Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Orlando, FL

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Yesterday,  I spent a magical day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. From the time I read the first 3 books in 3rd grade, I've been hooked. I've read every book multiple times, waited in line for the movies to premiere, and even took a Harry Potter literature class at Pepperdine. As such, I can't believe it has taken me this long to visit the park! Even though it might be a little overrated and quite expensive (tickets were $155 to visit both parks), I loved every minute of it.

Prior to visiting, I didn't realize that the Harry Potter park was inside Universal. I imagined it was a completely separate park. We started at Universal Islands of Adventure, which led us straight into Hogsmeade Village. Here you can visit Ollivander's wand shop, eat some Chocolate Frogs at Honeyduke's, eat lunch at the Three Broomsticks, or visit the Castle.

On this side of the park there are three rides: the Forbidden Journey (the Castle ride), Dragon Challenge (a roller coaster ride), and Flight of the Hippogriff (a smaller coaster that takes you above Hagrid's hut). My favorite was the Forbidden Journey (which we went on twice!!).

After we ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks. All of the restaurants inside the Harry Potter parks serve traditional British pub food, including; Cornish Pasties, Shephard's Pie, and Fish and Chips.

After, we took the Hogwarts Express over to Diagon Alley, where you arrive at King's Cross Station. Outside King's Cross, you can visit the Knight Bus, 12 Grimmauld Place, and the Phone Booth to the Ministry of Magic.

Inside Diagon Alley, there are tons more shops, and one more ride - Gringott's Bank Escape. This was the newest ride, and so much fun! Here we also tried butterbeer for the first time. When ordering you have 2 options: frozen or regular. The regular is almost like a cream soda, and the frozen is like an icy! Both are delicious.

Overall, the day was magical. Now I'm headed to Miami!

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