When we booked our vacation package through Universal, we also booked tickets to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Busch Gardens is about 1 and a half hours away from Orlando, but when you pre-purchase a ticket, you can book in on a complimentary shuttle to the park which picks you up from Universal Studios. This was super handy for us staying at Hard Rock Hotel.
Apart from Diagon Alley, Universal Studios had added another new part to the park since the last time I visited – Springfield! As a big Simpsons fan, I was pretty excited to see this as well. Springfield was pretty cool – Krusty Burger, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s. Dad and I stopped in at Moe’s – he had a Duff Beer and I had a Flaming Moe’s. It was pretty cool.
Diagon Alley was probably the thing I was most excited about on this trip! I had been following the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion since it was announced, and after visiting Hogsmeade/Hogwarts in 2011 and I was so excited to go back and see Diagon Alley!
The package deal that we had for Universal Studios included Early Access to Diagon Alley, as well as breakfast at The Leaky Couldron and The Three Broomsticks. Continue reading
Day 3 and our final day in Los Angeles. Today we were off to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. This would be my second visit to Disneyland/California Adventure but as a huge Disney fan, I was just as excited as if it were my first visit. Even better was the fact I’d get to visit with my new Contiki family (the first time I went to Disneyland, I went alone.. which was a bit lonely to be honest!).