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Re: The Amazing Adventures of Voxelmatic [Photo TR]

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:54 pm
by Voxelmatic
California Trip Part 1: Universal Studios Hollywood (7/6/13)
It's been a while, hasn't it? Never too late to post a trip report. So, in case you couldn't tell, this past summer I took a trip to South California. I went to Universal Studios, Knott's, Magic Mountain, and both Disney parks. It was my first time here, so I didn't have much to go off of for experience.

After an early morning flight from Washington, DC, I landed at LAX around 11:30 California time. This was on the same day the plane crashed in San Fransisco, so the airport was a little bit crazy. I got off of the plane around noon, grabbed the rental car with my dad, and went straight to the hotel at Universal.

First off, I'm going to say how impressive the park looked, looming over the side of the hill it's on. I wasn't expecting it, and it was spectacular. I was excited for the park before hand, but I instantly fell in love with the way it looked. When my dad and I got to the hotel, we checked in, and walked to the park. I liked the entrance of it, which I had seen basically no pictures of before hand. It was a lot crazier than the New York area in Orlando, but I didn't dislike it. Also, I think they were building Despicable Me while I was there, or at least I'm pretty sure it was. Dodging past the hordes of people, the first ride I rode that trip was Revenge Of The Mummy. I rode it seven times that day thanks to the Single Rider Line. I instantly rode Transformers, and it was a stunning attraction in my opinion. I prefer it to Spiderman. Jurassic Park was very photogenic, but it was the same as Orlando's version.

Back on the upper lot, I rode the Studio Tour. What looked like an hour wait was only about thirty minutes, so that was a pleasant surprise. The Fast and the Furious stunt was closed, but I don't think I missed that much. I liked Kong, but it wasn't nearly as good as House of Horrors. After returning to the lower lot for more rides on Mummy, the day ended with The Simpsons Ride. I still miss Back To The Future, and hope to visit Japan some day to ride it.

Revenge Of The Mummy: This was a pleasant surprise. I didn't prefer it to Florida's, but the backstory for this version was much better. I also noticed that it had a lot of good air spots, which would be a common theme for almost all of the launched rides I rode this trip. (x7)

Transformers 3D: Wow. One of my friends who had been on this really didn't like it, so I honestly wasn't expecting too much. I was blown away. The 3D was much cleaner than Spiderman's, along with it having a better plot and everything. Why couldn't the movies be like this? (x2)

Jurassic Park: A lot more effects were working here than in Florida, plus less stacking issues. Otherwise, it was enjoyable, but not good enough to warrant a re-ride. (x1)

King Kong 360: It was overrated, but a nice way to introduce younger people to King Kong.

Studio Tour: I really enjoyed it! The different parts of it pieced together really well, although the guy singing the tram song got annoying at the end. (x1)

House of Horrors: I got scared. Although, I hope it's a good preview for HHN, as I might go sometime.

Simpsons: Same as Orlando, it was entertaining, but I would really prefer Back To The Future.