Thursday, March 6, 2014

Universal Studios - Universal Studios Florida

On Monday, January 13th, after spending a day resting at Fort Wilderness, we went to the second theme park at Universal Studios, simply called Universal Studios Florida.

I have to admit that this theme park didn't impress me as much as the Islands of Adventure did, but we still managed to have a fun time.  This was our first time visiting this park, so it was all new to us!

The first attraction that was a MUST for us was the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, found in Production Central.  Our whole family loves the Despicable Me movies, so we really enjoyed this ride!  Then we walked across the street and saw the Shrek 4-D show.  Later in the day, we took in two other attractions in Production Central:  The Transformers 3-D ride and the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket.  I admit that the Transformers ride was a bit much for me, but I'm sure the young boys loved it.  (It's really geared toward young boys and not so much middle-aged women!)  As for the Ripe Ride Rocket, that's a rollercoaster that I wasn't brave enough to ride, although the older boys enjoyed it immensely.

In New York, we rode on the Revenge of the Mummy ride, which was dark and spooky and... we all loved it!

The area of San Francisco was closed, so we missed out on the shows there.

In the World Expo, we rode on the Men in Black Alien Attack (several times!) where we got to shoot up the aliens, and we rode on The Simpsons ride, which was very fun!  We had a lot of fun exploring the town of Springfield where the Simpsons live!

Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone is designed for very young children, so there wasn't much to do there that caught our attention.  We did ride on the E.T. Adventure, but even the younger kids didn't care for it very much.

Something that was very cool in Hollywood was sitting through the Terminator 2: 3-D show.  This live action show as very impressive, and we all had a fun time watching that interactive special effect show.  The only other thing we did in Hollywood (besides getting pictures taken with Scooby-Doo) was walking through the tribute to Lucille Ball.  Steve and I got to see memorabilia from the world's most famous redhead.

We ended up leaving the park in the mid-afternoon after we had done everything we wanted to do, sometimes more than once. 

We had a three-day ticket to Universal Studios, so the next day, Tuesday, January 14th, we decided to spent a second day at the Islands of Adventure.  The kids took in more of their favorite spots there (mostly the Harry Potter section of the park), and then we called it quits.  We did seven days of theme parks (four at Disney and three at Universal), and by this point we were completely theme parked-out!