As you all know, I’m going to UOR for two full days in the parks in December. We will have EPs and are staying on-property.
I had put together a touring plan based on last year’s opening hours, but the hours that have just been published have blown the whole thing apart.
Both parks are (allegedly: I think they’re lying) open from 9am to 7pm. Early Entry is only available at IOA both days.
Now, I know with EPs you don’t really need to plan, but I’m trying to tell a story here. I want there to be a logical flow to the WWOHP elements of the trip, and I want to squeeze in particular restaurant reservations. Then there’s the complication of neither Hagrid’s nor VC having EP.
Hogwarts Express (both ways?)
Diagon Alley exploring
Jimmy Fallon or Minions
F&F (shut up, Anty likes cars)
Three Broomsticks breakfast
Big Fire dinner
Hard Rock breakfast (?)
Mythos lunch (?)
Other considerations: On Day 1 we have the Christmas tour at 6pm till after close. On Day 2 I want to do the Macy’s parade at 5.30pm.
I’m reluctant to do EE to IOA both days because of breakfast. We can do it one day and have Three Broomsticks. But the other day we can’t do that again, which is where Hard Rock Café breakfast comes in as an idea. I have a reservation at 8am currently. That means we’d miss EE, of course. But I’d like to do HRC because I think my boys will like it as a venue.
Logically, I’d start at Diagon Alley, then take the HE to Hogsmeade and the Castle, which is vaguely what Harry did. But that doesn’t take advantage of EE.
Wait. I have an idea.
Day 1 EE to IOA just for VC, then scoot back out to HRC for breakfast. Then to Diagon Alley, followed by HE to Hogsmeade, then general IOA stuff.
Day 2 EE to IOA for Hagrid’s, then breakfast at Three Broomsticks, followed by HE to London and general UOR stuff.