Lights, Camera, Action!
Hey everyone! And welcome back to my page for another Magical Monday. Today’s Magical Monday is a little bit different, hold your horses cause it’s not disney related (GASP!). I know It’s crazy but there are things in to do in this world that are not disney related. This post is all about our experience in Universal Studios Hollywood.
Let me give you a little bit of back story on why my husband and I ventured out of our disney bubble and went to Universal in the first place. When my husband and I got married our honeymoon was at Walt Disney World, and we found ourselves with an extra day to explore florida and we chose to go to Universal Florida. My husband and I are Harry Potter fans so we really wanted to experience Diagon Alley, something that they don’t have at the Universal Studios in California. After we experienced Olivanders and got our interactive wands we swore we would go to the one in California to experience Hogsmead. If it was half of what we experienced in Diagon Alley it was going to be worth it!
Before my husband I were together I had a season pass to Universal Studios. Around the time I had my pass they had just started construction on Hogsmead and Springfield (The Simpsons) which if you know me I was more excited for Springfield just because The Simpsons is my all time favorite show. But by the time everything had finally opened I didn’t have a pass anymore. Fast forward 2 years, and I bought my husband and I tickets for christmas to visit the one in California. I bought us these tickets before we decided to go on a cruise and Walt Disney World.
The day we decided to go it was so nice and sunny outside we couldn’t have picked a better day. Right when we walked in I noticed a lot had changed since I had last been there in 2015. The Shrek Ride was no longer there and was replaced by the KungFu Panda ride, and Lunar New Year decorations were every where. As soon as we passed the shops we turned left and were greeted with the opening of Hogsmead. We were so excited we grabbed our interactive wands and started to do spells around there. I stress the “interactive” because there are interactive wands that have infrared sensors so they can interact with the store fronts and ally ways. There are also inactive wands that are significantly cheaper but they’re mostly for show and don’t do anything. In Hogsmead they have 2 rides, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of he Hippogriff.
Now most rides in Universal are motion simulators, where you get in a ride vehicle and it moves you from screen to screen it can get pretty intense. The only rides that aren’t like that are Flight of the hippogriff, The Mummy, and the Jurassic Park ride, those are more roller coasters. My husband and I had heard that the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride makes you unbelievably sick, but my husband and I don’t get motion sick, or so we thought. After squeezing on the ride vehicle, cause it’s not like anything I had ever seen, and going through the series of screens, as your ride vehicle spins and flips you around, we walked off sick. The worker was telling us there was no wait if we wanted to cut through the line and go again, but we were too happy to say no thanks.
That being the first ride, was most definitely not the best choice. After chugging a frozen Butter Beer, which by the way is so tasty, we headed to Springfield. Home to the longest running animated show on tv, The Simpsons. I had been to the Simpsons Ride before and it was one of my favorite rides. But for some reason we got off of it feeling like we had been in a car wreck. I felt so bad that I talked so highly of it to my husband, and for him to feel so bad after it. But I absolutely will say, walking through Springfield and going to Moe’s Tavern and getting the iconic Flaming Moe was a dream come true, even if it was only orange soda on top of some dried ice. It was probably the best part of the trip besides doing spells in Hogsmead.
How could you go to Universal Studios without doing the Studio Tour? We headed there next and got on in about 30 minutes. The Studio Tour has one of the best queues with old movie facts and posters hanging around, and movie clips playing on the tv’s. One thing we noticed about Universal as a whole is it doesn’t matter where you’re at or what ride you’re on, if they can, they will spray or shoot water at you. The tour was no exception, during King Kong 3D, looking at the movie cars, during the fake Earthquake Simulation, the Jaws Scene and the new Fast and Furious show, there was water in my face. But looking at all the sets and shooting locations was a lot of fun, we even got to see where The Good Place was filmed, very cute.
After the Studio Tour we decided to view the lower lot and go on the Mummy Ride. Definitely a great way to end the day, the last ride of the day was the shortest and most fun. All in all Universal Studios is a great place to visit if you want the hollywood feeling without having to go into sketchy area’s like downtown LA. I think we won’t be going back any time too soon just because we felt, and pardon my french, but like complete “shit” after all those motion rides. It’s no Disneyland for sure, but I think that was the point of going somewhere different, just to experience a different kind of magic.
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Till next time TTFN,