Published: May 7th 2009April 15th 2009
This day was our trip to Universal Studios. We had to leave early as it was nearly an hour to drive to the Studios.
There are actually 2 theme parks in the same area: Universal Studios & the Islands of Adventure-your ticket does cover both parks.
We reached the Studios before 8 am, parked the car (you had to pay for parking as well!) & went inside the complex.
The first ride we went on, The Revenge of the Mummy (an indoor roller coaster) nearly put me off rides for the rest of the day - it was really scary. After that I chose fairly tame rides.
We then took the Jaws ride. You board a boat with a host & everything starts of fine, the next thing there are explosions, a shark sighting & then Jaws attacks (all very dramatic!).
We watched the Shrek 4D show which was very good. It included water being sprayed on your face & air blowing around your legs during the experience. Then we queued up to watch the making (with audience participation) of a disaster movie - the queue was long so it took us a while to get inside. To keep your mind of the length of the queue there were old movie props/sets which included wrecked planes & a mechanical Jaws.
For Lunch, the adults ate Turkey legs. Since they were so big & chunky, we just shared them per couple.
After lunch we watched the Fear Factor Live show. This is a show of dares where the players have to do or sorts of activities
(some really disgusting). One activity was that the players were strapped into a harness that held them from the ceiling
& the winner would be the person who could dangle up in mid air the longest. Another dare was drinking a mixture of all horrible ingredients including live bugs. Another activity saw a woman with her face enclosed in glass & they put in live scorpions.
Later on we decided to do the Jimmy Neutron experience which I expected to be tame, but it was not! - It was one of those 3-D
simulations where you were strapped into a chair - I felt a bit queasy afterwards, vowing not to do any more rides for the rest of the day.
After that we headed back to the main entrance to take some pictures & then we walked over to the Islands of Adventure.
We walked through the Park, seeing rides including the Incredible Hulk Coaster & various kids rides at Seuss Landing.
Next we saw the Lost Continent, which features some great structures & an experience called Poseidon's Fury.
We decided to take a ride on the Jurassic Park River Ride (boat on river) with Dinosaurs everywhere-it was good fun.
After that we walked past the Comic Strip & went through Marvel Super Hero Island. We ate dinner at Bubba Gump's Restaurant (which was just outside the park).