Family, Vacation

Goodbye Mickey, Hello SpongeBob!

I always feel a little guilty about going “off-site” to visit Universal Studios when I stay at a Disney resort. It’s like I’m saying “Yes, what you all do at Disney is just great, but I feel the need to spend extra money and go out of my way to ride these rides.”

Anyway, with SpongeBob and Shrek involved, Universal was a must-see. My kids are 8 and 5, so SpongeBob is like a third child to me. I must admit I was a little disappointed when I learned about the demise of the “Nickelodeon Studios” at Universal. I knew way back when I ordered tickets that it no longer existed, and that area is now used for the upcoming “Blue Man Group” shows. But it still sucked.

One thing I didn’t know until today that did bum me out: The “Back to the Future” ride is closed. Something else is being built there that will open in 2008. The “Back to the Future” store is still open, toy cars are still sold in the Universal Store, Doc Brown still drives around the park, and the theme song still plays throughout the park, so I hope the new ride revolves around BTTF in some way, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I may look into this more when I get home, so y’all may know more about the ride’s status than me.

[Update: Wikipedia says that the “Back to the Future” ride was closed on March 30, 2007. The area is being re-used to create a new Simpsons ride. Yuck.]

Anyway, on to the good stuff: Jimmy Neutron ride: Cool! Shrek 4-D: Same as Shrek 3-D DVD I already have, but with way-cooler effects. I rode MIB: Alien Attack for the first time ever. My score was 35,675. Not great. But still fun. Twister, Earthquake, Terminator 2 3-D, Jaws, are among the past favorites I’ve enjoyed, and still do. We had a good time today…

Ryan got his face painted and the kids met Shrek and Fiona (who reminded us to see the new Shrek movie, which starts tomorrow). They also met Bullwinkle, who they were introduced to for the first time, ever. Funny to think my own kids no nothing of Bullwinkle and Rocky. “Hey Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” Oh, well. Need to look for classic DVD’s.

We did a couple of the kiddie rides in the Kidzone, but most of our time was spent either waiting in line or riding rides. Oh, we also saw the “Animal Actors” show at 5:00 today. Not bad, but short.

Tonight is our last night on Disney property. Tina says I look like I’ve lost my best friend! She knows I hate the end of vacations! We still have one more day of tickets to use tomorrow and we’re thinking about going back to the Magic Kingdom since that’s where the kids had the most fun. Plus, they haven’t met many characters, so we can do that at Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

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