Sunday, April 10, 2011

Universal Studios - Day 1 (photo heavy)

So our first theme park in our Orlando trip was not a Disney World park but Universal Studio's Florida.  I am a huge thrill junkie who loves big roller coasters we just had to check out the Universal Parks.

I have to admit this was one of the best days we had while in Orlando.  The weather was perfect, nice and sunny, and we had a great system that worked for touring the parks.  The best part was the fact the park was empty aside from groups of hoochie dressed cheerleaders running around the park (mini rant - why do 7 year old cheerleaders have to dress so relieving and why do parents let them?  I'm a mom of two boys so I clearly don't get it but all I know is that I'd NEVER let my kid walk around a public park dressed like that - at least put a t-shirt on until you are on stage end rant).

Our plan for touring the park was simple hit the big rides early and see the shows later.  Also we split up so that Tavish did not have to sit and wait for us adults to ride but that he could ride or see something with the set of adults who were not riding (Universal does have a switching off program but it's different than the Disney one - the non riding parent goes into a waiting room until the riding parent is finished the ride and then they switch off). What worked so well about our arrangement was that Nana and Papa got to do something fun with Tavish and Callen while Kyle and I were on a ride but then Kyle and I got to have some alone time with the boys while they were on a ride.

I'll post our touring plans later but we had a great time but by 5pm we were ready to get some food (Pastamore in the CityWalk) and head back to our hotel to get ready for our early Disney day.

 Callen waiting in line to get into the park
Tavish had so much fun walking around the plants 
 Okay maybe Kyle was more excited to see Homer than Tavish
 Please don't let the clown eat me
 Waiting for Nana and Papa - MIB ride in the back ground (I was the all time champ at this game)
 Rip Ride Rocket - So much fun
 Tavish had so much fun in Fievel's Playland
 Don't get wet
The animal actors show was a huge hit 
 Tavish was very focused
 Callen was more interested in something else
 "Who stole my bra?"
 Cute dog from MIB
 Tavish looking a bit tired now
Time to go home


  1. OH my goodness! You look like you had a great time! I Have been wanting to go there for SO long! I will get there sooner or later! Can't wait to see more!! I am your newest follower from the finding new friends blog hop over the weekend. I am one of the hosts! Stopping by to say hi. Sorry for the delay in following I was out with the flu all weekend!! Hope to see ya on all my blogs :)

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  4. Looks like you had a fantastic time! Thanks for stopping by Finding New Friends Blog Hop - I'm following back;-)

  5. Thanks ladies. I can't wait to post both awards. What a good day. I have to do this when the boys are sleeping ;)