I shared with you hubby’s awesome savings by getting us free tickets to Universal Studios with his Coke Rewards points. I don’t think I shared much about the actual excursion though. First off, I definitely realize we are not as young as we used to be because by the end of the day (or when we called it a day – it was well before closing time) we were whipped puppies. Maybe it was just that Florida heat? Nah, probably just us getting old.
We had decided that we were going to get there first thing in the morning when the park opened. We were thinking they probably opened around 8 so our plan was to leave before 8 so we could get to the park by eight. We had a little problem we had to go by the front desk of the hotel for before we left which put us leaving a little later than we wanted so by the time we got to the actual inside gates it was right at 9 AM which turns out was when the park opened so we were right on time.
I had never been to Universal, only Disney so I hadn’t realized until we got there that it seems they took a hint from Disney and split the park in two so that now it is Islands of Adventure and Universal side by side but both together aren’t as big as Six Flags over Georgia and they charge a WHOLE lot more and the hours they are open are shorter. I was a little perturbed by that. Maybe if we had researched it thoroughly beforehand we would have found out we would have enjoyed Islands of Adventure more than Universal. I just think for what they charge it doesn’t have nearly what I would have thought it did.
We did have to laugh because before we even got inside the gates, pretty much as soon as we got out of the parking garage, the first things we saw were T shirts from one of those Dr. Seuss books. They were marked Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3 and Thing 4. Hubby got a huge kick out of that since on here I refer to our daughters as #1, #2, and #3. Here is a picture of those adorable shirts:
First thing we came to was the 4D Shrek “ride”. It wasn’t really a ride so much as like a 3D with “benefits”. You know, water sprays from the headrests in front of you and puffs out of your headrest to make it more real. It was a cute little movie though. We ended up waiting in line about 30 or 40 minutes and I thought they were waiting for a group ahead of us but I think they really didn’t start anything until 10. We found out that lots of the little exhibits and stuff actually didn’t open until 11 and it was a Saturday!
We did the Twister adventure which was kind of cool too and rode the boats on the Jaws Amityville “tour”. Kind of cheesy but kids would probably like it. We opted not to do the Mummy on and went on to the Men in Black ride. This was the only actual “ride” other than the Jaws one that we “rode”. I really enjoyed it until right before the end it spins you around. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t “do” spinning rides. I love roller coasters but I can’t handle spinning in circles. Couple that with the fact that I have been have these inner ear issues and it wasn’t pretty. I was extremely dizzy and nauseous by the time we got off of it and then I felt very off kilter.
Neither of us had eaten breakfast so we decided to stop in one of the diners (I think it was called the International Diner) to eat lunch. It was already almost 1:30 I think. I got Chinese – Sweet n Sour chicken but since I don’t do rice I asked for the mixed veggies instead. The sweet n sour chicken was basically chicken tenders with sweet n sour sauce on the side and my veggies were scorched. Seriously scorched. They even smelled scorched, not just tasting that way. I ate a couple bites of it and it was horrible and I wasn’t about to complain there so we threw away most of mine. If I had been feeling so nauseous and dizzy I might have insisted on another order but I really didn’t feel like eating much anyway.
We decided after lunch not to do anymore rides, good thing cause I think the only thing left was some kind of “Simpson’s ride” or something. We decided to go in the Lucy tribute which I shared pics of in my Spin Cycle post on laughter this week. What I didn’t realize was that when you walked through the double glass partition where her dresses were you were in another shop and it was one of my other favorite “ladies”. It was Betty Boop. I mean EVERYTHING Betty Boop. Yall already know that Betty is my girl! I even got me a Betty Boop coffee cup (not that I needed another coffee cup). Here’s the pics of the cup and other stuff in the Betty store:
And Hubby got to have his picture taken outside Mel’s Diner:
After that we basically went through the shoppes looking for souvenirs for the kids. Hubby got to go in the NBA City which is actually a restaurant with a gift shop. One thing that was interesting was this statue. I can’t remember who it is of, but it was $15,000. Yes, you read that right…. FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! Hubby made a remark to the sales guy “Hey I bet yall sell a bunch of those!” To which he seriously replied that no, that was the ONLY one that was made and it hadn’t sold…. I wonder why?
Then while I was shopping hubby decided to wait for me on the bench outside:
“Run, hubby, run!” Yep, it was the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. I love the shoes. The shoes are not hubby’s. They are a prop. That was the first thing that two of our daughters asked when they saw the pictures “Why does dad have on those goofy shoes?” Then I had to point out the box of chocolates and suitcase on the bench with the “life is like a box of chocolates” and then they got it. By this time it was about 2:30 or so and I still wasn’t feeling well so we headed out. I think we had about seen everything worth seeing anyway. But since we didn’t pay to get in, it was a great day! Can’t beat free can you?