Adventures

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter…

Boo and I woke up the first day of our Orlando vacation and could barely contain our excitement!! My oldest son was scheduled to work at Epcot that day, so Boo and I decided to go to Universal Studios. Earlier that week, after many long years of waiting, our acceptance letter to Hogwarts had finally arrived!!

We were so excited it was difficult to eat breakfast…. We ate and dressed in record time and before we knew it we were in line behind some Muggles waiting to board the Knight Bus and transport ourselves to Diagon Alley to prepare ourselves for entering Hogwarts!!!!

We arrived at Universal prepared with wands in hand! Boo showed  his excellent skill in magical spells when he had a wand duel with the security guard at the entrance who whipped out his own wand and challenged Boo… Boo was so proud that he was able to cast a freezing spell over the guard and save his mama!!!

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Universal Studios Florida

We got to Universal early and there were hoards of Muggles waiting to get into the park.  As they opened the gate we all spilled inside and Boo grabbed my hand tightly, “Where’s Harry Mama!?! Where’s Harry?” We quickly dipped inside the Despicable Me ride, which was super cute and Boo loved. Soon as we got done with it though he squeezed my hand and said, “Harry Potter Mama!!!”

We asked a kind employee where we could find Diagon Alley and he directed us to head towards London. We knew when we got there…. It felt like being on the streets of London and Boo had great fun playing in one of their signature phone booths… We visited with the Knight Bus driver who kindly showed us the secret entrance to Diagon Alley….. walking into Diagon Alley was truly one of the most magical moments I have been blessed to have with my son…. Suddenly we were immersed within Harry Potter’s world…. Our eyes feasted on everything we imagined when we read the books and saw the movies…. It was real. It was magical. It was a dream come true!

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Having fun chatting with the Knight Bus driver and playing at a London phone Booth…

We had the time of our lives gathering supplies in Diagon Alley. From wands to golden snitches, everything from the wizarding world was at our fingertips….

Boo giggled with excitement when we saw HoneyDukes! Just like Ron and Harry, he loaded up on Chocolate Frogs and Exploding Bon Bons!

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Chocolate Frogs and Exploding Bon Bons at HoneyDukes and yummy snacks at The Three Broomsticks!

After all that exploring, we needed to rest a bit and what better spot than The Leaky Cauldron!?! We sat down inside and it truly felt as if Ron, Hermaine and Harry would soon saunter in… Boo was thrilled to order a treat our literary heroes often enjoy… Butterbeer!

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Finding House Elves and enjoying Butterbeer!

This bubbly , magical drink had the look of rootbeer with a thick froth yet smelled distinctly like delicious spices…. I did not get to taste it, as Boo reminded Mama she’s diabetic ( he trys to help mama stay on track) but he LOVED it! He was so thrilled to sit and drink this and we even got him a second one a little while later. 🙂

After our break we explored more of Diagon Alley. Boo was thrilled to see the fire-breathing dragon atop Gringott’s Bank and climb into Hagrid’s motorbike!

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Boo was thrilled to ride Hagrid’s motorbike!!
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Boo LOVED the fire-breathing dragon on top of Gringott’s Bank!

We headed out the secret entrance to Diagon Alley back to London to search for King’s Cross Station and board the Hogwart’s Express!! Boarding this train was nothing short of magical! We truly felt we part of the books we have so enjoyed! I can not express the joy and thrill on my little  boys face as we magically zoomed along to Hogsmeade en route to HOGWARTS!!!

 

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Boo and Mama at Kings’ Cross Station!
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Platform 9 3/4!!! We LOVED riding the Hogwarts Express!
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Hogsmeade Station!

 

We exited the station and walked just a bit before the majestic school was before us! Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!!! Boo clutched my hand in excitement! We had ARRIVED!!!! We explored Hogwarts at great length, enjoying every nook and cranny. We marveled at Dumbledore talking to us from his study and giggled to see the sorting hat …. sorting us!

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Exploring Hogwarts was beyond exciting! 10 points to Gryffindor!!!

