Can I tell you...I LOVED my trip to Orlando, and the highlight of the trip was visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure. There's something magical about experiencing a favorite book in physical form, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly a magical adventure. The second you walk through the gates to the village, it feels SO real. I found myself looking (and photographing) every detail. I didn't want to miss anything. Yes, I went to Olivanders (and picked a wand - I chose McGonagall's wand, or should I say, it chose me), and order a Butterbeer - yum! My family walked into Honeydukes and our mouth's dropped open (heaven).
It's not just the atmosphere (you feel like you're transported to what J.K. Rowling saw when she wrote the books, it's also the people who work in this part of the theme park, they are true Potter fans as well. My husband had a ten minute conversation (in Pottereze), discussing wizards and Hogwarts, and all manner of wizarding news as if it were really happening.
It was the closest thing to having the book series come to life.
If you are a Harry Potter fan, I truly recommend the trip. And keep in mind that a new section (Diagon Alley) will be opening soon (I tried to sneak a peak but they had it concealed well when I was there). The park is popular and will be even-more-so once Diagon Alley is open. Me, I can't wait to go back. Time to start planning the next trip. In the meantime, here are a few shots from my visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: