Travel: Universal Studios, Orlando

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Whilst we were in Orlando, Kariss and I took two days out of Disney to visit Universal Studios. Honestly, this was the part that I was most excited about because I just couldn’t wait to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, that section is going to need its own post though.

We went to Universal Studios on two consecutive days, a Tuesday and a Wednesday. On the Tuesday, we decided to get there for when the parks opened and do Universal Studios first. Our first stop was of course Diagon Alley but like I said, you will have to wait to read all about that! We made sure we did all of the rides that we wanted to do in the park and I must say that I was so impressed with the rides. Compared to Disney, Universal Studios seem to put a lot more effort into the visuals of the rides.

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After Diagon Alley, our first port of call was Springfield. I grew up watching The Simpsons, so it was really surreal to see everything ‘in the flesh’. I couldn’t believe that you could actually go inside Moe’s Tavern and you could really shop at the Kwik-E-Mart, I also love that they actually had the statue of Jebediah Springfield! We went on The Simpsons ride which was good fun, we joined the single rider queue to get on there faster and although we were both on separate parts of the ride, we were in and out at the same time. I felt like I had to buy something from the Kwik-E-Mart, so I went inside and bought a can of Flaming Moe’s which was just over $5. As it was an energy drink, I was hoping it would be a bit like Red Bull but unfortunately, it was flat and tasted quite weird.

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As we were coming out of Springfield, we got to see the Delorean and Dr. Emmett Brown from Back To The Future which was really cool. It’s a shame that there wasn’t a Back To The Future ride as I can imagine that would be pretty amazing if the special effects in all of the other rides are anything to go by! For years there have been rumours floating around about a Back To The Future ride but so far nothing has been confirmed, it would be a great addition to the park though.

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We spent the rest of the day trawling round the park and going on as many rides as we could. We stopped briefly for some lunch at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe where I had the biggest slice of pepperoni pizza I have ever seen in my life. The food was quite pricey, especially as we were used to not actually paying for it thanks to our Disney Dining Plan, so we chose to not eat anything in the evening and instead go back to Walt Disney World and use our dining credits!

My 5 favourite rides in Universal Studios were:

  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • E.T. Adventure
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong

I loved how the rides were so much bigger, faster and more exhilarating than anything at Walt Disney World and I could have easily have spent more than one day in the park.

 

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19 Comments

  1. January 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

    I’ve always always always wanted to go to Universal Orlando, looks like you had an incredible time!

  2. January 20, 2017 / 6:16 am

    I have heard that the rides at Universal are quite good fun. I had no idea that they had a Simpsons area there, that’s pretty funny. I can’t wait to read about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, that is the main reason I would love to go to Universal.

  3. January 20, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Looks like you had a great time! I have to say that Orlando and Universal Studios are definitely on my bucket list x

  4. January 20, 2017 / 11:11 am

    This looks so amazing and my hubby would love all of The Simpsons stuff x

  5. January 20, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Oh my god! I love The Simpsons, such a fan. I’d love to go to Moe’s Tavern 🙂

  6. January 20, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your visit and experience! Sounds like you had an amazing time! I have never been but would sooooo love to go!

  7. Donna
    January 20, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Great article I love it there and can’t wait to go back!

  8. January 20, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I really really want to go to Orlando, the back to the future stuff looks amazing x

  9. January 20, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I love Universal, I went there in October. I find it a lot better than Disney especially when it comes to Universal’s Express pass system. I stayed at a Universal hotel and got free express unlimited for my stay. You could pay a fortune to stay at Disney’s top resorts and they don’t give you anything extra in the park that Universal do. You should have gone for the actual Flaming Moe and not the energy drink one. The Flaming Moe is sold inside Moes and is an orange drink that uses dry ice to create a smoke effect.

  10. January 20, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    It sounds like a park with so much to do and see.

  11. January 20, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    This is not something I’d consider doing/going to, but think i’ve changed my mind! I think the simpsons looks incredible and woop you saw the back to the future car :O so jealous! x

  12. January 21, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I went to Universal when I was 9 or 10 but would absolutely love to go back now I’m older. They have so much fun stuff!

  13. January 21, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Ive been a couple of times but the last time was years ago! I remember the ET ride though i loved it!

  14. January 22, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    The kids would so love to go here but at the moment its out of my price range but one day and its on my bucket list

  15. January 22, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    It’s been several years since I went to Universal Studios.ans it looks like it’s changed a lot! We are hoping to go in 2018 and will definitely visit Universal

  16. Rachel
    January 22, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Ahh this is making want to go back! I do love Universal Studios, the rides are so good! I think there used to be a Back to the Future ride, I went to Universal in California in ’96 and I’m sure my Mum said she went on it! xo

  17. Jemma
    January 23, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I love Universal Studios. I really want to go again one day.

  18. January 23, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I would love to visit Orlando one day especially universal studios and see of this for myself. Sounds like a lovely trip

  19. January 24, 2017 / 11:42 am

    I really want to go here it looks so great x

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