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The Dibb made me do it - Day 6 - A Universally wet day

Today is the day I had picked for us to really hit Universal and specifically Harry Potter, but wed had such a good evening the night before that the pressure was off. We had a lazy morning, sometimes you have to just rest. We had some muffins and cereal. We had brought bagels and bread to toast, but unfortunately we didnt have a toaster, so that didnt work too well! We decide to try the shuttle bus option to get to the park, it will save us $20 and perhaps reduce a little directions based tension in the car! As we leave the room, we notice its raining, so we head back into the room and collect the ponchos. This will prove to be a very good move!
There are buses all morning but we catch the final bus at 11:05am. Its pretty straightfoward and we must be the last stop as we go straight to the parks, where we are dropped off just outside CityWalk. You have to go up into the security area, which is a bit chaotic and then you are into CityWalk and we head back to Universal again.

Ive printed out a touring plan, but weve never followed a touring plan and today was no different. I like the idea of them but I cant imagine we will ever actually use one properly. The first stop on our touring plan is Men in Black, so we head towards that first. Just as we enter the Simpsons area it starts to spit and then it quickly turns into a deluge, the Simpsons ride is nearby so we just run straight in. We actually have no idea what it is, although while we are queuing I realise that it used to be the Back to the Future ride many years ago, so we have at least some idea of what we are queuing for. The queue was pretty quick, but loads of stairs. We are seeing loads of stairs on all the rides. At one point we have to queue on a set of stairs that go outside, but fortunately the worst of the rain has stopped by that point. I dont think we queued very long, maybe 10 minutes, and then we were onto the ride. Which is really good. Im not a massive fan of the Simpsons but have seen enough to know the characters and it was just fun with some good 3d effects.
We leave the ride and Katies not feeling too great. The effects have made her feel a little queezy. I was a bit worried that was going to be the end of the day for her, but she nips into the loo and then we take a break in the Coke Hut. We decide to buy a refillable cup, Im never sure if its a good idea or not, but we seem to spend a lot on drinks, so we buy the cup fo $15.99 and then we can refill it all day. They have about 100 different flavours you can fill it with. It doesnt really bear thinking about.

After a drink and a rest, shes feeling better.

We go to Men in Black next. This has the annoying locker situation outside. We manage to find 2 lockers and get everything stowed away, but Im thinking what sort of ride is this? I thought it was like Buzz Lightyear? The queue shows 20 minutes but we pretty much walk straight on, and it is pretty much like Buzz. It was really good, and I won in our car, so I was quite pleased with that result!

We retrieve our belongings, and head back to Diagon Alley. The weather is a bit damp but its not too bad.
First stop is the nightbus where we meet the conductor and the shrunked head. He asks Katie where she is from and she says the UK, The conductor replies, well obviously we are in London!

There is a phone box near the Night Bus, so Katie calls the Ministry of Magic, they replied they replied that the phone booth was closed for maintenance so we would have to use a different entrance

We just have a wander around, Molly is using her wand to try all the spells. At first she finds it tricky but pretty quickly she gets the hang of it.
I like looking in the windows, self knitting needles anyone?

We had thought we would watch one of the shows, but as the stage was so wet it was cancelled. We spend quite a while just looking at everything, This is one place where a tour would be good as there are so many details that I am sure I missed. Id also like to get in after hours when it was empty so you could really see it without all the tourists in the way (of course we are also tourists in other peoples way).
Eventually we head back out into the real world, and inevitably thoughts turn to lunch. We decide to get some pizza and find a table in Luigis. We share a large pizza, some salad and use the refillable mug.
After lunch, we have a fastpass for Jimmy Fallons ride through NYC. This is the only ride in the park that you can get a free fastpass for, They operate a virtual queuing system. We have never seen the show, although I know the Carson show from the 80s, but its still quite cool to walk though NBC studios and watch the clips. The ride is very similar to the Simpsons ride, I mean, we arent in Krustys cartoonland, we are in NYC but its essentially the same concept.
We come out of the ride, and I think we are done. We havent done a massive number of rides, but weve enjoyed our day, stayed relatively dry and not had to queue to much. Molly really wants to rid Rip Ride Rocket, but there is no way Im riding that, and Phil and Katie arent keen either. She doesnt want to ride alone, so we pass up on that pleasure.
On the way out, we pass the Despicable Me ride. It was showing at 60 minutes, but these timings tend to be high, so being soft and feeling guilty about Rip Ride Rocket, we decided to queue. It was every minute of the published 60 minutes. They have a cute film for you to watch while you wait but its only about 30 minutes long. When you are watching it for the 2nd time its not so entertaining. They should really make the ride entertainment films much longer. Nothing says Ive been in this line too long like watching the film for the third time. Eventually, we get into the ride, and its exactly the same as the Simpsons and Jimmy Fallon. The movie is funny, but 3 3D simulator rides feels like too many. Molly would have liked to have gone into Shrek, which is much the same. I think a bit of variety is needed here.
After the Despicable Me Ride, we come out to torrential rain, it was absolutely chucking it down. We (by which I mean I), had had enough, so we headed back to the bus stop. I had stayed relatively dry all day, but we were soaked. We dripped our way back to the bus stop and waited for the bus. We had a bit of a wait but there was a bench and I was at that point where I was already wet and it wasnt going to make any difference if I got any wetter.

The bus took us back to our hotel, the driver was quite the character entertaining us before we set off, and making sure everyone remembered to get off at the right hotel. We discussed going out for a meal later on, but once we got back to the room, we just hit the bed and put the telly us and decided to just snack instead. Note bagels warmed in the microwave are not very nice.
Katie was very excited to watch a new episode of Teen Wolf, so we just watched the telly and relaxed.

Edited at 05:20 PM.
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Shame about the rain. I agree about the attractions there: too "samey" for a 14 day ticket. You sound as if you all need to have a day doing literally nothing other than relaxing!

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Great picture of the girls with the conductor, looks like lines are not too bad apart from despicable me. Last year we bought Thomas English muffins ( my fave) for our room without realising there was no toaster we had a few stops at different hotels throughout our trip and they travelled with us getting binned at our last hotel! Loving the report you guys look like you're having a fab time at universal.
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Shame about the rain. The girls look good in their matching t shirts.
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A pity about the rain, but sounds like you made the most of the day.
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Great day but rotten about the weather, the same thing happened to us the last time we were at Universal, we were drenched even with the ponchos

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Love the girls matching t-shirts.

A lot of people share your opinion about all of the simulators at Universal. We don't do Universal but as a ride chicken I really like simulators and wish Disney has more!
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I like that both the girls are up to no good! Another good day apart from getting soaked.
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