Orlando Day 5 Downtown Disney

Previous posts: Day 1 | Day 2 Part I | Day 2 Part II | Day 3 | Day 4 Part I | Day 4 Part II | Day 4 Part III

I’m finally writing the last one! (this is only a few minutes after I wrote the previous one but it’s still long overdue) This wasn’t our last day, but it is the last post I had planned to write. There’s not much else to write about, except for relaxing, swimming and lots of shopping and I don’t find that very interesting haha.

So without further ado, let’s start!

I have to admit when we first got there we weren’t that impressed and honestly I was super disappointed haha. It didn’t seem very Disney at all.

Then we found this candy store which gave me hope again haha

Though I really didn’t want to buy any candy from the Evil Queen haha. It was especially suspicious that they sold candied apples (LOOK AT THOSE BAYMAX ONES THOUGH)

We found another store selling Marvel stuff but then it looked like the Disney stuff was over and I was worried that I had overhyped it haha

I got really hungry (like always) and really didn’t want to wait for my food any longer haha. I don’t remember what I had, but I think it was good? Also look artsy picture of my Mickey and Minnie bag and Stitch dress. After we had passed through that area things were really looking brighter and I can assure you that Downtown Disney is really worth it

This area focused a lot more on Disney and they played different songs, making me feel right at home.

THIS STORE THOUGH (the one on the right, the other two pictures are from somewhere else). IT’S THE BEST. HERE ARE PICTURES FROM THE INSIDE:

LOOK AT IT. SO BEAUTIFUL. AND ALL THE STUFF THEY SOLD. They sold stuff I had seen at the parks  (like a Beauty and the Beast pillow that I had regretted buying so I got it there), as well as stuff they didn’t sell at the parks. It was glorious

Really loved this display, especially the pun haha

This is from a different store, where they sold a lot of clothes, but what I loved about it was all the art on the walls. There was more, but I chose my favourites to show

There was also a Christmas shop at Downtown, where I found some ornaments they didn’t have at Magic Kingdom, which I’m really happy with! If you’re curious about the ornaments, you can see them here

There is so much cute stuff outside the stores though, like that Winnie the Pooh statue and all the lego statues outside the Lego store. There’s another candy store, but this one is run by Goofy who I trust more than the Evil Queen. I didn’t buy anything, but it all looked so cute.

Last but not least I’ll talk about Once Upon a Toy! Like the name suggests this is a toy store, thus most of the stuff didn’t really interest me. I did think it was cool that you could build your own Mr. Potato Head (see the fifth collage, bottom left side). What I really came for though, where the Tsum Tsums. And I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t just buy the medium Minnie Mouse pictured, but a few others as well. I bought even more at the Disney Character Outlet at the Premium Outlet a few days later. They had a lot when I was there and cheaper than at Downtown Disney, so really recommend going there! (though that was a year ago so I don’t know how things are now)

I can’t believe I just finished the last post! It’s like the trip is now truly over haha. If you go to Orlando, I really recommend going here as well. We took a cab here, which cost a bit of money, but you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want while you’re there (also pro tip: if there’s a shuttle driving between your hotel and the parks, take a cab to the park where the shuttle picks people up. Saves a lot of money!) It’s a lot of fun, very Disney and magical (I almost went Doge there)

Have you been to Downtown Disney? Who is your favourite Disney villain? Let me know in the comments!



Orlando Day 4 Magic Kingdom III

Previous posts: Day 1 | Day 2 Part I | Day 2 Part II | Day 3 | Day 4 Part I | Day 4 Part II

It’s almost been an entire year since my last post in this series, but I’m determined to see it through even though my memory will be fuzzy.

Okay so I read through my last post and it ended at the Monster Inc. Laugh Floor, so let’s take a look at my pictures to see what we did after that because I don’t remember (this is why you don’t procrastinate kids)

Fun fact: as a kid I used to quote them all the time (‘oooooh’)

Deducting from the pictures and what’s left of my memory, we were quite hungry after that and decided to look for a place to eat. Before we could leave Tomorrowland though, we stumbled upon the Incredibles Super Dance Party, so naturally we stayed for that.

That’s my mom’s bow around Frozone’s neck haha. They also danced together #otp #notreallyFrozonealreadyhasagreatwifewhoisthegreatestgoodheisevergonnaget


We ended up eating at Pinocchio Village Haus, which I personally found really cute and homely. I was wearing my ‘It’s my birthday button’ and thus got a free chocolate dessert which was delicious (of course this I remember what did you expect)


After dinner we made our way through Fantasyland again, as it was getting cooler and a little more bearable to stand in the long, long line for The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train


Though not without stopping to take some pictures and do some shopping of course

So what do you do while waiting in a super long line in the heat besides complain (kidding, I didn’t complain that much)? Take an artsy picture of the Winnie the Pooh ride of course. Thankfully just like the Pooh ride this line also had interactive games, though I didn’t take any pictures of them woops.

