For Christmas, my parents surprised us with a trip to Harry’s Wizarding World in California. Due to our hectic and crazy lives, it took us awhile to pin down a date. Six months later, we finally managed to find a week that would work!
If I’m being honest, I had low expectations for Universal Studios. I’ve been a Disneyland goer all my life, so it was hard to think anything could compare. Now Universal Studios was definitely not Disneyland but I was pleasantly surprised! While there weren’t a whole lot of rides, the attention to detail was still there! ESPECIALLY in Harry Potter World. That beautiful magical place. We were basically crying as we walked in, not knowing what to look at first! All the shops and sounds were just as I’d imagined them, and you felt like you were thrown right into the book! We just may have to move there. I mean, would you just look at it!
The people responsible for our fabulous adventure ^^
Yes, the butterbeer was deliiiiiiiiicious and yes we drank way too much. The rest of the park wasn’t too shabby! We got SOAKED on Jurassic Park. There was not a dry spot on my jeans ha! One of the coolest things was the Universal Studio tour. It’s an hour long tour of the filming studios and sets, with lots of surprises and special effects! One unplanned surprise was getting to drive RIGHT by JJ Abrams who was doing an interview on one of the sets!!
Universal also had some pretty spectacular shows. Our favorite was the animal show! During which they brought out the most beautiful owls that were in some of the Harry Potter movies!And while the rest of the park was awesome, we just kept coming back here…
…and here. ( The Three Broomsticks)
Can we talk about the Forbidden Journey ride for a second? Never have I been on anything just like it. Not only do you get to walk through Hogwarts castle while you wait, but you really feel like you’re flying all around the grounds, encountering all sorts of creatures along the way! It’s unreal! Just breathtaking! ^^ It was such a magical day with my favorite people!On our way out of town, we stopped by Santa Monica Beach. June gloom was in full force, so us AZ folk were freezing. But no trip to the beach is ever wasted!!
Till next time, Cali! Here’s a little video recap of our adventures: