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Harry Potter Celebration Update

More details are being released about the 2015 Harry Potter Celebration, featuring cast members from the films. The event will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Universal Orlando. Of course, the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida will heighten the excitement.

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Next at Universal Orlando: King Kong?

The announcement of Legendary Entertainment’s movie based on King Kong’s Skull Island birthplace has fueled speculation about a like attraction at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. In true Universal fashion, mum’s the word although bloggers such as Robert Niles of ThemeParkInsider.com have been speculating about plans for months. Construction is already underway on the site [...]

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Diagon Alley Preview & Potter Celebration

The blogosphere is atwitter over a live webcast taking place on Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m., to announce details of the new Wizarding World Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. The anticipated opening for new Harry Potter-themed land is summer 2014. Already the Hogswart Express is in place. It will take visitors from the Wizard World of [...]

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Universal Orlando Celebrates the Holidays

You’ve got to give Universal Orlando credit for holding off until Dec. 7 to kick off its holiday celebrations. But it’s doing it up in a big way at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The Macy’s Holiday Parade, Universal-style, will take place at Universal Studios, featuring large-than-life balloons, holiday-inspired floats and characters, and a tree-light [...]

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Hogsmeade Preview, Jurassic Speculation at Universal

Ever changing. Ever updating. Universal Orlando is in a constant state of flux. Our man in Orlando, Seth Kubersky, who is hard at work on the 2014 update of Universal Orlando: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure with Kelly Monaghan, sent us a couple of items that prove exactly how ambitious those [...]

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Universal Announces Harry Potter Weekend

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Universal Orlando is dedicating a whole weekend to your favorite wizard in January. The event, scheduled for Jan. 24 to 26, 2014 and planned in conjunction with Warner Brothers, will feature Q&A sessions with cast members, a film tribute, and wand demonstrations, along with a special evening reception. There will also be [...]

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New Food Selections at CityWalk?

Our man in Orlando, Seth Kubersky, forwarded us a post from ParkRumors.com about changes at City Walk. Based on three new demolition/building permits posted in June, Pastamoré Market Café will likely be replaced by Woodfire Pizza, a new pizza restaurant; the Latin Quarter Restaurant may be replaced by a Mexican restaurant; and Starbucks may (or [...]

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Hogwarts Express Taking Shape

The Hogwarts Express is inching toward visibility at Universal Orlando. According to hypable.com, an elevated train track is now visible, the first evidence of real train elements. It’s expected that the Hogwarts Express will connect the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure with the proposed London/Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. Hypable [...]

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Cheers! 5 million Butterbeers Sold at Universal

  Universal Orlando celebrated the sale of 5 million Butterbeers this week by giving away 1,000 mugs of the treasured beverage of choice for Harry Potter and friends. Devotees are characterized by their creamy mustaches! According to Universal Orlando 2013, published by the Intrepid Traveler, the popular drink is a vanilla shortbread cookie-flavored soda, with [...]

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Universal Orlando Announces Holiday Schedule

Admittedly, we were a tad hesitant to post a Christmas-related item even before Halloween treats have been given out. Or Penn & Teller and Alice Cooper had left their haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights. But according to Universal Orlando 2013: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure, the heaviest tourism season is [...]

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