Anyway, the ride was definitely worth waiting for! It’s fun and super cute with the dwarfs and Snow White. I won’t give too much away of course, because spoilers (plus I don’t remember much but ssh)

We walked around a bit after the ride and did some more shopping, but it was soon time for the Main Street Electrical Parade which was so pretty.

Of course it ended with a very American wagon haha. But seriously, the pictures turned out pretty good, but it was so beautiful in real life. The pictures don’t do the magic justice haha.

After that it was time for the fireworks show

IT WAS SO PRETTY AND MAGICAL WITH THE DISNEY SONGS AND QUOTES 100% RECOMMENDED. After that we quickly had to pick up our shopping bags from the pick up point so that we could catch the last shuttle back to the hotel. Obviously I didn’t want to leave, but if we had to grab a taxi back that would’ve cost a lot of money. Besides we were still going to Downtown Disney! And that’s what the last post will cover.

Oh boy, really hope that the last post won’t take me another year to write and post haha

Guys talk Disney to me (someone should make a parody like this on ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ haha). What’s your favourite film? Favourite character? Song? Let me know in the comments!



Sinterklaas, food and whipped cream in my eye

Last Saturday was Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday. I won’t give you guys a detailed explanation about it (since it’s pretty long haha), but basically on December 5th it’s ‘pakjesavond’ (‘presents nights’) and Sinterklaas visits all the children in the country and leaves a lot of presents and candy.

I ate so much food (if some of it even counts as food haha), which is no surprise unless you’re new here (in that case: hi!) because if you’ve been around for a while you should know of my love for food.

Basically I was really full and a bit nauseous (but content!) when we went home haha. But of course the evening wasn’t just us eating! (it may sound that our family gatherings are always me and my family stuffing ourselves with food, but really, it isn’t!)

To keep my six-year old cousin occupied we played some games when all of a sudden we heard a few loud knocks on the door! But when we opened it, there was no one there except for presents! My cousin remained very calm as he dragged his presents inside haha. He had a cool image to keep up of course.

He was really spoiled, but he wasn’t the only one who got presents!


How did Sinterklaas know I wanted all of this?! *cough picked all of it out myself cough*. I ordered the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when it had just come out, but since it’s rather expensive I got it for Sinterklaas (though I was really lucky to already find it with a 50% discount!). I now own two Harry Potter POP! Funkos (I already owned Dumbledore), more Tsum Tsums have joined my Tsum Tsum family and I finally have Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (if you’re a fan of Animal Crossing, I definitely recommend it. It’s very cute and fun to play!). I mentioned the Jigglypuff hat in my post about POPCULT. I thought I’d get it for Christmas, but since it’s cold already my mom decided to give it to me now (I mean, Sinterklaas decided that).

I actually wanted to take a picture including the chocolate and the gingerbread man I got, but most of the chocolate is gone already (I doubt any of you are surprised to hear that). My six-year old cousin’s father always buys the gingerbread men, and when my mom unwrapped hers the six-year old cousin was like ‘that’s Dad’s!’ so naturally we all looked at each other like ‘oh shit, how does he know that?!’, but he was referring to the chocolate  letter ‘M’ that my mom had also gotten (both my mom and his dad’s names start with an M). It was a moment of panic haha.

The rest of the evening we played the games he had gotten, including the new ‘pie face game’ (at least it’s new here). If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a link. I was very lucky to not get whipped cream in my face (*cue evil laugh every time I escaped the cream*), but of course everyone insisted that I’d play until I got some too (why do they have to be so mean?!). That’s how I ended up with whipped cream in my eye.

That was my ‘pakjesavond’! If you celebrate Sinterklaas, did you have fun? If you don’t, what’s on your Christmas wish list? Let me know in the comments!


Orlando Day 4: Disney Magic Kingdom II

Previous posts: Orlando Day 1Orlando Day 2 part 1Orlando Day 2 part 2Orlando Day 3 and Orlando Day 4 part 1.

It’s time for part two! Last post I ended it at the Winnie the Pooh ride, next was Under The Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, which follows the story of the movie. If you’re a fan of The Little Mermaid, then I definitely recommend this ride!

We did stop to take a picture at the Alice in Wonderland ride first though. We didn’t go on it, as rides like that (the spinning cups) make us both nauseous.



The building  itself is really pretty, it smells like your actually at sea and once you get into a shell you even go ‘under the sea’. This ride wasn’t there yet when I was five so that made it even more fun! I filmed a bit during the ride (I wish I had filmed more), which you’ll see in the video I’m still working on (it will probably take a while for me to finish it).

After leaving the ride we passed Gaston’s tavern and took pictures with his statue.


