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Julie is an Orlando enthusiast who travels to the area as often as she can to enjoy the theme parks, restaurants, and regional attractions. Along with visiting all of the well known attractions, Julie loves to spend time with her friends who live in the area, and she calls Central Florida her second home. Julie has previously been featured on the Visit Kissimmee website as a guest blogger and now she brings her experiences and enthusiasm to our site.

Fun Spot America trip report – April 2014 (new attractions, the Sweet Spot & deals to save you money)

Fun Spot - April 2014.

The first time I wrote about Fun Spot America, they just had their grand re-opening. Almost a year has gone by since then, and I am pleased to say that Fun Spot is still adding all kinds of goodies and specials to enhance your visit. I am also very happy to say that White Lightning is running just as good as it was the day it opened. The new additions include a face-painting booth, trapeze school, a renovated kiddie ride area, and a pavilion/shaded seating area to protect you from the Florida … [Read more...]

Embassy Suites Orlando South on I-Drive: Vacation the way it should be

Embassy Suites Orlando.

At the Embassy Suites Orlando, you’ll find a friendly staff; spacious, clean rooms; and some really wonderful amenities. These are the things that all add up into helping make your vacation enjoyable and special – the way it should be! Located just half a mile from the Orange County Convention Center, this is an all-suites property. You have the option of choosing from a king room suite (452 square feet), a double bed suite (493 sq ft), as well as a two-bedroom/two-bathroom suite (1,088 … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five best ways to find romance at Universal Orlando on Valentine’s Day

Universal CityWalk at dusk.

When thinking about Universal Orlando and its theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, one might not think of much in the way of romance. But the resort does have quite the romantic side (don't we all?). With Valentine's Day upon us again this Friday, we thought we'd take this opportunity to present our list of the most romantic things to do on-site:   #5 - Visit the water's edge at CityWalk Universal CityWalk, Orlando's dining and entertainment capital, might … [Read more...]

E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida: The park’s last opening-day attraction is still one of its best

E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida.

The attraction building might look a bit plain from the outside, but I can assure you there is a whole other world waiting for you inside E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida. Starting off with the preshow for this attraction, you first get an explanation from Steven Spielberg of what is happening on E.T.’s home planet and that he needs your help. You make your way into the next room where you will receive your Interplanetary Passport; you will need this in order to travel to … [Read more...]

Step into a World of Wonder at WonderWorks on International Drive

WonderWorks Orlando on International Drive.

It’s not every day you can say you’ve experienced a hurricane or earthquake, felt the icy waters of the Titanic, built your own roller coaster (and rode it too!), flown a fighter jet and laid on a bed of nails -- all under one roof. But if you visit Orlando’s Wonderworks, you can do all of that and much more! We’ve passed the famous upside down Wonderworks endless times, but never really knew what was inside. It was finally time to explore this unique establishment, which is located on … [Read more...]

Reader poll: Do you prefer when Halloween Horror Nights is based on popular stories or original concepts?

PicMonkey Collage

Universal Orlando is known for transporting guests into their favorite movies, TV shows, and books. Over the years, Universal has even turned some of our favorite stories into attractions and experiences at Halloween Horror Nights. During HHN Carnival of Carnage in 2007, Universal made the dream world of Freddy Krueger a reality in A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers; they also put us up close and personal with Mary Shaw and her dolls in Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw. Throughout … [Read more...]

Reader poll: Your favorite time of the year to visit Universal Orlando Resort

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.

Each season of the year offers unique and fun happenings at Universal Orlando Resort. In this week's poll, let's find out which one is your favorite! Spring at Universal means it’s time to kick back with a drink, enjoy the tastes of New Orleans and dance the night away at Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration. The event's biggest highlight: the boisterous parade featuring beautiful, handcrafted floats, party music, and best of all, so many beads! After the parade, some of the best known bands in … [Read more...]

Reader poll: If you could, which closed USF attraction would you bring back?


Universal Orlando is recognized around the world for their collection of first-class attractions. Unfortunately, as we all know, to make room for new attractions sometimes old ones have to be replaced. Over the years we've seen attractions that we hold near to our hearts disappear from Universal Studios Florida, the original theme park at Universal Orlando. In this week's poll we take a look at the most popular lost attractions: JAWS and the Amity backlot of Universal Studios Florida is the … [Read more...]

Reader poll: The best place to party in Orlando

Welcome to Universal CityWalk.

There are an endless amount of fun things for people of all ages to do in Orlando, but for this poll -- inspired by all the twerking in the news and the extended Labor Day weekend -- let’s focus on an adult activity: your favorite place for a little naughty vacation fun and party thrills. (And of course, by naughty vacation fun, we mean the kind that still lets you get up with the kids first thing in the morning!) Here are the most popular destinations: Universal CityWalk At "Orlando's … [Read more...]

Reader poll: Your favorite on-site hotel at Universal Orlando


One thing I love about Orlando is the variety of beautiful hotels that are in the area. At Universal Orlando specifically, guests will find three AAA Four Diamond award-winning luxury resorts: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Not only are these properties visually stunning, but they offer a lot of extra perks when you stay on-site. For starters, you’re only footsteps (or a water taxi ride) away from CityWalk and both theme parks. You also get … [Read more...]

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