Harry Pottery Land
On Wednesday, I took my daughter to Universal for the day using our season passes that my mother so graciously purchased for us at the beginning of the year! =)
First we hit the long line for Harry Potter Land a/k/a The Wizarding World of Harry Pottery……..
The projected wait time for the line to get in was approximately 30-45 minutes, however it moved along pretty quickly and took a little less then 30 minutes to reach the entrance to Hogsmeads Village.
Along the way we saw many great views of Hogswarts Castle & Hogsmeads Village……….
We headed straight for Hogswarts Castle and the line for the Forbidden Journey ride.
While in line we went through the Herbology Class Room as seen in the above picture and came upon the Mandrake “Screeching” Plant behind cages.
Than we headed inside, finally!
The line went rather quickly from this point so I did not get to spend as much time in certain areas as I would have liked so I could have gotten some better photos, but I did get the ones below that were pretty cool. It was like I was really in Hogswarts Castle.
The ride was AMAZING! Very realistic, like we were flying around the entire castle (in and out). So realistic I started to get a little sick in fact as I usually don’t do good on these types of rides but I just had to see it.
Next, we headed to a small rollercoaster ride next to the castle that featured more from the Harry Potter movies…..
After the ride we headed towards Hogsmeads Village to hit the stores.
I would have tried the Pumpkin Juice as I love everything “pumpkin” but it was a bit pricey at $5.99 a bottle so didn’t as I got my daughter a bag of candy instead from Honeydukes. It was extremely overprices at $8+, but very good and my daughter enjoyed it so that is what is important.
After leaving Harry Potter Land we had lunch that we got at Publix before we got to Universal. I got 1/2 a wholegrain turkey and cheese sub with mayo, lettuce, tomato & pickle………..YUM! This sub is one of my favorites. It is great to take to the beach or pool, something about eating it on hot days, it taste greats.
We hit a few more “water” rides around Islands of Adventure, as it was HOT out there! Than we got a huge lemon icee to share, to help us cool down. It was as good as it looks! And, I did not feel the least bit guilty having it as I WALKED A LOT in the hot sun all day so I knew I could indulge a bit.
I also had a juicy peach while my daughter played at one of the many water play areas they have in the park.
We left around 4pm after spending approximately 6 hours in the park and having the “sunburns” to prove it. That night I made a simple dinner, over loaded (literally) burritos.
It was a GREAT DAY all and all! I was very happy to share the entire day with my daughter as these days have been so hectic that I feel I just do not get the “quality time” I should with her so it felt great to do that finally after a long and crazy busy summer.
Oh, and I highly recommend visiting Universal Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Pottery, you will not be disappointed I assure you! =)