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Universal Announces Hike in Prices


Right on the heels of Disney, Universal Orlando has raised its admission prices. And as with Disney, it’s the second time within a year. That means the cost of a one-day base ticket (excluding tax) is now $96 for adults and $90 for children; a one-day park-to-park ticket is $136 for adults and $130 for [...]

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Universal Offers Sneak Peak at Diagon Alley

Harry Potter fans have been heading to Universal to catch a glimpse of Diagon Alley’s progress. Universal has helped them along by providing “telephone booths” through which they can view the construction, under way at Universal Studios Florida. The colorful facades of the buildings portraying London are readily apparent as seen in photos from Ricky [...]

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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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Potterly Prediction? A Harry Potter Hotel

Rich Bilbao of the Orlando Business Journal is dreaming of a Harry Potter-themed hotel. The stars are in alignment, he surmises, given that NBCUniversal, Universal Orlando Resort’s parent company, said it could add more than 10,000 hotel rooms and still make a profit. And a new partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling that [...]

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Last ‘House’ – Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City

And the final house is … “Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City.” Universal made the announcement this week, wrapping up a month-long lead into this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. The fright-fest that draws thousands every year. The line-up features a variety of house and street scenes based on horror flicks, television shows, and video games. [...]

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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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Howlin’ at Halloween Horror Nights with ‘American Werewolf’

The haunted house for the day is based on “An American Werewolf in London.” It’s based on the 1981 film written and directed by John Landis, who has been working with Universal’s creative team on the project. Universal Orlando has been speeding up its media blitz for the 23rd annual Halloween Horror Nights, which begins [...]

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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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Ebooks, Apps Vs. Print Guidebooks

Ebooks are probably here to stay, but the larger problem is the decrease in retailers, says the Intrepid Traveler Publisher Kelly Monaghan in an interview with Dewayne Bevil of the Orlando Sentinel. As a result, there’s more of an emphasis on reaching the large Disney fan base. The books published by the Intrepid Traveler are [...]

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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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