As usual, we started off our visit with a round of butterbeer:
Toasting to another great trip together!
We also had Butterbeer ice cream...
And these fools had to try the Fishy Green Ale - it's not actually fish-flavored, but rather minty with blueberry boba pearls in the bottom.
Of course we went on all the rides, including a trip on the Hogwarts Express:
The train coming into the station! I was as excited to see it as the kids in front of me were.
We went to Ollivander's Wand Shop:
Even though we already have wands, it's fun to visit and watch the wand ceremony.
So! Many! Wands!
I just liked this sign because of the B:
The dragon guarding Gringott's Bank:
And the dragon breathing fire - yes, it gets warm if you're standing nearby!
And now to the part where Jeff was a good sport while we could not stop laughing:
It started innocently enough - we all sat down to watch a show starring Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.
And then suddenly the Banshees were coming off the stage, straight toward Jeff. They beckoned him to come with them...
Once on stage, they sang to him...
And even got him to dance along with them.
We were dying - Sam was videoing the performance and it was a HOOT to watch. Jeff is lucky that I don't have the video, because you know I'd post it here, but trust me when I say that we enjoyed this surprise performance immensely!
One last picture:
That's Hogwarts castle behind us, and the place where my kids (aw, who am I kidding - and me as well) wish we could have gone to school.