Having compared before and after pictures, I can safely conclude that the Lost Continent was vastly superior themed than Harry Potter is. The only saving grace is the Forbiddden Journey, which I hope is as spectacular as people make it out to be.
Because you can totally deduce that from photos.
Apart from the Dueling Dragons queue, LC was nothing special, probably the weakest area of IOA.
No, I have been to IOA before the expansion so I do remember how good LC was. Lost Continent is/was amazing, one of the best themed environments in the world. Worst area? Rubbish. Just because it's not based on an IP.
Of course nothing looks as good in pictures as it does in the flesh, but Forbidden Journey aside, the rest of the area just looks like a load of fluff with two mediocre themed inverters and a load of overpriced shops. Effectively it's just one new ride.
Hogsmeade just looks so out of place in Florida, plus it isnt as well themed or realistic as it should be. Of course I am basing that on pictures. Harry Potter is excellent, but it annoys me when amazing creative themes like LC are destroyed.