Gaston was actually out there to take pictures with, but the line was rather long and I don’t even like Gaston, so that wasn’t worth it haha.


Rapunzel now also has her own area in Fantasyland: her tower is there, the buildings are in the style of the film, the flags and the lanterns are there and of course wanted posters! While there a photographer took some pictures of us. We also took a selfie with the tower but it kind of failed haha.


We then ended up at the Haunted Mansion and oh my God was it hot by then! This was probably the hottest day of the entire trip, though it also didn’t help that Disney doesn’t have ventilators at most rides, while Universal does. The ride is okay, a bit boring until the end when the famous song starts playing. The best part was when inside the house the lights suddenly went out and everyone started screaming haha.

Afterwards I was really in the mood for some ice cream! What better ice cream than in the shape of Mickey’s head?


Sorry if these photos are making you hungry. 100% recommend this particular ice cream. Unless you don’t like chocolate of course, in which case I pity you.

While eating ice cream (and my mom drinking Diet Coke) we made our way towards Big Thunder Mountain Railroad where for some reasons I didn’t take any pictures. It’s a fun ride though and definitely worth standing in line for. Also there are sort of ventilators here (I’m not sure if they were ventilators or part of the ride, but they blew cold wind so who cares!).

When we got off it was almost time for the Festival of Fantasy Parade, which started right there in Frontierland! We managed to get a pretty good spot, so I could film/photograph a lot. I had no idea my mom was also taking pictures, so I could’ve continued filming instead of stopping to take pictures. Oh well!


Footage of the parade will also be used in the video I’m making! Anna and Elsa also appeared, but my photo isn’t that good as I was too late to take it and my mom apparently didn’t take one at all! Can we take a moment to appreciate Donald’s and Bashful’s adorableness by the way? And not to mention Dopey in the background!

After the parade we made our way from Frontierland to Tomorrowland. We stopped by the Christmas shop where we bought some ornaments (I also really wanted the Tinker Bell topper, but it was a rather large box so I had no idea how to take that with me, not to mention my mom already has a topper and I doubted she wanted to trade it in for Tinker Bell haha. She is going to hang my ornaments in the tree though! Along with all my old Disney ornaments). On our way to Tomorrowland we took some pictures.


Make a wish into the well
That’s all you have to do
And if you hear it echoing
Your wish will soon come true

When we arrived we immediately made our way to Stitch’s Great Escape, which had a really short line. Sadly you’re not allowed to take pictures inside so this is the only one I have:


You get inside with a group and make your way through the ride, until you get inside this room where you sit down. It’s more of a show than an actual ride, but if you’re a fan of Stitch, it’s definitely fun!

Right across from Stitch is the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, which is basically stand-up comedy and it was hilarious. Definitely recommend this one! I won’t tell you too much about it, just know that if you love Monsters Inc. or if you just love humour, you’ll love this one.


And this is where I’ll leave you again! There’s one part left and then it’s time for Downtown Disney! Next time there is an incredible dance party (hint hint), dinner at Pinocchio’s and free dessert, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, another parade, fireworks and of course more photos! Have you tried the Mickey ice cream? Did I make you hungry? (once again I apologise for that). And most importantly: are you a Stitch fan?


Orlando Day 4: Disney Magic Kingdom

Previous posts: Orlando Day 1Orlando Day 2 part 1Orlando Day 2 part 2 and Orlando Day 3.

Okay, so technically this is day 5, but since I skipped the actual day 4 as not much happens (like I said in my last post, it was a rest day), this is now called ‘day 4’, or it might be a bit confusing.

ANYWAY. THIS IS THE DAY WE WENT TO DISNEY. We had bought our tickets the day before at the hotel, which would save time (most, if not all, hotels in Orlando offer tickets, so keep that in mind so you won’t have to stand in line!).


Look how cute those tickets/cards are! Those little boxes were bought here in Amsterdam, but they go well with the cards haha. They held these delicious sort of mini-Maltesers *drools*

Of course when one goes to Disney one must wear Disney related clothing* (just like I wore my Hufflepuff tank top the first Universal day, sadly I only have one Harry Potter tank top, and honestly I can’t survive in T-shirts in somewhere as hot as Orlando), so here’s my outfit!

* This is not an actual must of course, it’s a must for me

Yay for Mickey and friends tanktop! My mom wore the same one in gray, so we we were twinning haha. Also how cool is that second photo?! It totally happened by mistake, but I like it haha. I also traded my Harry Potter keychains for my newly acquired Disney ones (thank you Walgreens).

So after breakfast we went to the main entrance to wait for the shuttle that would take us to Epcot, from there we’d ride the monorail to the ferry that would take us to Magic Kingdom.


DISNEY. Just as I took the photo we went over a bump and Mickey got cut off :(


At Epcot! Also my outfit from the back. If you look carefully you can see two Mickey heads coming out of my shoes (they’re attached to my socks)


Look how cute those life vest instructions are! AND THE CASTLE IN ALL IT’S GLORY.

