The next morning in sunny Florida, Mike and I got up early to head out to Universal Studios with these three fun gals!
Sweet Hannah gave Katie and Annie gift bags upon our arrival with Minnie Mouse birthstone bracelets, along with giant Hershey bars. (But of course. Chocolate is a must in our family. Good job, sister Sara. You trained Hannah well!) You can see the girls modeling their new bracelets:
Before long, we were there!
Universal Studios has a special place in my heart–mostly because I have fond memories of repeatedly going on the JAWS ride as a kid and grown-up kid (ironic, I know…since I’m not too fond of sharks). My dad took me at the tender age of 8 to see the JAWS 3-D movie when it came out in the theaters back in 1983. I remember being mesmerized (and petrified) sitting in the dark theater wearing 3-D glasses as parts of the blown-up shark floated out towards us in the audience. Good times.
Sadly, Universal Studios no longer has the JAWS ride available.
We had to settle for getting pics taken with the great white shark.
But what Universal Studios did have were tons of fun rides! We started the day out by becoming minions in the Despicable Me ride with the ever lovable Gru and his three adorable adopted girls.
After the ride, we turned back into normal people. (Well as normal as we can get, that is.)
(Oops, guess Hannah hadn’t quite turned back into a person yet!)
We also ran into Shrek and Fiona.
politely aggressively declined to have her picture taken with them. I guess she prefers the non-intimidating animated version of them?
The weather was great–partly sunny in the high 70s with some cool looking clouds!
So it was time for a frozen drink.
(And a brain freeze!)
We all enjoyed the Disaster ride where some lucky audience members became cast members for the upcoming subway ride where disaster strikes.
About ten members had already been picked, and we were escorted to an auditorium to watch the selected cast practice their parts. Some had to pretend that they were falling and others had to dodge falling (foam) rocks. We sat in the front row and after a couple of minutes, the hostess came up to me and asked if I wanted to join the cast. Totally caught off guard and not knowing what to expect, I
sacrificed offered my daughter Katie instead. (Thank you, dear!) Katie bravely went up on stage where she was asked to scream for 20 minutes.
Fortunately, she did such a good job, she only had to scream for a few seconds.
Katie’s face and blood-curdling scream was featured in the movie shown during the Disaster ride. Very cool! We asked for Katie’s autograph afterwards.
After walking for half the day, Hannah suggested that we get some Butterbeer. I’d never heard of it, but it was deelish!
Supposedly there’s no alcohol in it. But we did swagger a bit after downing the drinks.
Us trying to look sober:
The girls had fun going down a miniature water ride. (Hannah and I were bummed that we couldn’t go on it!) Mike got some great snapshots:
Mike also made a new friend that day too:
A great day at Universal Studios…Hope to be back again someday!