So, today I cheated on Mickey Mouse for a bit so that I could leave the hallowed grounds of Walt Disney World so that I could FINALLY experience the fun stuff at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure … and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in particular. I got to the park pretty early but still found that there were a lot of people there. Thankfully, I upgraded for an Express Pass and since I’m a single rider, I didn’t have to wait in line for a single ride … not one wait longer than about 5 minutes! It was a great day for amusement parking today. I loved the world of Harry Potter as well as the Jurassic Park part of the park and the Marvel Comics part as well. Check out some fun photos below.
First up, the world of Harry Potter. I got to drink some Butter Beer, got to pick out a magic wand and I got to ride the coolest ride ever devoted to Harry Potter and his friends:
The longest wait I endured was for Ollivander’s Wand Shop. I think I baked in the sun for about 35 minutes but it was definitely worth the experience. The rest of the day was just ride after ride after ride. The Butter Beer is very good but very sweet. To start the day I drank it cold. At the end of the day I tried it frozen … I prefer it cold :)
From Harry Potter, I moved on to Jurassic Park:
I’ll never tire of anything Jurassic-related. The rides are really fun but the big Jurassic Park ride gets you wet — a lot. I saved that ride for last because I didn’t want to be soaked all day. Thankfully I didn’t get too wet but one of those damed spitter dinos squirted me right in the eye :/
To finish out my day, I spent some time playing with the Marvel Superheros and rode some really fantastic rides:
Don’t get me wrong, Disney does everything right … but Universal REALLY gets the 3D interactive ride experience perfectly. The Spider-Man ride is SO cool! You wear 3D glasses on the ride and as things are happening all around you, Spider-Man and his villains are actually in your face making you really feel like you are part of the experience. I was blown away. So much so that I had to ride the dang thing 3 times ;)
I could’ve stayed in the park all day but I wanted to get back and rest for a bit before dinner and then make my way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to finish out my night. I fly back to LA tomorrow and I may have time to do some fun stuff then but today is my last chance to play so … I’m going to go play! Happy Monday!!