Day 3 is also known as, "One of the main reasons our family went to England." It was impressive and I only took 500 photos. We spent a good 6 hours at the tour and really I could have gone back and walked through the whole thing again. Nerd.
Also, it turns out our family can get nowhere on time. Even if it is to a tour that I have been waiting months to visit and have planned out in detail. Thankfully, although the time is important there was a little leeway for people like us.
What always happens when you hand a 5-year-old your camera phone.
It felt a little like Disneyland as we lined up to enter.
Then, you enter the main hall of Hogwarts! Was I just the tiniest bit disappointed that there weren't candles floating from the ceiling...maybe just a little.
After the Hall, there was just everything and anything you can imagine from the movies, both scenery and props. So much to see.
It got better, probably my favorite area of the tour was seeing the Hogwart Express.
Lunch was a little crazy. By the time we got to the cafeteria the kids were starving. Butterbeer was a HUGE hit. And, as the pictures show, you can really see the differences in how much kids approach life. The food was another matter altogether. British beef has a slightly different flavor to American beef and my boys were having nothing to do with their hamburgers. Vera's salad was interesting. Next time, more snacks and a little food planning ahead would have been better. You know, for when we head to England again.
Wait, this might have been my favorite part. The outdoor section of the tour was noteworthy.
THE BRIDGE! So much smaller in real life. ;)
Okay, as far as sets go, the Gringott's Bank was impressive. At one point there is a video explaining how they made the columns look like marble.
This would be the point at which Keller wandered off and got lost. Urgh. It took us far too long to realize that he had wandered all the way out of the tour.
The Dude back with us.
I made The Dude pose with every possible Quidditch area.
One last selfie to fully document that we did it!