Travel Diary:  Universal Studios in Orlando, FL

As you may have read some of my recent blog posts about Orlando, FL, and Disney World in Florida, during my trip, I explored Universal Studios in Orlando as well.  I wanted to write separate blog posts about my experiences at Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida.  So, if you haven’t read those blog posts yet then you should read those first, for some background, before reading this post.

Universal Studios in Florida has been on my bucket list since the addition of the Harry Potter world.  For those that do not know, I am a huge Harry Potter fan.  So, you bet I was excited to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, FL.  It was everything I could have imagined, and I was glad I got to have this amazing experience. 

On a side note, I’ve listed some tips for exploring Universal Studios in Orlando, FL:

  • Make sure you get the two-park pass- you’ll need this to experience the Hogwarts Express for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • If possible, buy the fast passes – they’re worth the money!
  • Download the Universal Studios app so that you can be in the loop of how long the ride lines are, etc.

Without further ado, check out my Travel Diary for Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

Day #1:  Islands of Adventure

Personally, for me, I only wanted to focus on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Since there was so much to do there, between the rides, shops, and restaurants, I was happy to dedicate a whole day to that portion of the park.  For me, it was money well spent if I got to enjoy the entire Harry Potter World.

So, in this portion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you get to be in Hogsmeade, experience the Hogwarts Castle and a couple of other rides.  First and foremost, my husband and I focused on getting on the ride first because the line was already 2 hours long once the park opened at 9 am. We went on line for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure– which was almost a 2+ hour wait but completely worth it. I highly recommend this ride. Once we completed the ride, we went to eat at one of the many restaurants in the Harry Potter World. 

Then we got online for our next ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Unfortunately, for us, the ride broke down towards the end of our time on the ride.  Our group was just hanging in our seats for about 15 minutes.  Once the technicians fixed the ride, we were moved straight to the end so missed the ending part. Lastly, we did Flight of the Hippogriff, which wasn’t bad and only had a 45-minute wait. However, once you did Hagrid’s Motorbike ride, this was just a walk in the park and not as exciting.

Afterward we completed all the rides, we walked around, took pictures, and experienced Hogsmeade.  All in all, it was a day well spent.

For my outfit on this day, I wanted to wear more of a Harry Potter outfit but not a wizarding cloak (because it was so hot).  So, I decided to wear a cotton shirt with the Harry Potter logo, casual denim shorts, and sneakers.  I added sunglasses and a smaller cross body to this look – since Universal allows smaller bags into the park.  I also did my hair in braids again, since this was the best way to keep my hair in the Florida heat.

Day #2:  Hollywood Studios

On this day, I wanted to focus on the rides in the Hollywood Studios part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Since we were going to do three rides this day, including the Hogwarts Express, we wanted to make sure that we timed our rides efficiently.

For the first ride, we did the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – since it had the longest line.  We waited for almost about two hours, but it was worth it.  Lucky for us, since we ran to the ride as soon as the park opened, we stood in the air conditioning for the whole time that we waited for the ride.  Once it was our turn, we were excited and enjoyed the ride. 

Next, we got online to board the Hogwarts Express.  However, when it was almost our turn to board the train, it had broken down.  We waited about 30 minutes before the ride was fixed – even though the ride’s original wait time was only about 15 minutes.  I got so tired of standing that I sat on the floor and so did some other people (see picture below).  Once the ride was fixed, we rode the Hogwarts Express both ways and made our way back home. 

For my outfit, I wanted to wear something light and casual.  So, I went for an olive-green tank top with casual linen blend shorts.  I paired it with sneakers, a crossbody, and my sunglasses.  I did my hair in bubble pigtails because I wanted to change it up a bit from the braided pigtails.

Enjoying my Butterbeer at Diagon Alley.
Waiting in line for the Hogwarts Express (as it broke down).


As mentioned in my previous Orlando, FL post, we had stayed with our friends who lived in Orlando, FL.  To learn more about the stay, read about it in my Disney Travel Diary post.  On a side note, enjoy this other picture of my days at Universal Studios, FL below.

Enjoying a day at Hogsmeade.


Universal Studios in Orlando, FL does have good food – especially in the Harry Potter parts of the park.  On the first day of visiting the park, we ate in the Hogs Head.  We ordered just simple meat and veggies for lunch.  However, you know you can’t go to the Harry Potter world and not have any butterbeer.  So, we both got some frozen butterbeer.  The frozen butterbeer tasted like a butterscotch smoothie and helped cool us down in the heat.

Overall, I had a great time in Orlando, FL visiting the amusement parks and my friends.  Since I went at the beginning of July, it was hot, so I know for next time, not to go in the summer heat.  Regardless, I hope you enjoyed my travel diary of Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.  As someone who enjoys going to Amusement/Theme parks, this was such a fun trip for me!  What is your favorite amusement/theme park?  Let me know in the comments below!

Much Love,

15 thoughts on “Travel Diary:  Universal Studios in Orlando, FL

  1. I have never been to Universal Studios in Orlando, but it’s definitely on my list. It looks so much fun!

  2. This Universal Studios in Orlando seems like a great destination for adults and kids alike. Can’t wait to take my daughter here next time and have a real fun day!

  3. I’ve actually never been to Universal Studios, even though I used to live quite close by in California. It’s cool hearing about what you did – maybe I’ll make the trip!

  4. I loved seeing this! I recently posted about visiting Universal Studios Japan, so it was interesting to compare the two!!

  5. This park is my literal favorite, and I am also a huge Harry Potter fan! Reading your post brought me back again in the best way – can’t wait to return to Hogsmeade and Dragon Alley again soon!

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