Friday, November 30, 2012

Disneymoon Adventures: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

So of course, because we're us, we had to take a little break from Disney for a morning to head over to that other little magical place in Orlando...

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

We promised ourselves that we would literally only visit this one section of Islands of Adventure so we could get back to Disney as quickly as possible.  We hung around long enough to ride both of the big rides, send a postcard via Owl Post, try some butterbeer, and grab lunch at The Three Broomsticks.  And also take a ton of pictures!

This was a really awesome park, honestly.  However, my advice to die-hard Potterheads like us who visit this park- remember that it's based on the movies and therefore the employees have a limited range of details that they're knowledgeable about (not that Universal is anywhere near as in-character as Disney, but they sure try awful hard).  For example: as you see above, U-NO-POO and other Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes are being sold in Zonko's.  Mr. Geek asked a salesperson, "How'd y'all manage to start selling Weasley products here?" and she responded with a confused, "Uh, I think we carry a couple...?"  Yeah.  She had no idea what he was talking about.  And while the ride inside Hogwarts was really thrilling and super fun, I couldn't help but think, "Gee that was unrealistic."  You know, in terms of canon.  Urgh, I'm ridiculous.  My point is, don't get too caught up in the details or you'll just get frustrated.

Anyway it was fantastic!  We geeked out the whole time!  After we took pictures next to our House banners, somebody asked if we wanted a picture together.  The Gryffindor and Slytherin banners were hanging together, and the Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw banners were hanging together.  We looked at each other for half a second, then back at the kind stranger, and said, simultaneously, "No thanks."

Yeah, we're total nerds.

What's your favorite bit of the Wizarding World?

Much love,
The Geeks

*all photos are personal*

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