I stopped going to the Universal Resort five years ago thanks to my overall boredom with the parks. Let’s face it, they’re no Disney!
But since then, UOR has invested some mullah into their parks and they have added 3 new attractions to boot. Plus I had some frequent flyer points to burn (because they were about to expire), so after some hemming and hawing, I decided to pull the trigger and use said points to book a room at the Royal Pacific Resort in O-Town for two nights (the week before last).
Like I said, it’s been a while and a longer vacation somewhere out of state was out of the question, mainly because my DGF could only afford to take a few days off from tutoring (she has to supplement her income thanks to the meager salary that the State of FL allots to its teachers, even with a Masters. For example, FL teachers make less than ½ of NY teachers… but I digress).
So we decided to go during the week with the assumption that the crowds would be lighter plus we were both excited to finally check out Harry Potter!
Anyways, here are ten thoughts that I have about the Universal Orlando Resort:
(01) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is amazing. The theming is some of the best that I have ever seen! Let me tell you, Universal spared no expense and they definitely paid attention to detail. Yes, we were both in awe…
Now with that in mind, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, while a very cool ride, is NOT (contrary to popular opinion) the best ride in the whole wide world. I love the fact that they have blended the dark ride concept (animatronics and all) w/a simulator ride… But after all of the rave reviews that I have heard from friends and peers within the Amusement Industry, I can easily say that I was quite underwhelmed with the ride.
Now the queue itself is by far the BEST queue I have ever experienced in my life! But like I said, the ride was underwhelming. HPATFJ is definitely not worth more than a 40 minute wait considering that the best part of the whole attraction is the queue itself. I’m not saying that the ride stinks, because it doesn’t, it just didn’t live up to the hype.
And another thing… is the magic wand shop really all that and a bag of chips???
I mean, a 3+ hour wait for a fake magic wand?
For a wait like that, the bugger better cause a chair to levitate or something, you know what I mean?
And as soon as they let us in (early entry before the general public could access the park), many a person headed straight for the wand shop in lieu of HPATFJ!
Yeah, I know, the wand picks you and blah blah blah… But it’s not a REAL magic wand folks! I don’t know, perhaps both DGF and myself are missing something…