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Old 05-30-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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First timer's Solo Mission Trip Observations

Hey everyone. I don't have the time to do a whole long TR, although I have the pics to, but I wanted to check in and write about my recent trip. Some background first: I'm an 18yo (straight out of my first year at USC in LA) working at WDW this summer (blog in my signature). So I decided that since I'll be in Florida for the summer, I'd treat myself to a couple days at Unviersal by myself. Here's the only pic of me from this trip because I'm not a Myspace pic expert at all! The frozen butterbeer was delicious btw.


Basically, I stayed at a nearby cheap hotel (hey I'm a poor college student!) and got 2 day base tickets, which turned out to be definitely enough (I'm used to going all day at DLR).

Some trip observations first, then pics!

USO (5/29):
-Visited 24 attractions in total over the 12 hours I was there (9-9). I used the SR line twice at Mummy, twice at MIB, and once at HRRR. My favorite ride was definitely Mummy. Loved it!

-The Horror Makeup Show was a hoot! Definitely the unexpected hit of the trip.

-I auditioned and made the 5:00 Fear Factor Live! It was a lot of fun. I won the first challenge (hanging from a bar suspended in the air with fans blowing at you) barely. Unfortunately, my partner and I lost at the eel/beanbag/octopus challenge, so we couldn't move on to the finale. It was still a super fun time and great opportunity!

-Loved the theming of the lines for Mummy and ET. Actually, I really liked ET. Kinda like a Peter Pan on steroids.

-Didn't wait more than 20 minutes for anything. Considering it was a holiday weekend, I'd say that's pretty good. I was expecting larger crowds though.

-Didn't really like the layout of the park. The lake in the middle was slightly annoying when I wanted to get from one side to the other but had to go around. Oh well, I got my exercise in. Very minor complaint.

IoA 5/30:
-Visited 29 attractions in the 10 hours that I was there (9-7). Used SR 3 times for FJ and twice for Spiderman. My favorite ride BY FAR was the Forbidden Journey. Wow! IoA really has something great with this thing.

-Crowds were nowhere to be seen. Longest line I saw all day was a 30 min line for FJ. Most rides were 5-10 or even walk-ons. I rode FJ 5 times. Spiderman, Hulk and both dragons 3x each. Everything else once or twice.

-IoA sure likes its water...Popeye was DRENCHING! Dudley-Do-Right was also super soaking, even riding in the back both times. Jurassic Park also got me pretty wet. But also water was used in FJ, Spiderman, One Fish Two Fish, Sinbad, etc. Yikes! Good thing it was a relatively warm day.

-Poseidon's Fury was closed all day, which was a disappointment because I just wanted to check it out.

-The technology that FJ and Spiderman use with the screens is so cool!

-I was planning on staying until 9, but I had ridden everything that I wanted (and a lot more than I had planned on), so I left early.

Overall:
-Felt like the ride wait estimators weren't all that accurate (both overestimating and underestimating, mostly underestimating though).

-Universal has Child Swap down! It's very efficient and easy to do here. That seemed different from Disney.

-Although it wasn't a busy couple of days, the Express Pass things would be a great help on busy days because almost every ride and show has this option. Granted, it's not free like Disney's, but they do cut down your wait time a ton! I just felt bad for the people that wasted their money on EP for non-crowded days.

-Hulk felt a little rough, but the dragons were running great! I loved the interaction between the two dragons. Great footchoppers at some points.

Now onto the pics!
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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These were the crowds during the first couple hours of operation.


Most of the day, that was how long the total line was. MIB...an addicting ride, although a bit random on the points. Not sure how to get better?


Obviously I don't have any pics from the show because I didn't know anybody in the audience, but one of my fellow contestants took a pic of all 6 of us contestants and should be emailing it to me soon! Overall, a lot of fun!




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Old 05-30-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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Frog Choir was a lot of fun!


Sinbad. Not bad, but not that enthralling.






Finish with some Dragon's Challenge pics. It's just so photogenic!








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Great report and pics! Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.
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Thank you for the report and the pics!
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Thanks so much for your report! How cool to have such short wait times! Must have felt like you had the parks to yourself. How did it feel touring alone? (I'm looking to do a solo trip next spring...).

The pix are great!! Thanks so much.
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Love your report and pics!
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:41 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing!! Great stuff!

On a side note - checked out your blog too. You will have a BLAST on the College Program! I did it my sophomore year while at LSU - in 1990 - (yeah...I'm old... ) Then, I worked there full time after I graduated. So much fun and so many great memories.
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Thanks so much for your report! How cool to have such short wait times! Must have felt like you had the parks to yourself. How did it feel touring alone? (I'm looking to do a solo trip next spring...).

The pix are great!! Thanks so much.
Touring alone was great because I could do it at my own pace. One really nice thing is that Universal and IoA both have lots of rides with Single Rider lines. The Harry Potter one, you can be on and off the ride in 15-20 min.
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Thanks for the great report!!! I'm really looking forward to going on Dragon Challenge!

I'm also a huge fan of Fear Factor, so can't wait to watch the live show!
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Thanks for sharing your trip. Glad to here it wasn't crowded and that you enjoyed it.
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Cool Us/ioa

Great pics and great report. Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to go even more now.
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Fantastic! We're for sure visiting US Hollywood when HP "land" is complete there, I wonder how it will compare *the whole park* we've never visited a US anywhere.
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Fantastic! We're for sure visiting US Hollywood when HP "land" is complete there, I wonder how it will compare *the whole park* we've never visited a US anywhere.
So I've lived in CA my whole life and now I go to school in Los Angeles, and I've never been to USH! It just looks really small and not too many things to do. I would like to go at least once. I'd especially like to go do the Studio Tour because, unlike its Florida counterpart, the Hollywood park is actually a working studio, not just a theme park. I might just wait, though, until the HP land comes out here...although I hear the new Transfomers ride is pretty legit.
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