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Hey once more! Sure I’m again, to speak extra about Universal in Florida!

So, there are three parks that make up Universal Orlando Resort: Islands of Journey, Volcano Bay and Universal Studios.

Sure, it’s type of complicated. However that’s the reason we’re right here to assist.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

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Yep, you guessed it, in fact we’re going to begin with Harry Potter! Anyway, who wouldn’t?

In my Islands of Journey submit, I confessed that I’m a HUGE HP, ( Harry Potter) fan. ( however I’m positive you already knew that though- lol.)  So let’s speak about that magical greatness!!

Diagon Alley Rides

Individuals principally go to a theme park for the rides, proper?

I imply, that’s what a theme park is. So let’s speak concerning the one and solely journey in Diagon Alley Universal Studios – the  Harry Potter journey.

To be extra exact, it’s referred to as Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Come on, we’ve all heard of this experience at some level from the queue, the goblins, curler coaster thrill and a LOT extra.

I really like the Gringotts journey since you go underground within the Gringotts Financial institution ( financial institution for witches and wizards) the place you expertise the actual hazard of that financial institution. lol.

Spoiler alert with out revealing an excessive amount of: In the event you’re not a fan, or are fearful of curler coasters or one thing, don’t do that experience. It spins and turns all over the place so if movement illness is your factor you may want to skip it.

I do know, there are a LOT of movement illness and simulator rides at Universal Studios, nevertheless it’s all based mostly on films so what can ya do?!

You’ll not be bored ready within the Gringotts queue. You enter the foyer of Gringott financial institution the place all of the Goblins are working at their desks.

Gringotts Money exchange Diagon Alley Universal Studios Orlando

Aside from watching them at stroll you possibly can speak to them.

A humorous tip is to say to a Goblin,

“Are you a house elf?!”

They appear up at you and offer you a bizarre look and a hilarious response. I gained’t spoil that one for you.

Don’t miss the Gringotts Cash Trade tucked in a nook close to the journey. I don’t know the way it did it, however the elf reprimanded Savannah for monkey swinging across the bars. It was so humorous.

I virtually forgot!!

I assume the Hogwarts Categorical is a experience, since there’s 3D home windows and it seems to be like you’re travelling to Hogwarts.

Hogwarts Express - one of the Harry Potter rides Universal Orlando

(Hogsmeade in Islands of Journey Hogwarts Categorical takes you from Harry Potter World in Universal Studios, to Harry Potter world in Islands of Journey, so that you don’t have to do the lengthy stroll from park to park.) – extra info in Islands of Journey publish.

Meals and drinks at Diagon Alley, Universal Studios

Butterbeer, Universal Orlando Resort

First, let’s begin with butterbeer. I’ll shortly run by means of what it’s simply in case you didn’t see my Islands of Journey submit.

Principally, Butterbeer is that this scrumptious Harry Potter drink made up of: Cream Soda, Butterscotch and marshmallow froth. Yum!!! And sure, it’s alcohol – free.

We appreciated to take pleasure in this scrumptious drink whereas we rode the Hogwarts Categorical over to the opposite park. ( you possibly can solely go from park to park in case you have particular passes like we had)

Listed here are the forms of Butterbeer you will get:

  • Chilly Butterbeer – the traditional one
  • Frozen Butterbeer – like a slushie
  • Scorching Butterbeer – my fav
  • Butterbeer ice-cream – it’s delicous!
  • Potted cream butterbeer – sadly, we didn’t find out about this at the time. nevertheless it’s supposed to be good!
  • Butterbeer fudge – we didn’t find out about this one both. ):

Common costs: $7.00

Butterbeer and Butterbeer ice-cream at Universal Orlando

You’ll be able to often get butterbeer in: The Leaky Couldren, The Three Broomsticks, Hogs Head and carts across the parks.

You will discover Butterbeer fudge in Honeydukes, ( I’m fairly positive it’s the identical with the cream) and the Butterbeer ice-cream in Florean Fortescue’s or The Three Broomsticks (:

Now let’s speak about meals in Daigon Alley, Universal Studios.

The meals is OK, however not the most effective.

We ate at The Leaky Cauldron. ( FYI in Hogsmead, Islands of Journey, there’s one other place referred to as: The Three Broomsticks.)

The Leaky Cauldron Universal Studios OrlandoThe Leaky Cauldron

Me and Mum, ( Caz)- shared a Bangers and Mash, wich was fairly good. Sadly, I forgot what Savannah (let’s guess. Um nuggets!) and Dad, ( Craig) had, so let’s simply transfer on.

