I’m such a geek, you guys. I’ve been looking forward to this new Harry Potter theme park in Orlando for more than a year now – at least since I started reading all the online chatter about it.
With opening day near I couldn’t wait to plan my trip. I’ve never been to Orlando before because there are always too many other, more exciting places to go, but no way can I pass up a chance to tour Hogsmeade, shop at Honeydukes and hopefully spot a few Weasleys.
Normally I’m very wary of package deals, especially when going somewhere as touristy as Orlando. Sometimes you’ll think you’re getting a good deal until you do a little research and find that booking everything separately on your own is much cheaper. The packages being offered by Universal Orlando (where Harry Potter lives – he’s not at DisneyWorld) are pretty good though.
If you want to stay at one of the three hotels and resorts on the Universal property, you’re going to pay a lot. But if you’re willing to stay at a nearby hotel, maybe a mile or two away – with free shuttle service – you can get four nights hotel and a three day pass for the Universal parks for less than US$350 a person. That’s based on two people going. If you can get a group of four, then it works out to about US$280 a person.
Grab a great student airfare and you can totally swing this trip with the earnings from your summer job.
In case you need even more incentive, if you book a package with Universal for travel between now and December 31, 2010, you’ll also get:
* Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
* Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™
* A commemorative ticket
My friend and I decided we didn’t want to fight the summer crowds, and we were willing to wait until the fall when schools get back in so that there wouldn’t be so many little kids getting in our way.
As long as we were waiting that long, we brilliantly realized that there would be no better time to travel to Harry Potter land than Halloween, and we chose that morning for our free breakfast at the Three Broomsticks. Hopefully they’ll be serving up some special holiday treats.
I can’t wait to tell you all about it… five months from now. (At least I have something to look forward to, right?)
Lisa the Muggle