At last you get a glimpse of the sky and a close up of the castle. But only for a moment before you are whisked through the Hogwarts greenhouses
Apparently classes are still going on as you can spot some "homework" safely locked behind the cages:
As promised, the detailing is elaborate. Incredible. I suspect it surpasses the actual sets used in the movies:
Finally, you enter into the castle proper. Passing the entrance to Dumbledore's office. Now if only I could remember that day's password . . .
Seems like a great way to track each House's points no? Gryffindor is in the lead, with Slytherin close behind, of course:
You can almost see the Cornish pixies that were released in this classroom in one of the movies climbing on that flying skeleton hanging from the ceiling!
Ah, we've made it to Dumbledore's office! He appears briefly to give us a vague preview of what's ahead . . .
and then so do Harry, Ron, and Hermione! The technology here is bar none.
And then you come to a Hogwarts stairwell complete with talking paintings. They sure are chatty! (PS sorry the photos are so dark - the queue is dimly lit and sometimes the flash didn't work. I'm not really a photographer lol)
Because as you turn the corner you arrive at the loading dock, complete with BEAUTIFUL floating candles. Seriously you guys, how do I install this in my apartment?
I won't tell you about the ride other than it is INCREDIBLE. It's like a combination of a 4D movie, Star Tours, a dark ride, AND a mild roller coaster. AH-MAZING.
Okay I'll tell you one more thing: GO EARLY. By the time I left the land, about 2 hours from opening, the line was Toy-Story-Mania level long.