Going to the Dark Side……. part 1

the dark side

I’m a Disney fanatic and have gone to Disney for years. I’ve always said Universal was the Dark Side of Orlando. That was until those cute little kids that I took to Disney all the time said they wanted to try something new. (This was back when Fantasyland was still under construction). The Disney Geek in me cringed..Universal was never an option. Well given that the children asking were now 15 and 14 years old I could understand their need for a new adventure as “Disney is for babies, Mom” had been mentioned I decided to start doing some research.

So my little family and I sat down in front of the computer one night and went to the Universal Website. We were minion lovegreeted by Minions.. Sweet!! We love them!! We hit Universal Studios Orlando and The Wonderful World of Harry Potter greeted our eyes.. Sweet we love us some Harry Potter here in the house…(No Harry is not part of Disney though many people seem to think so). Rides..rides.. We need to know about the rides!!! Ok ya’ll breath and I clicked the rides and had to choose on of Universal Studios Orlando’s two parks : Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios… It was at this point after the clicking of Islands of Adventure (because it was on top) that the oohing and aaahing began.

Islands of Adventure has three roller coasters.. Teenagers love to see how many times they can get flipped upside down before tossing their cookies and this place had three of them! The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon islands1234Challenge, which is two coasters racing against each other! I told them I’d wave at them from the Kid Swap areas my stomach does not like flipping as much as it used to. They laughed and called me old. I was actually ok with it.

Islands of Adventure also has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade tucked away. This is where Dragon Challenge is as well as The Forbidden Journey. I will admit to Youtubing this one after they went to bed and decided my old self could do it at least once since it was Harry Potter related and if there was a revolt the restrooms didn’t look to far away on the map.

The boy saw that they had a Jurassic Park ride he loves dinosaurs and you get wet at the end of the ride. A win win since he likes to walk around in squishy clothes and shoes…That was when I saw names from my childhood: Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls and Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-rats Barges two more water rides… The Mom brain was already thinking do all of the other rides and end with these three rides so we weren’t in squishy shoes all day long to end up with pruned toes.

Another blast from the past…  The Cat in the Hat and Seuss Landing.. Now this is more my speed!!! This brought out the groans and them saying you are going to make us ride The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue fish aren’t you? My instant reply. Yup! I do the same at the Magic Kingdom with It’s a Small World. With Islands of Adventure sufficiently covered we clicked over to Universal Studios…..

Watch for the Dark Side Part 2 Universal Studios……

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Amanda Casey Travel Specialist

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