Last Friday I shared with you guys some of our favorite Harry Potter World highlights and today I want to share some of the other fun things we did at Universal Studios while we were there. Starting off, of course, with a photo of us with the big Universal spinning globe!
This is actually not our first time to take a photo here… back in August of 2008 Christopher and I honeymooned in Orlando and took a photo in this exact same spot. Look how cute we were:
D’awww… look at us. Just babies! I miss his long(ish) hair! He keeps it cut short now for work which I also like, but I sure did love those long(er) locks. 😉
Anyway, back to our visit last month! We chose Universal (instead of Disney) because I really, really, really wanted to go to Harry Potter World (don’t worry, Disney, we’ll get you next time!). So we really didn’t look too closely at the other things that Universal offered until a couple of days before our trip. And that’s when I found out that they host the Macy’s Holiday Parade in the month of December. This was my actual response when I saw that:
For you to understand how important this is to me, you have to know that I grew up watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every Thanksgiving with my family. Not to mention growing up watching Miracle on 34th Street every Christmas Eve (which begins with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade). There is so much love in my heart for Macy’s that when I was there in NYC a couple of months ago, I was floating around on cloud 9. I’ve always wanted to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but well… it’s cold. And crowded. And I’d rather be with family at Thanksgiving. So this was beyond perfect!
And of course, the absolute best part… Santa waving to us at the very end of the parade. Dreams really do come true… 😀
If that wasn’t enough, Mannheim Steamroller also happened to be at Universal Studios playing a free Christmas concert that night. They were incredible! That was definitely Christopher’s favorite part of the night! And then the evening ended with the lighting of a GIANT tree.
That’s me at the bottom of the giant tree next to one of the enormous ornaments! Reminds me of the massive ornaments we saw at the Opryland Hotel last month! Also, while I am quite a bit more pale this time of year than the rest of the year, I’m not quite as ghostly as I appear in that photo. Thank you, old point & shoot camera for that. 😉
You guys, it was the perfect end to our day at Harry Potter World. I am so very thankful that we got to go! 🙂
Did anyone know about this whole Macy’s-sending-the-ornaments-down-to-Orlando for the Macy’s Holiday Parade? Because that was just an awesome surprise for us!
Would you ever want to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (or the Macy’s Holiday Parade)?
Have you been to a Mannheim Steamroller concert before? They are so good!