Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hogsmeade (Universal Orlando)

Welcome to Hogsmeade.  Please mind the spell limits.

One of the many engines of the Hogwarts Express

We had a great conductor on our train

Let's go into town and do some exploring

Love the look of this place.

Yes, of course I would find the music shop's window.

Inside the Owl Post.

The Owl Post's roof.

One of the attractions in this area is Dragon's Challenge which features two intertwined B&M inverted rollercoasters.

The two different coasters are themed to different dragons.

Three Broomsticks is the main restaurant in the area.

Let's look into the shops.

This is Honeyduke's Sweet Shop.

Inside the extended portion of Olivander's.

Outside Olivander's Wand Shop.

Time to leave the town and head to Hogwarts.

Love the snowman that some of the students made.

Before going into the school, let's stop by and see Hagrid.

We can also take a ride on the Flying Hippogriff while we are there.

I think we are headed in the right direction.  

Yes, the signpost says to go that way.

The castle is just amazing to see in person.  The ride inside, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is by far the best (and most complete) ride I've ever been on.

Near Hogwarts, there is a stage that hosts a spirit rally for the Triwizards Tournament participating schools.  We happened to see the Ladies of Beauxbatons Academy performing as we passed by.

Hogwarts looks even more magical at night.

Well time to take the Hogwarts Express back to London and Diagon Alley.

Our train has arrived.  I sure hope our train isn't attacked by dementors this time.