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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
Somewhere in Arendelle, Olaf is a VERY happy snowman!
It’s only fitting that my very first post should be about how today is the first day of summer, because summer means no school, no homework and having PLENTY of time to visit theme parks!
Living in Florida gives me access to some of the best theme parks in the country–Walt Disney World, Universal, and Busch Gardens. Even though I can visit these parks whenever I want during the rest of the year, it’s easier to go during the summer because I don’t have to worry about missing class or having to get an assignment done!
This summer is especially exciting because in just 17 days, Universal Studios Florida will officially open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter–Diagon Alley!
Diagon Alley comes four years after the initial grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter–Hogsmeade, which opened on June 18th, 2010 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This ‘world’ features the famous Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which houses the very popular Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. You can also have a Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, get a wand at Ollivander’s and stock up on Chocolate Frogs at Honeydukes!
Diagon Alley promises to be just as, if not more, amazing as Hogsmeade. You will be able to dine at the Leaky Cauldron, make your way down Knockturn Alley, and go on an adventure in Gringotts on the new ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts.
Is this not every Harry Potter fan’s dream come true?!
But it gets even better. Universal also brings the Hogwarts Express to life this summer, giving guests who have a park-to-park ticket or an annual pass the opportunity to travel between the two ‘worlds’ and experience the ride of a lifetime. When you enter the train station at Hogsmeade, you even get to walk through the wall to get to Platform 9 3/4 😉
This summer also brings us a completed New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World thanks to the addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which opened on May 28th, 2014.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family friendly coaster that brings you swinging cars, advanced audio-animatronics, and your favorite seven dwarfs! You even get a glimpse of the dwarfs dancing with Snow White in their cottage at the end of ride–and the Evil Queen lurking outside.
We can also expect to see Falcon’s Fury: The Ride open some time this summer at Busch Gardens Tampa. This freestanding drop tower stands at 335 feet, making it the tallest freestanding drop tower in the country. If that wasn’t scary enough, you pivot 90 degrees before the big drop so that you plummet 60 mph to the ground–face down.
If you’re heading to Florida this summer, there are SO many new things to experience. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen to protect you from the sun, a poncho to protect you from the daily showers, and your sense of adventure.
Happy Summer, theme park goers! ❤
Where are you headed this summer? Let me know in the comments!