I had a night time delivery in Sarasota, Thursday nite, so I decided
to drop by Universal on my way home Friday. I was at Islands of
Adventure last Friday, and was ready to check out the movie park this
I arrived at the parking lot around 9:45 a.m and got up to the park
gate at 10:00. The first thing I noticed was the amount of people
already there. Too many, for a school day! It was pretty crowded, but
not unpleasantly overcrowded. It must be holiday abroad, because the
majority of the crowd were europeans, I would guess. Beautiful
females, scantily clad, speaking an unknown language, mixed with the
hot latina and floridian women, also scantily clad, makes for very
enjoyable eye candy as you walk around. I think I fell in love at
least 15 times throughout the day. You gotta love the south.
I entered Universal Studios and went to the right, I had no plan, I
just went that way. I passed TERMINATOR 2 and went to E.T. ADVENTURE.
I walked right on and this was basically PETER PAN ride with all the
E.T. stuff. I thought it was a nice quality ride, and I saw the first
of many "pre-shows" that kinda got annoying, to me, anyway. But the
ride was pretty long and fun, I like flying through the air, and you
get to see E.T.'s home planet. Nothing spectacular, but interesting.
Most people getting off E.T. headed east and missed the ZIDZONE, but
then again, there was not a whole lot of children today. It was mostly
young *** couples and groups. So, I was all alone in the Kidzone
when I rode WOODY WOODPECKER"S NUTHOUSE COASTER. This is an ok kiddie
coaster, a credit. I like the FLYING UNICORN in IOA better.
Next, I went to BACK TO THE FUTURE THE RIDE. The crowd was thickening,
but still everything was a walkon so far. The pre show was long and
boring. Something about Biff and the Dr., I dunno. I just wanted to
ride the thing. After the first pre show--you enter a small room with
the other 7 people you are gonna ride with, and watch another pre
show--yawn. Finally, the door opens and there is the DeLorean! I got
in the front seat and then asked the ride op, "Does this go pretty
fast? Should I take my baseball cap off?". She looked at me with a
blank stare and said "It doesn't go anywhere" ......deafening
silence...I feel like a complete idiot. I try to save face, by saying
"I thought it was like Spiderman and moved", and a sympathetic lady
next to me said "So did I", but, I still felt like Barny Fife.....and
it killed the thrill of the ride, because I realized it is a ride
where you just watch a movie and the car jerks abit at preprogrammed
times. I liked it though, but not as much. I can see how it was
groundbreaking years ago, but I still think SPIDERMAN is a much better
MEN IN BLACK was next and I used the single rider line and walked
right on. It was allright, it's fun to shoot stuff. I had the best
score on the front row, and our car beat the one we were playing
against, but we still were only mediocre and did not become agents, or
whatever. OK, so far I have ridden 4 rides and I am still waiting to
be blown away.
The closest thing was the next ride, JAWS. This was my favorite ride
in the park. I had a great hostess/captain that was into the ride and
made it fun and exciting. It was quite startling to the whole boat
when we passed the oil drums and the fire blew up--I mean it was an
intense heat you could feel in your face that was almost
uncomfortable. I mean that in a way as you wonder to yourself, is this
supposed to be this close and hot??! And then the smell of gas, after
all the deaths in parks this year, I could not help but think of
safety. I think it will always be this way. Don't get me wrong, it was
not dangerous, but I just never felt that kinda heat on a amu***t
park ride! And it makes you wonder. Anyhow, the boat goes through
various encounters with the shark and even though the shark looks
really, really fake, it is very fun and exciting. A must ride!
Next up, EARTHQUAKE. The pre show is horrible, only because it shows
clips from the god awful movie EartQuake, starring charlton heston.
The movie is so outdated and the earthquake effects look really cheesy
and lame, then you have to watch a pre-show that uses audience members
that shows how special effects work. Finally, you board the subway
train and experience the earthquake, which is pretty good. And you get
to see the set go back together as the train returns to the exit.
The line for BEETLEJUICE was too long, so I skipped it. I walked by
the future MUMMY ride and could not see anything on the progress. The
rumour is a March opening. I got in line for TWISTER, and waited about
20 minutes. The park seemed packed now and I was ready to go home. I
just don't like crowded parks anymore. It sucks waiting in line.
TWISTER was pretty good, there are two tornados in it. The first is
either a movie or CGI and looks badass coming at you, the second one
is just smoke that is shaped and swirled and is pathetic, but I don't
know what else they could do. It gets real windy and WET in there! It
I wanted to do JIMMY NEUTRON and SHREK 4D, but the lines were very
long so I headed out, I went by the TERMINATOR 2, and there were
letting people in, so I went for it. I ended up standing for at least
30 minutes in the pre show room. But, it was worth it because the 3-D
movie is pretty good and long, that's why you wait, I guess.
I wanted to check out the HORROR MAKEUP SHOW and I got lucky. One
minute to show time, so I grabbed a seat. I love horror movies and
this was a treat. Just the clips they show of various movies was good
enough, but it is also a comedy act with audience participation, and
lots of props. Very good show, not too short, not too long. After
that, I decided to stay and head over to IOA.
I wanted to check out POSEIDEN"S FURY.
The wait was about 20 minutes and the host was goofy and awful. I just
could not get into what he was talking about. Finally the walk through
the water tunnel--awesome trick-- and the show was, well weird. Again,
my attention span must be screwed, because I just could not get into a
movie projected on water screens. Cool? yes, but I wanted more from
such a huge building...I dunno.
I wanted to ride some coasters, but the park was packed, and it looked
like one train on HULK. Forget that. I'll come back another day. I
checked out HARD ROCK CAFE and left at 3:00 p.m.
Well, after two visits to the Universal complex and doing most of the
rides, I must admit I am pleased. Is it my favorite amu***t complex?
No, you can't beat Cedar Point..the coasters. Am I glad I got a two
year pass? Hell yea! I can't wait to come back. I do know to come
early and get your rides, because the place turns to shit after noon
(as in crowds). And I cannot wait to turn on my family members to this
park. I think both parks could be done in one day--on a light crowd
day, which I have not yet seen. But, if I had to choose only one to
take someone to, I would have to go with the Islands. But, I do think
both parks should be experienced.
Now, if I could only find where OLD TOWN is in Orlando..... where the
hell is that place?