Hogwarts (Finally!)

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Last week Daniel took me on a little getaway to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter–a vacation we’ve wanted to take since the park opened. We were all geared up to go last January but postponed our trip when we discovered I was pregnant with Lucy and couldn’t go on any of the rides.

Anyhow it was delightful. The Hogwarts ride is pretty awesome and it’s great fun to meander through Hogsmeade.

I think the best part for us was just hanging out in the Hog’s Head. I had cider and Daniel had their house beer which was great.

We had lunch in the Three Broomsticks which looks fantastic but the staff and the food were less than ideal (well…the turkey leg was awesome, but the cornish pasties tasted like hot pockets.) It was really hard not to say constantly, “Disney would have done this so much better.” I mean, how hard is it to have staff with British accents?

But, we did have a wonderful time together and Lucy was the best little traveler.

One great thing about Universal is that they have a fantastic child-swap system. One parent can ride while the other holds baby and then the second parent can ride as soon as the first is done. And the little waiting rooms are great for nursing.

I just wore her in the baby wrap all day and she napped great. She was fast asleep outside of Owl Post.

I guess I was just a little disappointed that Dame Maggie Smith wasn’t there ready to teach me Transfiguration.

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  1. says

    Hahaha the WHOLE time we were there Lauren, Jared, and I kept saying that Disney would have done it so much better. They would have made it spacier, wouldn’t have combined stores into one, and would have had actual Brits instead of annoyed Floridians in silly hats. It’s beautiful, but Disney has the magic.

  2. says

    I am really looking forward to visiting that park…someday. We went to Magic Kingdom with a 5, 3 and 1 year old and it was a great experience, but we only did it b/c we were already in the area for a family get-together. I’m looking forward to doing the big visits when the new one (8 weeks!) is big enough to get something out of it, too…the idea of traveling with four, one of them a nursing baby, makes me quake in my shoes. LOL

    • says

      I think you’re brave for taking three littles to Disney! We haven’t taken our oldest yet (he’s almost three). We were thinking about taking him to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom in the next couple of years. We’ll see 🙂

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