Scott sure surprised me when he woke me up at 6:30 am last Thursday and told me to take a quick shower and pack a bag for warm weather. Needless to say I was a bit confused that early in the morning. After packing my bag, we got in the car and driving for about 15 minutes he told me we were going to Orlando to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to celebrate my 30th birthday! I’m a pretty big Harry Potter fan so I was very excited. We got to Orlando on Thursday afternoon and shopped at an outlet mall close to our hotel. On Friday, we went to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure and made a beeline to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter portion of the park. I have to say, it was pretty great. I was impressed with all the details in the village area and the rides were fun, except for the Hippogriff ride, which was entirely too short and a bit of a letdown. Everything else was great though. I particularly enjoyed the butterbeer in Hogsmeade and eating lunch at the Three Broomsticks. We were especially fortunate because we didn’t have to wait in line too long for the rides. It was a weekday in late September so that probably had something to do with it. We were lucky enough to ride our favorite rides several times. We rode the Forbidden Journey (my favorite Harry Potter ride) twice; the Hulk twice; and the Dragon Challenge roller coaster three times. All in all, it was a good day at the theme park, even considering the downpour mid-afternoon.
On Saturday, my actual birth day, we decided to go to Epcot. Neither of us had been to Epcot in many years so we decided what better place to be on you birthday than Disney World? Before I entered the park, the ticket booth “cast member” gave me a birthday button. I wore the button all day and all the “cast members” wished me happy birthday (34 times to be exact). And one lady even sang happy birthday to me. We had a good time visiting all the “countries” and checking out the rides. I think my favorite was the Mission: Space ride. We were exhausted at the end of the day at Epcot. Walking around theme parks for two days can be tiring. We capped off my birthday with dinner at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney.
It was a bit difficult leaving Orlando on Sunday morning because we had such a great time there (and we had to get up at 4:30 am–yikes!). But I had a fantastic birthday and was thoroughly surprised. Thanks, Scott!