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The best of 2015: Our definitive list of top new attractions and venues coming to Orlando in the next year

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There’s no two ways around it: 2014 was one of the single biggest years in Orlando history. From the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida to the completion of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, from Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica to Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa, it’ll be incredibly hard to top such a star-studded year. And that’s perhaps why no one in the city will be attempting to do so in 2015. Though there will certainly be … [Read more...]

“Let Your Heart Take Flight” as a Macy’s Holiday Parade balloon handler

Me and my balloon.

In the spring of 2005, I needed a change in my life. I don’t particular know how, at 22 years old, I knew this, or why I thought that change would be found while working at Universal Orlando. I just knew I needed something different, and that Universal was the answer. At the time I had no real way of knowing how much this theme park would come to mean to me, how the break room of MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack would become home, how co-workers would become lifelong friends, or how I’d be given the … [Read more...]

Gotham Island: What Batman’s gift shops, carnival games, and nightclub would’ve looked like at Islands of Adventure


Back in 1992, when Universal first began to sketch out the expansion that would turn its single-park Universal Studios Florida into the full-resort Universal Orlando, the company went to great lengths to design Gotham Island, home to Batman (and the original version of what is Marvel Super Hero Island today). Featuring a great many interesting proposals, details, and hidden gems, we’re continuing our archeological dig into the theme park land that never was, guided once again by Jeff Tucker, … [Read more...]

Gotham Island: What Batman at Islands of Adventure would’ve looked like

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Back in 1992, when Universal first began to sketch out the expansion that would turn its single-park Universal Studios Florida into the full-resort Universal Orlando, the company fielded – and, even, pretty thoroughly designed – a great many concepts for what would ultimately turn out to be the original six “islands” at its second theme park, Islands of Adventure. Although there are several proposals that never came to fruition, there is one in particular that deserves a second look, … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Orlando’s top five theme park Christmas shops celebrating the holiday season year-round

It's a Wonderful Shop - Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Whether it’s the middle of the summer or deep in December, you can always find a group of dedicated stores at Orlando’s theme parks that feature holiday merchandise and Christmas ornaments. You’re never far from the season of giving while you’re taking a vacation in Central Florida! In this week’s BIG 5 blog post, join me as we count down the top five Orlando theme park shops that help us celebrate the magic of the holidays 365 days a year.   #5 – It’s a Wonderful Shop (Hollywood … [Read more...]

Diagon Alley revisited: The wonderful, the awful, and everything in between

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogmeade & Diagon Alley.

When the world first heard the roar of the Gringotts dragon and gazed upon the stunning scenery of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, it was difficult for each of us to not be awestruck. However, now that the grand opening confetti been swept away from the streets and our own perceptions, it’s time to examine this ground-breaking experience a little more closely. Let’s take a look at the aspects of this land that have earned a special place in our hearts and discuss … [Read more...]

Best seats in the house: Where to sit for the most intense thrills on Universal’s biggest rides


So you’ve made it to Universal Orlando, and you’re ready to head to the parks and ride all the major headliners. While any seat on the major attractions is plenty of fun, there are certain spots that can enhance the ride experience even more. Today, I will share with you a list of my personal favorite seats to grab on Universal's major attractions that will bump your ride up a notch and give you the absolute best thrill possible!   Dragon Challenge – front row Located inside the … [Read more...]

The Cowfish: Burgushi, adult milkshakes, and more make CityWalk’s newest restaurant its best

Dynamic Duo.

It is the most highly anticipated addition to Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar has finally opened its doors, and I have to say all the hype was worth it - The Cowfish is one of the most fun and satisfying dining experiences I have had in a long time.   Dining area The design of Cowfish is perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of this new restaurant. There are multiple spaces and separate dining areas, but the venue feels cohesive and flows together (get … [Read more...]

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...]

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