Orland Vacation: {Day 1 – Universal Studios}

Things you might learn when you ask your husband about their childhood – #14684: They’ve never been to a Disney park.
Being the spouse in the situation who lived her first five years of life just hours away from Disneyland, went to Disney World on a high school trip and then conquered the World again just a few years ago on a family vacation, I was both shocked and saddened.

He didn’t even know the magic he was missing!

Upon processing the earth-shattering, magic-killing and devastating news, I made him make a promise:
We will go to Disney World before we have kids.
Six months of marriage in and with student loans paid vacation planning commenced!

We arrived late Friday night (week leading up to Thanksgiving) to catch a few hours of shut eye before the 3.5 jam-packed park days.  I decided we’d start with Universal Studios for several reasons:
1.) It’s not magical.  Is it cool?  Yes.  Is it awesome?  Yes.  But Disney claims all hold on magic and Universal just doesn’t compare.
2.) As awesome as the Hogwarts ride is, I will not arrive a few hours after opening and wait in line 3 hours again.
3.) Pete likes roll coasters and I hate them.  So if he’s wanting to get me on even semi-scary rides, we better get it out of the way before I’m exhausted, cranky and achy from walking all day.  (And yes, I think Hogwarts and the Spiderman rides are semi-scary.)

We made it!  After a make-your-granny proud, mall speed walk to the back of the park we had arrived!
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