This day we switched gears and went to Diagon Alley in Universal Hollywood again. The main ride was called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Once again the ride queue was extremely detailed including a dazzling Gringotts bank room, complete with animatronic goblin tellers. The ride itself was another motion-based dark ride. Fun, all about the Harry Potter experience.



With the early park hours we had some time to find the last of the “spell” spots when it wasn’t that busy. From there we went out to explore the rest of Hollywood Studios. (Rides!)


Despicable Me – Minion Mayhem – 4D Motion simulator. Extremely long line, very popular with the younger crowd. Was fun/silly. IMG_0656IMG_0657

Transformers: The Ride-3D – Motion based 3D dark ride. Better than Spider-Man but similar idea. (With none other than Megatron posing for pictures outside)IMG_9399


Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – Awesome rollercoaster. Good amount of speed, loops, and turns. The restraint is simple & comfortable (clamp across the torso). The sugar on top is each seat has its own speakers and you get to choose what song you want to listen to you as you do the ride! Did this one multiple times!IMG_9490

Shrek 4-D – 4D Motion simulator. Similar to Despicable Me. Was fun/silly.

Revenge of the Mummy – Rollercoaster. While some of the effects were dated (Come on, the movie was from 1999) the coaster was great and had some good twists and turns in the dark. Has been rated best indoor roller coaster multiple years in a row.IMG_9484

We took a break for lunch at the leaky Cauldron back in Diagon Alley. Similar to the Three Brookmsticks, it offered a quick meal at a decent price. For dessert we have some ice-cream from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor. You guessed it, they had butterbeer ice-cream! Woo! Daryl also convinced Amy to try the Harry Potter version of bubble tea. Called fishy green ale, it is a sugary-cinnamon-mint concoction with blue-berry-flavored “fish eggs” that release a sweet, tart explosion. Amy was not impressed. Then on to more rides and shows.IMG_9447





Daryl didn’t mind it….


Disaster : A Major Motion Picture Ride… Starring You! A very unique show/ride that takes people from the audience and gets them to take part in some green screen film shots. Combined together they make a film trailer that you experience/ride.

Men in Black: Alien Attack – Interactive Dark Ride where you shoot aliens. Imagine laser tag target practice in a car that rotates / moves around.

The Simpsons Ride – 3D simulator ride with loads of laughs keeping very true to TV show (+a whole Simpsons area of the park)


E.T. Adventure – Classic ride. We had to jump on some bikes and go for another adventure with our buddy E.T.

The Horror Make-Up Show – A very good show providing a fascinating history on horror film make-up and special effects. Some good laughs as well.IMG_9460IMG_9461 IMG_0678

By this time Amy was starting to get hungry and she had been talking about these “Turkey legs” she has seen people with for a while now. It didn’t take long before we found a cart selling them. It was huge! Amy tried like a champ to eat the whole thing but sadly it was just too much…IMG_9402IMG_9475

Some other areas of the parkIMG_9448IMG_9463




Universal Parade?


We finished off the day repeating some of our favorite rides before heading back to the resort.


We had a small bite to eat at Jake’s American Bar before heading out towards Disney. We took a quick detour About 20min later we were pulling into Pop Century Resort.  It was a considered a “Value Resort”, but with our schedule we were barely spending any time back at the resort anyways. With dedicated buses going to all the parks we would also be able to get back and forth more timely than other resorts that shared buses.