I’ve read all seven Harry Potter books twice. I have seen all eight Harry Potter movies. I also recently read and reviewed J. K. Rowling’s newest book, The Casual Vacancy, not that it’s Harry Potter related, but I guess in a tiny way. . .
Anyway, I’m a Harry Potter fan, but not a Harry Potter obsessor (although I think the books were genius and I did dress like Hermione for Halloween last year).
When I lived in Florida, I was only a short distance from Orlando. Therefore, I was able to check out the fabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Studios. And it totally was fabulous!
The Hogwarts Express is at the entrance, once you pass through the gates that say “Please respect the spell limits.” If you’re lucky, the conductor will be around to pose with you!
Oh, you need to use the bathroom while at Hogsmeade? Go ahead, and while you’re in there, you can listen to Moaning Myrtle whining away.
Make sure you try a butterbeer (it’s nonalcoholic, people!), frozen or not (although frozen is my favorite!) and check out the Dragon Challenge rollercoaster (formerly Dueling Dragons, so same concept just more castle-type decorations on your way in).
The castle is amazing, and worth going through for the ride (The Forbidden Journey) as well as going through it at least one more time to slow down and really take in all of the majesty of the castle itself. Check out the link for the ride, if you’re interested, because there are pictures of some of the cool items in the castle.
Have you been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Is it a trip you plan to take?
Come back soon to check out my next post on the my experience with the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in London! Yup, I’ve been there, too!
Thanks for reading,