We wandered thru the halls of Hogwarts expecting to see Harry, Ron and Hermaine at any moment…. We left the castle and wandered around Hogsmeade a bit more and explored Dr.Suess Land at Universal  before boarding the Hogwarts Express back to London.

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We found Horton, The Cat-In-The-Hat, and The Lorax at Universal!

Boo looked so happy as he squeezed my hand and said, ” Mama can we please go back to Diagon Alley!” I was only too happy to oblige!

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Casting spells in Diagon Alley with a cheerful park employee!
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This was such an amazing day!

We spent another hour there before heading out of the park and back to our room at Disney… exhausted but happy and ready for our adventure at Disney the next day! Tune in next week to hear about our fab day at the Magic Kingdom!

I’d love to hear from my readers: If you could have one magical power what would it be?

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Hogwarts!!

 

 

191 Comments

  1. David

    Sounds like you guys had a fun fun time! As for a magic power… I’d like the ability to communicate with animals. Imagine being able to ask a bird for directions, or a fish to retrieve something you dropped in the water. Amazing!

    1. We had so much fun! I wish you hadn’t had to work so you could go with us! Communicating with animals would be an awesome magical power!! 🙂

  2. Wow! I never knew about Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I will have to gather more information about it. But one magical power I need is to travel different places with a blink of an eye! I am looking forward to your next post on the magic kingdom. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mayuri! If your new to the book series, I highly recommend reading the books before you see the movies 🙂 Traveling with a blink of an eye would definitely be a cool magical power!

  3. What a fun day! I went to universal right before that opened, so I definitely missed out. You’re lucky you get to go to Disney next!

    1. Hi Jenn! It was such a fun day!! 🙂

  4. You know, I only got into Harry Potter that Christmas 😲 worked out ok though as I got to binge watch all the films instead of having to wait like everyone back in the day 😂 great post, I would love love love to go sometime!

    1. Hi! I hope you get to go one day! It was so awesome and felt like we had stepped into the pages of the books! 🙂

  5. Ahh I love Harry Potter World! I have only spent a day there {from open to close}, and I don’t think it’s enough time to fully appreciate the beauty and the detail of the park. I would love to go back sometime soon! If I could have one superpower, I think it would be the ability to heal. That would be pretty cool!

    1. Hi Larissa! We would love to be able to go back one day too! The ability to heal would be a great superpower! 🙂

  6. This is so exciting, looks like so much fun. I totally enjoy going to amusement parks its my favorite thing to do in the summertime.Thanks for sharing your experience through the photos as well.

    1. Hi Chastity! We love theme parks too!! I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  7. Looks like you had an amazing time. My boys would be in heaven with trips like this.

    1. Hi Carrie! We totally had an amazing time! BEST TRIP EVER! 🙂

  8. Marina

    I’ve always been obsessed with Harry Potter! I cannot wait to take my son there when he’s older. Looks like so much fun!

    1. Marina you and your son will have so much fun here!

  9. Oooh – I’ve still never been to Universal Studios (or any of the Florida theme parks for that matter) and I’m so jealous!! It looks like you guys had the most amazing adventures!! 🙂

    1. We had such a good time! I hope you get to go one day 🙂

  10. I adore all things Harry Potter. I went to HP Universal the first year it opened and Diagon Alley was not there then, but I had the BEST time in Hogsmeade. Last year when I went I was astounded at the improvements and loved Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley and the Hogwarts Express (which you have to do both ways!). Here in the UK we have Warner Brothers Studio Tour which is absolutely superb. I’ve been twice a year every year since it opened. Can’t wait to go later this year to explore the new display – The Forbidden Forest! So glad you had a great time!

    Enjoy the journey!

