On Wednesday of our family vacation week (16 Oct 2011), the two big boys and I decided to spend the day at Universal Studios Orlando. We had a great afternoon riding roller coasters and seeing shows. It's certainly expanded quite a bit since I went some 20 years ago with an Army buddy! It was a blast. My only regret was that it closed so early in the evening that day. Even so, we still managed to squeeze in nearly every ride.
Best things in the park?
- "Rip-Ride Rockit" Roller Coaster!" Straight up, then straight down while listening to great rock music!
- The Incredible Hulk ride!
- The Mummy! A spooky, darkened indoor roller coaster with ghosts, flames, and twists galore!
- The Harry Potter castle ride! Part roller-coaster, part simulator, but completely excellent!
- Disaster! Be an extra and help make the movie, but watch out for the subway crash!
|Mason and Clark clowning around in front of the JAWS boat ride! Somebody (and we won't name names because that's not important here) jumped a little when our ride entered the abandoned boat house and the shark tried to surface next to us.|
|Ahh, the Penguins of Madagascar! These fun fellows were parading through the park as we made our way to the Terminator show. (Sorry, no pics of the Terminator, but the show was pretty cool.)|
|Go on. Admit it. I've still got it. Don't hate the player! ;)|
(Just a little something to keep Lisa on her toes, you know)
|A little fun in Kid Town|
|Now if we just knew what he had been plotting ...|
|So true, so true. I was exhausted for 3 weeks after that trip.|
|The Hogwarts Express! You know where that goes ...|
|And the snow-topped village just outside the castle.|
|The boys stopped for some "ButterBeer." It's a creamy soda that seemed to have a taste of cinnamon and butterscotch. Very delicious. We really enjoyed it.|
|Taking a seat before the Sinbad action-adventure stunt show. We were worn out by the late afternoon, so we rested while taking in a great stunt show.|
|Sinbad, our hero (right), and his loyal sidekick. I tried to get a picture of the Princess, but they all turned out blurry. Too bad. You would have loved her. You'll have to go see the show for yourself.|
|It's Dr. Seuss-land, but of course! Tons to do here for the little kids, but we didn't stay long. We were on a mission to tackle the biggest and best roller coasters in the park.|
|And to think, we saw it all on Mulberry Street!|