hello there! decided to blog about Orlando. it’s gnna be a bit messy because the pictures are not in order. but whatevs. looking through these pictures really make me happy. haha. had so much fun in Orlando. we flew to Orlando from Washington DC i think. haha. yea. we stayed there for 8 days i believe.
2 days in Universal Orlando which has 2 theme parks: Universal Studios Florida (marvel etc) and Universal Islands of Adventure (harry potter world!).
5 days in Walt Disney World Resort which has 4 THEME PARKS. yes. 4. haha. it includes animal kingdom, epcot, magic kingdom and hollywood studios. we spent a day in each theme park and the 5th day we went back to magic kingdom because it is just huge. i have to add that Walt Disney World Resort is massive. they even have downtown disney which is like an entire downtown area with restaurants and shops. they sure know how to suck ALL YOUR MONEY!
1 day at Wet and Wild water theme park.
so in total, in orlando, we went to a total of 7 theme parks. WOW. hahaha. i was kinda sick of theme parks after that. but the theme park madness continued in LA. haha.
these were from magic kingdom i believe. we did some race care thingie. lol. joy was a crazy driver.
can anyone guess which ride/attraction this is? haha.it’s from Monster’s Inc. i am a HUGE fan of monster’s inc. i cant wait for the movie in june. i have been waiting for YEARS for it. lol. so anyway, this is the laugh facility where they collect children’s laughter for energy. it’s actually a standup comedy attraction ‘hosted’ by Mike, the monster with one eye. hehehe.
just look at the crowds! this was for It’s a Small World. basically it’s the same pretty much in all the other disneylands. i think i first sat on one at Toyko Disneyland. it’s the same thing.
Magic Kingdom castle at night! it changes color and at 2 intervals, they have some very nice light display show in the castle. very pretty.
hahaha. skip to Wet’ n Wild day! lol. doenst the name sound familiar? haha. sounds like Wild Wild Wet right? haha. we went to the water theme park that was walking distance from our hotel. it was AWESOME. the rides were crazy fun. i had the best time there! the rides were really quite scary. but all the young children there didnt seem to be scared or anything. haha. FUN FUN FUN.
this was when we went shopping at the outlets in orlando. orlando has 2 shopping outlet malls. they are quite easy to go to even if you dont drive. there are shuttle buses to bring you there. not much photos but this was when the shopping craze begun. lol.
you cant really see our faces but you can see our shopping bags 😡 hahaha. we went quite crazy.
joy with her shopping. haha.
this was the hotel we stayed at in Disneyworld resort. which was the last 6 days we were in Orlando. there are tonnes of hotels if u stay at disneyworld. we stayed at the cheapest. it’s more family oriented etc. the hotels provide shuttle services to all the theme parks. because the place is SO HUGE u need a 30 min ride to go to the theme park frm ur hotel.
Animal Kingdom! honestly, i feel this theme park is just alright. if u really love animals u will like it. if not, it is worth a miss perhaps? haha. but the thing is, we bought a 5 day pass which allows us unlimited access to all the 4 theme parks. and the price difference from a 3 day or 4 day pass isnt much. like around $20? so yea. besides, it’s out first time there so why not? haha.
somemore pictures of the hotel we stayed at. looks pretty nice huh. haha. we stayed at the All Stars Music Resort. which explains the huge shakes in the photos. haha
the crowds to go to The Magic Kindgom
us girls on the last night ):
this was Epcot. haha. to be honest, i didnt have much fun at this place. it’s kinda like a sciencyyy place? it also looks pretty old. and it rained like mad in the afternoon. so that kinda dampened our spirits and we left halfway back to our hotel.
i look absolutely fat in this photo. oh my goodness. HAHAHA. and see if you can spot the banana in my hand. i practically had 1 everyday while travelling. haha. it’s a cheap snack!
we were at this place where we could sample the unique fizzy drinks from all around the world. it was quite an interesting experience. the Mozambique/Italy one was nasty. the Israel one was good cos there’s lemon.
dinner! this was so awesome. roast beef with mac and cheese. so yummers.
we were at Hollywood Studios where we were a part of a flash mob. HAHAHA. they taught us the dance etc.
