Taking the Kids to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
It's a family vacation first.
No, I'm not talking about how you can feel the dragon's breath as you soar over Hogsmeade with
"Very good for charming work," he tells one young would-be wizard.
No, I'm not talking about the amazing attention to detail that transports you to Hogsmeade, complete with the caged Monster Book of Monsters baring its teeth and toys like a Sneakoscope that will light up and whistle if someone untrustworthy is around.
I'm talking about the thousands of vacationing tweens, teens and young adults who, in an effort to beat the crowds, have rousted their parents out of bed before
"They never get up this early without a lot of prodding," laughed
Thanks, Harry. Suddenly, young people, who wouldn't spend much vacation time with their folks, much less get out of bed this early if they didn't have to, think family vacations are fun again, especially when mom and dad or grandpa pay for the trip and pop for
"I about fainted when I went into the castle. It was so cool," said 20-year-old
This is the generation, of course, that grew up with
For that reason, says
"I've read all the books twice," said
That is as long as you can navigate the biggest theme park crowds I've ever seen.
Stay at a
If money isn't a concern, opt for a VIP tour (http://bit.ly/bbdqHW) at
Throughout the day, people wait on line simply to get into the 20-acre Wizarding World area of the park and then wait additionally for everything else -- from butter beer to the chance to pose with the conductor of the Hogwarts Express or to get into Three Broomsticks restaurant. "It's exhausting," acknowledged
Some, though, simply gave up. "The kids didn't want to wait that long so we haven't done anything here," said a dejected
After waiting an hour and being chosen from 25 people by the Wandkeeper to get fitted for her perfect wand (yes, music sounded, lights dimmed and wind rustled), 23-year-old
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