So while we were in the land of Sun and Fun we played tourist and went to Universal’s Island of Adventure. Me and my homeslices had a day of roller coasters and family bonding. Let me overwhelm you with a photo tour.
First stop… Harry Potter land. Girl Wonder and I love the Harry Potter. And Harry Potter came to life. Now we never actually saw the wizarding hero but who needs him when you have this:
An entrance flanked by dragons. Hogsmeade…. complete with crooked chimneys. Like being transported in between the pages. Well, first you have to ignore the hundreds of other hot and sweaty people that were cruising through Hogsmeade too.
HoneyDukes candy store with windows that look like this
and when you go inside its floor to ceiling shelves with big old glass jars filled with candy and candied things.
Candied Apples. I tried to lick the glass. Don’t try that. They don’t like that
Every Flavour Jelly Beans? You can buy ’em at HoneyDukes. For the price of a small country. You may have to do like I did and repeat “This is fun. It’s good to splurge once in a while” over and over and then run real quick and buy ’em before you change your mind.
When they say Every Flavour. They mean it. Be careful. We got back to the house and Girl Wonder was handing me weird coloured jelly beans saying “eat this” while hiding the jelly bean guide behind her back. Silly mamma. I ‘et ’em. Gnarly. There was a booger bean, a dirt bean, a jalepeno bean (which really was quite tasty) and a soap bean. My mother would have had it a lot easier if she had had a soap flavoured jelly bean when we were growing up. It would have saved her lots of wrestling matches with us and Irish Spring when she needed to wash our mouths out with soap.
My homeslices: My baby big brudder, my bee-u-tee-mus sis-in law and who else but the Girl Wonder. The T-dub gets his looks from his mamma.
This is the brudder up close.
He looks like he might eat you and spit out your bones. He might nibble on ya, maybe, if’n he’s hongry. But you can throw bacon at him and he’ll leave you alone. He’s a giant scary looking softie. See…
He’s the bestest baby’s diddy … he sure does love that boy of his and his baby mamma. Which is good. She a good baby mamma.
Back on track… Universal…
And the best thing about Harry Potter world crammed with overheated persons from around the globe (drumroll please…………..) BUTTERBEER.
Its not beer. There may be butter. There may be butterscotch. There definitely was something creamy and frothy layered on top. And it was most definitely cold and slushie. If you go to Universal in the middle of a heat wave in the middle of July…. buy a Butterbeer. Find a bench. Slurp. Buy another. Repeat. Slurp. Buy another. Repeat. Then go home. You’ll still feel happy and special. I am going to attempt to recreate this concoction. So I can drink it in my pajamas.
We rode roller coasters that went straight up fast and came down fast. We rode roller coasters that twisted and turned and flung you upside down while leaving your stomach right side up or in your neighbors lap. We rode spinny cups. We rode till we were green around the gills. What’s said in excitement, or horrifying fear, on a roller coaster MUST stay on the roller coaster.
We rode water rides that left us soaked. Like from head to toe sopping wet can we please stop for a minute so I can peel my pants off my thighs cause the H2O is acting like superglue. My brother spent half the day in squeaky flip flops. I’m afraid we were all a little musty on the ride home and wouldn’t suggest riding in my sister in law’s car anytime soon cause I’m afraid it probably smells like wet dog. (So sorry T-dubs mamma).
And before we left the park I got me a tchotchke (otherwise known as land fill fodder or things I don’t need and that are likely to sit around and get dusty). Except I picked a most practical tchotchke.
There are actually whole other sections of the park besides Harry Potter. Namely a Dr. Seuss park. Which meant there were Dr. Seuss souvenirs.
Is it two mugs? Is it one mug? Hmmm… It’s one giant mug. With handy dandy handles in the perfect spot to perch your fingers in. Yeah me.
A certain Girl Wonder slept the whole way home. She slept the slumber of a child who has walked and coastered and suckered her mum into a giant stuffed Scooby dog.
Every day could use a little wizardy don’t you agree?