The best things to do in Orlando, Florida
After departing my home of the previous week, my family and I stepped off of the Oasis of the Seas ship and were excited to embark on our third and final leg of the American holiday. Orlando, Florida.
Now, if you read about my shit-ass time in L.A. you could imagine that I wasn't overly pumped about getting back onto American soil and having to go on a 6-hour road trip from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I LOVED Orlando. Let's just not talk about the van trip there...
So pretty much my time in Orlando was everything I imagined America to be like. We did Disneyworld and Universal Studios while we were there and also had time to hit up one of the most insane outlet shopping malls i've ever been to in my life.
Disneyworld was our first adventure when we hit Orlando and it was so insanely cool. You're ~*supposed*~ to do Disneyworld over at least 4 days as there are 4 different theme parks inside of Disneyworld. Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
But, as the machines we are, the Purser whanau smashed out a solid three parks in one day and managed to get on one ride at the fourth park. All in one day. No Americans believed us when we told them, but it was very true and it was pretty exhausting, to be honest.
The first park we did was Animal Kingdom. We knew we would be able to fly around that park. It was pretty much a super gigantic zoo. It was by far one of the most impressive animal parks I had been to and had any animal you could ever imagine.
Next, we visited Magic Kingdom as that was a must-do park. It was the one with the iconic Disney castle and the princesses and other characters dancing and flitting around the place. The teacups ride was the best ride in Magic Kingdom - exactly like you see on TV and in the movies! It was a bucketlist item that I managed to tick off.
Third, we did Hollywood Studios, which if I'm being honest I barely remember, and Epcot last.
The next day was onto Universal Studios. Universal Studios was amazing. The rides were epic and no lines at all. There was a tornado warning which drove most of the people at the park away, but we commited to it and it paid off as we almost had the whole park to ourselves.
Dad, Luc & Zane went on the same rollercoaster four times in a row because they loved it so much and there was no line. Classic. It was the Incredible Hulk ride by the way if you ever visit and want to go on a fun ride.
Perhaps one of the best things about Universal Studios was Harry Potter world. I'm not a massive Harry Potter fan, I mean, I've seen all of the movies more than once and read a couple of the books, but i'm a not a massive diehard fangirl of the series. Anyway, nonetheless we walked into the Harry Potter World and it was like we were in Hogwarts. The Hogwarts castle was right there in the background as we walked around the town, sipped on butterbeer, went into Ollivander's Wand Shop and strolled down Diagon Alley - just like in the movie. SO INSANE. I felt like a real life wizard.
The best part of Harry Potter world was the absolutely mindblowing 4D ride. At the point of writing this it would hands down be the best theme park ride i've ever been on and nothing in my 22 years of life has even come close to topping it. I felt so motion sick after because it actually felt like I had just been riding a broomstick around the grounds of Hogwarts, but honestly, 10/10 would do again. It felt like you were actually Harry Potter facing the dragons, spying on Dumbledore, having spiders crawl over you even. A once in a lifetime experience that I still rave about to this day!
On the third day in Orlando we spent the day exploring and shopping.