We left on Monday morning, heading for Orlando Florida. We arrived in Orlando around 2pm and caught the shuttle to our hotel. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel because... of course we did!!! They had upgraded our little room to a King kid suite. This was kind of amusing as we didn't have any kids but it meant that I got a king sized bed for the rest of the week so I was happy. It was about 4pm and we had nothing better to do so we hit up the parks. We bought a two day pass and got a day free which was the only reason we would have "wasted" a day so close to closing time.
We went to the Universal Studios park and saw that they would be closing at 6 instead of 7 that day...BOO! It didn't really matter because there were only about 10 people in the park (slight exaggeration). We also had the Express Pass (thanks Hard Rock hotel) so we didn't wait in any lines. The first ride we hit up was the Mummy ride. It's an indoor rollercoaster ride and probably my favorite in the park. No lines...we just walked up and got on...it was pretty awesome. From there we hopped on the Transformers ride...again, no wait. Josh really liked this ride because the 3D stuff interacts with your car. Next up, the ET ride. This ride was cute and all kinds of silly. Not nearly as thrilling as the other two, but it was good for a laugh. You had to ride a bike to ETs home planet which looks like Willy-Wonka-meets-hallucinogenic-mushroom-land.
Then we took a stroll though Springfield and road the Simpsons's 3D ride, which was really funny (as one would expect from the Simpsons!)
A quick stop in Moe's Pub
Met an old friend
We grabbed a quick dinner after we left the park and then headed back to our giant room to watch movies (batman begins) and our vacation standard, South Park. We had a big day planned for Tuesday, so we turned in early.