Universal Florida Day 1

So the last few days have been insane because it has been non-stop amusement parks. Monday morning we drove to Orlando from Sarasota for the last leg of our vacation and the last family introduction of the trip. Orlando is the home of my boyfriend’s brother. Tuesday morning we got up and headed to Islands of Adventure at Universal. We got a park hopper pass and we ended up spending part of the day at Universal Studios.

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We started our day by riding the Hulk which is an insane roller coaster. We had some previous warning about the speed and structure of the ride but it was awesome. Next we wandered through many cool gift shops and then we headed towards the other side of the park. We of course headed to Hogsmead me because we both enjoy Harry Potter. Hogsmead was insanely crowded but we enjoyed the ambience of the setup.

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The crowds were a bit much for us so we wandered back around towards the front of the park and spent an hour or so chilling in a bar with some decent Sangria. After a nice rest we headed to the Universal side of the park so we could visit Daigon Alley. Before you actually reach Daigon Alley you are in a section of the park that looks like London. As we walking around we came across the Knight Bus from Harry Potter. I got to talk to the bus driver and the shrunken head.

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We arrived in the late afternoon so the sky was beautiful over the buildings.

The stores inside Daigon Alley were so cool. They had robes for all the houses as well as interactive wands that would enable you to do magic in the park. We had a lot of fun just wandering around looking at everything. That evening my boyfriend’s brother joined us and we had dinner in The Leaky Cauldron. It was interesting because of course the food was more British inspired but it was really good. This was also our first encounter with Butterbeer. I have to say it is really sweet but we opted for the carbonated from rather than the frozen option. We honestly didn’t ride as many rides on Tuesday but it was still a very cool day. The lines were so long earlier in the day that we walked to the other park rather than riding the Hogwarts Express. So tonight we rode the Hogwarts Express back to the other park.

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We finished off the day watching an amazing light show on the side of Hogwarts Castle back in Hogsmead.

 

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