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Quiet moments at Universal Orlando Resort: 10 spots to catch your breath, kick back & relax

Lucy - A Tribute at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure provide guests with numerous attractions that can thrill you unexpectedly and take your breath away. That's why sometimes you just need a moment to catch your breath, rest your feet, and relax before that next thrilling ride on Incredible Hulk or intense mission to save the Transformers' Allspark. With this in mind, we are happy to present our best recommendations for quiet moments and experiences at Universal Orlando … [Read more...]

A very special Universal Studios Florida trip report – July 2014 (Diagon Alley is here!)

Universal Studios Florida - July 2014.

On Saturday I visited Universal Studios Florida, and what an awesome day it was! The crowds were surprisingly moderate for summer, but the weather was very warm. As I entered the park, I picked up a Diagon Alley Grand Opening commemorative park map (still available, although the actual Grand Opening was July 8) and decided to tour the rest of USF before enjoying this new addition. In Production Central, Despicable Me was shut down due to technical problems but reopened later with a posted … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five kid-friendly beverages at Universal Orlando


We don’t call ourselves the Sunshine State without good reason – it’s hot here! Universal Orlando offers plenty of ways to cool off and beat the heat, but one of my favorites is to grab a frosty beverage. There are so many fun choices that are great for both kids and the young at heart. Now that summer is in full swing, let’s count down the best kid-friendly beverages.   #5 – The Simpsons specialty concoctions (Springfield USA) Springfield USA is home to a variety of specialty … [Read more...]

Orlando for beginners: Disney versus Universal in theming – which is best for you?

Magic Kingdom holiday decorations 2011.

Theming 101 There’s a reason they’re called theme parks. Since the legendary inspiration for Disneyland as Walt Disney watched his daughter on an amusement park carousel, the idea of a theme park has been centered around the notion of creating an environment, a unique place separate from the dangers and worries of the everyday world. That idea of being transported to a fantastical place has played a major role in the themed industry; it is part of what parks market, and it is a part of what … [Read more...]

Cocoa Beach’s endless possibilities: Gators, rocket launches, surfing, and so much more


If spending every day of your Orlando vacation in the theme parks seems a bit daunting, consider a relaxing day trip to one of Central Florida’s most famous beaches. Known for its proximity to the Space Program, having been the setting of the hit television show I Dream of Jeannie, and for being the home of the world’s largest surf shop, Cocoa Beach is a great little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the parks. Cocoa Beach is the closest beach to Orlando, and it’s an easy drive, as well – … [Read more...]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade is still as magical as ever: Visit again for the first time

Hogsmeade is more magical than ever.

As the world prepares to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, it’s time to remind ourselves of the true magic that is created at Universal Orlando. We are on the brink of what will be sheer fandemonium, just like four years ago, when Hogsmeade first came into the world. There is someone in my life – the biggest Potterhead I know – who had yet to see the original Wizarding World. Every time I visit Hogsmeade Village, I think of her and her extreme enthusiasm for all things … [Read more...]

Diagon Alley Preview & Red Carpet events: Reliving the excitement of Diagon’s biggest day yet

Diagon Alley Preview Event 3-oi

Although various media outlets descended upon Universal Orlando Resort Monday night for this week’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley festivities, yesterday was the first full day of events, ride-throughs, and – can you believe it? – official press announcements. It was the biggest day yet for Universal’s biggest theme park development yet, and it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the sudden cavalcade of announcements and details – or, even worse, to have some of them slip by in … [Read more...]

City of Winter Park: Take a vacation from your vacation in Orlando’s most beautiful & historic suburb

Winter Park, Florida.

As any seasoned theme park veteran knows, 14 solid days of park touring can leave you needing a vacation from your vacation. Luckily, Orlando is a huge city with an incredible amount of culture and new experiences to try away from the parks, so an excursion into uncharted territory is never far away -- and for a peaceful Saturday morning there is no better place to go than Winter Park. An upscale suburb located just north of downtown Orlando and a short drive up the I4 from the … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for June 13, 2014: Harry Potter spell-casting map and the first HHN 24 houses and scare zone revealed


Blowing out Halloween Horror Nights 24 There are times here at RRU HQ where we go back and forth quite a bit with our sources over what exactly we can and cannot say – we want to reveal as much as possible to you, our dear readers, but we also, of course, don’t want to get anyone fired. Yesterday just so happened to be one of those times, with us trying to push the envelope as much as humanly possible over just how many houses and scare zones from this year’s upcoming Halloween Horror Nights … [Read more...]

Blue Man Group Bluephoria Lounge: Experience VIP treatment and a best-kept secret at Universal

Bluephoria Lounge at Blue Man Group - Universal Orlando.

Blue Man Group has been a beloved part of Universal Orlando since 2006, when the former Nickelodeon Studios was revamped into a theater for the immersive experience. Commonly referred to simply as BMG, the show combines music, unconventional instruments, toilet paper, and comedy creating an unparalleled experience, and one of the most unique in Orlando. When you purchase tickets to Blue Man Group, you will be offered an additional opportunity to participate in a VIP experience entitled the … [Read more...]

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