Kim and I have fond memories of Universal. We came here back in college during one of my internships. We drove down from San Jose and hit a variety of attractions including Disneyland and Universal. Unfortunately, that trip had a sore spot which Kim loves to remind me of. For some reason, I got sick. Some sort of stomach thing. So we were waiting in a line to get into Universal that day years ago and I wasn’t feeling so good. Suddenly, one of those once in a lifetime farts uncontrollably left my body. It was loud and stinky and we were in line with 100 other people. They all got to experience my awesomeness right there and then. And my wife reminds me about it…every few weeks for the last dozen years or so. And she explained it in detail to my kids. So what!?!? When we got inside, I found somebody else who doesn’t mind a good fart!
The interesting thing at Universal was that they were selling “Front of the Line” tickets and normal general admission tickets. The special tickets got you into a few special things but more importantly got you an instant “FastPass” to each ride you went to. We debated it but couldn’t see the extra $20 a ticket. Plus, the park didn’t seem that busy. The funny part was once we got inside — we never waited on any rides. We usually got on as fast or faster than the “front of the line” pass people. So I started associating anyone with the “front of the line” lanyard on as a dork how got screwed on admission that day! Random view of Hollywood from up on Universal’s overlook.
The only thing I hadn’t done here in the past that I wanted to was the studio tour. Unfortunately, it left much to be desired for me. The kids weren’t that into it either. The coolest display was the scene from War of the Worlds where they took a real airplane and crashed it into a neighborhood.
The character visits were the big deal for the kids. And luckily the characters were all over with no apparent lines in front of them. We saw SpongeBob, Dora, Scooby and Curious George to name a few.
Disney is its own little world but Universal was much more LA — everyone was sort of rude. Strange. We had brought extra $10 per ticket coupons from the hotel. When we realized we didn’t need all of them, I talked Kim into handing them out in line. Everyone looked at her like “I don’t need your damn coupon. I am from LA and I am going to pay full price, bitch.” Maybe not but that was how it seemed. So she put the coupons down and gave up trying to be a kind citizen. Kim and I took a detour on the way home and hit a favorite store on Melrose to drop some coin on some clothes. As we finished up, it started to rain. Glad we weren’t at Disney today. Felt like the whole plan came together that day for this family!
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