This morning we finished packing and left the Beach Club Villas behind. After a short drive, we arrived at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal, and checked in. It was only 11am but already there was a room ready for us so we were able to get unpacked and out to the parks straight away.
Our room is quite nice. It seems small after the Beach Club but it is just a room this time. There’s a Keurig drink maker, the same iPod dock as we had at Disney and a couple of very comfy beds.
We’re on the 6th floor and can see the parks just a short distance away. Once we were ready to go out we walked over to City Walk. It only took a few minutes. We were getting a bit hungry so we went to the Hot dog hall of fame for lunch. I had a Boston and Stephen had a Chicago. They were really nice. The bun on mine was lovely, with a crispy crust to it.
Then we headed for Universal so we could see the newest Harry Potter section. We went on the Terminator ride, as we love that, and then went on the new Transformers ride, which was brilliant. We did the Simpsons ride and then went for a look around Diagon Alley. It is absolutely amazing. It’s huge, and just how you imagine it should be. We didn’t go on the Gringotts ride as there was a 45 minute wait, but we did stand and watch the dragon on the top of the building.
It breathes flame!
We spotted the ice-cream shop and thought it’d be nice to get one. There were some fabulous flavours, but after some deliberation, Stephen had a butterbeer soft whip and I had a couple of scoops of Sticky toffee pudding.
After we’d had a good look around we went into King’s Cross to board the Hogwart’s Express. I’ve really been looking forward to this, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The Hogwart’s Express was brilliant. The windows are actually screens and you see various things out of the ‘windows’ as the train takes you from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade.
The train takes you into Islands of Adventure so once we’d had a look around Hogsmeade, we went on The Forbidden Journey. We wanted to get on that last time we were here but it was down on the day we tried. We managed it this time with only a fifteen minute wait and it was great. It was very intense and very clever.
We went on Spiderman on the way out and then headed back to our room to get changed. We went out for dinner, and after a discussion settled on the Cheesecake Factory. We’ve never been there before and have been meaning to for ages.
Stephen had a pork chop with mash and veg.
The chop was huge and very thick. He cleared his plate and really enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to eat a large meal so had a salad. You can’t go wrong with a salad for a lighter meal.
Unless you have a Cobb salad at the Cheesecake factory, that is. I have never seen such a huge salad in my life!
The plate was more like a serving dish. It was delicious, but I couldn’t finish it all, and sadly there was no room left for cheesecake. Good job really as we’d have been there half the night while I tried to decide which one to have. Apart from the huge portions, I really liked it there. I wish I’d had room for some cheesecake though.
Early start in the morning as we can get into Diagon Alley an hour before normal park opening.