What’s better than getting to spend an entire day bouncing back and forth between the two best amusement parks in Orlando – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure? Getting to bounce back and forth between the two best amusement parks in Orlando with a dozen of your best girlfriends!
Last month during my Girlfriends Getaway to Universal Orlando, we spent an entire day enjoying everything that both parks have to offer. I have shared with you before my love for all things Universal and this trip only confirmed what I already knew – there is no better place to vacation!
We began bright and early meeting up at the water taxi boat at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort and headed over to Universal Studios. Last time I was there the entrance was all decked out with some terrifying images from HHN24. I must admit, I breathed a sigh of relief not seeing any zombies or aliens or baby dolls adorning the entrance to the park.
We began our day with the perfect starter ride – Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. I love this ride because it is super cute and super fun… and to be honest, it gets your stomach ready for the rest of the rides. Minion Mayhem is a 3D adventure through Gru’s laboratory for Minion Training. You are seated in nice big box cars, but the cars DO move like a flight simulator as you fly through the laboratory.
From Minion Mayhem we headed straight to one of my all time favorite roller coasters in the world – Rip Ride Rock It! I fell in love with this ride when we visited for Halloween Horror Nights, so I was super stoked to get to ride again. This ride perfectly blends two of my favorite things – roller coasters and rock music! And actually, you can choose any genre of music you like – but I had such a blast jamming to Evanescence last time that I did not think twice before cueing it up for this ride.
After that it was a whirlwind of Transformers, Spiderman, The Mummy and more! But rides are certainly not all that Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure have to offer. Simply walking through the streets of the park is an experience in itself. I can not say enough how impressed I always am at the amount of detail that goes in to each and every thing that Universal Orlando touches.
Now, I have a confession… I said after my last trip that I was going to watch Harry Potter – and I haven’t yet. BUT I still love going to Diagon Alley! It is so cool to feel like you have literally stepped in to the streets of London! And I have to give huge props to everyone who was wearing a wizard cape that day – it was crazy hot and they were still wearing them like rockstars!
From Diagon Alley you can hop on the Hogwarts Express to head over to Hogsmead next to the Universal Islands of Adventure. Now, the Hogwarts Express isn’s really a “ride” in the sense of the other roller coasters – but it is an experience nevertheless.
I could go on and on about all of the cool stuff you must check out when visiting Universal Orlando, but one thing I absolutely can not leave out is dining at Mythos. I admit, I squealed a little bit when I saw it on the itinerary. Mythos has by far the absolute best spanikopita I have ever tasted. Seriously I could probably eat three plates full and still want more. We dined outside this time and it was absolutely gorgeous. The weather was perfect and the view was incredible.
If you are trying to decide where to plan your summer vacation this year, I can not think of anywhere else more fun than Universal Orlando. From their amazing resorts, amazing restaurants, nightlife, theme parks, shopping… seriously it is everything you need to make the perfect memories with you and your loved ones!
Check out the Universal Orlando Website to book your entire vacation in one easy step with their all inclusive vacation packages! It just does not get any easier than that! Thank you again to universal Orlando for making our Girlfriends Getaway an absolutely amazing experience and one none of us will ever forget.
Universal Orlando: Vacation Like You Mean It.