As I walk the cobbled streets of San Francisco, the intoxicating sound of a revved-up car engine rumbles in the distance. There is a street race today and I’ve got a front seat for the action.
Since it opened in 1990, Universal Orlando has been the theme park that gives visitors a role in the movies they love. On my first experience – the year after it opened – I screamed in delight as we took a boat ride to Amity Island where we were “attacked” by Jaws. I’ll never forget the giddy feeling of watching a scene from our 28-inch TV brought to life in front of my eyes.
Now, 28 years later, I stroll from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley to the dusty back streets of Frisco. Though the Jaws ride is now closed and the attractions are bigger and more sophisticated, the feeling of being a part of the story remains.