Sunday, October 7, 2012

Part Four: Disney World Trip Report this is really for my mother at this point, because I'm sure anyone else reading my blog couldn't care less about a trip that Ben and I went on like 5 months ago. But I also want to have this down for my own memory purposes or else I think I will forget everything! So here it is...Part Four:


Or I guess you can call it by it's real name, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Ben and I were both pretty darn excited to go here! It's at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, which is about 20 minutes away from the Walt Disney World Resort. Our tickets included a shuttle from our hotel to IOA and back so that was super handy. EXCEPT, Ben was feeling really sick that morning and we were running late and we almost missed our shuttle! Luckily, we ran and flagged the driver down right as he was pulling out of the driveway.

We headed straight over to Hogwarts Castle, because we knew it was the most popular ride and didn't want to have too much of a line. Well, we definitely lucked out... there was no line at all! We got there pretty early in the morning and it was Mother's Day, so we think that's why it wasn't busy at all. We walked right on the ride! This was SLIGHTLY disappointing because they have made the queue for that ride so cool, and we barely got to look at any of it. The queue, with no line at all, still takes you about 10 minutes to walk through the whole thing. I can't imagine waiting in line in that! ugh!

 So then we rode The Forbidden Journey inside the Castle, and let me tell you, it is probably my new all-time favorite ride!! It's so fun! It's like a mixture of Soarin' Over California, a classic-Disney dark ride, and and Matterhorn! haha. There was one spot that I didn't love alot though. It was a room with a ton of spiders that get up in your face and spit things on you... Luckily, that's exactly the section they take a picture of you!

I look like I'm having a lot of fun, right?
After the castle, we headed down to some shops. We rode the Dueling Dragons, which is a pretty standard roller coaster and after that we...drank...BUTTERBEER!!!!

I was pretty nervous about Butterbeer. I thought it was going to be just like cream soda, and I hate cream soda. But let me tell you, it is seriously one of the best tasting drinks I've ever had! So So So good! And the cream on top just makes it!

We loved it!
We walked around Honeydukes and Zonkos and I bought a Cauldron cake, cause who didn't always want to try a Cauldron cake every time they talked about it in the movies?!

Eating my Cauldron Cake!
Ben's new all-time favorite picture of me...

We left Harry Potter and went to some other areas of IOA, but then came back and at lunch at The Three Broomsticks...and then we drank more Butterbeer. Oh yes.

Inside the Three Broomsticks!

After lunch, we were both so tired, and Ben wasn't feeling well, so we decided to head home early around 1pm. We loved Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and I am really really excited they are putting one in at California's Universal Studios, because it is definitely something I want to do again!

Small note - if you aren't interested in riding all of the other rollercoasters at Universal Studios, and only want to do Harry Potter - don't plan to be there all day. Harry Potter World is relatively small, and can easily be done in half a day. Even with lines for the rides, I think we maybe would have only been there another hour and a half or so.
Full-Street View!
So we headed back to our resort, and just had a lazy day watching T.V. and relaxing in our hotel room! It was actually a really great day to recuperate half-way through our trip and get ready for the next few days!

Check out Part Five - Coming Soon!

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