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Universal Resorts Orlando!

Hello all, お元気ですか?

I hope that you’re all doing well. I’m doing quite well, trying to juggle with my departure preparations, teaching, japanese lesson, and music jobs, quite busy but happy 🙂 So today I will try to continue my writing about my USA trip although i know it’s really late 😀 This will be my last post about USA and I will write about Universal Orlando Resorts.

Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando Resorts!

So, if you’re visiting Orlando, beside visiting Disneyland you also have to visit Universal Studios Orlando!

This Universal Orlando Resorts is huge, unlike the Singapore and Osaka park. It has two separate parks, Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventure. In Universal Studios Florida you will find more Universal Studio-themed ride like Shrek, Despicable Me, Man in Black, and many more. However, in Island of Adventure you will get much more unique experience with more interesting rides!

Island of Adventure

Get your pre-booked ticket ready, have your finger scanned and off you go to this spectacular Island of Adventure! This park consists of 6 area, from Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, Marvel Superhero Island, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But this park is especially famous for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area! I could recall that when finally the park gate was opened, everyone was racing through this area, everyone wanted to visit this area first before it got too crowded! If you are a big fan of Harry Potter, you MUST visit this area! This area is like a recreation of Harry Potter movie, everything is so similar to the movie! (with real size Hogwarts School and Hogsmeade plus all the shops like Honeydukes, Ollivander and you can even dine at Three Broom Sticks). Take a peek on some of my pictures!

hello there, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!

hello there, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!

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Hogsmeade!!

Hogsmeade!!

Hogwarts Express!

Hogwarts Express!

I love Honeydukes! You can buy Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean here!

I love Honeydukes! You can buy Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean here!

Ollivanders!

Ollivanders!

Good meal with Butter beer in Three Broom Sticks!

Good meal with Butter beer in Three Broom Sticks!

For the ride, the legendary ride here is the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey! To take the ride you have to pass and wander inside Hogwarts first (which was really really amazing). The ride itself is about Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s broom ride, it was quite thrilling and scary for a coward like me (it involves a lot of tilting, jolting, and acceleration). But good news is, you can only stroll around Hogwarts and leave the queue for not taking the ride 😀 But although it was quite scary for me, I think the ride was really spectacular!

In the Lost Continent, the famous ride was of course Jurassic Park River Adventure, but beware, you will get wet on this ride! The area is much larger than Universal Studios Singapore Area, thus enabling us to see more kind of dinosaur. This ride also has the same feature like USS, when we’re nearly caught by Tyrannosaurus Rex and goes into a terrifying plunge. The plunge was 26 m in height and really terrifying (again, for me).

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

We did not really explore on The Lost Continent (which features Poseidon Furry) and Toon Lagoon. We did stroll on Seuss Landing, because i am really fond of Cat in The Hat, everything in that area is so colorful and cheery!

Welcome to Seuss Landing!

Welcome to Seuss Landing!

Whoops!

Whoops!

The last area was Marvel Super Hero Island, it has its legendary Hulk Coaster, but of course we did not ride that. We tried the Spiderman Adventure, such a fun 3D adventure!

Universal Studios Florida

We spent half day in Island of Adventure and moved to Universal Studios Florida. Before you got inside don’t forget to take a picture with the legendary Universal Studios enermous globe! Ok, the heat was really scorching that moment so we did not visit so many attractions in this park.

Hello, Florida!

Hello, Florida!

The newest attraction in this park is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, this ride is such a hilarious 4D ride (because i really love Minion, i think) and the ride smells like… banana! 😀

it's fun to be Minion...

it’s fun to be a Minion…

This park has all Universal Studios classic attraction like Shrek 4D (no matter how many times you watch this, i guess you will never get bored!), Transformers 3D, and the famous Revenge of the Mummy indoor coaster (which i will never want to ride again). You can also stroll on the New York area, taking pictures with Hollywood Star like Marilyn Monroe and have a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to quencher your thirst!

