Episode-140-Universal-Studios-Trip-Review

140: Universal Studios Hollywood Review

 

Megan & Kris took a trip to the “Dark Side.” We visited Universal Studios Hollywood and had a blast! (Don’t tell Mickey Mouse.)

Listen as we talk about our first experience there after 20 years and our children’s first visit.

 

Trip Review of Universal Studios Hollywood

In this trip review of Universal Studios Hollywood, we touch on the following topics:

 

Preparation

We pretty much prepared for this the same way we prepare for our Disneyland trips. We packed our lunch and snacks and everything else we thought we’d need. We should have packed a change of clothes for Kit though…

 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We were in complete awe! This place is amazing and all-encompassing down to the smallest detail. We can see how it’s giving The Mouse a run for its money. And teh butterbeer is so delicious!

 

Olivander’s Wand Shop

Ginny got to participate in this experience and got to have a wand “pick her.” We were a little apprehensive when she was singled out since she has a condition called selective mutism, but she did very well and the Wand Maker was very good with her even though she couldn’t talk.

 

Back Lot Tram Ride

This has changed a lot since we visited last and it’s definitely not kid-friendly. The King Kong and Fast & Furious portions were terrifying for our kids, and Kit said, “I never want to go on that again.”

 

Animal Actors Show

We actually visited this show twice. It was a very fun and educational show involving trained animals. Very family friendly and had some wonderfully humorous moments.

We mentioned how Megan’s sister, Rachel, trains dogs and actually uses dogs to herd sheep. Check out this video on what she does! It’s very interesting.

 

 

Super Silly Fun Land

We mainly visited the playground and water play area which we weren’t prepared for. Kit got drenched and we had to figure out what to do with him.

 

Waterworld Show

We loved this show, especially Teddy and Kit. It was a great stunt show with action on the water and some fun surprises.

 

Final Thoughts

This park isn’t really a place for families with young children. There’s really not very much that young kids can do, ride-wise, other than the Dumbo-style ride in Super Silly Fun Land. It’s better to visit when your kids are a little older. It’s more aimed at teens, tweens, and young adults.

Our favorite things were the shows we experienced and how they handle their rider swap. In fact, if Disneyland adopted this method, it’d be a lot better for families.

 

Conversations with Kit

Kit talks about how he liked the trip to Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

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138: Maximizing Your Time at Disneyland on a Crowded Day

 

Megan & Kris talk about how to maximize your time at Disneyland during a crowded day!

Also, we’re trying out a new format for our show. Starting with this episode, we’re going to be combining the park tips and conversations with Kit into one episode and release those once per week. The reason for this is to attempt to cut back on the amount of work it takes to put out an episode. I talk more about it at the top of the show. If you like this change or have any other suggestions, please drop us a line and let us know!

 

How to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Have a plan, but be flexible.

You don’t want to just “wing it” when visiting Disneyland. We each pick our “must do’s” for the day and make those our priority. You also want to make sure to be flexible. It may be that somebody’s “must do” is closed, or maybe minds are changed. Your plans aren’t set in stone, so be prepared to change things up.

 

Start early, stay late

Do as much as you can before everyone gets there and after everyone leaves. Try to get to the parks before Rope Drop and/or stay late. If the park opens at 8:00 am, you usually have a few hours before the big crowds arrive to get in as much as you can. We’re frequently able to hit five or six attractions before 11. Crowds will usually start thinning too around 10 pm if you can wait them out.

Also, consider doing attractions that have long lines in the sun early when it’s cooler. Peter Pan, for example, has wait times of 45–50 minutes with a good portion of the queue out in the sun. Don’t blame us if you get heat stroke while waiting for Peter Pan.

 

Use FASTPASS

Use FASTPASSes on popular attractions like Space Mountain and Indiana Jones. (Try combining them with rider swap, if you have young kids or babies, for more value.)

 

Use mobile apps

Use apps like MouseWait and the Disneyland App to gauge wait times and adjust schedule when appropriate.

 

Take it slow during the day

Take things slow once the big crowds get there. After all, you’ve already checked off most of the things on your list in the morning, right?

 

Conversations with Kit

Kit talks about The Magic School Bus and a really cool educational kit that he got that helps him learn about the human body.

 

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Are you planning a Disney vacation? Let us help you out! We’ve teamed up with Goldgell Getaways and they can help you with all of your planning details and since they’re paid by Disney, they can do it at no additional cost to you!
Their amazing agents will work with you directly to make sure you’re getting the best rates possible on lodging and admission, and will even keep their eyes peeled for other discounts or bonuses to add to your trip as they come up!
There’s just so much to consider when planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or even a Disney cruise. Let Goldgell Getaways take care of it for you so you can know for sure that nothing will get missed and you’ll have a wonderful, magical trip!
Plus, if you book a trip to Disneyland, you’re entitled to a free digital copy of our Guide to Visiting Disneyland with Young Kids!
For a free, no obligation quote, visit www.gomousescouts.com/quote, and have fun on your trip!

 

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137 Family Fun: Kit’s Lego Camp

 

Kit and Kris talk about his summer Lego Camp and how much fun he had building!

 

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Kit tells us about watching the solar eclipse and what he liked about it!

 

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132 Family Fun: Kit’s Three Favorite Disneyland Rides!

 

Kit tells us about his three favorite Disneyland rides: Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin, The Haunted Mansion, and Star Tours!

 

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129 Family Fun: Kit’s Review of Fantasmic!

 

In this episode, our four-year-old son, Kit, gives us his review of seeing Disneyland’s Fantasmic! for the first time!

 

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Five year old Kit talks about watching The Mighty Ducks and playing “kitchen hockey” with Daddy!

 

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124 Family Fun: Kit’s New Baby Brother!

 

In this episode, Kit talks about meeting his brand new baby brother!

 

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122 Family Fun: Kit’s First Magic Trick!

 

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Here’s the video:

 

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