So Josh and I hit the pavement and walked to the Islands of Adventure park at 7:45am....yawn...Once we hit the park, we just followed the signs (and people) towards Hogsmeade. We had to run through Dr. Seuss land....
We found ourselves on the Lost Continent....getting closer...
Shut up Sleeping Fountain...
Finally...crossed a bridge, and lo and behold...
Be still my heart
Now, it was super crowded in Hogsmeade....
Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha...no it wasn't! We took a quick stop in Ollivander's to watch a young witch select her wand. Actually...the wand chooses the wizard. There was a cute little show with an actor who picked a kid out of the audience and tried to match her to her wand, with hilarious results. The show followed the first movie pretty closely and it was fun to watch.
Through the gates....
I'm going to Hogwarts, Y'all!!!
We had to walk through the green house to get inside the castle
Pictures that actually move and talk
First day at Hogwarts and we are already being sent to the Headmaster's office....
Penny (sieve) for your thoughts
Dumbledore was talking to us...you cant see him because you are a Muggle...and also this camera is not the best. From Dumbledore's office, we are sent to Defense Against the Dark Art's class.
Hey!!! I know them!!! Harry, Ron and Hermione tell us they are going to sneak us out of class!!!
We wind through the Gryffindor common room
and find this guy, sorting us into rows...
Then comes the ride...oooohhhh aaaahhhh... The basic story is that we are skipping out of a boring lecture (by Prof. Binns, because DADA teachers keep disappearing) in order to see a Quidditch match. Oh, and there is the small problem of a Dragon being on the loose...silly Hagrid. Well, this ride puts you on this bench thingy and then twists you all around while watching a 3D screen. You really feel like you are flying. There are plenty of thrills too...stupid spiders...Did I mention that you really feel like you are flying? Any I have been known to get motion sickness on planes...well broomsticks are worse. They should have called this ride the Journey into infinite Motion Sickness! After the ride, I was feeling a bit sick so we wandered back through Hogsmeade. (following a short, but needed stop at a nearby Starbucks)
Zonkos and Honeydukes
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans....eat with caution
I wanted to buy one of everything! I left with a (giant) Chocolate Frog complete with a Famous Witch or Wizard card (I got Helga Hufflepuff) and a package of peppermint toads.
Inside Zonkos Joke Shop
Shhhh...The walls have (extendable) ears
I have not seen this Wizard :( (but the sign moves, just like in the movie)
After looking in the shops, we hit up the Dragon Challenge rollercoasters. There are two "dragons" and we rode them both, back to back since there were no lines. Then, I thought to myself "self, I think I want to go back to Hogwarts". I am stupid. The second time on that ride did me in. I had to close my eyes half way through and pray that I didn't vomit! After a few minutes sitting outside, we decided to go get some food and see if that would make me feel better. When in Hogsmeade, everyone knows there is only one place to go...
So we headed to the Three Broomsticks and got some lunch
A quick peak into the Hogs Head pub
And we were off...to see the rest of the park :) But I knew we would be back (two more times, in fact)