Marilyn Monroe :D

Marilyn Monroe 😀

Ben & Jerry's Shop, really fancy!

Ben & Jerry’s Shop, really fancy!

We eventually rode the Men In Black, Allien Attack ride, we pretend to be a Man in Black trainee and we have to fight aliens. But please be careful if you have motion sickness, this ride has vigorous rotations, hard enough to make you sick 😀

So that was my story in Universal Resorts Orlando. What can i tell? As a theme park, this park gives a different kind of sensation from Walt Disney World. It is not as ‘magical’ as Disney World but i can really tell that the decoration and landscaping was made rally really detail! So guys, i recommend you to visit both this place and Disney World when you visit Orlando. It’s such an interesting experience that you will never forget!

Love

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

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The Magical Walt Disney World (2)

Hello all, this is my second post about Walt Disney World! 😀

If in my previous post i’ve told you about the resorts where I’ve stayed it’s the time to talk about the Disney’s Park! Yeay!

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the image of 4 Walt Disney World Park!

Walt Disney World has 4 theme parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studio, and Disney’s  and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We only had 3 days in Walt Disney World so we only visited 2 from its 4 park, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studio. I went to Epcot 20 years ago (so I really could not recall anything) but basically it was like Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (but the scope was international, so the displays are from various countries, not only America). For Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We were not too fond of outdoor and animal-related activity, at least we can do it outside Disney World.

 

Magic Kingdom

This is my dream park! Everything related to fairy tale and classic Disney tale is here! And I made use of this precious opportunity to blend with this park, trying to be a part of this park. A part of this park?  Yes, I dressed up as a Cinderella!

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Let me be a princess for one day~

I know I’m already 22 years old and a (supposed to be) serious and dedicated Bioengineering master student candidate. But, hello, I’ve travelled for thousand miles to get here, from east to west and through a bloody long and exhausting flight. So why waste this opportunity?

So I managed my ultimate dream, posing as a Cinderella in front of a real Cinderella castle! I was also quite proud with my make-up, I think it was better than the Bibbidi Bobbidi’s Boutique makeup. I was overjoyed, and everytime I entered shop or attraction the shopkeeper said ‘Hello Princess’ to me. Even little girl stared jealously because of my perfect costume, LOL. Too bad I could not make an exceptional salon-standard hairdo to finish my princess look.

And I think my family was also happy because they did not have to queue if they want to take a picture with Disney’s character, they can just take a picture with me, LOL.

My family, there are cinderella and maleficent :D

My family, there are cinderella and maleficent 😀

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So, talking about the park, this park is divided into 5 main areas. Main Street USA, Adventure Land, Frontier Land, Liberty Square, Fantasy Land, and Tomorrow Land.

Since we only spent half days in this park, we emphasized on attraction originated specifically from this park. We skipped some attractions that we had experienced in Paris, Hongkong, and Tokyo. We did a little shopping at Main Street USA, and went directly to Fantasy Land for photo session (LOL).

The fantasy Land brought up Bavarian Architecture and with its medieval setting it felt like its really inside a fairy tale. In fantasy land we rode It’s a Small World (so classical), and Peter Pan’s Flight. There were many small parks ideal for photoshooting as a Princess as well as every Princess grotto where we can do meet and greet with other Princess (LOL), unfortunately due to the limited time we could not make it. If I could visit this park once again I would really want to spend whole day inside Fantasy Land 😀

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It's a Small World After All (2)

It’s a Small World After All 

Peter's Pan Flight!

Peter’s Pan Flight!

In Liberty Square we rode the Haunted Mansion (believe me it was not scary, at all, even for me) and we did study a little bit of American Presidency History in The Hall of Presidents. Of course my Dad was truly happy, he’s so into American Presidency.

near the haunted mansion :D

near the haunted mansion 😀

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Haunted Mansion!

Haunted Mansion!

