Disney World Day 8 & Universal Studios
Trip Start Mar 25, 2013
24Trip End Apr 21, 2013
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Wake at Disney check out 6:30am
Drive to Universal Studios 20 min drive 7:30am
Universal Adventure Park 8am open 8am
***Call Camp Ground for late check in combo before 5pm ph 850 482 1228 res no 2-14092270
*** tolls 5hrs 20min = Florida Caverns sp paid 18/07/12 must be quiet on 11pm
Saturday 6th April - Universal Studios Island of Adventure
Universal Studios in Orlando has 2 theme parks - Universal Studios as well as Island of Adventure, we only had the time and money to go to the 1 park but it was the better of the two, a single days entry cost over $500, and to be honest I was pretty much over theme parks and crowds and was so looking forward to our road trip so 1 park was more than enough
We arrived 1 minute before opening at 8:59am, it was a fluke we got there in time as we had intended to get there at 8:00am but our GPS kept sending us in a loop and just didn't know where to go so we wasted an hour trying to find parking. We were the only RV in the parking lot and we though perhaps it was going to be fairly quiet, well I must have been delusional because the crowds were nearly as large as DW.
Anyway we had Express Passes which like Disney world needed to bought in advance to get then otherwise you just have to line up for hours for all attractions, so that was lucky that Wendy had done such an amazing job in planning this holiday to absolute perfection, she researched everything and was fully prepared. We got through the gates after the standard bag search ( this happens everywhere now - all due to 911 ) and then scanned our bar coded tickets and scanned our fingerprint which is then associated to our tickets, again the scanning of fingers happens at all major theme parks to stop someone else using your ticket in case it gets lost - so you can be assured that you can always get another ticket just in case.
In we went and straight away we headed over to Harry Potter World which is the most popular attraction, they say if you don't get in the line by 10:00am you will miss out, and there was no express line for this ride so we lines up with another 1000 people for 75 minutes
It was really so amazing.
After this we went on the griffodor Harry Potter roller coaster which Lilia loved , it was medium in scare / thrills then we had some brunch, hamburgers and chips - pretty much the most commonly available food anywhere, i had another cup of the most awful coffee too which was really nice - NOT - god knows how they can drink the stuff, very few places sell good coffee of Cappuccino's.
When we finished eating we went to a ride called Jurassic Park, which was another ride where were were going to get possibly definitely soaked as the attendant pointed out, there was no chance of staying dry, Lilia didn't want to go but we convinced her it would be OK, she didn't want to get wet, even though she can spend 3 weeks in a pool in the middle of winter - go figure?
We went to try and go on more rides we had earmarked but there were limitations such as height restrictions and ridiculous waiting times so we just had to pass, but finally after walking around and enjoying the shops and watching others ride the attractions we couldn't do we saw the mother of all roller coasters, I just had to go on this
It was now about 12:00pm and we had actually done enough which meant we could exit the park after a few more souvenirs and get started on our road trip - whoohoo!
We had a 5 hour drive ahead of us and had planned to get to Florida State Caverns National Park at 5pm, there was a time difference of an hour were hadn't accounted for and as such arrived at 9:00pm
The speed limits on the I10 are 70 miles per hour which is the same as 100K, so were were certainly moving and trying to keep such a large RV in the middle of a road that extends about 10 inches either side of our mirrors was hard enough, there is the constant need to correct form wind etc and each time fatigue plays a major part as the roads are just so long and straight, massive concentration is needed and you need to be so alert as people will cut in front of you causing you to have to break constantly
We had a few stops a long the way as we needed to just to stay alert and we were not going to drive recklessly no matter how late we arrived. We finally had to pull over for some dinner and chose one of the hundreds of take away places to choose from, this time we stopped at Wendy's for, guess what, Hamburgers you guessed it, but they were so nice we have to stop there again, unless i get to stop at a dunkin dough nuts that is, or Denny's or Top 50 ok you get the idea we could eat take out for ever here, perhaps that why there is such an obesity problem here? The most amazing thing was to see the most gorgeous black cats - they were stray but looked to be very well looked after, it turned out there were 9 black cats in this little family and then two Tabby's joined in, so we shared a little chicken and meat patties with them and the 11 of them guts it up no worries, we got some photos but they were a little too timid to be approached, but it was quite an amazing site to see 9 black cats sitting around our RV with us having dinner, the kids were thrilled.
It was now about 6:00pm and we had another few hours to go until we arrived at our campsite, we finally got there at around 9pm, by which time the front gate had closed hours ago but Wendy in all her wisdom had prearranged for a PIN number to allow us to gain entry to the park, we then drove through the most beautiful forest for about 5 minutes to get to the hookup location. After a few minutes the kids were already asleep - even though they had a few hours sleep in the RV whilst driving they were obviously just work out as it had been pretty full on up till now.
I couldn't get to sleep and went outside at 2:00am, but something made me feel really nervous like there was a big grizzly bear about to eat me so i headed straight back inside - it was getting pretty cool ow too.
It was to be an early start tomorrow as we were going to go on a Cave Tour which were were told you need to book by 7:30 to get spots, this means another early morning.