Friday was a different day for us as were going to venture off Disney property and visit Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. Chauncey had never been to either while I had never been to Islands and it had been about 15 years since I last went to Universal. I booked a shuttle through Mears, $19 per person round trip and they picked us from and dropped us off at our resort. It was super easy, we got picked up outside Old Port Royale and got dropped off at the bus/taxi area outside the gates of Universal. We went to Islands First to visit the Harry Potter section.
I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan so for me this was really exciting. We headed straight for Hogwarts to ride "Forbidden Journey", unfortunately Chauncey was too tall for the seats so I had to ride it without him. I will say FJ is super cool, but as I learned over the course of this trip, rides that use simulations (like FJ, Spiderman, Star Tours, etc.) make me really sick to my stomach so I only rode it the one time. (Maybe we might go back one day and I can take something for motion sickness and see if that helps.) We decided we were going to come back later in the day so I could shop and take pictures so we wandered out of Hogsmede and explored the rest of IoA.
We decided to hop over to Universal to get lunch and see it as well. Even though it was a Friday the crowds were really low at both parks and we hardly had to wait for anything. Between the two parks, Universal really needs some help. While we were there they announced the closing of Jaws and the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter presumably in the Universal park instead of IoA. Overall both parks are nice but as far as immersion and theming go, Disney wins.
We hopped back over to IoA so I could shop in Hogsmede and so we could eat dinner at the Three Broomsticks.
Zonkos, which is attached to Honeydukes
Inside the Hog's Head Pub
Butterbeer! I liked it better than Pumpkin Juice
I did ride FJ again but we both did the walking tour of the castle so I could take pictures and Chauncey could shoot video (you can't take anything with you if you are riding so doing the castle tour is the only way you can take a camera)
The Fat Lady
Me with a conductor of the Hogwarts Express
We stayed until right before park closing then we went back to the bus/taxi area where we were picked up by Mears and dropped back off at Caribbean Beach. We grabbed dinner inside Old Port Royale and then went back to our room and quickly to bed.