Basically, the Universal park is divided into two parts- Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. We spent 3 days in total in both parks altogether. To be honest, The Islands of Adventure is more for younger kids, and Studios has things for everyone! But both are great and have wonderful rides!
On the first day, we did most of the Universal studios, except for the Harry Potter section and 2 other rides. On the Second day, we spent most of our time in the Harry Potter sections in both parks, and finished whatever was left in Universal Studios, except for one ride. On the last day, today, we did that last ride, and did a few of our favorites and headed to the Islands of Adventure. More info below! (Extra Harry Potter tips and things below as well!)
A lot of these rides say that there are a lot of twists and turns and involve high speed and all that parents get away from. But actually, most of these rides are just simulations, and are not very high speed, and are very fun!
The Best Rides overall were: 1. Revenge of the Mummy (Indoor Roller-coaster, mid level) 2. Transformers (Simulation) 3. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (Simulation) 4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Simulation) 5. Hollywood Rock It! (Outdoor Roller-Coaster, high level) 6. Dragon Challenge (Outdoor Roller-Coaster, high level) 7. Despicable Me (Simulation) 8. Jurassic Park River Adventure (Water Ride,mid level [to me]) 9. The Simpsons Ride (Simulation) (Pictures below the Harry potter section)
Harry Potter-…. Everything?! So in the Harry Potter section of Universal Studios, it is based on the famous ‘Diagon Alley’, which is the area where you can do all your shopping, if you are. I didn’t do any shopping, except one thing. So what I recommend you do to save time and enjoy yourself is that once you enter, you will see the famous ‘Weasley’s Wizard Weezes’ which was opened by Fred and George Weasley and it full of jokes and fun. Take the turn over there, and head to the Gringotts money exchange. There, they take in either 10 or 20 dollars, how much ever you want to give, and give you Gringotts money. You may feel like this is a waste, but you can use this money, just like regular money anywhere in the Harry Potter section. Then, head to ‘Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment’ where you can get many souvenirs, its not essential, and honestly I do not recommend spending money on these items because you can make them yourself, and they are very expensive! But do take a look around, and get some ideas of things you can make, or just to get an idea. After that, go on the ride- ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ which is a simulation ride, which is suitable for everyone! It is very exciting and even my parents love it! Which is saying something! After that, go ahead straight up and take a spin around Knockturn Alley, where the dark spirits go. But, its cool. Be sure to go and take a look in ‘Borgin and Burke’s’ which has dark art things for sale. I do not recommend buying over here because it is much much much more expensive from other stores. I just went everywhere to get ideas of things to make :P. Then, go ahead to Olivanders, where you can get yourself a wand. There are two types of wands- Interactive and Non Interactive. There is an 8 dollar gap between each, but its quite expensive! Both of them! Interactive wands let you do a wee bit of magic from outside stores on the window displays, but once you leave, it doesn’t ever work again, there is no point. If you want to get a wand of someone you love in the series, they are available in Interactive and Non Interactive. I got Fred Weasley’s wand, because the wand chose me. I also felt very attracted to it. “The Wand chooses the Wizard”. Then go ahead to ‘Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions’ where you can get yourself a robe of Hogwarts, or a house robe. Its very expensive-Over 50$ for a robe that you can buy online for 10$ and make for 7$. But do take a look if you like. Then, go over to Quality Quidditch Supplies, which is next to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, where you can get Harry Potter Merchandise at a VERY expensive price, but nonetheless, it is very cool. Then, take the Hogwarts Express to Universal Islands of Adventure and watch the simulation windows that give you an experience of going to Hogwarts. The section of Harry Potter on this side is based on ‘Hogsmeade’ which is near Hogwarts where the children can go to get supplies if they run out in the middle of the year, or to have fun. There, watch the Triwizard Rally, which is a show, lasts about 10 minutes. Go on the Dragon Challenge, which is an outdoor roller-coaster, pretty high speed, I rode these scary rides alone. Also, ride the Flight of the Hippogriff, which is open to all ages, and is okay for anybody. Then, ride the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which is a simulation, and is open to anyone. It is truly amazing. Make sure to drink butterbeer, which is the classic Harry Potter drink, and is amazing.
Overall, it was great. Its what I’ve dream’t about my whole life. Picture Gallery:
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~X Mihika X