Well someone should like Fallon right? LolLol......another Jimmy Fallon fan.........there are a few!!!
You had such a good day........nice start and had plenty to fill your time in the parks! It is lovely being able to tour the parks in such a relaxing way.......and the RPR pool is lovely........
Nice update!!!!Day 3-Tuesday
Today started like yesterday, woke up before everyone else, made my coffee and then headed down to the Orchid Lounge for breakfast. The kids were excited to ride the water rides in IOA and we were trying to decide the best way to do it. My backpack was more of a cooler bag so space was limited and to try to bring a change of clothes just wouldn't fit. We finally decided to just wear our bathing suits, the boys had swim shirts that went with theirs and my daughter and I put tank tops and shorts over ours. When we got to IOA we first headed to Dr. Seuss land. I love that even though my kids are getting older they still enjoy the little kid stuff. They had a blast on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. We did all the rides in that section before moving on the the Jurassic Park area. I ended up buying the Coke Freestyle cups for us but for my family (except for me) it turned out not to be worth it to refill them daily. We didn't spend enough time in the parks for them to drink enough to get our monies worth. I enjoyed the ICEE's though!
We got in line for the Jurassic Park ride and I was a bit nervous because I was afraid it may be scary for my daughter. We went through the line quickly with the express pass and when we got on a woman was sitting in the same row as us so I asked her how scary the ride was and she definitely made me feel better about it. We all ended up loving it and went on again. After that we headed to Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls. We loved that one also. I forgot about the Popeye ride.
At that point we decided that since we were already in our bathing suits to check out the pool at Hard Rock. I had seriously considered staying there but being able to go visit was a big perk to staying on site so we took the water taxi over. It was a gorgeous day, great for spending time at the pool. We got to Hard Rock and had to wander around a bit before finding the pool. I liked the pool area there but it seemed like there were not as many umbrellas or covered areas as RP which is something my husband needs. Unfortunately the water slide was not working that day which was the main reason I wanted to go there. They had a singer/guitarist there which was really nice to listen to while in the pool, I liked the genre that he played so that made it nice. We didn't stay too long though, I think the kids liked our pool with all the beach balls better. We went back to the resort and got ready for dinner.
We decided on Toothsome as it had been on our list from when I first started looking into the trip. We got there around 5:30 and were sat right away. We saw the character that they have there downstairs but we were seated upstairs and he didn't make his way up. I think Toothsome is my new favorite restaurant. We ordered the chocolate almond bread for an app and it was so good. My husband and I both got chicken dishes, I don't remember the name of it. Then we were ready for dessert. The desserts were really unbelievable! My son got a milkshake which is his signature dessert. It came with a brownie on top that I think he only took a few bites out of. My daughter and I split a sundae called May Contain Nuts. I just loved the name of the dessert, I thought it was so fitting! It was peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter sauce, peanut butter pie, peanut brittle, and reece's pieces. It was good but I think it needed a bit more chocolate. My husband got something called a brookie, a brownie and a cookie combo. We were so full after that!
We ended the night going back into Universal Studios. This time we rode Men In Black and ET. The kids and I went on the Woody Woodpecker coaster and played for a little while in Fieval's play area. Before heading back to our room they went to Diagon Alley and did some of the spells there. They had a bit more luck with the spells in the evening.
We left as the park was closing and had to wait about 15-20 min for a boat back which I didn't think was bad at all considering it was closing time. My daughter was in awe at the fact that the boats run until 2 am from City Walk!
The pool there is just so wonderful! I was hoping that the kids would get to do some of the activities that I had read about online but that just didn't work out. We either were not at the pool at the right time and it rained pretty early most days. Hopefully next time!Nice update!!!!
So glad you all enjoyed Jurassic Park........fabulous ride! And glad your daughter loved it too......
RPR pool is our favourite out of them all........it is fun without being too raucous......or maybe I’m just getting old.....lol.......we like shade too when sitting by the pool.
You again, managed to do a lot in a day, it’s so lovely to hear you enjoy the parks and RP so much........
I loved that part, it was the Dementors that got me!Glad you enjoyed FJ! I still get nervous when I first get on the ride! I still really don't like the part where you are laying on your back almost upside down!
I've still to see the castle light show but hear it's lovely. Yes- I need to find out the best vantage point too!
I will have to look into Club Level more when we go back. We love to go out to eat and City Walk has so many restaurants that we loved so it may not be worth it in that respect but for breakfast and waters we would definitely use it. I wish there was a better dining plan option that would have worked for our needs. It was just hard seeing the bill for so many out to eat restaurants every day. I know it was vacation but I had already extended our budget by changing over to RP so I was trying to be a little bit careful with our food choices.Islands Breakfast is lovely.....but if your daughter only ate a few bites, definitely not worth it.
