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2Apr/1425

Florida Fun! (Part 1)

Spring break was last week and I had a blast! I met my family in Orlando, Florida for a week of Universal Studio and Disney adventures. Since we had so much fun and did so many things, for this post I'm going to focus on Universal Studios. Look out for my Disney World adventures next week!

I had a very early flight last Saturday to get down to Orlando. We wanted to get started as soon as possible, and that meant waking up at two in the morning to catch the earliest flight available! Luckily  I caught a cat nap on the plane. My dad and older sister Grace arrived in Orlando the night before, so they were my welcoming committee. We headed straight for the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios.

Hard Rock Hotel guitar fountain

Hard Rock Hotel guitar fountain

The hotel was huge! They had this really cool fountain out front and the water changed heights constantly. The hotel was within walking distance to the parks, and because it was "on property" we had the ability to go into Harry Potter World half an hour early! Universal Studios has two parks, one called Universal Studios and the other called Island of Adventure (which is home to Harry Potter World). We spent the first day at Universal Studios, the second at Island of Adventure, and the third at both parks.

The first thing we did was the Despicable Me adventure. We were trained to be minions and saw what happened after the movies end. When we came out of the ride, there was a photo opportunity with the minion mascot!

Me and my little sister with the minion!

Me and my little sister with the minion!

One of our other favorite rides was the Mummy. It was an indoor roller coaster where we went through the tombs in the movie. We ended up riding that one five times by the end of the three days at Universal.

Mummy roller coaster with my mom and sisters

Mummy roller coaster with my mom and sisters

The family favorite ride at Universal Studios park was the Men In Black ride. We went through a monster simulation where we got to be the M.I.B. agents and we shot targets with laser guns. Those type of rides are always a big hit for my dad, and the rest of us enjoy trying to beat his scores!

We are all very serious agents!

We are all very serious agents!

There were many other rides and attractions at the Universal Studios park that we enjoyed, like the Shreck ride, Monster Make Up show, Fear Factor Live, and the Transformers ride. The Island of Adventure, however, may have been the highlight of our whole break!

The first thing we did was head straight for Harry Potter World. My sisters and I grew up with the story of Harry Potter unfolding, so it is definitely a family favorite. The Hogwarts flying adventure ride is the most popular ride at Universal. The line can get upwards of three hours minutes after the park even opens! We were very lucky to have the extra hour since we stayed on property, so we got there early two days in a row to hop in line. It was still a wait, but nowhere near three hours!

Flying through Hogwarts with my sisters

Flying through Hogwarts with my sisters

Before we even left, people were telling my mom that if we wanted to go on a great roller coaster, we had to ride the Hulk. I haven't been riding roller coasters for very long (I was quite afraid of them until about a year ago), so I was nervous when we first saw it but it turned out to be a blast! We rode it three times!

Riding the Hulk with my mom and sisters

Riding the Hulk with my mom and sisters

One of the coolest parts of Island of Adventure was the Dr. Seuss area they set up. The shops were all cartoon like and they had characters everywhere! It felt like going back in time to when I used to read those books as a kid. We got to take goofy pictures under the Sneetches train tour.

Look! It's the Sneetches!

Look! It's the Sneetches!

Universal Studios is a great place to go, for people of all ages! They have attractions and events for everyone, from kid to adult. Three days was the perfect amount of time to see both parks and enjoy the shows. If you're ever in Orlando, it's worth the stop! Also, if you do go, the fast pass is worth it. Wait times go way down and we were able to do. We did so many fun things in three days, and I'm not even halfway through the week! Look out for Florida Fun (Part 2) next week!

 

 

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