We may have had a to save a chilly, rainy day in Tybee Island, but the next day? The next day was freaking HARRY POTTER WORLD DAY.
You guys. I don't even have the words. HP is one of my favorite book series of all time. When I was commuting to college in Chicago, my classes would finish for the week, and I would have to race to the Metra to get out to my car in Elburn. There was seriously nothing better than spending that hour an half on the train reading Harry Potter uninterrupted, with lots of snacks.
I never got into the HP movies, so going to the theme park was my first chance to see it all come to life. The following post will contain way too many pictures and absolutely no cares. You've been warned.
The first thing we did was board the Hogwarts Express going to Kings Cross Station in London (platform 9 3/4, of course).
We were guided into a train car with a few other passengers and off we went. As the train took us from one park to the other, the screens (strategically placed as train car doors and windows) came to life, along with special effects, making it seem like we were on our way to Hogwarts with the students. (There is a Youtube channel with tons of videos of Harry Potter World here).
Kings Cross - London
I thought people were exaggerating when they said Diagon Alley is really hidden, but we had to walk around 'London' a couple of times before finding the entrance. Once inside, there was so much to take in! Owls were coming and going. A giant dragon was breathing fire down on the crowd. And kids were using their interactive wands to make statues spray water and window displays put on a show.
Our mission was window shopping and Butter Beer.
Don't be fooled by the picture, it took hours of waiting to get on the ride. But alas, it was awesome. My personal favorite! After exiting, we ventured into Knockturn Alley for for the 'darker arts'.
I was so glad we saved Hogsmeade for the evening, so I could see Hogwarts Castle all lit up. Waiting in line for this ride is definitely not boring. You're taken on a tour through Hogwarts, and every room has more to look at than you can even keep up with. Ron, Harry, and Hermione appear every now and then in holographic form and build the story.
The tour includes: the dungeon, greenhouse, Dumbledore's office, Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom, the Sorting Hat, Gryffindor Common Rooms, and finally the 'Enchanted Benches' that take you on the Forbidden Journey ride. You can read a ridiculously detailed account of the ride here.
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