Hey guys! I just got back from a FABULOUS week in Florida! In case you were wondering, the weather there is absolutely PERFECT, and it was really hard to come back to highs in the 40s/50s (if we’re lucky!). *sigh*
Anyway, while my sisters and I were visiting my aunt, uncle, and cousin, one of the things we made sure to do was visit Universal Studios in Orlando. Of course, we went to the park that has the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 🙂
I honestly didn’t know too much about the theme park before going…the rides, what you could do, etc. I was so busy before I left that I didn’t really investigate what I would be doing. So everything was a new experience. When we got into the Islands of Adventure, we immediately headed through the Dr. Seuss area to get to Harry Potter.
Unfortunately, the Harry Potter area was so crowded when we got back there, they weren’t letting anyone in. So we took a ticket and had to wait a few hours. We ate lunch and walked through Jurassic Park and headed back.
The castle looks just as you’d imagine. I guess I’d been expecting to be able to explore the castle and see rooms and stuff, but actually, inside the castle is a ride: HP and the Forbidden Journey. It was pretty awesome. You basically go on a journey via a moving car and a screen with projections. To be honest it was jaw-dropping and I have NO IDEA how the ride works and was so mesmerized, I can’t even remember what actually happened. I do remember that it takes you flying during a quidditch game…and really felt like flying! It also really shows how dark Harry Potter is – with dementors and giant spiders (I squeezed my eyes shut during this park) and everything else popping up suddenly in your face. I highly recommend this one. (Tip if you’re going: Pick the single rider line. You can’t talk to the person next to you anyway and the line is SO MUCH shorter!)
The other two rides – Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge – are pretty good too. The Hippogriff one is much tamer, so if you’re not a fan of loops and corkscrews, opt for that one.
Hogsmeade was a lot like I’d envisioned. There are a lot of shops that I guess you can go into, but we didn’t because the lines were SOOO long.
They sell Butterbeer out in the street(?), and the lines for that are also long…but totally worth it! Amber, I told everyone about how I had had Butterbeer before and they all thought it was awesome. This time I had frozen Butterbeer, and it was DELICIOUS too. Not to mention incredibly refreshing. (That Florida sun is hot even in March!)
So if you guys are wanting to go, I highly recommend it, and would definitely go back. 🙂 (Especially if we make it a 2-day, 2-park adventure. I really want to go to Universal Studios Florida too, but we didn’t have time.)