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THE BIG 5: Five more of the best adult beverages at Universal Orlando

Five more of Universal Orlando?s best adult beverages.

It’s no secret that Universal Orlando offers a plethora of experiences that are perfect for adults who want to get away for a while. One of the favorite ways for adults to kick back is to have a cold, refreshing adult beverage. There’s so many wonderful choices, the possibilities are almost staggering. That’s why we couldn’t have just one BIG 5 countdown for Universal’s best alcoholic offerings – we had to make it a double!   #5 – Frozen Slush Drinks with a shot (multiple locations) No … [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...]

THE BIG 5: Top five adult beverages at Universal Orlando

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Over the past two years, Universal has become the stage for my weekend shenanigans. This has allowed me, along with the input of friends and fellow Universal fans, to complete the “grueling” task of seeking out the best adult beverages at Universal Orlando. And now I'm going to share them with you, so you can complete the "grueling" task of double-checking my work!   #5 – Frozen Mojito at Chez Alcatraz (San Fransisco) First, let’s just take a moment to savor the lovely atmosphere … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Most expensive merchandise at Universal’s theme parks

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Are you thinking you'll have to wait until Diagon Alley opens before you can shell out an extraordinary amount of cash on Universal merchandise? Think again. In this edition of THE BIG 5, we explore the riches that can be found inside some of Universal's merchandise shops. My ventures through these stores proved to be eye-opening and full of new entries onto my personal wish list. So come along and dream with me as we drool over some of the coolest stuff that can be yours – for a price, of … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five Escape from Gringotts features Potter fans have been waiting for

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

You’ve read all the reasons why non-Potter Muggles should get excited over Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get into the nitty-gritty of what the Potter faithful can salivate over. If you’re fully steeped in the mythology of Harry Potter and can rattle off, say, the backstory of the Great Lake off the top of your head, you still aren’t prepared for everything that Universal’s Gringotts Wizarding Bank is going to throw at you. Now how’s … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five Escape from Gringotts features non-Potter fans will love


Today’s the day: Universal officially unveiled a slew of new details on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, the flagship attraction of its new Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. And while many of these tidbits will absolutely appeal to the diehard Harry Potter fans across the globe (and we'll talk about that in our next blog post), there’s actually a surprising amount to look forward to even if you’re not a Potter-head. Want to see how Escape from Gringotts will still be … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five sweet treats at Universal’s theme parks

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When you’re on vacation, you have the perfect excuses to indulge in sweet desserts you might otherwise forgo: first, there’s all the walking you’ll be doing. Second, there’s the extra fuel you’re going to need to stay pepped and ready to take on all the fun ahead of you. Third, there are so many wonderful treats you won’t find anywhere else. And, finally, it’s your vacation… you’ve earned it! In a previous previous BIG 5 blog post, we counted down the best desserts at Universal Orlando, which … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five wide-open spaces to relax at Universal’s theme parks

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Spending the day at Universal Orlando Resort can be both exhilarating and tiring. During a busy day of excitement, it is important to take breaks and recharge yourself. There are some beautiful places dotted throughout both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure that offer lovely vistas and ample room to spread out and relax. In this edition of THE BIG 5, we take a deep breath, get a cold drink, and count down our favorite of these wide-open spaces.   #5 – Sneetch Beach … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five souvenirs deals for under $10 at Universal Orlando

Universal's best souvenirs for under $10.

Both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure are wonderful vacation destinations and a trip that you’ll never want to forget. What's the best way to keep the memories fresh in your mind? There's always photos, of course, but souvenirs should never be overlooked – and although they can be on the pricy side, there are plenty of great ones under $10 that will keep the memory alive (while also keeping the kids, who want something to take home, very happy). These also make great gifts for … [Read more...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom trip report – April 2014 (FastPass+ progress, World of Avatar construction & best tips for touring)


For this month's Walt Disney World trip report, I spent a “wild” day at Animal Kingdom this past weekend. The weather was beautiful, with temperatures in the low 80s, a calming breeze, and plenty of sunshine. Upon entering the park this visit, I noticed the FastPass+ kiosk lines were dramatically shorter than my visit in January. This is most likely because Annual Passholders and guests not staying at a Disney resort can now make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance. Also, unlike … [Read more...]

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