Days Off

23rd Mar 2012

Riding Dragons and Helping Superheroes at Islands of Adventure

Wednesday evening we went back to WalMart for a second trip to get food and stuff we had forgotten the first time. Corin, from the March 6th group, and her friend Ashleigh from Canada came with.

When I got back I started sorted a Wireless router for the apartment, $22 from the Front Desk which was nice and simple and means I can now blog and Skype from the apartment nice and easily. After I got online I spoke to Katie, also from March 6th, as I had been told she was in an apartment in the same block. She said a few of the UKs were around at hers so I popped down to say hi, turns out she is literally the apartment below me. It was nice to meet some more UKs especially ones I have chatted to on Facebook for the last few months.

Universal was just a little bit busy!

On Thursday morning we had agreed to meet at 10am to get a taxi to Universal. It was pretty reasonable, about $25/30 between 6 of us. We walked all the way down to Islands of Adventure through an extremely busy CityWalk, it is Spring Break at the moment so everywhere is packed. There was a pretty long wait at the ticket window, when we finally got to a window we tried to persuade them to give us Florida Resident discount based on our housing IDs, the girl tried to give it to us but after she phoned a manager she said she couldn’t so we had to get non-Florida resident passes. It was only $30 more expensive – about $290 including tax which was not too bad. That gets Merch and Food discounts and has no blackout dates. She was very pleased to be selling 6 annual passes, lots of commission I guess, but when we came to pay the system would not accept any of our cards. Turns out it was the entire park having a system problem! Thankfully we all either had cash or went to the ATM to get cash and were sorted but it took quite a long time.

We went straight to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and rode Dragon Challenge with a 20 minute wait. I have never been to IOA before so it was all new to me and was a lot of fun. The park was SO busy, we decided against the Forbidden Journey as they wait was very long and we wanted to do as much as we could. We wandered around for a bit before eventually getting lunch where we realised we got a discount with our annual passes (yay!). Then we rode Jurassic Park and got just wet enough to cool off nicely in the hot sun. When we rode we left our valuables in a locker outside. After the ride we grabbed everything back and were heading down to Marvel when I realised I did not have my phone! Cue a fast run back to ask them to re-open the locker, thankfully it was still there and tucked behind a corner in the locker which meant I did not see it the first time – lucky escape!

Later in the day we rode Spiderman which broke in the middle so we were allowed to re-ride as well as Dr Doom which I actually really enjoyed despite being a little terrified to start with. We finished the day with the Hulk coaster which I have to say actually hurt although it was enormous fun.

We got a taxi back to the Commons for a few chill-out hours before heading to Downtown Disney for the evening. We wandered around for a while before heading to Paradiso 37 for some drinks which was a really nice end to a very busy day.

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