Family portrait with the Simpsons and fun in the jungle with Simba and his gang…

You might have guessed it already: We are in Orlando now and what do you do in Orlando? Right, you visit some fun parks Smiley .

Moritz and I each picked one. For him, it was….

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… Universal Studios.

And the main reason he had chosen this park were these guys:

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Yes, Springfield was definitely one of our highlights! I loved how they have brought the cartoon to life.

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And my brave husband even tried a ride:

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The Simpsons ride is an animated ride and no real rollercoaster. You ride along with your yellow friends who visit Krustyland and get threatened by Sideshow Bob. Even though it’s no real rollercoaster, it’s still thrilling because your cart get’s lifted up into the air and swings around and up and down and you never know how high you are and how deep you might fall…

Our second highlight was definitely “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”. At Universal Studio you find “Diagon Alley” (“Hogsmeade” and the castle are located at “Universal’s Islands of Adventures”). You enter Diagon Alley through a very real-looking replica of Leicester Square Station.

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They did an awesome job in creating Diagon Alley. Everything looked like in the movies. There is “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes”…

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…and “Ollivanders”…

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… and  “Gringotts” – never mind the dragon, he just want’s to play…

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… and of course you see lot’s of wizards and witches (not only the staff is dressed in wizard robes but also lot’s of tourists!):

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When you purchase your own (interactive) wand, you can solve lot’s of mysteries in Diagon Alley. It was fun seeing all the kids (and even more adults!! Smiley) waving their wands.

Gringotts offers two main attractions: first of all, the dragon breathes fire from time to time…

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… and secondly, you can do the ride “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts”.

I am not that experienced with rollercoasters, but this was definitely the most amazing ride I ever did! It’s a mixture of a real rollercoaster and an interactive ride. SOOOOOO good!!

If you want to do this ride one day, too, and don’t feel like waiting in line for an hour, try the “single-rider line”. When I lined up there (as a real single-rider as my husband had done his “once in ten years”-ride already), whole families were waiting next to me and they went into the carts together!

At the end of the day, we had to try “real” butterbeer (sweet, with some sort of vanilla-caramel topping – I loved it! Smiley) – Cheers to our day at Universal Studios!

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On the next day, it was my turn to pick a park and I chose…

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… to be more precise:

disneys_animal_kingdom.jpgOur two highlights here: The “Kilimanjaro Safaris”….

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… where you hop into a safari van and drive through the “African” savanna for 20 minutes …

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… in order to see some wildlife:

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And secondly – as I am a huge Lion-King-lover:

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“The Festival of the Lion King” – a Broadway-style show with songs from the movie.

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In the center of Disney’s Animal Kingdom you find the “Tree of Life”, a 145 feet tall and 50 feet high replica of a tree with over 300 animal carvings throughout its trunk:

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Even though it’s not real, I liked the sight of it a lot. A nice symbol of life and of how all creatures are connected.

Yep, we had a great day at “Disney’s Animal Kingdom”, too Smiley.

Oh, and if you wonder if you can feel that it’s Christmas time in the parks:

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Yes, you can! Smiley

More information about:

Universal Studios

Disney’s Animal Kingdom