Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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(This entry is part 1 of 6 from our vacation in the Western Caribbean & Florida.
View the other entries here: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)

After spending our vacation on the high seas with miles of endless blue ocean around us, I admit it’s a little sad to return back to Arizona’s endless desert with no ocean in sight! But at least the ground is stable. I’m still trying to adjust to not having the ground beneath my feet gentling swaying to the ocean every few minutes.

For our latest adventure, we cruised the Western Caribbean & spent an extra day in Florida indulging in my Harry Potter-craze. Here is our visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, the 1st entry of this 6 part adventure.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardy, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

We arrived at the entrance of Islands of Adventure shortly after the gates opened, knowing that Harry Potter would be rapidly filling with other er, Muggles, as the day progressed.

Welcome to Hogsmeade sign, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
Eeeeee! Welcome to Hogsmeade!

Snow roofs of Hogsmeade, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
This is the morning crowd. Now imagine that tripling for the afternoon.

Being there at the opening time is definitely the way to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The lines were 5-10 minutes long, sometimes even less. We were able to get on the Dragon Challenge ride a few times. By the time 11 AM rolled around, all of the lines to the rides were 60 minutes long.

Honeydukes storefront in Hogsmeade, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
Honeydukes! They had every sweet mentioned in the books from Blood Pops to Cauldron Cakes

U-No-Poo chocolate candy at Honeydukes in Hosgmeade, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
I definitely don’t need this….

Ton Tongue Toffee, candy in honeydukes in Hogsmeade, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

Hogwarts and Hogsmeade signs, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

Leonids in front of Hogwarts castle School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
There’s a TROOOOLL! Thought you ought to know.

Hogwarts castle school of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

Frozen Butterbeer in a cup, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
Frozen Butterbeer is SOOOO delicious!

Snow roofs of Hogsmeade from bridge, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

World of HP is a lot smaller than I expected but it was still pretty amazing to see something from my childhood in life-size form.

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurant, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

Jerk chicken and rice from Jimmy Buffet's Maragitaville restaurant, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

We explored the rest of Islands of Adventure after World of HP & lunching at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville:

Statue in Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

Entrance to Jurassic Park, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

Leonids in front of t-rex, tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur in Jurassic Park, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
Unsuspecting husband/victim…

Christmas store in Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
I’m always immediately drawn to anything Christmas related. Of course we had to go inside this store!

Atlantis, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
On a whim, we decided to do the walking tour of Atlantis. It looks so promising on the outside but inside… I felt like I had stepped into a really bad fantasy movie from the 1980′s, like Willow, but worse.

Read on to Part 2 of 6 of our Western Caribbean adventure!

1 Comment

  1. Stacy | May 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm
     

    Eee, so exciting to see pictures from Harry Potter World! I still want to go so bad!
    Islands of Adventure is pretty awesome. Aah, I miss Orlando :(

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