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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Florida Part 2

We kicked off our Harry Potter Land visit bright and early, arriving at the park right as it opened and rushing to Hogsmeade. 

Hogsmeade is in the Islands of Adventure park, which was our favorite of the two! HPL is split into Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida, but Hogsmeade has the best rides: the Dragon Challenge (where you're a Triwizard Champion in the first task of the Goblet of Fire), the Forbidden Journey (a dark ride through the castle) and the Flight of the Hippogriff (for kids, but you pass Hagrid's Hut so totally worth it). Diagon Alley has the Escape from Gringotts ride which was also awesome.

Once in Hogsmeade, we rode rides, drank butterbeer and ate fish and chips at the Three Broomsticks:)

Our favorite ride was the dragon challenge... It's two coasters into one, and we rode this one four to five times, so eight to ten rides! It was so so fun.

We also took in lots of shopping and exploring.

We also explored other parts of the park! Our favorite? The Hulk! It was so awesome. 

Plus some Jurassic Park, which Jess said basically sums up her childhood.

We're pretty funny, if you ask me!

We took a small break around 2:00 to see a movie at the theater at the entrance to the park. We saw the Duff and it was super adorable. We had been exhausted, but after a 1.5 hour break... We were ready to go back! 

After riding the Forbidden Journey (castle halls and the entrance to Dumbledor's office above), we rode the Hogwarts express over to Diagon Alley and ate some fishermen pie and shepherds pie at the Leaky Cauldron and it was delicious park food, to be honest. Plus, the water looks like this.

Then we drank more beer (both butter and regular) and headed home to watch Broad City, while Jess picked through the bones of my fried chicken snack and was sad she didn't get any. Maybe you had to be there?

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