I want Leaky Cauldron over Three Broomsticks, however it might nonetheless be cool to attempt each as a result of

  1. Totally different individuals have totally different opinions
  2. It’s cool to expertise them each

Listed here are the typical costs: $12 – $20

The Diagon Alley Expertise

Diagon Alley - inside Universal Studios Orlando Parks

My expertise in Diagon Alley was superior!! Just like the element and every little thing is on POINT.

To the dragon on prime of the Gringotts financial institution, WHICH BY THE WAY BLOWS FIRE OUT OF IT’S MOUTH EVERY NOW AND THEN.

And in addition all of the shops, so it seems like you’re looking for faculty provides for Hogwarts.

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And Ollivanders, the place you should purchase your very first wand!.

Okay, fast details about Ollivanders.

Ollivanders is tremendous fashionable. Strains will probably be out the door and also you’ll be jostling with strangers to discover your good wand.

Ollivander Wands Diagon Alley Universal Orlando Resort

I purchased Hermione’s wand, and Savannah purchased Luna’s.

Mum and Dad handled us with the interactive wands that value $48 EACH!!

But when you consider it, it’s kinda value it because you get to run across the park doing spells and making objects transfer. However there are cheaper wands (which are absent of magic) that value round $24.

Being a wizard at Diagon Alley

There’s additionally an expertise the place you possibly can go right into a room with about 30 different individuals and meet Ollivander. He chooses ONE individual – (sadly, it wasn’t me) to go up to the Ollivanders desk, the place he chooses three wands for you.

You attempt every one out, and do a spell. Two of the wands will not be for you, however the final one is. The sunshine shines on you prefer it did to Harry Potter.

However, the one non-magical factor about this expertise is, sure, you continue to have to pay for the wand.

Anyway, it was superior coming to Diagon Alley!

I might undoubtedly advocate The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ( each Hogsmead, and Diagon Alley)

Once more, the element and surroundings is superb, and makes you are feeling such as you’re within the booksmovies!

After visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I guess you’ll begin studying the books and watch the films. ( and for those who’re a Potterhead, like me – you’ll need to learn the books and watch the films for the one millionth time!) #notsponsered

Listed here are the Harry Potter books and films. Now go begin consuming!

The Remainder of Universal Studios

Clearly, there’s extra than simply Harry Potter in Universal Studios. However like several of that issues.

In Universal Studios you will have the next lands :

  • World Expo
  • New York
  • Hollywood
  • Manufacturing Central
  • San Francisco
  • Woody Woodpeckers KidZone
  • Springfield : house of the Simpsons

Here’s what is in every land:

San Francisco

Over on this part is the place all do meals and eating is.We truly didn’t get to eat right here as a result of we simply ate at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. XD

New York

Revenge of the Mummy Ride Universal Studios Orlando

This part is fairly good, as a result of it had some fairly superior rides.

Certainly one of my favourites is Revenge of the Mummy. Don’t miss it when you go to Universal Studios.

It’s principally an excellent enjoyable indoor, at the hours of darkness curler coaster. I imply, it’s fairly tough and has some drops, (it additionally goes backwards) So in case you’re scared, or not a fan of curler coasters you won’t wanna do that rides.

One other enjoyable experience is: Race By way of New York starring Jimmy Fallon.

Photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort

This journey is a  simulator experience. It’s not too tough, and also you sit in a film theatre room. It’s cool as a result of on the large display you’re racing  Jimmy, and going via New York.( as a result of why else would the journey be referred to as Racing via New York starring Jimmy Fallon)

You additionally go beneath water and virtually get eaten by a shark (: The one disappointment with this journey is that we waited actually lengthy, not in strains, however in a room. You go right into a room and staff offer you a color, and once they name your color out, you go within the strains.

However we waited 40 minutes for our color to be referred to as.

Once they lastly did, we waited for 30 minutes for crew members to allow us to on the experience.There wasn’t huge strains there simply wasn’t any crew members round.

The experience was enjoyable, and I nonetheless advocate it, however it was a bit annoying as a result of Savannah didn’t even go on the journey anyway ( she hates simulators)

However once more, I nonetheless advocate this experience when you’ve got endurance. One other attraction is The Blue Brothers Present which we missed. We didn’t watch any of the exhibits as a result of we solely had a day at Universal Studios.

Additionally individuals like Males in Black alien assault journey.

Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

Savannah beloved this land good for youthful ones.

Principally it’s the place all of the calm rides are.

However I nonetheless had enjoyable since there was a small curler coaster referred to as: Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster.

This kid-friendly coaster is simply a few 60 second lengthy journey. It’s fairly calm so it’s good in case your baby is making an attempt their first coaster. Savannah beloved this journey and would do it once more.

