Godfrey’s Islands of Adventure
As I sit by the pool nearing 11 pm I am in awe of my kids stamina and at the same time acutely aware of my dwindling stamina. You see, right now we are still in vacation mode, so to me vacation means relaxing, to our family vacation means water and lots of it. We have been in our townhouse for two days, and day one they spent about 5 hours in the pool, in between shopping trips. That included a late night pool movie feature. Today we spent the whole day at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. We arrived at the park at 9:15 and left at 6:30. I wanted to stay until 9 pm, so that we could get our moneys worth, but I got out-voted by a bunch of endless energy munchkins that wanted to get a couple of hours in the pool before it closed at 11.
Now, my intent was to stay at the park from open to close, but to be honest, after about 6 hours I was spent. My feet hurt, my back hurt, my sunburns hurt and my wallet hurt. The park is not a good place to eat on the cheap. By about 3 pm I was ready to roll, but the cheap skate in me made me push on. The same one that makes me eat all the left overs from everyone’s plate in any restaurant. We paid for it, we are going to eat it! However, despite my agony and because of my inner miser, I suggested one last Spiderman before we boogied. Immediately after that, we left dragging our tails in tow.
Here a couple of things we learned this time around about Islands of Adventure. Last time it was our favorite, and it was still very good.
1. If you arrive at open, you will do so with a throng of other cheap skates wanting to get every second out of that park for their money’s worth. Misers, in general are a grouchy creature, be aware of them and avoid them if possible.
2. By about 6 the lines really start to shorten, especially for the popular rides. As we were walking out, the Hulk, which was perennially a 40 minute wait was down to 10 minutes. All other rides seem to follow suit.
3. Our favorite rides, Spiderman, Hulk,Champion Dragons, and Harry Potter. Overall our number one must ride is probably Harry Potter. Now it pains me to say this because I have never read a Harry Potter book nor seen any of the movies. All I know about Potter is that he is a 30-year-old wizard posing as a pre-teen boy, and that may be inaccurate. That being said, the ride is phenomenal. It is very similar to Spiderman, but modernized. One of the neatest things they have done to combat the non-stop long lines filled with wizards and interesting looking folk, is to make the Castle an interesting feature in and of itself. The castle captures your attention so well that once you get in it, which takes some time, time flies by. In fact, you will get snowed on in the castle. How cool is that? And that’s still 20 minutes away from the ride.
All in all we are still heavily in vacation mode combating reality with every waking moment. Our waistlines are growing with the plethora of cheap junk food; our skin burns red from the hot sun; and our eyes are bloodshot from either a lack of vacation sleep or chlorine, one cannot be sure. However so far, I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I think it is time for a midnight dip.
The following video is a compilation of our day at Islands of adventure. There are some actual real-time ride videos taken by Tra and I on our iphones on some of the most harrowing rides. This my friends is dedication ; risking our phones for you pleasure. We hope you enjoy. Oh, and if you hear any screams, they are purely for your benefit.