MMHO – Universal Studios Florida

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lotsA few weeks ago, we told you about the Drinking around the World bar crawl at Epcot in Orlando.  After that, we visited Universal Studios.  There wasn’t as much drinking involved, but it’s still a fun day, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan, like we clearly are at Crawl in Boston!  Here are some tips to get the most out of your single day, dual-park pass.

We started on the Universal Studios side. We got there fairly soon after park opening and hightailed it to Diagon Alley. It wasn’t too crowded then, and we got right on the Escape from Gringott’s ride. This was a really hogwartsfun ride, so I’d recommend getting on it early o you don’t have to wait very long! One thing to note, to go on this and the other Harry Potter ride, you can’t bring on bags, even small purses. They have lockers where you can check them (free for the first hour) so make sure you do this before you get in line (we learned the hard way). After the ride, we looked around for a while (there are lots of hidden things to see). Then we did the rest of that park. The Simpsons, Transformers and Minions ride were all fun. We got the Fast Pass, which allows you to go through an Express line, and I think was worth it. You can’t use them on the Harry Potter rides, but it saved a lot of time on the other ones.

On the drinks side, definitely try a Wizard Brew or a Firewhiskey  in Diagon Alley. In the Simpsons area of the park, you have to get a Duff!  It’s not a super amazing beer, but very novel and fun.  Taking the Hogwarts Express over to the Islands of Adventure was really fun.   At Islands of Adventure, we really only did the Harry Potter and Marvel stuff.  A lot of the other things over there, like the Jurassic Park ride, were water rides. It was a pretty chilly January day when we were there, so we didn’t feel like getting wet. If you go when it’s warmer, I’m sure they’re fun. If you want a poncho, you should bring them with you, they were expensive at the park. There are a lot of very touristy but fun restaurants both in the park and in an area between the parking garage and the park itself.  A little cheesy, but that’s what you’re signing up for when you go to a theme park.  Sometimes you just have to embrace the chains and have some fun.  All in all, Universal was a very fun day.

More stuff…

Harry Potter Trivia Night this Wednesday is sold out. We’ll be back on Tuesday April 26th. Just over half of our team slots for that are now full.

The Lucky Leprechaun Lap is March 12th. Your ticket includes: $3 or less drink option at each bar, Leprechaun Hat with Beard, Shamrock Shutter Glasses, Koozie, Drawstring Backpack, Temporary Tattoos, Photo Booth, Limbo Contest with prizes for winners and No Covers at Scheduled Bars

Our friends at S3 Boston are doing a St. Patrick’s Day themed crawl: Green Eggs and Hammered on March 19th

Pirate Crawl tickets now on sale. Early bird already sold out. Our awesome booze cruise/bar crawl.


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