    1. Mandy the Warner Brothers Studio Tour sounds amazing!!! I hope to get to do that with my son one day 🙂

  11. Sounds like you guys had a great time and made a bunch of great memories!! I can’t wait till my son is old enough to enjoy theme parks.
    xo, Laura

    1. Hi Laura! We started my oldest son off with his first themepark on his 3rd birthday 🙂 He loved it so much! It was Disneyland of course 🙂

  12. Love the post as it kept me wanting for more! I wanna go there so badly!!!!!! I wish they’ll make more of this parks all around the globe!

    xoxo,
    Sc

    1. Sarahi it was so much fun if your able to go you will love it!

  13. That looked like it was so much fun. We always enjoyed the parks when we visited Orlando. Maybe its time to go back.

    1. Hi Gillian, it was a blast!!

  14. How fun! It looks like he had an amazing time! My husband would looovvee to visit there! He’s a huge Harry Potter fan!
    As for The magical powers, I’m not sure. At the moment it would be the ability to take away sickness. My son is sick and I wish I could make his sickness disappear!

    1. Hi Sirri, I hope your son feels better soon!

  15. Wow, I bet that trip will be in the book of memories! I never read or got in to the Harry Potter series, but I would love to visit where it was filmed.

    1. Hi! It definetly is up there with our best trips ever!!

  16. Vy

    this is on my to visit place when my son is older so he can share my love for all things harry potter. I remember staying up late reading the book because I was so into it. If they have another one in Texas I would go there in a heart beat.

    1. The Harry Potter series will be such a wonderful thing for you to share with your son!!

  17. Wow! it seems as though you guys had the time of your lives and really immersed yourselves in the world of Harry Potter. Great and interesting post. Thanks for sharing this adventure.

    1. Hi Evelyn! We had such a fun first day in Orlando!

  18. I’m visiting California in July and was thinking about stopping at their Universal! I wonder how similar they are. It looks like you had a lot of fun!

    1. Hi Amber! You will have so much fun in Southern California!! I’ve never been to the California Universal Studios since they put in Harry Potter but I’m sure its awesome!!!

  19. Nothing better than a happy hand squeeze from a kid. 🙂 Glad you guys had a blast!

    1. Thanks Becca!!! 🙂

  20. Looks like you had an awesome time! Definitely one of our family dreams to go.

    1. Hi Barbara! I hope you get to go one day 🙂

  21. That’s interesting. I would go to the disney someday.

    1. Thanks Serena!

  22. Wow sounds like you guys had a ball, it is an amazing place to visit, i loved universal studios to just did not have long enough there, maybe that means a trip back lol….ps magic power….to be able understand and speak every language in the world, imagine the conversations you could have!

  23. I have been to Orlando’s HP world twice this year! It’s way better than the Hollywood one. DIagon Alley alone is worth the flight to me. I still have yet to see the dragon breathe fire. I did a post on my trip too!

    1. Hi Bianca… Diagon Alley was one of our fave things there! 🙂

  24. Looks like you had so much fun! I want to go SO bad! Thanks for sharing your trip with us 🙂 My power I wish I had? teleportation!

    1. Hi Kaitlin! Teleportation would be an AWESOME power!

  25. This looks so fun! My husband would love this! He’s a total Harry Potter Nerd! (;

    1. Hi McKayla! He’d totally love it!!!

  26. I love reading about your adventures! Sounds like Boo had the time of his life!

    1. Thanks Danielle!! 🙂

  27. I never really got into Harry potter, but the rides at the Universal Studios looks like fun!

    1. Hi Haneef, Universal was so much fun!

  28. How fun is this?! I love the fire-breathing dragon. Looks like you all had an awesome time!

    1. Hi Corey! Boo thought the dragon was totally awesome!

  29. It sounds like you had so much fun! I think I need to plan a trip to Disney and Universal ASAP!

    1. Hi Jen! You should! We had the best time! 🙂

  30. I love Harry Potter! Looks like you two had a great time. Magical power..hmmmmm How about getting everything I wish for all the time hahha

    1. Hi Elena! That would be a great wish!! 🙂

  31. Wow! This sounds amazing! What a great experience for both of you! I love how you used all the character names in your post! So cool!

    1. Thanks Sarah!! 🙂

  32. Great post and awesome photos! That place is on my bucket list, for sure!

    1. Hi Paige! I’m so glad you loved the post!

  33. Jessica

    I am so freaking excited to do this! I want to go soooo bad!

    1. Hi Jessica! It was so amazing!!!

  34. Looks really awesome! I’ve followed the Harry Potter franchise since the beginning and I would love to visit a place like this!

