Lucky for the rest of us there were several crazy simulation rides where you are safely tucked away on the ground and only the movie screen moves. My favorite is by far The Simpson’s. That ride is totally crazy and kind of creepy as you really think you are actually going into a real roller coaster. Outside that ride there was a “whack a rat” stand. And since I am an undefeated whack-a-mole champion Teresa decided to sponsor a battle between us:
She won!!!!!! Stupid lousy crap game!!!! And of course she got to pick a toy and chose what is now known as “the loser hat”
It was indeed lovely to wear in the heat. And after having tried a bunch more simulation rides including the Minions and Shrek:
We took the train to Hogsmead in the other affiliated park: Adventure Island. Where you can shop Harry Potter candy:
And drink butter beer:
And test your newly purchased wand:
And then we did a bunch more rides. And I have to say that the ride inside Hogwarts was amazing! It is by far my new favorite. Enough movement to give old scared ladies like me a thrill but not so much that I felt like my stomach is left 10 feet above or behind me. After touring the park and watch the rollercoaster freaks of the family do the 30 foot drop in Jurassic Park as well as ride Hulk, we went back to universal studios, where we got to feel really stupid. It turns out the there is a giant diagonal alley setup that we did not notice last time we were in that area of the park. So we didn’t even go in. And when we finally did it was kind of too late in the day to see everything. Sigh. But I did get to see the dragon spew fire:
And as we rushed out 10 minutes before closing time we were hijacked into one more ride by some enthusiastic staff. The Jimmy Fallon ride through NYC (and the moon). If any of you wonder what a Jimmy Fallon ride feels like, I can only say - go try it for yourself. It is not really like anything else out there!