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Old 07-10-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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My July 5th Experience at IOA / Universal

So my hubby and I stayed at the Royal Pacific for the first time from July 4-July 6th. We decided to hit SeaWorld on July 4th and had a great time- Iíll write about that experience in the SeaWorld forum. We ended up dedicated the entire day of July 5th to both Universal and IOA and used our hotel express pass for every ride. We missed the IOA early entry at 7:00am so we decided to be at the Universal gates at 7:45 for their 8:00am early entry admission.

We went straight to Transformers so we could experience that before it got too crowded. We were part of the first group of people to get to the attraction and we waited about 10 minutes before we got on the ride. The whole attraction is awesome! I really love how everything came together. Our only issue was the ride had technical issues and stopped about Ĺ way through and we were just stuck in the car for about 10-12 minutes waiting for it to restart. Guess they are still trying to get the kinks out. Luckily, they let us go through the child swap entrance and re-ride if we wanted to. I really appreciated this because I didnít want to have to wait all over again. I really loved this ride!

Right after Transformers, we hit Despicable Me and waited about 10 minutes as well. I have never been on this ride before thought this was really cute. I was laughing through most of it and I really enjoyed the beginning part when Gru is talking to you. If this was longer than like 40 minutes, I probably wouldnít have gone on, but thatís just my preference.

We then went to The Beverly Hills Boulangerie for some pastries and actually really enjoyed it. We definitely did a sugar overload but it was totally worth it! RRR was unfortunately down so we were unable to do this in the morning. At this point, the park opened to the general public and we headed over to The Mummy- again, only a 10 minute wait through express line. We decided to then go over to IOA and get some fun rides in.

We went directly to Dueling Dragons (sorry I refuse to call it the Dragon Challenge lol) and had about a 20 minute wait, only because we wanted front row. If we just went through express, we would have been on within 5 minutes. When we got to DD, the Forbidden Journey was at a 75 minute wait so we decided to skip it and go around the park. Since we never did Poseidonís Fury before, we decided to try it out because at this point it was so hot and we were both drenched in sweat. It was cheesy like most people say but I did enjoy it as a first timer. In the future, I probably wouldnít do it again. We had about a 15 minute wait for this. We then went to Jurassic Park to cool off and got drenched, which was so refreshing.

We ended up leaving around 12:30 because the heat became unbearable and the air was thick. Went back to the hotel, took a nap, showered went to dinner at Choup Chop (very good btw) and got back to the parks at 7:00pm. RRR was finally back open and we had to wait about 25 minutes to get through the express. We went back to the DD and again only about a 5 minute wait. At this point, about 8:00pm, Forbidden Journey was only a 35 minute wait. We also hit the Hulk and waited about 10 minutes.

Overall, I was surprised at how short the wait times were with the express pass, especially on the Friday after a holiday. Mostly averaged around 15-20 minutes and a little longer if you waited for front row. The only real issue was the heat so we were prepared by drinking lots of water and incorporated air conditioned rides in between outdoor rides. It was very crowded which made it a little more difficult but wasnít unbearable. The express pass was definitely key and taking a nice break in the middle of the day really helped. Really sad that itís over and weíre back to reality this week!
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thank you for sharing with us!!

sounds like you had loads of fun.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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Great TR! Thank you for sharing
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:16 AM   #5
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I still call it Duelling Dragons too.....even though they don`t exactly duel anymore.

The Boulangerie is really good, I always tell people to give it a try. Nice and fresh and nice desserts too

The Express Pass is worth it`s weight in gold.

Glad you had such a wonderful time and thanks for popping on to tell us
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Welcome to the forums!

Thanks for sharing the details of a holiday week trip. I am thinking about next summer and information like this is important.

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