Spring Break 2017 – Orlando: Escape from Gringotts
The main ride in the Diagon Alley area is “Escape from Gringotts“, which is an inside moving visual experience. It is a must ride attraction at Universal Studios. Gringotts is the bank from the Harry Potter series, and the wait line for the ride takes you through the entrance to a bank and then down the stairs to the vaults where the ride is.
For this spread I used a bank vault background paper (right hand side), and a plain grey for the left hand side. I used my Cricut machine to cut the columns for the left hand side. Not that they are exactly the same ones as I used on the Harry Potter Intro page – but cut in different colors to match this spread.
The photos on the the left hand page are from the entrance lobby, and the outside of the ride where there is a dragon who breathes fire about every 10 minutes. It is an incredible experience that will leave you feeling the heat. The right hand side has a picture of the animatronic goblins who are in the entrance area to the ride who keep busy counting their money. There is also a folding envelope with some “real” Harry Potter money inside.
In this close up picture you can see money, which can be purchased at the Money exchange in Diagon Alley. It can be used like a gift certificate in any store at Universal. I didn’t spend it, and instead put it in the envelope, which is affixed to the outside of the plastic page protector so that it can be removed and viewed.
In order to protect it I put the “money” inside a plastic money sleeve. I purchased several of these for other scrapbook projects where I have wanted to showcase currency from various countries (Aruba, Switzerland, Sweden, and the Euro).
Some people have commented that it seems weird that I would leave so much money just sitting on a page, but it has been a fun way to showcase the countries that we have been in, and serves as a small and simple souvenir that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Who knows – maybe someday they will be worth something! (or at least worth more than they are now 🙂 ).