Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Day of Roller Coasters

by Meghann on September 17, 2011

Why, hello Universal. Long time no see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Derek and I have been proud owners of annual passes to Universal and Islands of Adventure since 2009 (they’re cheap if you’re a Florida resident). When I lived in Orlando we made it a point to go once a month (exhibit A, B, C,& D), but we haven’t had the chance to put them to good use since I moved to Tampa in March. In fact, we haven’t gone at all. We’re not renewing them in 2012 (sadness), so our new goal is to squeeze one or two more visits before the year is up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today was one of those final visits.

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Luckily, late September through early November is the best time of year to hit up the theme parks in Orlando. The weather is slightly cooler (ok, that’s a lie) and the parks are practically empty. The longest line we hit all day was a 15 minute wait and we were able to make our way through all of our favorite rides at both Universal and Islands of Adventure in roughly 3 hours.

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Those favorite rides?

Universal

  • Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster
  • The Mummy
  • Simpsons  

Islands of Adventures

  • The Hulk
  • Dr. Doom
  • Spiderman
  • Jurassic Park
  • Harry Potter
  • Dueling Dragons

Do you have any favorites?

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I miss living so close to the theme parks sometimes. We’re still only an hour and a half away now, but it’s not the same. So many memories here!

Like when we were at the park at 6:00am for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Or when my little brother proposed to his fiance at Ollivander’s

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Or the many years I attended Halloween Horror Nights in my youth and as an adult.

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I <3 Universal ๐Ÿ˜‰  

Anyways…

Derek and I split an Odwalla Bar between rides

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And stopped at Press 101 on the way home for lunch.

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I ordered the Bahn Mi, but wasn’t super impressed with it. The meat was a little dry and it wasn’t as flavorful as I was hoping.

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However, the side salad that came with it was delicious.

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We headed out of Orlando early and are gearing up for the FSU v OU game tonight! This is going to be a big one!

Go Noles!

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(Photo from September 2006. Miss you ladies!)

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