My kids were just the right age when the Harry Potter series hit
book stores. We read every installment together as a family and
then reread them in order every time a new book was released. Both
of my kids are big readers, and I give J.K. Rowling a lot of the
credit for that.
A life-sized Hogwarts Express is just one
of the straight-from-the-movie touches that will delight you at
Universal Studios' Harry Potter attraction.
A whole new generation is learning to love the stories from
seeing them on the big (and small) screen. Now all of us Potter
fans can experience the wonders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry for ourselves at the newest attraction at the
Universal Orlando Resort amusement park in Florida. The highly
anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter is slated to open
to the public on June 18.
Visitors will soar over Hogwarts castle, meet Harry, Ron and
Hermione, travel by Floo powder, narrowly escape a dragon attack,
have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow and be drawn into a
Sounds cool, but could be pretty scary for younger kids, so you
might want to consider your child's fear factor before heading to
the park. Universal, in general, is best for kids who are slightly
older or more mature. The park offers intense virtual reality rides
that can feel heart-stoppingly real to a sensitive child.
If you do go, consider staying "on property" in one of the
Universal Resort hotels (the elegant Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel, the
family-friendly Loews Royal Pacific Resort, or my favorite, the
Hard Rock Hotel). Staying on property entitles visitors to several
perks, including early park admission and the right to bypass lines
at Universal simply by showing your room key card. Check the Web
for special deals.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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