March 15, 2017

Universal Studios Day 1

Hey guys,

So we recently went to Universal Studios to celebrate a friends birthday! She hadn't been to Universal since she was in middle school and so she decided she wanted a girls trip to Universal for her birthday! We left on Friday morning around 8:30 and drove for 3 and a half hours to Orlando. It was around noon by the time we got there and so we headed straight to the new Harry Potter area that is located inside of Universal.
Universal Studios Day 1
The first thing we rode was Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Only two of the people in our group hadn't been on it and so we were all super excited for everyone to finally ride it! It was of course, a lot of fun and everyone had a blast! P.S. All of my photo's are snapchat photos so sorry for the small size and for the quality.
Universal Studios Day 1
Some of the other rides we rode while at Universal include Revenge of the Mummy and then we rode some other's the next day that I will discuss in tomorrow's post. Once we finished with Universal Studios, we hopped on the Hogwarts Express and headed to Island's of Adventure.

While at Island's of Adventure we rode the Dragon Challenge, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and we ended the day by riding Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. I totally don't recommend riding the last ride in the evening like we did because the sun was already down and so we basically just froze! We actually paid for one of those human air-dryer's to help s dry off and warm up a little. It definitely helped but I personally recommend riding this ride during the day when the sun is high in the sky haha! However, it was totally fun and I think you should ride it at least once!
Universal Studios Day 1
We had lunch around 3 something and we ate at Richter's Burger Co. It was pretty tasty and I would definitely recommend it. However, they literally only two option for burgers on the menu, a plain burger with a select cheese choice and a burger with bacon and your cheese choice. They have a toppings bar and you can add whatever toppings you want. I actually just split a burger with my sister because that's what we typically do whenever we eat at theme parks. They always give you so much food and I hate wasting the food and the money. So we just typically split a meal and we'll get an extra side or something.
Universal Studios Day 1
This was probably one of the best parts of the trip for me because my sister and I also go to theme parks, like all the time, and we have never been able to test out a ride before it opens. I don't even think I realized this was a thing haha. So we got to test out the new Race Through New York featuring Jimmy Fallon and it was cute but the wait was pretty annoying. Granted they were testing out the ride so I can't wait to ride it again to see how they improve it all. I kind of don't want to go into too many details because I'm not entirely sure I am allowed to. I didn't sign anything saying not but they did have signs saying not to take any pictures or recordings of the ride. 
Universal Studios Day 1
So I had to take this picture with my sister because our shirts are from the real King's Cross station in London! We visited it over the summer and went to the Harry Potter set-up there and took our picture in front of Platform 9 and 3/4! You can read about it here!

We left Universal around 7-ish and headed to check into our hotel. We stayed at the Floridays resort which was pretty nice! It was a two bedroom room and I would definitely stay there again because it was pretty close to the theme park as well as Sea World! 

After we checked in, we all got ready for dinner and then tried to decided where to go. We decided on Miller's but then we ended up just getting in the car driving to I-Drive (International Drive) and found somewhere to eat. We decided on Longhorn's Steak House. By the time we finished with dinner it was almost 11 which is probably the latest I have ever eaten dinner lol. I typically don't eat anything past like 8 because acid reflux runs in my family and so I actually ended up having to take an antacid before going to bed haha!

XO, Steph


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