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“When I have time off, my friends and I will go to Universal Studios, the movies, out to eat, and shopping. I’m happiest when I’m just hanging out with my friends… it really doesn’t matter what we do.” -Kirsten Dunst

April’s update on Universal Studios!

The lines were generally not very long, and the weather was pretty good. I can say that it is more crowded than the past couple of months but still not bad.

20196404_1703903976584660_1327773539_oWe went on the Simpson’s ride, which is one of my favorites because it’s fun. The first time I ever went on it, I didn’t realize we weren’t actually going anywhere. I know, “how could you not know?” Well, It was my very first time on any rides since a couple years before my mission, everything was weird.

20133717_1703903963251328_330520501_oWe had the opportunity to eat at the taco truck. Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is great. The tacos were delicious! I hadn’t eaten them before so it was something new for me.

20180342_1703903959917995_745539320_oAnother thing that I had, that I hadn’t ever eaten before, are Dippin Dots. They’ve been around for quite some time but I’ve never had them before. They were so good. I got vanilla and I loved it.

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Of course, we just had to go watch Waterworld. Who wouldn’t want to watch the amazing show? It’s a little different from the movie, since there is no kid, but it’s still a fantastic show. It was actually just revamped a little.

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Lastly, while we were heading out we saw Vin Diesel. How cool right? Check out the awesome picture we got with him! Ok, so it wasn’t really him but still. A figure of him is still pretty awesome, right?

20133589_1703903973251327_600789575_o.jpgOn our way back to the car, we were graced with music on Citywalk, as usual. I think it’s a really cool thing that Citywalk allows musicians to come and show their work to the general public and get recognised. I don’t think I have heard a bad musician on Citywalk yet. They definitely draw crowds.

If you have any guidance for Universal Studios Hollywood in April, please leave a comment below. I hope you are having, or had, a great day today and I hope to see you here again.

 

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“Do you know what this is? This is a dinosaur egg. The dinosaurs are breeding.” -Jurassic Park

Since I wasn’t able to write anything on Tuesday, I had to push my Mexico trip post to yesterday and the post I was going to write yesterday was cast away. That post is important, though.

Since it is already April, I needed to write about Universal Studios in March. Sadly, I was not able to go Universal very much throughout the month but I made sure to go a couple times and keep up with all of the events going on.

Overall, the crowds were still light though one of the times that we went to CityWalk, there were a lot of students from local high schools everywhere. The weather was nice, also, so that’s always a plus. They were also still working on the globe so visitors were unable to get good pictures with the iconic piece.

The only event, either through Universal or from a third-party, is the following:

Sadly I was unable to keep up with the Universal Studios calendar but I hope to do better this month.
17838524_1660824457559279_806213365_o          I also wanted to include a review from a restaurant each month (hopefully). For the month of March, we ate at Krusty Burger. If you didn’t know, there is a section in the park devoted to The Simpsons. This is includes a ride, areas for meet and greets with The Simpsons characters, a couple of restaurants, and a fair games. The Krusty Burger had televisions that played parts of episodes and kept you entertained while waiting in line. Thankfully the line wasn’t long, though. The menu was easy to read and had a great selection. We both chose the Legendary Krusty Burger, shown in the picture. This meal included the burger (with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickle), fries, cole slaw (that I didn’t particularly enjoy) and a drink. The only issue I have seen is with the cups. There is a sensor on the bottom and the machine knows if you’ve already had soda and while we were there it didn’t work for one of the customers at all. She had paid before us and they had to give her a new cup.

The rides that we went on were Jurassic Park and The Mummy. It is said that the Jurassic Park ride is a whole foot taller (for the big drop) in Orlando but I can’t tell the difference. Both were fun and we really enjoyed our time. The lines weren’t terrible for either ride, though we did ride The Mummy shortly before the park was due to close.

I hope that you found this helpful. Please feel free to comment with your March experiences for Universal Hollywood. What did you do? Where did you eat? If you’d like to see more content, please subscribe. As always, thank you for reading!

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“My family took a vacation to Universal Studios when I was really young. Me and my brother Richard – who’s also an actor – were both really intrigued by seeing the behind-the-scenes stuff of how films are made. We kind of begged our parents to get into acting.” -Jonathan Jackson

To continue what was started last week, I will be giving a brief synopsis of each months’ usvisits to Universal Studios Hollywood. This month I am talking about my trips in February. It was a great time to go, as long as you missed the rain. IF you have a season pass, you probably have little to no blackout dates for February, since it is what is considered an “off-season” month. This just means that fewer people visit.

Overall, the crowds were light and there were plenty of events going on. I was really excited because I finally got to go to the Harry Potter section here, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the one in Florida last year but wanted to experience it here as well.

