After spending a day at Disney and the day before that at Universal – it’s fair to say that Jazmine and I were beat. But we had two day passes to Universal and there was no way were going to let our last day of vacation go to waste.
We woke up late (again) and rushed to make the shuttle bus. When we got to Universal, we knew right away that there was no way we could do another full day of walking around.
It was a Monday and I thought that since it was a week day the park would be less crowded. Well – I was wrong. It was even busier than when we visited on Saturday.
We went back to try and get on the new Harry Potter ride, but the wait time was about 3 hours. #NotAboutThatLife. There was no way I could stand on my feet for three hours for a ride. So we took it easy. We rode everything with a short line and revisited a lot of our favorites from our Saturday visit.
At one point we were walking around trying to figure out what to go to next and we passed a sign for the Horror Make Up Show. Our feet were tired and we said why not.
Let me tell you. This was one of the best.decisions.ever. Not only did I give my poor little feet a rest, but the show was hilarious! I didn’t bring my camera, so excuse the picture quality.
I didn’t take too many pictures because I was getting glances from the other attendants, but it was so much fun. The hosts were hilarious. They showed us how a lot of the make up for many of the old horror films were made, how to make fake blood, and they gave me a ton of great Halloween ideas for the future. There was audience participation and it looked like so much fun I even considered seeing the show again so that she could pick me to come up on stage.
If you have the time – you should definitely stop to see this show. It was about an hour long, so it didn’t take too much out of the day. But it was an hour well spent.
We wandered through the park some more.
I found my future husband on the way!
“Your love is one in a minion – it goes on, and on, and on.”
We shared a quick kiss before Jaz and I set off again – this time in search for lunch. We were ready to grub.
I didn’t write anything about lunch on our first day at Universal – that’s because the food we had was terrible. It was a quick service burger place and it was so busy. I’ll just attribute the bad food to that. Our expectations were really low for food at this point and we even considered leaving the park to go to Emril’s, which was located at City Walk right before the park entrance.
But we walked past a restaurant called Mythos on the Island of Adventure side and the wait time wasn’t long so we decided on that instead.
Being in the restaurant felt like being inside of a coral reef.
I ordered a Pina Colada to start.
And we munched on some rosemary bread rolls. So. Delicious.
I was trying to decided between ordering fish tacos and the Mythos burger as my entree. I’d already had a bad experience ordering burgers at Universal and I was skeptical – but my waiter Eric said that the Mythos burger was one of the most requested dishes, and it was his favorite.
So the foodie in my said why not, and that just what I got.
My burger came out and I was pleased, but underwhelmed by the fries.
Eric fixed that right away and brought me fresh plate of piping hot parmesan fries.
Are you drooling yet?
How about now?
Here’s the foodie break down: it was topped with a braised pulled pork, jalapeño jack cheese, a creamy cole slaw, tabasco onions, and smoked chili barbecue glaze.
When I first read it, I was like “Ew, that sounds like too much.” I couldn’t figure out if the burger was going to be spicy or sweet. It was literally both. Sweet with a kick afterwards that makes you think twice. But not too spicy that you need to sip on some water in between bites.
The burger was sooo delicious. Universal redeemed itself. Jazmine got the same thing and we were both oohing and ahh-ing throughout the entire meal.
The perfect burger.
I’m drooling now.
The meal was so much better than the quick service crap we had on the first day and it was literally the same exact price, with the exception of a few extra dollars for tip!!! A great meal without having to cry as you pull out your wallet.
The whole vibe of the restaurant was really cool. Our waiter was so nice. He was so willing to talk me through the menu items I wanted to choose from, and he didn’t rush me at all. He told us that he’d been working there for 8 years – so at this point he pretty much knew the menu by heart. Ask to sit in his section if he’s there when you stop by for a visit!
After lunch it was back to our explorations. Mostly just more of the same rides we had already ridden.
Before the end of the day approached – we wanted to try the new Harry Potter Gringott’s ride one last time.
To the Hogwarts Express!
Our view of Hogwarts as we were leaving.
The main line was a 2 hour wait and we had exactly 2 hours before our shuttle bus came to pick us up. We were cutting it a little too close. So we hopped in the single riders line and waited for an hour and a half.
When we got on, I was filled with so much anticipation… Only to be severely disappointed. The ride had no action. No crazy drops, nothing. It was mostly graphics on the screen.
Some people loved it… but those some people were definitely not me (or Jazmine either… she hated it too.) I just feel like if I want to watch Harry Potter on a screen I would’ve watched the movie from my hotel room. I wanted action, drops, crazy things to pop out at me.
Sadly our last hour and a half was wasted. Save your time when you visit – The Harry Potter Forbidden Journey ride is much, much better. Just go on it twice and pretend like you went to the Gringott’s one.
Finally, our time at Universal Studios had come to an end. And so did our vacation. It was almost time to get back to the real world. We raced across the park to make our shuttle bus on time.
One last quick stop! For all the haters and doubters out there….
YES – I was tall enough to get on the rides.