Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This way to Hogwarts

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Oh man, you guys, I don't even know where to start. let's just preface everything by letting you know I was crying pretty much the whole time- walked into hogsmeade:tears, witnessed the wand choosing at ollivanders: lump in throat and misty eyes, went into hogwarts castle: lost it, rode the hogwarts ride: sobbing. There was SO much detail! The atmosphere was the best I could have hoped for, and exceeded my expectations in a lot of areas. I've been avidly following the design and construction progress of this park since I was in high school, so I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to finally actually experience it all. Naturally, I took a ton of photos, but I'll try and just save the best ones instead of dumping them all here- the light was pretty low in a lot of areas anyway,and really doesn't do the place justice. Anyway, you'll probably only really enjoy this post if you're into harry potter, and you might otherwise be bored to tears. fair warning.

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Hogsmeade had a lot of the iconic diagon alley and hogshead shops from the book. it was really fun strolling though and seeing all the familiar store fronts- they did a great job with the shop windows! We rushed to Ollivanders first because we read the line gets really long and moves slowly. I'm so glad we waited for it though- it was amazing! When they usher you inside and shut the door it really feels like you stepped right into the book. Everything is crooked and dusty and lamplit and the guy playing Ollivander was really awesome. I don't want to go into too much detail for those who haven't gone though, because I think part of what was so striking for me was not knowing what to expect. I'm going to keep interior photos to a minimum for this reason as well. Don't want to ruin it for anyone going soon! It's so much better to be surprised!

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Pickin' out wands

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Honeydukes!

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Sugar quills!

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chocolate wands!

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I believe their latest flavour is dirty diaper? yum...

After stocking up on some sherbet lemons and crystalised pineapple, and convincing myself I didn't NEED a ten dollar giant chocolate frog, we headed over to the three broomsticks for lunch. ah. you guys. pure magic. It's like the leaky cauldron and the three broomticks mixed- and a very large, amazingly designed and decorated interior. And the food was the best theme park food I've ever had by far. I got some cornish pasties, just like at the great feast! And of course, butterbeer. Ryan got a roasted chicken.

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Next stop, the 'hogwarts grounds' area near the two roller coasters in the park: the dueling dragons, and the hippogriff. One thing I was so pleased with in the park was the way they designed, themed, and detailed all of their waiting and line areas so much, that I actually thoroughly enjoyed going through so immensely that I went back to both the castle and the roller coaster and waited through the line just to see it all again, and didn't even ride the rides. This line took us to hagrid's hut, the weasley's flying car, a great view of the castle, triwizard tournament memorabilia, and the shrieking shack, to name a few exciting things.

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Ok now it's time for the big one- Hogwarts Castle! it was a beautiful beautiful sight. this was by far the best line I've waited in my whole life. I went through three times just to explore the castle again. No photos will really do the interior justice, but the atmosphere was perfect and the detail was so impressive. You get to see so many props and artifacts- it's such a dream.

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Dusk was my favorite time there, as all the lights in the castle and the village came on, while the sun's glow still lingered. After all this running around I was craving more butter beer- naturally- it's delicious.

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and there you have it- one beautiful, amazing, fantastic, magical, dream-come-true day in the world of harry potter.



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love, from hogwarts,
Kathryn

21 comments:

  1. OMG! I am DYING to go there! It looks like so much fun! Love how you're dressed in Gryffindor colors with your little scar. Perfect!

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  2. I'm super jealous ! The trip look stunning <3 <3 <3
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  3. such adorable pictures! I am so jealous! :D I want to go so so so badly.

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  4. I love how you dressed! I so want to make a trip soon!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  5. I believe that Harry Potter World is the only reason I will ever go to Florida.

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  6. whaaaaat where is it???? Florida? maaaan!!!! its awesome.... Im like super jealous:D

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  7. I reeeeeally need to go there! I couldn't even look at all of these photos as they were such spoilers haha! I wanna try a butterbeer, looks delicious :P

    thelittleantlers
    xo

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  8. Oh, these photos make me so nostalgic! I was there 2 years ago and I can't wait to get married there in August! Your Gryffindor outfit is so cute!

    Becky
    xx

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  9. Oh my gosh I love harry potter! Love your pictures, I'm going this summer, this just makes me even more anxious to go!
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  10. this is so so cute!! LOVE xx

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm so jealous of your trip there! I want to gooooo! I'm kind of in love with your Gryffindor colored outfit too.

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  12. I hope you tried the pumpkin juice, because it's my favorite!! And I love eating at The Three Broomsticks. I always get the turkey leg. :) I've been here a few times, and I can't believe I never saw the whole section with Hagrid's hut and the flying car!! I never went on that dragon rollercoaster, though, so that's probably why. I'm kicking myself now, though! haha. I too love the detail they put into everything, especially when you're walking through Hogwarts. It's all so amazing and every time I go I totally nerd out. lol.

    By the way...I LOVE your Gryffindor-themed outfit! :)

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  13. LOL you are a blonde Harry Potter!! You also look loads like my little sister. You both have really similar bone structure.

    In other news, I REALLY WANT TO GO THERE. I've only been to Disney Land once so I have this theme park-shaped place in my heart that is 95% empty :( I prefer Hogwarts over Disney Land, tho.

    Also, how have I never noticed your name is Katheryn? I probably woulda called you Kitsune if we had met in person yesterday.

    Last but not least, road trip! I've had this urge to travel and would love to meet! I haven't been to Utah since I was 15 and Salt Lake City was the closest *Nsync concert that wasn't sold out. And my mom was crazy. Anyway, maybe we can meet half way.

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  14. AH! So cute. You are adorable! I tlooks worlds less crowded than when we went, there are tons of people in all of my photos. And I LOVE your outfit. Seriously. So perfect for this. And all your photos make me want to go back RIGHT now

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  15. This looks like so much fuuuun! I'm well jealous, definitely have to put this on my bucket list =) You have such a lovely blog xx

    TIGERHEART

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  16. ahh! congrats on going! I went last year and was so in love too - I can't wait to go again:)

    Josie
    Fineandfeathered.com

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  17. How are you so freaking cute!?!
    I love your hair like this so so much, I'm not sure if I have told you that or not.
    Also, that last photo should be your profile photo on everything, I hope it is.
    Heee.

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  18. this. was. AMAZING!!! I'd probably sniffling the whole way through, too- I've been spending birthday wishes on getting an owl since I was 11. I don't think I gave up on the idea till junior year of college haha. I cannot believe how life-like it all seemed!! I'd be walking around pretending I was finally at Hogwarts for hours and hours. I really need to go!

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  19. so jealous! I still need to go there. I will for sure cry when I do.

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