Day 7: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

About 7 years ago, we visited Disney World for a quick day trip with Quinn & Ian. We opted for Magic Kingdom because that was the suggestion from our friends who lived in Tampa--who took us there. We couldn't have timed it worse. It was the end of March and Spring Break for most the eastern seaboard. In fact, they closed the gates to visitors at 1:00 p.m. because of they had reached capacity! Even at 7 and 5, the boys were still too short for many of the rides. The food was mediocre and expensive and the lines were never-ending. After we returned home we learned that we should have gone to Universal instead. This was where the rides were--and all the fun.

After doing some research we decided on a 5-park Flex Pass. This gave you admission to Universal, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Aquatica and Wet 'n' Wild over a 14 day period. It was really the best deal to be had and one that met the desires of all 7 of us. Quite a tall order in itself. We started at Universal and did half the day there and half next door at Islands of Adventure. Universal was more Disney movie oriented and reflected many of the hits from the 90's. Islands of Adventure had more restaurants and larger scale rides like "The Hulk" and "Jurassic Park". They were also putting the finishing touches on the "Harry Potter" castle.

Here we come!

Ben attempting to look pleased despite not being tall enough to go on the big, big rides. Sorry, kiddo.

This guy was hilarious. His mouth moved and he really did talk personally to every kid who approached his window. And he sounded exactly like Eddie Murphy errr... I mean "donkey".

The "Rip Ride Rock-It" intimidated me at first but Ian convinced me to join him. The ride begins with going up at a 90 degree angle for the first 15 seconds. I just closed my eyes and tried not to think about it.

Doh! It's larger-than-life Homer.