Show from all of USA Presidents

Show from all of USA Presidents

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In Adventure Land we rode Pirates of the Carribean and The jungle Cruise. This section of the park is designed to resembles jungle and island condition in Africa and Southern America.

around Jungle Adventure

around Jungle Adventure

Pirates of the Caribbean Properties :D

Pirates of the Caribbean Properties 😀

We managed to get so many attractions in only half a day, thanks to our resort-complimentary fastpass. The fastpass allows us to book 3 pass for 3 ride at once and set the entrance time respectively. Once our fastpass has ran out we can book another 3 pass for another 3 ride online with Disney World mobile application or in a counter.

We planned to have our lunch at Be My Guest Restaurant (the newest restaurant with Beast’s Castle setting) but it was too crowded. We also planned to ride the The Seven Dwarves roller coaster, unfortunately it was still under trial period.

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studio

The second park that we visited was Disney’s Hollywood Studio, this park was built more to commemorate Hollywood work heyday of 1930s. This park was known all over the world for its signature giant mickey’s sorcerer hat.

The Sorcerer's Hat :)

The Sorcerer’s Hat 🙂

also the main icon of Disney Hollywood Studio :)

also the main icon of Disney Hollywood Studio 🙂

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😀

In this park we did not visit much but we had a lot of fun. First we visited The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Boulevard, a journey about Hollywood movie development.

The Great Movie Ride!

The Great Movie Ride!

one of the setting inside The Great Movie Ride

one of the setting inside The Great Movie Ride

We proceed to Echo Lagoons area and watched the great Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular which was really spectacular! It really gave me illustration about how movie stunt was performed.  In addition to that, we also rode Star Tours-The Adventures Continue, although it was a usual 3D simulator but it was really fun! My brother bought a customized light saber and we did a little duelling outside the attractions 😀

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Coruscant Senate!

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Light Saber!

 

We were also having fun at The Streets of America, recreating photograph that we took 20 years ago and had a peek also at Honey I Shrunk the Kids : Movie Set Adventure.

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Honey I Shrunk the Kid 🙂

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The Streets of America (1)

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That day we went back to the hotel using boat, again in the purpose of recreating our photographs 20 years ago~

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inside the boat!

So that was my story in Walt Disney World. What can I tell? I really adore Walt Disney for his ability to create such a magical theme park! I believe that everyone will feel the magical atmosphere in Disneyworld, everyone, no matter how old they are 😀

So I really wish I could go there again someday 🙂

 

Loads of magic and love

 

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

 

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The Magical Walt Disney World (1)

Hello all~ I hope that the fasting month is going well for all of you 🙂

Again, a very late post (this has been a habit for me, posting a really late post) 😀 So in this post i want to tell you about Walt Disney World!! 😀 I went there on May when i visited USA and it was such an experience that no one could ever forget! So magical and joyful~

 

So, Walt Disney World is not only a ‘Disneyland Park’, it’s much more than that. Despite of having only one disney-themed park like Disneyland, Disney World is like an integrated site of theme parks, resort and other entertainment scheme owned by Disney Production. They have numerous hotels and resorts, 4 theme parks, waterparks, shopping center, golf course, and almost every recreation facilities. You name it, they have it.

It is located at Orlando, Florida (if you want to get there, just book a flight to Orlando International Airport). During my stay there, I stayed at Walt Disney World Swan Resort and we visited Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studio, Downtown Disney, and Disney Boardwalk. So i will tell you about some of the sites that i have visited!

 

Walt Disney World Swan

Swan? Did you just imagine about a fairy-tale-themed hotel? Unfortunately you were not that right. The only swan related or fairy tale related thing was the outer interior of the hotel and giant swan statue on top of the hotel. But still, i think the hotel was quite magical~

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welcome!

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Swan Statue

The hotel is co-owned with Sheraton Hotels and Resort so Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) member you are welcomed to redeem your point for your stay! The hotel itself was a bit old (especially the lift and room doors that were wearing off) but still well-maintained.

