Let me just go ahead and say that this trip was planned to see the Harry Potter world, and if we see other things along the way – well I’ll keep my eyes open. I am a big Harry Potter fan (Sure, call me a nerd – I don’t care. I have fond memories of watching Harry Potter with friends back home). So, my hubby decided to take me there to celebrate my
One thing I didn’t realize – Harry Potter stuff was spread across two parks (of course it is!) – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios and Hogsmeade at Island of Adventure and Hogwarts Express will take you between the parks. Well, we had no choice but to go to both the parks, but what a great way to get more money out of you.
My friend at work suggested to check out Epcot since we like to travel and Epcot has areas representing different countries. So we decided to give it a shot. Another thing I didn’t realize – each Disney ticket comes with FastPass+ option for 3 rides, which was a nice surprise because we were able to utilize that for the rides that had insanely long lines. 3 of the most popular rides in my opinion that are most fun and worth using fastpass are Soarin, Spaceship Earth, and Test Track. Soarin turned out to be our favorite ride at Epcot. At one point the wait time at Soarin was literally 165 minutes (INSANITY). Don’t people have anything else to do than wait in a line for that long. Plan ahead people!!
Epcot’s World Showcase is famous for delicious food from around the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to enjoy a whole lot of food because there were not too many vegetarian options. Considering how many people go there, how come they haven’t figured out they need more vegetarian food? That was kind of disappointing.
Universal Studios & Island of Adventure
One of the first things I did when we entered the park? Tried the Butter Beer and it is DELISH. I thought it was actually some kind of beer, but it’s just cream soda and butterscotch mixed in some kind of heavenly awesomeness. The butterbeer ice cream is even better (I’m drooling just thinking about it). Walking around the area, you feel like you’re in the movie. They did an amazing job trying to replicate things from the books and movies. Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, the rides are still fun and thrilling.
Universal Studios has a lot of 4D simulated rides, and after going on a few, they all felt the same – same concept with different plots. It was still fun, but nothing too exciting. The Mummy was one of the best rides at Universal – it was a perfect combination of roller coaster and simulation. We went on it multiple times, and it didn’t get old. Definitely try the bubbly smokey orangy drink at Flaming Moe’s at Simpsons area. It sounds weird but it was delicious.
Island of Adventure was definitely more fun for us. Most of our favorite rides from the trip were here. Toon lagoon has a couple of water rides and they are sooo fun. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges was one of the best rides there, and you literally get soaked from head to toe, which I bet feels great in summer. But the weather was crappy when we were there so it was like a fun torture. We decided to try those “People Dryers” they have there. Verdict? It felt good standing in it, but they didn’t dry as much as you’d like. And since it was chilly outside, it feels worse getting out of it.
Universal and Island of Adventure both have a lot of fun rides, and 2 days are definitely enough to fully enjoy both. Both parks have a FastPass option which is nice, but we got by without it. Especially in October, when the schools are in session still, the wait time for rides isn’t too bad. On an average, our wait time was about 15 mins per ride, which isn’t bad at all. They also have a single rider option, which is one of the best options they offer. There was literally less than 5 min wait for most single riders, which is great if you wanna go to a ride multiple times.
Until next time,