Let’s get one thing straight. We are not really water park fans. Yes, we’ve done other water parks and we’ve been known to enjoy them at times. But we wouldn’t naturally choose a water park over other theme parks. We did visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. We haven’t repeated that experience nor felt it necessary to include Blizzard Beach in our schedule when we’ve vacationed in Disney World. So Volcano Bay opening at Universal was, for us, a bit of a puzzle.

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Universal Studios was a complete surprise to me the first time we visited.  I did not expect to love it so much, its now a favourite. We went to Orlando so we could visit Disney World, a visit to the House of Mouse had been an ambition since going to Disneyland Paris.  At the time I thought this would be our one and only trip to Florida so we added on a few days at Universal.  Experiencing the Harry Potter attractions was the reason we wanted to see Universal Studios.  As it turned out not only were we blown away by all the Potter attractions but we also loved the rest of Universal too.  Now we wouldn’t dream of a Florida holiday that didn’t include it.

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When we visit Disney World we always visit Universal Studios too.  Though my Grumpy Husband is a reluctant Disney fan he is an out of the closet Universal lover.  The bigger and bolder attractions at the two Universal parks suit him perfectly, he absolutely knows no fear and will try any ride, at least once.   Continue Reading

Here’s part two of ‘favourite attractions by our 12 year old theme park expert’, this time we focus on the top choices at Universal Studios, Florida.  Check out our previous post for Disney World’s top attractions according to a 12 year old.

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JK Rowling’s novels have made Kings Cross station in London the iconic home of Platform 9¾.  Harry Potter fans the world over know that this is the place to catch the Hogwarts Express, where Harry’s adventures first start.  In the Wizarding world you catch the school train by running full pelt, with your luggage trolley, at the wall between platforms 9 and 10.

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