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Published: September 4th 2017
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Universal....where do I start?
It was awesome and the rides are the most amazing.
We head in and go straight to Hogsmeade, Harry Potter World as that is our mission today. Through the wonderful land of Dr Seuss and after the wow factor has worn off, we head to the Flight of the Hippogriff which was a family friendly roller coaster which didn't last long enough in Ella's opinion. But with no queue, we were keen to go again, but discover The Forbidden Journey. Now we think the ride is too extreme for us, but have been told its worth the walk through.
25 minute wait, so we're off but the lady on the gate clarifies that its not a roller coaster, its a 3D simulated ride. Ok, why not. WOW the queue went too quick as we wondered through the classrooms and corridors of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Magnificent, and so well done. We're all amazed. We're all scared by this ride, but wow, what a ride, its way too difficult to explain, but so worth it. This is our new number 1 ride. The queue has since doubled!
After wondering through the shops and the area we take
the Hogwarts express to Diagon Alley. Great effects. I think this may been be more amazing than the other side. We can eat lunch in the great hall, we're excited. Weasley's house is a shop. Gives me goosebumps just thinking back to it.
At the far end of Diagon Alley stands Gringotts, so we head to the Escape from Gringotts ride. Again the walk through the bank, up the circular stairs to Dumbledore's office is just awesome. The ride was also fantastic.
After our fill of Harry Potter World, we head onwards to see what else is around. The wait times are getting long now. We decide to do the ET rise, so cute and lovely, Men in Black Alien Attack, then Transformers which was sensational, makes you feel part of the action. Back to Diagon Alley for lunch in the big hall and then catch the Hogwarts Express back to Hogsmeade. Wow the queue for the train is an hour. oh well!
Back to Islands of Adventure now and Ella's bought her wand and a Gryffindor t-shirt. Onto some more rides. We tackle the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Really cool, until the huge 85 foot drop at the end, which Ella
and I didn't notice as I was shielding her from the massive Trex above our heads (she doesn't like them!). OMG. So good, we do it again, even though Ella hates the Dinosaur thing because there's no queue.
Ella and Graham do the cute Pteranodon Flyers and then Kirsten and Graham tackle the Dudley Do Right Ripsaw Falls and come out saturated. Why not, so we do the fun thing and jump on Popeye's Bilge Rat Barges and get soaked going through the rapids. Still no queue, so why not do it one more time and stay on says Kirsten. Graham's wise, he leaves. We're wet, but after the second time we are fully soaked from head to toe, but that's ok because for $5 you can use the dryer. Except when your money and your credit card is soaked! 😞
Park is closing and we discover the King Kong ride. Oh, we want to try it, but its 75 minute wait time and its nearly 7pm now (closing time). We are so wet !
Time to head off, but oh what a day!. Oops missed our ride back. Oh well, we'll stay for tea and catch an Uber. We are all cold,
wet and now its raining. We eat and head home. Our heads are spinning.
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