We seemed to cram in as much as we possibly could on our vacation. Hayley's friends were also there the same week and we were able to meet up with them and spend the day at Universal enjoying Harry Potter!
In the telephone booth you are able to:
Call the Ministry of Magic and hear a recording :-)
We were sure to visit Weasley's tricks and treats shop! A pretty neat place inside, though very difficult to move around as it was crowded and not much room to move. Pretty much all the places inside were the same as far as not enough room.
We waited in line for Gringott's bank and ride, which was pretty neat. Weather wise it was rainy most of the day, but it didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves and seeing as much as we could!
I loved the chandeliers in there! So elegant!!
There were of course goblins to assist us as we were walking through the bank ;-)
The Quidditch store had a lot of interesting things too. Kathleen was so excited to see the stories come alive in person. They did an amazing job recreating everything.
Ollivander's Wand Shop was a truly magical experience! Kathleen had a wand choose her with a whole ceremony! I don't think the smile left her face for over a week :-) What a memorable moment!
The wand keeper telling her how the wand chose her and all the things that were special about her.
Then his assistant when we went out of the room was saying how he felt so drawn to Kathleen and her personality.... so much magic and mystery in the air!
Of course we had to purchase the wand that chose her and bring it home with us :-)
Our girls and Breanne and Hayley's friend Kyle and Allison who we met up with while we were there, were all enjoying their new wands!
There were different locations where you could use your magic wands around the Harry Potter section. In this area the fountain would "magically" throw out water if you created a spell near it with your interactive wand.
Pretty cool to see the Double Decker bus that would transport you to Wizard's world. The talking head inside the bus had a lot to say to us too. ;-)
We took at magical ride on the train to Hogwarts!
This was a really neat interactive experience also!
Hogwart's ride, the kids really liked this one but Jerry and I didn't ride as we were carrying so many packages by that point and umbrellas etc. We decided to wait for them. We were all pretty drenched from the rain.
Kathleen did manage to take some time to catch Marmaduke as we were leaving the park for the day!
We had a wonderful, delicious dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe! Fabulous service too!
Ok so the temptation of the cinnamon roles was just too great to pass up! Especially when you are walking by and they smell so amazing!!
Jerry was having fun taking selfies, lol :-)
What a great group of kids and a wonderful day! We were tired but made lots of memories!!
More of our vacation posts to come! If you missed the first one you can find it here