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The scenery makes you feel like you're on the movie set with parts of the Hogsmead section looking more like Daigon Alley. Even the ATM machine is labeled as a branch of Gringott's. We ate at the Three Broomsticks, saw the mini-show at Olivander's wand shop, had frozen butterbeer and pumpkin juice and have the mugs/bottles to prove it.
The Forbidden Journey ride is worth a very long wait but I'd suggest going either when the park opens or mid-late afternoon or else that wait is 90+ minutes. We got in line when the tail end was in Jurassic Park -- no joke, but that was mitigated by the performance by the singing frogs of the school song. Once we got through the gardens, the castle itself was freaking incredible. The pictures interact with each other just like in the movies (on a loop, but you can't have everything.) We even got snowed on when Ron's charm backfired. The ride itself is a broomstick ride to remember that combines projected outdoor scenes with in-your-face animatronics (Spoiler: the chinese fireball asks politely for a breath mint at one point -- well, polite for a chinese fireball anyway.)
Not sure where pictures are being uploaded to yet. One of the others we traveled with took 4 GB of pictures from the week so getting these coordinated may take until Starfest.