We were up and out early again for our last full day. We made it to Universal for 8am and headed straight for Diagon Alley and Gringotts. This time we took a few photos in the ride queue.
The goblins are animatronics and look as if they’re working at their desks. Every now and then, one will look up and shake his head at all the Muggles.
Before you get to the ride itself, you go into a room for the safety instructions and see the lift doors in front of you. I loved the level indicator above the lifts.
The lift was amazing. It has an open top so you can see what appears to be the walls of the lift shaft as you drop. The lift even shakes about so it really feels like you’re moving.
We went on the ride for a second time but near the end, the cart didn’t spin when it should have and we were facing backwards so missed seeing some of the effects. It was slightly disappointing but we’d seen it before so it wasn’t too bad. I did feel sorry for the first time riders. I needn’t have worried though as before we even unloaded from the cart we were given instructions to go to the right, instead of left to the exit, which took us up and over the track and back down to the loading area so we could all go again. Brilliant. So that makes it five times that we’ve done Gringotts. We definitely got the most of our perks from staying onsite.
We took a few more photos around Diagon Alley. It’s a large area and you can’t see it all from any one viewpoint so it’s much like the books in that respect. I love all the different signs on the walls.
The umbrella rains at intervals. You really don’t want to walk underneath it.
We popped over to Hogsmeade on the Hogwarts Express as we wanted to see if we could get on Forbidden Journey before having something to eat. It was only a twenty-minute wait so we joined the queue. After a few minutes, we were sent, along with the people behind us, down the single rider line so almost straight to the front. This ride loads constantly as it’s one of those on a moving walkway, so we assumed that the other line wasn’t getting there fast enough to keep the ride full.
We had another brilliant ride on this, even better than the first time as we knew what to expect. We were unloaded at a special dock as there were some people waiting in wheelchairs, and had a mystery tour getting back to the exit via a couple of lifts and lots of corridors. It was a little adventure all of its own.
We had lunch in the Three Broomsticks. It was very good. I had the Ribs platter. The meat just fell off the bone and the potatoes were lovely, as was the corn.
Stephen had cod and chips, which he really enjoyed.
Stephen had a Butterbeer and I had pumpkin juice. I do like that. It’s apple juice with pumpkin and apricot purée and tastes scrummy.
We took the Hogwarts Express back to Diagon Alley and took more photos as we knew we wouldn’t be back again this holiday. We took a stroll down Knockturn Alley. It’s dark and creepy down there. Brilliant!
The photos have been lightened a lot in Elements as otherwise they were lacking in detail.
A lot of people have the interactive wands and there seemed to be several places they could be used in Knockturn Alley. You wave the wand in a certain way, in the right direction and something happens, usually in a shop window. There are plates on the floor that tell you where and how. The kids all seemed to be having a great time with them and we liked watching them ourselves. So much detail in the two Harry Potter areas here.
That tall thin section is the Owl post area and those little windows all have owls in. We stood and watched for a while and the owls move. Brilliant!
I couldn’t resist the motorcycle and I needed another photo of Stephen with the Knight bus.
We left London and went on a few more rides. We did Disaster, while our lovely lunch was going down, and then The Mummy and another go on Transformers. It’s brilliant having the express passes and being able to go on some of the rides without having to queue.
We also went to see the animal show.
That’s the dog out of Men In Black. We went on that ride next and I beat Stephen, of course.
We went to Springfield for a snack and got an Apple fritter to share from Lard Lad Donuts.
It was lovely. It looked as if it might be stodgy but it was quite light and full of apple pieces. It was also huge so we were glad we shared.
We had a couple of hours resting back at the resort. I surfed, Stephen snored. Then we walked over to City Walk for some food. We went to the Bread Box. I had an egg salad sandwich and Stephen had roast beef. Mine was on pumpernickel which I’m getting a taste for.
We’re watching the Big Bang Theory at the moment. I suppose I should be thinking about packing but I’m going to do it in the morning. Hope everything fits in the suitcase…