After Disney World, we visited Universal for a couple of days. KC and I are both Harry Potter fans, and I thought KC would enjoy this part of the trip more (less princesses, more thrill rides). I was definitely right, though I was a bit surprised that I had a great time as well. I expected to like it, but not as much as I did - we both had a blast.
When I was planning this portion of the trip, I was really conflicted on whether we should go for one or two days. I didn't want to miss out on anything, so we chose two days. We really only 'needed' one, but I am glad we had two because the second day was much more relaxed.
Fair warning, I totally kept getting the two parks mixed up. We arrived early morning and got into one of the parks before it opened, heading straight to the Harry Potter areas. We rode tons of rides, drank tons of frozen butterbeer, had tons of fun. We spotted Woody (several times) and easily covered both parks in one day, even with the early closing time (7pm). The Harry Potter areas are amazing with their attention to detail, and it was so fun to see all the things that we loved from the books and movies.
I will say, KC and I are not fans of those simulator rides, but the ones we rode at Universal were pretty fun - in my opinion, way better than the ones at Disney. There was only one ride that was really not great, and that was (sadly) the Men In Black ride.
We went out to dinner with Kate who so generously picked us up and dropped us off, and naturally she was tons of fun and we had a great time. Thanks again Kate!
The next day we were in early again, and we rode some of the rides we had enjoyed the previous day, and then basically wandered around. We spent a lot of time in the Harry Potter areas before they got jam packed, and when they started to get too insane, we decided to ride all the water rides. I love a good water ride, not gonna lie. We got absolutely soaked and then it started to absolutely bucket down and we were the only idiots walking through it - hey, already wet, right? Overall, we had such a good time at Universal, KC definitely preferred it to Disney, and we would absolutely go back. The rides are more fun (for us) and it was way less crowded and insane.
Anyway. Pictures! I ended up splitting them up into Harry Potter stuff and not Harry Potter stuff, so they're not quite in order. I know, super exciting stuff and clearly that needed to be explained. Also, it should be noted that we only have 2 (count them, two) photos of the two of us from Universal. They aren't the best, but whatever. Sometimes those are my favourites.
Where we stayed
Loews Royal Pacific Resort - this was the cheapest option for the 'on property' hotels. The price was a bit steep, but it comes with a few benefits, namley the early access and the fast pass (or whatever it is called) that you get - it works for everything but 2 of the Harry Potter rides and the Hogwarts Express. Honestly though, it was so amazing to be so close (10 minute walk) to the park, rather than catching buses everywhere like at Disney. So it was worth it.
I didn't really track or take note of where we ate and things like that like I did for Disney. I will say we got one of their soda thingys and shared it, because we are crazy soda drinkers (giving it up soon, promise) and it was well worth it. Other than that, we ate normal theme park type food and it was fine.
Universal are hardcore about their 'don't bring crap on the rides' rules, and you'll need to put your stuff in a locker. 90% of the time it's free for a certain amount of time, although near the water rides they know they can get you and it's like $4 for an hour and a half.
It's easiest to carry your ticket / fast pass thingy by wearing a lanyard, which is why you see us wearing them the whole time. Just make sure you tuck it into your shirt before you go on a rollercoaster, it will fly off. You can put them in your pocket of course, but you have to take them out every time you go on a ride (the fast pass thing, not the normal ticket).
The little Blues Brothers show was so much fun! They come out and play a couple of songs, it was great to relax for a bit and sing along (loudly).
We loved The Mummy ride. Super fun. We rode the hardcore rollercoaster - rip it something? - twice in a row, and we both blacked out the second time and decided that was enough rollercoasters for the day. The Harry Potter rides are fun, though I thought the Gringotts one was a bit boring. The dueling dragons was so fun we rode it like 6 times. We like rollercoasters!
So that was our trip! Not kidding, I am still exhausted and it was a month ago. I feel like I need to sleep for a month.
Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a good weekend - we, along with millions of others, saw the new Star Wars movie. Did you?