On June 19, 2022, I went to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with my friend from the Disney Ohana Club. It was a Sunday and we were both off, so that worked out perfectly. She mostly doesn’t work on weekends. We arrived at 7:50 a.m., but we didn’t enter Islands of Adventure until 9:50 a.m.
I thought my annual pass gave me early entry into the parks, but that wasn’t the case. My friend’s pass has a lot of benefits, which includes early theme park entry and free parking, but mine doesn’t! I have the 2-park seasonal pass, which is the cheapest annual pass, so I don’t get a lot of benefits. That’s ok, though, because it gave us time to get food at Starbucks. I already had breakfast, but I couldn’t resist trying the cinnamon coffee cake on their menu. It was messy, but really good!
Once we got inside the park, it was all smooth sailing. We started off with a bang by riding ‘VelociCoaster,’ which was epic! We also did ‘Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls,’ and it was my friend’s first time on the ride. I love that I was there to witness her special moment. Except, next time we want a picture together, we should do it before we go on a water ride, so that we don’t look like wet dogs in the pictures!
Next up, we did ‘The Incredible Hulk Coaster’ and ‘The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.’ The latter is a motion-simulated 3D dark ride that’s similar to ‘Transformers: The Ride 3D.’ I can’t decide which one I like more. But, I enjoyed the fire during one of the scenes in the Spider-Man ride.
For lunch, my friend and I tried something new. We ate at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, which is located in Universal CityWalk Orlando. My friend wanted to try the place out previously, but never got to do it, and I was craving pasta, so that was the perfect time to satisfy both of our needs! We only had to wait about 25-30 minutes for our table, so the wait time was not bad at all. There were so many delicious desserts to try (in the candy shop and restaurant itself), but I settled for a red velvet milkshake so that I could have both a drink and dessert at the same time. For my main course, I had fettuccine alfredo, which was the bomb!
My friend got the Gnocchi pasta, which is an Italian dish, and she let me try a piece. It had a flavorful spice to it; I might order the Gnocchi next time.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium has a 19th century steampunk theme. There are two mascots for this restaurant: Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome and her trusty robot companion, Jacques. My friend wanted to meet them so badly because she loved the 19th century vibe and she’s a real big history buff. We were so close to meeting them too, since they were a few feet away from us. Unfortunately, they didn’t stop by our table and went on break after they were done talking to the guests at the previous table.
Despite not meeting Penelope and Jacques, we had an amazing time at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. The theme and decorations were incredible, the staff was great, the food was delicious, and I got to keep my milkshake cup! I highly recommend checking that place out if you plan to visit Universal Orlando Resort.
After lunch, we watched Poseidon’s Fury at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the same special effects show in the air conditioned room that got me sick, haha. On the plus side, I wasn’t soaking wet, so I enjoyed the show more this time. The guy was hilarious; that student loans joke never gets old! Then, we headed to Universal Studios Florida to ride ‘Transformers: The Ride 3D’ and it was awesome, of course.
We didn’t do much afterwards; I just got ButterBeer, my friend got a snack, and we left. However, I’m glad we didn’t stay too late because it gave me time to rest and eat dinner before I called my mom at 9:00 p.m. Florida time. Once again, Universal Orlando Resort, you didn’t let us down!
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