Strolling Around…..

Dragon Atop Building in Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Park

Dragon Atop Building in Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Park

I think I’ve previously explained that hubby is the big Harry Potter fan. The major international dive trade show (DEMA) is held in Orlando every other year. In general, we come up one day early and do either Disney or Universal. Since we visited Harry Potter Wizarding World (Hogsmeade) before, this year it was to see the addition of Diagon Alley. It’s over in Universal while Hogsmeade is in the Islands of Adventure Park. I’m not sure if the two places are the same size, but they are both well done. We didn’t wait in line for the two rides, but chose instead to stroll around. We did catch a couple of the street performances – one singing and one story-telling. We were a little surprised at the crowds on a Tuesday afternoon not during a holiday time, but I suppose it’s always pretty busy. We took our time wandering back out of the park and stopped to see a great Transformer (don’t know which character it was) having photo ops with children. Popeye and Olive Oil were in another spot and we did linger for a bit at the classic cars as part of the movie American Graffiti section.

We’ll be having dinner tonight at the newer Emeril’s restaurant, Tchoup Chop (pronounced chop-chop and I have no idea why). It’s fusion with a definite Asian flair and is right here in the hotel. Oh, not surprisingly, we had lunch at Margaritaville Café which is what we usually do. We have an early start and busy day tomorrow, so we’ll see how things go.


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