Once we got to the park we immediately went to City Hall to get buttons. If you don’t know, you can get buttons that show you’re celebrating something. Since we were there for my 18th birthday we got a happy birthday button and my mom got a ‘I’m Celebrating’ one as well.


During the day I got a lot of ‘happy birthday princess Michelle’, someone even called me ‘your highness’ haha BUT SIRIUSLY THOUGH I WAS A PRINCESS FOR A DAY *one childhood dream fulfilled* (though honestly I didn’t want to be a princess that badly (Princesses have to obey all these rules and have all these responsibilities…) I wanted to be a Pokémon master. Still do. One day guys, one day)


As I said, twinning

This picture reminds me to give you guys this piece of advice: DO NOT BRING A LEATHER BAG TO AN INCREDIBLY HOT PLACE. It kept sticking to my skin, and since I had caught a mild sunburn the day before it HURT.

After getting our buttons, guess who showed up? PLUTO AND MARIE. So then we had to choose: who to take a picture with? I’m sorry Pluto, I love you, but MARIE IS SO ADORABLE.



While we where waiting for our turn the Move it! Shake It! Dance And Play It! Parade started, which I filmed. I’m going to make a video out of all my footage and share it on here later, but for now I’m going to show you this clip:

If you heard a ‘STITCH’: that’s me. I LOVE STITCH (and everything Disney, but STIIIITCH. Plus I hadn’t expected to see him in a parade). Also that laughter that follows is also me when I realised I had yelled that quite loud (it was a lot louder in real life haha).

Once the parade was over it was time to hunt down some ears/bows! There are quite a few to choose from, but we decided on these big pink bows (which was useful for my mom, as she had no idea where I was most of the time, especially in stores haha):



Then it was time to start our adventure. We made our way to the castle (me trying to resist all the shops, as we were going to go shopping later in the day) where of course pictures (read: selfies) had to be taken. While we were taking a selfie a guy proposed to his girlfriend and it was so cute! I swear, my future boyfriend better proposes to me in front of Hogwarts or Cinderella’s Castle too, or I’ll say no (just kidding. Sort of. Not really).



I’m siriusly proud of this photo. The colours, the reflection in the water… It’s so pretty!

We were making our way to Fantasyland, but then we passed this girl eating this delicious looking waffle with fruit, so naturally we decided to get one too. I mean, FOOD.


Look at my concentrated face haha

BUT THIS ISN’T WHAT WE THOUGHT WE HAD ORDERED. THAT GIRL HAD SOMETHING MUCH SMALLER I LOVE FOOD BUT THIS WAS TOO BIG. I couldn’t even finish it (surprisingly my mom, who has a smaller stomach than I do, did finish it), which was sad because foooood.

Also we saw another squirrel! I swear, every time I saw one I was Dug from Up.

My mom’s theory that I was a dog in my previous life sounds more likeable each day. This morning, she asked if I wanted a hug and I ran at her like a dog, almost knocking her off her feet (and the stairs…).

Once we were done eating we continued our way to Fantasyland. The plan was to get on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train since it was still early, but the line was sooo long and it was actually already pretty hot, so we decided to wait until it had cooled of a bit. Instead, we went on the Winnie the Pooh ride. I kind of remembered going on it when I was five (though it’s more likely I remembered it from film, not from actual memory), and even though I’m no longer five, I still loved it. I mean, it’s Winnie the Pooh.



If you’re in line with kids, your kids can play while they wait (of course you can too. No one will stop you. I think. If they do that’s unfair). If you knock on the door, you’ll hear Pooh’s voice. I don’t know if he says different things, but when I knocked he said something along the lines of ‘if you’re a Heffalump please go away’ haha.


When you get ‘inside’ there’s still stuff for kids to do. What I personally loved were these big screens with ‘honey’ that you had to swipe away to find Pooh and his friends.
As you can see the ride is in a honeypot! The ride itself is based on the story of the 1977 film, which is really cute.

After the ride is over, of course you end up in a store. In it they of course sell Winnie the Pooh stuff, but also Snow White (as The Seven Dwarfs Train is right across from it) and of course some Mickey and Minnie stuff.


TIGGER. I had to get Tigger. Not only because I love him and this particular plush is cute, but because I’m collecting all of the characters and I *GASP* didn’t have Tigger yet. One day I want to have a big library in my house, and I want to place all the plushies in the children’s section (I have big plans).

A lot happened this day, so I decided to split it up again like I did with my second post. I don’t know yet if it will be two or three parts, we’ll see! Next time: The Little Mermaid ride, Rapunzel’s tower, The Haunted Mansion, Mickey shaped ice-cream and more! Have you been to Magic Kingdom? What’s your NUMBER ONE favourite thing? I know, that’s cruel. Don’t worry, you can cheat.