Events, that I know of, that happened this month:

  1. Lunar New Year event (official USH event)
  2. Lord Voldemort’s Valentine’s Death Eater Day (Facebook event)
  3. Old Hollywood Day (Facebook event)

I’m sure there were more events that occurred that I was unaware of but these I was aware of.

A few things to be aware of (good and bad) because it is the off-season:

  1. All water related things (other than Jurassic Park) were closed for refurbishment.
  2. The park closes early during the week
  3. There may be rain, it rained a lot this year
  4. Ticket prices are lower
  5. Crowds are lower
  6. It will be cold in the mornings
  7. Some attractions may close that aren’t water related

In the month of February the Jaws, Waterworld, fountain in CityWalk, and glove at the entrance were all down because they were being refurnished.

If you have any questions, comment below. I’m sad to say that, due to circumstances beyond our control, we didn’t get to visit Universal Studios too much during the month. We hope to visit more in the month of March. As always, thanks for stopping in to read my blog. Don’t forget to follow me so you can stay up to date with my life!

“When I was a little kid – and even still – I loved magic tricks. When I saw how movies got made – at least had a glimpse when I went on the Universal Studios tour with my grandfather, I remember feeling like this was another means by which I could do magic.” -J. J. Abrams

For my 25th birthday, my husband gifted me with Universal Studios Hollywood season 20170211_144221passes and my goal is to make a summary of each month. Today I am just sharing with you my plans for this project because I want to know what you, my readers, would like to know about. I have the ability to go every month for a year and I plan on making it worth my while, as well as yours. If there is a specific food you would like me to try, comment below (I would also hope that you would include where to get it and, if possible, the price, so that other readers can try it as well). If there’s a ride or show you want me to check out, I’d be glad to go to it. Keep in mind that I’ve been on all of them, though.

As an introduction to this segment, I would like to give a little more information on the beloved park, so if you’re someone who knows all about the park share your thoughts. If you know nothing about the park, you’re about to learn.

Universal Studios Hollywood opened up on July 15, 1964 (meaning that it is 53 this year). In a simple search on the official website, I was taken to the About Universal page. On this page it states the following:

Entertainment is Universal
Universal was founded in 1912 by motion picture visionary Carl Laemmle, a German immigrant who had a dream of building a world of entertainment in Southern California. On March 15th, 1915 Mr. Laemmle’s dream was realized with the opening of Universal Studios Hollywood. On that day, Laemmle issued a press release that predicted not only the future of Universal Pictures but of the global entertainment company that would grow out of the movie studio.

“…just think what this would mean…to see the inner workings of the biggest moving picture plant in the wide, wide world. A whole city where everyone is engaged in the making of motion pictures, a fairyland where the craziest things in the world happen. A place to think about and talk about for the rest of your days!

From the very beginning, Laemmle invited the public on to the property to watch silent films being made. In 1964 the Universal Studio Tour formally opened, allowing visitors from around the world the rare opportunity to experience movie-making magic first hand. In the decades since the Studio Tour tram first drove visitors through the back lot, Universal Studios Hollywood has grown to become a world-class destination.

Performers and behind the scenes personnel at Universal Studios Hollywood play a major role in bringing that magic to life for our guests; whether it’s doing a 50’ high fall on fire in Waterworld, teaching audiences the behind the scenes secrets of movie-making at Special Effects Stage or making a child’s dream of meeting their favorite animated character come true. Universal truly is the Entertainment Capital of LA!

It’s it fun to get a little background on a favorite park? I love getting to know the places that I frequent. There have been many changes to the park since it opened up 53 years ago and there will be many more changes in the next 53 years. For a list of all the those changes visit this list on Wikipedia or this article, Past Attractions at the theme park. What ride were you sad to see go? What ride would you be happy to see go now? Or even sad to see go now?

To close this post, I am including a few articles I found in my research that might interest you. I hope you enjoyed learning about Universal Studios Hollywood with me and as always, thank you for stopping by. If you want to get updated on my new posts, follow me via email or with your WordPress account.

12 Things That Will Surprise You About Universal Studios Hollywood

Facts About Universal Studios Hollywood

16 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” -Walt Disney

Last time I posted about how we decided on when we were going to go to Walt Disney World. It was a hard decision but it was made. Our next step was to plan out what we needed to do before then. Today I will talk about what we did next: pick the hotel.

Before we could book our package, we needed to decided which resort we would stay at. You don’t have to stay on site but it comes with extra perks and we figured we’d do as much as possible because who knows if we’d be able to travel to Disney World again.

