No jetlag so far!
We both rose at 7 without any problems and started out day with a
"homemade" in-room breakfast, which means we made some tea
and had the leftovers from the day before, including the "welcome"
At around 9am we
started our adventure. We went back to reception to exchange our
voucher for the free park tickets. (Special offer - they give you a
week long of park access if you stay with them.) After that we went
down to the water taxi docking station. It had just left when
we approached the station, so we decided to walk over to Islands of
Adventures. We had been told it was only a 10 minute walk - well, it
was less than that and very nice as well. Coming up the hotel
walkway there was NO line for the bag check and the line at the
turnstiles was short as well. Since we were not really used to the
heat by then we went through the stores to feel a little cooler.
| We had not been
to that show in a long time, so we used the Express line again
and went straight on. Loved the show! We then went on towards
Jurassic Park and stopped at the Burger Digs to have some
lunch. Tom decided on the Cheeseburger, while I tried the
Chicken Tenders - well, I like the ones at Disney better,
sorry Universal! After lunch we went back to the lost
continent to ride the Dueling Dragons. Nothing better than
riding a coaster on a full stomach! First we went for the
Ice-Dragon - goooood ride!!! Since the walk through the
Express line was short we went for the Fire-Dragon immediately
afterwards. Had lots of fun and went on it for a second time!
Makes 3 Dragon rides in about half an hour - not bad.
that we had to take a little break. We had not thought to be
able to ride that many rides in just such a short span of time
and we wanted to go see the fireworks in the Universal Studio
Park in the evening. So we walked back to the hotel and took a
a two hour break we got changed and were ready to go out again.
This time we took the water-taxi back to Universal City Walk
to have dinner at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co.
shared the Cajun Shrimp (left), but were too gready to take a
photo before a tasting, sorry. I had the Coconut Shrimp (middle)
and Tom decided on Shrimper's Heaven. Everything was just as
yummy as I remembered it from our last trip to California. After
such an enjoyable meal we strolled through City Walk and went
over to the Universal Studios Park. First we checked out the
large Studio Store - it is always such a pleasure to walk
through such a large store and not being tempted to buy. Sorry
again, Universal. Let me get loose in any Disney store and I
will carry out a variety of their shopping bags, shock full!
Opposite the shop there is the Shrek ride, has Express, so we
went on that one. It is quite a nice thing, but once is more
than enough to ride it.
we went to ride the Mummy. Their Express line was so short,
that their wasn't one at all. Once we arrived at the loading
dock we were seated. Great ride, love the Mummy! We then went
on to stroll through the San Francisco and Amity parts of the
park, taking in the atmosphere.
||Next ride for
us was the Men in Black ride. Fun ride, it's just that I am
NOT very good at "zapping" the aliens. Our ride
vehicle lost, despite a little boy sitting next to us scoring
more than 120 000 points. While walking over to the New York
area we went past a fence where the new Simpsons ride is going
to be and Tom couldn't resist playing a little "baby
ball" with Homer.
walking past the flag display we discovered the Austrian one
and being "proud Austrians" we HAD to take a photo.
There was a lot of viewing area along the lagoon, so we
decided to stay there to watch the night show. There are
several huge "balls" "parked" in the
lagoon where they projected movies on to. They had music and a
little fireworks show to go with it. It
was a nice show, but we won't go back for a second viewing
this visit. Everyone was heading towards the exit after the
show and so were we. Since there was a long line for the water
taxi we decided to walk back and reached the hotel with only
one water taxi passing us by while walking. We were both SO
tired, so we just fell into bed.