15 weeks from Saturday is our Harry Potter trip! (Note to burglars: We’ll have house sitters. Leave my prized collection of ink pens alone.) If you’ll recall, we’ve not taken a full-week vacation since the Summer of 2009. That’s a LONG time to go without taking a vacation. This is mainly because the money most families set aside for beach vacations every summer…we spend on race fees, gear, and coaching. But this year? This year we planned ahead and set aside money and we are celebrating my 40th birthday with a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! (2 months BEFORE my birthday because July is evidently the WORST MONTH TO GO.)
It may seem silly to be planning 15 weeks ahead of time, but if you’ve ever tried to book reservations at this huge amusement parks you know that 15 weeks might be too late. I’m calling today to set up our breakfasts at 3 Broomsticks and the Leaky Cauldron which come with our package, and I’m praying I didn’t wait too late.
But I’m crowdsourcing this trip. We’ve never been to Harry Potter world OR Universal Studios. Our ticket package includes Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Wet ‘n Wild…so tell us what to do! Wesley is 6 (and I think about 44 inches) and Nikki is 9 (and closer to 50 inches? I have no idea.) so tell us what shows or rides we should try. Eliah is going with us (of course) but he’s not a huge “roller coaster” kind of person, and neither am I. Since the kids aren’t tall enough to do most of them, Eliah and I will probably take turns escorting Donnie on rides so he can enjoy them. Since we both kinda hate them, we’ll be drawing straws as to who has to face their fears each time.
Are there certain restaurants we should try? Character meet-n-greets your kids loved? Shows? Shops? Souvenirs? Did you go? What was your favorite thing?
And we’re focusing on Universal, BUT…if we were going to get a ONE day ticket to one of the Disney World theme parks, which one do you think would be best with our age groups? Nikki is not really into princesses anymore. She’s not against them, but she’d be more excited about meeting Captain American than Cinderella. We’re not sure we want to, but we’re keeping it on the radar. Have you ever tried to do both in one trip? We’re definitely going to hit up Downtown Disney at least…what should we do there?
We’re staying on-site at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort so we’ll have that to keep us busy too. (LAZY RIVER!) But every time I go to the website I just get SO OVERWHELMED. There’s SO MUCH to do and I don’t know what all to take advantage of.
Also – how do the parks work if it rains? Do just the rides shut down? Or everything? I AM SUCH A NEWB. Help me!