The next morning we headed by the airport to pick up Grandma and OGO and then started the next part of our trip in Universal Studios. We were so excited to see the new Harry Potter attractions and the girls were so excited to see the world we had been reading about in real life. We started with the newest part, Diagon Alley. As the adults had all visited Hogsmead in the past. We had so much fun riding the new Gringotts ride, visiting all the shops and playing with the new interactive wands. The girls spent time trying every spell they could find in both parks. The Hogwarts Express was a great ride and an easy way to go back and forth between parks, and we just had such a great time. The girls also loved the water slide, and we enjoyed more butter beers than a normal person should consume! We also raced our way at the park opening our second day to ride King Kong. Usually a 120 minute wait, we got on in less than 30 minutes! We were happy Hattie could ride, as she was pretty sick of being left out of things! We figured cause she was tall enough it would be a good ride for everyone, but there were some seriously scary parts that involved dinosaurs getting their heads ripped off by giant apes… and Hattie, pleased with her ability to ride, just clapped and cheered like it was no big thing! I realize now, that I didn’t take nearly enough pictures of our trip, but here is what I have, and just know that we had a great time!
We headed to a beach on the Gulf side of the state for a break from the parks. I apparently took zero pictures, but the girls played in the waves forever and had a great time.
Then it was time for Disney. We started our day in Disney, Hattie was just so thrilled, she said as we walked in the park, “I so cited.” And she could stop grinning. It was adorable.
She enjoyed all the rides, and even got to go on the Seven Dwarves Mine Coaster, and she was in love! The girls all had a great time, the got crowns and were princesses all day long. It really is such a magical place!
It was drizzling throughout our trip. We found Belle’s Storybook area during a rainstorm and Sophie and Hattie both participated in the show. The best part is that you get a picture with Belle afterwards with no lines!
The next day we headed to EPCOT. The new Frozen ride was so fun, and Hattie was in heaven. We did as much as we could before my parents had to head to the airport. We ate lunch with the princesses, and Mary Poppins. Sophie is getting too old for the characters I think, she was acting all old and teenage-y. But Hattie and Violet loved it.
After they left it started to rain again, and we got lucky walking by Else and Anna and a 30 minute wait. The girls were so excited to meet the sisters, and Sophie was actually kind of geeing out. I was glad to see the magic was getting to her!
The days we were at Disney we stayed at the Art of Animation Hotel, it had these great rooms with themes, and giant characters all over the resort. The first night we stayed in the Cars area, then we moved to the Ariel side. My favorite were the super cute giant seagulls from Nemo. Such a cute hotel.
We had a great trip, were so happy to hang out with friends and family, and get one theme park trip in before Hattie turned three!