Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Saremy's Vacation 2011: Day 1
Hi there! Boy, do I have some exciting posts coming up! You see...Jeremy and I went on vacation a few weeks ago. But it wasn't just any vacation. We went on a MEGA vacation to Disneyworld, Universal Studios and SeaWorld! We had seven glorious days to take in the wonder of the Happiest Place in the World, to ride roller coaster after roller coaster, eat churros, drink Butterbeer and see the whale that ate his trainer last year. So please, join me as we recap our vacation, one fabulous day at a time.
Day 1 - May 14th (MY BIRTHDAY!!) - Universal Studios Island of Adventure
We started out our vacation here because I was really, really, really looking forward to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and may have made Jeremy promise me that he'd take me here this year. Little did we know, that this would be our favorite park of the whole trip. Though Harry Potter is the main draw to this park, it also has: Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, the Lost Continent and Dr. Seuss Landing. We rode all the big rides throughout the park and even got soaked on the water rides, but since Harry Potter is THE attraction here…let’s just focus on that.
So, I’m just going to start out by saying…this portion of Universal was AWESOME. Simply awesome. It was, obviously, my favorite park of our trip. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’re going to feel like you got transported into the books. From the queue area of the rides, to the characters, to the props and even to the Butterbeer, it’s all just as I imagined Harry Potter’s world to be. Even Jeremy liked it and he’s only read part of the first book and seen part of the first movie!
As for rides, there are two good ones here: the Dragon Challenge roller coaster (sit it the front row, it’s the best!) and of course, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (HPFJ). HPFJ is a great ride, where you follow Harry, Ron and Herimone around the ground of Hogwarts, through the Forbidden Forest, to a Quiditch game and fight dementors. We seriously rode it about 6 times. In fact, Jeremy even said that HPFJ was his favorite ride out of our whole trip!
Besides the rides, the whole area of this section of the park was just cool and there is so much to look at. The major shops that you read about in the books are there in Hogsmeade. You can buy a chocolate frog at Honeydukes, or perhaps a wand at Olivanders. Plus, be sure to check out the bathrooms to listen to Moaning Myrtle. And the one must of this park: try the frozen Butterbeer! It’s a delicious drink that is cold, refreshing and tastes like a butterscotch shortbread cookie. Umm, yum!
I loved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It was a great way to spend my birthday. Stay tuned for Day 2 of our vacation!