Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas 2010...continued (part 2) Universal

Day 3 we all headed over to Universal Studios! Jackson was so excited to go to "superhero studios" as he called it. (Since the latter part of Magic Kingdom was spent on Princess things).  They had a cool thing called ChildSwap so Jeff and I rode the Hulk ride within the first 10 minutes of being there (and the wait for everyone was 60 minutes).  It was awesome.  The kids were champs sitting and waiting so Mommy and Daddy could have fun, too:)
Immediately after we headed to the Superhero/Marvel area so Jackson could have lots of fun! He was so cute! 
 Jackson and Wolverine!
And Captain America! 
 Rae Rae in on the fun too!
 She decided that she'd had enough of superhero studios.  So we made her into a superhero! :) She was so cute with her face all painted up.  
So Jackson decided he wanted his done too! 
 My sweet babies...they are getting so big!
 So, of course, we had to go get another picture with Spiderman since he got his face painted up like him! ;)
 Then we went to Suessville.
This is the ONLY ride that we ALL (all 14) rode together at the same time!  It was Creighton's favorite ride of the entire trip. 
 The character lines at Universal were MUCH shorter.  They were happy to finally get to get more autographs and hugs!
 Creighton told Jimmy Neutron he couldn't be in her picture :)
 We did the double stroller at Disney, but decided to be cheap here and made it a double even though it was a single.  Strollers are a must by the way! (thanks Erica)
 In line for the Shrek 4D Show.  Jeff and I are so disappointed that Shrek is so crude and just not as family friendly (at least for little little ones).
 They were VERY excited to see George. He's a big hit around here!
 There was a little playland (Fivel) and they really really liked playing here for a long time.
 Daddy and the big kids!
 While in line for the Roadrunner Roller coaster Jackson held the backpack for me. It weighed nearly as much as he did, so he didn't hold it long! :)
 Then we went over to the Curious George play area. It was very cute and fun, but a majority of it was wet play, so we had to skip most of the front area.
 Oh and Disney recovered my cell phone! That was GREAT news! (I got it late late that night when we got back to the resort) But Jeff lost his hat at Universal and so far no news there. :(
 But they had a blast (about 60-75 minutes) pun intended in the back area.  It was full of balls and blasters and all sorts of fun things.  Side note: I was so thrilled that we had not lost momentarily or long-term any of the kids on the trip (because the parks were SO crowded).  However, this is the one area where we temporarily lost Creighton.  She was still in the Curious George area (in the wet zone) but we didn't know she'd left the ball blaster area. It was a little scary but thankfully we found her within 5 minutes.  Whew!
 We did the Jimmy Neutron simulated ride/show at the end and Creighton (like most things) didn't like it, but Jackson did.  Then Jeff and I got to ChildSwap one of the coolest roller coasters ever!  It was so much fun.  It was probably a 20 minute wait for me to go while he had the kids in the ChildSwap area, but then he got right on. It was so much fun. I loved it!
 Afterwards we headed over to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for an amazing dinner. I had Coconut Shrimp and the worlds best Cesar Salad ever! It was so good Creighton wanted me to order her one as her meal, and she ate the whole thing...it was HUGE!

We all decided that Universal doesn't hold a candle to Disney as for employees being helpful, kind, and in great moods.  However, the kids were able to do SO much more at Universal (and it was crowded too), but the lines weren't nearly as bad for the things they could do (only the big people things were bad at Universal).
 The next day we had to set an alarm and it was TOO early! Sad day that we had to leave our very fun vacation!  It was a blast and none of us wanted to get out of bed to go home. Getting out of bed to go to a park was worth it...but being in and out of airplanes and airports all day? No thanks!  But we did.
 Creighton and Bree.  Her airplane buddy
 One thing that made it worth it? Getting to see this sweet face at the end of the day!  That's always worth just about anything! ;)
Again, thanks so much Papa John and Debbie! It was so much fun. :)

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