L.A. Tourist, day 1: Universal Studios with the Baby


Aria and I in the Simpsons section of the park

We went to Universal Studios today after having breakfast at Porto’s. I’m not a huge fan of theme parks, mainly because I don’t like standing in line. Today was an exception because visiting family wanted to go, and my Aunt took care of my baby so I could go on some rides. I wish prepared better because there was a splash zone water area for kids, and I forgot to bring the proper attire for my daughter.

I rode Transformers: The Ride 3-D with my brother and niece after a 1.5 hour wait in line. It was a really fun ride, and the production value is very good. It isn’t the best ride I’ve been on (that honor goes to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ at Islands of Adventure in Florida), but it is pretty darn good.

Next, we all checked out Universal’s Animal Actors Show. My daughter was asleep through the first half, but was awake and enjoyed the part she did see. Afterwards, we met some of the animals – some dogs, a fox, and a chicken.

Aria, asleep on my aunt's shoulder

Aria, asleep on my aunt’s shoulder


Cute fox at the Animal Actors Show

Then, we went on the Studio Tour. I hadn’t been on this tour since I was a kid, when JAWS was the biggest attraction. The famed shark was still there, but what stole the spotlight was King Kong 360 3-D. I closed my daughter’s eyes because I was afraid she would get nightmares because it was loud and the tour bus was shaking. She seemed unfazed by it, but I just wanted to make sure. I also enjoyed seeing cars from movies, and filming locations for Desperate Housewives, Back to the Future, and The Mindy Project.

Cars from Knight Rider and Magnum P.I.

Cars from Knight Rider and Magnum P.I.

where Back To The Future was shot

where Back To The Future was shot

Sound stage for The Mindy Project

Sound stage for The Mindy Project

Finally, there was only enough time for one more ride, so my niece, brother, and I went on The Simpsons Ride. Our wait wasn’t long (30 mins), but because there are a lot of things to look at in line, it’s not so bad. I wish we had time to check out the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, but because my daughter didn’t sleep much all day and is on a pretty strict schedule, I had to choose my wait times wisely. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem had the second longest ride wait, so I chose to ride Transformers instead.

I’m glad I was able to enjoy some attractions at Universal Studios, only because my aunt was there to help. I don’t think I would return if I had to do it on my own. Overall, it was a pretty good day.


Aria cheesing next to the Lisa Simpson soft dolls