Friday, July 16, 2010

Harry Potter--Universal Studios

After 7 days of Disneyworld, we hit Universal Studios.  Our main focus was to see the new Harry Potter section of the park.  

I'll confess, I haven't read the books, but they are definitely on my list now.  Gunner and the girls have read them, and even Junior knows all about Harry Potter.  

Inside the castle is the coolest ride!  I think I did most of the ride with my mouth open, I was so shocked at what I was seeing.  Great ride.  (It's a little intense as a girl passed out on the ride not long after we got off, so they had to shut the ride down for a bit.)
Abs took her Harry Potter costume and several people stopped us and wanted to know where we got it.  (Ummmm......Current outlet for about $7.)

Abs enjoying a butter beer.
Abs with the singing toad choir or something like that.

Junior in front of Hagrad's house.

Abs in front of the Hogwarts Express.

The whole area only had a few rides, but lots of shops.  Em was in a wheelchair this day and unable to walk at all, so we didn't go inside any of the shops because of the masses of people.

They had a wand experience that my kids really wanted to do, but the wait was several hours and then you still had to wait in line outside of  Ollivander's.  Next time I would add the wand experience as the older two were willing to wait hours for that.

I really wish I had read the books before we went there, but I just had a few million other things to do.'s overly priced to get in, the crowds are overwhelming, the heat and humidity is outrageous, but my kids, who are huge Harry Potter fans, loved the experience.  

P.S. The butter beer was good and the pumpkin juice was great as well!  

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Julie the Army Wife said...

That looks like so much fun!!!

Just a Girl said...

Oh, I'm so jealous you went there. It looks like you guys had a great time!

Amber said...

So very cool! I watched a special on the ride, and it was suppose to be awesome! It looks and sounds like it from your post!

DB said...

Great pics! Maybe I'll go there soon...

Mary Madeline said...

So jealous!!!!! We are planning a trip just to see that!! Haven't read the books, but I've seen all the movies!!!

dutchgirl (Ellen) said...

Awesome! I loved the books myself and I can't wait until my kiddo is old enough to read them and enjoy them. And I'm a sucker for rides too, we will have to go!