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As Promised…

Friday, October 21st, 2011 | Author: Sarah

Hey guys! Two episodes ago I said I would post some progressive pictures of my adventure riding the Forbidden Journey at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I am finally doing it! I can so relate to Harry’s procrastination. I think it gives the world’s future hero’s a little bit of hope!

The picture below is my first official picture taken on the ride on June 28, 2010. I think you can tell by my chin(s)!

First Picture on the Forbidden Journey

This next one is my first time with my Niece’s…. *Evil Aunt Sarah* It was taken on my birthday, November 19, 2010. (Such a great birthday gift!)

Finally we have the most recent picture with some friends and it was their first time at the park as well. Can you tell that I have learned where the camera’s are and when to smile?!

This last picture is of the commemorative tickets that we were gifted as some of the parks first visitors. I am so incredibly proud to have these! I know it sounds a bit “dorky” since they are just tickets but that’s okay. I am a proud Harry Potter fan!

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Spoilers from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Saturday, April 09th, 2011 | Author: Sarah

Wow! It has been entirely too long since my last post but I feel the need to assure you that I have been actively gathering as much information as possible in regards to the changes that may be coming to the WWoHP. I use the term “changes” lightly as it may not be the most accurate term but it is the best to describe our current situation. I am sure many of you have heard the rumors surrounding the possible expansion of the Harry Potter portion of the park.

I am the type of person that loves to hear the gossip and rumors and then follow through to see how much of this information is true. While I can’t say 100% that an expansion is happening, I can confirm that there will be changes in the future that will directly effect the Wizarding World. According to a Universal Studios of Orlando engineer that wishes to remain anonymous, Universal is currently working on blueprints for the mandatory “update” that is required by Universal Studios. The source did confirm that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will definitely be getting some of the upgrades.  At this point the engineer cannot confirm nor deny the rumors of the expansion and whether it will take over the Lost Continent portion of the park.

I will be visiting the park again tomorrow and will hopefully harass enough employees to get some concrete evidence but until then I messily threw together some of the original pictures of the park with some added narration.

I truly hope this satisfies your hunger…. At least until I can get some serious facts together!!!

http://youtu.be/oINqOiZ20iQ

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The Big Bang of the New Year

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 | Author: Sarah
Let me start by saying that for those of you that are still lagging (such as myself) we have actually entered a new year and are officially in 2011.

Depending on how you look at your glass (half full versus half empty) this could be the greatest year ever in the Harry Potter fandom, a very sad year or maybe even that bitter sweet feeling you get when you think you finally have all the answers to something only to find out that maybe you really didn’t want to know all the answers.

Either way, this is going to be an extremely exciting year for us Harry Potter fans. Of course, we all know that Part Two of The Deathly Hallows is scheduled to come out in theaters in July. My personal “happy place” for this is that we have LeakyCon 2011 to look forward to!

No, I don’t mean just a convention for the Harry Potter “freaks” of the world. If you have to choose one Harry Potter event to attend, this is the one! It’s being held in Orlando, FL on the Universal grounds where the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter has come to life. What is the added bonus of this particular convention you may ask? Well….if all goes according to plan (movie releases don’t get delayed and such) then all of us will be able to see the final movie together as one big Harry Potter family!!! Oh, with the added bonus of us being able to see the midnight showing and hopefully in IMAX all within the boundaries of the Universal Studios park! It is bound to be the best Harry Potter party ever held!!!

So now I must ask, how many of you have been to a Harry Potter convention before and what was your experience? And, are you planning to attend LeakyCon 2011?

I can’t wait to meet everyone face-to-face in July!!!

***WBM!****

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows…. then WWoHP!

