Harry Potter Theme Park: Now Open!

June 24th, 2010 by

If you’ve spent any amount of time at all on Kidsmomo, then you know that Nancy and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans. To the point where the characters actually take over our dreams. And we cook food based on the books. For serious.

So, of course, we’re super excited about the grand opening of the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida last week!

Merlin's pants, this looks AWESOME! (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)

We’ve been following news of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (as it’s officially called) for a while now. And you’d better believe that both of us already have trips planned — but not for months. Nancy’s heading out there in September, but I decided to be extra clever and schedule my visit for the winter. I figured that a vacation to Florida would be the perfect escape from the cold New York weather in January or February. So smart, right?

Although, it looks like it's always winter in the theme park's version of Hogsmeade... (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)

Well, apparently, I totally underestimated my own undying love for Harry Potter, because I didn’t expect the intense physical yearning that I’ve been feeling over the last week as I’ve seen all the news coverage of the theme park’s grand opening. Oh, how I wish I could apparate myself there right now!

I guess I might feel differently if I were actually standing in this huge crowd, though. (Photo from MuggleNet)

Alas, I’d probably splinch myself, so I guess I’ll just have to make do with photos and videos from luckier Muggles than I. At least, there are A TON of those photos and videos! Although, come to think of it, that’s not really helping me get over my deep and sorrowful sense of longing to be there myself… And yet I CAN’T TEAR MY EYES AWAY!

Look, it's Daniel Radcliffe on the Flight of the Hippogriff ride, holding on for dear life -- and trying not to squish that little kid next to him! (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)

If you’re like me and want to see more photos like the ones included in this post, check out the official Wizarding World of Harry Potter site.

They also have lots of videos, like this one below — my personal favorite. Emma Watson is adorable!

Anyway, for all you fellow HP fans out there, what are your thoughts on the new theme park? Leave a comment with your opinion! (But if you’re planning to get out there before me or Nancy, please DO NOT leave a comment — or you might find that we’ve stolen your tickets…)

— Karen

The last time Karen went to a theme park, it was Disney World, and she only ate ice cream and funnel cake the whole day. She was 25 years old.
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Me Want Sugar!

September 23rd, 2009 by

Last week, I posted news about the Harry Potter theme park opening in Florida this spring. (Merlin’s beard, it’s going to be awesome!) Well, a few days ago, I heard about another amazing upcoming attraction: a CHOCOLATE theme park, set to open in China next year.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

All the reports I’ve read compare the forthcoming park to Willy Wonka’s factory (from Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course). So I was disappointed to learn that the theme park won’t actually be a replica of the factory. Don’t get me wrong — the Great Wall of Chocolate that they have planned sounds pretty cool. But if I could tour an imitation of Willy Wonka’s factory, I’m pretty sure I would go ape-poop CRAZY!

In case you doubt me, you should know that I ate chocolate for breakfast two days ago and brownie for dinner last night. So I’m no lightweight. But actually, out of all the treats described in Dahl’s book, the one I most wish I could try is the fizzy lifting drink. I mean, c’mon — it’s delicious and it makes you fly!

What about you guys? If you had a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory, which wondrous room would YOU make a beeline for?

And in case you don’t remember them all, here’s a refresher of the sweets described in the book:

  • Candy-Coated Pencils for Sucking
  • Cavity-Filling Caramels: “No more dentists!”
  • Cokernut-Ice Skating Rinks
  • Cows that give chocolate milk
  • Eatable Marshmallow Pillows
  • Exploding Candy for your Enemies
  • Fizzy Lemonade Swimming Pools
  • Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days
  • Invisible Chocolate Bars for Eating in Class
  • Lickable Wallpaper for Nurseries
  • Luminous Lollies for in Bed at Night
  • Magic Hand-Fudge: “When you hold it in your hand, you taste it in your mouth!”
  • Mint Jujubes for the Boy Next Door: “They’ll give him green teeth for a month!”
  • Rainbow Drops: “Suck them and you can spit in six different colors!”
  • Stickjaw for Talkative Parents
  • Strawberry-Juice Water Pistols
  • Square Candies that Look Round
  • The Rock-Candy Mine: “10,000 feet deep!”
  • Toffee-Apple Trees for Planting out in your Garden
  • Wriggle-Sweets that wriggle delightfully in your tummy after swallowing

(Btw, this list was taken from Wikipedia — what, you think I have time to put together a list like this? Puh-leeze, I have better things to do, like stuffing my face…)

— Karen

Harry Potter Theme Park News!!!!!

September 16th, 2009 by

OMG OMG OMG:

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

And as if that weren’t enough, yesterday the people behind the HP theme park revealed some long-awaited details about that wondrous promised land! I was going to joke about not sharing that info with you and then be all like, “Just kidding!” But I’m just too excited and I can’t even be bothered. So here’s the full text of the press release, for your enjoyment:

(Warning: It’s pretty long, so if you’re in a hurry or maybe just as impatient as I am, then I’d suggest you focus on the list of attractions, in the blue box below. That’s the best stuff!)

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