Day 4: We wished Jennie Happy Birthday, put our bags in the car, and drove just over an hour to Universal Studios Orlando. We had access to both parks, but began in the Islands of Adventure portion in the Dr. Seuss world. This was a great area to ease the kids into theme parks. I should probably mention that they've never been to an amusement park and we're about to spend 4 days straight in them! (Crazy much?) In any case, a great place to begin is with the Caro-Seuss because we already know we love carosels and Dr. Seuss animals. It was lovely.
E and Brent rode in this car instead of an animal. I love the bright colors and fantastic animals that were all familiar from the books.
Next up - one-fish, two-fish - still a prety low key ride where the fish go up and down and everyone gets just a touch wet.
We had a little control over the fish, and M got the least wet, but still good fun. Then we went in to the cat and the hat ride, which was a little spinny on a track through the cat and the hat book. Then, our first small roller coaster with the Sneetches (also the beginning of our waiting in lines fun). B loved the coaster, M loved the one-fish two fish, and E remains team carousel as we head out to the Lost Continent portion that is between Seuss and Harry Potter.
B & Brent went on the Dragon's challenge coaster. This is a segment of it and a great image, but they did the Chinese fireball side (the red line), there is also a blue version. This is one of those roller coasters where you hang from your shoulders. B thought it was phenomenal and his favorite ride of the entire trip.
By this time, we were ready for lunch at the three-broom sticks, which may have been the most insane line of the trip, but one has to have their butterbeer, right? It was delicious, but very similar to what we've made at home, so good to know we have the recipe right. After this, we all went and rode on the Hypogryph ride. It was probably a solid 30-45 minute wait and the patience was wearing a little thin. The ride itself was the most real roller coaster E rode this trip and he and I were in the front car. My head ache began just after this ride and I think, not a coincidence....
We briefly wandered over to the Jurassic Park section and learned about dinosaurs and watched one "hatch."
So there we are, solidly in Florida, almost 1/2 way through our trip, and heading in to 3 days of Disney magic!
To be continued....