The paperwork session is the last bit of faff really before the Disney training commences as this is when you find out your date and time for Traditions! To make things easier they do ask that you have all the relevant documents with you and they try to make it sound like its a matter of life and death if you show up without them. This is not the case as i found out. Having been sent home at this point back in April doing this all over again i was told i wouldn’t need certain information as they already had it on file. It turned out that when i got there and told them this there was a lot of huffing and eye rolling. After they’d done throwing a wobbler they brought out a pack of paper which just so happened to be the one i needed and started handing them out. So basically what I’m saying is if you forget the paperwork its not the end of the world as they do have spare copies (just do your best to take what they ask you).
Paperwork session done i caught the bus back to The Commons and packed myself an over night bag as my dad was on his way to come and pick me up for a weekend of Universal/IOA fun!.I was absolutely starving by this point so we stopped off at a 7/11 to get some food. We arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel, I love this place and we spent a good 10/15 minutes stood outside in the blistering heat trying to figure out why the light inside the car wouldn’t turn off. Once sorted we found our room, the rest of the family had already been to Universal whilst i had my paper work session so they were now all by the pool.
We did a whole lot of nothing for a while and i spoke to Joe for a little while too. Once we’d all done with doing nothing we headed back to our rooms and got ready for tea at the Hard Rock Cafe. I can’t remember what i ate but i do remember whatever it was it was delicious & probably a ridiculous amount of food.
Islands of Adventure day!!
We headed over to the Harry Potter part first as we knew this would be the first part of the park to fill up. We rode the forbidden journey (not sure on the name) and then headed for some breakfast at the three broomsticks i believe. After breakfast we headed over to the ride that used to be duelling dragons no idea what the new name for this is.. my universal knowledge is just not as good as my Disney. After this we managed a few more rides and headed over to the water rides.
Sarah, dad, grandad and myself all rode ripsaw falls, I haven’t ridden this for years! (so happy they made it safer) It is no surprise that we got absolutely drenched. So what better way to dry off then go on the rapids?! These rapids are my favourite ever! We were all wet through, so wet that we all crammed ourselves into one of those people drying machines coming out feeling just as soggy. Having rode most of the rides and feeling extremely wet and uncomfortable we all decided to head over to Universal as i hadn’t gone yesterday.
We made our way over to the Hogwarts express and qued for what seemed like a life time. This que is no joke and i really do think they could of made it a little more interactive to make the hour + wait a bit more bearable. This is one of many things that Disney do right.
Once we’d made our magical journey over to Universal the plan was to explore Diagon alley which never happened. Instead once we got to universal the weather was so bad we ended up camping out for a good half hour until it started to show signs of stopping. We managed to do a few more rides, The Mummy, Transformers and the new minions ride which i really think is a much do! I loved it.
After a long day in the parks we headed out onto City Walk towards a place called Cowfish. I had been dying to try this place after seeing it in one of TheTimTrackers vlogs, the food looked amazing. We were not disappointed! The burgers we all ordered were huge but we still managed to find room for Dessert (taking half of it home for breakfast).
Feeling uncomfortably full and tired we made our way back to the hotel to grab our things and headed back to the Disney bubble. I was dropped off outside my complex and made my way back to my apartment.
Alarm was then set for a super early start because .. TRADITIONS TOMORROW!!!
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