One day. That is how long me and my family has allocated for our attack and invasion of the first Universal Studios in Asia.
I was actually not excited that USJ (Universal Studios Japan) was in one of our itineraries in our journey to Japan this year. Two weeks before our trip I and my niece Kim checked out the USJ website. Both of us thought that it was plain, ordinary and simple run-of-the-mill theme park.
During our first visit to Osaka, we did not bother going to Universal Studios because we thought the thrill and excitement would basically be the same as that of our family’s former trip to Universal Studios in Singapore.
But we were completely, veritably and absolutely wrong!
As soon as we reached the façade, first thing I noticed (which is unlike the Singapore version) is that it’s huge! The streets are wide and spacious! And the attractions do not looked cramped into a limited space. Thus, even though there were lots of people, the park don’t feel like it’s congested and overcrowded.
But what was even greater about this theme-park-adventure was the rides and attractions. Good thing Denden (my nephew) planned very well the sights and rides we are to take. He seems to have plotted it in a thrill-escalating manner. Except for the roller coaster Fantasy Ride which my nieces and nephews excitedly started with, imagine we (including Nengkoy, my 76-year old mother) commenced our adventure with the kiddie Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic program and ended with the viperous 85-feet near vertical drop of the hair-raising Jurassic Park ride.
Among the features of USJ, the ones that I enjoyed most were the rides of Back To The Future, The Jaws, The Spiderman and of course the Jurassic Park. In all these amazing rides, I felt the cross-fertilization of fear, terror, shock, awe, astonishment and of course excitement hybreedizing down my spine. That is why while on a ride, I was screaming at the top of my lungs so as to discharge these feelings.
And to cap the day off, USJ featured their jaw-dropping, amazingly awesome and totally fantastic Magical Starlight Parade. It was the parade that brought the same feeling I had when I personally saw the Disney Parade in Hongkong. I was so happy freaky tears of joy were running down my face.
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