We are big fans of Harry Potter in our house! We have read all the books, listened to the audiobooks and have seen all the movies ...so of course we would plan a day to Universal Studios to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I live in Central Florida, so it didn't require serious planning, just a synchronizing of schedules. We decided to wait until mid afternoon to go, in hopes that visitors who had been there all the day would be heading home. We tried to pick a cooler day, but there is no such thing in a Florida summer!
Before going, we knew exactly what we wanted to do in the park. Riding the Forbidden Journey was top on the list. When we got to the castle to get in line, we were informed the ride was broken and they could not predict when it would re-open. Not a promising start.
|Enjoying a glass of butterbeer|
|Standing in front of the Hogwart's Express|
Determined not to leave until I rode the Forbidden Journey, we visited the rest of the park with hope that the ride would be repaired before the park closed. We weren't the only ones with this idea. Once the ride was operating again, we waited in line for 2 hours. It was an awesome ride and we had a lot of time for family bonding as we snaked through the endless roped paths.
Despite the heat and crowds I am glad I got to experience a place I had only visited in books or movies. Even if it is make believe.
|Trying on silly hats in Zonkos|
Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Do you have any favorite characters?