Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure


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I am so, so guilty, but I admit that I chose to visit Universal Studios as the first thing to do on my trip to Orlando just for Harry Potter's new Diagon Alley, and basically to see Hogwarts again! Nonetheless, I really must admit to you guys that visiting Orlando a week before May ended (a week before almost all schools in the U.S began summer break) was the best decision! I mean, look at my Hogwarts photo above, where is everybody?! There still were a lot of people, but seriously, nothing compared to going in June or July. 

Diagon Alley

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Let's talk about this new Harry Potter section in Universal Studios. Yep, I am talking about the new Diagon Alley. Universal put in a lot, and I mean it when I say a lot, of detail in this. The most important detail of all is that dragon atop of Gringotts.

They really went all out in including the Leaky Cauldron as a restaurant you can eat in, Ollivanders, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Magical Menagerie, and Madam Malkin's Robes! They even included a map where you can use animated magic wands along with magic spells, where things respond back to you as if you are actually a wizard.  Super neat, huh! You can check more about that here.

BTW, did you know they also included Knockturn Alley? I didn't! I actually stumbled upon it and was so happy to experience it, especially when I saw the infamous Borgin and Burkes. Honestly, I never wanted to leave! 

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Poseidon's Fury

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This Poseidon part of the park was both really weird and breathtaking. Really, really beautiful! Everything so big, it greatly depicts the power of the Greek gods! 

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Kind of do not understand why the snow, but it really does add to that effect of transporting instantly from Orlando, FL to Hogsmeade and being a wizard. 

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Jurassic Park

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We went into the Spiderman ride (I got out of this one really, really dizzy! D O N E with Univesal!), and when we got out it was pouring. We sprinted from the Spiderman gift shop to an arcade room, and got soaking wet. As soon as it stopped raining, everyone made their way to the park's exit because 15 minutes were left until closing time. 

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Goodbye, Universal!

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