles to dry off with, and some new t-Shirts for Me, Sean and Lauren. Char toughed it out and didnt wear her new pullover jacklet thing. We finished off with the Terminator Motorbike photos and a chat with Donkey from Shrek who was very funny.
Well goto go, as Vegas is comming up soon, and i dont want to miss the iconic sign, or view as you come over the hill and see it for the first time, so goodbye for now.
Actually as I plan to be very busy in Vegas, I probably wont be doing any blogs for the next 4 nights ! Sorry about that, but I will do what I can. Char might even step into the voide with a couple. See you on the flip side of vegas Guys !!