It's no surprise how much I love Harry Potter, and I've only been talking about this trip for months. No big deal. Sunday was everything I hoped it would be and more. Entering Diagon Alley through a brick wall, starting the morning with a frozen butterbeer at 10 a.m., browsing Weasley's Wizard Weezes for fizzing wisbeys, shopping for our would-be school supplies (robes, quills, The Monster Book of Monsters and an owl to replace iMessage) followed by watching a wand choosing ceremony at Olivanders. And then there was the reenactment of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with pretty bad knock-off British accents.
We were off to platform 9 3/4 to journey to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts and lunch at The Three Broomsticks. Unfortunately the British atmosphere was thrown off my the excessive heat and humidity. The book and movie references were flowing more than pumpkin juice at the Great Feast.
I thought they did a great job of recreating the park, down to all of the copies of the Daily Prophet lying around. On one of the many blogs I read before the trip, they talked about how the team had to write all of the headlines and lay out dozens of papers on top of creating countless items in the shops. It all lived up to my expectations.
On a side note, always ride in the single riders line. Especially when the newest ride breaks down multiple time while you are waiting in line. What was supposed to only be a 75 minute wait to venture to a secret vault in Gringotts turned into a 140 minute wait in the Florida sunshine.
In case you missed my Instagram overload, here is a glimpse of the trip in photos:
But first, let me take a selfie...