Hello everyone! I was away on vacation all last week with my close friend and I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve posted. I’m glad to be back on the blogging train and today I want to share some pictures and snippets of my week in Orlando!
I spent three days at Universal and the rest of the week visiting other attractions in Orlando. I had a lot of pictures from there (especially from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter) that I wanted to share. Just in case there are people who aren’t HP fan I put all of those pictures at the end of the post!
The property that we stayed on had a lake that you could water sports on so one of the first things that we did was go kayaking. It was really nice because there were some really beautiful views from the lake and it was just really relaxing.
Before last week I’d never been to a dinner show but I’ve always wanted to go because they seemed like so much fun! We made reservations for Al Capone’s dinner show. It was a comedy show, set in the prohibition era.
The performers were all really good and it had a Chicago feel to it, they even sung a variation of “Roxie” from Chicago. Most of it was super cheesy but that was also the fun of it, plus there was unlimited booze so it definitely got funnier as the night went on haha!
Another highlight of this trip was going on an air boat ride through the Florida wetlands. Our guide gave us a lot of interesting information about the ecosystem there and the animals that live in it. We even saw a couple of baby alligators! The lake we were in had around 1,000 alligators in it. The adults stay at the bottom of the lake to stay cool but even the small ones that we saw apparently have the bite of a rottweiler!
Here’s a few pictures of us on the boat and the lake.
On the last full day that we had, we visited the Orlando Eye. It takes about twenty minutes to do a full rotation and you get some really amazing views. I would totally recommend everyone to do this, that is unless you have a fear of heights!
The area around the eye has a few shops and restaurants. It just opened about a month ago so everything has a really nice modern look to it there!
We only went out one night during this trip because we had so many activities during the day that we when we got in at night we were usually exhausted. If you’ve never been to Orlando then the area of the city where the parks and resorts are is sort of far from the actual city center. So instead of going out in downtown Orlando went to City Walk, which is a dining, shopping, and nightlife next to Universal.
First we went to a karaoke bar, but it wasn’t your average setup. This was karaoke with style! They had a live band, two backup singers, and MC. Naturally, we decided to sing (I may or may not have forced my friend to do it with me) and we chose Toxic by Britney Spears lol. It was such a rush! Afterwards we danced the night away at one of the clubs on City Walk. It was a pretty good time. We had a lot of fun and got there early enough to avoid paying any covers.
Now for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
If you’ve never been to Universal then you may not know that it’s split into two different parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Diagon Alley is at Universal Studios, and Hogsmeade is at Islands of Adventure. Some of the pictures aren’t the greatest, but I didn’t want to tote my huge camera around so I took them on my phone.
Anyway, we did Universal Studios on the first day that we went to the parks so Diagon Alley is what we visited first. There’s a split in the walls that lets you into Diagon Alley and the whole area is enclosed so you really feel like you’ve stepped into another world.
On the second and third day that we were at Universal we went to Islands of Adventure, which is where Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade are. I haven’t been to Universal since I was a kid and I was so impressed with much the 4D rides have changed. They really make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.
There’s a 4D ride in the castle that’s really awesome. On the way to the ride you walk through the garden and see mandrakes and other magical plants. You also go on tour through the castle. There are moving paintings, replicated classrooms from the films, and much more. There’s also a dragon challenge roller coaster that was pretty fun. The speed and loops replicated what it would be like to ride a dragon.
We at lunch at the Three Broomsticks. I had the pumpkin juice which I loved (it tastes like pumpkin cider) and the chilled Butter Beer which was good as well, it tastes sort of like cream soda topped with butterscotch foam.The amount of detail that they were able to capture was astounding. Walking around and having lunch in places that I’ve spent years imagining was such a cool experience. I think it really shows how far a bit of imagination can go.
We also did all the other rides and sections of Universal but the Harry Potter section was definitely my highlight. Well that is apart from the E.T. ride, it’s a classic!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and if you’ve stayed until the end you must be as big of a HP fan as I am lol!!!