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Universal Orlando Superstar Parade and Cinematic Spectacular #YearToBeHere

I had an amazing weekend at Universal Studio Resort. At the end of the day I could see why this is an extraordinary year to be here. It was just my husband and I for this trip as the little ones were spending their weekend with my husband’s parents, they are too small for roller-coasters and I really wanted to ride some of my favorites like the Mummy and Rip Ride Rocket. We had park to park tickets so we wanted to make our way to Islands of Adventure to go on the Amazing Spiderman Ride since we had never been on it yet. However, in honor of the Avenger we had to take a ride on the Hulk!

We even ran to Spiderman roaming around and the line of people waiting to get a picture with him. The Superstar parade did not start until 5pm so we had some time to roam around the park and enjoy the nice Florida weather. Be sure to check out my Google+ album for the fun we had before the parade and the before the Cinematic Spectacular. The parade itself was amazing, we were able to get a spot right at the start of the parade over by Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue. This was all I could see over the gate:

All of the Nickelodeon Superstars were there…Spongebob Squarepants; Dora The Explorer, Despicable Me and the Minions and Hop. It is definitely a site to see all these characters that I watch with my little ones come to life. It made me sad that the little were not with us but we will definitely be back with them to go and see the parade my oldest would love to see Spongebob and the gang and my youngest is obsessed with Dora the Explorer!

The highlight of my husbands’ and I evening was the Cinematic Spectacular and it is a MUST see as the show and how they set it all up is just simply A-mazing!. They went through the 100 years of heroes, villans and movies we all came to love/hate and will remember for the rest of our lives; like Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds, Back to The Future and to the more recent Despicable Me.

it brought back so many wonderful family movie night memories. Narrated by Morgan Freeman it was a site to behold watching the movies that I remember and could probably recite word-for-word displayed on cascading water.

The incorporation of water lights and fireworks only added to the magic of the evening.

Overall, when they say that it is an Extraordinary year to be here they were NOT kidding! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store for Universal Orlando Resort. I was super excited to see the new (yet unopened) Dispicable Me Minion Mayhem ride (this replaced the Jimmy Neutron one):

So be sure to make your summer vacation plans to head to Universal Orlando and experience it all first hand!

Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® are open 365 days a year. Operating hours normally begin at 9am and closing times vary. Purchase tickets online or call

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