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Old 07-22-2011, 01:37 PM   #136
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You're pictures inside the castle came out so much better than mine! I got a new camera for Christmas so I hope it takes as good of pics as yours did.
This TR is making me so excited about our trip and reminding me of stuff I need to get and do!
Looks like you had a great time. Did you post the answers to the O.W.L yet?
My oldest DS is not crazy for rollercoasters or extreme rides. He goes on RnR because he can't see what's going on LOL and he'll also go on EE but only once each trip, but my youngest DS is so psyched he is 54" this year. He can't wait to ride the Hulk and Dragon Challenge! He is fearless! His first time on EE he was only 6 and his hands were in the air on the high drop down while his big brother was screaming like a girl lol.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:18 PM   #137
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Just found your trip report today! I am enjoying it.

I need the answers though! I didn't get every one, but I think I got enough to pass my O.W.L.S.!!
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:12 PM   #138
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Just got back from the beach- me, my best friend, her sister and 8 boys from age 8 to 14. Plus we found one more 10 year old on the beach (friend of Ben's). Oh, boy!

Sorry I haven't posted the answers yet. I don't have an answer key so I need to type them up... But I did promise them today!


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GREAT update & descriptions! I love your WWoHP photos! You're lucky you didn't have to use a locker there- it is a NIGHTMARE getting back & retrieving stuff from them after the ride.
Traveling light was one of the best things we did. I saw the "light" of traveling light on last year's Disney trip. I am a reformed pack mule!

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Yes, I do remember wondering what the Deathly Hallows were. When I got to the part where they first mentioned them, I was like OHHHHHHHH, I'm going to get an answer soon! haha

Love the WWOHP update! When we went last summer we didn't have the luxury of getting into the park early so we ended up waiting about 45 minutes for the Forbidden Journey. I was a little hesistant about riding but am SO glad I ended up trying it anyway. There really is nothing like it. Amazing!
45 minutes is not too bad for a wait last summer (except in the greenhouse part). My neighbor went a week after it opened and I think she spent a total of 4 hours in line, between getting into WWoHP and the Forbidden Journey ride.


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I'm loving your report, Dee! And I hope you don't mind my sending some of your party ideas to a friend with a HP obsessed daughter!
I appreciate your comments! Lots more to come.

Share away on the party tips. The only other things I can suggest are making wands out of pretzel rods with frosting, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc and making a miracle bubble solution in potions class using Dragon snot (glycerine), Unicorn pee (Dawn detergent) and water from Hogwarts Lagoon.

I specialize in Star Wars parties, too!

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Love the O.W.L.
I need to see Part 2 once I watch Part 1...I refused to watch it cause I didn't want to be left hanging at the end!
So we decided to watch all the movies again & are now at Order of the Phoenix it has just been too hot to sit in & watch them. Maybe this weekend then il take them to see it this week.

Can't wait to see how I did on the OWLs. I think I did pretty well but a few got me thinking. Hahahaha
Enjoy the movies! I think I have only seen HBP twice and DH, P1 once.

Hopefully posting the O.W.L. answers soon.

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When the Deathly Hallows came out, I remember thinking, "Wow. I'm really tired and I can't believe all these people are standing here at midnight in this crowded bookstore in the middle of a tiny vacation town." The boys were so excited - I didn't think were actually going to stay awake that long after swimming and boating all day. When I was well-rested enough to think about what the Deathly Hallows might mean, I had no idea! But now I can pass the boys' Deathly Hallows quizzes! (So too bad they wouldn't take the O.W.L. last night.)

Anyway, LOVE your title and the supplementary photos of Nate and Ben (do they read your TRs?) Great detailed photos of Hogwarts - looks amazing! As always, it's a great combination of storytelling, photos and helpful planning info. I won't ask too many questions yet, because I know you have more on the way.
Nate and I made it to about 11:30 pm at the book release party. Very late for us. A friend picked up our copy at midnight and I think I let her hang onto it for the day or two it took her to finish it.

Thanks so much for your comments. I'm glad you're enjoying the report!

I thought you would appreciate the title. Although I think you will appreciate it more and more (or maybe less and less) in a couple of years. Yikes!

The boys are not reading the reports. I would probably be in a bit of trouble if they did, but Mark is following along.

Ben did preview my review of Seuss Landing, though, and he liked it.

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Love the O.W.L. -- couldn't even begin to guess on the Beans, though. Your pictures are great.

I'm a Disney addict, but we love WWOHP, and the front of the line passes for resort guests at Universal are the best. We've stayed at Portofino (so pretty! and we loved Sal's) and Royal Pacific. The rooms are definitely smaller than at Portofino (especially the bathroom), if that's a concern. We had a great time at Royal Pacific -- cheaper, closer, and more laid-back. And the grounds are gorgeous.
I think I need to give the other two places test runs if we plan another trip to US/IoA. We discussed that future trips would probably be mostly Disney with a day or two on the dark side.

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You're pictures inside the castle came out so much better than mine! I got a new camera for Christmas so I hope it takes as good of pics as yours did.
This TR is making me so excited about our trip and reminding me of stuff I need to get and do!
Looks like you had a great time. Did you post the answers to the O.W.L yet?
My oldest DS is not crazy for rollercoasters or extreme rides. He goes on RnR because he can't see what's going on LOL and he'll also go on EE but only once each trip, but my youngest DS is so psyched he is 54" this year. He can't wait to ride the Hulk and Dragon Challenge! He is fearless! His first time on EE he was only 6 and his hands were in the air on the high drop down while his big brother was screaming like a girl lol.
Thank you!!!

