Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
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We got picked up at our hotel by the bus that we thought was taking us to Universal Studios. In the end this bus was just the transportation to the building that checked you and your tickets in so that you could re-board another bus that would then take you to Universal. We were the last ones to arrive at this 'Ticket Checking' building and the line-up was out the doors and into the street. Once we got to the front of that line, we were ushered back out to the parking lot to find the properly numbered bus. This line up was rather extensive as well, and the bus filled up and left leaving us to wait for another. It wasn't a long wait, and we were quite pleased in the end as our driver was terrific telling jokes and explaining everything from the Hollywood sign to which freeways we passed were used in which films and so on.
The highlight of Universal Studios for us was definitely The Mummy ride. This was a high-speed, forwards then backwards, twisting then turning, scream-out-loud kind of ride. If the line wasn't too busy once we were off, we simply jumped over the boundary rope and got right back in line again to get on and go for another wild ride. Some honorable mentions would be Jurassic Park, the Special Effects Show and the classic Back Draft Show. Unfortunately, on the tram ride a woman with a hat the size of King Kong sat in front of us so our view was altered.
Overall, we had a great day at Universal Studios! The weather was perfect! The line-ups were short! What more could we ask for???
A nice supper out at Coco's restaurant afterwards filled our bellies and put us to sleep - which was still much needed for our tired bodies.
We were up with the alarm the next morning and on our way to Disneyland! The gates were still closed when we got there, but there were plenty of people waiting with us to get in. It was there 50th anniversary this year and so the celebrations were all the more great. Trevor played the good husband and went on rides like "Winnie the Pooh" and "It's A Small World" - although he vehemently declared that he will never again go on "It's A Small World" ever again. We were really looking forward to going on Space Mountain, but the line-ups were so long for it all day, and when we finally were going to go on no matter what, they had it closed to look at some technical difficulties. We were told to come back in about 45 minutes. Let's see here. Roller Coaster. In the dark. High Speed. Technical Difficulties. 45 Minutes? I don't think so.
It's funny how the highlights for us both have changed over the years since we were here last. "Splash Mountain" was still a great ride - although it was a little chilly to be as wet as we were - and Indiana Jones was good as well, but the highlight for us was probably the Fantasia show at night. This was pretty amazing! We took in the parade as well as the fireworks before heading back to the hotel and going out for our last supper of our BIG TRIP. Can you believe it? One more sleep and we're home!
Hugs and Love,
Dana and Trevor.