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Enjoying Our Family's Visit To The Fabulous Universal Hollywood Studios And The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
Universal is really one of the best theme parks ever as it is a real working movie studio that has the best programs and fantastic rides for the entire family. Our son Mario Miguel and his family enjoyed our whole day's stay in Universal Studios as it also has good restaurants, shops and cinemas at the adjacent CityWalk.
In the Harry Potter village, you'd see the Hogwarts Express train as you enter it and this helps transport you to the magical world of wizards, giving you a fun photo opportunity. From there, you can see the various shops of Hogsmeade where they offer a lot of stuff about wizards. Hogsmeade looks an ancient Scottish village with snow capped rooftops and icicles while music from the Harry Potter films is heard in the air to help make you feel that you're really into Hogsmeade.
You also get to face fire-breathing dragons, have a close encounter with giant skeletons and the Whomping Willow. Before the ride, you get to encounter all the other important characters in the books, some of whom are part of the talking portraits that adorn the corridors. And you also get to visit the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and the office of Dumbledore.
You don't have to be a die hard Harry Potter fan to appreciate this theme park attraction, but it helps if you've read the books or seen any of the eight Harry Potter movies. But for true blue Harry Potter fans, this will be a super cool dream come true that they'll surely appreciate a lot. There are also Harry Potter attractions in Disney World in Orlando and in Osaka, Japan, but we're told the one in Hollywood is the best of all.
But the park has a lot of other attractions to offer. You can enter the world of the Simpsons and visit their town, Springfield, with the Krustyland ride. Fans of the Minions will enjoy the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride.
Other rides are the Jurassic Park ride where you encounter all sorts of dinosaurs and the Transformers 3-D Ride. There are shows like "Special Effects" show (replacing the "Backdraft" attraction we saw before), "Animal Actors" show and the "Shrek" 4D show.
There are just so many attractions that it's impossible for you to see all of them in just one whole day, especially when you consider the fact that the queues are so long and you have to wait for anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour when you line up. But still, it's all worth it.