After a couple hours of sleep (and a minor fender bender in our hotel parking lot which called for pulling Spanish out of places we won’t discuss), The Tonettes finally headed down the road to Universal Studios.
Ok, when I was a kid, my mouth would water over commercials of King Kong ripping open sides of buildings in front of your eyes and kids with giant smiles on their faces laughing and screaming as huge billows of fire and smoke pour out of buildings right in front of them, nearly singeing off their eyebrows.
Needless to say, I’m a bit of an idealist.
I have since learned, however, that most of the time, things never turn out as awesome as commercials. Easter eggs are never as vibrant as you see on the box because you only have the patience to let them sit in the dye for fifteen seconds. Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners that should glow with the familial goodwill of Rockwell paintings usually end up in family members quarrelling or someone spilling cranberry sauce all over you.
So naturally, I was setting myself up to be somewhat disappointed from the very beginning.
Universal Studios was awe.some.
Universal is based on movies, and as such, they’re more focused on giving you a movie-like, cinematic experience. As a result, it’s kind of more of a place for adults (which I liked). They do an amazing job at setting the scene for you and giving you the story. The entire day was filling with one amazing ride after another, but hands down, the best ride of the day was the new Harry Potter ride.
I don’t want to tell you anything (because you HAVE to ride it for yourself) except that 1) the setup for the ride is amazing, no, outstanding and 2) it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Above is Universal’s recreation of Hogwart’s. Incredible, right?
Once again, by the end of the day, we were dog tired and SO tired of fatty, sweet theme park food. We wanted to collapse into a fluffy, soft bed, but we still had an hour and a half drive to Tampa to go, so we piled into the car and headed down the road to the next part of our adventure: performing in Florida aka: The Tonettes go national!