My wife loves Harry Potter and Halloween, so I’m trying to plan a surprise visit to UOR next October for our anniversary.
There are a few details I’m fuzzy on and hoping the good people here can help out.
Objectives, in order of priority:
- Minimize burden on grandparents who will be watching the kids here in Ohio while we jet off to Florida
- See everything worth seeing related to Harry Potter
- Experience at least a taste of HHN
Candidate plan #1:
- Drop kids at school on a Thursday and catch a nonstop flight around 9-10am, arriving around 1pm.
- Drop luggage at hotel and head immediately to the parks for a night of Harry Potter.
- Hit the park at rode drop on Friday and spend the day doing more Harry Potter. Catch HHN at night.
- Early morning flight on Saturday, arriving home around noon or 1pm. (Total burden on grandparents: pick up kids from school twice, take them to school once, one lazy Saturday morning watching TV)
Candidate plan #2:
- Same arrival as above
- Relax at hotel until HHN on Thursday night, and focus entirely on Halloween
- Rope drop the parks Friday morning and focus on Harry Potter the entire day
- Same return as above
My questions are:
- If we’re wheels down MCO at 1pm, what’s a realistic time to expect to be in the parks? 3pm?
- If we don’t have a “stay and scream” HHN ticket then do we have to leave both parks at 630, or are there things we can continue to do into the evening with a “normal park only” ticket?
- My wife loves Halloween, but really really loves Harry Potter. If I try and do both in this single visit are we going to have to skip any of the must-do HP stuff? If you were in my shoes would you trust Express Passes and a good touring plan, or would you visit after HHN ends to focus just on wizard stuff?
I guess my main stumbling block is figuring out exactly how much WWHP time we’d lose on account of HHN going on and whether or not the added HHN cost is worth it.
Thanks for any suggestions you have!