Friday, December 23, 2011

Universal Studios

I'm a Harry Potter fan. So is the hubby & our daughter. Yes, we had to go to Universal Studios to see HP World of Wizarding.

We get there early & head for HP first. It is a level of detail that true geeks would love. Had fun at Ollivanders buying a wand. Drank butterbeer (it's very good!), wandered through Honeyduke's and bought Bernie's Every Flavor Beans. I am VERY good at finding the gross tasting beans. Hubby was wondering why I kept running for the trash, as he didn't get a bad one.

Next, went to Jurassic Park themed area. The flume ride is super cool. We're floating around for awhile, enjoying the gentle dinos. The boy (who was sitting next to me) was enthralled. Then we hit the building. We went up a loooooong ways. My hubby (who hates long drops) is giving me the stink-eye. Then the boy sees the T-Rex and it looks like we are headed straight for its mouth. He looks at me completely seriously and says "We are going to die!"...right before we plunged about 100 feet down the flume. We got soaked (this will become a recurring theme of the day).

We then wandered into the gift shop and bought yet another stuffed dinosaur for the boy. Downstairs is a pseudo-museum with exhibits and animontronic dino babies. We watched an egg crack and a dino come out. The boy thought this was the coolest thing ever & talked up the staff forever. Later in the exhibit, my daughter mentioned that the hatchling dino was a robot. "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is NOT!!! That's a REAL dinosaur, right Mom?"

The Popeye ride has a sign that says "You will get wet." What it REALLY meant is that you will look like a drowned  rat upon exiting the ride. Your jeans will be plastered to your legs, your t-shirt can be wrung out, and your dignity will be shot. It was FUN!

After naptime in the hotel, we come back to explore Dr. Suess's world. While waiting in line for the overhead tram, I decided Dr. Suess was like Eischer on acid.

Ate dinner at the Three Broomsticks. More butterbeer!

Leaving tomorrow to head for our hometown before going back home. Been a busy week & a lot of fun.


Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Sounds like you are having a blast and that's great. Enjoy, holidays are for making memories.

Solitary Diner (Also Known as The Frugalish Physician) said...

I would go to Universal Studios just to go to the Harry Potter section. Sounds amazing!