We are only 3 episodes in to season 3, but BBC America has announced today there will be a season 4. More clone mayhem for everyone!
Universal Studios in Orlando is arguably the best place in the world for nonstop geek fun. Here at Geek Girls, Inc., several of us decided to test this assertion by road-tripping down to see the world’s happiest place for a weekend. For science, of course.
Here are our Top 7 favorite things to do at Universal Studios.
1. Diagon Alley
Universal’s new Harry Potter attraction, Diagon Alley, is mind-blowing in its size and intricacy. From the fire-breathing dragon perched atop Gringotts Bank to the moving “Wanted” signs posted down twisting faux alleyways, Diagon Alley feels as real as it gets for Harry Potter fans. Buy an interactive wand from Ollivander’s and you can perform “magic” on windows and objects around Diagon Alley. And trust us, riding the Hogwarts Express between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade makes it worth getting a Universal Studios Park Hopper ticket!
2. The Transformers Ride
With so many amazing themed rides to choose from, this was a tough choice. Transformers is a real crowd pleaser. The breathtaking 3D effects are even more impressive than a similar old favorite, the Spider-Man ride. And kids, when Optimus Prime recruits you to save the Allspark from the Decepticons, you don’t say no.
3. Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt Roller Coaster
For the most stomach-turning adrenaline rush in the park, the Rip Ride RockIt rolls in at number one coaster. There’s nothing scarier than those vertical peaks and drops, and the rock music themed coaster allows riders to personalize their music selection for the ride. You can even create a music video of your experience at the end. Rock on!
4. Borgin and Burkes Shop
Themed shop Borgin and Burkes in Diagon Alley’s dark Knockturn Alley stands out from the usual cheerful Universal Studios souvenir shops with shadowy Death Eater swag and nightmarish store props. The store is like a mini haunted house in itself, so shopping is a delightfully creepy experience.
5. The Leaky Cauldron Pub
For lunch, order a very British dish at The Leaky Cauldron, the Harry Potter themed restaurant at the entrance of Diagon Alley. The food is surprisingly decent for a theme park meal, and the mashed potatoes and stews will stick to your bones for the rest of your afternoon at Universal Studios. Just beware the post-lunch sleep spell the food will put on you.
Sipping Harry Potter’s favorite nonalcoholic ale, butterbeer, is a must. Described by one Geek Girls, Inc. editor as “a cream soda gone rogue,” butterbeer is a rich, syrupy nectar that is sure to make you feel one with Harry and his friends - and send your kids bouncing off the walls.
It was December and Dragon Con was so far away. I needed a con fix. I brainstormed and researched and then bought my ticket to Chicago to attend C2E2. My sister lives there and it is only a 2 hour plane ride from Atlanta.
I flew Spirit Air and yes, it was a great deal and the planes disembarked very fast because of the luggage restrictions - but it was not the best choice for con travel.
You are allowed a small personal item for free 16x 14x 12 so like a smaller messenger bag or a giant purse, and the typical carry-on will cost you up to $100 depending on when you buy your bag option. To make the most of my small personal item I packed very minimally and we chose costumes that were basically jeans and a t-shirt so I was able to squeeze all I needed to in my bag. This restriction does put a damper on your cosplay for a con, you just don't have room to bring an elaborate costume.
I also had to be very cautious of what I bought at C2E2 because I had very little room to bring home merch goodies.
I was also nice that everything was inside, because it was cold and I forgot to pack my giant bear costume, leather jumpsuit, or fur coat crafted of dalmation puppies, (dammit Spirit I can't fit anything fun into a 16x14x12 bag!) I think the only thing that I would improve would be the food options, they were basic concession stand fare and unappealing to someone who doesn't go for fake cheese or hotdogs.
We only went to C2E2 on Saturday and although I had good intentions of attending at least one panel I never got around to it. We spent the entire day just walking the main floor. We checked out the Artist Alley, shopped the Vendors and of course saw some great costumes and had to stop every couple of minutes for photos.
Noob alert: the security guard will yell at you if you try to take pictures of the featured guests in the autograph area from a distance. My picture didn't come out clear anyway.
I loved the tattoo area I thought that was a great idea to have at a con. We didn't leave C2E2 with any new ink but it was tempting. I do regret not staying for The Crown Championship of Cosplay that night but we were exhausted from too much sight seeing the day before around Chicago so Wayne and Garth had to head back to Aurora.
So that was the end of Gotham's first season.
I don't want to get all spoiler-y, so I'll just share a few comments.
Girl power is really, really awesome. Maybe not enough to save the day, but you've got to admire a woman who just won't take any shit.
If you find yourself in an elevator with two cops and a mob boss, hug your dog.
Lots of people are coming a bit unhinged. Nygma is clearly one of them. How long before he graces the halls of Arkham with his presence?
Barbara Gordon is one scary bitch. Someday Jim Gordon is going to wish he'd left The Ogre alive to keep her company.
Finally, in what universe did Bruce Wayne's father build the Bat Cave? And what do you mean we have to wait til next season to see it?!
Sound off in the comments - what did you love/hate about tonight's finale?
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