Following on from last weeks post here is a quick throwback to our time at Universal Studios – Islands of Adventure.
Personally I enjoyed the Islands of Adventure more than the Universal Studios. This may just have been due to the amount of Marvel Characters that were wandering around. My daughters favourite Marvel Character is Captain America and she really enjoyed meeting him.
However, instead of meeting Superheros I was more interested in meeting a dinosaur. At Islands of Adventure in the Jurassic Park area there is an opportunity to meet a Velociraptor. I queued up twice to do this. The first time we queued for about 5 minutes and they got notification there was going to be a storm. The Velociraptors are not allowed out when there is a storm. However, the second time was more successful.
It was a very strange experience. My daughter refused to meet the Raptor so it was just me.
As well as the Raptor experience there is also a Jurassic Park River Boat ride, be warned you do get very wet. There is also the Jurassic Park Discovery Centre as well as a Jeep and Dinosaur decorations for photo opportunities.
We also got to go on Kong: Skull Island which was quite new. I think it was opened a month before we went. Like most of the rides around Universal Studios it was a 3D experience but the queue was fun. If you haven’t been on the ride be careful of the holes in the walls, there is a surprise in them.
One of the biggest rides there is Incredible Hulk Coaster, though we never rode on it, we both chickened out.
As well as the rides it is worth mentioning Mythos Restaurant. We decided we were going to try it as loads of people were on about how popular it was. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table maybe, not too long. Though most people make a reservation. The services was great and we had a wonderful times
What I enjoyed most was the attention to detail around the Island. There are lots of nice surprises you just have to look carefully to see them
I hope you enjoyed my quick tour of Islands of Adventure, there is a lot more to see and do than I have mentioned. These were just my highlights.
Ever since I was old enough to be aware of the wonder that was Orlando in Florida, I made it my mission to get there one day. Last year I fulfilled that dream. So, here is a quick memory from last year.
Myself and my daughter spent 22 days in Orlando spending the majority of the time at Walt Disney World however a year ago today we left our Disney bubble and spent 7 days at Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studio’s.
This is the photo of part of the resort I took with our first hour of being there, I think. It was such a lovely hotel. It had only opened a few weeks before our stay there so everything felt fresh and new.
We were given our room passes which we kept on lanyards around our neck. I went for a Jurassic Park themed lanyard and my daughters was Captain America.
This was our room. It was so comfortable.
After a couple of hours of exploring the hotel and sorting out our stuff we caught the boat to City Walk.
Our holiday in Orlando was wonderful. It was definitely made up of the stuff dreams are made of. However this is supposed to be a brief Throwback Thursday Memory that I wanted to share with you. Don’t worry though I have plenty more things to share with you at some point in the future.
One of the first places we went to during our visit to Walt Disney World was the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. The only reason I wanted to go here was to meet Beast from Beauty and the Beast, however the whole experience was really enjoyable.
Even though we had made a reservation we still had a little wait before our table became available. When your table is ready they come out and greet you and you get to hold a candle stick as you make your way to the table. We were both thrilled when we discovered our table was in the Ballroom, not that we would have minded the West Wing, but the Ballroom was where we wanted to be.
The napkins on the table were shaped like a rose which was a nice touch. If there was one thing I noticed about our whole stay at Walt Disney World is that they are great at the finishing touches and tiny details.
Our server was very friendly and very helpful. The food took hardly any time to arrive and the portions were a good size. We were so full but we both wanted the desert because on the desert trolley they had the “Grey Stuff”… and it was delicious.
At the end of our meal we were encouraged to explore the castle. We visited the West Wing, where the slashed portrait of Prince Adam is hung. We watched the enchanted rose drop a petal. Then we made our way to where the Master of the House (as he is referred too) greets his guests. During our meal we watched the Master enter and leave the Ballroom several times. On a couple of occasions their were little girls dressed up as Belle and Beast would dance with them.
Our wait to meet Beast was not very long. Beast was our first character meeting so we were a little unsure of what to do, however the cast members were very helpful.
It was a really wonderful experience and I would recommend for every one who is visiting Walt Disney World to have a meal here.