Wizarding in the wonderful world of harry potter

Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

YES! Its true! We went to Harry Potter world today! Well...we went to Universal Studios Island of Adventure Park, which includes Harry Potter world, but we spent the majority of the day in Hogsmeade and Hogwarts anyway :D We got there quite early and the first thing we did was ride a hippogriff around the pumpkin patch and Hagrid's hut, because it only had a 10min wait time so why not! It was quite a fun rollecoaster, really fast and lots of turns, but only short, so a good way to start the day :D

We had a look in all the shops, they were all set up like shops in Hogsmeade and were really cool, they even had Ollivander's wand shop where 'the wand chooses you', so there was a really long line of people waiting to get into the shop so that they could get a wand perfect for them. Tom also had a better look at the shops while I went in a dragon challenge, where you 'need the courage of a triwizard tournament champion as you climb aboard 1 of 2 ferocious dragons that turn, twist, loop and nearly collide in a high speed intertwining rollercoaster chase across the sky'. and its true, you nearly do collide with the other 'dragon' and it was really quite scary! but sooo much fun, and its one of the rollercoasters where you're just hanging and we even went upside down. lots of fun :D :D :D

We then went and had lunch at the 3 broomsticks where we tried butterbeer (very yummy). After lunch we got in line for a long wait before the forbidden journey, where you 'make your way through the classrooms and corridors of hogwarts and then soar above the grounds of hogwarts' (on a broomstick, following harry and his friends) and have deatheaters jump out at you and all kinds of creepy stuff happen. BEST RIDE EVER. So much fun!!! Even Tom loved it.

We did some other stuff at the island of adventure park too...but harry potter was by far the most exciting. Oh but one of the other rides we went on got us REALLY WET. it was a ride on a barge with pop-eye and yeah we got soaked. but it was FUN.

There was also a Dr Seuss land which was quite exciting to see, but the rides were all kiddy rides.

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