oh look! it’s Winnie the Pooh (:
you cant really see clearly but this is the American Idol theatre. every day, park goers can get a chance to go through the American Idol experience. they get to go for real auditions and sing on stage! it’s really quite cool. but i think u have to go in the morning to queue. and you will get eliminated etc. this was the finals hahaha. so we were watching it outside the theatre. there are even real judges! not the original ones, but some professional singers etc. haha. it was cool.
our hotel we stayed at during the first 4 days. it was a pretty good hotel. even had a microwave. i suppose in orlando, many who head there are on vacation etc. and most of them are families. so the place is generally quite family friendly.
okay. now backtrack to universal studios orlando. lol. this was the hulk ride that we took first thing in the morning. it really shook us up. HHHAHAHA. it was crazy, i suppose it’s similar to the battle star galactica in USS?
one this Universal Studios theme parks or theme parks in general are famous for are their turkey legs? i think singapore has them. but i dont remember them being as big as these!!!! it was massive. and yummy. and also salty. haha. we 3 girls share 1 turkey leg and were pretty full after eating that. the next time we were smart. we brought bread! so we made sandwiches with the turkey meat. haha. smart right
the much anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter! it was super crowded as you will be able to see in the pictures below. i suppose because it’s summer so everyone is on vacation!
so sunny but there is snow?! haha
the super awesome Harry Potter ride! i think we queued for more than an hour for this. but it was SO AWESOME. u have to go and sit the ride for yourself! as u can see, i was constantly being photobombed by everyone cos it was so crowded.
butter beer?!?!?!? totally awesome also. vanilla foam on top of Root Beer (?) so refreshing in the hot weather. they have it in the iced and frozen options.
second day at Universal Orlando Resort! both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure are at the same place and the theme parks are side by side. again, the grounds are quite large but they have everything from restaurants to shops. there is also a huge hard rock cafe at the place.
we headed to Universal Studios Florida on the second day.
we were lucky enough to go on the Despicable Me ride. it was in the trial stages and had to fully launch. but it was so awesome! the minions were cute! haha. it’s a 4D ride.
oh look!it’s Gru’s house! haha. the staff operating the ride were dressed up as professor nefario. haha. cute.
a pineapple??!??! it’s spongebob’s house!!!! HAHAHA. so cute please.
of course Gary had to be innit. hehehe.
the Simpsons ride! it’s a carnival themed ride. they have it in Florida and also Universal Studios Hollywood. it’s the same thing. haha.
i should have bought those slippers! haha
before i end my post, i thought i would share some tips when u’re going to these themeparks
- dress smart. as you can see, i basically wore shorts and t-shirts at all the theme parks because it is HOT. and also because we sat on quite a few wet rides. and you need clothes that can dry fast. you wouldnt want to wear jeans only to get it soaked and spend the rest of the day squishing in them.
- bring water. i brought a bottle with me everywhere i went. because bottled water is expensive in themeparks all over the world.
- bring your own food/snacks (like bananas) haha. to save money!
- a small bag to keep your valuables.
- get the FASTPASS when you are the Universal Studios(both theme parks) it’s costly and you end up paying twice the price of the tickets also because we were there in summer and it’s peak period. but it’s totally worth it. because you only spend one day in each theme park, you want to see as much as possible and go on as many rides. and the fastpass allows you to skip the long queues. although it doesnt give u access to the super popular rides like the Harry Potter ride but apart from that, you can go for all the other rides/rollercoasters. we were so glad that we got the fastpass because it was so crowded when we were there
- in Disneyworld, you have the Fastpass. which allows the system to ‘queue’ for your while to go eat/go on other rides. and u just come back during the specified time. so it’s like virtual queuing. which is awesome. but u can only collect a fast pass one every hour or hour and a half i think.
that’s the end of my Orlando post. hope u guys found it interesting! haha. so fun to recall the memories. lol. i really enjoyed Orlando a lot! and i would recommend EVERYONE TO GO THERE! haha. even if you’re an adult. i think your would enjoy it more as an adult because you can appreciate everything? if you go as a child you might forget everything. haha. just go!