A Harry Potter Nerd’s Dream Vacation

Ever since it’s opening in June of 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida has been on the agenda to visit for most fans of the books and films, however a recent announcement makes it THE place to be.

November 11-13 the theme park will host “A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films”.  The events include Q&A sessions and autograph signings with unnamed “cast members” from the films and admission to a night-time “gala”.  You also get hotel and park admission included in the final price.

As the stars are not named, I’m wondering if you’ll find yourself face to face with David Bradley (Argus Filch) and Julie Christie (Madame Rosmerta) rather than the headliners. Not that it wouldn’t be awesome, just not as awesome as shaking hands with Rupert Grint (Ron) or asking Alan Rickman whether or not J.K. Rowling had told him the truth about Snape from the beginning.

Tickets go on sale July 31st and start at $369 per person.

Advertisements

5 Things to Share and 5 Things to Forget from Childhood

Objects in the review mirror may appear cooler than they are.

Having children is a sure fire way to find yourself reminiscing about eons ago when you were young with an infinite amount of passion to spend on cartoons, toys and candy.

Some things we never let go of (Star Wars or The Princess Bride for instance) so we are certain of their awesomeness as no time has lapsed in our viewing. However there are some that are only echoes of how our 8 year old self viewed them and it isn’t until you’ve revisited in the hopes of sharing with your kids that you learn the awful truth.

The truth that, unfortunately, 8 year olds are not always the best judges of quality as the first half of our list will demonstrate.

Things from Your Childhood That Didn’t Hold Up

5.   ALF

I kill ME!

I wish it weren’t so, but it is. The live-action sitcom about my favorite cat-eating space creature is a turd sandwich. It pains me to write that, I was obsessed with ALF when I was a kid. I had cups, t-shirts and hand puppets in his likeness, I spouted his catchphrases and watched both the original show and the cartoon religiously but the proof is in the pudding. The writing is horrendous, the acting is terrible and it’s just not funny.  Don’t believe me? Then you may watch the “hilarious” moments reel  and judge for yourself.

Continue reading