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Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

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About Universal, from the website – Universal Orlando Resort has created some of the world?s most innovative theme park attractions based on pop culture?s most compelling films and stories. Guests experience two exciting theme parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure as well as Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre restaurant, shopping and nighttime entertainment complex; and three magnificently themed on-site Loews hotels – the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Flagship experiences featured in the theme parks include ?The Simpsons Ride,? ?Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride,? ?The Incredible Hulk Coaster? and ?The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.? More information is available at www.universalorlando.com.

Our group spent a wonderful day park hopping at Universal last week. Islands of Adventure, the Studio, and City Walk were amazing. Sadly we found ourselves unexpectedly cameraless so we don’t have as many photos of our own as we usually do. Bummer!

The weather itself was disappointing, dreary and overcast. We started late so we kept moving. We opted for a Meal Deal, Eat All Day Long deal for $24.00 plus tax per adult then added souvenir cups for a couple of dollars more and an entree later in the evening at one of City Walk’s clubs and restaurants another plus $6.00. The food was good–pizza, chicken, burgers, dogs, salads, pasta, Chinese–something for anyone and everyone. There were desserts too like jello, bundt cake, and chocolate mousse. Lines remained short throughout the day so we did not feel any need to upgrade to VIP passes which with peak traffic can save time.

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Now I myself have never been to Islands Of Adventure before although I always wanted to go to see its world of make believe and magic. I loved it. I loved it enough to plan to go again next trip hopefully.

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Marvel Super Hero Island was roller coaster heaven with Doctor Doom’s Fearfall and Incredible Hulk Coaster. There were other attractions as well but we had a lot to do since the parks close early this time of year (6:00 P. M.). Toon Lagoon was so inviting but the chill in the air kept us off both Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls and Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges.

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Besides the kid in me was begging to go to Jurassic Park. The Pteranodon Flyers looked neat. Jurassic Park River Adventure, the best. Coming face to face with a t-rex at the end was a scream, actually many screams. Then we moved on to The Lost Continent. While my middle son ET and his significant other were looping and twisting on Dueling Dragons, I checked out and took some pictures of the Hogwarts set being built nearby. The new Harry Potter attraction is scheduled to open summer 2010. I can hardly wait.

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We stopped at Seuss Landing. This area is a park in itself for little kids. The Cat in the Hat, the Caro-Seuss-el, the High in the Sky Trolley Train Ride, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish looked just like they came out of the pages of the books. The laughter and glee of the children on them was contagious. Best themed children’s place I have ever been through, honest.

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With less than three hours to closing, it was time for Universal Studios Orlando. Our young adults had to try out the amazing roller coaster attractions there. Direct non-stop and on to Hollywood Rip Tide Rockit then Revenge of the Mummy for some real thrills. When time marches on, reality can disappoint. Hubby kept complaining King Kong was gone. I agreed. He was like an old friend, one grown up with.

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Everyone decided that Disaster! was the one thing we must experience. It is described as a harrowing and hilarious trip into the world of disaster movies. Imagine when both ET and myself were cast in two of the roles. We laughed as much as the audience did watching us later on film.? On to revamped World Expo. Back to the Future is Gone, replaced by the Simpsons. We were queued into Men in Black Alien Attack immediately. It was a real blast zapping aliens after MIB agent training.

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We closed out time at the Studio in Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone. Its design incorporating Following Curious George’s footsteps, riding a Nuthouse Coaster through Woody Woodpecker’s factory, and getting to experience unique Fievel’s Playground were “wow” moments for the young. Lest not to forget the young at heart accompanying, the classic E. T. Adventure is still up and running. It made me remember back when….

As the park was closing, it was time for dinner and nightlife. We dined at Pat O’Brien’s. Its Happy Hour 2 for 1 specials were quite tempting. We checked out some clubs and stores. The Billabong Surf Shop proved to be ET’s undoing. Shirt for Dad, jacket for me, an assortment for his Jewel, and some more clothes for the clothes horse (him). $$$$$. It was time to go.

All in all, the $94.00 price of one day, two park tickets is still well spent. The best thing about this particular Universal complex is that it truly is very handicapped sensitive. Parking, rides, and attractions are accessible. Guides are friendly and helpful. The worst thing is the $14 parking fee we had to pay. It still seems excessive. To me that that price should be built into the ticket; however, others may see things differently.

Learn more about Universal Studios Orlando by visiting http://www.universalorlando.com.

Admission to the attraction featured in this review was provided for the sole purpose of review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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