Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Justin and I have been waiting for this Florida trip for over a year now so we were definitely excited when December 7th hit and were on our way to the Happiest Place on Earth!! Justin and I went on our first trip to DisneyWorld together in May 2007, then to DisneyLand on New Years Eve 2007, and DisneyWorld on our Honeymoon in October 2010. My favorite time of the year to visit Disney is in December because of all the beautiful Christmas decorations - it's SO festive!!

We started our trip with 2 nights at Universal Studios. Justin has never been and I knew he would love all of their roller coasters. 

We went to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for dinner Friday night. Forest Gump is one of Justin's favorite movies so we had to eat there...it also helps that they have really good food/drinks!

Universal Studios
We had dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at CityWalk!
Me & Justin @ dinner
Justin & his Coronarita
Saturday morning Lauren & Rachel met us for breakfast (their flight got in late Friday night) and then we headed to the Hard Rock Hotel to pick up our front of the line passes (AMAZING!).
Hard Rock Hotel
We went straight to Islands of Adventure and went to Harry Potter world first to avoid some of the crowds. We rode the Harry Potter ride and

Hogwarts Express
I feel like the gloomy morning added to the Harry Potter experience! 
Wonderful details!
uh oh!

Butterbeer - we tried it frozen and it was actually pretty good!
HoneyDukes Candy Shop
Loving all the colorful candy

The gang in front of Hogwarts...supporting Johnny Manziel - this was Heisman day!!
This can't be in Florida, can it??

Aggies @ Hogwarts!

Mom & Dad! 

After experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter we headed to Dr. Seuss land...I love how they have it decorated - I can just imagine coming here as a little kid - it would be awesome!!

Cat in the Hat!



Jurassic Park!

We watched the Jurassic Park ride - unfortunately we didn't go on it because we didn't want to get wet!

Toon Town!
So fun!

The HULK! Probably my favorite roller coaster at Universal!
Soo Intense
We spent the morning at Islands of Adventure and then went to Universal Studios after. I don't have many pictures from this park but that's because we were busy riding rides!

Shrek 4D
E.T. Adventure
Men in Black Alien Attack
The Simpsons
Revenge of the Mummy
Disaster
Twister
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

San Fran!
We ate lunch at Mel's Drive-In
We missed the Macy's Day Parade but I love this guy!

Love it!
CityWalk at Night
View from our hotel room while we watched the Heisman ceremony!
On Sunday morning Rachel, Lauren, Justin and I got up bright and early and went back to Islands of Adventure and went straight to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Lauren and Justin rode the Harry Potter ride again while Rachel and I walked around and took pictures. After this we rode the Hulk 3 times and then went back to Universal Studios. We rode the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket...such a cool roller coaster - you get to pick the music you listen to while you ride! On our second ride Justin and I were both jamming out the whole time! It videos you while you ride and you can watch it (and purchase it) after the ride and the videos were hilarious!! We rode the Mummy a few more times and Men in Black. Around lunch time we met my parents and got in the car to go to the Happiest Place on Earth!!