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A “No Parents Allowed” Vacation – Universal Studios Days 3-4

After two full days at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, we needed a day off.  Friday was our resort day.  When we checked in, we were given a list of the daily activities.  One that stood out was the Gatorland show on Friday afternoon and the comedy magical show on Saturday night.  Steve from Gatorland had an awesome presentation.  He showed a tarantula and told how fragile they are.


Next we saw a lizard.


Then he had a snake


Then the moment every one was waiting for, when he opened up the black bag!!! Yup, a gator.


At the end of his presentation, all the kids who wanted to hold the alligator, were then allowed to do so.


It was a great presentation and Whitney and Wyatt both loved it.  With an educational experience behind us, we headed for the second pool at the resort, Florida Falls.  We loved playing in the water drop area.


The main pool had a water slide that was just the right size for Whitney and Wyatt.


On the way back to our condo, we stopped for a game of corn hole and then worked on school work that their teachers had sent.


Friday had been a nice relaxing day off.  On Saturday, we dressed to get wet and headed to Universal for our last day.  We would need to be out of the parks by 6 pm as there was a Christian Rock festival.  At Universal, you park in a large parking garage (a fee is charged).  To get to the park you walk through City Walk, which is an outdoor mall.  Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Louie was out in front of the restaurant.  We tried to get Whitney and Wyatt to take a picture, nope…so Jim got one for himself.


Saturday was our water day.  There are several rides where you get extremely wet, so we dressed appropriately and were ready for the adventure. On the Islands of Adventure side, there is Toon Lagoon.  We went on Popeye’s & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges.  You sit in a large raft, and float down a “river” of rapids – you get wet!!!  Whitney and Wyatt loved it so much that we went twice.

Also in Toon Lagoon, is Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Rapids. Whitney and Wyatt had no idea who Dudley Do-Right was or why we were laughing at the character scenes throughout the ride.  It is a log ride with a large drop at the bottom.  Again you will get wet, but since we were already wet, we went a second time. And since it is a No Parents Allowed vacation, we had a morning snack of popcorn and pop.

After our fun time in Toon Lagoon, we walked to Jurassic Park River Adventure.  You ride a large raft through Jurassic Park, it starts out nice…

but something goes terrible wrong and the dinosaurs have escaped.

After out scary river experience, it took abit of convincing, but we waited in line for the Raptor Encounter.

We kept telling Whitney and Wyatt that it wasn’t real, but it seemed real…

That was a bit scary and Whitney and Wyatt were very brave!!!  We decided to ride the Hogwarts Express one last time to the Universal Studio side. There we experienced the Knight Bus and the Shrunken head.

We were going to go play in the Curious George Goes to Town water playground, but lightening in the area, shut down all the outside rides.  So for our final ride, Whitney and Wyatt chose Transformers.  It was a long wait, but a good way to end our time at Universal parks.

Before heading back to our resort, we stopped at a place called the Sweet Tomato.  It is a soup and salad bar but also has pasta and pizza.  We were looking forward to a salad and though the kids would love the pizza.  Whitney chose a plateful of peas!!!20180908_160859

That night at the resort, they had a comedian/magician.  Wyatt was chosen as one of the helpers.

The next morning we had to leave for the airport at 3:30 am to fly back to Iowa and deliver Whitney and Wyatt back to their parents.

We spent a few days recuperating in Iowa…watching Jodi coach volleyball while we ate Jarsma doughnut holes…

playing at the park…

and eating lunch at school while rocking it with our matching “Thing” shirts. Whitney was loving her new Disney hat.

The last thing was to celebrate Wyatt’s birthday early as we would not be here.  Can’t go wrong with Jarsma sugar cookies…can you tell we love that bakery!!!  Wyatt picked out specific cookies for everyone to enjoy.

Our “No Parents Allowed” vacation had come to an end.  It was a great success and we are already talking about our next trip. The kids said that definitely Mom and Dad can stay home…sorry Wade and Jodi.20180911_093137 (1)