Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orlando's Universal Resort

Can I just tell you how awesome Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure were! We had so much fun at both of them!! 
I am going to Start with IOA because Universal Studios was my favorite! 

Islands of Adventure

We made sure to get up, get ready and be there by 8 am! We got there as the doors were opened and we headed straight for all the bigger rides first. We made it all the way around the whole park in like 3 hours. We went back around a second time and we hit all the water rides, and the smaller rides that we missed during the first loop. We didn't have to wait in very many lines! It would take us 5-10 minutes to walk through and get to the ride and then we would get right on. It was so nice, not having to wait in long lines. Towards the end of the day it got a little busier and the ones we wanted to go on again we just went through the single riders (You wait in line together, it goes way quicker than the normal line and usually you get on the same time as each other. )We ended up going around a third time with Trevor, Cynthia and Austin. who gets to go to a theme park at 3.5 months! He does.

Rides From Favorite To Worst
Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey(Way cool, and I really felt like I was there)
The Incredible Hulk (One of the only Roller Coasters, and it was really cool, it scared me at first when it shot up and took off)
 Amazing Spider Man (My first "Ride" and it was very fun, we wore the 3D glasses in this ride.)
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges (We got soaking wet and it was very refreshing)
Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls (I screamed the entire way down)
Dragon Challenge (I got a headache from both of these rides, but they were still fun)
Flight of the Hippogriff (This ride was okay, not great, but still okay.)
The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride (Just a fun, cute ride)
 Jurassic Park River Adventure (Eh it was okay, not my fav. but we had to go on them all)
Doctor Dooms FearFall  (Personally not worth the wait.)

The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad (It was nice to sit and take a break and just watch something)
Poseidon's Fury (If your claustrophobic don't go to this ride, I was getting Nauseous with so many people all hot and sweaty, however the show ended up being pretty cool and entertaining.)


 This was for Carter and Wheeler!

 ^ Look at hubby's cute farmers tan!

^ This says it all. We had a blast at Islands of Adventure! 

Universal Studios

I would recommend this place to anyone! IOA was fun but there wasn't a lot of rides, or a lot to look at compared to Universal Studios. This place was a lot busier! We actually had to wait in lines here, but the rides were cute, funny, and FUN! This Park took us the entire day. By the end of the night we were sleepy tired, but not exhausted tired like we were from IOA. 
We just wanted more! 

Rides From Favorite To Worst
Holleywood Rip Ride Rockit (One of the best roller coasters I have ever been on! We went like 3 times)
Revenge of the Mummy (This ride was so fun we went on it like 4 or 5 times. It sprayed water at us, had fire flaming around us, went fast and flipped you in the dark and was just one of my top rides!)
Despicable Me (Koop loves this movie, and so just watching him laugh made it so fun. He definitely loved this ride)
Disaster (They asked for volunteers for this ride, and Kooper nominated me, so I was apart of the cast, I got bricks dropped on my head and had to do an evil laugh,  so that made it pretty fun)
E.T Adventure (The scene to get you to this ride is set up very good, you ride a stationary bike, I enjoyed this ride)
Shrek 4-D (This ride was good, not great, or bad but good)
Transformers (The line for this ride was crazy long, and I didn't think it was worth the wait, it was a good ride, but I expected it to be better than it was)
Twister (This was done very well, it was a good ride)
The Simpson ride (We had the back of the car so it wasn't as fun, and it gave me a headache after)
Men in Black (We took the single ride, which I am glad because it wasn't quite my favorite.)

Harry Potter Diagon Alley was so cool, it looked so much like the movies and was set up very good! Just walking around to the different places was fun. They did a very good job here. The only bad part, we got in line for the ride (Which was so long!) We waited for 2 hours! Got to almost the very front of the line and then they had a delay. Well almost all of the rides have had a delay and they say they can be anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Well we waited for every other ride and they always came on within 5 minutes. We ended up waiting another hour and it never came on so we left. Good thing too because the ride never came on again. That was a little disappointing because it was the only ride we didn't get to go on, and it was one of the main rides we did want to go on.

 ^ He thinks he is funny! He doesn't drink beer but he always has a Mountain Dew! He mainly took this picture because Trevor dressed up for him as Halloween and then Trent did the next year.
 I wish this little family of 3 lived closer to us, so we could see them everyday. Hopefully one day they will :) (HINT HINT)
Cynthia is going to be one of the best moms, I seen how worried she was when she couldn't see her dog on the video-cam back home.
 Austin will be one spoiled baby. Plus I can tell every time we went to a store.. oh Austin would look so cute in this.
 ^ It just starts pouring at random times and everyone hides for shelter in the mini shops.

^ I wish I had the one of my nephew with him, because it was pretty cool!

All in all, we loved Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure It definitely made it a trip! 

Tips I would recommend
Make sure to Ride the Mummy and Rockit! They are the best rides.
Bring Snacks (They say you can't bring food that you have to prepare, but we took sandwiches the second day and they were perfect when your waiting in line)
Bring a water bottle or get the refillable drink (You will get thirsty)
Wear comfortable shoes, especially ones with a back
Expect it to rain, so hit the outdoor rides first!
Take lots of pictures!
Use the child swap! We used the child swap and cut to the front of the line, 
sometimes without even having to wait in the line! It was awesome! 
Carry a zip up bag, that way you can keep everything important in it so you won't loose anything, and its much easier than a purse.(Plus we lost a phone, and it wasn't fun and we lost a lot of cute pictures from IOA on it!)

