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I could live in Hogsmeade: A Family Vacay, pt 1

The Bunker/Medrano clan took their first family vacation together this holiday season. We had first talked about it earlier this year and decided on a trip to Orlando to go to Universal Studios and Disney World immediately before Christmas. Even though I’m not big on roller coasters, I was excited to go for family time, and got even more excited once everyone started telling me that it’s not just all about the roller coasters. I had never been so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. After going, they were right. It’s very interactive and they have lots of attractions for even the chickens like me.

Note: I didn’t take my DSLR. I didn’t want to lug it around a theme park all day. So all of my photos are from my iPhone 5.

Before we left, Aaron’s mom goes, “Did you know that they have a Lucy exhibit and sometimes a Lucy impersonator walks around?” I swear to you I started tearing up just thinking about meeting “Lucy.” After all, I’m a Lucy historian of sorts.

Now, I know this is ridiculous because this lady is probably just some woman trying to make a living and does so by hitting the pavement every day at a theme park with her uncanny resemblance to Lucille Ball, but I had tears well up in my eyes when I met her. She’s not Lucille Ball but there was a tiny part of me, that little girl that felt like she was meeting Santa at the mall, that came over me and for a brief moment, I felt like I was really meeting Lucy. And that was too much for me to handle.

I am, after all, a Lucy historian of sorts.

Below, a letter to Lucy from Carol. Two of my favorite women in one glass case. I could’ve stared at the letter all day because that’s the kind of nerd I am.

Besides the moment where I got emotional over meeting fake Lucille Ball, the absolutely best part of about the entire trip (besides spending quality time with family, duh), was Harry Potter World!

How on earth have I come this far in life without knowing anything about the Harry Potter series except for the fact that the main character’s name is “Harry Potter?”

Before we left, Aaron made me watch the first Harry Potter movie and I knew five minutes into it that I was going to be a BIG fan! And I’m glad he made me watch it because I was able to appreciate Hogsmeade so much more! Now that we’re back, we’ve finished the first 3 movies. If it were up to me, I’d watch them all in one day but Aaron and I are doing it together and that wouldn’t work for him. I’ve also got the books in my queue, right after the other hundred books I’ve said I was going to read and never did. I have good intentions, though! Maybe I’ll listen to the books? Hmm…

My first butterbeer. The only way to describe this is “cream soda on crack.” It’s just like cream soda, only sweeter, with a butterscotch foam on top. I remember seeing a recipe here that I’m interested in trying at home. It will be fun for the Harry Potter marathons I’m planning on throwing every year that I know all of my friends will come to. Right?

Here’s where I might have gotten a little over-zealous; I rode the Harry Potter ride 4 times! I’m not a big fan of big, nasty roller coasters but this ride is nothing like that. Even though it’s nothing like that, it’s still amazing. I don’t know how to describe it so just go read about it on good ‘ol wiki.

Below are some photos I grabbed on my cell while waiting in line. We had earlybird tickets so we were able to get in an hour before the park officially opened and rode it with hardly no wait at all.

I could live in Hogsmeade…or at least a town that looks like it.

Ps. After two weeks of Harry Potter (watching the movies and visiting Harry Potter world) I think I’ve caught a British accent. I’m a little annoying to be around right now.

Not that British people sound annoying. Not at all. Quite the contrary, actually. (Said in a British accent, of course). It’s only annoying when it’s a person constantly faking a British accent.

It dropped into the 30s while we were there so for 3 days we were bundled up in our coats.

See that coffee on the right? I waited in a line for 30 minutes for that sucker. No one else wanted to wait that long for coffee so they went to ride a ride while I chilled with my vanilla latte. That’s what we non-roller-coaster-ians do; we wait for everyone else while we enjoy a nice coffee.

That’s enough about my vacation for now. We spent the first three days at Universal visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

The last two we spent at Disney World. I’ll tell you about that in the next post. I might even share a really embarrassing funny picture of me riding Tower of Terror. Stay tuned!


Ps. Even though I posted this picture the other day, I’m posting it again for bragging rights. I rode The Hulk, people! I saw a special on it several years ago and swore I would never ride it if I went. Aaron convinced me and I did it. I might have been crying the whole time, but I did it!

I can check that off my bucket list. No need to do that again. Hahaha!

  • Kyla - So jealous!! I think that if K gets to do a Make-A-Wish trip (which is highly likely) that she will probably pick going to Harry Potter World!! ReplyCancel

  • Maddy - So glad you had a great time! I loved living vicariously through your instagram photos. After seeing yours, I'm begging Kleber to make plans to go to FL in the new year. It's been a while 🙂

    Also good call on leaving the DSLR at home! Disney/ Universal is meant to be enjoyed – in the moment! If we do go this year, I'll definitely be leaving the camera at home 🙂 ReplyCancel

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