Walt Disney World and Harry Potter World

I just got back from my short trip to Orlando and I want to go back already! I’ve been to Disney many times before but this was my first time to Harry Potter World. I freaking loved it. We got a park to park pass and took the Hogwarts Express between the two Harry Potter sections. Diagon Alley is amazing. They put so much detail into everything.

The first ride we did was The Forbidden Journey. Oh man, it is nauseating! But while you are in line you are walking through the Hogwarts castle. It is so cool! Paintings moving and talking. I know they are just screens but they did a really good job making them look like actual paintings. We walked by Dumbledore’s office too. Ron made it snow on us just before we got to the carts.

I got really dizzy on that ride though. Maybe I shouldn’t have had breakfast that day. If it got to be too much I just shut my eyes and that helped. After that we did flight of the hippogriff, then we took the train to Diagon Alley. I actually really liked the train ride. That really made me feel immersed in the Harry Potter world. I felt like I was actually in the Harry Potter universe. Then we rode the Gringott’s ride twice. That one is really fun. We walked around diagon alley, discovered knockturn alley, tried butter beer (horrible), and looked inside a few shops.

We did go to the rest of Universal Studios to go on a couple of rides but now in retrospect I wish we had spent the entire day only doing Harry Potter things. I have a game plan now for next time.

I was mostly vegan on the trip. I did taste butter beer, which isn’t vegan. And I also tasted a cauldron cake and a chocolate frog that my sister bought. I also did not verify with the theme park staff if my veggie burgers were vegan. I didn’t eat any meat though.

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Mickey Pretzel. This is actually vegan.

Growing up I LOVED Carousel of Progress. I was also the only one in my family who did. I wanted to experience it for what could be the last time. I know it’s Walt Disney’s personal project but I have a feeling it won’t pass the test of time.

I also LOVED the Swiss Family Robinson film growing up. I spent one summer rewatching that VHS tape a million times. I was fascinated with the idea of living on a stranded island. I was a weird kid.

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Ahh… so picturesque.

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That’s inside Honeydukes! I didn’t really see many vegan options. I didn’t buy anything though because it’s so expensive!

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Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes! Such a kooky shop! I loved it.

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We entered Hogsmeade first. Snow covered shops.. kind of a weird thing to see in Florida.

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Just some of the treats inside Honeydukes!

I need to go back ASAP. I don’t know when I’ll be able to go back.

I need to reread the books too. 🙂

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