Here’s the sad truth. I’m a nerd. A huge, massive, Harry Potter nerd.
I’ve been to IoA twice and US once (read, US after Diagon Alley opened, Hogsmeade twice).
There are actually SEVERAL parts of both parks I’ve never stepped toe in. This trip I’m going with my DH only (he didn’t go with us for the prior two trips). He’s not into HP (although he knows a lot about it because he lives here), but will go for my happiness.
I will do my best not to spend my entire day in The Wizarding World.
So, what is not to miss at both parks outside of WWoHP?
(The only parts I’ve been to myself are Seussland & the part with Posiden’s Fury (because you walk through it) and Jurassic Park, plus whatever parts of US you walk through to get to DA.
Hello. Welcome to the club. I am pretty sure I am the President!
I also like the Transformers ride, but partially because I am a fan of the franchise in general. Mummy is another of my absolute favorite rides. And I love the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Especially at night.
None of the 3 water rides on IOA are reasonable for my standards of soaking level. Jurassic is the least wet and I am still only willing to do it right before going to the hotel.
+1 on Mummy, it is a great coaster. It is probably my only not-to-miss non-HP attraction on the resort.
I am scared of the big coasters (hulk and RRR), so can’t comment.
I also like Spiderman. Transformers is the same ride as Spiderman with a different skin, so if you like the first, do that as well. Minions (US) is cute, but I don’t think it is worth a long wait. Simpsons (US) is also fun. Kong is OK but not worth the line.
Spider-Man is amazing but I don’t care if I never do Transformers again. I think being interested in the theme makes a difference. Though sometimes even loving a theme can’t help (looking at you Fast and Furious!).