Skip to main content

20 August 2017

Day 14 - Universal Studios

Back to the concrete jungle

Last day of our Universal Studios pass

I can't bring myself to fully like Universal Studios. I can't put my finger on it really as the rides are absolutely world class but there's a general vibe I don't like about it and if it wasn't for the kids i'd skip the place every time.

It's hot, it's crowded, it's loud, it's garish, oh.....I guess I CAN put my finger on it, haha,

Anyway, we do have a good day riding everything we have missed on the first day and then some:

Harry Potter and The Escape From Gringotts (amazingly good fun)
E.T (feels very dated but always good fun)
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit (vertical start rollercoaster - twice!)
Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon (4D simulator in a big theatre with a huge screen. Very impressive)
Skull Island (a new ride based on King Kong, totally new ride through experience which was really good too)
Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey
Dragon Challenge
The Incredible Hulk to finish which the boys rode in the dark and we sat out.

Wow! Looking at that list we did it all.

That picture of Josh at that fire hydrant you can see below is something I always have to take as I have a video of him playing with that in his nappy. I'll dig that out when I get home and add it to the other photos I have of it. It is CRAZY to see him this grown up :-(

The park closed at 9pm so we took the car to Best Buy where I bought a fitbit tracket (gotta get back to the gym somehow and looking for inspiration) and then onwards to a rough part of town at a Walmart. There's all sorts of undesirables here at this time of night (not a great area to be in after dark. Cue Mum freaking out) so we quickly grab what we need (a mini screwdriver set and a watch battery - total cost $4) to fix Jack's own fitness tracker and we're out of there and heading to an 'Epic McDonalds' for a cheap meal. This particular McD's has a play area, an arcade, a dessert counter and has items on the menu like pasta and pizza. Joanne left half her pasta meal so that tells the story of that little experiment ;-)

Back down the I4 to Disney and we're in bed at 2am.

A hectic hot one but we completed what we set out to achieve and completed Universal. We now have one week in the best theme park in the world....Walt Disney World.

Sorry if this is sounding rushed by the way. It's 9am and i'm sat by the Polynesian Pool at 9am on a Sunday catching up on all the days i've missed. The 3 J's are in bed but I can never seem to get past 7am. That's a problem at home but when i'm sat looking out over Magic Kingdom listening to Hawaiian music, well I don't have much (in fact, I have nothing) to complain about :-)



Write comments...
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Dave Lancaster · 20/08/2017
    I'm not letting you get away with this one without telling me what music you rode Rip-Ride Rockit listening to! We rode twice, because we had 2 tunes in mind, so had to try it with both - Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart and Evanescence's Bring Me To Life (I wanted to do a 3rd to catch Finger Eleven's Paralyzer, but Toni was fed-up waiting!). So what did you choose, Dene?
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Dene · 20/08/2017
      @Dave Lancaster Nope. You caught me out. Came all this way and sat it out, just the boys went on. I'd done too many queasy 4D stuff and didn't fancy it. Remind me to show you video of that last time I rode it ;-)

27 August 2017

Day 23 - Last Disney Day
Please can we live here?

25 August 2017

Day 19 - Parasailing and La Nouba

24 August 2017

Day 18 - Typhoon Lagoon
Water Park

22 August 2017

Day 17 - Hollywood Studios
Late Lunch

20 August 2017

Day 16 - Pool morning and EPCOT
Dinner in EPCOT

20 August 2017

Day 15 - Rest Day
Cinema, Shopping, Pool

20 August 2017

Day 14 - Universal Studios
Back to the concrete jungle

20 August 2017

Day 13 - Parasailing (not!) and Hollywood Studios
Storms halt play

18 August 2017

Day 12 - Magic Kingdom and EPCOT
Hot hot and!

15 August 2017

Day 11 - Discovery Cove

14 August 2017

Day 10 - Pool and EPCOT
Totally relaxing and brilliant

13 August 2017

Day 9 - No Parks!
Day off and Disney Springs

12 August 2017

Day 8 - Volcano Bay
Worst theme park ever

11 August 2017

Day 7 - Resting (Part 2)
Pool and Magic Kingdom

11 August 2017

Day 6 - Resting
Pool and EPCOT food

09 August 2017

Day 5 - Three Parks, One Day
Avatars and Water Parks

08 August 2017

Day 4 - Shopping & Magic Kingdom
Slowing it down a little...

07 August 2017

Day 3 - EPCOT & Disney Springs
Still full speed....

06 August 2017

Day 2 - Magic Kingdom and EPCOT
Disney Time....

05 August 2017

Day 1 - Universal Studios
Up and running....

05 August 2017

Off we Orlando.....
What a palaver

30 June 2017

2017 Countdown Chart
5 weeks to go...