Day Five: Orlando, Part Two
I didn't think my day could get any better after hang gliding at the Wallaby Ranch, until my husband and I went to Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure.
It was a perfect, sunny day with temperatures over 75 degrees.
We started out at Universal Studios and walked immediately to the back of the park around 9:30 a.m. We figured if we started at the back of the park, the lines wouldn't be nearly as long and we were right.
We got right on The Simpsons Ride without having to wait. From there, we went to the Men in Black Alien Attack ride which was also located in the World Expo section of the park.
Since we were on a roll, we continued on in the back of the park to the New York section to ride Revenge of the Mummy. We also rode Disaster which was located in San Francisco. To top it off, we went to the E.T. Adventure in Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone.
Right before lunch, we rode the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit which was like riding Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. It was a rough ride and all I could think was I'm glad we rode it before lunch and not after.
Lunch was a nice break in the day.
We stopped at an Irish-themed restaurant called Finnegan's Bar and Grill. It was average, but we were so hungry and thirsty it felt like we were eating filet mignon and drinking martinis.
The second half of our day, we watched back-to-back shows (we were still spinning from the Rip Ride). The first show was Terminator 2 which was a 3D delight. Afterward, we went to a Horror Make-Up Show. The cool air inside the theater made it worthwhile to sit through the show.
Since it was getting late in the afternoon, we decided to hit Islands of Adventure. Again, we timed it perfectly. It was 3 p.m. and it felt like the place was clearing out. We headed right to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride which was spectacular. We didn't even wait for the ride, which is the best I went on the entire day.
We ended the day by riding The Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride.
At about 5:30 p.m., we ran out of energy. We also wanted to beat the crowd that would be leaving at closing time (7 p.m.) so we decided to leave.
Looking back, it would have been nice to do the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios on separate days. I think there is just too much to see to limit it to one day. My husband and I don't have kids and we could only see so much rushing through the parks.
I think we would have enjoyed it more if we took the time and made a two-day adventure out of it.
Either way, I'm glad we had such a jam-packed fun day.
-Theresa Neuhoff Audia