We had a lazy morning today (yes, another one), mostly ’cause it was pouring with rain, and got down to the Islands dining room for about 10.30am. We ate there last year and were rather impressed with it so we were keen to try it again. We had the buffet and it was just as good as we remembered. The scrambled eggs were just right and the biscuits and gravy were delicious. There was a lovely selection of fruit as well as lots of other goodies.
The plan was to pop back to our room and grab our stuff to go over to Universal Studios to activate our tickets and do a few rides. When we got back to our room though, we looked out of the window and saw that it was pouring again. We waited an hour and it seemed to have slowed right down so we thought we’d risk it and set off. It’s only a short walk to City Walk from here, and from there you can access both parks.
We started off at Universal Studios and had a brilliant time. Our room keys act as express passes so we just have to flash them to get in the fast lane. We went on Transformers, Harry Potter, Men in black, The Simpsons and Shrek.
Universal does have its own version of PhotoPass but we didn’t go for it as we didn’t think we’d get our money’s worth like we do at Disney. We took lots of photos of our own though and I got Stephen to pose for some ‘silly’ shots.I couldn’t resist getting my photo taken with Beetlejuice as it’s one of my favourite films.There were lots of Halloween decorations, but they were a more adult theming than at the Magic Kingdom.
Universal was closing at 5pm because of the Halloween party so after Shrek we took the Hogwart’s express to Hogsmeade in Islands of adventure. There we did the other Harry Potter ride plus Flight of the Hippogriff. We took quite a few photos in Hogsmeade too after we’d sat and had a butterbeer.
We strolled down to the front of the park, stopping to take the odd photo as we went.We were getting peckish at this point so we exited the park and picked up sandwiches from City Walk. We took them back to our room and had a picnic while watching some tv.
We were really lucky with the weather once we did venture out. There was a tiny bit of drizzle and a couple of showers while we were on rides but we stayed completely dry.