    1. Hi Alvin! This is definitely an awesome place for those who love Harry Potter!

  35. this is the best article I’ve read all day haha I AM OBSESSED WITH HARRY POTTER haha I actually took a trip to London last month just to do mostly Harry Potter things! I went to the play and the WB studios tour. I even found movie spots in the city of London! Thanks for the full coverage review with pics for Universal Studios! I still have to go there haha the last time I was in Orlando, this exhibit was actually launching the next month (Great timing right? ugh)

    1. Hi Gabriela! Sounds like you had a blast doing the London Harry Potter tour!!! That is definitely on our bucket list of things to do! 🙂

  36. So jealous! I would LOVE to go here. My friend just went a couple of months ago and brought me back some trinkets and Bertie Botts Every flavour beans. I couldn’t eat them, they were disgusting!

    I would love to be able to use the Pollyjuice Potion to become anyone! hehe

    1. Hi Leah!! My boys actually eat those Bertie Botts Beans… ugh!!! LOL Yes, that would be totally awesome to be able to use the Pollyjuice Potion!

  37. Looks like they upgraded the place a lot since I was there 6 years ago. Great time and that butter beer, to die for!

    1. Hi Samuel… it was definitely amazing!

  38. Looks like you had a great time. I’m sure all kids would love this!

  39. Amy

    Looks like you had a magical time there. It’s one place I would love to visit.

    1. Hi Amy! It was so magical! 🙂

  40. Wow! What an exciting day! That looks like so much fun. I would love to go one day. I got to go to universal when I was younger but the Harry Potter stuff looks awesome! So glad you had a great day

    1. Thanks Letitia! We truly had the most awesome day!

  41. I want to go so bad. I was at the perfect age, 8 when the series came up and have read them many times (probably more than a normal amount). I was to go to the Harry Potter park more than Disney. It sounds like it is everything it is hyped up to be.

    1. Hi Addison! I hope you get to go one day!!! We read the books a lot too 🙂

  42. I have been dying to go here! I have a trip planned for October! Any tips?!

    1. Hi Taylor!! I’m so happy for you! You will love your trip and October is one of my fave times to visit! Weather will be so lovely and I would for sure bring a backpack with some snacks and bottled water. They have tons of yummy snacks you won’t want to miss… but it’s always nice to be prepared with a few of your own for when you are in waiting in lines.

  43. That Butterbeer looks absolutely amazing for a summertime treat! Overall sounds like a wonderful adventure. 🙂

    1. Hi Kaity! It really was such a magical time here! We can’t wait to go back one day…. 🙂

  44. Melissa

    Looks like you had such a good time! I need to check it out!

    1. Hi Melissa! It was so awesome!!! 🙂

  45. Looks like a fun time. If I could have one magical power it would be that I could go places instantly.

    1. Hi Cara that would be an amazing magical power!!

  46. My daughter has twice insisted on me taking her on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of Harry Potter just outside London, England. So much fun. I’d go again! This looks every bit as magical.

    1. Wow that studio tour would be a dream for me and my boys! It’s actually on my bucket list 🙂

  47. We went two years ago and the kids got Harry Potter wands. It was pretty cool and hey like pretending to cast the spells. I’m glad you all had a great time. Beautiful and well put review.

    1. Thanks Candy! We love our wands too! We even have a special display for them in the living room 🙂

  48. I’ve loved the harry potter world n it sounded a great fun for you guys ..photos looked cool

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  49. I never really got into the whole Harry Potter thing, but this looks like a really fun time!