I love my Canon Powershot D10- takes really nice photos and the best thing is that the camera is waterproof and takes great pictures when I am snorkeling or at the beach or pool.

I didn't even cherry pick photos from later visits to castle! Those were all pictures taken that morning. But that is the one and only picture of the Mirror of Eresid that came out decent.

If you have learned nothing else so far, at least remember to bring a fanny pack!


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Just found your trip report today! I am enjoying it.

I need the answers though! I didn't get every one, but I think I got enough to pass my O.W.L.S.!!


So glad you are joining us!

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Old 07-22-2011, 03:22 PM   #139
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Love the O.W.L.
I need to see Part 2 once I watch Part 1...I refused to watch it cause I didn't want to be left hanging at the end!
So we decided to watch all the movies again & are now at Order of the Phoenix it has just been too hot to sit in & watch them. Maybe this weekend then il take them to see it this week.

Can't wait to see how I did on the OWLs. I think I did pretty well but a few got me thinking. Hahahaha
I'm glad I'm not the only one! We just bought Part 1 on BluRay and plan on watching it this weekend, hopefully catching 2 in the theater next week.

And Dee, of COURSE we're sticking around for the rest of the reports - your TRs are great fun!
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:58 PM   #140
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I did not get to go to the world premiere of the final Harry Potter movie. My brother went and sent me emails. He said the after-party was "sick." I think that meant totally crazy!
I'm dying to go to WWoHP. It pains me to wait but wait I will.

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Old 07-22-2011, 07:38 PM   #141
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Love the pics of Harry Potter! I took two of my sons to the Harry Potter exhibition in Times Square today and it was very cool. Lots of authentic things from all of the movies. After Timmy and I looked at your pictures, we are even more excited to see WWOHP!! Thanks for the great report. Very helpful
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:15 PM   #142
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I'm glad I'm not the only one! We just bought Part 1 on BluRay and plan on watching it this weekend, hopefully catching 2 in the theater next week.

And Dee, of COURSE we're sticking around for the rest of the reports - your TRs are great fun!
Thank you!!!

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I did not get to go to the world premiere of the final Harry Potter movie. My brother went and sent me emails. He said the after-party was "sick." I think that meant totally crazy!
I'm dying to go to WWoHP. It pains me to wait but wait I will.

Amanda
Did you see the movie yet, though? Tough watching it with commoners, eh?

It will be a lot more fun and meaningful when you can share it with the kids!

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Love the pics of Harry Potter! I took two of my sons to the Harry Potter exhibition in Times Square today and it was very cool. Lots of authentic things from all of the movies. After Timmy and I looked at your pictures, we are even more excited to see WWOHP!! Thanks for the great report. Very helpful
Nate and I saw the exhibit when it was at the Museum of Science in Boston. I have the souvenir photo book because they wouldn't let us take pictures!
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:16 PM   #143
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Finally- O.W.L. answer key is up, post on page 7.

Sorry for the delay!
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:18 PM   #144
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Well I only got about 45 pts. b/c I forgot Charlie, not Percy.
I only knew of Filch as a squib.
I knew I had the BB beans ques. wrong
As for the potions- I quessed wrong on pixie livers and rat spleen
I couldn't think of all the qualities of the houses.
It was fun to do with DS though Thanks!!! Not much he wants to do with mom ya know? But I know you feel my pain. I have to change his age to 14 on my sig. one of these days
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DH and I got 75 (without doing the Bertie Bots or Potions questions)...I got lazy and didn't want to do those.

If you saw my post before...I retract my statement....I just checked my facts and I was wrong.
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Because it's his car!

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Well I only got about 45 pts. b/c I forgot Charlie, not Percy.
I only knew of Filch as a squib.
I knew I had the BB beans ques. wrong
As for the potions- I quessed wrong on pixie livers and rat spleen
I couldn't think of all the qualities of the houses.
It was fun to do with DS though Thanks!!! Not much he wants to do with mom ya know? But I know you feel my pain. I have to change his age to 14 on my sig. one of these days
Nice job!

I had to look up the house qualities yesterday to do my answer sheet.

I'm glad you were able to work on the owl with your son. I totally hear you on that one! Although one of the things Nate and I do together is pub trivia. My brother runs a trivia company and once and awhile we will go out and be part of a team.

I see you changed your signature!


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DH and I got 75 (without doing the Bertie Bots or Potions questions)...I got lazy and didn't want to do those.

If you saw my post before...I retract my statement....I just checked my facts and I was wrong.
Excellent!

I didn't see your post, but now I'm curious...


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Quote from NateBenMa "Why is Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Angila here?"

Because it's his car!

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No, but why is it here, at the Dragon Challenge from the Triwizard Tournament, instead of the Forbidden Forest (Flight of the Hippogriff). I remember the car in Chamber of Secrets and Half Blood Prince, but not Goblet of Fire. Totally threw me off!
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Sorry, just one more question. So are we allowed to take cameras onto the Forbiden Journey ride and just not bags?
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Sorry, just one more question. So are we allowed to take cameras onto the Forbiden Journey ride and just not bags?
You can't be holding onto a camera while one the ride. It needs to go into a pocket (preferably one that zips or snaps closed) or in a fanny pack.

So if your camera is too large to be stowed away, you need to put it into a locker.

My camera is a point and shoot, and went into the fanny pack after the castle part and before the ride.
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Dee - thanks for the WW insight & pics. Glad to hear this is truly as impressive as your pics appear. DS19 is our household true Harry Potter fan as he started reading the books in elementary school. Think this is something he would enjoy.

Also, love the "eye roll" pics, been there seen that....this too will pass.

Looking forward to the rest of your report!
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