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The Wizarding World Comes to Life!

August 4, 2010

I did what I threatened! I went to Orlando! I went to “Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure”! I wore my hand-made Gryffindor House scarf! I waited over an hour in line! And I got into “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”.

First of all, let me just state that, whether you are a fan of the books, or the films, or both, or neither, you will enjoy this section of the park! And because I don’t want to spoil any of the fun for you, I will not post any pictures of it! But I will tell you a bit about it!

THINGS TO KNOW:

1. I’m not sure if this is coincidence or not, but, when I went to the park on a Friday, you had to stand in line for a good hour, or longer, just to be admitted to that section of the park. When I went there the following day, a Saturday, I had no problem getting in.

2. At this point, lines for the rides are MURDER. Especially for “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”. And due to the utterly RIDICULOUS heat wave we have down here in Florida at the moment, it is hot as you-know-where. So bring WATER. But the long lines are worth it. If you are buying water in the park, DO NOT BUY IT IN THE WIZARDING WORLD! Buy it from the street vendors you’ll see as you cross the bridge leading to the gates of “Islands of Adventure”. It’s less cost for more water.

3. Yes, I would recommend you try both the Pumpkin Juice and the Butterbeer. (IMHO, the Pumpkin Juice is a bit better, but that may be due to the fact that I am biased in favor of a drink that comes in a very cool-looking bottle. And tastes like pie.)

4.The Butterbeer Souvenir Glass is an additional $7-$8. It is plastic, but it is of good quality and is top-rack dishwasher safe! =) (Not that I’ll be using/washing mine again anytime soon!)

5. If you are buying a frothy beverage of the drunk-making variety (ha ha), they sell beer steins with the “The Hog’s Head” emblem inside “The Three Broomsticks”.

6. Looking to get a wand at “Ollivanders”? Be advised: this line is worse than the line for “Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey”. This is due to the fact that they only allow groups of 30 people at a time in. I won’t say why; that’d ruin the surprise, but it is worth it. Wands run from $30 and up.

7. “The Three Broomsticks” is good eating at a reasonable price, albeit a bit of a crowded setting. But then, so it was in the book. It’s located right next door to “The Hog’s Head”, for those of us over the ripe old age of 21.

8. There is one set of Restrooms in this area of the park, known as the “Public Conveniences”. Almost as crowded as the shops.

9. Yes, “Dervish and Banges” is attached to “Ollivanders”, and yes, there is still a line to get in.

10. The first things they run out of? Anything under $10 with Gryffindor’s emblem on it (it took me two days just to find a keychain, and that was only because I was VERY lucky), Dumbledore’s wand, and the non-light-up version of Voldemort’s (alternately known as He-Who-Must-Not-Oh-Bother-It-His-Name’s-Voldemort-Don’t-Be-A-Sissy’s) wand.

11. Every shp, every ride, is WELL WORTH THE WAIT IN LINE!, however long that may be.

12. “Honeydukes” may be overly stimulating to the mind and sweet tooth of children under six (or anyone who’s ever eaten a Chocolate Frog).

13. For most of the rides, they require that you store your accoutrements in a locker. It’s free for the first hour. Then it’s $3 for each additional HALF-hour. So bring a couple bucks in your pocket when you go on a ride. You never know if a ride may shut down or if the wait will be extended. PLEASE do this!

14. If you can fit our camera SAFELY in your pocket for “The Forbidden Journey” and “Dragon Challenge”, do so! The designers included some VERY cool props for the visitors to view while they wait in line (or as they dash madly to catch up with the end of the line, as may be the case on the “Dragon Challenge”).

15. PACK LIGHT, especially if travelling with a group. Remember the aforementioned Lockers-From-Hell? The fewer lockers needed to cram everyone’s stuff into, the better.

16. The Frog Chorus can, in fact, carry a tune.

That’s all I can tell you. It is WORTH the trip, and WORTH all the wait time, for die-hard fans and newcomers alike to see and experience this park! DO NOT MISS IT!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 5, 2010 9:42 am

    Awesome!…. T-T i wanna go.

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