Day 13: Thursday 10th July 2014
Today was mostly a rest day after all the excitement of the last four days so Miss Hannaford and I decided to explore our hotel more. Our hotel room is in the Toy Story section of the hotel so right outside our hotel room door is R.C.!
Next to our building are huge building blocks that spell out Woody and Buzz’s name as well as a giant Woody and Buzz Lightyear next to the building!
In the afternoon, Miss Hannaford and I went to visit the area called Downtown Disney which has one the largest toy stores in the area! Miss Hannaford went in to make her own Star Wars droid where you can choose every part of the droid including a novelty hat! Miss Hannaford has decided to name her droid P714.
Nearby to the toystore is a HUGE Lego Store! We spent ages playing with the Lego and Miss Hannaford bought a few Lego things for school and she really liked the really big Lego display of the Maleficient Dragon fighting Prince Philip in Sleeping Beauty!
Day 14: Friday 11th July 2014
Today was Harry Potter Day! We travelled 1.5 hours away from Disney World to visit Universal Studios Florida. Universal studios is 2 theme parks- Universal Studios Florida which has the brand new Diagon Alley attraction and the other park is called Universal’s Islands of Adventure which has the Hogsmeade attraction. While we walked up to the Diagon Alley attraction, we walked through the Simpsons attraction. All the buildings look like Springfield!
Once we walked through Springfield, we could see the entrance to the new Harry Potter area across the water. It looks just like a London street!
When we got closer- Miss Hannaford and I were able to have our photo in front of number 12 Grimmauld Place and in front of the Purple Knight Bus! We then walked past a plain brick wall not realising it was the entrance to Diagon Alley, so we back tracked and discovered that we were walking into a perfect replica of Diagon Alley!
Here are some videos Miss Hannaford took of all the various things you can do in Diagon Alley!
Using a wand to create real Magic:
A View of Diagon Alley:
The Dragon on top of Gringotts Bank roaring:
Puking Pastilles at Weasley Wizard Wheezes:
Meeting the Goblins at Gringotts to exchange Muggle money for Wizard Money:
To get to the Hogsmeade area of Universal Studios- you have to catch the Hogwarts Express! To get to the train, you have to go to platform 9 and 10 at Kingscross Station and slide through the wall to Platform 9 3/4!
Once you get off the train- you arrive in Hogsmeade Village complete with the 3 Broomsticks where Miss Hannaford and I had lunch followed by our walk up to Hogwarts Castle!