May 4, 2015 § 1 Comment
Harry Potter readers are the luckiest readers in existence- who else gets to travel into the world of their favorite stories so vividly? It’s a dream. When we celebrated my grandmother’s birthday, we also took her to Universal Studios to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. She’s been a loyal fan since J.K. Rowling published the first book. So it was pretty cute and super special. My aunt (also a HP lover) came with and it was, as you’d expect, like magic.
Diagon Alley is a sight to be seen. The shops are incredible. It really is another world. A world where there is music and bustle and children making things happen with their wands. (V interactive and spectacular!) Honeydukes Candy shop and the Olivander’s Wand experience were my favorite parts of the shopping. Except my card in the Chocolate Frog Package (amazing packaging all around, btw) was Salazar Slytherin. Made big drama about that. During the wand experience, someone is chosen to test out three wands. The results play out exactly as the movie, when Harry is selecting his. The effects are awesome (again, magic you just have to see), and the boy chosen was beaming! It was like he was the only one in the room. Precious. Nana ate a cone from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour & raved about it… I don’t even want to talk about Butterbeer. Too good. Ride wise, I liked Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey the best (the one in the castle). It’s life changing- really feels like you’re flying over gorgeous landscapes, playing quiddich, in the castle, etc., but it made Danny a little sick. He liked the Escape from Gringotts one better. We both thought Flight of the Hippogryph was a dud. A cute, adorable, quick little dud of a roller coaster. The Hogwartz Express between Hogsmeade and London’s King Cross station was also very fun. My Aunt didn’t want to get off it…like ever. And how impressive is Nana? I was exhausted midway through the day, but she was just groovin’ along. The Harry Potter atmosphere is exectued so well everything else looks outdated, like they don’t even belong in the same theme park. Definitely not the same blog post… The rest of our universal trip- lots of Seuss Landing and some Marvel shots are yet to be posted. If you’re considering visiting, just go.