Where I can stay in a princess suite AND go on Star Tours

After hanging out at Harry Potter World, we did several other fun things at Universal, including playing with dino DNA at the Jurassic Park Discovery Center and getting our picture taken with Rogue and Storm (I was so thrilled they had female superheroes!).

Then we moved on to Disney.

Now, some people are “Disney people” and some people are not.  I am definitely a Disney person.  And I am trying to convert my husband.

His first time at Disney was four years ago, when we toured all 4 parks in Orlando.  This time we only did Hollywood Studios (to ride Star Tours because it was closed for its upgrade last time) and EPCOT (because it’s my favorite).

Staying on the Disney property is a treat for me because growing up we always just drove over for the day.  Last time B and I were there we had a pirate-themed room, and this time we had a Royal Room in the Port Orleans resort.

And this is one of the reasons I love Disney: where else do I get to live like a princess one minute and then hop on a ship to Hoth and Naboo the next?  I dragged my husband to the Frozen sing-along show, and then we were blown away by the Indiana Jones stunt show.  I can revel in Science in EPCOT’s Future World, then eat ichigo daifuku in Japan.  I feel like so many parts of me come together at Disney, and it’s magic.

wp_20141218_22_31_23_proBEST: Did you know that at the Art of Animation area in Hollywood Studios you can take a drawing class?  We learned to draw Stitch; here’s my effort on the left.  Also, I got a cute Star Wars shirt.

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WORST: B once again beat me on the Toy Story Mania ride.  By at least 10,000 lol.  And the line was too long to ride again.

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Here’s a short tour of the hidden gems in our room:

Warm butterbeer is the ONLY butterbeer

No post last week because I was on vacation!  Hence why I am just now liking all your posts from 1-2 weeks ago.

B and I went to Universal and Disney in lovely 65-degree Orlando.  I spent more than a decade of my childhood in central Florida, so I’ve been to Disney many many times, but strangely never once to Universal.  With the opening of the 2nd Harry Potter area, I figured it was about time.

We spent 3 days at the Universal parks, mostly in the Harry Potter areas.  Islands of Adventure has a Hogsmeade area, and Universal Studios has the new Diagon Alley.  There’s even a train ride between them (with a slight chance of dementor attacks).

BEST: Warm butterbeer, which you can only get in winter, is fabulous.  Regular butterbeer is kinda too sticky-sweet, but the warm stuff…mmmmm.  Also good: butterbeer icecream.

WORST: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (the ride inside Hogwarts Castle) is the most nauseating ride I have ever been on, and I’ve ridden every coaster at Cedar Point.  Take some Dramamine.

Also great: tons of Harry Potter merch to buy.  House robes cost over $100, so I settled for a Ravenclaw T-shirt and “official” scarf.  We also bought an awesome afghan with the Hogwarts crest.