July 28, 2016

Potter Month: 5 Things I Can't Wait To Do at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

When I heard about the Potter Month Celebration that Kristin & Megan were hosting, I just knew that I needed to join in whenever I can! To sum it up, the girls have declared July a monthlong celebration of all things Harry Potter related and have invited everyone to participate by sharing new posts inspired by this wonderful, magical series. First, I shared my experience of reading Sorcerer's Stone & Macky shared his experience reading Deathly Hallows. Then, I did a special edition of {Bookish} Style Files featuring different editions of the first book. Alas, today is the day of my very last Potter-related post for the month of July! 

Earlier this month, Danica & I booked a trip to Orlando, Florida; of course, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is obviously part of our agenda. It's been nearly two years since the last time I was at the park, but I just know that when I'm back again, it's going to be as magical as always! I decided to do a list of the five things I can't wait to do when I visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (again) later this year.

1) Drink (frozen) Butterbeer. Oh man, my obsession with frozen Butterbeer is real, ya'll. I get it within the first five minutes of entering Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley, and I continue to top off my drink as the day wears on. There's just something real sweet about drinking a fictional drink brought to life while you wander around very well-done recreations of places in the novels.

2) Ride the Hogwarts Express. A fairly recent addition to the park in Orlando is the opportunity for visitors to ride the Hogwarts Express train to get from one park to the other. It was a brilliant idea, if you ask me, because it's simply so fun to have an experience much like Harry and the others when they are on their way to the school year at Hogwarts.

3) Visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Honestly, whoever designed both of these areas is absolutely brilliant. I really feel like I'm actually in them myself, that they're exactly as how I would have imagined them to be from what I read in the books. I think it's truly one of the best immersive experiences I've ever had when it comes to Harry Potter. Plus, the shops are great (for me, but not for my wallet)!

4) Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Oh man, this ride is so, so fun! I've ridden it every single year that I've visited the park, even back when it was still a bit testy and had a few operational issues (mostly just getting stuck at certain points). I love that it features so many of the details sprinkled across the entire series, and I really just fangirl over being able to walk into Hogwarts Castle and its corridors while I wait in line to get on as well. (I also always make it a point to take a photo at Hogwarts Castle.)

5) Buy a wand. If there's one souvenir I always go back to time and again whenever I visit the parks, it's a wand. I've purchased Hermione's previously, and then I bought a wand specifically for myself. (I missed buying a wand on one of my visits, but only because there were other things going on in my life at the time.) I'm really debating whose wand I would like to pick up this year, but only time will tell...

I cannot wait till the time for our vacation rolls around and I can do all of these things! It's really fun to think about the park, and I am honestly so thrilled I get to share the experience with my best friend. Have you been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? If you have, what was your favorite thing to do or buy? If you haven't, what would you most like to do or buy?

(P.S. Remember when I said I was rereading the series? I'm almost done with Half-Blood Prince, and going to be starting Deathly Hallows tomorrow. I should be finishing just in time for Cursed Child, which I'm pleased about! Have you been rereading (or reading) the series as well?)


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