The wife and I brought Isaac and Joy to Universal Studios on Saturday, their second time there. We wanted to let them see the new Sesame Street performance and I wanted to try out the new Transformers Ride.
We got there early and were greeted by Mel's Dinettes. It's always fun to watch the ladies perform their 50s and 60s numbers. So much energy there.
I have a few more photos of their performance (I was testing a new lens) but I shall refrain from posting too many here, in case it makes me look creepy.
We watched the 11.30am performance of the Sesame Street show. It was not too long, but the kids loved it and they got to take photos with Elmo, Ernie, Grover and Bert. Joy was a little disappointed that Cookie Monster wasn't there. I told the kids he was probably on leave.
After the Sesame Street show, we went to the Transformers Ride and saw the 70-minute queue. Ouch. Fortunately, we had Express queue tickets and we walked right in. I felt some dirty looks as we walked by and felt a little bad.
Outside, a pair of Chinese tourists asked the host in Mandarin, pointing at us, "Are they from China?". I think they thought there was a special queue for tourists from a certain country.
It was an awesome ride. Usually, I am skeptical of simulator rides because you end up nauseous from all the shaking. But they did this well, with 3D glasses and movement within the compound, so it really felt like we were in a Transformers movie and right smack in the battle.
The wife, who normally dislikes the scary roller coasters, found this acceptable and even went for a second round. My son, adrenaline junkie and Transformers fan, took the ride three times.
Joy was not a fan though, and came out of the ride crying. I had to buy some overpriced popcorn to placate her. Strange thing is, she was totally fine with the Jurassic Park Canopy Flyer ride, which was quite a fast ride (the wife declared it her first and last time). Joy wanted to go a second time, saying, "The ride was too short."
Joy also wanted to watch the Waterworld show, which I was quite bored with already (I have seen it four times). Isaac insisted on sitting in the Soak Zone. I asked the wife if she brought extra clothes, she said "Yes, underwear too."
My wife is a wise woman.
The day was really hot but we were thankful for the Express lane. We also didn't go to the major rides like Galactica and The Mummy because our Mummy was not a fan, so we saved some time.
By the time we got back to the car (good grief, the parking was $26!), the kids were at low batt and knocked out. I guess fighting Decepticons can take the wind out of you.