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Limo Cycle in Downtown Sanford: One of the most unique ways to party in Central Florida

The Limo Cycle in Downtown Sanford.

Looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion with family or friends? Are you ready to explore one of Central Florida’s best historic towns? Then let the good times roll on board the Limo Cycle. Come with me and get ready to peddle through Downtown Sanford to enjoy this new and creative way to party. The Limo Cycle is essentially a bar on a stretch-limo bicycle. It can seat up to 15 people on each of its sides while the driver steers and a friendly on-board bartender keeps your … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five rides in Orlando for first-time thrill seekers

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When I was younger, I never had any fear of the big attractions - I not only loved any ride that would go upside-down, I also begged my parents to buy me platform shoes so that I would meet their height requirements. My best friend, on the other hand, has been terrified her entire life of these sorts of rides. Going to theme parks with her has made me realize that this fear is not a rare one; many people dislike going on what are deemed "thrill rides," such as high-speed roller coasters. To … [Read more...]

Bice Ristorante at Portofino Bay Hotel: Indulge in elegance, warmth, and amazing Italian food

Bice Ristorante at Portofino Bay Hotel.

I love dining in and around theme parks. Part of it is a love of great food; part of it is the trauma of losing three hours of every childhood trip to Magic Kingdom as my family rode the ferry to the parking lot and ate sandwiches out of the back of the car. Over the years, I’ve come to love really good dining – the kind of food I always sighed over on Iron Chef – and there’s a good bit of it in Orlando. I’ve eaten at a lot of wonderful restaurants around Walt Disney World (Todd English’s … [Read more...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT for September 10, 2014: Everything you want to know about Sapphire Falls Resort


In case you missed the surprise announcement yesterday morning of Universal’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, don’t you worry – we’re going to be analyzing it in-depth right now. And even if you’ve consumed the (brief) press release already, there are still some hidden nuggets to be unearthed and implications to be considered for all the rest of Universal Orlando. Who would’ve thought that one simple (but huge!) hotel would tip so much of Universal’s hand over the next three … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five new snacks and sips at Walt Disney World theme parks

The Top five new snacks and sips at Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World has really upped their gastronomic game this year, introducing a bounty of new food and beverages. In 2014 alone, the amount of new food and drinks across all of Disney World could make up multiple BIG 5 posts, but I’ve done the legwork to scope out the best. As we go through our list, it should be noted that we limited this BIG 5 just to the Disney theme parks and any new snack or drink that has been introduced this year.   #5 – Gourmet Cake Cups (Magic … [Read more...]

Empire state of mind: Tour the incredible treasures & history of USF’s New York backlot

Universal Studios Florida New York backlot.

I have always found it interesting that the New York City skyline can be seen from the entrance of an Orlando theme park based on a movie studio in California. However, as one of the last few remaining areas of Universal Studios Florida that is themed after a real city, the New York backlot is a criterion of the park. Join me as we take a fascinating look at the treasures that fill its streets... When Universal Studios Florida first opened in the last half of 1989, the art of making … [Read more...]

Eating dairy & gluten free at Universal Orlando – one family’s exquisite culinary adventure across the resort

Margaritaville Cafe Orlando at Universal CityWalk.

Editor's note: What you'll find below is the most comprehensive article I've ever read about dining with food allergies at Universal Orlando, including the parks, CityWalk, and the on-site hotels. Thank you to Kerri for sharing this with Orlando Informer, so we could share it with all our readers. Enjoy!   If you’ve ever heard that dining at Walt Disney World with food allergies is a delight, you’ve heard correctly. So it was with some trepidation that I planned a trip to Universal … [Read more...]

Hooray for Hollywood: A fascinating exploration of the theme and facades of USF’s Hollywood backlot

Universal Studios Florida Hollywood backlot.

Universal Studios Florida, to put it simply, is a celebration of Hollywood that offers plenty of movie-based, action-packed thrills to draw thousands of guests daily.  However for me, a non-thrill seeker, there is something else that attracts me. It’s the details and theming; it’s the main reason I am a theme park fan. One of my favorite examples of detailed theming is at the very front of Universal Studios Florida. If you take the time to take in all the details of the entrance and Hollywood … [Read more...]

Halloween Horror Nights 2014: An international journey of terror (Hollywood, Singapore, and Japan)


There is little doubt that Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is one of the biggest and best Halloween experiences to be had anywhere across the nation (it has been the recipient of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for Best Halloween Event six years running now, after all)… but the truth is it’s just one aspect of a many-faceted (and magnificently scary) jewel that Universal proudly displays in several locations all across the globe. HHN has, over the past 23 years, … [Read more...]

Adventures in pool-hopping at Universal Orlando’s deluxe on-site hotels

The pool area at Portofino Bay Hotel.

One of the many perks of staying at a Universal Orlando deluxe on-site hotel is the chance to enjoy the amenities at all three deluxe hotels. Universal sometimes refers to staying on-site as staying at a "12-diamond" hotel, because guests have access to three "four-diamond" properties (the deluxe properties are Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort). With this benefit, you can take a break from the theme park craziness by strolling the immaculate resort grounds, feasting … [Read more...]

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