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Universal Studios in Orlando

sunny 32 °C

Soon I was on the bus and on my way to Universal Studios and Harry Potter.

When I arrived at the park I bought an express pass which meant I could skip the enormous queues and jump to the front of the line. It was a great move because of the time saved. I started my day at the park by taking some photos of New York, a replica of the The New York Public Library. The group wanted to do two rides, Revenge of the Mummy and Disaster!, but I wasn’t feeling up to going on any rollercoasters at the time so I had breakfast at Starbuck’s instead.

I walked past a reproduction of San Francisco with San Francisco Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf sign on my way to the first ride – Jaws! Jaws was actually quite tame, it involved getting into a boat and cruising around a small lake with Jaws rushing out of the water trying to eat you.

Krustyland was next. I did The Simpsons ride again; it was the same as in Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Afterwards I rode the Men in Black Alien Attack ride which involved shooting aliens from my seat as I passed them. It was really fun but there was some spinning which made me feel dizzy and sick, but I got through it unharmed.

While my friends rode the Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt, a gigantic and terrifying rollercoaster, which I did not do because I cannot stand being turned upside down, I checked out some of the shops around the area with another friend who doesn’t like rollercoasters like me.

We had finished most of this park so it was time to hit up the other park – Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This park was much larger than the other park so I only had time to explore two worlds. I was really excited about the first because it had a cool, colossal Greek statues out of the front of the ride. It was Poseidon’s Fury, where I toured the remains of Poseidon’s ancient temple – to my surprise there was no ride.

Now for the moment I was anticipating all day – Harry Potter. The entrance to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was Hogsmeade. It looked very real and magical. I didn’t stay long in Hogsmeade because I headed straight to Hogwarts and the best ride of them all – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. This ride was by far the most popular; I lined up for 1 hour in the boiling heat! The wait was absolutely worth it! It started by walking around Hogwarts, seeing the talking paintings, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom and Professor Dumbledore’s Office. There were short videos from all of the main characters, Harry, Ron, Hermoine and Dumbledore. It was very exciting; I felt like I was actually in Hogwarts! After my walking tour through Hogwarts, it was time for even more excitement – the ride! The ride took me on an adventure around the Hogwarts’ grounds, including flying with Harry through the air, exploring the Forbidden Forest and fighting off the dementors.

Following from Hogwarts, I headed back to Hogsmeade to do more exploring. I tried Butterbeer, a frozen, sweet non-alcoholic beverage made from butterscotch – it was extremely tasty! Ollivanders was next on my list. There was a small show from Ollivander himself then I browsed all of the wands on sale, from Harry, Ron and Hermoine to Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape and even Lord Voldemort himself. I bought Harry Potter’s wand.

I was Harry Pottered out and the day was ending so I walked back to the exit and left. I had heaps of fun at Universal Studios. I will return one day to ride on all the rides!

Posted by mccardj 22:24 Archived in US Virgin Islands

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