Universal’s Island of Adventure (Wizarding World of Harry Potter)

Another quickie… we’ll do proper posts when we have more time 🙂

Monday 18 october, we went to Universal’s Islands of Adventure park. – This blog post is dedicated to my Harry Potter fanatic friends who have been hounding me for photos and info: Michelle and Lindsey – this is for you fangirls!! I hope one day you guys will be able to experience it for yourselves!!

We pretty much went straight to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the park. OMG it was PACKED!!! I would HATE to see it on a weekend or during school holidays – it was absolute madness!!

We started off by queuing (better get used to long queues!) for Butterbeer… we got the collectors item (plastic) mugs and had our first sip of the highly anticipated, specially created butterbeer!!

Butterbeer – hmm, so do i describe it…? Well, we got the iced version – it was slushy, and a little bit sweet, a slight butterscotch flavour. The foam ontop is DELICIOUS!!! Sweet and frothy, and vanilla-ish – the foam leaves a white, creamy moustache on your top lip… 😀

We also bought a bottle of Pumpkin Juice… it was WAAAAAAY SWEET!!! quite fruity (its made with apple juice, pumpkin puree, grape juice etc) with a spicy undertone (hell, i sound like one of those fancy schmancy wine tasting people 😉

Then we wandered the streets of Hogsmeade and made our way to the Castle to stand in an hour queue for the Forbidden Journey ride in the Hogwarts Castle.

The ride was SO COOL!!! a cross between a roller coaster and a simulation, with HUGE 3D screens that looked totally real! Spitting snakes, fire breathing dragons, and all kinds of scary ass stuff!
It was AWESOME!!!

We also did the Flight of the Hippogriff ride which was a little less intense, but still very cool!!

This ride is set near Hagrid’s hut

The last ride is the Dragon Challenge… its basically 2 completely separate, but intertwining roller coasters which go simultaneously, and almost collide!! I counted that we went upside down 5 times!! We went on each “dragon” once 😀 was super fun!! This is the FIRST time i’ve been on a PROPER upside down twirlywirly loopy rollercoaster!!

We also stopped by Ollivander’s to check out the wands.

Also visited Zonkos,
Honeydukes, (bought chocolate frogs)

Dervish & Banges, the owlery and saw the Hogwarts Express (and met the conductor!)

We took a walk through The Hogshead and then we had dinner at The Three Broomsticks.

(if you do not read the Harry Potter books – you will have NO IDEA how COOL it is to be able to say the above 2 sentences 😉 haha!!

We spent some time in the rest of the park (Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Dr Seuss and Poseidon) but will blog that stuff later – Harry Potter was the focus!!



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6 Responses to “Universal’s Island of Adventure (Wizarding World of Harry Potter)”

  1. Leandri says:

    A dream come true for the both of you 🙂 Tanya, you have a way of captivating people with your stories it was fun to read 🙂 hope the two absorb every moment xx

  2. Carmel says:

    I am sooooooo jealous. When I went to Disney, there was no Harry Potter section ( so I guess I will just have to go back again ). It looks awesome and looks like you guys are having an amazing time. Did you try some Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans – lol.

  3. Lindsey says:

    Oh my goodness! It looks so good =)
    I have to go there one day before I die.
    The whole place looks amazing from what I see in the pic and the butterbeer mugs look cute… I want!
    The only roller coaster I’ve been on was The Cobra at Ratanga Junction in CT. But I wanna ride on the dragonzzz!
    I can’t wait for your next blog post. I want to know all about the queue to the forbidden journey. Where they have Dumbledore talking and the trio and the portraits.. aaaaah! o.O

  4. Tony says:

    Hey guys,
    Looks like Harry Potter section was pretty cool.
    Hope to take my kids there one day.
    .. and the rides,wow sounds so cool.
    lap it up!

  5. Michelle says:

    That looks awesome 🙂 Very jealous!

  6. Ingrid says:

    I have no idea what that blog was about … there is definitely a generation gap thing going on here! Only kidding! I have seen the Half Blood Prince, so I have half an idea of what you are rantng and raving about 🙂

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