Sunday, March 27, 2016

Florida Vacation: Universal Studios

Time has been flying here in Florida and I am wayyyyyy behind sharing our adventures with you. So we need to go back a few days....

On Tuesday we woke up early and got ready to head to Universal Studios.

Even though it was chilly in the morning we made sure to dress for hot weather. I have on a new tank top from Marshalls and coral shorts from Lauren Conrad via Kohls. My blue crossbody bag is from Nine West. I also wore my Nike sneakers for lots of walking!

Tim was super excited to get going! He hadn't to Universal since he was younger, so there was a lot of new stuff for him to see!

Here we are in front of the Hulk rollercoaster which was under construction. See how nicely my hair is curled? Yeah, it wouldn't stay that way for long!

We had purchased tickets for both parks in one day so we needed to get moving in order to see everything. We started our day early and worked our way through Islands of Adventure. We managed to get on quite a few rides early; Dr. Doom's Fearfall, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, and rode Dragon Challenge twice! Then we wandered through Hogsmeade and then stood in line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

It's a bummer that you need to keep your belongings in lockers because there are so many things to take pictures of inside. They really did an incredible job making the park look just like the movies.

I highly recommend once the line at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey turns to single rider hopping in that line. We cut the wait time in more then half and basically walked on the ride once we got to that point.

Next we headed back where we came from to do some water rides. We took a ride on the Jurassic Park River Adventure which was awesome. I love the concept of the Jurassic Park section of the park.  We didn't get too wet but then we went down Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls and we got soaked!!

Goodbye curls! You can kind of see the hill we went down behind us. So much fun, but we were soaked (I swear my shorts didn't dry until dinner!)

As we walked around we saw some super heroes.

Then we made our way back to the Harry Potter section to eat lunch in the Three Broomsticks restaurant.

We both chose the chicken meal complete with corn on the cob and potatoes which were absolutely delicious! It was a great choice for lunch and felt slightly healthy in a theme park with tons of junk food.

We also both purchased frozen Butterbeers which were just as good as I remembered them being!


Our next plan was to get on the Hogwarts Express and ride over to the other half of the Harry Potter section which is located in Universal Studios.

This part was all new to me so I was super excited!

The train ride itself was very cool. You could hear Ron, Hermoine, and Harry in the corridor of the train and see all sorts of sights out the fake window. It was a cool experience and fun to travel from one park to the other in that way.

We hopped off at King's Cross Station in London.

The coolest part of this section of the park was the entrance to Diagon Alley. It was completely unmarked. We saw some people walking through an archway and wondered where they were going and voila! Diagon Alley!

This side was definitely packed! We waited for some time to get on Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. We ended up getting in the single rider line and missed a section inside but it was well worth it to get on the ride faster. The ride itself was fun and definitely worth the wait! There were a ton of cool sections inside and I loved the storyline!

We wandered around the Harry Potter sections for awhile and then went to explore the rest of the park.

We found Shrek and Donkey

And, the Transformers..

And Spongebob was having a parade...

We managed to get on a ton of rides: Transformers, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit,  E.T, Men In Black, The Revenge of the Mummy, and Minion Mayhem.

They were all great but the Hollywood rollercoaster was fantastic it took a video of you as you rode to make a music video and it was so cool to see your reaction as you rode! I also loved the Revenge of the Mummy and had a blast seeing the cute minions.

We both agreed becoming minions sounded like fun!

After finishing up at the park we walked into City Walk to grab some dinner.

We decided on NBC Sports where we sat at the bar and had a delicious dinner and enjoyed sitting and relaxing after a hectic day!

Just a tip: If you order the nachos you won't be able to eat your meal!!! They were massive!

Tim's entree was Bang Bang Chicken which he loved, I did try a taste and it's not what I would choose...

I picked some delicious mac and cheese! Yum!

After dinner we headed back to our hotel to shower and get some sleep. I did wear my fitbit that day and am proud to say that we took over 27,000 steps!!! It was a tiring day but an AMAZING one and I enjoyed every second hanging out with my best friend!


  1. Ah! 27,000?? That's a ton! Loved reading your recap, it's making me excited for our trip! New England misses you!

    1. Yes soooo many steps! Totally doable in one day, but we were exhausted by dinner time!