Common Studios was the day of the journey I used to be most nervous about. Being that I hadn’t been since I used to be a child, and figuring out how excited everybody was about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I put lots of stress on myself to determine as a lot as I might earlier than we went. A couple of issues we discovered:
- If you happen to keep on property you get the Common Specific Limitless move included. This can be a BIG deal and provides you a “quick move” for the specific line for nearly each experience (not Hagrid’s Bike or Velocicoaster) in a limiteless capability. That means if you happen to love Escape from Gringott’s, you may experience it with just about no line as many instances in a row as you need. This move is offered for buy, and Mother generously handled us all to this move, nevertheless it’s an extra $100+ per particular person, so if you happen to’re simply doing Common, think about staying on web site.
- On web site friends additionally get into the park an hour earlier than basic admission. We purchased our tickets by means of a journey company which afforded us the identical luxurious and if you wish to experience Hagrid’s or Velocicoaster, it’s value it as a result of you may rope drop these.
- To experience The Hogwart’s Specific you want admission to each parks (two separate park tickets). If you’re there for Harry Potter, you mainly have to do that since Hogsmead is in Common Island of Journey and Diagon Alley is in Common.
- The stroller parking isn’t as plentiful as Disney and so they require something greater than I fanny pack to be positioned in lockers earlier than the rides, so we opted for simply fanny packs and collapsible water bottles for the day.
Earlier than the journey Mother and I contemplated whether or not to kick off the journey with Harry Potter World whereas we have been all contemporary, or put it aside till the top for a grand finale. I’m SO glad we opted for after we have been contemporary as a result of by the top of the week, we have been all rundown from all of the motion. On Sunday, although, after our first evening at The Seashore Membership, we have been raring to go!
We hopped in our vehicles at 6:50 AM Sunday morning to make the 20 minute drive to Common. We parked within the Citywalk parking zone and made the ten minute stroll over to the entry of Islands of Journey the place we printed our tickets from a kiosk (which tousled our order however a form worker reprinted for us). Then we joined the road; there have been about 5 traces and we have been most likely 25 folks again in one among them.
The traces opened up at about 7:45 and we joined the flood of individuals getting into the gates and flowing proper to Hogsmeade for Hagrid’s Bike experience. I wished to decelerate and savor the entry into the magical world, however we needed to hustle alongside proper into line. Even being comparatively fast and in entrance, the road for Hagrid’s took us about 45 minutes to get by means of.
Nonetheless… it was SO value it. It was my completely favourite experience of the entire journey. The sounds, the creatures, the pace; it was completely pleasant. Lacey wasn’t fairly tall sufficient to experience it so my brother did a rider swap for her, the place they waited in a household room proper subsequent to boarding, and when it was my brother’s flip to go, they let him take SIX of us with him. Sure we obtained to experience Hagrid’s twice in a row and it completely made my day (ahem, I imply the youngsters’ day… the youngsters…).
From there we bounced round Hogsmeade, driving flight of the Hippogriff (warning, it’s slightly jerky), the Forbidden Journey (tremendous enjoyable; Kaitlyn and Kyla rode it twice, however Hailey skipped all of it collectively; she was fairly timid about lots of the sooner rides), and loved an expertise in Ollivander’s Wand Store. Mother supplied to purchase the ladies wands and so they savored the expertise. Lastly, as all wizards know, the suitable wand selected them. Hailey obtained Hermione’s and Kaitlyn obtained Ginny’s.
We wandered although Honeydukes the place Kaitlyn purchased some Felix Felicis potion, then took turns performing wands magic. The youngsters actually loved this (although it took Kaitlyn extra apply than she anticipated) and I want we might have spent extra time simply exploring and doing magic… however there was a lot to see!
By then it was near 11:30 and we had lunch reservations at 1:00 in IOA so we stayed in that park. We explored Dr. Suess Land, which is tremendous cute for the youthful crowd. We rode Spiderman, which was an enormous hit. We truly rode it twice. Then we headed to our lunch reservation at Mythos, which advertises to be one of the best theme park restaurant of all of them.
The air situation blast that greeted us was life giving and so they seated us at our desk within the again with an amazing view of the lake and the large rollercoasters. The adults ordered margaritas with our waters and all of us loved a scrumptious and hearty meal, refueling us for the subsequent leg of our journey.
After lunch, the youngsters had just one factor on their minds- driving the Hogwarts Specific! So we headed straight to Hogsmead Station to board. I had been advised the practice expertise is lovable and it didn’t disappoint. It felt like we have been actually driving the practice and the youngsters delighted within the expertise.
As soon as we arrived in Kings Cross (AKA Common Studios, the opposite park), we headed straight in the direction of Diagon Alley. It was packed, after all, however nonetheless magical. Once more, I want we had extra time to only wander and discover, however we did get pleasure from Sugar Plum’s Candy Store and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes earlier than heading to Gringott’s.
We watched the dragon breathe fireplace as we entered probably the most life like line que I’ve ever skilled. They nailed it with Escape from Gringott’s; from the road, to the entry, to the experience, it was magical! We truly rode it twice as a result of Hailey skipped the primary time as a consequence of nerves and joined us for the second.
That is after I felt a bit torn. A number of the group wished to wander the shops of Diagon Alley whereas others have been prepared for extra rides. It’s not straightforward to maneuver a gaggle of 9 when there are such a lot of enjoyable choices to contemplate, so we simply went for it and tried to do as a lot as we might!
We actually loved the Jimmy Fallon experience, the loopy pink curler coaster that launches you flat in your again like a rocket, the Quick and the Livid, the Males in Black, and a lot extra. We wandered by means of Simpson’s Land, ate ice cream, and I snagged an image with my Bro subsequent to a relic from our childhood, Doc’s Delorean with the flux capacitor and all!
We wandered by the Knight Bus, noticed Kreature peek out at us from a window at 12 Grimmauld Place, and eventually made it again to Kings Cross Station to catch The Hogwarts Specific again to Hogsmead (the expertise in every route, so driving it each methods is a should).
By this time the solar was setting, however we had promised we wouldn’t go away and not using a Butterbeer. We did slightly extra wand magic, ordered Butterbeer (which is completely scrumptious by the way in which), and grabbed a gyro wrap and sizzling canine from a fast service spot. I used to be tremendous impressed at how properly the youngsters hung in there; they clearly have been so captivated by all of the magic and enjoyable that they only stored going.
Really, I could also be extra impressed by the adults! It was a full day and we wrung out all of the enjoyable we might from Common. I preferred the park greater than I imagined I might and would undoubtedly take the youngsters again. David, nonetheless, has sworn off theme parks for the foreseeable future. 😉
It really was a dream of a day, attending to see all of the Harry Potter magic that we’ve examine over the previous few years come to life, and attending to see the delight within the children’ eyes. We walked again to our vehicles by means of Citywalk at 9:00 PM with aching toes and really joyful hearts.