    1. Hi Ryan! I wasn’t into the books when they first came out but after reading my first one, I was totally hooked 🙂

  50. I want to go here soooo bad but my husband is a muggle of the worst sort and I know he’d hate it

    1. Ha Ha Jasmine!! 🙂 #muggleproblems 🙂

  51. Sounds like a fun trip! This is absolutely in my place to visit in the near future!

    1. Thanks Belle!! 🙂

  52. Aarika

    What a fun day you had with your son! I’ve been wanting to visit Harry Potter World, and now after reading your post. I am even more excited! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

    1. I hope you have a great time on your trip to see Harry Potter!!! 🙂

  53. I can’t wait till I can afford to go to the Wizarding World!

    1. Hi Tayler! You’ll love it!

  54. Jealous of your trip. I’ve never been, but it is certainly at the top of my bucket list. All the pics make it looks so fun and magical. – Katy

    1. Hi Katy! We had such an amazing time here!

  55. LOVED THIS!!! I am currently reading the last book and couldn’t love it more. I had no idea this existed and am THRILLED to try it when my kids are older. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Hi Deirdre! I’m so glad you loved the book series!!! 🙂

  56. Wow! What a fabulous experience! I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan & my dream is to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If I had one magical power it would be to transport myself to Universal right now! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

    1. Hi Jennifer!! That would be an awesome magical power!! 🙂

  57. Looks like you had an amazing time!!

  58. This looks like such a great time! You guys look like you had a blast! This is on my list of places to go once my boys are just a little bit bigger!

    1. Thanks so much Erin!! 🙂

  59. Wow, it looks like you had a great time! I bet Hogwarts is a really fun place to work!

    1. Hi Kate! I bet it would be so fun to work here!

  60. We recently exposed my son to the first few Harry Potter movies and he loves them!!

    1. Hi Emily! The books and movies were both amazing!!

  61. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was my favourite part of the Universal tour when we went there in winters. Glad you guys loved it.

    1. Thanks Prerna!! 🙂

  62. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan so this sounds absolutely amazing to me! Magic power! Definitely to be able to teleport myself so I can go to that park! Great post!

    1. Hi Chandelene! That would be a perfect magical power!! 🙂

  63. Awesome Hogwart’s world.. would certainly love to explore it someday soon when my kid(soon to be 3) has watched some of Harry potter movies or read books. I want a magical power to help travel the whole world and interact with every community:)

    1. Thanks Jhilmil! 🙂

  64. I am sure you had a fun time. I honestly never knew that such place exist on earth. Harry Potter I loved reading in watching. I would love to visit this place once.

    1. Hi Jiya! I hope you get to visit one day!! 🙂

  65. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing your family, and smiles with us!!

    1. Thank you so much Maranda!! 🙂

  66. Samantha

    oh my goodness this looks like so much fun! I want to go now!

    1. Hi Samantha! It was SO much fun!!! 🙂

  67. Surbhi

    What an amazing place to visit. I have just introduced my 5 year old daughter to Harry Potter and she is a fan already.

    1. Hi!! It’s always wonderful to have new HP fans!!! 🙂

  68. One of my friends has literally just been to this and I am so jealous. It looks amazing, her photos are fantastic too!

  69. Lucky! I’ve never been to universal, only the main park at Disney. I’d love to take my kids one day, just when they’re a little older like yours haha.

    1. HI Cierra! It is nice traveling with older kiddos… less stuff to bring LOL but I’ve been taking these trips with my littles since they were 3 and we always had a fabulous time 🙂

  70. Great photos showing how much fun you both had in there. The place is so fantastic .I’m a Harry Potter fan too.

    1. Hi Akyn! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂

  71. Mine are still too small for this, but it looks like so much fun. You seem to have awesome trips with your kids!

    1. Thanks so much Betty! We have been blessed to be able to visit so many wonderful places 🙂

  72. Dee

    Sounds like best vacation ever!!! There is a reason they call it the happiest place on earth!!!

    1. Hi Dee! It was such a fabulous trip!!!

  73. Oh my gosh, I was eager to go before, but now I can hardly wait! Talking to the hubby about tickets now!

    1. I hope you have an AWESOME trip!!! 🙂

  74. I want to go to universal studios – it looks great fun!

    1. Hi Safia! It was wonderful!!! 🙂

  75. Meagan

    Your trip sounds so magical!

  76. I have heard so many great things about Harry Potter World! This definitely made me want to go see if even more than before! It looks awesome!

    1. Hi Sarah! It was amazingly very very similar to the books!!!! 🙂

  77. I am so jealous! I have been wanting to go there since it opened, but haven’t made it there yet! Sounds like you had a great time.

