Universal Studios

In Which Jenn Tracks Down ALL The Reign Of Kong Drivers

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a completionist to a fault. (Open world video games give me such anxiety that I tend to avoid them.) So when I discovered after the fact that the Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride at Universal Studios Florida offers you five different possible audio-animatronic drivers, I immediately sprang to YouTube to try and discover all of them, and how their spiels change that ride as a whole. The short answer is… not a lot, really. Some drivers do have more appealing personalities, but none of their dialogue reveals anything major...

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The Most Universal Trip Report Of All: Halloween Horror Nights

Detailing our quick weekend jaunt to Universal Studios Florida. Read all posts in this report here. Please accept this, the most apropos Halloween post I could hope to offer. After our early afternoon break in the hotel, we walked back to Universal Studios Florida. Incidentally, I should say that I would totally recommend the DoubleTree at the Entrance to Universal Studios if that’s the theme park complex you’re focusing on for the trip. I freakin’ loved being able to walk from the hotel to the resort, plus there was a Starbuck’s on property that was never busy and a convenient...

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The Most Universal Trip Report Of All: 10/20

Detailing our quick weekend jaunt to Universal Studios Florida. Read all posts in this report here. I hopped out of bed for a shower around 7am, then roused Pat for another day of theme park FUN! After a quick stop at the hotel’s Starbucks location, we walked on over to Universal Studios, arriving just after opening. (An amateur move, I know, but we were hella tired from our late-night plane ride and needed the sleep). Our first order of business was to ride my personal favorite Universal ride, which is Revenge of the Mummy – I love Brendan Fraser,...

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The Most Universal Trip Report Of All: 10/19

Detailing our quick weekend jaunt to Universal Studios Florida. Read all posts in this report here. Pat and I began our whirlwind Universal Studios Florida trip in unusual way: with a 3:30am flight. Hey, it was super cheap! Unfortunately, Frontier airplanes are NOT comfortable for sleepers, but we managed to snag some shuteye on the way to Orlando and landed before 6:30am, ready and rarin’ for some theme park action. We picked up an Uber from the airport and hit our hotel before 8am. We were staying at the DoubleTree at the Entrance to Universal, which I snagged for over...

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In Which Jenn Puts Together A Universal Studios Wardrobe

So you know how I make you look at my planned outfits every time I go on a WDW trip because I’m a Disney dandy? An investigation has yielded that I can do it for a Universal Studios trip too. And so I shall! I know what you’re thinking: you own Universal-themed clothing? Well, as it turns out, I own juuuust enough for this trip. Behold! I know, I know, it’s cheating to double up on Jurassic Park. But, um, Jurassic Park is awesome, so. I mean, the original is. The Jurassic World movies so far have been the original plot...

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In Which There’s Something Strange In The Neighborhood

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: And so I shall! Ladies and gentlemen, a SURPRISE LAST-MINUTE ORLANDO TRIP has fallen into my lap. I’ve always wanted to take a surprise last-minute Orlando trip! Alas, no Disney this time around, but our impetus is no slouch – we’re off to Universal Studios Florida this weekend. Why? Well, Pat is interested in the Harry Potter stuff, sure. But the reason we’re taking this trip now boils down to one word: GHOSTBUSTERS! This year’s Halloween Horror Nights event features a Ghostbusters-themed haunted (“haunted”) house. Pat freaking LOOOOOVES Ghostbusters. Loves! Ingrained...

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In Which Jenn Sidesteps Theme Park Lockers

Girls, we’ve got it rough. We know this. Our pockets are useless. Hey, baggy cargo pants can be a cute look. But it’s not how we want to live our lives, and it’s definitely not always how we want to swan around an (often sweltering) amusement park. It’s cool, though; that’s why God invented the purse, right? Unfortunately, some theme parks have declared war on bags. Busch Gardens Williamsburg won’t let you take them through the line – and its lockers aren’t free. Universal Studios will let you stow stuff in a locker, but it’s only free for a...

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The Favorite Photos: Universal Studios, 2011 – 2015

My last retrospective album post focuses on Universal Studios. Here are my favorite photos from there. (See also: First Photos and Last Photos.) Once again, apologies for photo quality; 2/3 of these are really old. The year: 2011The companion(s): ElizabethThe title of the album: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!The why: I LOVE SHARKS The year: 2012The companion(s): My cousin and his best friendThe title of the album: Mischief managedThe why: David and Sandy talked to this fountain (think the late lamented Push in the Magic Kingdom or the palm tree in DAK) for like 45 minutes. There are different people working it, using different voices,...

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The First Photos: Universal Studios Florida, 2011 – 2015

Obviously Universal Studios isn’t held as highly in my esteem as any Disney park. Clearly. No question. BUT. It’s still a good time. So, it too gets the First Photos treatment. Once again, apologies for photo quality; 2/3 of these are really old. The year: 2011 The companion(s): Elizabeth The title of the album: CONSTANT VIGILANCE! The why: Ha, so, I actually had to skip over a bunch of photos at the beginning of this album, ’cause… We totally went to Downtown Disney first. And while I love a good picture of a Grand Floridian tea cozy as much as...

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The Last Photos: Universal Studios Florida, 2011 – 2015

We recently wrapped up all my Disney trip albums in my Last Photos series – and I know I said we’d do First Photos next. But while Universal Studios is by no means my heart’s home the way WDW is, I’d say it deserves a little love, no? So let’s take a quick look at my Last Photos there… Once again, apologies for photo quality; 2/3 of these are really old. The year: 2011 The companion(s): ElizabethThe title of the album: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!The why: We didn’t eat at Margaritaville, but as we exited the parks for the final time this sign really spoke...

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