Sneaking into Islands of Adventure
So I was in Orlando for a meeting, a few hours from home. Wanting to make he most of my drive up, I decided I head to City Walk at Universal for an early dinner or something, just around six pm. I didn’t make it five minutes out of the parking garage before I had a brilliant but terrible idea to try for something a bit more epic.
While sharing the entire experience in the phone with my buddy Tom, I was asking people coming out of the Islands of Adventure exit for tickets and they were like, ‘No no no, they scan your fingerprint, yadaya whatever…’
After a few minutes of inconspicuously camping the exit (it was pretty obvious actually), a little like, 8 year old Spanish kid dropped a ticket, so I grabbed it. One day, one park, and he was leaving - safe. I turned it over and in horribly written cursive was this Spanish name… ‘Marcio #r#th###’. I had to come up with a name close to what the fuck it looked like, I said Rothel, whatever.
I took anything with my name on it out of my wallet and pocketed it, and was on the phone with my buddy 1500 mi north. I jumped on the line, ready to go, and when I got to the turnstile and attendant, she took my ticket, scanned it, and asked for me to try my finger on the scanner. Of course that shit wasn’t going to work.
After switching fingers and hands and even trying to wipe them clean, the attendant was stumped. She asked for me to sign my name on a small list, in pen, exactly the same way (without looking) that I would have signed my ticket (or the way Marcio would have).
From memory, I bullshitted this horrible signature that looked like it really actually did belong to an right year old Spanish kid. She looked at it for a second, then with a few key presses, she had opened the turnstile for me to go in.
Viola. Single rider lines for the rest of the night, and I gotta say, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was incredible. The butter beer and pumpkin juice were great. Unfortunately, the ticket wasn’t good for the Hogwarts Express and for a second park entry, which meant that I did NOT get to see Diagon Alley. Hey! There’s always a next time! :D
PS: If you, reading this, are an employee of Universal Studios Orlando, then… JUST KIDDING. It’s all bullshit. Made it up. Hah. Good joke, eh?