Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Honeymoon Day 6

Day 6 of our Honeymoon was probably by far my favorite day of the trip. We were done at Disney World and now it was time to move onto Universal Studios! So why was this day my favorite day of our trip? 6 words...The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When we arrived at Universal Studios that morning, we pretty much ran straight over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Everything that I read online said that if you don't go there first thing and get on some of the rides, you will be waiting in line for hours, so we took that advice and made it our first stop. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when we finally got there. I couldn't believe how life like it was. It seriously felt like we had just stepped into Hogsmeade. They really put you into that town. 

Our first stop once we were there was at Hogwarts to do the Forbidden Journey ride. I think we only had to wait about 15 minutes for this one. All I can say is wow! This was by far my favorite ride of the whole trip. It was so realistic and it really made you feel like you were flying with them. It was nuts! We got off the ride and I immediately wanted to do it again, but the wait time was over an hour at that point so we decided against it. We did however go on the walking tour of Hogwarts. It takes you through the castle so that you can see more of what you missed while you were standing in line. 

And of course, we had to stop and pose for some pictures outside of Hogwarts!

After we were done at Hogwarts we went and stood in line for Olivander's Wand Shop! The line was pretty long, but we knew that was going to happen, so we stood in line anyways. It was worth it. Once you are in Olivander's they actually choose someone out of the crowd to demonstrate how a wand picks the Wizard or Witch. It was very cool. I was bummed that I wasn't selected of course, but it was still a very cool thing to watch. And yes, we did buy wands for ourselves and a few family members while we were there!

After Olivander's we went into Dervish and Banges where we bought some of our souvenirs, like my Gryffindor scarf and Aran's Gryffindor tie. We also went into Honeydukes where we purchased a Chocolate Frog and some Peppermint Toads! And yes, in case you are wondering, the Chocolate Frog does come with a trading card just like in the movie! And I got Albus Dumbledore! We also went into Zonko's joke shop. We didn't buy anything there, but they had a lot of the stuff from the movie like the Weasley's Extendable Ears and even a Wizard's Chess set like the one they play with in the movies. 

After looking around in all of the shops we decided to head over to the Three Broomsticks for lunch! We ordered fish and chips along with some Pumpkin Juice and some Butter Beer!! We were really excited to try the Butter Beer! And it didn't disappoint! It was freaking amazing!! I can't even really describe what it tasted like, but it was delicious and I wish that I could get some here in CO.

 Another tip for anyone who may be going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, if you are wanting Butter Beer, don't stand in line at the Butter Beer carts outside. You will be waiting there for a good twenty minutes or so. You can go into the Three Broomstick or to Hogs Head Pub, which is connected to the Three Broomsticks and walk right up to the counter and order. No wait at all!

After lunch, we walked around for a little bit more just looking at everything. The Hogwarts Express was one of my favorite things there. It was so cool to see it up close. And I loved that they had a Hogwarts students luggage sitting there. It just made it feel that much more real!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was absolutely amazing. So amazing that I didn't want to leave. I was ready to enroll at Hogwarts just so that I could stay. Aran pretty much had to drag me out of there. The atmosphere was amazing and it really felt like you were part of the whole Harry Potter world. And this entire experience was by far my favorite part of the whole trip! I can't wait to go back and experience it all over again!



  1. Wow it is crazy what they can do there! Everything looks awesome! And that food looked delicious!

  2. I am so jealous! That looks like it was so much fun,I can't wait to go and either take my kids or ditch them with grandparents and fly solo. 11 was a devastating year when I didn't get my letter.

  3. My BFF was JUST telling me about how she loved this part of Universal. I'm not into Harry Potter, just never read/watched but this makes me want to! LOL


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