Not only does Orlando have the wonders of Disney but it also has Universal Studios (including Citywalk and Islands of Adventure).
Rides, shows, restaurants, bars and shops, Universal Studios Florida has everything for film lovers. We even booked Halloween Horror Nights which is an evening event with horrifying movie walkthroughs, Rocky Horror tributes and characters that can jump out at you whilst you’re eating your pretzel.
But by day you can meet Marilyn Monroe, the Simpsons and even Scooby Doo as well as ride roller coasters and help ET find his way home. Pretty cool huh?!
It was SO quiet here in the day but the Halloween event was rather packed. Still, it’s a very enjoyable attraction. If you’re planning to go, do so in October. You get all of the wonders of Halloween in the evening but you get the lack of crowds in the day.
My favourite part of Universal Studios? Diagon Alley! If you’re a Harry Potter fan you HAVE to go here. Everything feels so real, it’s rather weird at first but so exciting ! I got myself a much-needed Butterbeer (non-alcoholic by the way) which tasted just like cream soda.
ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE
Out of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, the latter was my favourite! There seemed to be more rides and a range of themes throughout the park such as Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon.
We decided against The Hulk as Paul had been on it before and said I would find it horrifying so I took his advice as usually, he’s keen to get me on any roller coaster. However, we did get soaked by the water rides which I would advise you to bring spare clothes for. My denim shorts were not cooperating with my thighs once they were wet. There are lockers available but they aren’t free as they aren’t required like some of the other rides.
HOGSMEADE & HOGWARTS
But all of this was nothing without the other side of Harry Potter World which included Hogsmeade, Hogwarts and some amazing rides. I love all of the shops that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer. It’s exactly how you would imagine it in the films and once again I cannot tell you how incredible the attention to detail is!
The queues for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Dragon Challenge were shorter than expected but I think the height restrictions prevented smaller fans to ride. However, the queue for Flight of the Hippogriff was around an hour and a half so be prepared for that!
The Forbidden Journey is inside Hogwarts which is an attraction in itself. There’s moving and talking paintings, snowfall and you even meet Dumbledore (well a hologram). You’ve never been on a simulator like this but I won’t spoil it for you!