Universal Studios – Part 2 (A.K.A. Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon and Marvel Island)

IMG_6417_2Our next stop was Jurassic Park! For such a massive movie geek like me, the excitement began from the amazing moment that you walk through the gates seen in the movie. I can’t remember the last time I was able to enjoy being a movie geek to this extent! As a side note, we had the most amazing cookies in this part of the park. They were absolutely massive, unbelievably delicious and only a couple of dollars so I would definitely recommend them!

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IMG_6420_2Walking over to the ride you could see the Jurassic Park cars from the original movies, with dinosaurs looming out of the bushes behind them. There also seemed to be some sort of show that i’m guessing was connected to the recent Jurassic World. It looked like the story line was a dinosaur attempting to escape its cage and the keeper trying to prevent this from happening. There was an amazing robotic dinosaur which kept popping up and moving around (which looked almost scarily realistic). Unfortunately we didn’t stop to watch it as we were all far too busy sprinting over to the Jurassic Park ride!

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When I heard that it was a water ride, I was a little worried that it might be childish. I was quickly proved wrong however (much to my delight). The boat takes you along different sections of the ‘park’ with a voiceover introducing the dinosaurs that you see – as though you were actually in Jurassic World. You then come to a section where the dinosaur has escaped from its cage! You travel into a building and encounter a number of dinosaurs which have gained their freedom, before facing the famous T-Rex!!! Hand on heart, it truly was a fantastic ride. The dinosaurs looked pretty realistic, the tour element really made you feel like you had stepped into the world of the film, and of course the ride ended (as is expected from a water ride) with one final, massive splash!

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After Jurassic world we then made our way over to Toon Lagoon. I have to admit I have no idea what this actually is, but there was a water ride there which looked INCREDIBLE. It created an absolutely enormous splash and the people coming off it genuinely looked drench to the skin – admittedly we avoided this ride because of that fact. Definitely one I want to try on another day though!

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The next stop? Marvel! I am a self-confessed Marvel geek – particularly the Avengers and the X-men. So, coming to the Marvel Super Hero Island was truly a dream come true! The only ride in the area was connected to Spiderman, which I must confess I actually found a little bit disappointing. I like Spiderman, but I’m not a massive fan. I found it a bit surprising actually that after all of the success of the Avengers franchise in recent years that there was no ride dedicated to them! Maybe this should be something that Marvel need to start looking in to….

IMG_6487_2Spiderman was still of course a very fun ride and is something I would recommend to anyone visiting the park. I think perhaps all the rides are just that little bit more enjoyable if you’re a fan of the movie or book etc. The whole area looked really interesting, and I would have loved to have had a browse through the comic store just out of sheer curiosity. (I don’t actually own any comic books and I don’t particularly have any desire to start collecting them, but it would still be interesting to have a look around!) What can I say, Universal Studios proved once more to be an incredibly entertaining, magical place!

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“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch

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