Orlando Day 3: A Fish Headbutts Me

Previous posts: Orlando Day 1, Orlando Day 2 part 1 and Orlando Day 2 part 2.

It’s time for day 3 and thus day 2 of Universal! You’re probably all wondering what the title was about (A FISH ATTACKED YOU?!), but patience young grasshoppers.

We started our day at Islands of Adventure this time, where our first stop was the Spiderman ride, another one of our favourites. If you’re not familiar with this ride: you step inside a cart with 3D-glasses on with the mission of taking a picture of Spiderman, but of course this means you get in the middle of his fights with some of his enemies. It’s a fun stimulator ride which I really recommend.


Some pictures of the entire day (though there might be pictures from the previous day too).   Look I became a dog for a bit and I practiced for Quidditch. You can also see the infamous fish from my title. After a little show from Spongebob, his friends and some random fish you could take pictures with them (I wanted a picture with Octo but the line was long and it was hot) so I took a picture with that fish. After the photo was taken he either headbutted me or tried to kiss me on the head. I’m not sure which one I’d prefer.

But let’s take a step back in time! When we got off the Spiderman ride and my mom convinced me I didn’t need a very cute Spiderman plush (it’s a good thing really, as we hadn’t been to Disney yet and oh my god guys I don’t think it would have fit in my suitcase or my moms for that matter haha) we bought some fruit and made our way to Hogwarts. We still needed to fly a Hippogriff after all!


Of course selfies needed to be taken and butterbeer had to be drunk

After a few quick selfies (the Butterbeer came after the ride) we immediately made our way to the Hippogriff before it got too busy and got in line.

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I wanted to take a selfie without my mom, but was photobombed by not one, but TWO people (the other person got cut off the photo in the collage). At least no one photobombed my selfie with Buckbeak (I swear I was more enthusiastic than my face looks haha). Also quick on-ride selfies. The first one is on our way up haha. I know my mom looks a bit scared but it’s really not that high! It’s a fun kiddie rollercoaster. Though if you sit in the front you don’t have a net, so you might want to hold on to your bag (which I did the entire ride).

After the ride I got a Butterbeer and did some shopping before we set off to Hogsmeade station. Thankfully the train did ride today, so we got in line which wasn’t that long as it was the beginning of the day. This time my mom made some photos during the train ride (well she made quite a lot of photos but a lot of them are blurry so I won’t share those) and I filmed the train arriving.


Like I said in my previous post, the film on the way from Hogwarts to Diagon Alley and the other way around are different, so make sure to take the train both ways! For more info on the train, visit my previous post.

Once we were back at Diagon Alley we made our way to Gringotts right away, as we really wanted to go again haha. The line was longer this time, but that meant I noticed more details (and like I said in my previous posts it was this day that we saw the Golden Trio and Griphook). This time we were all taken from the line one by one to get your picture taken as a nice memorial (I especially like the map and border of the photo. I don’t even really like the photo itself haha).


Again, if you want to know more about this ride, visit my previous post.

By now we were really hungry, so we decided to find a restaurant (fish and chips was the only thing I liked on the menu of the Leaky Cauldron and I wanted something else that day) so we left Diagon Alley and started our search for a restaurant. First we had to stop at the Men in Black store though (I’m not a fan of the ride. Two years ago I shot at all the aliens but I barely got any points. So either I didn’t understand it or I just suck haha) because PUGS.


You may or may not know that I’m a bit obsessed with pugs (which is ironic really as I’ve been afraid of dogs most my life. Still am, just not of all dogs and definitely not of pugs! But I’m allergic haha). So naturally I had to get this pillow and shirt. I also got a pin and button, but at different shops.

After shopping we continued our search for a place to eat, and in the end we ended up at the Monster Cafe.


Inside they had all these old movie posters from monster films and they were airing Dracula (except on one tv they aired this old animated movie about a mouse. I can’t remember the name sadly! But I thought it was funny and odd that they were airing it at a monster cafe haha), which added to the atmosphere. The food was normal human food, not monster food. No blood pints and limbs or anything.

After our lunch it was time for Revenge of the Mummy again, as it’s really close to the Monster Cafe and like I said in my previous post we love that ride! When we got off we caught the Blues Brothers performing so we watched them for a bit and then went to get ice cream. I was very delighted to find out they sold Ben and Jerry’s.


IT WAS SO GOOD. But I’m biased because I love Ben and Jerry’s.

After some shopping we picked up our purchases at the package pick-up spot and walked back to Islands of Adventure, as my mom had made an appointment with a shop owner to buy a skirt she wanted but didn’t have enough money to buy it the previous day and we needed to pick up our purchases from Islands of Adventure as well.

