I just want to start off by saying, Harry Potter World is INSANELY amazing. Before you go, everyone tells you “oh my gosh it is going to be so much fun, you’re going to have such a great time” and everyone around is very v-e-r-y hyped for you.
Then you go, and you know how everyone says if you go into anything with high expectations, don’t be surprised if you’re disappointed? WELL. THIS WAS NOT THE CASE AT ALL. It was even more than what I had imagined.
My friends and I had been talking about going to Harry Potter world for a little bit. Started off as a “oh yeah, it’d be cool if we went” to “um, we should definitely go” to “sooo let’s book everything!” And let me tell you, this was one heck of Spring break.
I’m going to break it up into parts so it is an easier read.
The detail. detail. detail.
The people who put this entire place together, ohmygosh, they did an INCREDIBLE job. The roofs in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are slanted/crooked. The people who work there are in character the entire time. When I was paying for a wand (YES I HAVE A WAND, that’s a whole another thing), I paid with a card and the cashier said “Please sign here for the Ministry.” LIKE WHAT! That’s so perfect- it really is the little things that made the entire experience great. The person who took my ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express looked at my wand and said “I like your nose pickers”- This threw me off a little bit but then I put together that these workers are muggles and would have no idea what these sticks were for! Talking about the Hogwarts Express, when you’re going to Platform 9 3/4, they have this illusion thing where it looks like you’re going through the wall in between the platforms!!
You walk into either Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade and you’re just transported… you don’t even feel like you’re in the same park as the superheroes or Jurassic Park. It was crazy. Absolutely amazing.
The wand. the wand. the wand. OHMYGOSH. the wand.
1. it was interactive!!!!!! There were certain spots in the park where you could do a spell and IT WOULD WORK! It. was. amazing. you were basically a wizard/witch for the day!
2. They not only had character wands, they had like “personality wands.” They had like 12 different wands and had a little description and you got to pick one based on your personality. I thought that was a very cool addition. Yea the character wands are cool but how hype is it that YOU HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL WAND. And it got to a point where my friends and I couldn’t use each other’s wand because it felt too off- it was either too heavy, or too long, or too short. This made us very happy because it’s like “oh this wand is MY wand.”
I just want to carry the wand around everywhere with me. I want it to work basic things like turning on the light in a room. I just want to put it in the side of my riding boots and just like pull it out and be like yo, I got a wand.
Other happy moments
Legit everything else. Everything just hit spot on. The rides are spectacular but out of all of them, I like the Escape from Gringotts one the best- it’s the perfect mix between 4d and rollercoaster.
And let me tell you, Gringotts… pretty accurate if you compare it to the 7th film (the scene where Hermione as Bellatrix is trying to get to her vault).
We also go to see Celestina Warbeck perform AND a live “reenactment” of the tale of the three brothers (the dealthy hallows story).
Food (you can’t forget about the food at Harry Potter world)
Get ice cream at the ice cream shop! AND I RECOMMEND THAT YOU TRY THE EARL GREY AND LAVENDER ice cream!! An interesting combo, but it works!
A final note of why this trip was very special.
I was extremely proud of myself and I felt really accomplished at the end of this trip. Not only was this my first time traveling without my family or adult (lol I’m an adult) supervision, but my friends and I were able to book a hotel, a flight, buy park tickets, AND FEED OURSELVES (yes it was carrots and corndogs for a couple nights but whatever, we ate). (yea we had SOME help from our parents but that’s besides the point, we basically did it all). I was also able to save the money I got from working and from Christmas, and pay for this entire trip myself. It was just a moment of realizing that I am a person and I now have the ability to do things like this. I don’t have to just travel with adult supervision, I can save up my own money that I worked for or received, and just go.
A final word from me!
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post about my trip! And I hope you’re having a magical morning, evening, or night!