Movie Mania

by Alan Rider

This is the summer my 10-year-old son discovered both the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter film franchises.  And, not surprisingly, he’s crazy about them.  Which got me to thinking about how fans of both series can have an extraordinary experience of their own following in their movie heroes’ footsteps.

Let’s start with the newest Indy epic Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.   While it’s unlikely you’ll experience the same degree of peril as our fedora-wearing hero (which is a good thing), Seattle-based Wildland Adventures eight-day Undiscovered Belize Adventure  tours will take you to the ancient Mayan ruins of Lubaantun,  Belize where the famous Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull—a.k.a. ”The Skull of Doom” that inspired the movie—was discovered in 1926.   When you’re not exploring the remnants of lost civilizations, the trips offer the chance to snorkel Belize’s pristine barrier reef, swim into a cave to view an underground waterfall, visit an organic cacao plantation for a taste of locally-made chocolate, and more.

For fans eagerly awaiting the release of the next Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Colorado Springs-based HP Fan Trips  offers a variety of tours and events designed to immerse you into the young wizard’s world.  High points of their offerings include the chance to ride in the same Hogwarts Express train cars used in the movies, feast at Hogwarts-style evening banquets, attend wizardry classes, and spend the night in dorm rooms in an actual 14th-century English castle. 


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