Tuesday September 20, 2011 the Murnan's and the LaGorga's traveled southwest to Olando. The destination being Universal Studios Island of Adventure. Or more accurate The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yes, just 2 short months after the culmination of a long lasting love affair with Harry Potter, I was surrounded by all things Harry Potter.
Sondra and I on our way to Orlando
I felt like singing "now I've got a golden ticket" but I refrained. You're welcome!
Our first glimpse of Hogwarts! I'm not embarassed to admit that there was some girlie shrieking, sweaty palms and racing hearts. It was just that exciting. I have to wonder though how I'd be able to contain my excitement if I ever had the opprotunity to meet Daniel, Emma or Rupert or go to London and see Platform 9 3/4. I'd probably need a sedative, a strong one [smile].
Another view of Hogwarts
But first, Suess Landing
Gabe was not having the carousel ride this time.
The Cat in the Hat, Matt and Gabe
And the real fun begins...
Flourish and Blotts (with books by Gilderoy Lockhart and his moving photo's)
and the Hogwarts chorus, complete with croaking bull frogs
Butterbeer!!! Absolutely fabulous! A touch of cream soda, a taste of root beer and a whole lot of frothy goodness. It's no wonder that J. K. Rowling approved it! Even Gabe liked it, although it had a bit of an elfin effect on him [smile].
flower in Professor Sprouts greenhouse
the sorting hat
Back outside of Hogwarts. It's called Hogsmeade but it's a complimation of the village of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
Gringott's ATM. Super fun!
Olivander's Wand Shop. You actually get to choose your wand here, or better yet the wand chooses you. There was always a ton of people waiting in line so we never made it in. One of the coolest details of Olivanders is that the upstairs window is piled to the top with wand boxes.
Chocolate Frogs complete with wizarding cards. Mine had Salazar Slytherin