March 23 &24th 2015
On Monday we had decided to go to Universal Studios. Although much less pre-planed as my Disney Park adventures of the past, we did have a very loose plan of stay to the left and do as much as we can. (We were not about to spend another dime for the pass the line passes either.) Monday happened to be rainy and chilly which may have decreased the number of park guests, we lucked out in that regards. (below are waffles that were being served at our hotel....and we were off to Universal.)
This big guy is right as you enter City Walk. This is a mini golf place.
Islands of Adventure.
The first ride we officially went on was the Storm Force Acceleration. Similar to the teacups. Mark and I tried not to spin as much as the boys who whirled all about, Mark looks less then thrilled.
In the village of Hogsmede one could purchase a magical wand. There was a line for this, so we skipped it and headed to find a snack.
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
After the cat and the hat ride, we still had a little time before The Sinbad performance, and the boys decided they wanted to get a magical light up ball. (seen back in Jurassic Park)
Some of the area greenery. Urtle the Turtle above and some beautiful waterlilly's below.
We made it to the Eighth Voyage of Sindbad stunt show.
I never refuse a burger and fries place and this was one restaurant that won votes from all parties.
YEP! I skipped the pepper sauce too.
After dinner and a dip in the hot tub, we all slept like the dead prepared for day 2 at Universal this time at Universal Studios Park.Day 2: Universal.
Our second day at Universal was a little different. Although we left the hotel around the same time there were already more people arriving at the park as we were. There was no rain to hold off some less determined crowds as there was on Monday, so we set off the day with the awareness that we would not have the park nearly to ourselves as he had at The Islands the day before.
Production CentralFirst stop and already a line formed (25 minute wait time noted) was the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride.
Shrek 4-D is a performance rather then a ride. You are lead into the movie experience with movement, sound, sight and smell. Yep smell.
"Hi" Shrek. I was unable to convince any of my children or husband to stand with characters while we were visiting Universal.
Once we had seen the 4-D movie of Shrek we were off to another of my all time favorite rides; Transformers.
This ride was another long line. We had some fun pushing buttons while we walked to the rides boarding docks. Like many of the Universal rides, this blends movies and moving seats to create an adventure,
Up next was New York. Funny we had to go all the way to Florida to go to NY.
In New York we went to the Twister ride.
Mels,I'm not sure, but it made me think of the show Alice. I remember Flo used to say "Mel, Kiss my grits."
We made our way to the ride Disaster.We (the audience) happen upon a major motion picture being made. Several people are chosen to play key characters in the movie. We first enter the stage production room where individuals are provided with direction. ACTION,....
Up next is World Expo. About now the park is completely filled with people and the lines are becoming LONGER and LONGER. We were all feeling the effects of standing in long line, but kept pushing on and headed to The Simpson's Ride. This ride was brand new when we were last visiting Orlando and the pictures promoting the ride were everywhere. I am not sure I would wait in the long line to ride it again however. It was pretty neat, but the wait time was out of control.
After what seemed like an eternity and what made it seem so deceptive about the lines is there was a maze of lines some went some ways some went others. This made you think you were waiting longer when the people in front of you disappeared and you went off in another direction. We finally made it to the ride, which is a simulated movie ride where you go on an adventure with Bart, Homer, Maggie, Lisa and Marge at Krusty's playland. You can only imagine what trouble could occur.
I had much more fun hanging out in the area around the featured ride. Here Gavin takes a phone call (the phone randomly rings and Barts voice is heard doing a crank call.)
After Fear Factor the boys went to Men in Black ride. Mark and I waited outside and they went in as single riders making the wait less. It was becoming even more crowded and HOT too.
We made our way to the next area and newest as well. In fact this area is so new, I didn't even know it existed until we were reviewing the maps. Hidden in the walls of England
just beyond the buildings...(do you spy any thing odd lounging above those chimney. )
Yes there it is, Diagon Alley. Its location was literally behind the wall. If you were not looking for this area you may easily walk right past it. We didn't even attempt to ride any of the area rides as it was so crowded, Even walking the streets eyeballing the many shops and decor was difficult. We did find a second wand store with only a very short line where Gavin purchased his very own Professor Dumbledore wand.
This was neat, but definitely one of the older rides in the park. The ET themed ride takes you through the forest where ET is found then you are lifted up in your bike with ET into the sky.
Hollywood staged like old time Hollywood was next and people were getting ready for the afternoon parade. We breezed into Lucy's tribute and past the Brown Derby. My family had had enough for the day.