While in Orlando, we had to check out at least one of the theme parks. After Matt’s sister visited Universal Studios last year and had a great time, we knew we had to go.
While we were waiting in for the elevator one day, a dad taking a breather told us he had spent the last four days park-hopping with his wife and kids and needed some time to relax. I don’t blame him. All that walking around for four days is exhausting — I slept until almost 11 the next day after only six hours at the park.
The Jurassic Park area of Universal had a ride similar to the one in Universal Studios Hollywood. When I visited that park when I was younger, I rode it at least six times in row! Being a huge Jurassic Park fan, I cannot wait until Jurassic World comes out in theaters next month!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was my favorite part of Universal Studios. I read the first Harry Potter book and saw some of the movies, but after our trip, I think a weekend marathon of HP movies needs to be planned. Last summer, Universal opened a new part of the park, Diagon Alley, which is like walking the streets of London. In order to visit both Harry Potter areas, you have to buy a Park-to-Park pass, which we weren’t expecting to have to shell out for, but were glad we did. I definitely want to go back to Universal Studios and check out Epcot and Disney World, too.
On a side note, a friend of ours had heard we were in Florida and highly recommended we try the Latin American food at Francisca. See their contact us page if you want to know more!
We drove down to Sarasota to visit my grandma, aunt and uncle after a few days in Orlando. On one of the days, we checked out Venice Beach.
It was really nice to see my dad’s side of family who I haven’t seen in years. Hanging up in my grandma’s guest bedroom is a picture of my dad and aunt back when they were kids. This picture reminds me of Leave It to Beaver.
Read Part 1 of our Florida vacation here.