Kiwi's Universal Orlando TR - 9/4

Kiwi's Universal Orlando TR - 9/4

Post by ImKiwi » Tue, 09 Sep 2003 01:02:12

Universal Orlando - Sept. 4th, 2003

     I got a late start to the day due to having a swim at my hotel and eating
lunch out, so I arrived at Universal at around 2:25. I have a two year annual,
so I didn't have to pay the $8 to park, and I quickly made my way to the
entrance of the Studios.
     My primary goal of this trip to Universal was to see the Shrek 4D movie
and to ride the Jimmy Neutron simulator, both of which had multi-hour waits
back in June. As I entered, I could already tell that the park was empty since
there was no wait to get through the turnstiles!
     As I entered the Shrek queue, they had just opened the preshow, so my wait
was only as long as it took to walk through the queue. I thought the show was
pretty good, but the preshow was better than the actual movie. I also noticed
quite a few good jabs at Disney and even Star Wars! I walked almost directly
into Jimmy Neutron next, which was just about the same as the Hannah-Barberra
simulator. They changed nothing about the building, and the movie still has the
same general storyline, only new Nickelodeon characters.
     I decided to go see how many times I could ride Men in Black : Alien
Attack, but got sidetracked by ET Adventure on the way. The ride stopped
briefly while I was in line, but the wait still wasn't more than 5 minutes.
Good as ever, but I wish they would get ET fixed to where he actually says the
names at the end. I haven't heard him speak clearly in five years or more.
     On to Men In Black, where I Used the single rider line to
bypass...everything! But it didn't matter since I didn't see another person in
the entire queue until I got to the loading area. I rode, then went through the
line again, not seeing anyone. After my second ride, I asked the person at
unload if I could cut back through somehow, so I cut through the baby swap area
and joined the line two more times. On my last ride through, I hit a new
personal record of 508,475, and decided to quit while I was ahead and headed
over to Islands of Adventure.
     Being about 4:30 at this point, I expected a lineup at the gate, but there
were only a few people in front of me. When I went in, I headed for Hulk since
I didn't get to ride it in June. I had just gotten in line when they started
playing the "Due to inclement weather, testing of the Gamma Sleds may be
suspended at any time" spiel or whatever it says. When I got one train away
from riding, one of the operators spieled that it was raining outside. Then
when I was boarding my train, she spieled that it was pouring outside and that
it would hurt! And sure enough, I was drenched when we came back to the
station. Plus the rain was like pins and needles on my face, so I couldn't keep
my eyes open during the ride. Without the benefit of seeing how high you are,
the coaster actually disappointed me for once. It didn't feel as great when my
eyes were closed as when they are open.
     So after the ride, I waited for probably 20 minutes at the exit for the
rain to let up. Once it went from "down pouring" to just plain "raining" I
decided to move on since it was probably gonna last for a while. I went up the
single rider line for Dr. Doom, and was immediately put on the ride. I didn't
see anyone else the entire time I was boarding, so I asked the guy if I was the
only one riding, and he said yes! He made the comment that I was the only
person in the entire park that wanted to ride Dr. Doom at that moment. So I had
two rides where I was the only one on either tower! I didn't even have to undo
my harness for the second ride. I thought it was really cool. For rides three
and four, others joined me, and then for ride five, I had to go out and change
to the other tower.
     After five rides, I moved on. I saw that Spiderman had a five minute wait,
and while it's not my favorite ride in the park, I figured I could wait five
minutes for it. Once I got up to the loading area, there were only six people
in front of me, so I asked the attendant if I could have my own ride vehicle,
and he said yes! At the last second, another guy tried to put people in my
vehicle, but the other guy told him not to, so I got to ride alone! hehe I even
pulled out my cell phone and called someone to tell them I was on by myself,
but their phone was off. It was too cool.
     After Spidey, I decided to catch Ripsaw Falls since I was already soaking
wet from the rain. Even with the queue completely open, it still took a l-o-n-g
time to get to the loading area. I think this queue is even longer than Dueling
Dragons. I had my own ride vehicle here too, and got drenched again, as I
remembered. It's a fun ride, but not one for every visit since you get so
soaked.
     Popeye was closed for rehab, but had it been open, I'd have definitely
taken a few spins since I absolutely love that ride! I decided to try and get
on Pteranadon Flyers since there seemed to only be a handful of people in the
park. Being by myself, I wouldn't have tried any other time. So I talked to
Renee', and said that this was the only coaster here that I hadn't ridden and
that I really wanted it for my coaster count. Once I said I needed it for my
count, she just said "Go on in and have fun" like those were the magic words
:-) There were only three cars of people in front of me, so it wasn't like I
was really taking up a space for a little kid. The ride was actually pretty
wild to be a coaster restricted for kids, so I had fun. It was at least better
than the Ghoster Coaster at King's Island.
     By this time it was almost 7:00, and thinking that the park closed at
8:00, I got in a ride on the Flying Unicorn. Once I got off, I heard them
announce that the park was closed. Aww man, if I had realized that it closed at
7:00, I'd have run for Dragons. Oh well, it's not like I hadn't ridden them
before. I walked back out through Lost Continent and Seuss Landing, and decided
to have dinner at Margaritaville before leaving. I had to be predictable and
get the Cheeseburger in Paradise :-) I also got a "1001 Questions from the
songs of Jimmy Buffett" book for a friend's birthday. After dinner, I made my
way back to the car and headed off to my hotel.
     I had a great day...my multiple rides on Men in Black and Dr. Doom, along
with the private ride vehicles on Spiderman Dr. Doom made for a really fun day.
Much better than in June when I didn't want to do anything since the waits were
too long. In June, I remember only doing Dragons once, Dr. Doom once, Cat in
the Hat once, then high tailing it to the Studios to finish out the day since
the crowds were so unbearable. I like September a lot more. :-)
     Thanks for reading!

-Julie
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