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Florida Adventures + Harry Potter World!

Posted Jan 08 2013 12:10pm

Man, winter in Florida is awesome.

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On Saturday before Meghann ’s wedding, Matt and I originally talked about hitting up the Kennedy Space Center, but unfortunately realized we didn’t have enough time – apparently it’s an all day thing and we only had a few hours. So instead, we explored the nearby area! It was a beautiful day so it ended up working out.

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After exploring, we headed to Crackerjacks Seafood & Tiki Bar (recommended by Meghann & Derek in their guest wedding bag welcome letter) for a late lunch. How about this view, huh?

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I ordered the fish tacos with a side salad.

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They were AMAZING. I <3 fish tacos.

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On Sunday, Matt and I didn’t fly out of Orlando until 9 p.m., so we decided an adventure was in order. Harry Potter World was a go. :) Thanks for all the reviews/recommendations! Unfortunately we were moving a little slow after the wedding festivities, so we didn’t get there early, but we still had plenty of time to enjoy the park. We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and bought a ticket for Islands of Adventure (where Harry Potter World is)!

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Our first stop in the park was a quick lunch, and then it was straight to Hogsmeade. :)

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The park was packed but it was still really cool to walk through Hogsmeade. They did a great job making it true to the books! Loved all the cool shops.

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Look, extendable ears!

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And every flavour beans!

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The Hogwarts Express was there, too. :)

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We decided against going in the wand shop since there was a big line and you guys said it wasn’t really worth it, so from there it was on to the main event – Hogwarts and the ride inside it!

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While waiting for the ride, you get to walk through the castle. So cool! Again, great job making it like the movies. I especially loved this wall of photos – they all moved/talked, too! We also walked through Dumbledore’s office and one of the classrooms, where there were cool holographic image videos of the actual characters talking to us. Guess they filmed it specially for this park!

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The ride inside the castle was AWESOME. They used a mix of movement through the castle/real stuff and really realistic videos that had you feeling like you were actually riding on a broomstick with Harry and running from dementors. Matt and I actually came back later and rode it again (that time, we hit up the single rider line – awesome tip from you all – and were on in a flash AND still got to ride together!) since it was so fun!

Of course, we also got Butterbeer. :) Matt and I shared one and we opted for frozen – it tasted like a melted Werther’s Original! VERY sweet but tasty. :)

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It really did look like a beer – the “foam” on top was actual some sort of sugar!

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The rest of the day was filled with the other rides in the park. We rode pretty much everything, including all the water rides (thankfully we had a change of clothes in the car because going on a plane soaked would not have been fun), and left just before the park closed around 6:30 to head for the airport.

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What a fun day! :)

Do you like amusement parks? I love them – especially water parks!

p.s. Thank you so much to everyone who entered my Wasa giveaway ! I randomly selected a winner and sent their contact info to Wasa, so if it’s you, you’ll hear from them!

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