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I’ve been on a Harry Potter kick for the past few weeks, so editing photos these has been entirely appropriate. Here are the promised final pics of Islands of Adventure.

If you’re planning a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I’d highly recommend getting there before the park opens and heading straight back to whichever section you’re visiting.

That’s what I ended up doing, so I was able to take some photos and browse a tiny bit in the shops before the crush of people became entirely ridiculous. The shops are pretty tight, which is great for the overall feel, but I can’t imagine what that would’ve been like later in the day.

I took some pics, went through all the shops and made a few purchases (WAND!), tried butterbeer, and headed into Hogwarts.

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Butterbeer Cart, HogsmeadeThis guy ↑, he was happy to be at work. I vaguely remember him being friendly and making eye contact after I took this picture, but when I finally looked at it on my computer, he made me laugh out loud.
Also, frozen butterbeer is FANTASTIC (butterbeer for breakfast). Only tried the frozen because the lines got CRAZY, but oh my goodness…

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I didn’t end up riding anything besides “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” inside Hogwarts (which was fantastic), because, PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, but I’m super excited to head back and see the changes now that Diagon Alley exists and you can ride the Hogwarts Express.

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{photos taken January 2014}

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My sister and her fam are entirely precious. We were able to head to the beach for a photo day earlier this summer. (Considering I had to coerce convince her to let me do a few maternity shots a couple years back, I was pleasantly surprised when she called to set up a date for these.)

I’m pretty pleased with the results, considering it was a windy, rainy day. With a surprising amount of family portraits happening, actually. I learned that my brother-in-law can be counted on to consistently smile throughout the pose no matter what distracts anyone else, and that my nephew will smile if I take the camera away from my face and then make ridiculous faces at him. A tripod is apparently a necessity for pics with him. Live and learn.

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My niece is crazy grown up and my nephew is crazy adorable, so it was good times all around. :-)

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