Friday, March 4, 2011

Harry Potter!

I had great intentions of posting all about my Disney/Harry Potter trip with S. Reality, however, was less grand:)

But, since the Harry Potter park is brand new and was SO much fun, I figured I'd give y'all a little preview!
I loved the details used in the park--the adorable signs,



the photo frames that really move,



the dude walking around with robes and an owl....

Love all the details of the books come to life.

Note, though: This park is VERY crowded. When people say "you need to get there the second it opens!" about parks, I tend to ignore them. But for this park, it's true! We were at the park when it opened at 8:50 and by 9:30, there were long lines forming. By 10:30 it was so crowded you could barely move.

See the line for Ollivander's wand shop, which was already crowded 20 minutes after the park opened!






Mmmm, butterbeer.

Want a fun Judaic activity? Try to figure out if Butterbeer is kosher! I thought about asking our rabbi, but as S pointed out, saying "Hey, I have this mystery drink--no clue what's in it or how it's made. Can I drink it?" is unlikely to work out with "yes." We conducted more investigation when we got there and the official Butterbeer chef said it's definitely NOT kosher. Alas.

But I can't help wondering--what is in that stuff?

Along with the rides, one of the funnest parts of the park was a shopping area that was sort of like what you'd get if Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley got married and had a child.

This was Zonko's joke shop:


These could really come in handy sometime.....

And now for my favorite FAVORITE part: Honeydukes candy shop.


I love the colors and retro details on this SO much. It makes me want to run in my scraproom and whip up some aqua, pink, green, and checkerboard goodness!



There were a lot of classic candies in there--chocolate frogs, peppermint pasties, every flavor beans--yum.


And leaving the candy shop, a sneak peek at the wand selection:

And another popular beverage in the park--Pumpkin juice!

Well, there you have it. An image-heavy guide to Harry Potter park!

I'm off to finish the approximately 12, 431 items on my to do list before Shabbos. Wish me luck!

And before you go--check out the new home decor post featuring APRIL FOSTER--right on the Ella blog!

What are YOUR plans for the weekend? And on the topic, what's YOUR favorite amusement park?

115 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun! I would like a wand and some candy please!

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  2. SO cute!!! I have only read one HP book but still think this is so cool and fun! Pretty Please still post your Disney pics??? :) have a lovely weekend my friend!

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  3. SO fun!!! I can't WAIT to go! Looks amazing! Maybe when my little bean gets a little older... :-)

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  4. very very fun!!! the owl looked very cool.

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  5. Looks like a ton of fun Keshet - love your photos. My kids haven't gotten into HP yet, but I know it's coming soon.
    Have a local scrap-related class tomorrow but next weekend, that's the big one!
    Our favorite park - besides the Magic Kingdom - is a little/big place called Knoebels in PA. It's awesome!!

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  6. my parents went there this fall and said the same thng... crowded! they wished it was a little bigger... i can't wait to go though. the fun is totally in the details!

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  7. Thanks for posting this! I can't wait to go and experience this! Hopefully by the time we go, it will be less crowded.

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  8. Love the pictures Keshet!! Huge HP fan over here so I would love that! It wasn't open when we were there 2 years ago, so we missed out.

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  9. Keshet, I'm thinking about maybe doing a trip to Florida this fall, so thanks for posting this. I wanted to get the opinion of someone who's really been there! Are the rides any good?

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  10. LOVE the candy shop photos!!

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  11. this almost makes me cry i am so envious. lol
    but, seriously i love your blog ( just found it )

    :D
    xo

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  12. It looks like a movie set. :) Universal did a good job w/ this one. Can't wait to see it someday.

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  13. Such great pictures! (did you ever post any of Disney?). My husband would adore this place!!!! Looked like you had a great vacation!

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  14. Ahhh! I LOVE the pictures! I want to go so so bad!

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  15. I am sooooo jealous! It is a dream of mine to get to Harry Potter World one day! Your pictures are great. They are opening up the studios in the UK for tours next year, I can't wait to go!!

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  16. Wow , soooo Cool !!!
    Is that Harry Potter Park at Disney World ??? We go to there this spring.Oh I hope so because my daughter loves HP !

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  17. This is one of my daughter's goals, is to go to the Harry Potter park. We have never been to an amusement park.
    This looks like one the whole family would love.
    Looks like you two had an awesome time.

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  18. Woah this looks like a ton of fun...I soooo need to go there!!! Thanks for sharing the cool pictures!

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  19. looks so amazing! but.. are the candies in honeydukes kosher? (please say yes! please, please please say yes- family vaca coming up-we're going to WWHP)i would love to be able to taste some of that!

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