On Sunday, my sister, my friend, and I went to Universal Studios Hollywood. I haven’t visited the park since middle school, and the last time I’ve been to City Walk was high school. My sister Wendy and my friend Richard were pretty excited because I get to see the newest attractions – Harry Potter World, Transformers, Minion ride, etc. Since Richard was an avid visitor of universal (mainly for Harry Potter), he became our unofficial tour guide.
Many of the rides at Universal has a lot of motion, and you can easily come out feeling nauseous if you get motion sickness easily. I sometimes get a bit motion sickness depending on how bumpy the ride is.
Rides/Attraction that we did (in exact order):
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Universal’s Animal Actors
The Walking Dead Attraction
The World Famous Studio Tour
The Simpsons Ride
Revenge of the Mummy
Transformers: The Ride 3D
I won’t be writing about all the rides because they were pretty similar in terms of motion simulation, but here are a few thoughts on three of them.
Minions and Transformer are 3D rides, and let me tell you, by the end of each ride I felt I tiny bit nauseous. There was so much motions such bumps and jerks that I couldn’t help thinking that Universal is trying too hard with making their rides thrilling. Minions was our first ride of the day, and Transformers was the last ride we went on. If we had done these two rides back-to-back, I probably would have been so dizzy.
The Walking Dead Attraction is a tone-down version of Universal Horror Night. There are actors dressed as zombies who try to scare you. Don’t worry, they’re not allowed to touch you, but they do get pretty close up in your face. This attraction wasn’t exactly scary because everyone just walks in so if you look ahead you can already see where the zombies are hiding. Aside from that, there were these two girls behind Wendy that was screaming THE ENTIRE TIME! At one point clung onto my sister, and my sister turned around telling them off to keep their distance. There was Nothing, NOTHING popping out, yet they both had the need to scream the whole way through the “maze.” Everyone in front of us kept turning their heads giving them a look. This made the overall experience less fun, but I did enjoy seeing all the zombies – they were pretty adorable.
Next, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
I fangirl hard. The wait for Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey was a 40 minute wait. The part that slows everyone down is when you store your bags in the lockers. After storing your belongings, you make your way through the castle (you’re in line still) passing by the Dumbledore’s office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, Gryffindor common room, etc. Once on the ride, you feel as if you’re a part of the Harry Potter world soaring above the castle, seeing dementors, and giant spiders (I thought they would be a lot bigger haha). Out of all the rides I’ve been on at Universal, this was my favorite.
Wendy and I also tried frozen Butter Beer (non-alcoholic) for the first time. There’s two version the cold and the frozen. Our friend Richard bought us the frozen one to try. The frozen version is like a slush, and it taste like a cream soda with a butterscotch foam. It’s very smooth and not too sweet. Overall, I liked it a lot but I don’t think I can ever finish one drink to myself. If you’re trying it for the first time, I recommend you share.
My house is Ravenclaw, so before leaving I bought a Ravenclaw pullover sweater and a pin. I wanted to buy a wand (Professor Snape’s wand), but since the sweater was already expensive, the wand can wait until next time.
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