It started raining again this time, but now we were prepared! We traded our sneakers for our flip-flops and put on our raincoats and made our way out of the park into the nearest Starbucks as we still had some time left before the shuttle from the hotel came to pick us up.

And that was the end of our Universal adventures! I was very sad that we wouldn’t be returning to the Wizarding World, but it also meant that in two days we’d go to Disney! We originally planned to go the next day, but we needed to rest for a day haha. I’ll skip this rest day as it’s not very exciting, except that we pretty much had a private pool for the entire day (on most days actually!). There were hardly any people at the pool, which was awesome.

How do you guys feel about pugs? AREN’T THEY ADORABLE. And Ben and Jerry’s am I right? If you’ve been to the Wizarding World, did you have as much fun as I did? Let me know in the comments!

– The Writing Hufflepuff

Orlando Day 2: The Wizarding World part 2

Welcome to part two! You can find part one of day 2 here. Again I warn you for fangirling and all caps. Be prepared.

After our lunch at the Leaky Cauldron, it was time for shopping! At the end of this blog series I’ll write a post about the stuff I bought, but for now pretty pictures of pretty shops!


I didn’t buy anything at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, but it was sure fun to look around! In my next collage there’s this great Umbridge toy; I laughed when I saw it. In the second picture, if you look close enough (damn the reflection), you can see the Monster Book of Monsters.

Madam Malkin’s shop is also really pretty, with so many clothes and accessories to buy! They also have this great mirror that complimented me when I walked by: ‘Merlin’s beard! You look amazing!’ Of course my mom wanted a compliment as well, but it took a while haha.

Am I the only one that kind of wants to buy one of Lockhart’s books? Or at least flip through it haha.


LOOK AT THAT UMBRIDGE TOY. Isn’t it genius?! It’s so like the twins to make something like that (and let’s face it, it would sell so well under the Hogwarts students).

Oh and look! A FIREBOLT!

The Magical Menagerie was also a lot of fun to look around in, with lots of different creatures! I have to say I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t find any Pigmy Puff earmuffs, but I suppose they only sell those in Japan?


More pretty shops!

I couldn’t take pictures everywhere, as it was either too crowded or too dark (like Knockturn Alley. I have no pictures from that one sadly. It was just too dark!)


Look my future workplace! If I weren’t a Muggle. WHICH I AM NOT. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT

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After some walking around, taking pictures and shopping, we were really craving some ice cream. So where else to go than Florean’s!

You can get regular ice cream flavours, but of course I had to try Butterbeer ice cream. My mom decided to try it as well, though unlike me she didn’t finish it. I found it really, really delicious, but it was a bit too sweet for my mom haha. Tip: go to Gringotts first, because you might get nauseous or just really full, and you really don’t want to go on a ride like that afterwards!


The dragon spat fire while we ate. Not on this picture as you can see of course. I wanted to film it but I was too late every time

After we had finished our ice cream it was time to go Shutterbuttons! Now, you may ask, what is Shutterbuttons?

At Shutterbuttons you can make your own ‘moving portrait’ a.k.a. a film. It is a bit expensive, but it’s worth it, a nice memento and a lot of fun! Besides, you can decide afterwards if you want to buy it! How nice is that?

So you go into this room with a big screen, where you get robes (you can choose the House yourself). Obviously I went with Hufflepuff, my mom chose Gryffindor.

The person helping you tells you exactly where to stand and what to do, so don’t worry about a thing! You might find it awkward at first (I know I did), but the people working at Universal are all so friendly and welcoming, they just make you feel at home!

I can’t find a way to put the video in here, so if you want to see ours, you can click here. If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask!

At this point we had pretty much been everywhere in Diagon Alley, so it was time to go to King’s Cross and take the train (which sounds really weird haha).


Do keep in mind that in order to board the train, you need a Park-to-Park ticket. I have no idea what you need to do if you only have a ticket to one of the parks. You can probably buy a ticket to the other park at King’s Cross/Hogsmeade Station, but I’m not sure.


I WALKED THROUGH THE WALL. It’s really cool ’cause once you get there, there is nothing. The things they can do these days.

Inside the train, you get your own coupé (well, with some other people probably, depending with how many you are) and once you start driving the film in the window starts playing, which looked so real! Also pay attention to the doors as the Golden Trio appears there. The ride is really well-done (again haha) and so much fun! The ride to Hogwarts and the ride back to Diagon Alley are different, so don’t forget to go again!


Once at Hogsmeade we made our way to the castle, to take the ride there. I did take pictures, but they didn’t come out that well sadly. If you have never been on there, here is one important tip:

DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS. Or keep them in your hand. Seriously, you could lose them.

The line in this one is really, really long, but it’s a fun line once you get inside the castle, because it’s basically a tour of Hogwarts and you forget that you’re spending a lot of time in line.

Once again I won’t tell you about the ride, because where’s the fun in that?

