Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hogwarts Castle: Wall of Talking Portraits

Hogwarts Castle:  Wall of Talking Portraits

This was in the tour line, but I believe that the main line has its own room like this. It's pretty cool to see some of the portraits move and interact; just like in the movies. Even better that those portraits maintain their canvas look throughout everything.

Talking Portraits
Hogwarts Castle

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

On this night, there was a special Annual Passholders event. There was a Free poster for everyone.... a special pin/lanyard set was on sale.... and of course, all of the attractions were open. I really took advantage of having my tripod on me this night too...... I actually was able to use it inside of Hogwarts. Even better that there was hardly anyone in there. Gotta love special events. ;)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First Years This Way, Please!!!

First Years This Way, Please!!!

The Wizarding World has such a great atmosphere at night. You totally get the feeling that you're strolling through a little town that's 'going to sleep'. And best of all, Hogwarts is just beautifully lit.

Return To Hogwarts

Return To Hogwarts

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dragon Challenge

The Wizading World of Harry Potter: Dragon Challenge

A re-themed version Dueling Dragons. This is a great coaster; but there's never been a constantly long line for it. At least that what it seems to me.

The Three Broomsticks

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: The Three Broomsticks

..... Fine Eating Establishment

Sunday, February 6, 2011

What's The Password???

What's The Password???

Details on the entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room. There isn't an actual room to enter though. But the Fat Lady is there talking to people.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dumbledore's Office... Take 1

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Dumbledore's Office

I really wanted to take this head-on, but the people in the normal line were constantly taking pics from that position (the tour line was actually closer to this than the other line). So luckily, there were two openings on the side to view this from.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

No Turning Back.... Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

No Turning Back.... Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

During this visit, I finally got to take a tour of Hogwarts castle. Previously, I've only gone on the ride inside by using the 'Single Rider Line'. This bypasses most of the rooms and details; with guests only getting a chance to see the final room, before boarding the ride.

It was on this visit, that I discovered that there was a line solely dedicated to people that just wanted to walk the castle, but not wait for the ride. Now, you don't get to see EVERYTHING; but you do get to see all of the main rooms (i think), and a lot of the other amazing details of Hogwarts. But as a bonus, you do get to see a room of talking portraits that others completely bypass.

And as much of a Disney fan as I am; to me personally, there's no queue on Disney property to compete with this. The complete ambience is absolutely amazing!!!!!! The level of detail, mixed with some great technology, is just a sight to behold. But who knows, maybe it's just the Harry Potter geek in me too. ;)