Published: April 21, 2008 at 9:51 PMWith the lagoon blocking the middle of the park, your choices are, essentially, clockwise or counter-clockwise, unless you want to be doubling-back all day.
I've got no clue at this point how the wait times will go for Simpsons, but I'm guessing that it will have a higher hourly capacity than Mummy, which is why I lead off there and chose the clockwise route.
Published: April 21, 2008 at 10:34 PMI know it's not the most thrilling ride, but to me not visit is complete without a ride on E.T. While the flying over the city is kind of a rip-off of the Peter Pan ride, I think the effects are a little better.
Published: April 22, 2008 at 4:22 AMI think with Universal Studios, Citywalk, and Islands of Adventure, you owe it to yourself to go ahead and stay on property for a few days at one of the Universal resorts (Royal Pacific, Hard Rock, or Portfino Bay). The proximity of the entertainment (walking distance for the most part), combined with the included Universal Express perk that comes with your room key, makes touring the parks an absolute breeze. Go when you want for a long as you want, and then head back to swim and relax when things get hectic.
We stayed at Universal for four days at the Royal Pacific and could not have been happier.
However, if you are only going for the day, your touring plan works fine. I would probably just go Mummy -> MIB -> Simpsons -> ET -> Jimmy Neutron -> Shrek 4D, then done. The Terminator attraction is always less busy after about 3:00 in the afternoon, so it is a good one to hit if you come back to the park later to watch Universal 360 (keep in mind, this night time extravaganza only shows during peak touring times like summer, spring break, Halloween).
However, your plan is just as good, it all depends on what attractions you feel are the most important.
Published: April 22, 2008 at 11:48 AMI agree with James. When I went I spent 2 days at the resort. I stayed at Royal Pacific as well. Then I went to USF the first half of the day then I went to Citywalk. The Next day we spent in IOA but we went back to USF in the evening.
Published: April 22, 2008 at 1:03 PMA good friend of mine got to ride the Simpsons Ride last night as an employee and said, "It's really well done, they did a good job." I had asked him if all they hype was worth it and he just agreed that it was.
Published: April 22, 2008 at 2:49 PMI agree staying on property is a better idea with the unlimited express pass included in which i am going to be at the hard rock on the 19th thru 22nd of may but i hate the whole 14$ a day for parking, its a rip off