Wizarding World of Harry Potter

1.19.2012

This might be slightly dramatic, but.. dreams really do come true!

Mel and I woke up at 5am on Sunday morning to head 3 hours down to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Our excitement far overshadowed the fact that the stars were still out and we only slept for a few hours. We chatted, sang and occasionally squealed (ok, fine- that was just me) the entire way down to Orlando.

The park was everything I'd hoped it would be. Both Mel and Matthew had voiced their concern that I might have had absurdly high expectations and were worried that I might be disappointed, but I was not. I mean. A theme park devoted to Harry Potter.. where's bad? How could I possibly be disappointed? I build up everything in my mind and am rarely ever disappointed. I don't allow it.

Once we made it into the park we hopped on a big green roller coaster to kick the day off and then found our way to Harry Potter. I still can't believe how detailed the park was. It felt like nothing was left out.. every corner of the place had some reference to the books and movies.

We had fish and chips in the Three Broomsticks along with a large glass of butterbeer (which was phenomenal, by the way.) We walked through Hogsmeade and shopped in little stores like Zonkos and Honeydukes. We road the dragon roller coaster and the half ride half virtual reality type thing in Hogwarts. I want to go back. Badly.

Mel was suuuuuch a good friend to make the trip with me. She really did it for me because she isn't the diehard Potter fan that I am. She did love it though, which is great. Plus, I went on not 1, but 2 roller coasters with her.. screaming before the cars even went over the first drop.. I'm so embarrassing.

31 comments:

  1. I'm not a HP fan, but that place does look cool. I like the sound of bubblebeer and those candy jars are just to die for.

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  2. oh wow looks like fun, and i wnat to go to that sewwt shop!

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  3. i want to go to this so badly! it looks amazing!

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  4. Ahhh this looks awesome. I am not a die hard fan, but just experiencing this looks AWESOME. Basically I hope you can feel my jealousy through this comment
    -Alyssa

    www.pinchoflyss.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow, this looks amaaaazing! I'd love to go there. Wonderful photos, too!
    xx. Jillian

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  6. I live a good hour/hour and a half from this place, have read every Harry Potter book, seen all the movies, and STILL haven't made it to this park yet! I don't know why I've been holding off, but these pictures make me reaaally want to go now!

    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  7. these are great photos!!! I was just at the same place for vacation a few weeks ago. It was so amazing to feel like you were IN the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. your post is making me want to go back so bad!!!

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  8. OH. MY. GOODNESS!! i want to go there so bad!! I am in the process of bribing my Fiance into going here for our honeymoon!! You are so lucky!!

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  9. Ohhhh I am trying to go there asap! Gah. Your pics are lovely!

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  10. Sarah!! I'm so glad you found my blog so that I could find yours! It is absolutely gorgeous. I'm so excited to stick around for a while and visit again often. If you ever want to do guest post swaps, let me know! I'm trying to get my lil' blog going, and I love having yours as inspiration. Thanks again, so much!

    Jessi

    cherishinghopesanddreams.blogspot.com

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  11. i am plotting my return to this place! we didn't go into any stores last time because there were looooong lines just to go in, but i want to see those candy jars in person! so glad you had a *magical* day! :)

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  12. Harry Potter land is amazing! I went there this same time last year with my husband and just couldnt get over how great it was. We both geeked out.

    Most of our pictures were of the tops of things too, because there were just SO many people. But it was all worth it.

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  14. That looks like so much fun! Did you go into Scrivenshaft's at all? Or is it even possible?

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  15. That’s a dream of mine to go there! I’m so jealous! ;) Glad it met your expectations. :)

    Victoria Horea @ mylittlelessonslearned.blogspot.com

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  16. I'm squeeling just looking at these photos!!! How aweeeeesome! I think I'll forever be jealous of your life!

    BTW, I love the new header!

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  17. THIS. IS. FREAKINGGGG. AWESOME. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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  18. I just came across your blog, because my best friend saw this post and immediately posted it in a comment on my blog. This looks like such a great trip! I can't wait until I go, I'm a diehard HP fan!

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  19. I've been wanting to go there since it opened! Lucky!

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  20. oh my gosh!! i want to go there so bad! looks amazing!

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  21. I'm very jealous of you right now. I've been trying to go here for ages. I'm worried I might cry though lol

    -Arielle
    www.humblepievintage.com

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  22. Oh My GOSH!! HOW COOL IS THAT???
    I love this!
    Love from Bailey of Vanilla Blonde

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  23. This is SO cool! The snow even looks real!

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  24. COOL. JEALOUS. WANT TO GO.

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  25. everything in me is jealous right now.

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  26. i didn't know about the existence of this park... it's amazing how they create any kind of world! hope you enjoyed :)

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