Club Level is good value if you take advantage of it to the fullest. Breakfast can be decent. Lunch snacks aren't worth coming back for and if you use the lounge evening offerings as an early dinner the way some people do, it'll be worth it. Of course depending on when the park closes and how much you want to leave the park to eat. We don`t use it for food. we do occasionally nibble and we do enjoy the wine.....but as we go so often and for longer periods of time we don`t have to concentrate on making the most of the parks during our time there.
All things to consider.
The pool is a nice pool to be in and around...….shame you missed out on the activities...….I once won an adult beverage doing something......have no clue what it was but the drink was lovely...……
Shame you didn't get to see the new show in the Studios. people are rude...….I was at the front where we were standing and a girl of around 16 or so tried to knock me out of the way to get to where I was standing......that wasn't happening...……
And glad you enjoyed FJ...….it is a fabulous ride...….you can just walk through the EP line and stop wherever you feel like to see everything the line has to offer......we do that now and again and just let folks walk pass...…...but it is such a good ride!!!
Loving reading about your trip...…..
Yes, it’s not always “worth” it for some.I will have to look into Club Level more when we go back. We love to go out to eat and City Walk has so many restaurants that we loved so it may not be worth it in that respect but for breakfast and waters we would definitely use it. I wish there was a better dining plan option that would have worked for our needs. It was just hard seeing the bill for so many out to eat restaurants every day. I know it was vacation but I had already extended our budget by changing over to RP so I was trying to be a little bit careful with our food choices.
Lovely day again........Day 5-Thursday
We started this day back in the Orchid Lounge. After breakfast we got ready to go back to the pool. It was a beautiful morning we had a great shady spot by the pool and we were having a wonderful time. For lunch we decided to try the nachos as this was something on our list of things to do. They were so good!! I cannot wait to go back and have them again. No one was all that hungry though so of course we didn't finish them. While we were eating them a duck wandered over hoping to get a taste! I felt like I was at home with my dog, he just came right up next to me. I guess he eventually lost interest. We did get to stay in a the pool a little longer before the storm came. We followed our usual routine of getting ready for the parks while it was raining. I have to say that it rained every day that we were there as expected but somehow we barely felt a raindrop! We just always lucked out to somehow manage to avoid the heavy downpours.
We had done the majority of the things we wanted to see in the parks so we were just finishing up some rides that we hadn't done yet. We went on Transformers, it was ok, not my thing really but I didn't dislike it if that makes sense. Then we moved on to the Fast and Furious. I really loved the first movie and had seen some of the others. I thought the line for this was amazing and very nostaglic for the movie. But I didn't actually care for the actual ride. I'm glad we went on it but I don't know if I would do it again.
After that we went to City Walk to have dinner at Hard Rock. My son and I love music so he was really excited to eat here. I think we all got burgers here and the food was very good. Toward the end of our meal I asked the server if they ever play any music videos by my favorite band on the screens. I was thinking he would say no or that he didn't know who they were as they are not a "mainstream" band but I was shocked when he said yes and that he would put it in the rotation for me. He said it may take a half an hour and we were done eating by then. My husband said we should stay and wait but it didn't even take 10 mins for the video to come on. This totally made my night!! I jumped up and grabbed the phone from my daughter so that I could take a picture of the screen!! I'm sure if anyone was watching they would have thought I was crazy! I thanked the waiter and made sure we gave him a good tip!
After dinner my daughter wanted ice cream. It wasn't exactly easy to find. We finally asked someone we saw with cones where they got it and they told us to go to the Harry Potter section. There were some interesting flavors in there, I wasn't planning on getting anything. My kids are pretty predictable with ice cream. My son ordered hard chocolate and my daughter wanted soft. The girl working told her it had a vanilla base but we didn't exactly know what that meant until they served it to her. It was basically soft serve vanilla with a swirl of chocolate in it. I knew that wasn't what she wanted so I told her I would eat it and she could order the hard chocolate. After we ate our ice cream they did some more spells. Then my daughter wanted to look for her souvenier. She knew she wanted an ET plush so we went to the store in the beginning of Studios and she took forever hugging each different ET to see which one was the softest! I'm trying to enjoy every single moment like this as they are getting older. By then the park was closing so we took the water taxi back and relaxed in the room before going to sleep. Our trip was getting closer to the end.
Well, now I have to know which band it was!After that we went to City Walk to have dinner at Hard Rock. My son and I love music so he was really excited to eat here. I think we all got burgers here and the food was very good. Toward the end of our meal I asked the server if they ever play any music videos by my favorite band on the screens. I was thinking he would say no or that he didn't know who they were as they are not a "mainstream" band but I was shocked when he said yes and that he would put it in the rotation for me. He said it may take a half an hour and we were done eating by then. My husband said we should stay and wait but it didn't even take 10 mins for the video to come on. This totally made my night!! I jumped up and grabbed the phone from my daughter so that I could take a picture of the screen!! I'm sure if anyone was watching they would have thought I was crazy! I thanked the waiter and made sure we gave him a good tip!