Friday, February 18, 2011

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We went to Orlando, Florida the week of Thanksgiving 2010. It was very crowded, but I don't think there is a time when it isn't. I would use the words "less crowded" when school is in session. We bought our tickets at the park because we wanted flexibility and you really can't save that much if you are planning on visiting Universal and Disney World because they don't combine the parks in deals. We bought the 3 day park to park tickets for Universal and Islands of Adventure. The parks are right next to each other, so park to park makes sense. We went there the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th days of our trip. The 2nd and 7th days we spent at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Islands of Adventure park.

The Hogwarts Express at the entrance to Harry Potter Land.

The village of Hogsmeade.

Ollivanders Wand Shop.


Looking back in the opposite direction.

The singing frogs

The feel of the park is very Harry. It was like stepping into the books. There are many shop fronts that look real, but the only ones you can actually go in are: Honeydukes (the candy shop), Zonko's (the joke shop), and Dervish and Banges (t-shirts, misc. and where you buy your wand after leaving the show in Ollivanders). The line for Ollivanders is very slow, so be prepared to wait a long time. I think we waited about 45 minutes. The show itself isn't that great, but you've got to do it if you've come all the way to Harry Potter land. Tomorrow I'll review the rides at The Wizarding World.

The bathrooms are divine (you know how I feel about a nice bathroom). Moaning Myrtle keeps you company while you go about your business.

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