    1. Hi Vicki! It was amazing!!! 🙂

  78. My God, this looks very fun. I never got into the whole Harry Potter’s world, but after seeing this, I might start.

    1. Thanks Vanessa! It was so amazing and fun!!

  79. This looks like such an adventure. I bet they had alot of fun creating the park too. Someday we’ll visit!

    1. Hi Katie! It was such a fun adventure for us! 🙂

  80. This sounds like such a fun adventure. Harry Potter is so magical and fun.

    1. Hi Nicole…. We are such big fans of the books that this was like a dream come true for us 🙂

  81. If i could wish for one magical power, it would be to be able to see through everyone’s thought. That would be awesome lol.

    1. Hi Mary! That would totally be an awesome superpower!!! 🙂

  82. I’m glad you had fun! I’m not a big fan of Harry Potter myself, I havent even seen all the films nor read the books haha, but I kind of get the excitement about it!

    1. Hi Diana…. I wasn’t at first… my oldest kid was crazy into it…. then I read the books and I couldn’t put them down! I’ve read them all 3 times and love the movies as well…. we are total Potterheads in this household 😉

  83. I appreciate your fantasy. Your work is out of the world/

  84. Hi Shell,

    Wow, sounds like a really enjoyable and fun holiday 🙂 I suppose the combination of Disney and Harry Porter is awesome.

    Best regards,
    Pedro

    1. Thanks Pedro! It was really the most perfect holiday for us!! We love both Harry Potter and all things Disney so much!

  85. I love Universal Studios – but I’ve never been to the one in Florida. Universal Studios Hollywood has always been our go to theme park because it near us. Jealous though that I haven’t gone yet since Harry Potter attraction opened. Love your post.

    1. Thanks Kristyn! We haven’t been to the Hollywood location but we have it on our bucket list! 🙂

  86. Your story telling is fantastic! Love it.

    We’ve been thinking about universal for our 10 yr old. Now i KNOW he would love it. He just started the books. He’s read one and is starting on two.

    1. Thanks Ellen! This would be such a fun trip for him when we finishes the books 🙂

  87. Woow! This is awesome. It looks real Fun! I might consider visiting someday.

    1. Hi Lawson! It was so amazing and fun! We had such a great time!!!

  88. Oh wow, I’ve never been to any type of theme park like this. I love Harry Potter, and that Butterbeer sounds like it smelled delicious! 😉

    1. Hi Jenne! It smelled so amazing!

  89. Oh my JK, this is so exciting! I went here a few years ago (six, maybe?), so it was still quite new. I would love to go back and see the additional places that have been added! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Amy! I hope you get a chance to go back… it’s so amazing now! 🙂

  90. Wow! This sound like a great trip. I wish I could take my kid there. But, she is just 2 so waiting for her to grow up a little. So that she can have the memory of visiting this place.lol. The pictures are awesome.

    1. LOL! I hope one day the two of you can go enjoy this together 🙂

  91. I had no idea that it could take years to get to go there! That is definitely something I want to do with my kids when they are older! It looks like so much fun!

    1. Hi Leah! I hope you get to go one day! It was so fun!!

  92. I’ll be honest, I have never read Harry Potter so some of this post seemed like it was written in a foreign language, LOL. But this does look like a fun place. When my kids are a little older maybe we will immerse ourselves in this world so we can enjoy an experience at this park.

    1. Hi Elizabeth… I hope one day you and your children can enjoy reading the HP series … 🙂

  93. Sounds like a perfect adventure to me! & it looks like load of fun. Can’t wait for my daughter to be older to do stuff like this with her.

  94. Thanks for this wonderful idea. We never miss anything to do with Harry Potter, and we have Orlando on our list next!! So excited!

    1. Hi!!! I’m so excited for you that you get to go!!

  95. Ana

    Looks like an incredibly fun trip! We went in 2009 and I’d love to go back!

  96. I loved this! It was such a joy to read!!! I’m so glad you all had fun! Maybe one day I’ll get to go! If I had one super power it would probably be flying!!

    1. Hi Mary! Flying would be an awesome superpower!!! 🙂

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