Hm… I have done plenty of Harry Potter posts haven’t I? I try to keep this blog centered mainly on anything Asian and my drama addiction, but I also can’t help it if I delve into my other addiction with a British wizard.
Anyways – just want to say that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is pretty f-ing awesome. It’s a small section of Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, and for any fan out there, it’s almost like a must to visit. It’s quite authentic in its replica of Hogsmeade – I do feel like I’m stepping right into the movies. It’s a small mix of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade stores, but I think any fan can forgive the discrepancies in that. Hogwarts Castle is A-MA-ZING. And huge. It houses the one ride that I think is the best out of the entire Islands of Adventure theme park (although the Incredible Hulk roller coaster and Spider Man Adventure ride come in as close seconds). There’s also the Flight of the Hippogriff, which is a mini roller coaster that just spins around in circles, and the Dragon Challenge, meant to replicate the Dragon Task set during the Triwizard Tournament and has two trains of passengers go at the ride at the same time, parallel to each other. You swoop and swivel around, and you even come just a couple of feet away from the other train, your feet nearly touching the other. Pretty freaky. Pretty fun.
Other things to note: you can buy so many souvenirs and collectibles there it’s crazy. Butterbeer doesn’t taste as good as I thought it would taste. Everyone goes to Harry Potter World – the other places in Islands of Adventure are virtually empty, and there are no long lines for the other rides. Even Universal Studios closes earlier than Islands of Adventure (which was not the case a year ago).
When people go to Harry Potter land, everyone’s inner child comes out, and there’s no denying it.