So once we got out of the ride, we wanted to go on the Flight of the Hippogriff, but the line was really long and after having stand in line for a long time for both The Forbidden Journey (the ride at the castle) and the train, we really couldn’t handle another line haha. Thus we decided to come back later (which we didn’t, as we got quite the storm and it didn’t ride. Thankfully we had another day!) and walked around a bit at Hogsmeade. Once we had seen and done everything, we walked around the rest of the park.

At some point we ended up at a restaurant in the cartoon area, where we decided to sit down and drink something. I really recommend you to do this if you’re going in the summer time as well, as both the heat, the standing in lines and walking around can really exhaust you!

While there I decided to take a picture of us, with the selfie stick we had bought before the trip. I’m not good with selfie sticks guys.


I don’t even know what’s going on in the first one. I wanted to take a picture of us both drinking, but as you can see, that didn’t exactly go as planned


Part two… As you can see it took a lot of pictures before we got a good one. At some point my mom wasn’t even in the shot anymore… Oops

If you didn’t know yet, there’s an app for Universal at which you can find the waiting times. Sadly I don’t remember it’s name, but I used it to see if the line for the Hippogriff was shorter then (it was), but as you know we never got to go on it that day.

We did make our way towards it, but we noticed that the weather was changing and when we got back to Hogsmeade, started to rain. It didn’t last that long, but it was still very cloudy, thus the ride was closed.

So we decided to take the train back to Diagon Alley (as I of course wanted to see both films). When we got in line they already told us that they were having some problems, but we thought it wouldn’t take that long. Boy, were we wrong. At some point they told us they had no idea how long it was going to take, and that if we wanted to get out we could.  Thus we did. We had no desire to stand in a line for that long when there was so much else to do! Besides it was really, really hot.

You know that rain that caused the Hippogriff to close down? That was just a preview. Thankfully we had rain capes (Mickey and Minnie ones!) but our shoes were soaked (Universal doesn’t have a good drainage, there were pools and pools of water), so when we got back to the hotel my mom had to dry them with the hair dryer haha.

Ah, I almost forgot! See at Universal and Disney you have this great thing called ‘package pick-up’: you can get your purchases delivered to the front of the park and three hours after your purchase you can pick it up. That way you don’t have to walk around with all those bags (and it’s not very practical when you go on rides). So we still had to pick those up. Not just at Islands of Adventure, where we were at the time the storm started, but also at Universal Studios… Woops (can’t believe I forgot about that. Or maybe I made myself forget?). Oh well, I mainly wanted to tell you guys about this awesome service! They do usually ask you if you want it, but it’s good to know beforehand as some employees might forget to ask!

And that concludes day 2! Now tell me: have you tried Butterbeer ice cream? What do you think of it? And have you made your own Shutterbuttons video? Share it with me! If you want of course haha. Oh and how are you with selfie sticks?

– The Writing Hufflepuff


Orlando Day 2: The Wizarding World Part 1

Note: For some reason WordPress decided to delete quite a bit of text from my post, thus I had put this on private to edit it later. If you’ve already read this post yesterday, you might have missed something! 

Warning: Lot’s of fangirling and caps lock ahead.

This was originally going to be one post, but I quickly noticed that this was getting rather long… SO TWO POSTS IT IS.

I had fallen asleep quickly the previous evening, but woke up a few times during the night and finally got up at five in the morning, after all it was eleven in the morning in Amsterdam and I just couldn’t sleep anymore. So we showered, dressed and went out for breakfast, but that is irrelevant guys. Because after breakfast, we needed to get ready for the shuttle to… UNIVERSAL STUDIOS.

Since Diagon Alley wasn’t open yet when I was there two years ago, we decided to start there and then catch the Hogwarts Express to Islands of Adventure. Today would be dedicated to Harry Potter (though we couldn’t ride the Hippogriff that day and had to wait until the next day, but more on that later).

When we arrived at the park we had to turn in our voucher for our actual tickets, but there was a problem. We needed an ID and my mom hadn’t brought any. That same morning I had asked my mom if she didn’t need to bring any (not even for the tickets, just in general) and she was like ‘nah’. So when the woman behind the desk asked for an ID, naturally we were like ‘OH SHIT’. Thankfully the woman was really sweet and patient, and in the end we showed her an email from Arkefly where we had booked our trip and tickets for Universal and she allowed that (we were so lucky as I doubt there are many people who would have done that. She actually needed something with my mom’s name and picture on it). So after that nerve-wracking ordeal we entered the park and made our way to London (which sounds really weird haha). We did stop at the Revenge of the Mummy ride as that was one of our favourites two years ago and there was only a 10 minute wait. Oh, and of course selfies needed to be taken!


The picture on the right is in line for the Mummy. We had to quickly take it before people could walk past us and take our spot in line!

