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Birthday Trip to IOA/Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando: Hey! I've been to Universal Orlando Resort many times, so when I go in March I want to do something fun & different. Any ideas? (The crazier, the better!)

From Erin Maio
Posted February 15, 2011 at 4:28 PM
Hey! I'm going to Universal Orlando/IOA in March for my birthday. I'm a Universal Orlando Resort extraordinaire, so I'm looking for ways to make this trip different than the rest of the times I go. Already on my list are:
-Get my picture taken with Doc Brown
-Instead of a cake, I'm going to have an unlit candle in a Butterbeer
-Convinced my terrified sister to go on Jurassic Park River Adventure
-Go to a Mardi Gras parade & a concert
-My friends and I ride Men in Black with sunglasses on

Since my friends & I that are going are teens, the crazier the suggestion, the better! For example, first time I went to Harry Potter world I convinced *cough* FORCED *cough* my friend to only speak in an English accent while in the Harry Potter section, then switch back and forth between English and American mid-sentence multiple times while ordering Butterbeers to everyone else in the line's surprise/amazement. If it helps you to get ideas, I love anything funny, exciting, imaginative/crazy/creative, dinosaurs, Harry Potter, sharks, food, shopping, and roller coasters!
*EDIT*
I love the float riding idea, so I looked up the requirements. Turns out that you have to have a Premium or Preferred Pass (I have a Power Pass) and you have to be over 18 (which I'm not). Otherwise this would have DEFINITELY been something that would have made my list! :D


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From Tony Duda
Posted February 15, 2011 at 2:52 PM
You can ride on a Mardi Gras float and toss beads at everyone. Go through the Mardi Gras web page and see what you need to do to get selected.

From Hermione Potter
Posted February 22, 2011 at 11:15 PM
They always look for extra float riders on the day of too, to make up for people who don't show. Just an FYI if you want to do it once you turn 18. :)

Maybe...picture scavenger hunt throughout the park? People on here could probably help you with obscure yet possible photo requests you would have to get.

From Colton McLaughlin
Posted February 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM
My brother went to Islands of Adventure with his friends and went swimming in the Islands of Adventure lake, but he was almost banned from Universal property afterwards. It makes a great story, though.

Another fun thing to do is find some people taking a family picture and jump in like you're part of the family (another great idea from my brother). When I was in Ollivander's I struck up conversation with the guy playing Ollivander, except all of my statements were really bad wand puns and innuendos. It was awkward.

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:44 AM
On this same idea, you could see how many pictures you can get with strangers... when we were last in IoA two guys came up to me and my dad and they wanted their picture taken with him - just my dad! it was weird but funny and they were friendly enough, but I bet now that that were on a photo scavenger hunt. 'get a picture with a girl wearing red'...'get a picture with a guy with a beard'...'get a picture with twins'... and it could get crazier than that of course! Have a great birthday!

From Kathryn Leigh
Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Dude....theme park insider meetup, you sound just like my best friend and I, would that be totally creepy? We go like every week and we're dying to do something ridiculous...last time we went, we performed "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" on the fountain outside of Universal....

From Erin Maio
Posted March 12, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Yeah, that sounds like fun! We'll have to plan a day, lol :)

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