Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summer 2018 - Week 8 (Day 4)

We woke up and got ready for the day because today we were going to Universal Studios. To try to save money, I had the idea of walking to get there since it did not look that far away on Google Maps. It was a bit of a walk, but we made it and walked through the City Walk portion of Universal Studios.

A restaurant called "The Salsa Bar" artwork on the side of the building.

Outside Voodoo Doughnuts

We rented a locker for our backpack since we had items in it they wouldn’t allow in the park, and then carried on walking towards the main entrance of Universal Studios. After making it through security, I pulled up my digital tickets on my phone and had them scan them so we can get in.

We walked through the park and made our way to the area where all The Simpsons attraction area is.

Two ladies chatting like they do in New York

Donkey actually talking to people.

Duff Brewery

Moe's was actually closed at the moment when I tried to open the doors.

Inside the Kwik-E-Mart

"Bort" name badges.

Duff Energy Drinks

Our first ride was the 3-D Simpsons Ride, then checked out the Kwik-E-Mart, and then we made our way down the long escalators to the bottom level of the park where there were other rides.

We waited in the long line at the Jurassic Park Ride and rode that ride.

After that ride, we all went to ride The Mummy ride.

Once we finished that ride, we were all getting hungry. Instead of walking ALLLL the way back up and over to the lockers at the entrance of the park to get the sandwiches we put in the backpack, we ended up getting food right there at Panda Express.

Megatron talking to the crowd.

My fork was flashing gang signs at me... 

After eating lunch TJ, Amanda, Chloe and I rode the Transformer Ride.

Bumblebee talking to the crowd.

Actors (male and female) on stilts

Once we were done with that we met up with my mom and Ady, then we headed back up to the top level to do the other activities... but first, we had to apply more sunblock-- which meant we had to go to the lockers anyways. It's funny how that when you are hungry, you wouldn't have the strength to do it... Now that we had food in us, it was like, "Let's go!". So we walked over to that area, checking out more things along the way, and then lathered up again when we made it over there again.

Ady and Amanda running up one flight of stairs.


TJ tries it now.

Homer was waving like, "Don't take my picture".

Inside Moe's.

Grampa the Love Tester... sorry TJ. I actually got "Hot Tamale".


Made completely out of LEGO's.

Cooling off.

We had to go through security again, then showed the digital tickets, then made our way over to the gift shops in front of the Harry Potter area. 
Looking at the wardrobes the students wear in Harry Potter.

Yeah... You better save your money girls.

Both good and evil characters wands.

My mom was getting flush, and we all needed to cool down. So we walked through looking at the items for sale while my mom stood in front of a fan while drinking water.
Ady's name is never on merchandise like Chloe's name would be, but we found this...

They style of hat Marty McFly/Marty McFly, Jr. (Michael J. Fox) wore in the year 2015 in the movie, Back to the Future II.

Hello Kitty! Jaws

When things were good for everyone, we walked over to the Moulin Rouge area so the girls could go through the Walking Dead attraction with Amanda while my mom, TJ and I waited.

The Scooby Doo Gang

Ady didn't want to pose with us. Oh well.

Amanda took my phone to take pictures...

Just making a cell phone call in a telephone booth.

She slid down like this, and I told her to stay like that for the picture.

What is this thing?

After they found us, we walked over and stood in line for the Despicable Me Ride.

One of the Minions... I don't know all their names.

The front of Gru's car.

The back of Gru's car.

The speakers resembled bombs.

Banana shaped "Wet Floor" sign

After that excitement, we knew it was getting late and had time to do probably one or two more thing, so we headed over to the Back Lot Tour where you can see the back lot and other information interesting it’s about the studio where they film TV shows and movies.

There is our ride.

Waiting for the tour to start.


Some of the "The Grinch" set

Bates Motel located behind The Grinch set.

Part of War of the World airplane disaster set

The cabin seen in The Great Outdoors

That tour takes an hour, so when that was done, we headed over to the Water World Show.

One of the actors hi-fiving an audience member while we were leaving.

After the show ended, and with us so close to the entrance/exit and it getting late, we called it a day there at Universal... except we had to walk all the way through City Walk again and did a little window shopping.

Caramel apples

Click to see what kind of doughnuts they sell

With us head back to the hotel by walking, we found a pizza parlor and order dinner for everyone to take back to the room to eat.

Traffic on the 101

I wanted to go out later and find the beer the band Sublime released earlier in the year. We found it at a little local market, then drove out to a Target to see if the item they stopped selling was at this store (according to the website). It wasn’t there, so we headed back to the Ralph’s near our hotel to grab a few groceries, came back to hotel and we went to bed.

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