The newly added sign
We could see Hogwarts from the line - this was about halfway through it, entering Popeye's island.
Hogsmeade, from the outside. Glorious.
All the pictures moved, just like in the books! Again, it's the detail they put into this place that made it so magnificent. Hello there, Sirius :)
We made the line for Honeydukes later in the day - omg. Candy heaven!
The chocolate frog in the display window actually croaked and moved. I have a video of it somewhere that I'll have to post when I figure out how to post videos.
Approaching the castle!
Beautiful, isn't it??
Detail, detail. Just gorgeous.
The entrance to Hogwarts
The masses and masses of people waiting in line inside the Greenhouse.
Cute little plants? Look closer! Those are mandrakes in there!
Well hello there... You are too large to fit in one picture.
And therefore, you are split in two.
Ahh, I see Gryffindor is winning the race for the House Cup, closely followed by Slytherin!
You know what this is - I screamed like a little girl when we passed the entrance to Dumbledore's office!
It's a bit dark, but the pictures all talked and moved. So COOL!
This hall of portraits had about a million paintings hanging and talking! Epic.
Dumblie's office. Who is that I spy in the back??
A long deceased DRAGON ;o)
The defense against the dark arts classroom, where Harry, Hermione and Ron were waiting!
Can you see em?
The fat lady! She was adorable, as ushe.
An assortment of Potter paraphernalia,
You know this guy. The sorting hat! He talked as you walked by.
Ready to get on the ride! Those are all hanging candles.
After we rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, we made the non-existent line for The Dragon Challenge, which was just a re-vamped Dueling Dragons (a ride that used to live at IoA). Tons more Potter memorabilia, including the goblet of fire and the Triwizard cup!
There were tons of Potter signs like this one.
And this one.
Along with signs for those other schools no one cares about.
A nice photo op! Please ignore my crazy, fugly hair and sweat-ridden skin. It was a LONG day and we were really really hot.
Cool, huh? It even honked!! It nearly scared the pants off some stupid girl walking in front of us who gave us major 'tude for taking so many pictures. I laughed REALLY hard and I hope she heard me.
My lovely hubby carried my girly backpack all day. Why? Cause he's awesome.
I wish the blue flamed coming out of the goblet had shown up better, but they were so cool!
The triwizard cup was also on display.
And just outside? The Hogwarts Express! Just as amazing as I'd imagined.
Our last stop in the Wizarding World was to Honeydukes and Zonko's Joke Shop. Including that line, we did about 8 hours worth of lines on Monday. I'd do it again in a heartbeat and I seriously can't wait to go back!
You can see just how packed it was. You could barely walk!
The inside of Honeydukes.
Candy buffet, anyone?
Yes, you'd better believe we got some of these babies to take home. I hope I don't come across any vomit flavored ones!
Sneakoscopes for sale!
And that's it - I think I was too exhausted to take any more photos! We all headed back to our room and knocked out, and I don't think I'd ever slept so good in my life. The next day, somehow, we found the energy to do four Disney parks in one day. My legs still burn. I'll post that update some time this week.
It was an amazing day and I can't wait to hear about all of your experiences at the Wizarding World!