I have been to Universal Studio Japan seven years ago. However, as we are in Osaka, we couldn't miss the opportunity to go again - especially because of this:
They have opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Good enough for me...; Well, as I don't think I will be going to the source anytime soon... .
But the queue at only around 8.50 a.m at the ticket booth was maaaddd... .
We applied for the timed entry ticket (without it, you cannot get into the Harry Potter section of USJ) at 9.00 a.m. and were allocated to get in from 11.30-12.30!!
You are free to spend as much time as you'd like inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section after you get in, but if you left, you wouldn't be able to get back in as you could only get one timed entry ticket per person.
|familiar car? Ron must have driven it|
|How I wished those snow were real|
And spent long hours inside we did -_- Mainly just queuing under baking hot sun.
Even to have lunch and buying souvenirs, we had to queue 0_0
|Queue heading to Honeydukes confectionery shop and Zonko's Trick Shop|
We had lunch at pretty much the only eatery there - The Three Broomstick. Eating during lunch hour here? Baaaaaaaddd idea. waited for 1 hour before we could actually get in and placed an order.
Had Pork Ribs Platter (JPY 2000) and Smoked Chicken Platter (JPY 1900). So so, we were hungry and this filled us up. But I think there are more better options outside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
And ordered Frozen Butterbeer (JPY 1200 with the mug that you can take home). Very butterscotch sweet and I was not a fan of it.
There are only pretty much two rides in USJ's Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
One is 'Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey' - which apparently has won some award for best new attraction. I agree. The gruelling 1 1/2 hours queue was worth it after that ride. It is also located inside Hogwarts Castle; once you get inside the castle, the queue is a bit bearable. Although small, it is beautifully decorated trying to stay true to the movie and book - with the moving photographs of the four founders of Hogwarts, and the Fat Lady. (But where is the revolving stairs?!?!)
Second is 'Flight of The Hippogriff' - a very
The rest of USJ that we explored. We didn't bother to visit all of them as we have pretty much covered everything when we came here (and Universal Studio in Singapore more or less has some similar rides) before, and in term of new attractions, nothing really exciting for us.
OK, one thing that I got sooo disappointed in - I saw this: !!!
There was not enough explanation/detail about the ticket that apparently has to be obtained separately to get into Biohazard (Resident Evil) attraction. So after getting out of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and we walked around the theme park, we saw that sign and quite a number of people already queuing up (with their entry ticket). Then the sign in front of the attraction notified that the ticket distribution for the day was already closed. Arrrghh!!!
We didn't wait around for the night parade, so we went out and had dinner at Universal City Walk.
First pit stop was at Mos Burger. Beats McDonalds anytime. Very good crispy Mos Chicken (JPY 250) and Salmon Rice Burger (JPY 400)
Then off to Takoyaki Museum and had a bit on confused-time choosing which stall to try... .
Finally settled on the stall that serves takoyaki coated with rice puffs. Actually quite nice and the rice puffs made them crispy. Mix Takoyaki costed JPY 750.
Quite an exhausting day (mainly because it was so freaking hot. *mentalnote* never go to theme parks in summer).
And what's up with a lot of Japanese ladies? In freaking hot summer days, they are still dressed full from neck to toe. I mean: scarves, long sleeve cardigan (or armless gloves), long pants and shoes. Then of course hat and umbrella (this I can understand).
I know this is to keep their skin from tanning. But I think it is a bit much... Aren't they baking inside?