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | Author: Sarah

Don’t worry, this post will not contain any spoilers… I will save those for a later date :)

However, I feel the nagging urge to let everyone know that, in my opinion, this movie was absolutely top notch and surpassed many of my expectations which is saying quite a bit! I was pleasantly surprised by the spontaneity of humor throughout the horrific events that happen during this first half of the final chapter of Harry Potter. I found that the quirky little laughs I had were greatly offset by the sadness and anger that is inevitably included in the movie. It was directed in a way that made the flow of emotions seem like the Flight of the Hippogriff ride with its smooth turns and twists as opposed to the Dragon Challenge that leaves you in an emotional wreck. Finally, I feel I must add that I usually don’t “like” the HP movies the first time around because I’m too busy speculating on how grossly it differs from the book, but not this time! I walked out of the theater at 3:00 am feeling one hundred percent happy with the movie.

Now, I am back at my hotel room too excited to sleep and very eager to blog about Harry Potter. Of course, that whole sleeping thing could have something to do with the fact that we are waking up in the morning and heading to the park! I have the awesome privilege of taking my nieces with me, one of which has never been to the WWoHP. I am so very excited to see their reactions first hand and I am fully prepared to record the entire experience!

Stay tuned for the gory details of my first experience at the park as well as my take on my nieces!

P.S. This all came just in time. At 12:01 am, while waiting for the movie to start, I was reminded that it had officially become my birthday!

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What Should I Do First?

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 | Author: Sarah

I have an internal struggle that I thought maybe, just maybe, if I lay the struggle out for all to see, I might get some much needed direction. I am going (for sure) to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this weekend. However, I had to compromise and succumb to the much talked about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios just to get someone to go with me. Probably, I am just infatuated with the WWoHP and it is not possible for me to fall out of love with it (unlike other way too muggle-ish people)! What I am really saying is that I can never get enough. I can literally just sit outside the Three Broomsticks and Hogs Head Pub or even just sit on the wall near the Owlery and completely enjoy myself! I don’t necessarily need to go on rides, although I do love the Forbidden Journey. :D

Okay, so that being said, my internal dilemma is this: I still have yet to see the park at night. I have heard all about how beautiful it is and how it’s a “must-see”. Still I haven’t been able to actually see it. On the other hand I have made this “compromise” to go at night to the other park. So, would it be rude of me to ditch the others (who, by the way, are only going to keep each other company while I relish in a world I want to live in) and go to Hogsmeade to see this amazing world look even more enticing? Don’t forget that if I do evade my company and go to the WWoHP instead I will have some really great pictures and possibly videos for your viewing pleasure! (No coercion there :) )

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Is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expanding?

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 | Author: Sarah

For those of you that haven’t heard, there are little murmurs of the possible expansion of the Wizarding World. Those murmurs turned into very important questions such as “How soon?” and “Where at?”. So far, the only question I know the answer to is “Who”. It has been confirmed that the “who’s-who” staffers of Universal Studios did, in fact, conduct a survey asking visitors their opinions on the expansion.

My opinions is the more, the merrier! But I am also not in a huge rush and I will tell you why. Firstly, I am still enjoying what we have been given (which is a whole lot of great stuff considering the amount of space they had to work with). Secondly, there are still many more fans that are still waiting for their chance to see the park. And last, but definitely not least, I still see stuff I didn’t see the last time I was there. Just as I am sure there a many of you that feel the same.

Last time I visited I did see a tiny bit of construction but I could find no one that could tell me what was being constructed, so that is one of my new goals. I will find out…for our sanity!

As much as I hate to admit it, I think Islands of Adventure would profit much more for a longer period of time by holding out until the newness of the park simmers a bit.

So, now I ask: What do you think of a possible expansion? If you haven’t already visited, would it matter at this point if there was an expansion? And if you have been to the WWoHP, would an expansion really influence your park frequency yet?

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Thursday, October 07th, 2010 | Author: Sarah

First, I want to say a big “Hello” to everyone!

I am very lucky to live very close to the WWoHP and I do take advantage of that! I plan on going again either this weekend or next. Until then, I have some very raw footage for your viewing pleasure (click the link below).  If  you have any questions or queries you would like me to get some good information on before my next visit, please post a reply and I will do everything I can to get your answers!

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