Universal Orlando™ has so many rides and shows that we could stay several days in this park. We were there two days and still did not ride all of the rides or see all of the shows, but because of the unlimited passes I discussed in my last post we were able to ride some attractions multiple times.
We did purchase the Universal Photo Connect Star Card. The cost of the card is $60, and there are several different packages to choose from. It includes all pictures with Characters and any of the rides with photo options. When you purchase the card it comes in a plastic card case with a lanyard. I thought the lanyard was a really nice detail! There are many places to take pictures and I thought it was very unique. We have some really cute pictures. I loved the ET pictures, and we took one on a couch with a shark!
Some attractions were not operating when we visited – Disaster® and BeattleJuice® where closed, but we were able to enjoy Men In Black, and learned some tricks to getting higher points (shoot the aliens in the windows)! We rode the Simpsons Ride®, a flight simulator, several times with our unlimited passes, but I still miss the Back to the Future ride that used to be here.
We saw Twister..Ride it Out®. This attraction is a little outdated, but, we were in the front row and saw the cow fly – really up close! Another slightly outdated attraction we rode was E.T. Adventure®. We helped E.T. save his planet. Both of these attractions could use some updating and refurbishment.
We skipped the Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone®. The Universal Superstar Parade® was fun and full of characters. We liked the Despicable Me® characters the best. There was also Sponge Bob®, Dora, and several others. The parade is not as elaborate as any of the parades at Walt Disney World® but fun to watch anyway.
After two days at Universal Orlando™, there are still many more things to do and see. The real fun will come when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter® expansion is finished this summer. Wow, it is really going to be fabulous to see and ride the new rides and the train. Also, to shop like you were walking into the movie set. It looks to be a very large area with many buildings. They have incorporated this area into the other parts of the park well. It is going to look and feel like the movie. It is amazing what technology can build now.
In conclusion, Universal Orlando™ is expected to be really crowded soon with it‘s new expansion! It is wonderful to go there for a change of pace – but I think Walt Disney World® will always be my first love!