Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Universal Studios - Rides, the new Harry Potter ride, and more!

I love Universal Studios! If you read my blog regularly, you know that I have been several times. It's a great place for families and couples alike, and there is always something to do. I don't have a ton of pictures of ALL the rides, because lets face it this was like my 5th or 6th time going, and I don't need 7 pictures of each ride every time I go. But I will sahre with you some of the best ones :)
 Mariott resort Orlando Florida
 We hopped on the plane on Saturday, which thank goodness was a smooth, straight shot to Florida. We met my parents down there. The first two days, we didn't do a whole lot except lay by the pool. I usually need the first day or two to become a dayshift person again. Such is the life of working third shift. But my sister and I got in plenty of sun and naps during the day - and I am pretty sure I got addicted to morning mimosas. Oops. 
Meanwhile, our puppy was busy tearing up his grandparents house :) Don't worry, he's still welcome back.
Universal Studios ride information Harry Potter rides
 Bubba gump shrimp, sunset drink
We went to our first day of Universal Studios - Yay! The Jaws ride isn't there anymore, but the photo op is. I think it's one of the more popular photo opportunities. And of course, I had a butter beer for breakfast. Do you remember these cupcakes I made a while back? It is EXACTLY what butter beer tastes like. You're welcome.
We went out that night to Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory (cue all the Forrest Gump movie quotes) because my hubs and my sister's fiancee had never been there. Their Sunset drink was ah-maz-ing!
Grimmauld Place, Sirius Black House, Hogwarts, Kings Cross, Diagon Alley, Chocolate Frog, Gringotts, Butter Beer
 New harry potter ride - kings cross station
 New Harry Potter Ride

You all know how I feel about Harry Potter World. SO FUN! And in April vs June it was so much less crowded, but either way its a great experience if you love the books or movies. 
The newest addition to HP World wasn't open yet, but it pays to have a 6'4" husband who can take pictures above the construction fence :) 
They have the front of King's Cross, and Grimmauld Place! You can see Sirus Black's house that appears out of the apartments in the movies (see the darker colored apartment in the pic). Not to mention the Knight Bus for a cool photo op. 
There will be a Hogwarts ride of some sort that connects both parks of Universal Studios, with a different ride experience each way.
Obviously, I couldn't get my camera back to any other point. But if you click on this link below, it will let you see more pictures of Diagon Alley that is under construction. It includes Fred and George's shop, and Gringotts with the dragon on top too!
They are predicting the new ride to be open at the end of June. I told my hubs we'll just have to go back again soon! If you go, don't forget to grab a butter beer!

Other ride favorites for when you go:
-->Rip Saw Falls (aka the log ride)
-->Jurassic Park
-->The Hulk
-->The Mummy
-->Harry Potter
 You can Youtube or google these rides see more footage. Rip Saw Falls is one of my favs!
We ended the trip with a mexican dinner at a popular FL restaurant. Their jalepeno chip dip was so so good! 
What are your favorite rides at Universal Studios? Happy Tuesday!


  1. I love Universal Studios...I think my favorite is The Mummy Ride....though I loved Harry Potter too!

  2. I just got back from doing Universal so it was so interesting to read your time from there. I went there when I was a little girl but I still remember the Jaws ride the most so I was disappointed when we noticed it wasn't there anymore. But the others made up for it! Did you do the transformers one? Ahhh-mazing!

  3. You are a girl after my own heart! I' dying to go back to Harry Potter this summer once the new park opens! I wish I could just reach in and take a sip of that butter beer! It's only been 6 months for me, but it seems like ages!

    Caitlin C

  4. I live an hour away from there and still haven't made it up to see the Harry Potter part yet! I really need to get on this because it looks like you had such a blast!!

  5. Yay!! Glad you had an amazing time at Universal! Yeah, sadly they closed Jaws in 2012 to make room for the Harry Potter expansion but it's still fun doing the photo op! I love The Mummy! Yay for butter beer!

    <3, Pamela

  6. The only time I've been to Disney was when I was younger, so now I need to go back as an adult! Harry Potter world is top of my list!

  7. Ugh I love Universal! I haven't been to the IOA side since they opened Harry Potter but I want to go so bad!! Glad you had so much fun!! I want some butter beer!

    <3 Shannon

  8. i loveeee going there and loved seeing the updates on wwhp!!

  9. Sounds like a perfect vacation!! I'm a huge fan of Universal and Islands of Adventure with IOA being my favorite for their roller coasters!! I doubt I'll be back anytime soon since the hubs does not like roller coasters :( But once we have kids - game on!!

  10. I haven't been to Disney/Universal since I was in 5th grade, so A LONG time ago but when I saw that Jaws picture it brought back so many memories-- pretty sure I have a picture there from when I was younger! Sounds like such a fun trip-- and Harry Potter world looks so fun! I can't believe your husband got such good pics over a fence!

  11. Sounds like you had a great vacation! Awesome that you could enjoy it with your whole family, and even better to finish it off with great mexican food!

  12. Aww looks like you had such a blast--and looks like puppy had a blast too hehe :) LOVE morning mimosas--just makes the whole day better :)


  13. That looks like it was so much fun!

  14. I haven't been there in almost 20 years! I would LOVE to go to HP world. Talk about a dream come true ha ha!


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  15. I can't wait until we move there and I can actually go visit these places! I've never been to Universal or Disney :)

  16. I haven't been in years--- but I can see that it was a fun experience! I may have to hit up Singapore's Universal Studios sometime soon!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

  17. This sounds so fun!! I want to go to Harry Potter world so badly! And I want to tour the real stuff in London. I think it is all so cool!!

  18. aw so cute! Looks like so much fun! =D


  19. I love the Orlando universal! It really puts ours out here in LA to shame.

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  20. I think Universal is probably my favorite theme park of them all. I can't wait to go and see HP world!

  21. you're killing me with this HP post!! i just did one yesterday where i listed the WWOHP as one of the top five places i want to visit! i must go....

  22. So funny your husband was the HP paparazzi! You got some great shots and I'm dying to go back when Diagon Alley opens up. Also love that you got your picture taken in front of Jaws, it was tradition for us too!

  23. My husband is dying to go to Harry Potter World and just informed me last night that they were expanding. I think we will have to plan a visit soon!!! Love the post!!

  24. Looks like you had a great time! I need a vacation now! :)

  25. I havent been to Universal since I was about three! So I will have to go soon! I bet it is a blast! It looks like you had fun!!! :)

    Love Always,

  26. ahhhh! jealous! i am hoping to go next year with the hubs. i have been to disneyworld twice, cant believe each time i didnt go to universal. thanks for the tips on the rides - feel free to share ALL the tips! haha

  27. Looks like an awesome trip! Good choice choosing Universal over Disney. It's definitely better for our age...Next time you're in Orlando, let me know since I live nearby!