Florida Baby

 We finally booked a VACATION! Koop and I have done tons of fun things, but nothing that involved flying somewhere else! We never got the chance to go on a real honeymoon so this was our delayed "Honeymoon." To start off our trip we woke up at 4Am and headed to Salt Lake to board our flight to Florida! We headed to Phoenix and then straight to Florida from there! The flights worked out as planned and we made it quick and easy!

 When we first step outside the airport we both just kind of groaned.. 
IT is HOT AND HUMID!  But it was so pretty and different than Idaho. 
The main reason we went to Florida was because my Brother Trevor and his Fiance Cynthia invited us to come to their time share with her family.  They invited us last year but we couldn't because we were both in school. But luckily Cynthia likes us enough to invite us again! This time we made it work! We were originally going to share a bedroom with Trevor, Cynthia and Austin. It had two queen size beds, so we were okay with it. However,  her parents ended up getting a another place to stay and the 5 of us had our own place. It was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit. It had a kitchen, a living room area and dinning area. It was perfect! Her parents are two of the nicest, most generous parents I have ever met.

This was the awesome resort we stayed at! It had so much to do and was way fun! We had a couple 
different pools,  a lazy river, the worlds largest inflatable slide, access to mini golf and much more. We definitely enjoyed it. 

One morning we woke up at 10 am and went to the pools, it was hot, sunny, 
and the water was the perfect refresher. We may or may not of got fried! 

Having a kitchen at the resort made it nice to save a little money and eat together! (Missing Cynthia, she's taking the picture)

One of the most exciting things about this whole trip was that I finally got to meet my nephew Austin, and he is the cutest thing!
 He is such a happy, content, and loveable baby! I wish he lived closer! I mean I was excited to see Trevor and Cynthia because it's been a long time, but when you have a baby they out rule you.

His dad has "Story Time" every morning! Good Dad Award right there!

Okay, you can't tell me he isn't just the cutest thing. 

Flordia rained every single night that we were there! It was nuts, it would be sunny and then all of a sudden it would just down pour! 
 ^ We were just enjoying the lazy river, and it started pouring, we had to book it to shelter. 

 On the plus side, every time it rained it cooled off at least 10 degrees. And it always looked beautiful after!
Just as we walk in TJ Max, they were leaving and there like oh by the way there is a cute Aunt Outfit in the 3-6 months.  If that wasn't hinted enough! ;) but of course once I saw the outfit I had to get it. It said "I Dig Auntie" with a tractor on the bum! It was very cute and I expect a picture when it fits him!

All my life I always wanted a sister. Luckily Trevor picked someone that I like.

I still can't believe my brother has a child. It still blows my mind! What an old fart!

We got a lot of good food and good treats! This shake was Peanut Butter and Cookie Dough. 
When I ordered it, I was unsure about my decision. But after tasting it, ahhh it is a very good mixture!
On this trip we also went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. We had a great time at BOTH Of them..
Read about them HERE

 On our last day we woke up at 4 am and prepared for our flight home! We had gotten tickets from a friends dad who works for an airline company. (Which means we flew stand by.) On the way there we had no problem at all! On the way back was a different story! We flew from Orlando to North Carolina, and then to Philadelphia from there we basically were stuck. There was 52 people trying to get to Phoenix and we were not at the top of the list. With frustration, tears, and a little discouragement we bought new (expensive) tickets with another airline. It flew out the next morning!  We were scheduled to go to Chicago and then Salt Lake City. That didn't work out and we went from  Chicago to Denver, and then to Idaho Falls.

 Since we had all night in the airport we walked around the whole thing. We tried to find the most comfortable chair/couches and the warmest place. The airport was sooo freeezing cold! It sucked, but we found a pretty warm spot!
 So Sleepy!
 With no blankets we had to improvise. My skirt and a few shirts did the trick!

After the night in the Philadelphia airport we headed to Chicago! From there we were scheduled to Salt Lake City. Right before we boarded our flight to SLC it was canceled! The pilot was "SICK." Talk about bad luck! We talked to customer service and there was no way we could get back to SLC that day and maybe not even the next day. So we ended up getting on a flight to Idaho Falls. Which worked out, because we didn't have to make the 3 hour drive home. However, only one problem. Our car, puppy, koops truck keys, and our house keys were all in UTAH! Long story short.. we got it all worked out and made it HOME!

 Just as we were about to head to IF they told us there was some mechanical issues with the plane! I thought it was going to be canceled with the luck we were having! However it only took 10 minutes and we were good to good!
 Our last flight to Idaho Falls we were on a small plane. But we made it!  We got the VERY VERY last two seats.. by the lavatory!
Beside the last two days trying to get home we had a BLAST! 
Florida  is definitely a place that I could go on Vacation to EVERY YEAR!
 Maybe we might just have to make it an annual celebration.
That is if Cynthia invites us again ;)

Thanks Again, Cynthia, Trevor, Steve, Dolly and of course Little Austin. We would of never gone to Florida if it wasn't for you guys! Especially for Cynthia with the frequent questions "So have you thought about Florida, do you think you will come, we would love for you to come."