Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

Island of Adventure in Universal Studios, Orlando Florida here we come!
 As the Florida trip started to take shape we began to plan some of our time in the states.  We had several things we "wanted" to do, but whether time or finances would allow them was going to take some fancy balancing acts.  Some of the things (eating at Sonic at least once, visit the beach) were a given - but a few of the other things (theme parks mainly) really had to be weighed out.  The kids really, really, really wanted to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but as we began to price out tickets it seemed like it was going to be way outside our budget.  The kids were determined, though, and saved all their money for months to pay for the tickets and some shopping.  Their tenacity paid off and we had to find a way to make it happen.  We also borrowed Curran for the day because it's always better to visit theme parks with an even number. 
   The park was crowded.  SO CROWDED that when we first got there we weren't even allowed into that section of the park!  We had to get a ticket and come back in an hour.  THAT was frustrating.  
  Once we got into the park we spent the rest of the day in just that section.  There are really only 4 rides, 3 stores, and 2 restaurants but it took about 10 hours to fit all those in.  The lines for the rides were insane, there were also lines to get into the stores to shop, and lines to get into the restaurants to eat.  We were in good spirits, though, and just so happy to really be there that it didn't seem that the waits didn't  seem that tedious. 
   It's hard to describe how neat it was, how fun the rides were, and all the cool stuff in the shops - but we took 1,000 pictures so I will let them do the talking and caption some of them with things we think you HAVE to know!

The Boys try butter beer inside the Three Broomsticks restaurant







Standing outside the Three Broomsticks.


  

Inside the restaurant.



Honeydukes sweet shoppe.

The Hogwarts express and Hogsmede station
Hogwarts castle




Hogsmede in Twilight and the Hogwarts castle at night
The $6.25 pumpkin juice... I wish I was kidding.


On our way out of the park we passed through the Jurrasic Park section and were briefly chased by a rampant T-rex... The kids were exhausted by the end of the night... standing in line for hours takes a lot out of you!
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