While visiting Orlando, Florida on our recent vacation, we wanted to spend a few days at theme parks but not every day of our trip. After spending our first day at Universal’s Island of Adventure® fighting the massive spring break crowds, we weren’t excited spend another day at a theme park. However, the next day at Universal Studios® ended up being a welcome relief. Though busy, it wasn’t nearly as busy as Island of Adventures. It also had a nice mix of rides and shows that gave us a chance to rest in between rushing from ride to ride.
In the early part of the day, the streets were open enough that characters came out in cars and vans to greet guests. It was fun to see Scooby Doo and Shaggy show up in their Mystery Machine.
With map in hand, we found the best way to see the park was to find the show times and plan the shows accordingly while going to the rides in between. This way, we were able to see all of the shows we wanted and get on the rides. We did purchase an express pass which helped get us through the lines quicker. However, I think the express pass was overpriced for what we received. They can only be used once at each attraction. For popular attractions like Revenge of the Mummy® and Despciable Me Minion Mayhem® the express pass made a difference of at least 30 minutes of wait time. For less popular attractions, the express pass was a waste of money.
Many of the rides at Universal Studios® are in 3D. While it is cool the first few rides, I found the 3D got old and annoying. When we finally went on the E.T. Adventure® toward the end of the day, I found myself enjoying the older technology on the ride through a very neat forest much more than the 3D videos in the simulators like The Simpson Ride®.
I do have to mention that Universal has done a fabulous job recreating the scenes from the Simpsons in Krustyland as well as capturing the magic of Dr. Seuss on Mulberry Street.
My favorite ride was Revenge of the Mummy® not just because it was a thrilling roller coaster but because it held an element of surprise.
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