Saturday, 13 December 2014

10 Days in Florida - A throwback to summer 2014.

I'm very lucky to have parents who enjoy going to new places as much as I do, so I've been on many holidays to lots of places, but the one place that I always said I'd love to go is Florida! I mean is there any British teenager that doesn't want to go to Florida? I don't think so. I think it pulls us in as England is so dull and boring, but Florida seems like a place of dreams (how cringy). Anyway, my parents always said 'We'll go to Florida when you've finished your GCSE's (a type of exam you take at the end of high school here) and so we did!
But enough blabbering on, lets get on to reminiscing this summer, when I went to Florida.


One thing I established from my 10 days in Florida, is that 10 days isn't very long at all. I mean, in my small town in England, it's an eternity, but in somewhere that's a tourist's heaven, it's difficult to fit everything in in 10 days.

It's a long flight from England to Florida, around 9 hours I think. So on the first day we were pretty delirious but I think the atmosphere would have made us feel delirious even if we weren't sleep deficient (and by we, I mean my parents and I). The reason for this is because everything is so...crazy. Not only is it incredibly hot,but there's just so many THINGS. I can't really describe it.
But anyway, we got to our room and found this AMAZING view through the window. That's when I realised this holiday was going to be a great one.

(View from the window in the room, insane right?)

After a bit of a sleep,we decided to go and take a look around Universal Studios. We stayed within the Universal Studios park, in the Hard Rock Hotel. Admittedly it wasn't cheap but it was so worth it,as it was SO nice and the staff were incredible. From our hotel, we could either walk to the main Universal park, or we could get a water taxi. I think you can guess which one I decided I liked best.

(Water taxi)

(View of the Hard Rock cafe from the water taxi ft mi madre)

(Famous Universal globe thing)

Now THIS is the bit I've been most excited to write about. We found out just before we went to Florida, that the brand new part of the Harry Potter world was opening while we were there. So I was super excited about this. We first went to Universal a few days earlier than the official opening, BUT we were in the right place at the right time and managed to get on one of the dress rehearsal rides of the new Hogwarts Express feature! Literally, we were just walking in to the area whilst they were letting people in and we managed to slip in with the crowd. We weren't allowed in the whole Diagon Alley yet, but this was still absolutely insane. I HAVE NEVER FELT SO THANKFUL TO BE IN ONE PLACE AT ONE TIME EVER.
(PS:I am a MASSIVE fan of Harry Potter, so you can imagine my excitement)

(Hedwig chilling on some suitcases)


I did get pictures of the movie on the windows of the Hogwarts Express as it moved, but I didn't want to ruin the surprise for anyone!

(Ah yes, snow on the roofs whilst feeling like I'm in a sauna)

(Y'all Universal Studios builders go all out...Jeez)

Later on in the day we didn't really do much, but we did go out for dinner and got this super pretty picture of Universal in the dark

The next day was a lazy day just hanging around the pool, but the day after was the busiest day of them all: DISNEY DAY.
As an English person,I couldn't quite comprehend the sheer size of basically, well, everything both in Florida and America in general. Like, I'm pretty sure Florida is a similar size to the whole of the UK. But it was Disney that really showed me. From the entrance to the Disney park, it took us 45 MINUTES to get to the actual ticket booth thing. 45 minutes. It's not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but that's just inside the park, and by car as well. It's insane.
I didn't take many photos in Disney, as I was busy trying to do everything, so just to sum everything up, here is a picture of the magic castle.

TADA! Yeah...sorry about the lack of photos.

The next day was Sea World, which was, as a summary, super adorable. Again, I forgot to take many photos as I was busy 'seizing the day' and all that sort of thing, but I got a couple cute photos. 

(For any of you wondering, I did not go and see Shamu on moral grounds. Keeping an animal of that size in an enclosure no matter what size, in my opinion, is completely wrong.)

The next day (I think, they all blur in to one) was one of the two consecutive days which were the best days of my life so far, and I'm not even kidding.

The first of which was going to Discovery Cove, aka, the place where you swim with the dolphins.This has always been a dream of mine, and I was so excited when I heard it was going to be a reality. But not only could you swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove, you could also snorkel with fish in a lagoon and have a look at some birds and otters whilst floating along a 'Jungle River'
You weren't allowed really to take any of your own photos there, so all the ones I've got were on underwater disposable cameras, or from the dolphin swim.
So here, enjoy a picture of my kissing a dolphin. Her name was Coral :)

:D :D :D

Now, the second best day of my life: The opening of Diagon Alley.
We waited in a queue for around two hours to get in to the actual place, but they had movies playing everywhere, fans to keep us cool and all sorts of celebrations going on at the same time.
Now, I'm not a rollercoaster person, but if I were, I would have had to wait 8 hours to go on the new Gringotts ride. 8 HOURS. That's insane, and you can definitley see how obsessed with Harry Potter everyone was that day.

(Confetti and multiple people in Diagon Alley)

(The dragon of Gringotts. Every so often you'd hear a few grumbles and roars and then BAM fire from the dragon! Completely insane)

I forgot to take a picture, but they had an ice cream parlor there that sold butterbeer ice cream. IT WAS SO GOOD. I find the colder butterbeer is, the better it tastes)

Anyway, that pretty much comes to the end of my trip. This post is way too long, but I had so many things I was so excited about. I can't imagine anyone has actually read to the end, but if you have congratulations and thank you!
This was possibly the best 10 days of my life. I'm very grateful that my parents took me out there and I hope to go there again one day! I would 100% recommend all of it to everyone. Overall, I had great fun and got a great tan!
I know the days here didn't add up to 10, but we spent a few just hanging around the hotel, doing  nothing particularly photo worthy.

Thank you so much for reading and I'll see you soon, if that's what you say on here?? I don't really know, but I'm going to say it anyway.

Comments and suggestions for future posts would be greatly received.

Much Love,

RubyLauren xx

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