031707 part II
Okay. We got our passes, ate some italian food and took on the tram tour. It was now time to do my ride chores. I had never done Shrek 4-D or the new Mummy Coaster here on the west coast. Al suggested that since we were right there we should go over to Shrek.
Nick Splash Zone
There were so many funny little touches in this attraction. Hysterical pot shots at DCA too.
74 gift shops and 1 ride
Shrek Preshow The 3-D in this attraction is Digital 3-D and crystal clear. They over used the water effects for things like sneezing and water splashes. But, overall, it was very very good.
Okay. Now that that was out of the way the majority of our group wanted to go down the hill to the lower lot and try the Mummy coaster and ride Jurassic Park. There was a problem. There are no elevators to the lower lot, only escalators. In order for Crazylegs to get to the lower lot she would have to arrange for a special shuttle van to take her down. This kind of stunk because we didn't want to split the group up. Crazylegs graciously encouraged us thrill seekers to run down the hill to ride our two rides and we would meet up with them in time for the Waterworld show later. MonorailMan, DisneyJim, Chernabog, Dustysage, Andy and I traveled down the banks of escalators with CoasterMatt to the lower lot.
My GOD it takes forever to get down there.
If you look carefully you can still see the E.T. 20th anniversary sign on the Mummy show building.
We put our bags into the FREE (take that Disney) lockers and got in line for the Mummy Thrill Coaster. I had heard the absolute worst of this attraction.
Furthermore I had ridden the allegedly superior Florida version this past October. Lastly I was sad that E.T. was gon. I loved that ride. This poor ride did not have much going for it in my mind.
We got on quickly enough and passed through the small themed queue. The loading area was nice enough. We jumped on to the ride, front and second row, and journeyed into a murky tomb.
Something was wrong. None of the animatronic figures were working. We cruised into the launch show scene and a frozen Imothep stood above us and sentenced us to doom without moving.
one of the only working effect in the show scenes at the beginning of the ride
Frozen bad guy
AAAA THE ECLIPSE!
The ride ended and we were backed up waiting to disembark from our harrowing adventure. Hmm. We were a little disappointed about the animatronics so we rode again.
Still nothing. My opinion of the ride? No where near as bad as I anticipated. It was fun enough. I was surprised they would still run an attraction with major set pieces not running though. I would not wait for more than 15 minuted for that ride. It was fun, but pretty undercooked.
We retrieved our bags from the locker and, leaving Dusty and DisneyJim behind, we went over to ride Jurassic Park. I love this Boat ride. Then again, I love Boat rides. Ha ha, I said Love Boat.
Capt. Phoebus and Chernabog
Andy and MonorailMan
knocked of course
Raptors were out
a nice touch Too much fun.
We didn't even get wet either. Cool! It was time to head back up to the upper lot. We called the gang and told them we would meet them at the entrance to Waterworld for the 5:40 showing.
After all was said and done Crazylegs decided she would sit WW out and Dan joined her.
The rest of our group followed CoasterMatt into the arena where he tried to get us priority seating.
However, a group of employees had beaten us to the Priority section and we were told that our passes that we had were not good for the seating we were looking for. We just took soke seats that were available. The show was still good.
Show's over and the park is closed Once the Show let out the park was closed. Bummer that Universal closes so early, 6pm, on a Saturday. We left the park and trotted over to the Saddle house for some vittles.
We were seated outside right away. This was impressive for a large group.
Green Cornbread? Oh. St Patty's day
After dinner we decided to wander Citywalk.
Our group pic.
Al insisted we visit Sparky's and I was reminded of our good friend Pezz Lightyear.
It was now pretty cold and I was still dying for that wonderful coffee. While the others went to check out EB Games I hopped into line at Starbucks with DisneyJim, Capt. Phoebus and Andy.
I GOT MY COFFEE!!! and now life was complete.
This was a wonderful day spent with great friends. I really have to thank Crazylegs for putting it together. It is unfortunate that this day was borne from a tragedy. We were there to forget the anniversary of the accident that put Crazylegs in her chair to begin with. Although I had a great time I somehow wish that it never had to happen.
Fortunately Crazylegs is a fun, bright ray of sunshine who turns the negative into something positive for everyone. We all got together and hung out together. We all seemed to have a wonderful time too. Thanks to CoasterMatt for treating us like movie stars at his home park. And furthermore thank you Crazylegs for such a fun day and for your friendship.