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Sunday Funday: Universal Horror Night

Jonathan Ikemura

Hey all! The 5D crew's favorite time of the year is here. The time where we round up our buddies and head over to Universal Horror Night! In past years we waited like chumps, but this year we decided to try out the VIP package. We're getting old and no longer have the patience for lines.

We were off to a slow start. There's always traffic when we have something important to get to.

We were off to a slow start. There's always traffic when we have something important to get to.

On many occasions we had to wait for Jay to go to the restroom. The first stop was at the nicest gas station bathroom ever.

On many occasions we had to wait for Jay to go to the restroom. The first stop was at the nicest gas station bathroom ever.

Jurassic Parking! We love the puns.

Jurassic Parking! We love the puns.

We finally arrived! And we didn't have to wait in the metal detector lines.

We finally arrived! And we didn't have to wait in the metal detector lines.

iPhone pano of the VIP Lounge.

iPhone pano of the VIP Lounge.

I think I'm going to name my home WiFi network "VIP-Lounge".

I think I'm going to name my home WiFi network "VIP-Lounge".

After hanging out in the lounge for a little, our group was called to dinner.

After hanging out in the lounge for a little, our group was called to dinner.

They had a full on buffet.

They had a full on buffet.

We joked about a churro buffet in the car. We teared up a little when we saw that such a thing actually exists.

We joked about a churro buffet in the car. We teared up a little when we saw that such a thing actually exists.

Hey, cute names for everything.

Hey, cute names for everything.

Even the VIP bathrooms were fancy. Like, random gas station fancy.

Even the VIP bathrooms were fancy. Like, random gas station fancy.

After dinner, our group was called to meet up with our tour leader. We're supposed to do 3 mazes together, then walk the terror tram. After that we were free to do whatever we wanted.

After dinner, our group was called to meet up with our tour leader. We're supposed to do 3 mazes together, then walk the terror tram. After that we were free to do whatever we wanted.

The fire effects are always a favorite. We kept walking and took our last chance at a restroom break.

The fire effects are always a favorite. We kept walking and took our last chance at a restroom break.

I think I heard of this place before.

I think I heard of this place before.

Our first maze was based on Dusk Till Dawn.

Our first maze was based on Dusk Till Dawn.

The second maze was The Walking Dead. As you see, it's based off of the jail.

The second maze was The Walking Dead. As you see, it's based off of the jail.

Our 3rd maze was Alien VS Predator. Jay had to pee again. He told us to meet him at the front of the maze, then ran off into the fog.

Our 3rd maze was Alien VS Predator. Jay had to pee again. He told us to meet him at the front of the maze, then ran off into the fog.

The tour group met at the end of the Alien VS Predator maze. We ended up not being able to go back around to the front of the maze to meet up with Jay. Our tram was waiting, and Jay came running out of the maze. The tour leader turns to us and says "Your friends were just going to leave you." Well the group never stops, that's our policy.

The tour group met at the end of the Alien VS Predator maze. We ended up not being able to go back around to the front of the maze to meet up with Jay. Our tram was waiting, and Jay came running out of the maze. The tour leader turns to us and says "Your friends were just going to leave you." Well the group never stops, that's our policy.

Next up was the Terror Tram. As always there were plenty of zombies and chainsaws.

Next up was the Terror Tram. As always there were plenty of zombies and chainsaws.

He didn't get the VIP pass.

He didn't get the VIP pass.

We survived, and it was time to take the trams out of the back lot.

We survived, and it was time to take the trams out of the back lot.

Now we were free to run about and do everything twice.

Now we were free to run about and do everything twice.

Let's block all the faces, except for the people I'm not blogging about.

Let's block all the faces, except for the people I'm not blogging about.

I've only seen half of this movie, and it's still a bit fuzzy.

I've only seen half of this movie, and it's still a bit fuzzy.

After Despicable Me, we walked through Dark Christmas.

After Despicable Me, we walked through Dark Christmas.

Krampus is a bit cooler than Santa.

Krampus is a bit cooler than Santa.

The 3D mazes are pretty cool, a little headache inducing.

The 3D mazes are pretty cool, a little headache inducing.

We walked back down to the Walking Dead area, and watched zombies chase people.

We walked back down to the Walking Dead area, and watched zombies chase people.

...Well it was a bit cold in the maze.

...Well it was a bit cold in the maze.

We love the drop in this. JP stole Jay's hat about 2 years ago.

We love the drop in this. JP stole Jay's hat about 2 years ago.

"Clever Girl"

"Clever Girl"

Transformers The Ride is another one of the crew's favorite rides.

Transformers The Ride is another one of the crew's favorite rides.

How is it 2AM already? The chainsaw gang started making their sweeps to clear out the park.

How is it 2AM already? The chainsaw gang started making their sweeps to clear out the park.

Traffic at 2AM perfect! We got back to San Diego around 4AM, then I picked up my car and drove to work in Los Angeles around 7AM... Who needs sleep?!

Traffic at 2AM perfect! We got back to San Diego around 4AM, then I picked up my car and drove to work in Los Angeles around 7AM... Who needs sleep?!

So ends another successful Universal Studios Horror Night trip. VIP all the way! We're never going back to the regular life!

-Jon