Jun 22, 2016

Universal Studios, Part 1

As many times as we have taken the kids to Orlando, we have never ventured into those "other parks," so we decided that this just might be the summer to try them out.  We visited Universal on our honeymoon, so we knew a little bit about it in the pre-Potter days, and I had visited Sea World in San Antonio as a kid and wanted to make sure that the kids got to see a killer whale before PETA sends them all back to the ocean, so we planned our trip and booked our flights.  

One additional benefit to visiting Orlando is that my sweet cousin and her family recently moved to the area and we got to see them on our trip! We have not seen Wyatt since he was in his mom's tummy, and now he has a baby sister in there!  We had a great visit swapping "great moments in parenting"stories and reminiscing about our interesting childhoods together.  I think both of the husbands may have been a little freaked out by our stories, but we survived them and that's the important part...
It was such a great visit that we didn't want them to leave so we even got a nighttime shot of the group...
The hotel had a really cool pool area with a nearby playground/splash pad for the little ones...


The pool was zero entry and Corinne felt liberated.  She would wade until she could no longer touch, tuck her baby feet up behind her, and "fly" on her little puddle jumper as the current carried her off.  It was super fun for her, but terrifying for me and Damon...


We started our first full park day at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.  This park allows you to child swap so that both parents can ride with the big kids while the babies that are too short wait in a waiting room.  Corinne had such a full morning by the time we made it to the ride that she knocked out waiting for Damon and the big girls to come back...
Our minions loved the Minion ride...

This kid cracks me up...
I like to call Cille Pete, and this one is Repeat...
We caught a bit of the Sponge Bob Bikini Bottom Parade, but our kids don't watch that, so we weren't that into it...





We thought that Corinne would enjoy the Barney Show, so that meant everybody had to go.  Lucky for us it was air conditioned, and had a pretty cool play area at the exit...

The lines and all the sweating finally caught up with Corinne and she was down for the count.  Yet another time that I have been sooooo thankful for our behemoth stroller...
More Orlando fun to come!

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