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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

June 28, 2010

This past Sunday, my husband and I got the opportunity to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with some of our friends.

Entering Hogsmeade

We first went to Zonko’s Joke Shop and Honeydukes Sweet Shop and then bought a mug of butterbeer.

Zonko's Joke Shop

Honeydukes Sweet Shop

A Chocolate Frog From Honeydukes

Matt and Gary Drinking Butterbeer

We checked out Hogsmeade Station and then some of us rode the Dragon Challenge roller coaster (not me). We all congregated back together to go on the Forbidden Journey ride that is within Hogwart’s Castle. Within the Castle, they replicated parts of the school down to every detail, from Dumbledore’s office to the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom with very life-like videos of the characters from the movie. I can’t describe too much of the ride itself since my eyes were closed almost the whole time but it’s a simulation ride in cars that get thrust up, down, back and forth. I got off of The Forbidden Journey a little dizzy but exhilarated.

Hogsmeade Station

Hogwart's Castle

Next up was lunch at Three Broomsticks where we feasted on fish and chips, turkey legs, ribs and pear cider. The menu also had things like pasties with ground beef, shepherd’s pie, roast chicken and pumpkin juice. Next up was Ollivander’s Wand Shop which I found especially magical. Ollivandar chose a kid from the front of the group to fit for a wand. After things go awry with the first two wands, the third one is deemed to be just right as lights beam down and music starts to play. We then get moved into the wand shop where you can actually purchase your own wand and to The Owl Post where you can get anything for your stationery needs. I purchased only a few postcards that were stamped with the Hogsmeade postmark. After one final stop to Honeyduke’s we left the magical world to the other Islands in the Islands of Adventure theme park.

Three Broomsticks

Sign at Three Broomsticks

Alison Eating a Turkey Leg

Ollivander's Wand Shop

Ollivandar Picking a Wand

Floor to Ceiling Wands at Ollivander's

The Owl Post

The park did leave me wanting more, like an entire Harry Potter-only theme park, but it was truly inspired and magical. I think going back in the winter would be even more fun since it’s supposed to be wintertime there anyway (and the snow on the roofs are the closest thing to snow we get in FL). I’m sure I’ll be drinking out of my butterbeer mug daily, dreaming of my next visit to the land of Harry Potter.

Me Drinking Butterbeer

Bonus pic! Our friends Kaci and Daniel also came although we didn’t get any pictures with them. Here is their little one Elijah all tuckered out from the day. Awwww!

Elijah Napping

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