Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day one of our Orlando Vacation in Island of Adventure / Universal Studios.

We got up bright and early so we could beat the crowded lines at Universal Studios. First stop was Island of Adventure.

Since the Chief is a big Harry Potter fan we decided to go to that part of the park first. Even though we were there at 8:30 in the morning we still had to wait in line for one hour, and that was just to get in the Harry potter part of the park. As we were waiting in line we over heard the people behind us saying the line was eight hours long the night before. Once we got into the Harry Potter Park there were many things to see and do. We only saw two things in there. One of them was riding on the rollercoaster. The second was seeing the Hogwarts school. We waited in line for another hour to see that. I'm glad we did. It was worth the wait. The attention to detail was amazing. Just like the movies. We started walking through the castle and we passed the talking art work. They had the stair cases that didn't connect to give you the idea the stairs were moving. Then we passed the news paper with an article that moved. As we continued walking there bigger than life was Dumbledore, as real as could be. Then we came across Harry, Weasley and Armenia, talking about their adventures and the invisible cloak. Now we were ready to step on to the ride. Everything we just saw and heard lead up to us concluding the story on this amazing ride. It gave you a very real experience of flying, chasing, fighting and so much more. We were in the park for three and a half hours and only saw two things. It was so crowded and HOT, we decided to leave and put our express passes to work. We will try this park again in about three years when the hype dies down.
Dr Seuss is one of our favorite parts of the park. 
This is on top of the roof of the buildings.
The Chief and The Cisco Kid loves water rides. I stayed behind because I don't care for them, only because I don’t like feeling soggy all day. They came off that ride soaked, from head to toe.  
We did everything we wanted Islands of Adventure so now we were off to Universal Studios.  As we were walking over the band was playing.  We had to stop and enjoy some good music. 
Or first stop at Universal Studios was Twister.  The Cisco Kid loves to know all about Twisters.  This not only showed him all about tornados but the actually simulated one on this stage.  He Loved It!
We also enjoyed Jimmy Neutron, Disaster, The Simpsons, E.T. Curious George's Rollercoaster and water play area. After seeing everything we wanted, we decided to head back to the hotel and enjoy the cool refreshing pool.  
The Disney Hotels always have many activities going on throughout the day. Since we were at the park all day we were able to enjoy the evening activities. At 8:00 they showed an outdoor movie. The Princes and The Frog. At 9:30 there was a lighted boat show and at 10:00 the grand finally of fireworks. 
The boat show and the fireworks pictures were taken from our balcony.  We were so exhausted  from the heat and being at Universal all day, we went up to our room, got into our P.J's and relaxed.  We were so happy that we were able to see the lighted boat show and the fireworks from our balcony.  
Until tomorrow! The second day of our vacation.  Have a great evening.



  1. Looks like a lot of fun, and I'm so glad you were able to see some of Harry Potter....I want more details!! We went on Bluto's Barge too, and we also got soaked from head to toe, but it was pretty refreshing until we had to walk around in squishy shoes and socks. Love the pool, light show, and fireworks! It is awesome that you could see them from the hotel!

  2. That Harry Potter place looks amazing. It looks like you filled your day to the fullest. We haven't been to Disney for about 18 years. I'm sure it has changed tons.....

  3. Y'all packed a lot into the day! Looked great. I'm really enjoying your photos.



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