As you are probably already aware, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan and the main reason why I was so excited to go to Florida in October, was the fact that I was going to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Ever since it first opened at Universal Studios, I’ve been desperate to visit and I just couldn’t wait to get to Diagon Alley! Kariss and I bought a 14 day pass to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure which cost just under £200 and set aside two days out of our holiday to visit. We decided to travel by Uber which wasn’t too expensive, it ended up costing us around $13 each way which isn’t bad at all considering it was around a 25 minute journey and all of the Uber drivers were really nice. (If you’ve never used Uber before want to save money on your first trip, use my code upb9z when you sign up.) View Post

Manchester isn’t that far away from me, it only takes me an hour on the train and if I book tickets in advance then I can get a really cheap fare as well, but I almost never visit! The weekend  before Christmas, Rachel invited me along to the Mercure Piccadilly to visit the Manchester Christmas Markets and explore the city.

In typical Hayley fashion, I’d forgotten a few of the essentials when I was packing for my weekend away, so as soon as I got to Manchester Piccadilly station my first stop was Boots to buy a toothbrush, toothpaste and eyeshadow while I waited for Rachel’s train to get in. We then had quite a bit of time before we were due to meet everyone at the hotel, so we dropped our suitcases off and headed to the Northern Quarter for some food from Almost Famous.

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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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