Hogsmeade and Hogwarts

Since we’ve been reading Harry Potter I thought I’d use my Flashback Friday post to write about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This was back in December 2012 so it was just Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.

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I wanted to go on the ride inside Hogwarts but didn’t end up going because of the line. The boys were too small to go on it then but we did go through the castle. They had a separate line just to tour the castle.

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We saw the Frog Choir and the boys took a picture with the Hogwarts Express conductor.

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We also went took a look at some of the shops. We did the Ollivander’s attraction rather than just go in the store. Connor bought a Harry Potter wand and then we ate lunch at The Three Broomsticks. We loved the Butterbeer.

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Quidditch

Quidditch

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They also had fish and chips.

They also had fish and chips.

The Three Broomsticks had macaroni.

The Three Broomsticks had macaroni.

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Then there was of course the Butterbeer!

Then there was of course the Butterbeer!

It was delicious!

It was delicious!

The last thing we did before we left was go inside Honeyduke’s. JT got a chocolate frog and he was very happy with it. He loves chocolate.

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I really want to go and see all of the new Harry Potter stuff at Universal. We went to Disney World in November and I really wanted to go then but I have a hard time stepping away from Disney World so I wanted to add on days and that would have been more expensive so we didn’t go. If you’ve been to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter let me know what your favorite part was.

Breakfast with the Grinch at Confisco Grille

Welcome to my flashback Friday post. I’m flashing back to December 2011 again and writing a quick post about Breakfast with the Grinch at the Confisco Grille in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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I’m not really a fan of breakfast buffets so I was not expecting this to be great at all. I was pleasantly surprised. When we arrived at the Confisco Grille we were seated and right away greeted by Papa Schmoo Who. Papa had bells for the kids to play with and he spent a lot of time talking with the boys.

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There was another who walking around but he never came over to our table. I did get a picture of him though as he was walking by with the Grinch.

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The Grinch also spent quite a lot of time at our table. He sat down and even stole our camera. Connor really enjoyed interacting with him.

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Besides the Grinch we also the Cat in the Hat but he basically just came over, signed autographs, took a picture and left.

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Items on the buffet included your typical breakfast items as well as a few special items like mini green egg and ham sandwiches and Christmas tree rice krispies treats. The hash browns were also star shaped. I was really surprised at how fresh and hot everything was.

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I was really impressed by this breakfast and would definitely do it again. Not only was the food good but so were Papa Schmoo Who and the Grinch. They really made the breakfast great.