This is fall break for most of the schools in the Atlanta area. We’ve had a mass exodus of people who are headed out for that last bit of summer weather. Traffic has become almost bearable, if only for a short time. I’m sure a lot are headed to the beach, some to the lake for camping and fishing, but you always have those that need the nail-biting action of a theme park. In 1993 we were part of that thrill-seeking crowd and ended up at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Some of the more popular rides today are Harry Potter and Transformers, but in ‘93 the major attractions were Jaws, Back to the Future, and Earthquake. There was also the Dynamite Nights Stunt Spectacular that took place in the park’s Lagoon. Set to the theme of Miami Vice, there were stunt men on jet skis zipping through the water using ramps to propel themselves through rings of fire.
The biggest disappointment of the day was the Jaw’s ride. After standing in line for almost two hours and only four people away from boarding, the cranky shark decided to have ‘technical difficulties’ and didn’t work for the rest of the day. We caught a break standing in line to see the recreation of the shower scene in Psycho at the Alfred Hitchcock theatre. We were able to avoid the long line and slip in the back door when Ronny was picked to play Norman Bates in the scene. Although the boys and I were laughing uncontrollably, I’m sure the rest of the audience thought his performance was deserving of an Academy Award!