on April 7, 2010
We took our (almost) three-year-old son to Universal Studios, and he had a great time! We spent most of our time there in the kid's section. The little guy was about 36'' tall, which meant he was big enough to ride the Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster - which he LOVED! (Who'da figured?) He went on this a total of five times!He also really enjoyed A Day in the Park with Barney - as he has some Barney videos (which, as I like to say, we did NOT push on him)! Leave plenty of time for this one. The show is less than a half hour - including pre-show - but there is a play area when you exit, with slides and a train, and and water tables - great for toddlers!We tried to go on the ET Adventure, but technology foiled our attempt. I think he would have liked it, though. We also saw the Animal Actors show - and were somewhat disappointed that Benji was not in it, as the movie Benji has become a staple in our DVD library - but the show is a classic crowd pleaser and brought many a smile to the little guy's face.The Curious George Goes to Town playground is quite popular in the summertime, but it was rather chilly the day we went. The ball pit was not quite the ''ball'' we had expected, but it is available, for kids who like sucking up foam balls with vacuums and shooting them across the room.We also went to the Terminator 2-3D show, because a friend of ours plays the John Connor role in it, and we all found the show quite exciting!I will say, though, if anything was going to be dark or loud or scary in any way, I did make an effort to tell the young 'un what to expect, which I think helped his enjoyment immensely.At 36'', there were still quite a lot of rides he could not do. He couldn't ride Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoons Blast (except in the stationary seats), or the Men in Black Alien Attack, or the new Hollywood Rip Ride Roller Coaster. I think he would have enjoyed the Shrek 4D, but we didn't manage to fit that in.We ate at the International Food and Film Festival, which is between Animal Actors and the Simpsons ride. The food was quite good for theme park food. There are two lines, which both have the same food. Once you get to the front of the line, you can choose from any of three stations: Asian, Italian, and American food. Universal also offers an unlimited quick service food plan for $20 per adult.
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