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    I don't know...does this work?

    I went to Universal Studios for the first time in like 15 years this weekend.

    Do they intentionally try to **** with your senses there? Between transformers 3D, Mummy the Ride, Simpsons and Minion Mayhem my sense of balance and motion sickness was on heightened alert (yes I was the guy who spent most of the magic mountain days on tidal wave and log jammer).

    Aside from that, they were pretty freakin cool. The 3D effects on transformers and minion mayhem are pretty well done and intense. Easily forget that you're looking at a giant screen.
    I'm a Disney guy, so in comparison....Minion Mayhem had like 15 minutes of intro videos (which were funny) and was very star tours ish. Jurassic Park is pretty much splash mountain with dinosaurs and no music (a bit intense when the tyrannosaurus comes out), and Mummy the Ride is more or less a mix of indiana jones and space mountain.

    The lands are pretty cool, but I don't get how France and England design sets had anything to do with Universal? Pretty fun taking a picture by the Kwik E Mart and Super Silly Fun Land. The characters are active too. Was taking a picture of my wife and son with the 3 girls from Despicable Me. Margo decided she didn't like my camera angle and had to physically move me to a better sunlight shot.

    I also can't believe Water World is still around. I was looking forever for Miami Vice. Would've liked to have seen House of Horrors but no way a 19 month old or wife was getting near that one. Beetlejuice all star jam is still pretty fun.

    Also thank god for front of the line passes I was hooked up with, because just about every line's ride was 45-60 minutes or longer.
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    Colossus is closing in August so ride it while you can
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Also thank god for front of the line passes I was hooked up with, because just about every line's ride was 45-60 minutes or longer.
    At least they sell beer in some of the longer lines.
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    I heard they were getting rid of Pirates of the Carribbean...
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    Quote Originally Posted by notbob View Post
    Colossus is closing in August so ride it while you can
    Incorrect. It is not "closing" but getting the RMC treatment that other six flags parks have gotten (hint hybrid steel/wood coaster.) rumored they are going to combine both tracks and make it 8k+ feet and be the longest coaster on earth.

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    Heading to Universal as part of Botcon tomorrow night. We get to stay after the park closes at 8. Will have to do the Minion one. Last time I went, we did the solo line and didn't really have any issues but I can see avoiding that with kids.

    Where's Harry Potter going in? Down beside TF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaingunsofdoom View Post
    Heading to Universal as part of Botcon tomorrow night. We get to stay after the park closes at 8. Will have to do the Minion one. Last time I went, we did the solo line and didn't really have any issues but I can see avoiding that with kids.

    Where's Harry Potter going in? Down beside TF?
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    I dunno man...there is construction EVERYWHERE up on the hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    I dunno man...there is construction EVERYWHERE up on the hill.
    this, although it was really hard to tell what they were building.

    gru's cafe - avoid the food, it looked nas-ty.

    try the solo line for mummy the ride if it's long. you can barely see anything anyway, and it's a pretty short ride (forwards and backwards included).

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    There is a huge building going in just around the Simpsons ride. Can't see that being HP if it's supposed to be Diagon alley. Also the front parking lot is heavily under construction. That's my one trip this year. Be back in 2015.

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