When we arrived, the conservatory was being redesigned, but now it’s finished. Not all the flowers are in bloom yet, so it’s not at it’s best – but it’s still very beautiful!
Harry Potter and Islands Of Adventure
Today we visited Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure – we almost never go to the Universal parks as their rides are all more extreme than Disney and not really what we like, but since the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, we’ve planned to check it out.
Queueing was the order of the day at Universal! It took more than half an hour just to get tickets …
First stop was Zeuss Landing where after another half hour of waiting, we rode something very tame, the High In The Sky train!
Eventually we made our way to Hogsmeade and some VERY CROWDED places! It seems that there wasn’t enough space to put the Harry Potter at Universal Studios, so everything is cramped; it was nearly impossible to shop – surely a huge missed opportunity, and exiting The Forbidden Journey was just crazy! Mind you, the long queue to enter that ride was spacious – although apparently designed to seem longer than it really is …
As for the Forbidden Journey ride itself, all the being thrown upside down, and the spiders, put Margaret off ever doing it again – Kate didn’t even risk going on! It was however much more tame than some rides at Universal (and no, we didn’t go on that one!)