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Friday Escape – Hogwarts

I know everyone is talking about Harry Potter; but quite honestly, they should!  The books and movies are fantastic and I am pretty excited to see the latest installment.  As such, today’s Friday Escape is Potter-themed, or rather, a Potter theme park!

I vaguely remember hearing that a Harry Potter theme park was springing up somewhere in Orlando.  It didn’t really stick in my mind as something I should remember to check out and I haven’t been to Orlando since I was around fifteen, so I completely forgot about this.  Then Ryan and I decided to re-visit movie 7.1 before we go see the last movie.  In the previews, they show footage of the theme park, and I have to say, it looks pretty awesome.  

Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are surrounded by the same stores and buildings from the books and movies.  The similarities are incredible as Universal worked with the movie studio to make the buildings as true to the sets as possible.  You can also travel through the books with Harry-inspired rides, browse shops where you can purchase all of the Harry Potter gear you could ever want (or never wanted), and re-fuel at a restaurant where you can get a pint of Butterbeer or pumpkin juice (or real adult bevies).

Granted, I’m not going to be putting Orlando anywhere near the top of my travel list; but, if someone could wave a wand and make it so I was exploring the land of Harry Potter instead of sitting in my cubicle, I would take them up on the offer.

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Friday Escape, Travel


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Of all the gin joints in all the towns….

I know.  I haven’t posted up anything new in FOREVER.  To end all of your suffering and my post drought, I have finished off a post I started at the beginning of the month on outdoor summer movies!

Finally, finally I went to one of the movie showings that is part of the many different outdoor summer movie series that are held in DC every summer.  And of all the movies in all the years, I picked CASABLANCA!

Yes, Screen on the Green is probably the biggest and most well known of the outdoor movie circuits, but Ryan and I chose to go more locally – closer to us and less people!  The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, along with other sponsors, have arranged this summer’s series at Tingey Plaza by the Navy Yard Metro stop, which also has a CapitalBikeshare stand right by it if you prefer to pedal.  This year’s theme is Oscar winners and you can find a list of the rest of the showings here.  We rode our own bikes down and it was perfect.  Plus, we were able to get a spot on the edge of the grass so we could lay our bikes next to us. 

The plaza is a spacious, but intimate setting and many people including groups of friends, families and couples had staked out their spots with blankets, towels, sheets, etc.  You can bring in whatever food or drinks you want and most people had coolers or baskets for snacks.  Many had beer or wine in plastic cups – the police officer assigned to the event didn’t seem to mind so I wouldn’t worry about this.  There was also two food trucks on hand for those that wanted to buy some hot snacks, but most options were fried or hot dogs, grilled cheese, etc.  Ryan and I opted for Subway sandwiches, which is just a block away.  There is also a Five Guys and a CVS right there if you prefer.  The movie is played on a giant blow-up screen and they cover the nearest street lamps so that it is dark.  We were pretty close so we had no problem seeing or hearing; however, the plaza is pretty small so I can’t imagine that anyone really had an issue.  A refreshing breeze was also coming off of the water and helped keep us nice and cool!

If you aren’t one for sitting on the ground, the outdoor movie pros that we saw brought down pillows and really sprawled out.  Either way, I highly recommend getting out for at least one movie.  It’s really fun and FREE!!!  You can either catch a movie you always wanted to see or re-visit a movie you like – either way, it beats paying for theatre prices and you can bring your own food and alcohol….can’t really go wrong.

If you don’t live by the waterfront, there are lots of other outdoor movie screenings – Crystal City’s “By the Numbers“, Rosslyn’s “SNL in the Movies“, NoMa’s “Trains“, and of course, Screen on the Green.

As a side note, if you have not seen Casablanca, you should absolutely Netflix it.  It truly is fantastic.  This showing was Ryan’s first time seeing it and he thought it was great!  He couldn’t believe how many famous movie lines originate from this film – it’s a classic for a very real reason.

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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Life


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