Monday, May 25, 2009

Universal Adventure with Friends!

by Meghann on May 25, 2009

Today I discovered yet another wonderful reason why I am happy to have purchased my annual pass to Universal…. Big Discounts on Tickets for friends!

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I have been trying to drag Melissa and her boyfriend, Brad, to Orlando for a while so they can experience a true Orlando theme park. With the Monday holiday and my ability to provide a 50% discount per ticket, the timing could not have been better and we were all able to enjoy both parks the entire day.

We were all pleasantly surprised to enjoy relatively short lines and blue skies the entire day! In an 8 hour time frame we managed to hit all of the best rides in both theme parks and have time to goof around.

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Hulk is by far one of my favorite rides of the parks. I promised Brad I would put this one on the blog just for him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Does this pose not remind everyone else of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?

One of the key successes to get through both parks relatively quickly on a holiday, is the option of being a single rider.

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As long as you don’t mind your party being separated the single rider option can easily cut your wait time from 45 minutes to 15. Seriously worth it.

Thanks to some hidden pockets in my back pack and selecting the check bag line with the elderly man I managed to sneak in a pretty decent lunch to munch on around noon.

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I had a bag of dried Raspberries, Blackberry Bread (courtesy of Melissa), Carrots, and Almond Butter. It was a great lunch that gave me plenty of the energy to make my way through the rest of the park.

We spent the rest of the afternoon getting soaked.

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Water rides are the best! We hit up three in a row and definitely cooled ourselves down.

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Aren’t these two the cutest? ๐Ÿ™‚

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At one point we wandered into one of the candy shops and discovered chocolate covered gummy bears. Apparently these are Melissa’s favorite, so I had to try one.

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It was… interesting. Not bad, but not great either. I guess it is something you get used to.

The best part about walking from Islands of Adventure to Universal Studios is the TCBY along the way.

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How could we resist? I had a small cup of Peanut Butter/ Vanilla Swirl with Blueberries.

We spent many more hours in Universal riding The Simpsons, Men in Black, Mummy & Shrek 4D. With all that walking and waiting my stomach started to growl. Luckily, I had one of Ashley’s Homemade Granola Bars still hidden in my back pack.

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The rain that had been forecasted for today finally started to pour down right when we decided it was time to call it a day. Perfect timing right? It was really a great day at the parks with friends and I am so glad both Melissa and Brad got a chance to visit atleast one theme park while they were here!

Dinner this evening was quick, delish and uncomplicated.

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I made Bagel Pizza with some Tomato Chutney, Basil, Raw Cheese, & Cherry Tomatoes.

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The Raw Cheese was interesting. It was suppose to be ‘sharp chedder’ but was not sharp at all in fact the cheese in itself was very mild. It melted great on the pizza and I would never have guessed it was raw at all.

On the side I had some Cauliflower and Broccoli that I dipped in a Hummus/ Tomato Chutney Combo.

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The Hummus mixed with the Tomato Chutney was a genious idea on my part. It gave the boring hummus just the right kick. Yum!

I was really craving a Blondie when I finished dinner. Good thing I had Amanda’s Peanut Butter Trail Mix ones waiting for me in the fridge.

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I had 1/2 of the perfect blondie.

I am so sad the long weekend is now over, but sooo happy I only have a three day work week!!! San Diego here I come!

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