“Geeking it out” at Universal Studios Hollywood

17 Apr
“Geeking it out” at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter w the family


My nieces Jamie and Keri and her mom Kathleen

If it looks like the Smyth’s, the VanWinckel’s and Louie families are practically the only people at Universal Studios, your probably right. When this family vacations at these parks, we don’t mess around. Up early and out the door before the doors open, so our group could be first in line to get in to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A few of my nieces were over the top excited about The Forbidden Journey and also about getting their wand at Ollivanders. It’s quite the experience, seeing my nieces walk around getting objects to move if they pointed their wand in a certain direction if they stand in the correct spot. Just like magic. The marketing people here are genius getting parents to spend $49.00 on a wooden wand. It’s kind of a big deal though, and I’m not an expert on this experience since I am just now being exposed to Harry Potter. Neither of my son’s were into the books, so I plead innocence here. No judgement, cause we all have our geek out moments, after all.


I hadn’t been to this park in about 25 years, so a lot has changed. They still have a Studio Tour in which you get on a tram and drive around and see King Kong, Fast & Furious among others. Get on this tram when your toes are screaming “sit down!”


Of course there were Transformers, Shrek Characters, and Sponge Bob Square Pants out and about for the youngsters to appreciate. Good times for all.


We all had fun riding the Revenge of the Mummy ride, Transformers The Ride- 3D, and watching Waterworld the number 1 stunt show. We avoided the Jurassic Park Ride because it was too cold to risk getting soaked. My son Curtis’s favorite memory of the park was the Jaws ride. He must have been only 7 or 8 when we brought him on that ride. Poor kid was traumatized for years after seeing jaws fly out of the water. Looking back, we should have protected him from that terrifying experience.


In any case, there was lots to do and plenty of places to eat like Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Krusty Burger, Trish’s Mini Donuts, Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream and Popcornopolis which offers caramel, cheese and churro flavored popcorn. Delish!


Here’s my version and recipe for Cinnamon Rolls

Overall, the Universal Studio “geek out” vacation experience was a success. We put on several more miles on our sore tootsies, but every step was worth it. Especially since I’m able to laugh and make special memories with my loved ones. If you haven’t been, plan your next adventure in Southern California at Universal Studios. You’ll be glad you did.


From the left my sister in law Terri Ann, My sister in law Kathleen,brother in law Rodney, and nieces Keri, Jamie, Laura, Michelle, Keri’s boyfriend Sam and me


Here’s a glimpse of our Disneyland trip the day before.



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6 responses to ““Geeking it out” at Universal Studios Hollywood

  1. King Ben's Grandma

    April 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I haven’t been to universal studios in over 35 years 😮 (I hate being able to say things like that) it looks like a lot more fun! Ben would love the Harry Potter and the Hello Kitty. Maybe in a few years we’ll be able to take him. During off-season, middle of the week, very early, raining….least crowded😜

    • terismyth

      April 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Oh yes. It has changed quite a bit over the years. I bet you and Ben would love your time there. Yes. Best to avoid those crowds.
      Glad you had the time to read my blog.
      Has Ben started his new school yet? It sounds like the perfect environment for him.
      Cheers and happy Wednesday. Hope you enjoy a nice cup of tea ☕️ and maybe a walk in your neighborhood to enjoy this Spring weather. 🌤🌷🌺🐇🦋

  2. Kayla

    April 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. Claire and John and I visited last year – she’s a Harry Potter geek for sure. I remember the rides were amazing there. Although I would advise Dramamine for anyone who tends to get motion sickness. After the first couple of rides, I had to sit out for the rest of the day.

    • terismyth

      April 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Isn’t it a fun place Kayla? Yes. The rides can get to some people. My brother in law gets motion sickness too and wore a patch for it. I think it helped for sure.
      Thanks for your comments and for stopping by.
      You’re da bomb 👊

  3. Donna McClure

    April 18, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Really enjoyed your article as it made me reminds about our trip there 1 year ago. So fun!!!
    Teri, I watched every Harry Potter movie with Jamison & loved each one. Naturally, I really enjoyed the Harry Potter world and amazing rides:)

    • terismyth

      April 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Ha ha. My kids never liked Harry Potter, but it was an impressive place none the less. Jamison is the cutest and is getting so big! You should be so proud.
      Yes. Those rides were super fun to go on. I want to go back!
      Thanks for reading 📖.


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