Woke up at 6.40 a.m. Even if it was only four hours that we all had for sleeping, I felt as if I had slept for eight hours! Further, as I woke up knowing today we will go to the Universal studio, my eyes were brighter than ever. We left the house at 9 a.m. (We firstly were going to leave at 8 but my mom was pretty much exhausted) and then we walked from our place to the Umeda station which takes us only 15 minutes to get there. We then get onto the Osaka loop line to the Universal city. The station was amazingly busy! People were all walking very fast, dressed up tidily and I could just tell they are definitely going to work. (Anyone would be able to tell that too Lol…) Anyway, it is quite different from Thailand. Japanese men all dress up very tidy. I noticed that men are mostly wearing suit, shirt, shiny black leather shoes, and all each carrying a briefcase. Women also dress up tidily. They are very fashionable and stylish. They are like coming right off the magazines and cartoons! Ahh, guys, it was truly a dream come true for me, for a person who has been growing up reading Japanese fashion magazines and cartoons. The hairstyle, the way they dress, the way they walk and act, everything are nothing different from what I grew up with. This make me never wanted the trip to end (I have had this feeling since the first day!)
We then get on the train, it was whoaa so crowded and, the people, were mostly families with kids. (Going to the universal like us for sure…) But there were also a lot of men wearing suit which tells that they are definitely going to work, so we, as travelers, get worried. Moreover this train that we were on, the announcer does not speak English. So we had to ask someone to make sure. We then asked the girl who was standing next to us. We asked her if she could speak English. She said that she could speak but very little. So, we asked if this train is going to the universal and when do we have to get off. She said, “Ahh! I’m going there too. I will tell you when to get off.” She was very nice. She could just tell us how many station left. Ah… meeting nice people always make the trip million times better.
From Osaka to universal, it took about 20 minutes by the train. When we arrived, hundreds and hundreds of people were getting in the line for the entrance ticket. And us? Huh….we bought the ticket online, we thought we could just get inside right away. Nope. The universal staff told us that we also need a ‘one day pass’ to get inside. Yes, it turns out that the tickets that we bought online are merely the package tickets that allow us to play just anything inside. And it was also an ‘express’ ticket which is very awesome, we don’t have to get in the normal tickets line (very looooong). But, we…still have to get in line to buy the ticket and it took us about 30 minutes.
It was a sunny day and it was a LOT hotter than we thought it would be. (Felt totally guilty for not putting on any sun lotion) However, I didn’t care much, I was actually happy that there were no signs of the rain.
I was also utterly happy I finally have the moment “I couldn’t stop taking pictures” Everything makes me feel like I’m only 10 years old, I like how the universal can make me forget totally that I’m ‘21’ years old. Haaaha. Further, the universal city is so much like San Francisco! The palm trees, the rode, the bridge, ahhh… was I so happy.
The first ride we get on, ‘Hollywood Dream the Back-Drop’. Ahah, yes, it was SO MUCH FUN that my mom, who is now 50 years old, wanted to play it twice. I felt as if I was flying the whole ride! That is exactly the feeling I want when getting on this kind of ride. However, we could only do it once otherwise we have to wait in the normal-ticket line which the staff told us it will take us probably at least ‘2 hours.’ (Extremely glad we bought express ticket) I would say it was a really good decision to get on the Hollywood Dream the Back-Drop for the first ride. It got us all even more excited to explore more of the universal.
Then we were pretty much just wandering around, taking pictures, and looking at the people around us. Honestly, it was a pleasure to be around Japanese people. Oh man, I love it that it makes me feel like I’m in the cartoon.
These are the following places we visit after the back-drop ride which were all before lunch,
Also, I gotta say, I really am utterly impressed with the theme of each spot in the Universal, further, the 4D story play within each one is all the BOMB. All truly awesome and fun.
- Terminator 2:3-D®
- Universal RE-BOOOOOOOORN Party
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man – The Ride 4K3D
Then after the ride with Mr. Spiderman, we stopped for lunch. We all each had a smoked turkey’s leg. It was quick and easy at the moment. We were all starving and my mom never had turkey before in her life.
It is very hard to get water in the Universal Studio. Yes, there are a lot of beverage vending machines like literally every corners but…there are no water. All we found were tea, energy drinks, juice and pops. It took us quite a while to finally find a public water.
Stay tune for the afternoon part 😉