Before I begin - I encouraged my dear friend MM to read all the books (and I wanted her to watch the movies as well) before we got there. If you go to this park and are not a HP fan, at least watch the movies. You will appreciate the details and overall excitement SO much more! Even as a HUGE Disney fan, I wouldn't doubt that Disney isn't looking at this and thinking "wow" because it really is amazing. And if you have any previous knowledge, you'll appreciate it that much more!
As mentioned in my previous post, after you enter Hogsmeade, you immediately see the Hogwarts Express, billowing smoke. Great photo opporutnity for sure! And of course, Harry Potter soundtrack music is playing
The windows in Hogsmeade into "shops" are fantastic. There are a variety of fronts, ranging from a music shop to a cauldron. So much detail, I can't imagine the upkeep that the staff will have to do to ensure it is all clean. Here are just a few of the wonderful fronts!
|Hermoine's dress from the ball|
|Hilarious - LOVE it!|
Overall, the entire decor was a red theme with fun items on the wall, just things you could see that the Weasley brothers would say or represent.
Lots of chocolate, great packaging, and a wizarding card. I did purchase one, but my chocolate frog melted before we even got back to the hotel. Disappointing? Absolutely - I wanted to see how it looked!But the card I received was Ravenclaw - kind of perfect considering that is the House I think I would be sorted into. Other items do include Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (small box for $10) and other bulk candy items.
Next up - Ollivanders! Random detail to point out, I believe this shop is supposed to be an extention of Ollivanders. I say this, because like all HP fans, we know the wand shop is located in Diagon Alley, not Hogsmeade. Small detail, but couldn't be happier that it was included
|Book of Monsters!|