Day Twelve – Universal Studios (take two)

Day Twelve – Universal Studios

We were up early again to catch the shuttle over to Universal. Kate is not well and has gone back to bed and will meet us mid-morning. She has had a heavy cold since the start of our trip and she can’t shake it.
We got in a very long line for our bus. Although there are many ahead of us we did not wait long. Three buses pulled in at once. There is a family behind us  and the Grandmother (I assume she is) is worried that she has left her cell phone back in her room. She searched for 5 minutes and then told all with in ear shot that she had found her phone. She said ‘praise the lord Jesus Christ.’ He must be the god of telecommunications.

Wendy and I headed straight for Springfield where all the Simpsons characters and the various shops are featured. Really well done. I went into the Kwiki Mart and an Indian lady said ‘welcome to the Kwiki Mart,’ maybe Apu was sick?

We now headed back to Diagon Alley where all good wizards (and bad) go to buy their supplies for the coming school year (Harry Potter). We first went passed the triple-decker English style bus ‘the Knight Rider’ which features in one the the Potter films. The English driver lets me come over for a photo. I asked him if he wanted to talk cricket, he knew I was having a go at him but he came back with ‘no sooner talk about Quidditch.
A lot of the younger kids have talked their parents into buying them a wand from of course Ollivanders. The wands are pretty pricey but they are interactive. The kids can wander around to various locations and use the correct spell to make something happen at a statue or shop window. A lot of those kids are going to be disappointed when the get home and can’t change their T.V. channels with the said wands. It is good though to watch the young kids faces when they successful cast the right spell and something moves. I sat down and had a butter beer (root beer with ice-cream float).
I went and purchased a Slytherin watch. Not sure why really but it looks good. It sits nice and sinister on my wrist with my voodoo tattoo.

Next we lined up for the Shrek 4D movie adventure. I still get a laugh out of donkey.

Kate has messaged us to say she should be with us at 10:30. We decide to meet at Krusty Burgers for a bite to eat. We sat out front until she arrived and then went and got our Krusty Burger and Duff beer and sat in Moe’s tavern to eat. I tried the love tester and scored a Casanova rating (the top rating I may add). Wendy was below that (Hot Tamale) and sorry Adam as Kate rated as a cold fish.
I got my Picture taken with Homer and Bart and an autograph if you don’t mind!

We headed back to Diagon Alley as Kate is looking for a necklace. It is after 12 and there are people everywhere. Just goes to show that getting to the park early makes the experience a little more comfortable. We also went for a walk down the creepy Knockturn Alley where all the bad dudes hang out.
It is now 1:30 and I am shopped out and lined out. Kate still wants to look at the NBA shop and me I head to the Hard Rock Cafe for a cool bud.


Day Eleven – Universal Studios

 Day Eleven – Universal Studios

We are up at 6:30 which I know sounds silly when you are on vacation. Reason for such an early rise is two fold. First being is that if you are staying at a Universal Resort (as we are) then you are allowed into the theme park at 7 A.M. being an hour before the gates officially open. The second reason is to help me out by avoiding the hottest part of the day.

I had a panic attack as we entered the park area. I am yet to buy a pass for the two theme parks and I can’t find my Travel Card (MasterCard). I had a few beers last night and I may have left the card at Margaritaville. It is the only card I have due to a problem with my Bendigo Bank MasterCard two days before we were to leave. If I have lost my Travel-card then I am in deep poop. After 5 minutes of checking and re-checking my bag I finally found it. What a relief. I purchased a two day pass and we were ready to see the sights.

We started our adventure at Jurassic Park. There was nobody waiting in line for the Jurassic Park River Tour. In fact we were the only people in our boat and we sat right up front. I know we are going to get pretty wet. It is a fun ride where different dinosaurs attack you and where we also get attacked by raptors in a very dark environment. We made a steady climb in darkness then plunged down a sleep slope and yep I was right as we got drenched.
We next headed to  Hogsmeade for a go on the Harry Potter simulator ride. Wendy went on this ride yesterday with Kate while I rested back at the resort. Kate said in was pretty scary and that Wendy missed the whole ride due to her eyes being closed! I have a point to prove and on I went with Kate. Piece of cake apart from the heart palpitations. Does your travel insurance cover you for heart attacks that are sustained while on a ride?

We next went into the Poseidon adventure which again was a lot of fun. Kate tells me that you can You Tube the rides we have had a crack at.
Outside again and we watched an incredible acrobatic troupe do their thing. I had a look at the time and it is only 12.15 but we have already been on the go for 5 hours.

We went back to the resort for a rest with plans to come back tonight to have dinner at Bubba Gumps where shrimp cooked in every possible way is the fare. The girls have planned to have a swim in one of the pools at the resort. It didn’t happen as we slept most of the arvo and then just watched T.V. It is very tiring having fun.