Walt Disney World website Q&A gives you a list of all of the resorts currently up and running at Disney world. There are four categories to choose from; value resorts, moderate resorts, deluxe resorts, and deluxe villas. Here is the list on their page:

Value:
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Moderate:
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Deluxe:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Deluxe Villas:
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

We wanted to stay at a really nice hotel, we actually had our eyes on the Caribbean Beach resort and a couple others but we didn’t have a large budget for lodging so we decided to pick a value resort. We aren’t big sports fans, so the All-Star Sports resort was ruled out pretty quickly. The Pop Century resort was more pricy than the rest so we ruled that one out as well. We knew we wouldn’t have any room for a tent or any other camping gear, though it sounded cool, we ruled out the Wilderness Campsite. That left us with All-Star Music or All-Star Movies. We finally decided we loved the options in All-Star Movies so we went with it.

One perk of staying on site is you get free parking at all parks and resorts. You can go to any resort and walk around, eat at their restaurants, and just enjoy the scenery. We ate at the Polynesian Village Resort, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Contemporary Resort, and the Grand Floridian Resort. Each one has something amazing to offer! You can, honestly, visit every resort on site if you have time. If you stay at one of the All-Star resorts, they’re all right next to each other so you can walk through all three of them at the same time.

I know not everyone will be able to, or even want to, stay on site. It can add a lot more to the cost of your trip. There are many other hotels in the area but I don’t know much about them. Shannon on WDW Prep School talks about staying on site vs off-site. I believe she and her co-workers have done both. I know she’s stayed in every resort at one point or another so if you want first hand experience for each resort, her website is the best place to go.

As for my experience with All-Star Movies, it was great. Mouse Keeping (the maid service at Disney are called Mouse Keeping) was wonderful and always brought us fresh towels, gave us extra blankets because I was sick and cold, and when we saw them around the resort, they were all very kind. Please don’t forget to tip them a few dollars every day.

There is a cafeteria in All-Star Movies, a pool, really cool movie decorations, a nice shop with Disney merchandise, and so much more.

I’ve added pictures from our trip of different resorts we visited, I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for reading and I hope you find the resort that is the perfect fit for you.

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

disneySince last week I have thought about what I would post about pertaining to my planning and adventures to Orlando, Florida. It was an amazing experience but wouldn’t have happened the way it did without prior preparation and planning. And, as I said last week, without the help of Shannon from WDW Prep School. This week, I want to discuss how I picked my date.

If any of you noticed, in my post last week, I said it was our honeymoon/first anniversary trip. I call it that because it was our planned honeymoon that we wanted to take right after the wedding but were unable to, due to short funds and other things coming up. It happened for the best, though. We then pushed it back to January or February 2016, we were going to make it part of my birthday. This also fell through for one reason or another. Finally, in early November 2015, we settled on May, for our anniversary. And we booked it early enough to be able to make early character meal plans. It is recommended to do so 180 days before the first day of your trip and we were able to do that.

Shannon goes into more detail on how to pick the perfect date. If you’re not going for a special occasion, like we did, then you have a few different things to consider; what is the weather typically like at the time you’re thinking of going? What are the crowds like? Is it during their peak season or their off-season? Shannon goes over all of this and more.

When we went in May 22-29, 2016, the weather was almost perfect; it was warm but not hot during the day and cold but not freezing at night. I would suggest a light sweater for the cooler evenings. It didn’t rain at all while we were there but we had ponchos just in case. The crowds were relatively low, even with schools going on field trips there during our week. Many school in the neighboring states take trips there. We went through lines fairly quickly. The time of year we went was not quite their peak season, schools hadn’t gotten out yet and it was mostly during the week.

I know that this isn’t a how-to or an advice column but more of a referral post but Shannon gives the best advice and she knows what she’s doing. I just want to give you a first-timers perspective. Thank you for reading my Disney posts! I’ll keep posting as often as I can. There’s more to be discussed! Comment below with any tips on how to pick the perfect date for your Disney trip

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” -Walt Disney

In this section, as you can guess from the section title, I will be discussing what I did to plan for our honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Orlando, Florida. We went to Walt Disney World, all four parks, and to Universal Orlando, both parks. I will let you know now that I did get a lot of my information, before our trip, from a blog that is THE BEST blog I’ve read on Walt Disney trips. The woman who runs the blog is Shannon and her blog is WDW Prep School. If you haven’t checked her blog out, you should. She has more information that I would ever be able to give you because, after all, it’s her JOB and I’ve only ever been once. So, with that said, I will mostly be giving you first hand experience and my thoughts. Everyone has their own ideas of what is good and what should be skipped so I want to provide you with things that, perhaps, others didn’t think of. I do hope I am able to help you prepare more for your trip. Stay tuned for trip information!