I really don’t understand how bloggers manage to post every day. I either don’t have enough exciting things to post about or I am too busy doing exciting things to post about it. Which is why I am now sitting at by best friend’s kitchen table in Kansas writing about the things I did last week in Orlando.
I think the motto for IPW should be work hard, play hard. 6,500 tour operators, travel agents, wholesalers and attractions gathered from 74 different countries for three days of back to back meetings. It’s like speed dating for tourism. At the end of each day we were shuttled off to a new adventure in the alluring city of Orlando. While our opening night at Magic Kingdom was my favorite (what can I say, I have a soft spot for the Mouse), Universal Studios Florida left us wanting nothing. Similar to our opening night at Disney World, the park closed to the public and opened an hour later to the attendees of IPW. We were greeted by a red carpet lined with characters. My coworkers and I were literally some of the first people in the park. We made a mad dash for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter stopping only for a cup of fruit and some waters. The food would have to wait!
We strolled through a very empty Diagon Alley before enjoying the thrilling Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts roller coaster. We followed that with Butter Beer (get it frozen!) and a turkey leg before tackling some of the other rides. While we were most excited to see everything Harry Potter, but we couldn’t exactly pass up Revenge of the Mummy or TRANSFORMERS while were were there. Revenge of the Mummy was amazing; I almost threw up on TRANSFORMERS.
Around 9:30 p.m. we hopped on the Hogwarts Express which dropped us off at Universal’s Island of Adventure where Hogsmeade and Hogwarts are located. Unfortunately we were having so much fun on the rides we missed the fireworks finale. We didn’t care. It was worth it to enjoy a few more minutes with Harry Potter!
Overall the evening was long but wonderful. Six very tired adults stumbled out of the park with tummies full of delicious food and hearts full of adventure.