We spent two full days at Universal Studios Orlando the weekend before Thanksgiving and had an absolute blast. My husband and I have been together for over 8 years and we some how had never been to an amusement park together. We were like kids in a candy shop, except better because we’re adults and can do, eat, and drink whatever we want! And boy did we. The number one reason we went to Universal was so that I could fulfill my dream of going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I did an in-depth post on our amazing experience in the Wizarding World here, so it won’t be recapped again in this post. That being said, the other areas of the park we really enjoyed are recapped for you below!
This was my second favorite area of the park after the Wizarding World. I have been watching The Simpsons since I was a kid and the park made it feel like I had fallen down the Krusty rabbit hole. You have to get the Giant Pink Donut. This is not an option, it is a necessity. Best donut I’ve ever had, plus it’s giant so extra fun.
Things to do
- You have to get the Giant Pink Donut. This is not an option, it is a necessity. Best donut I’ve ever had, plus it’s giant so extra fun.
- Duff Beer is brewed specifically for the park and was pretty good. It was a standard lager, so easy to drink. We stopped at Moe’s, obviously, and I got the Duff Lite and tried by husband’s regular Duff too. We also got a Flaming Moe, which in real life is not an insanely potent cocktail, but is in fact orange soda over dry ice.
- Go on the Simpson’s Ride! It’s a simulator ride, so if you get motion sickness like I do take some dramamine or wear your sea bands, but it was a ton of fun.
- Take pictures with all of your Springfield favorites in statue form: Duff Man, Chief Wiggum, Lard Boy, etc.
New York/San Francisco
It was a lot of fun to wander the streets of both cities sans insane traffic. Some of the store fronts are actual restaurants and shops and others are just for show.
Things to do
- The Jimmy Fallon Race Through New York Ride is another simulation ride that was also a lot of fun. Even doped up on dramamine this one still made me a little motion sick, but it was worth it.
- The Revenge of the Mummy Ride is a mild roller coaster set indoors. It was a quick ride, but fun and worth the 40 minutes wait in my opinion.
- Stop and pay homage to Jaws. He used to have a whole ride to himself, but Harry Potter moved in and took over. They still have him hanging upside down by the water for a good photo op. There’s a horizontal rope inside so you can pull yourself up to make it look like you’re really being eaten.
I’ve always been a big Jurassic Park fan and I was excited to see they had a portion of the park dedicated to the epic movie. I was so excited for the Wizarding World that I didn’t do much research on anything else in the park, so this was a surprise.
Things to do
- We got $10 ponchos from the gift shop and did the Jurassic Park raft ride. Some people got through it mostly dry, but I wasn’t taking any chances of walking around in wet socks or jeans the rest of the day.
- My absolute favorite ride in the park was the Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride. Nothing big or scary, so right up my alley, and just a lot of fun. You go on a big truck all together and meet various creatures inside.
We had lunch in the Seussland cafeteria the first day, which was literally the worst decision we made the entire weekend. It took over 30 minutes to get food, despite it not being busy, and the food was cold. We didn’t spent much time in Seussland itself because it’s geared towards kids. We also didn’t do much in Toon Town or Marvel because there weren’t rides there that interested us.
They sell express passes for those interested. We knew we would have the two days there so decided not to get an express pass the first day and then decide if we wanted them the second day. We were able to space things out pretty well and ended up not needing the pass. We didn’t mind waiting 30-40 minutes for a couple rides and made it a point each morning to get to the 1-2 rides we really had our eye on early in the day. If we were going back and only had one day we would likely each get an express pass. Be mindful that you can buy them at the park. If you buy them ahead of time and then it ends up being rainy the day you go, you may have spent the money for nothing because there won’t be as meany people at the park.
We opened and closed the parks each day and when we were leaving on the second night we wandered around CityWalk, which is beautiful, and had dinner at The Cowfish. The Cowfish offers burgers, sushi, and burger sushi. Yup. The prices were reasonable, food was good, and the service was excellent.