This past December, I had the privilege of visiting FLORIDA with my hubs and my family. It. Was. Awesome. Most favourite part ever?
THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!
While I’d love to recap everything that we did on the trip, when it came time for my WITCH WEEK, I thought it would be the perfect time to show some pictures of everyone’s favourite place for witches and wizards. I mean, who DOESN’T think of Harry Potter when they think of witches?
When we first got to Universal Studios, we had to wait almost an hour until we were allowed in the park. I had read some books about how you had to get there EARLY in order to get all the rides in. And when it came to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Well, we made sure we were there SUPER early.
Once the gates were open, the park guards led us to the Wizarding World. We were allowed to walk behind him — not to run ahead of him — and eventually (this park is way in the back) we made it!
OK, not by the Hogwarts Express, but we made it nonetheless.
The FIRST thing we had to do was get in line for the rides! I was so unbelievably excited for The Forbidden Journey ride and heard that the wait times could be up to 3 hours for it, so we had to make sure to get on it ASAP. While I don’t have any pictures of it, mainly because it was super dark inside of Hogwarts and we couldn’t take video on the ride, it was the most amazing ride EVER. I wish I could ride it over and over again. It was fast, fun, SCARY, and full of so much Harry Potter goodness! Out of the few rides in the park, this was my favourite.
Of course, after the ride, I had to get myself a Butter Beer.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but Butter Beer rocks. It was about a thousand degrees outside, so getting a FROZEN Butter Beer was the most perfect thing. While I drank it, hubs and I took turns going through the single line for The Forbidden Journey, so we could experience it again. Single riding = best thing ever.
I took some videos while I was there, but they seem to be lost somewhere on my computer AND I’m betting that there’s some sort of copyright or something if I showed them. However, while hubs was on the ride and I was enjoying the Butter Beer a show came by! It was the TriWizard Spirit Rally. Very cool to watch!
One thing I would have LOVED to do was step inside Ollivander’s, but the line up was HUGE! We did settle on going into Dervish and Banges and looked at all the magical things and various Harry Potter memorabilia. We didn’t buy anything but it was all so tempting! We also looked through Zonkos and Honeydukes. So much fun!
We also wandered through the Three Broomsticks, which looks EXACTLY like it does in the movie!
In the end, I think hubs and I each rode The Forbidden Journey three times each, did Dragon’s Challenge (both rollercoasters), the Flight of the Hippogriff (where we saw Hagrid’s hut!); we had a Butter Beer, looked at the chocolate frogs, and watched magic in the store windows, and; we took tons and tons of pictures. One another one of our days, we did go back to the park, but the main ride was CLOSED, so we ended up taking more pictures and riding some of the other rides in the park — even though it’s hard to spend time in the rest of the park when something as COOL as the Wizarding World exists!
This was one of my favourite experiences EVER and I wish I could go back once a month to experience it! Or, at least, to take even more pictures! If you ever, EVER get a chance to go to Florida, be sure to visit the Wizarding World! Get there early so you can experience EVERYTHING!
Butter beer, anyone?
If there could be any element from a Harry Potter movie or book added to the park, what would you add?
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