UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE:Even though this is vacation we were up early and out the door by 8:30 so that we could get to the parks as close to opening time as possible. When we opened the front door to get into the van, we were greeted by these two guys. We had some extra bread that we tossed their way and we were off for our first day. The plan was to start over in Islands of Adventure and finish by taking the Hogwarts Express to the Universal Studios side and check out Diagon Alley!
|Wearing his new Harry Potter shirt for our visit to Hogwarts!|
|Ready for Marvel Super Hero Island!|
|GG and Omi are ready to go!|
|Let's get this party started!|
|Uncle Dave ready and rocking his fanny!|
Our first order of business was to head over to Hogwarts! We wanted to make sure we hit up the castle before it got too busy. We were able to get right on and the ones who stayed behind were able to ride the Hippogriff coaster a few times!
|One of Shaun's favorite rides in case you couldn't tell!|
|Uncle David is ready for the adventure!|
|But so fun!|
|Melissa's River Selfie!|
|We were super proud of Shaun for giving this one a shot! I don't think he'd ride it again, but he tried it!|
|Just a little wet!|
|Having a little more fun in Toon Lagoon with the comic strip captions!|
|Grandmas with Olive Oyl|
We then made our way over to Seuss Landing, a section that is meant more for Evan and Shaun (who are not as adventurous when it comes to rides)!
Then at last, what I have been waiting for most of all during this trip and the reason we purchased Park to Park tickets this time, it was time to ride the Hogwarts Express and head over to Kings Cross Station!
It was a lot of fun, but I could also see Charlie's point that the cost to add park to park just to ride the train might not have been worth it. I do think it was nice to have the flexibility to go back and forth this time instead of having to spend all our time on one side. I would do it again (assuming I could convince the Doc!)
|Waiting to ride the Seuss Train.|
|Waiting for the train!|
|The rest of us at the station!|
|The boys found some cool cars featured in the new Fast 7 movie!|
|It was a great day at Universal but we are tired and ready to go home!|
|First day at the parks = SUCCESS!|