Universal is one of my favorite places and there are quite a few things you do not want to miss when you make the trip that go beyond the rides!
Here are 12 things you shouldn’t miss, in no particular order.
Call the Ministry of Magic from the phone booth outside Kings Cross Station. Dial MAGIC (62442) to be connected. All my kids have to be the one to dial so just be patient!
Find Kreacher in the window at 12 Grimmauld Place. It can take a minute or two of patience but he’ll peak out!
Eat at Mythos. This restaurant is inside the park & is just amazing. The food is great and the atmosphere is really unique. If it’s a nice day ask for a table outside overlooking the water and Hulk. This is where my girls discovered they love calamari (I’m still surprised every time they eat it - who would have guessed?!)
The wand chooses the wizard! Ollivanders puts on a great little show and if you're lucky enough, someone in your party might get to be the lucky student.
Ride ET & Men in Black. Ok, so I had to make one of these about rides! Some people tend to skip these because they are based on movies that came out many years ago but DON’T DO IT! They are fun rides that make up some of the nostalgia of Universal.
Watch the Horror Make-up Show. Some people love shows, others tend to skip them. I am the latter - there are so many fun rides I don’t always want to stop and watch a show but this one is worth it. It really is engaging as they show how horror make-up is done and made to look real in the movies.
Answer the phone in Simpsons Land. Between the Simpson’s Ride & Cletus’s Chicken Shack there is an alley and you will see a cut out of Nelson by the phone. Every now and then it rings. If you are there when it does, pick up and see what happens!
Stop at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium for an after dinner treat. They have specialty milkshakes and Sundaes that can’t be beat. Espresso Buzzzz is one of my favorites!
Make a reservation at NBC Grill Brew and request either a foosball table or a shuffleboard table. The first time we went to Grill Brew we got a foosball table by luck. Now I request one or the other every time we go. It keeps the whole family entertained while we are waiting for food (even those who may be a bit tired & cranky).