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Old 12-06-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Harry Potter on the 30th-- Help me plan?

So my husband and I are veteran Disney-goers, and this year we decided that we just love Harry Potter and Jurassic Park too much not to hit IoA while we're in the area. Problem is that we'll be there during peak season (no getting around it this year), so I want to plan a bit more than usual. I know there will be wicked lines, but we've also done Disney on New Years, so I figure it can't be worse?

One of the problems is that I have a rather long souvenir list, and from what I remember you can't ride things in IoA without putting your stuff in a locker, and the lockers are pretty small. So here is my tentative (and rough) itinerary, and I would be grateful for comments and suggestions for improvement!

7:00 AM: Arrive at park, even though I know they don't open til 8AM-- just in case.

1) Beeline to WWHP.
2) Hit up Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge, Ollivanders.
3) If I remember right, the Owl Post is next to Ollivanders? Postcards and mail some things.
4) Whatever meal we can grab at 3 Broomsticks. Pick up souvenir mugs.
5) Honeydukes. I have a weak spot for candy, so we're bound to get a rather lot.
6) Finish picking up any bulky must-haves we saw.
7) Drop-off run to the car. Maybe some down-time if we're pooped.
8) Back to the parks, skipping to just before Potter and working our way back through clockwise.

I'm hoping this puts us at WWHP again in the evening so we can have another spin on Dragon Challenge (I loved it when it was Dueling Dragons, too), OR we could backtrack to Marvel for The Hulk if it's too long of a line initially (unlikely, as we can stand in line for 3 hours and still be happy).

My worries are:
- Attendance caps. I know this happens at Disney. Would we be able to get back in if we leave to drop things off at the car?
- Food. If my blood sugar crashes, I'll be out of the game. Can I get through with some things like granola bars and tea? No idea how strict they are there.
- Bags. I plan to bring a folding tote bag to haul souvenirs since I am predicting buying some bulky things. Will that be OK or will security get edgy about a large, non-Universal bag?

I know that Universal offers drop-off at the gate, but it makes me anxious to think that I might have to stand in line just to get my things, or that one item might go missing. Plus, candy. :3

Input and answers welcome! Thanks!
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