I know. I know. I still feel dirty too.
However we went. I bought an AP ($99 v. $68 for one day). I went. I saw. We ate tons of food (abused the meal plan).
So here we go.
This park just sorta starts...no entry...no immersion. Worst of all it is so small...nothing is hidden away...its all visible from one end to another. Fun, but not impressive at all. Biggest irk...the sets were all so off in their scale...like...yuk!
Revenge of the Mummy
Wow. All I am going to say is what the hell was that? Are we in New York? How did we get to Egypt? Is this a mummie's tomb or a museum? What is happening on this ride? Why are we going backwards? Why did we stop again? Why is the ceiling on fire? What just happened? How did we end up in the unload station already?
All this and more flying through my head. Yeah. Basically when you take a lousy coaster and a lousy dark ride and mix them together...you still get a lousy ride.
Men In Black Alien Attack
Now here we have a winner!!! Wow. Cohesive story all the way through. Fun game play. Excellent queue line. I had fun...major fun on that ride. Probably the best ride in the whole resort, the best in USF for sure.
Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster
I needed the credit.
Not too bad actually. I think the pre-show was funnier due to the CMs accent. The show itself was ok...I think the rocking frolicking seats got old quick however.
Islands of Adventure
Now here we go. Entry...real entry. Immersion. Fun. Music. A nice way to start a park.
I found this park to be a total paradox. You had some parts that were excellent. Amazing. Top notch areas. Then you had other areas that just totally sucked. It was like 3 parts Animal Kingdom three parts Six Flags. Total lack of cohesiveness within the park.
The Incredible Hulk
I knew what to expect as far as the coaster...it wasn't impressive but the launch sure was fun. B&M built a good coaster...nothing earth shattering though.
However queueline? Horrid. Super Hero Island was one of those Six Flags areas...it reminded me of SFNE's DC Super Hero Land...just more famous.
The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
So what was all the big fuss about? I had to find out.
Let me say, yeah, this ride is fun. I enjoyed the 3-D sets, in ride effects, the flying up the building part of the ride was amazing...but I think the ride system wasn't totally used to it's advantage. I don't know how I would have improved it...I just didn't pull away from it that "WOW" that I was expecting.
Queue line: Horrid. It just said cheap. Maybe they wanted a comic book feel...but I can get that elsewhere. Such a bad line for such a good ride.
Fun little play area...but wow. Pteranadon Flyers...over an hour wait. I didn't want that credit that much.
Jurassic Park however was one of those Animal Kingdom areas. So well done...absolute paradox to its neighbor.
The Flying Unicorn.
Here we go again. Theme. Beautiful, immersive theme. Even this little kiddie coaster had a story if you read the signs in the queue. The station was amazing. I loved it! This mythical area of Lost Continent was my favorite place in either park.
Oh. My. God.
Minus the whole lack of a ceiling thing...this was one of the hands down best queue lines ever. Theme. Cohesion. Fantastic. I loved it. The morbid side in me loved it. It was my favorite area of either park.
I rode Ice Dragon. Let me just say...I've now found an inverted coaster that I like. Even moreso than Montu. I'm not an inverted coaster fan. But Ice ran fast, she ran smooth, and she didn't beat you up in anyway. She ended right where she needed to. FANTASTIC.
The Cat in the Hat
Fun dark ride, sure, but I just didn't find any use for the spinning myself...but thats just me.
Now we did Universal's meal plan. $25 we got a sit down dinner in City Walk and all we could eat in the two parks as far as quick serve. We abused it, wholeheartedly.
However, we ran into issues making dinner. We bought it, and were told 1 of the 4 restaurants was unavailable. Fine.
However when booking dinner we were told they were all closed due to a private function, but we could get into the pasta place. This pissed me off. I wouldn't have done it. We argued, called Guest Relations (what angered me was that they sold me this wristband without telling me everything was closed...in an effort to see it still they just left out key info) and on our way up just stopped at the dining window to see what the menu was...and were told the Latin restaurant was open too...ok...more of Universal's great communication.
So fine, we went there, basically to order food and take it home (we figured we did about $80 in food before the sit down). Yeah once again, not too much fun. Our waitress...SUCKED. One of the most abrasive personalities I've ever met. Basically...she was the most Caustic Wench ever...had she been alive in Salem Mass in the 1600s she would have be drowned and hit with rocks.
Sadly, I found that to be a big Universal thing...lousy CMs. Just no guest service, lousy posture...just lousy. Visibly wishing to be somewhere else...not good. Not impressed.
All in all makes me appreciate Disney so much more. I just never hope we get complacent and drop to Universal's level.