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Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Trey and I were very excited to ride the Forbidden Journey. Joshua was not convinced it was for him, so he and Nate went to the "Flight of the Hippogriff" while Trey and I forged on to the Hogwarts Castle. 

I love the way Universal Orlando has such an entertaining wait line ... there was no stand-in-the-sun-and-suck-it-up here!  The line leads into Hogwarts Castle by way of Mrs. Sprout's Herbology classroom complete with Mandrakes and other magical plants.  From here, we entered the castle and experienced all kind of cool features ... the house points, Dumbledore's office (and a guest appearance by Dumbledore himself!), talking portraits, the Mirror or Erised, the Defense against the Dark Arts classrom, and an appearance by our movie-heroes, Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

Entering the Herbology classroom

Entrance to Albus Dumbledore's Office
My iPhone camera was clearly no match for the dark corridors of Hogwarts Castle, but it was an amazing trip through the world of Harry Potter. See these links for some great photos:

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter Theme Park

And for a good summary of the ride itself, see this link:

Review of the Forbidden Journey

For Harry Potter fans, this park (and this ride) are absolute must-do events.  And even for those less enthralled (or completely unfamiliar), the park is a fun and magical place well-worth the visit.


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