What’s the benefit of staying in this hotel? First, it made you eligible for Park ticket purchase in the hotel with fast-pass service (a part of Walt Disney World privileges). Second you got free access to every parks by bus and ferries (from and to Disney Hollywood Studio and Epcot Park). Third, because my dad was a Platinum-life member of SPG they put a special surprise in our room. A bowl full of snickers, mars, time-out and every other American chocolate for me and my sister’s graduation! Fun!

Congratulations MFA!

Congratulations MFA!

Congratulations B.Sc.!

Congratulations B.Sc.!

The dining was quite good, for breakfast we could go for a buffet in . Where they claimed guest can have breakfast with Disney character if booked, my family had one, though, although we did not book it, LOL.

Breakfast with a Disney Character!

Breakfast with a Disney Character!

However, I specially recommend the Japanese restaurant and also the room service, it was really good! The view from the hotel at night was also incredible, you could see the fireworks from Magic Kingdom’s parade and you also had an astonishing view of the bridge connecting this hotel to its sister’s hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin.

magnificent view~

magnificent view~

 

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is a small downtown for the whole resort where they have shops, restaurants, cafes, and even cinema. For sweet lovers, i recommended you to go to Goofy’s Candy Co, you can have every disney-themed treats here. From cupcake, cookies, candies, chocolate, and everything sugary!

Goofy's Candy Co!

Goofy’s Candy Co!

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Sweets!

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Sugars!

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Mickey & Minnie’s Cookies!

The special treats from this shop, however are the specialty apples (coated with chocolate), 5-topped pretzel rods, topped crisped rice treat, topped marshmallow, and top gingerbread cookie. You can choose the kind of chocolate and topping that you want!

Form to make your order!

Form to make your order!

Caramel Apple in the making!

Caramel Apple in the making!

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extra large Mickey Krispy Rice Treat!

I chose to have topped crisped rice treat. The rice crispies are sticked with caramel and it has mickey shaped, topped with colorful sprinkles and milk chocolate :9 yummy! but beware of the size, because it’s extremely sweet it was almost impossible to finish it by my own! 😀

my own treat, sugar high!

my own treat, sugar high!

If you want to taste America’s most famous chocolate you can also go to Ghirardelli Chocolate shop, which was truly delicious. You could have shakes, ice cream or just a simple signature ice-chocolate.

Ghirardelli Chocolate~

Ghirardelli Chocolate~

We have ice cream, shakes, and original iced chocolate~

We have ice cream, shakes, and original iced chocolate~

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If you’re fond of shopping especially for Disney’s goods, going to World of Disney is really recommended. It is such a huge disney-themed shop where you can get everything. From usual souvenirs like t-shirt, pen, magnets,mugs, and key chain until suitcases, jewelry, make-ups cooking utensils and everything! You will definitely love it here! And if you have little children, they also sell princess costume and makeover here, at Bibbidi Bobbidi’s Boutiques.

World of Disney~

World of Disney~

In some day, they also have food trucks parked outside the Disney Downtown, so American, isn’t it?

Food Trucks!

Food Trucks!

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Disney’s Boardwalk

This boardwalk is close from my hotel, it only took 5 minutes walking from my hotel, located near the ‘sea’ it imitates the real American boardwalk. Unfortunately I did not have any picture describing about this site. However this boardwalk consists of cafe, restaurant, food stalls, and game center, just like common American boardwalk. We can also see some street performances along the boardwalk from magic performance until music performance.

I think this boardwalk is especially recommended for a night dating with your boyfriend/husband 😀 You can have a nice dinner in one of the restaurant, your boy can win a doll for you in the game center, and you could also see the spectacular fireworks from the parade!

 

So this is my first review about The Magical Walt Disney World, i will write about the park in the following post!

See you soon~

With loads of love,

 

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema