Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

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This was a day trip and break from meeting the family in law. Don't get me wrong. My family in law is great, but if you haven't seen your fiance for 3 months and your about to say good bye again for a while then you would want some alone time too. ;-) So we went to Universal Studios Orlando. hahaha I don't even remember what made us pick Universal since there is sooo many things to do in Orlando. I guess we just followed one of the billboards for it. hehe
We bought the day pass for both parks at once. Universal and Islands of Adventure. We had no idea what Island of Adventure was about so we first walked into Universal to check out some of the movie rides. It was a really hot day so we started out with the Shrek 3D show.
ummmm.... NBA cafe, I think
It was fun if you like the Shrek movies and want Donkey to spit in your face. lol Sorry that was a spoiler. hihi It's more for kids but still entertaining. After that we headed over to the Twister thing which I thought was a waste of time. It's more of a science show then anything else. Don't expect the floor to shake or anything. Then we got something to eat. We decided we wanted some unhealthy pizza since we didn't have any real food in about 3 days. Thanks to my overly cautious sister in law. Don't eat this, don't eat that. lol Na, she's sweet. Just saying, stay away from the pizza. I didn't feel good for the next 2 days. However it didn't kick in until we left the park. hehe Now we were looking for the Jaws ride and the line was way too long so we went to the "Fear factor" thing.
Getting some orientation
It was pretty cool, don't expect the show but it was pretty cool. The usual eating of gross things and some stunt you wouldn't do if there wasn't money involved. Which in this case wasn't. lol The winner of the competition did get a chance to be on the actual show. They did couples and the one that won was from NY. Of course we cheered for them.
We left a little early so we could check on Jaws again. We were lucky and only had to wait for 30 minutes. haha The ride was, well, ok.
The best ride at Universal in my book is "The mummy" that was soooo much fun. The wait however was horrible. The hallways that you were being forced through were NOT air conditioned and I was about to faint when it finally was our turn after 1 1/2 hours of standing in line. Don't trust the sign outside which had showed a waiting time of 35 minutes when we walked in.
The Hulk roller coaster, I wasn't smiling afterwards
*shakes head* I forgot about the horrible wait fast, because the ride was just awesome.
Now we were off to Islands of Adventure. We headed for the first rollercoaster that was in site which happened to be the "Hulk". WOW!!! I haven't been on too many rollercoaster in my life but that was by far the craziest one for me. I actually caught myself wishing it was over half way through. I screamed, and I wasn't the only one. I was so glad when I got out. Boy, what a ride. Would I do it again? Probably, but not at this stay. hahaha I was really glad that lunch was 4 hours ago otherwise it wouldn't have been fun. hahaha ewwwww
The sun was burning down now without a break and we decided to find the Dudley Do Right Falls. Yeah, a water ride. They are not kidding about the you'll get wet part.
Still dry, not for much longer. Dudley Do right ripsaw falls!
They should actually change it to, you will get soaked!! And so we did. It was so much fun and there was no line (I have no idea why) we went again right away, we didn't even have to get out! Weeeeeeeee
So now soaking wet we felt a lot better about the heat and then the sun disappeared. Just my luck, really. So with squeeking showes and wet clothes we kept on exploring the park. I wanted to see the Jurassic Park theme so this is were we went next. They had a float boat tour here and all we wished for was to not get wet again. lol  It was a nice break from walking all over the park in the heat.
This was pretty much the end of our adventure since we had waisted most of the day at the other park. We didn't get to go on any of the other roller coaster. :-(  But there is always another time for that.
All in all, I really enjoyed Islands of Adventure more. I wish I would have known more about before I went. I would have started there and would have done Universal afterwards if at all.
I did have to buy a change of clothes because I was in no shape for sitting in an air condition blazzing car for 2 hours on the ride back to Indialantic. So here's my tip for this trip, bring a change of clothes and a ziplock bag for your camera! ;-)

missandrea81 says:
Yeah, I didn't get to explore it nearly as much as I wanted to *sigh* There is always another time ;-)
Posted on: Jan 21, 2008
bkretzer says:
We were in Orlando the year they opened Islands of Adventure. But we didn't know about it until we got there. We didn't go. (sob sigh) Now I really wish we had. It looked fun as we were checking it out from the studio side.
Posted on: Jan 21, 2008
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Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
ummmm.... NBA cafe, I think
ummmm.... NBA cafe, I think
Getting some orientation
Getting some orientation
The Hulk roller coaster, I wasnt …
The Hulk roller coaster, I wasn't…
Still dry, not for much longer. Du…
Still dry, not for much longer. D…
After the water ride
After the water ride
making friends where ever I go
making friends where ever I go
entrance to the Jurassic park theme
entrance to the Jurassic park theme
The petting zoo! 
Jurassic Park t…
The petting zoo! Jurassic Park …
Cool tree house
Cool tree house
Snack shop tree
Snack shop tree
I didnt get to ride this one, but…
I didn't get to ride this one, bu…
Ahhhh, waterfalls!
Ahhhh, waterfalls!
My silly husband
My silly husband
Poseidons fury is upon you
Poseidon's fury is upon you
trying to get a free wish
trying to get a free wish
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