We were staying in a house outside of Orlando. It was great because we all had our own rooms, lots of space and our own pool and hot tub in the backyard. We all had lots of fun in the pool, especially Parker! We were lucky and got some pretty great weather while we were there.
First up was Universal. It was amazing! Walking into Hogsmeade was like stepping into the books. First we walked up to Hogwarts and the ride that goes through the castle had a 180 min wait. No way were we doing that. So we rode the other rides in Harry Potter land and did the Olivanders wand shop experience. By the time we left Harry Potter land the line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was longer than the staff had ever seen it. (If it was 180 minutes before, it had to be 5 hours long by this point, that's insane!)
The line ups at Universal were pretty bad. In the whole day we only went on 5 rides plus the Hogwarts express. But they are quality rides and usually last at least 4 minutes. Only my brother, his girlfriend and I payed for the park hopper pass so we got to go over to Diagon Alley, where we drank butter beer (so good!), bought wands (yes we are nerds), and went on the Gringott's ride (which was awesome!). I have never felt like more of a geek than I did when I was in Harry Potter Land. But I don't regret a single geeky line that was spoken.
Later in the week, we went to the Magic Kingdom. This is definitely a more kid friendly park! But it's also enjoyable for adults because there is just a magic to Disney that you don't feel anywhere else. Because we used our fastpasses smartly, we hardly waited in any lines at Disney. (I am going to write a post with tips for anyone who is interested!) Parker could also go on pretty much all of the rides, which made life a lot easier.
Ok that seems long enough for one post! If you have made it this far, congratulations! Next I will talk about the second week of our trip.