After that we really made our way to London, or at least where we thought it would be. A map would’ve been useful, but I could remember where they had been building two years ago, and you can’t really get lost in Universal! (though it would’ve been a lot like us to get lost). We knew we were headed in the right direction when we spotted King’s Cross, but of course we couldn’t take the train yet! No, we had to explore London, needed to take a picture with the Knight Bus and go to Diagon Alley!


The guy who played Stan was spot on not to mention hilarious: ‘You a Hufflepuff? I think he might be a Hufflepuff’ *nods at Ernie* ”Cause he was BADGERING me this morning’ I know, terrible pun, but I laughed so hard. I love bad puns.


Don’t mind me, just checking up on the Order. CAN YOU SPOT KREACHER?! That picture was actually taken the next day. Some people were pointing and that’s when I noticed him. To be fair, he appears and disappears. So if you’re going, now you know to pay attention for our house elf friend! (I love Kreacher. Not as much as Dobby, but I really love him)



I swear the people who build everything at Universal are so talented. I was constantly awed by everything.

ANYWAYS. It was time to enter Diagon Alley itself.


I was so overwhelmed by how big and beautiful and PERFECT everything was (still is, except it’s missing one important thing: ME. Okay, I’ll stop being dramatic as I’m already lucky that I got to go!)

After taking a few photos we immediately made our way to Gringotts, as it would only get busier and busier (in case you didn’t know, that’s the ride in Diagon Alley). We were really lucky, as the wait was only 45 minutes! (I mean, I expected it to be at least an hour!). So after putting our stuff in a locker (it’s required, so IMMEDIATELY head there! And make sure you remember which finger you use for the fingerprint to open your locker) we quickly went inside. Part of the line is outside (with fans HALLELUJAH. As in ventilators. I’m sure I wasn’t the only Potterhead there, but I was praising the ventilators that saved us from dying from the heat) with some amusing posters:


The line outside was pretty quick as we made our way back inside, where you really enter the bank. Which is really, really gorgeous with goblins everywhere (who move and one of them even talks).

The beauty couldn't be captured in pictures, but I tried

The beauty couldn’t be captured in pictures, but I tried

As you walk further into the bank you pass the goblins’ offices where you also sort of meet up with the Golden Trio and Griphook (you see them in the doors of the offices. We missed this the first time because the line went too quick, so keep an eye out!) as they talk about their break-in.

Then you end up at Bill Weasley’s office where he and another goblin talk about our tour at the bank and Bill decides to join our tour. I filmed their conversation, but it’s a lot more fun to see it for yourself! (If you want to see it, let me know and I’ll upload it on Youtube and send you the link) The holograms they used for Bill and the goblin are amazing- it looks so real!

Heads up: do not get too excited at this part. You’re not there yet! (I made that mistake). You end up in another line where you also get your ‘safety goggles’ aka 3D glasses, but this line is quite short and before you know it you’re already sitting in a cart!

The ride itself was a lot of fun and SO WELL MADE. The second day we were sitting in front of the cart and I actually got scared a bit (Voldy got a little bit TOO close). The actors appearing in it all did a great job and BILL WEASLEY GOT THE SCREEN TIME HE DESERVED. FINALLY. That was the first thing I thought as we neared the end of the ride haha. I just really love Bill guys.

I won’t tell you too much of course, as that takes the surprise away! I wish you guys could’ve seen/heard me. It was a lot of ‘AAAH’ obviously and ‘OH NO’ and ‘OH SHIT’. The only fault I had was that the employees working the ride said ‘have fun Muggles’. Muggles. I AM NOT A MUGGLE.

After we got off and did a bit of shopping (the store was so pretty! But all stores were) we made our way to the Leaky Cauldron as we were starving, especially me. And when I get really hungry I’m not fun to be around haha.

When you get inside you get in a line, but don’t worry! It’s a quick one (though maybe not so quick if you’re hungry…) and once you’re through you’re directed to a register where you order your food and pay, at which you get this really cool candle with a number on it to take to your table with you, where you have to wait for your food. Again, don’t worry: you get your food really fast, but sadly they take the candle away. I just loved holding that candle guys. It was so much fun, which may sound weird, but it was!

I ordered fish and chips, but from the kiddie menu as I knew that I would never be able to finish the adult sized one and I found that a waste of money. Of course I also got a Butterbeer! How could I not?!


LOOK AT THAT CANDLE. SO. MUCH. FUN. Oh my god it sounds like I’m high on sugar or something worse. Don’t worry, the only thing I’m high on is Harry Potter.

And this is where I leave you! Next time: Shopping at Diagon Alley! More photos! I review Butterbeer ice cream! A video! And more! So stay tuned.

Have you been to Diagon Alley yet? Did you have as much fun as I did? Did you write a post about it? Tell me in the comments!

– The Writing Hufflepuff