Sunday, June 2, 2013

Still the Sister's Retreat!!

I want to include too many pictures to do one big post so suffer along with me for one more! Our last day was a big one. We headed away from the beach and on over to Universal Studios mostly to check out Harry Potter's Wizarding World. We got busy chatting and stuff and before we knew it we blew by the place by about 20 miles. Ooppppsss. So we got headed in the right direction and finally got there a little later than planned. We weren't terribly concerned until we found out the park closed at 7pm not 10pm like we thought!! This could have been a disaster. But since none of us are roller coaster fans crisis averted. We really didn't need any more time.

 Finally we got clear to the back of the park and Harry Potter! It was so fun to see it and it was just like I imagined. I knew it wasn't a huge section so I wasn't disappointed to see how tiny it really was. I enjoyed every part of it.

 We headed straight to the 3 broomsticks for lunch since we were pretty hungry and had been holding out to eat there! We braved the crowds and in we went.
 We got a lovely feast with every specialty drink there was. Either we were a little parched or my excuse is I wanted to try everything. The pumpkin fizz might have been my favorite!

 And we are done here.
 On to Hogwarts Castle! 
The highlight. Thank goodness Beth made it in! We thoroughly enjoyed going through the line because that's where all the cool stuff was to see. Too much to take pictures of unfortunately.
 Loved the pictures that were exactly like the movie.

 Dumbledoor's Room
 The Hall that snowed on us!! That was crazy cool. The ride itself was incredible. It is like a motion simulator combined with the soaring over California technology. It was amazing but it made Nadine and Beth queasy so we only did it once. Very cool!
 Loved the candy shop where I shopped forever for the grandsons! Too many choices.

 The Harry Potter land was so fun. We really enjoyed our time there but finished it with lots of time to spare so we checked out the other areas too.
Jurassic Park was pretty exciting.
Loved Dr Seuss land. Super fun.
We left with a little time left over actually after much shopping and looking around. We just had a good time checking out the shops and stuff. It kept raining on us so we decided we had enough and it was time to go have dinner. Nadine took us to a great pizza place and then we decided to wrap things up with a great dessert. Most of us had never been to the Melting Pot so off we went for some chocolate fondue. We felt a little cheated after being too full to have it the night before.
 They put us in a separate room in the back because of the strong seafood smell which saved my life and their customers since we got a little loud. We really had fun and laughed until we were sick. They were so good to us but definitely deserved a big tip for putting up with us all night. We had such a great night and knew all too soon it was coming to an end.

 We laughed and ate and laughed some more until it was time to get us to our hotel. We said our good byes and promised not to wait another 30 years to get together alone again! The next day we all went our separate ways and started swapping pictures and planning for a product  that was we hoped was about to change our lives. Oh well no hottie but a super fun weekend!!

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