Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Harry Potter World Adventure: Part 1

When Adam and I heard about the new Diagon Alley opening at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando, we knew we had to go.  We both love Harry Potter, and we've both been to the Hogsmeade section in the past (although not together).

We decided back in June to go on and book a trip for the fall. We knew it'd be a better time of year to go in order to not only avoid crowds in general, but also because then it wouldn't be quite so new. We figured the weather would be decent as well. Plus, it gave us something to look forward to during the craziness of moving and getting settled into life back in TN.

We were so excited that it was finally time to go!  We flew out after work on Friday and got there fairly late. We headed to bed, but I am like such a little kid that I had a really hard time getting to sleep!

We decided to stay in one of the Universal hotels because you were able to get into the park an hour before anyone else. This ultimately proved to be very worthwhile.

After getting into the park Saturday morning, we headed straight to Diagon Alley. We were blown away the second we saw it, but we knew to get straight on to the ride before the line got long. We virtually walked on, and it was really neat.  Then, we spent a lot of time enjoying butterbeer and exploring all of the shops and everything there was to see.  I just can't even explain how detailed everything is and how awesome it is to see it!

We soon took the train over to the Hogsmeade side (which is also new and incredibly awesome) and rode the ride in Hogwarts (along with the other two rides) and explored the area and shops before having lunch at The Three Broomsticks.  We truly felt like we were in the book - everything there feels so real!

Adam had never been to anything else in Universal, so we spent the rest of the day riding everything else in both parks. We never waited more than maybe 15 minutes or so except for the Harry Potter rides when we had to wait 30 if we were riding them anytime other than when the park first opened. We stayed until the park closed and then had dinner back at our hotel before calling it a night.

Here are some fun photos from our first day:

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