08 December 2014

Spotlight On: Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Orlando,Florida)


Whilst I was on holiday in Florida, we decided to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which is in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. However, if I'm being 100% honest, I've never been a fan of Harry Potter - I just don't get the hype. ...But, my mum and a family friend were desperate to go here so it was definitely a must do for us. 


The detail throughout this area was incredible, they definitely did a great job with this! Even the staff members had donned English accents, all of which didn't sound that English but their effort didn't go unnoticed. Also, I loved looking in all of the little shops but if you're wanting to get your hands on a wand then definitely go early! Whilst I was there, there was huuggee queues to even see the wands.  

The majority of the rides are actually in a different park (Islands of Adventure) but they've made it very easy to access...



So strange/cool seeing your home town on the board whilst in Florida...
You just hop on the Hogwarts Express! The journey is definitely an experience as well, I don't want to spoil it but you certainly won't be bored on the short trip there.


The Forbidden Journey world was amazing - even for someone who really doesn't like the books/films - I've never seen a ride like it! It's not a roller-coaster though so if you're not fond of them then you can still go on this. Overall, I did like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but I'm sure someone who was an avid fan would have loved it!

Are you a Harry Potter fan?

01 November 2014

Spotlight On: Animal Kingdom


As I mentioned in my previous post, I was in Florida during September and it was definitely a must to visit some of our favourite parks! With the first being Animal Kingdom. 

Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of animals (gasp!) so this park has never really been that appealing to me but this year I genuinely enjoyed it and it's now definitely up there with my favourites. As soon as you enter the park you're greeted by the flamingo's which are on the left of a path that leads you to individual paths where the options are endless. However, I'd definitely recommend to start your day by going straight to the safari as that's when the animals tend to be out.





At one point the giraffe almost had it's head inside the actual vehicle!
The safari was located in Africa which was actually my favourite as I could have spent hours looking at all the little trinkets sold within the Mombasa marketplace but one thing I did purchase was henna. There was a lovely lady who was doing henna designs, you chose from a booklet ranging from $15-$35, and she did it right there and then. 

I opted for a subtle design.
Also, if you go to Animal Kingdom you have to go on the Kali River Rapids...


and Everest...


You also can't miss the famous tree which is honestly amazing, it has a multitude of various animals sculpted into it. Due to the fact that we went during the rainy season, it rained quite regularly so if you find yourself stuck outside then head over to the Nemo show. Unfortunately, my attempts at taking photos in here were miserable as the performers were constantly moving but you get an idea...


Or, watch the bird show - this is something I was very reluctant to do as I'm terrified of birds but the rest of my family really wanted to see it. Honestly, I ended up spending the majority of the show not looking so my mum took the photos! Just make sure you don't sit near the front or at the end near the aisles if you're not a fan of birds. 



Now, I can definitely see why many others love this park and will hopefully be able to return here in the future.

Going to leave you with what I like to think is the ape doing yoga...


or just drinking from the stream, but I prefer the first.





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