Today was our second day visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. I’m happy we spent some time wandering around the first day as it gave us an idea of what we wanted to do this day. We also used our unlimited meal deal and Coke Freestyle vouchers. I was a little concerned when we bought them that we wouldn’t eat enough to justify the purchase however once we ignored the “no sharing please” part of the voucher it worked out great.
We went through the park and re-rode some of the rides we rode our first day while also doing some new rides. We also made a quick stop at guest relations to pick up a guest assistance card for USF/IoA as well. Today was also our first time taking advantage of the ride-swap service offered by the parks as there were a couple rides that we wanted to do that Ryan was too short for. Namely the ride through Hogwarts and Rip Saw Falls water ride. It really is a terrific feature that allows one parent to stay with the too-small kid while the other parent rides the ride (with or without a child). I’ll do what I can to get Nikki to write a post about her take on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but for me the whole area was magical. Even the line through Hogwarts to get to the ride was amazing. The ride itself was…good. It’s a combination ride that involves moving through the castle as well as some simulation parts such as the quidditch pitch. Some of those simulation sections started to make me feel queasy so I did the smart thing and closed my eyes. Alex was a trooper though and kept his eyes open through it all. Twice since he rode with me and then with Nikki. He didn’t get sick at all.
We stayed for the nightly show that Universal puts on in the center of the the lagoon celebrating 100 years of Universal movies. It was cool but a little lackluster after seeing the Disney fireworks display.
We managed to do some damage in the Hogsmeade gift shops and are heading back for round two tomorrow to see a man about some wands.