One other attraction is: E.T. Journey. That is an indoor experience, and once more is sweet for younger youngsters. You sit on bikes (don’t fear, you don’t have to pedal) Your bike flies by means of the E.T. world as you assist him discover house. That is an previous, fascinating attraction  however it’s nonetheless enjoyable.  Once more, Savannah provides her approval!

A enjoyable attraction to attempt is: Curious George Goes to City, which is a playground with water squirters, buckets crammed with water splash everybody. However if you need to keep dry, you possibly can play within the Foam Ball Playground. We didn’t do that, nevertheless it appears enjoyable!

One other enjoyable playground is: Fievel’s Playland, which is themed round an previous west city. Some exhibits that play on this space are: A Day within the Park with Barney, and Animal Actors on Location.

Springfield: House of the Simpsons

The Simpsons Universal Studios OrlandoPhotograph Credit score: Universal Orlando Resort

In case you love the Simpsons, come right here. You possibly can expertise being in Springfield, and go on rides at the identical time. There’s additionally some meals choices which are themed across the Simpsons.

Some are: Duff Brewery, Lard Lad doughnuts, Bumblebee Man’s Tacos and Moe’s Tavern.

The primary experience on this land is: The Simpsons Journey. This experience is a simulator and movement illness experience. You’re in a curler coaster cart, in entrance of a HUGE display, and watch the Simpsons go down a curler coaster.

It’s supposed to make it really feel like you’re on the curler coaster, too. This experience was disappointing to me, and the remainder of the household. ( And guess what, Savannah went on it too!) I often like simulators, however this one was too tough, I assumed i used to be going to be sick. However when you like that stuff,  do this experience out. See what you assume.

Hollywood

The one attraction on this land is Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-up present.

This can be a present of how horror film particular results are accomplished. Simply in case you’re (:

Manufacturing Central

Now for some extra Universal Studios Orlando enjoyable rides!!

Rip Experience Rockit

Considered one of my favourites rides at Universal Studios is the livid supercharged Hollywood Rip Experience Rockit.

This can be a enjoyable Curler Coaster. ( inferior to the Hulk although) The scariest a part of this coaster, is that it has a vertical carry. In the event you’re unsure what that’s, you already know whenever you go down a vertical drop? Properly it’s that, however up.

Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster Universal Studios Orlando Resort

Truthfully I assumed I used to be gonna fall out of my seat!! Then there’s a 90 diploma angle drop. Now apparently you don’t truly go the wrong way up, ( as a result of the lab bar is throughout your waist, and never your shoulders and chest) – nevertheless it feels prefer it.

It’s the kind of curler coaster once you twist round to the highest of the loop earlier than you go the wrong way up. Then the identical again down. ( I guess you all are staring at the display proper now considering, what’s she speaking about?!)

Anyway, it’s an excellent lengthy, quick coaster and I like to recommend it for individuals who love Curler Coasters, or simply anybody actually.

One cool function about this experience, is that in your lap bar, you’ve got a display the place you’ll be able to select music to pay attention to when you’re driving. Now, I didn’t do that

  1.  as a result of to a 10 yr previous within the 21st century, there wasn’t any good music. (Oh come on! Rollin by Limp Bizkit? Greatest track ever for this journey. Play it- Mum)
  2. I used to be specializing in ensuring that my lap bar was on tight sufficient so I ran out of time to select a track.

Once more, I like to recommend this experience!

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Universal Studios OrlandoPhotograph Credit score: Universal Orlando Resort

That is one other simulator journey that we satisfied Savannah to go on. I feel she appreciated it because it wasn’t as tough as different simulators.

You go on a mission to get the current again that was lacking  for Gru.

We additionally got here throughout a cool Despicable Me parade within the streets. We beloved watching Grus dancing antics.

And the final Attraction on this land is: Transformers: The experience – 3D. This journey is true subsequent to Minion Mayhem. So you can do one and go straight to the opposite, as a result of these rides can get fairly lengthy strains.

We didn’t do that journey however after we got here out of Minion Mayhem a Transformer got here out for photographs. This journey is a 3D darkish journey, and the experience automobiles sit on a movement platform, which comply with a 2,000 foot – lengthy monitor.

Universal Studios Orlando Rides

To recap, listed here are my  favorite rides in Universal Studios Orlando. As I’ve stated earlier than, you’ve gotten to go on them.

  1. Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts
  2. Hollywood Rip Journey Rockit
  3. Revenge Of the Mummy
  4. The Hogwarts Categorical

Keep tuned as a result of a 2018 Universal Studios Florida and Universal Anaheim is arising for us within the subsequent few weeks. In addition to Disneyland. We’re nonetheless but to do Disney World (which I feel might be higher).  Comply with the journey on Instagram. Our wands are packed!

