This week me (Andye), Kit, and the rest of our family are on vacation! We're making our trek to the Holy Land, AKA Harry Potter World. I....er......We have been dying to go here since it opened. And thanks to my amazing parents and a well-timed conference, we're finally able to be here!!
We got there as soon as the park (Islands of Adventure) opened and headed straight to HP World. It was already crowded, but there wasn't any wait to get in. The Hogwarts Express conductor greeted us, and we were seriously in awe of how amazing the whole thing looked!
After we came into the park, we walked straight into the village of Hogsmeade. It was exactly what I pictured it to be! Well, technically not all the stores are in Hogsmeade (like Olivander's, which is in Diagon Alley) but I'm glad they were all there. I do wish Weezleys Wizard Wheezes had been there, but maybe they'll add it when they expand.
The first ride we went on was the Dragon Challenge. All along the way, you walk through all the Tri-Wizard tournament decor, to make the line more interesting, though there was actually never much of a line (15 min tops).
The Ford Anglia
On the Dragon Challenge (with my sister-in-law). Yes, of course there's gum in my mouth!
What we thought of the Dragon's Challenge
After the ride, we had to get something to drink, so we grabbed some Butterbeer and some yummy pumpkin juice. It tasted like Apple Pie!
The students of Durmstrang and Beauxbatons danced for us!
We went on the Flight of the Hippogriph, and saw Buckbeak and Hagrid's Hut.
Then it was finally time to go to Hogwarts!! You can either go through the line and ride the Forbidden Journey (AWESOME), or just take a tour of the castle (thanks Liv, for letting me know that). We went right before lunch, which is the worst possible time to go. It took us about two hours from start to finish, but it was the best two hour line I've ever been in. The castle was awesome!! First we went through the greenhouses,
then we entered the castle. I took a lot of pictures, but it was pretty dark, so they didn't come out too great. We went through Dumbledore's office, Professor Binns' classroom, corridors with talking portraits, including The Fat Lady, The Common Room, and saw SO MANY amazing things from the books/movies. Then we got on the ride, which was a moving simulator. It was seriously awesome. I can't even tell you how much I loved it!
After the ride, we were very hungry, so of course we went to The Three Broomsticks. There's Kit with her mouth full of Turkey leg.
After eating we went over to Ollivander's Wand Shop where Reagan (my younger daughter) was selected to pick out a wand. Ollivander did a presentation where she got to try out different wands to see which was a good fit for her. This was fantastic! I swear, she was convinced that she was actually performing spells. It was perfect! Then we all went into the wand shop and the kids got wands!
and we saw lots of awesome things like Quidditch supplies, Omnioculars, and The Monster Book of Monsters!!
Later that evening, we went back to the castle, and the wait for the ride was so much less. We only had to wait about 20 min before getting on the ride. And look at the Castle at night. So pretty!!
The next day, we checked out the rest of Universal Studios, but at the end of the day, we came back to HP world one more time. I have to say, this is the best time to go (Around 6:00). There was no wait for the rides. Even the castle ride line is pretty quick. We rode everything a couple of more times.
And of course, got one more Butterbeer (get the frozen, it's so, so yummy!!)