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Infinitus/Universal Studios TripTips and Observations, more [Jul. 17th, 2010|11:33 am]
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Tips/observations for Universal Studios, day whatever: Islands of Adventure pt 3, Universal Studios pt 1:

-The Universal Studios park has more attractions that are my speed than Islands of Adventure does. I'm not into nausea-inducing plummeting rides or spinning rides, or rides that soak you, or roller coasters that look like they're designed by some mad scientist with a duelling scar and an eyepatch who will strap you in to the car and threaten to throw the switch unless you tell him where you've cached the plutonium. The Hulk Coaster, for example, has shells or something constructed over the frame so that the coaster actually howls as it travels; you can hear the howling (and the riders' screams) from the hotel. I made a point of standing on the bridge under which the Hulk Coaster passes, holding the railing quite firmly, and when the car zoomed beneath me, howling and rattling the bridge and sending hot misty air in my face, I think I wet myself a little. Standing on that bridge while the car goes under is probably my favorite thing in that park; I stood there for cycle after cycle. There's my thrill ride. And I'm stationary. Works for me.

Anyway, there's why I found more to do in Universal Studios. Shrek 4-D, Twister, Disaster, Jaws, Men In Black, Terminator 3-D...I think we'll get to the E.T. and Simpsons rides this afternoon.

-Frozen butterbeer is definitely the way to go. Butterbeer Slurpee.

-Did I not mention Cauldron Cakes? Like Ace of Cakes bit into a Hostess Cupcake and said, "Oh, we can do much better than this," and then did. Mmmmmmm.
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-Multi-rider tube rides are awesome, because you can have entire conversations shrieking at your pa [Jul. 14th, 2010|09:26 am]
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Tips/observations for Universal Studios, day 3: Wet 'n' Wild (not technically part of Universal's Park but so close that they offer discounted passes; good of them):

-Multi-rider tube rides are awesome, because you can have entire conversations shrieking at your partner, a la: "YOU DRAGGED ME ON THIS I HATE YOUUUUUUUU" "I DID NOT I HATE YOU TOOOOOOOOO" "WHEEEEEEEEEEE OH WAIT NO TELL ME WHEN IT'S OVER OH DEAR GOD"

-The wave pool is more fun when you abandon the ring float and just bodysurf. Ditto the lazy river, IMHO.

-When ending the speed slide Der Stuka, de-wedgie yourself before you stand up.
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Infinitus/Universal Studios TripTips and Observations, next bit [Jul. 13th, 2010|07:47 am]
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Tips/observations for Universal Studios, day 2: Islands of Adventure, pt 2

-Butterbeer is DELICIOUS. I had it unfrozen, [info]fabularasa had it frozen, and we both pronounced it fantastic. (Actually, she says the frozen one wipes the floor with any other food substance ever created.) I adored the creamy sweet topping and can't imagine it without. I would suggest drinking Butterbeer when you're in the mood for a milkshake and Pumpkin Juice when you want something more fruity and refreshing.

-Going to the Three Broomsticks at dinner time in the hopes of avoiding lines was a wise choice; there was no wait at all. The food was fine; [info]fabularasa recommends the fish and chips and I thought the shepherd's pie was decent, but the real draw is the atmosphere. What a remarkable recreation. You feel like you're on a film set; I expected to look at the next table and see Lupin in his ratty cardigan.

-The Cat in the Hat ride has turned Thing 1 and Thing 2 from deep-throated, sexy basso profundos to castrati. For shame.
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Infinitus/Universal Studios TripTips and Observations, with no real spoilers [Jul. 12th, 2010|07:17 am]
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Tips/observations for Universal Studios, day 1: Islands of Adventure, pt 1

-Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is one of those rides that makes me say, "AGAIN!" as soon as it's done. This may or may not be a good idea; the second time through the motion sickness hit me and I had to nix my plans of both Butterbeer and Duelling Dragons immediately after, and [info]fabularasa, who had had plenty of the ride after trip one, got to have the last laugh.

-Again, for HP and the FJ: if you are like me and wear loose, comfortable slides on your feet, either 1) take them off when they seat you and tuck them between your back and the seat, or 2) ask the attendants for some rubber bands so you can lasso your shoes on. (No, I'm serious, they have them and it works.) Taking your shoes off and leaving them in a locker at the start is, I'm told, a no-go because you aren't allowed to walk through the whole pre-show line barefoot. But I spent the first go-through holding my dangling feet at an acute angle so my shoes wouldn't slide off and be lost somewhere in the ride's depths.

-Pumpkin Juice is DELICIOUS. Omigod, a mouthful hits you with gentle cinnamon/ginger/allspice mix awash on a pumpkin mouthfeel, and then ends on an apple finish. I so wish I could take home a sixpack of this.

-You will thank me if you skip Flight of the Hippogriff. Seriously, it's too intense for little ones, like the beginning of a good rollercoaster ride, but it's like TWELVE SECONDS LONG. Who is this for?

-Leaving HP-land: you can get a surprisingly delicious chicken caesar salad at Circus McGurkus; they mix it up right when you order it and they cut up an actual hot fried boneless chicken breast and top your salad with it. Nice change from those prepackaged jobs you find too often.

-[info]fabularasa and I have decided that so far our favorite ride in the park (we haven't done many yet) is the High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. Seriously, I could just stay on that thing all day, looking at the view from above.

-Adults cannot go on the Pteranodon Flyers (another aerial view ride) at all unless they are accompanying a small child. So either bring a small child with you or create a nanny service on the spot, or don't bother.

More later!
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