Orlando or Bust!

20150527_114049Hello 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 PART_1433007417565_20150529_235125you’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.

Diagon Alley mainly has shops and food. There is a ride that’s inside of  Gringott’s but the ride was down the whole day that we were there so we didn’t get to go on it.20150527_170605

All around Universal there are performers that have pop up shows throughout the day, and there was a really good one in Diagon Alley. They had amazing costumes and were all fabulous singers.20150527_160245

Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes!20150527_161644

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Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor! I had the earl grey and lavender as well as a scoop of salted caramel blondie. It was delicious!!!Orlando 2015

 


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.20150528_125942

Honeydukes sweet shop! They had every type of candy that’s mentioned in the books like the chocolate frogs, the fizzing whizzbees, bertie bott’s beans, and tons of other stuff!PART_1433023798647_20150529_110346

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.InstaSize_2015_5 _ 14839The 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!!!

27 comments

  1. Awww this is making me feel so homesick. I’ve lived in Paris (going back soon) currently in Bangkok, but I’m a florida gal at heart. the sun, the sunshowers, even the bugs. I’m glad you enjoyed! Also- universal, bless your soul.

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    • Thanks Julie!!! I was fangirling out when I was there. It’s made me start reading the books over from the beginning again to re-live my love of HP haha
      Oh and the butterbeer was great!

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  2. Good morning. Fantastic post! 🙂
    I rarely do tag’s but received a fun one *Love vs Hate* that I tagged you in. I botched your link however. So no worries if tag’s aren’t your cup of tea, and if it does sound fun I’ll see if I can get your link correct & re add you. 🙂

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    • I would also like to thank you for supporting my blog. I keep meaning to send an award your way but wasn’t sure if you participate in them. I also realized you are another fantastic blog that doesn’t show up in my reader so I added you to my written list so I won’t miss your blog post’s. As for the tag, I used humor but should you choose to do it, don’t worry about using humor. Have a wonderful day!! ☺💜

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    • Awww your so welcome! I love visiting your blog, thanks a million for supporting mine as well.
      I always make sure to say thank you for awards but to be honest I don’t always get around to re-posting them. This one I haven’t done yet so I will definitely make sure to post it this weekend 🙂
      Have a great day as well ❤

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    • I strongly believe in supporting fellow blogs. I know how much being supported means to me.
      No worries re awards. They take forever to get written up. I just wanted to check. 🙂
      >3

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  3. Omg love your travel entry. Made me miss Orlando and the fun things there. I love Harry Potter World and that is my main reason to go again lolol. The boat ride and the comedy show seemed like so much fun! Thank you for sharing your fun trip xoxoxo Janet

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    • Thanks Janet! I’m glad you enjoyed my post!!! I’m so glad that I did the boat ride it wasn’t something that I was initially into but it was really cool. The Harry Potter world was awesome, you should definitely go back. Apparently they’ve added to it a lot since it opened!

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    • Yes I didn’t recognize too much from the HP world. I went the first year or second year they opened it and really hope I can go back again soon. I love when that happens, you try something you didn’t know you would love and the great memory will always be there 🙂

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