Universal had made a lot of changes since my last visit: Springfield, Transformers, Despicable Me, "new" Spider-man. So, Erik Johnson (and later, just to confuse things, Eric Johnson) and I hit both the Studio and Islands of Adventure. My thoughts:
Even though I haven't watched The Simpsons regularly for a few years, I've always thought that the good people of Springfield were ideal for theme-park treatment. This Springfield redo was long overdo, and Universal did a good job. Duff Beer, which is the product of a local microbrewery, while not the greatest beer ever (especially for $7.00 a pop), is a cut above mass-produced beers like Budweiser. And although I wimped out on the the chicken-and-waffle sandwich, the pink doughnut was pretty good. I'll definitely go back to check out their other food offerings.
I'm not a fan of the Transformers movies or cartoons, but I like the ride quite a bit (more so than Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, but not quite as much as Spider-man). They story made at least some sense, even if you haven't seen the movies, and the mix of animation with physical effects was very well done. We rode it three times that day (thanks to the very useful single-rider line).
The "new" Adventures of Spider-man was excellent--the new animation looks great and has much more detail. This remains the best of the Universal Orlando attractions.
We skipped Despicable Me due to horrendous lines (we should've rode it first thing in the morning, when there was but a ten-minute wait). I'm not a big fan of the Minions, anyway, although I do find their master, Gru, amusing. Maybe next time.
Revenge of the Mummy and Men in Black were great, as usual, and Rip, Ride & Rockit was running quite well, despite all the national media attention it received earlier in the week. One of these days, I have to try that mini-golf course, too.
It's always important to remember where you parked; in this case, we were on the roof.
Good morning, Universal. They were open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm due to Halloween Horror Night, which I skipped this year.
Well, time to purchase my one-day, two-park ticket (and part with about $130--sheesh!). Word to the wise: Park tickets are about $20 cheaper when purchased online. (I was kind of winging it that weekend.)
What? Didn't this ride suffer a MAJOR NEWS-MAKING BREAKDOWN earlier in the week?
Does Universal not care for the safety of their guests? ;)
Not from the Walking Dead. Just thought I'd make that clear.
"Hmm--I must find a way to relate to my human allies . . . Greetings! I am Optimus Prime . . . er . . . um . . . smoke 'em if you got 'em?"
This is a very good ride, indeed.
Must . . transform . . . and . . . steal . . . All Spark . . . for . . . Megatron . . .
OK, here is the typical Hollywood interpretation of a useless government official who simply doesn't understand that the military is right about everything. (Then again, movies tend to stack the deck a bit.)
"My apologies for that 'smoke 'em if you got 'em' message earlier, freedom fighters. So, er, fight the good fight, give 110%, and any other football-game platitudes you may care to emulate. Or just sit well in your seats. That's really all we can ask of you."
Apparently, this is a "scare zone," so I acted appropriately.
"Lame! Get your butt outta our zone, mortal moron."
Yay! I've always wanted to visit Springfield.
I think I see two of my role models down there.
Yep, I've always patterned my life after Lard Lad . . .
. . . and Chief Wiggum, like any good American.
I wonder if you can get a Krusty-Partially-Gelatinated-Non-Dairy-Gum-Based-Beverage here?
"A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."
Surly is the greatest Duff of them all.
Duff Man--oh, yeah!
Hmm--why am I suspicious of Kang and Kodos's intentions here?
Anything you say, oh overlords of the galaxy!
I love the signage in the queue. It speaks the truth.
I didn't know that the ride was interactive. If you raise or lower your saucer to the level of the sensor, the signs spin around and there are appropriate sound effects (in addition to being taunted by Kang).
There was no wait while we were there, but I imagine this sign speaks the truth on busy days.
Yes, any misspellings and Kang or Kodos will smite you with their futuristic weapons, such as the dreaded board with a nail in it!
Eric! Quit destroying Springfield!
"Remember to tell all your Earth friends about how great this ride is--but leave out all the 'Armageddon' stuff. Thank you." More to come.
Emilio Estevez's character would never punch Michael Anthony Hall's character in the punch. His weapon of choice was duct tape. Can't wait for that Breakfast Club simulator. I haven't forgotten about you, Breakfast Club crew.
Chuck, I know you didn't ride it , but do you have any pictures of the kiddie coaster for the Park Index?
Last edited by larrygator on Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:21 am.
As usual, my analysis is free of charge! Original enough to not steal someone else's quote as a signature
I did get a picture if the sign Larry. Sorry Chuxk, I guess we should have done the Minion ride first. I had no idea the line would get so long so quickly. It did not get below 75 mins after the first hour.
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