England Day 4: Harry Potter Studio Tour, part 2

England Day 4: Harry Potter Studio Tour, part 2

Here’s Part 2 of the Harry Potter Studio tour – some of the outdoor stuff! It was here that we took some of my favorite pictures, so I’m just gonna lead with those. They had the covered bridge from the movies – obviously it wasn’t high up in the air, but right on the ground. It’s really ornate though, and … Continue Reading →


England Day 4: Harry Potter Studio Tour, part 1

England Day 4: Harry Potter Studio Tour, part 1

We spent the afternoon of our fourth day hitting the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which was super exciting. I had no idea what to expect, and we had a baby in tow. But as it turns out, minus one short video at the start of the tour, the whole thing is very kid and baby friendly (and the movie they … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 2

Here’s part 2 of our afternoon at Diagonalley. In Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Pygmy puffs: U No Poo The Leaky Cauldron sign actually leaks: The Daily Prophet: Crumple-horned snorkack to the right: Owlry again: You can ask questions inside Gringotts: And some videos that you’ll have to click through to view. Inside Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Dragonfire: Self-knitting needles Skele-gro: Candy shop: … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 1

Last post was the Simpsons stuff at Universal – but we were really there to spend the afternoon at Diagonalley! Here is part 1 of my photos. And here’s a list of some of the Easter Eggs, or things to look for while you are there! https://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/hidden-gems-in-diagon-alley?utm_term=.bekOWOz3p#.ig64O461r You can see the main facade and the night bus here: Night Bus! … Continue Reading →



Florida Trip Report – Friday (breakfast, Harry Potter)

Friday morning we all met up for breakfast at The Polynesian at Ohana. These character meals, of which we did several, were SO expensive. But I have to say the food was awesome. Ohana had fairly standard breakfast fare, but the eggs were so good I had seconds (the food is served family style) and the Mickey shaped waffles were … Continue Reading →


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, part 4

Before we get back to Harry Potter, here are some pics of some of the rest of Islands of Adventure. (Oh, and btw, Flickr’s new design makes it much easier to blog the medium sized pics without having to go three pages in. Nice!) The Jurassic Park Discovery Center was closed, but you can see the egg incubators down there … Continue Reading →


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, part 3

The Dragon Challenge ride is all decorated with Goblet of Fire stuff! I didn’t take my camera with me the first time (you have to stick your stuff in a locker), so I have a bunch of iphone pics. We went on it a couple of times, so I did take some pics later. Again, inside is really really dark. … Continue Reading →


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, part 2

Here’s part 2 of my Harry Potter pics – this is the line for the Hippogriff ride, which is a really really short, but fun, roller coaster – it’s not upside down, it just makes a couple tight turns. The line takes you by Hagrid’s and again the level of detail is amazing! Read what’s on the crates in front … Continue Reading →


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, part 1

Wednesday afternoon we headed over to Universal Islands of Adventure to see the corner of the park which is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My sister-in-law and her family had already been and they had assured us that it wasn’t so crowded that we’d be able to enjoy it. And that ended up being true. It was very crowded, … Continue Reading →


Because she’s awesome…

Lola just made my night by sending me this little birthday present. For those who don’t know, she is an amazing artist – and she drew the Gray Lady Ravenclaw ghost specially for me! It was so sweet of her – what a lovely start to my birthday! :-)