Ideas for Universal Studios Orlando

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Use Youngster Swap

Every experience and attraction has a toddler swap space the place one member of your social gathering can wait with the little ones whereas the remainder of your get together rides.

As soon as they’re off the journey, you swap locations and whoever rode can keep with the youngsters whereas the grownup(s) who sat out get the chance to benefit from the journey.

That is how I received to have so many activates every experience. It saved me loads of wait time to go on rides once more. It was superior.

Be a Single Rider

In case you are 10 years or older, then you’ve gotten the choice of grabbing a faster spot as a “single rider

Think about a meal plan

In case you are planning on consuming at least 2 meals at the park, then contemplate buying a Meal Plan.

You’ll avoid wasting money so long as you eat two meals.  One of many issues that basically impressed me concerning the park (apart from how clear it was) is how yummy and numerous the meals is!

There’s one thing for each age and it’s gooo-ood meals!

There’s additionally Universal Citywalk which has a great deal of eating places. Not a part of the meal plan although! It additionally has the well-known Blue Man Group present.

Get there early and keep late

Make sure to Verify Universal Studios Orlando hours as they do differ and typically the park might shut an hour later. It closed an hour later than regular on the Friday night time we visited.

Head straight to Diagon Alley for opening because it will get so busy. In the direction of the top of the night time at closing it additionally tends to be a lot quieter. You could even get that solitary photograph of simply you and the dragon.

Go to Universal Orlando at the best time

I wouldn’t go to Universal in Summer time, or vacation breaks, as a result of that’s when it could possibly be busiest. Particularly Halloween time as a result of that’s when Universal does Halloween Horror Nights. And winter is busy, particularly round Christmas time.

Apparently the quietest time to go to Universal Studios is from January to early February, April to Might, September to Thanksgiving.  We went in early November simply after the Halloween Horror Nights. Fortunately once we went, it wasn’t very busy. The longest line we noticed was 40 minutes.

Universal Categorical Passes

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Now should you go to Universal Studios Florida, I undoubtedly advocate you purchase Universal Categorical Passes. Universal Orlando Resort will get very busy and the journey strains can rise up to two hours lengthy, and nobody needs to wait in strains that lengthy.

We obtained eight of the limitless categorical passes.  So we principally didn’t run out. We additionally had The Park Hopper tickets so we might go from park to park and use the identical one. It’s costly, however value it.

For those who don’t have the cash, or don’t need to spend $80 to $100 per cross, you might get a traditional quick passes however you’ll be able to solely use them as soon as.

f you keep on-site at sure inns you get free Universal Categorical Passes to most rides and points of interest, which permits you to skip to the entrance of the road.

If not staying on-site, you may as well purchase a Universal Categorical Cross improve to your admission ticket once you arrive at the park.

Universal Studios Orlando Resorts

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

A good tip for saving time and cash at Universal Orlando Resort is to keep at one of many on-site lodges.

Not solely are they shut to the three theme parks that make up Universal Orlando, staying at the Universal parks resorts will get you in an hour earlier than the park opens (all resorts) and provides you Universal Categorical passes (excluding Cabana Bay and Sapphire Falls).

For those who keep at a lodge at the Universal Orlando Resort, you’ll be able to come and go simply forwards and backwards relying on the day and the climate (and the temper of your youngsters).

We stayed at the Cabana Bay seashore Resort whereas at Universal Studios. It was a reasonably good lodge.

When you keep at any of the 7 common lodges / resorts you get Early park admission. So you will get to the parks one hour sooner than some other individuals staying at different lodges. It’s value it. We had 5 minute waits! Listed here are the 7 Universal Orlando Resort Resorts

Seven On-Website Universal Studios Orlando Lodges:

  1. Universal’s Cabana Bay Seashore Resort (Guide immediately on Reserving.com / Learn critiques on Journey Advisor)
  2. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort (Ebook immediately on Reserving.com / Learn evaluations on Journey Advisor)
  3. Loews Royal Pacific Lodge (Guide immediately on Reserving.com / Learn critiques on Journey Advisor)
  4. Onerous Rock Lodge (Ebook instantly on Reserving.com / Learn evaluations on Journey Advisor)
  5. Loews Portofino Bay Lodge (Guide instantly on Reserving.com / Learn evaluations on Journey Advisor)
  6. Universal’s Countless Summer time Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites (Guide immediately on Reserving.com
  7. Aventure Lodge –  Universal’s latest Lodge, that JUST opened

In order you possibly can see there’s fairly a couple of choices. However you don’t have to keep at on of those locations to go to the parks. Take a look at the vary of lodging out there in Orlando via Reserving.com.

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