Hey Thrill Seekers,
With Universal’s “moments” media campaign in full swing today’s post is about my own #UniversalMoments. I thought I’d take the time to relive 3 of my favourite and most memorable times at Universal Orlando Resort.
I’ve been quite privileged to have visited Universal’s Orlando parks numerous times over the past few years. I visited once as part of a family holiday and the rest have been for work (yes I do know it doesn’t sound like work). Everytime I visit I’m blown away, I have tons of awesome memories but today I’ll only bore you with 3. 🙂
The Hulk Coaster
On my very first visit to Orlando, on the very first day we decided to head to Islands of Adventure, to this point I’d never been on a roller coaster. Unwittingly my first ever ride was the HULK!
I’d done absolutely no research so the fast start took me totally by surprise! I remember vividly the huge smile on my face as I was launched into the bright lights of Orlando… A memory that I will never forget!
Nope not a coaster or a crazy new attraction… Hurricanes are a cocktail that I sampled at Universal CityWalk on one of my first ever familiarisation trips! Served in a Pat O’Brien’s logo glass and garnished with an orange slice and a cherry, the fruity red concoction was created during World War II when liquor such as whiskey was in low supply. In order to purchase just one case of these liquors, liquor salesmen forced bar owners to purchase as much as 50 cases of rum, which was plentiful. In an effort to use the abundance of rum that Pat O’Brien’s acquired, the recipe for the Hurricane evolved with the help of an eager liquor salesman. The name came soon after when a glass shaped like a hurricane lamp was used to serve the fruity rum cocktail.
These bad boys helped make a Universal Memory in the fact that I can’t remember much after the second one. I’m told though it was an awesome night! 🙂
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
I think people who know me would agree that I can be quite cynical at times. I’d been reporting on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for 2 years when I finally got to see the finished article…
I was blown away…
The attention to details amazed me and I couldn’t help but smile. Universal, I knew, had set a new benchmark when it came to theming.
When I walked into the area for the first time I happened to be behind a group of Brazilian school kids who were on a trip. There faces said it all… BLOWNAWAY. I’ll never forget the first time I walked in and soaked up the full atmosphere and although I don’t work for Universal I felt immensely proud to be their partner.
So there we have it, my 3 Universal moments… what are yours?