IN WHICH DAMIEE VISIT UNIVERSAL
Okay so I lost momentum a little with this project.
For me, Universal wasn't high on my list. I could have completely missed it if Harry Potter Land wasn't a thing.
I know for Dami it was something he was very excited about - he loves the Simpsons and wanted to see that. He's never been to Florida before as I have mentioned so he was just excited to see everything. I think if it were up to him we would have gone on the first day, but we held off until day four.
We got the coach provided by our hotel. It wasn't until nearly 11am so we got another lie-in which was awesome. Had some breakfast and headed down to reception.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I couldn't remember the layout of the site and to be honest after fifteen years it's probably changed one hell of a lot.
A few of the experiences I remember have gone now - notably Nick Studios, I also remember a Hanna Barbera area which I really enjoyed as a kid. Nevermind - times change.
We decided to go for the Studios first - with me singing a little bit of Kenan and Kel on the way in - awwww here it goes! #throwback
Obviously gratuitous photo ops as we entered.
We found ourselves on a street right out of a Hollywood movie - or what I imagine it would look like! We perused the shops and had a leisurely stroll around the streets before hitting Springfield.
Again, we were so lucky with the wait times as we barely hit any. We were quite selective with what we did though so that may have some bearing on it.
We walked through Springfield, obviously stopping to geek out at the buildings that we'd only seen on the TV. It was so surreal and intensely cool, I can't describe the feels you get from this place it's insane.
We wandered into Moe's and through into the foodcourt where there were restaurants like Luigi's, The Frying Dutchman, Krusty Burger etc etc. All counter service restaurants. It looked pretty good, but we weren't hungry at that point so just carried on looking.
As we came out we saw the Kwik-E-Mart which is a gift store. At the end of our holiday we went back to get all the items we decided to get on this day. We got a Squishee refillable travel cup which came with a free (it wasn't free, it cost $1.50) fill of Squishee - we got raspberry lemonade flavour as that was the most mutually acceptable flavour to share. We also got a Kwik-E-Mart name badge that said BORT. Lols. My parents gave us the money to get Dami a birthday present while he was there so he chose this MASSIVE mug because he loves tea.. It's like three cups of tea in one mug.
We also bought a chocolate bar that I keep meaning to bug my co-worker into buying for me when he goes this weekend.. I keep forgetting!
Update - I did ask him to get it (and a pressed penny from MK) but he 'forgot' to get both. Men.
I got 20 seconds - SECONDS! - into the ride before it kicked in. I just had to curl over the safety bar with my eyes tightly closed and breathe really slowly. It barely worked, but I didn't vom.
All I can remember is Dami going on about how cool it was and wooping like you do on a good ride - but I'm sat there trying not to think about, I was such a spoilsport!
After that I just had to walk away and get a drink, so we chilled out by the toilets outside the Men In Black area. Honestly thought I was going to puke my guts up for about 10 minutes, it was awful. After calming myself down a little, we walked through the MIB area (we didn't go on the ride obviously but knew we had a second visit to do so) and past the Fear Factor Live place and came very quickly round into London!
Quick snap in front of the station which takes you over to the other park and then we tried to find the way into Diagon Alley!
As we entered there was the biggest crowd of people that we had seen so far in any of the parks we had visited. They were all there for one reason: THIS GUY!
He breathes fire, but it's quite sporadic so even after we'd waited for ten minutes, it still hadn't let out a blast.
Then everyone started to get ushered on because no one could get through the crush.
Even with all the people it was the most amazing sight. I couldn't wait to look in all the shop windows. We saw plenty of people with the interactive wands and dressed in robes - it was fantastic!!
We did a brief circuit of window shopping. If I'd've been hungry I would definitely have pushed for a meal at the Leaky Cauldron but I was still quite queasy. We had a little gander at the sweets in the Weasley's shop (mind-blowing) and had a look at some merch in one of the attached shops. On our way out we checked the wait time for Escape From Gringotts but it was over an hour so we decided to come back later.
That was the luxury of it having just been the two of us - we didn't have to pander to anyone else's needs and we could just take or leave the rides knowing we could come back at a later point without anyone moaning that they want to do it NOW.
Dami needed the toilet and I just caught this out of the corner of my eye as I was waiting for him:
It was so cool in Knockturn Alley (I mean that literally - the aircon was such a relief) We had a quick look around Borgin & Burkes and then back out through Diagon Alley to have a look at the Knight Bus. There was quite a queue to get a picture so, again, something for another day :)
In true Daimee fashion we decided at this point to scout out Islands of Adventure as the park was starting to fill up. We walked over rather than getting the train as there was quite a long wait if I remember correctly.
It only took 10 mins to get over to the other park anyway.
As you walk in there is an archway that says The Adventure Begins... and I thought it was so awesome!!
This was a first time for me at this park - I think when we came last time my parents didn't want my sister to miss out as she would have been too small to go on many of the rides (though I can also remember being told we could go to only one of the parks and Universal Studios was the better choice for all of us)
As you can see, nice and empty as we walked in!
We headed straight for Dami's most anticipated area - unfortunately the Hulk ride was closed but we still only waited 15 minutes for the Spiderman ride which I didn't think was too bad!
And would you believe it, it's now almost a year since we went and I can't remember any of the details..
I thought I'd post this last one since I had already written it and call it quits on this series.
I've covered pretty much all the parks now anyway, except Busch Gardens which was a wash out and I had contracted the flu by that point anyway
Thanks for reading