Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
152Trip End Dec 05, 2011
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Walking down the mall outside the park, full as ever with enormous places to eat yet more junk food, Brad was delighted to spot a sign saying "Itsu". After 3 weeks of eating nothing but fries, burgers, pizza and enormous pastas, with hardly a lettuce leaf or vegetable in sight, Brad was thrilled at the thought of some cleansing and healthy sushi for lunch. As we continued to walk, sadly the sign revealed itself fully as saying "It'sugar" ie yet another indulgence for the Americans' love of all that is sugar-laden and fat-soaked. So, yet again we ended up in a fast food joint, eating pizza and drinking coke for lunch.....We swear we will get properly into our healthy regime once we hit Sydney.....!
The park had generally fewer rides than we expected, and much to the kids disappointment. However we did go and watch Shrek in 4D, and the Curious George kids area was a big hit. Mummy took the older 2 kids on the Simpsons Ride which was a HUGE mistake....It was basically a horrendous rollercoaster simulator which was far too scary for Mummy to handle, let alone the children. Jamie and I clung to the bar for dear life, white-knuckled with our eyes shut willing the ride to finish. Zachy, despite me shouting at him to shut his eyes, experienced the whole terrifying ride, and duly left the ride in tears, telling me he never wanted to go to this place ever again. Oh dear - very bad parenting on my part - must check out the rides more fully in advance in future!
Earlier in the day we also did the full Movie Tour which Brad and I loved. It took you on a big tour round all the studios, lots of sets and included a couple of rides, including the brilliant Jurassic Park/King Kong ride (which again the kids hated and found far too scary!) We spotted Whoopi Goldberg as we drove through one of the car parks, which was a bonus. But of course one of the highlights for us was driving down the real Wisteria Lane....(those of you that know us well know that we are Desperate Housewives fans!)
After Universal we found our huge cab again and took a detour back to the hotel via the sights of Hollywood: the Walk of Fame, Sunset Boulevard, Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive
After a busy day we had a couple of relaxed hours at the hotel then were looking forward to an early dinner at the smart Ivy restaurant in Santa Monica. Benji had other ideas, though, and decided to have complete and utter meltdown which basically scuppered all our plans. He was in such a state that we put him straight in the bath with Brad to calm down, and our pampered little third child was spoon fed baby food while floating in the bath. It was a matter of anything for a quiet life and he then rewarded us by falling asleep in the pushchair and the rest of us had a really nice evening in the hotel bar, drinking nice Californian wine and eating bar snacks for dinner. Another great day in LA......