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No visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure is complete without a ride on the Forbidden Journey. Hogwarts is the center of all that encompasses Harry Potter. I imagine that all Harry Potter fans who enter these walls are filled with a joy they cannot describe. It is quite possibly the most amazing attraction I have ever seen. There is not a single detail missing on this adventure from the moment you step inside Hogwarts to the moment you depart the building.
The ride does not offer the Universal Express Pass Option (during peak busy times you will see a fast pass like box near rides), but there is a single rider line that will move very quickly if you don’t mind splitting up. This is a very intense, fast paced ride, although only 48 inches is the height requirement you may want to ride first to see if it will be too scary for your child. If you decide that the ride is too intense and the other parent wants to ride, Universal does offer Child Swap on this attraction, just tell a cast member by ride entrance.
A 37-year-old man from North Carolina was charged with robbing a credit union after police say he told investigators that he felt “pressured” to fulfill a promise to buy his girlfriend’s children tickets for a Disney cruise vacation.
Satellite Beach police reported that the man, who has been identified as Cedrick Royce Swinson, and his girlfriend drove overnight to Brevard County to take their Disney cruise when he found out that the cash for his final payment on the tickets was not available for withdrawal.
“He claimed he had money in the bank but that he couldn’t get access to it or that they had a hold on it,” said Cmdr. Brad Hodge of the Satellite Beach Police Department. “He said he felt pressured to follow through with his promise to take (the girlfriend and her two children) on a Disney cruise and decided to rob the credit union.”
What joy spring brings! Flowers bloom, empty forests refill with abundant green foliage, forest animals make friends with random princesses…wait a minute…okay so maybe that last one was a stretch (unless you are 100% princess like me. Accept it. Embrace it.) Any rate, with all of these spring things comes the inevitable thunderstorm.
Now, I know that there are loads of articles all over the internet on what to do at Disney in the event of rain; I even wrote one, appropriately titled It’s Raining…Not Pouring! Making the Most of the Parks in the Rain! In this article I’ll give suggestions for making the most of the parks when it rains. Among my suggestions, head for indoor attractions, be prepared with ponchos, and last but not least brave it. Brave it? That is a bold statement, one that should be followed up by some caution, granted, most of us have a generous portion of common sense! Now, I will give my self credit on this article because I did say that if you hear thunder, you should head for safe cover. But recently I watched a news show with a segment on lightning safety and I have to say that I am so glad I watched!
I’ve never been one to play around with lightning! When I was little, my mother would make us shut everything off, we weren’t allowed to stand near windows, we couldn’t use the telephone, we couldn’t go anywhere near water (like even the toilet). Now that I’m grown, I’ve relaxed a lot; pretty much the only of those rules I keep is to get indoors to safety. I thought that all my Mom’s precautions were preposterous. But friends, thanks to some time watching the tube whilst laying on my belly waiting for an allergy panel to react, I got some eye opening information! I was shocked to learn just how dangerous lightning is! So, what does this have to do with Disney? A lot!
Here are some tips for playing it safe in the parks: lightning safety at Disney World.
Each year we drive to Walt Disney World, we leave very early in the morning, like 4am! So going to the parks after a 10 hour drive is just not something that we like to do. Instead, we try to do a Disney non park adventure on our arrival day. In years past, we have tried different character meals for dinner and have explored Downtown Disney. This year, when we received our travel documents, we noticed that there were 2 complementary passes for either Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. We were excited about trying something new and decided that this was what we were going to try this year. With the 2 free passes, it was a great deal for our family. It would only cost our family of 4, $20 to experience a new Disney Adventure.
After looking over the 2 courses, we decided to try the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. And of course it would not be a Disney Attraction if they did not create a storyline to go along with the attraction.
When you book a reservation to stay at a Disney resort at Walt Disney World, you have the option of adding a Dining Plan to your reservation. These dining credits can be used at hundreds of locations throughout the Walt Disney World between all four theme parks, both water parks, Downtown Disney, and all of the Disney Resorts. So, how can you make the most out of your dining plan?
One way to make the most out of your Disney Dining Plan is to plan for breakfast at Disney World!