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Universal Review April 28, 2008

Posted by clintcarter in Life.

It was a pretty sweet week in Orlando.  Our hotel was across from the entrance to Universal Studios Theme Park.  We purchased a week long pass, which was only $10 more than a one day pass, and visited the park 3 times.  We spent all day Monday there – which was quite draining – I must be getting old if theme park trips wear me out.  We went Tuesday night after the conference and Thursday afternoon after the conference.

The park is very similar to Six Flags except that most of the rides are visual thrills rather than normal coasters.  Which is cool the first time, but lacks ongoing interest for multiple visits.  For example, 2 summers ago I visited Cedar Point in Toledo, Ohio.  They have some of the best roller coasters in the world.  I rode the Millenium Force 3 times – and each time the 96 mph and the 300 foot drop was still breathtaking.  Somehow, falling through the air virtually doesn’t have the same intensity. 

Spiderman 3D was my favorite ride.  It simulates getting wrapped up in a superhero battle and does a good job of making you feel like you are there.  Shrek 4D, The Mummy, and Men in Black were also great experiences.  Posiedon’s Fury was a walkthrough that had some really impressive visual effects.  We stood in line for a test run of the new Simpson’s ride for over an hour – but it broke down and we didn’t get to try it.  Our visit went up a notch when we discovered the single rider lines with almost no wait time.

I highly recommend going to both theme parks (they are side by side).  The lay out is excellent – you can ride everything by walking the loop around each park.  You could probably get your fill of both parks in the same day and then spend the rest of the week at Disney World.



1. Patrick - April 30, 2008

I haven’t been to a Universal/Disney park in about a decade, but I do remember that last time I visited one I enjoyed the Universal parks more. Universal, Disney’s Epcot and Sea World make a complete Orlando experience.

Millennium Force is incredible. I remember riding it at night during their Halloween festivities. The 300 foot drop into manmade fog made it that much more awesome.

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