Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Universal Studios and Islands Of Adventure

Ok... got my lazy ass into the writing mood.

To continue from the last post, I was in Florida for ACE's Spring Con.  The central part of the Con was Universal Studios and Islands Of Adventure.

Highlights included :

One hour of ERT on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

This coaster rocks... literally.  You get to choose your own rock soundtrack to play along on the ride.  Advanced riders like me had cheat sheets with secret codes to hidden tracks.  First one of those I played was Bryan Adams' "Run To You".  Actually, I played it a few times.  A marriage of my two main hobbies.  Was totally a spiritual moment for me.  Ended up trying a range of songs, from Judas Priest, Chemical Brothers, and even the Muppets.  Yes you read that right.  Laughed my ass off riding to "Moving Right Along"

Far and away the largest highlight was not ERT related, but was next door at Islands of Adventure, and their new Harry Potter themed area.

The theming.... incredible.   I could describe it here, but I will let the pictures do the talking.

Incredible, isn't it?

The above photo is also the entrance to the Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey  ride.  All I can say is .... fantastic!

Oh... and I had about 5 glasses of Butterbeer..... amazing!

To describe it... think a high quality cream soda (not the mass produced stuff), with butterscotch flavouring and butterscotch foam on top.

Crowd wise , Harry Potter was crowded on the Saturday, but light on the Sunday. Got to really explore the area.

Anyways, my travels continue this weekend.  La Ronde and a trip south to visit several parks await me!