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Universal’s reopening!
After a two-and-a-half-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal Orlando’s three parks and most of its hotels will start to reopen on June 2! Find out everything you need to know in our comprehensive overview.

 Epic Universe
Universal’s newest theme park has gotten its grand opening pushed back by a year, to 2024.

See everything there is to know about Epic Universe’s past and future over on our guide page.

 The Bourne Stuntacular
Universal Orlando is getting a brand-new stunt show, replacing Terminator 2 3D: The Bourne Stuntacular! Read all about it over in the Universal Center.

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Universal Orlando’s hotels: How the reopening works

We’ve already visited the parks of Universal Orlando during the team member-only reopening period, and now it’s time to report back in on how the resort’s hotels have been faring in the age of the novel coronavirus. First, we have a short recap for you. All seven of Universal’s hotels closed down back on March […]

Universal Orlando’s parks: How the reopening works

Since March 12, we’ve been painstakingly following Universal’s plans regarding all of its resort – its three parks, seven hotels, and CityWalk dinning/shopping/entertainment complex – first to shut everything down and, now, to start them all back up. CityWalk was actually first, reopening on May 14, and, this week, it’s the parks’ turn: on June […]

Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk reopen after COVID-19 closures

UPDATE (12:19 pm, 06.03): as of today, Universal Orlando’s three parks have reopened to annual passholders, and the resort’s hotels opened yesterday. – After a lengthy (and unprecedented) closure period that first began all the way back on the night of Sunday, March 15, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resorts are beginning to slowly rumble […]

Universal, SeaWorld, and Disney begin reopening in June and July

UPDATE (12:04 pm, 06.04): SeaWorld has announced its opening plans for next week. See below for full details. – After closing the theme and water parks of its Universal Orlando Resort back on the night of Sunday, March 15, Universal started to reopen them all on Monday, June 1. There’s something of a catch, however: […]

Disney Springs: How the reopening works

UPDATE (12:48 pm, 06.01): on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd, a black man, died due to the actions of a white police officer, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. The resulting wave of protests, demonstrations, and, in some cases, rioting has since radiated out across the entire country – […]

Universal CityWalk: How the reopening works

UPDATE (12:48 pm, 06.01): on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd, a black man, died due to the actions of a white police officer, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. The resulting wave of protests, demonstrations, and, in some cases, rioting has since radiated out across the entire country – […]

The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Orlando

The City Beautiful is filled with fine dining experiences around every turn. Not only do we have the world-famous theme parks, replete with character experiences and award-winning restaurants, but we also have destinations like International Drive and Downtown Orlando (which you can learn all about here). And, tucked between all of them, we have the […]

Shanghai Disneyland’s reopening provides hints for Disney World’s

On May 6, Disney announced that Shanghai Disney Resort would be reopening to the public after its COVID-19 closure starting on Monday, May 11. It has since given out detailed instructions (including a handy video) on how Shanghai Disneyland will operate in the age of social distancing, covering everything from the running of attractions and […]

6 most hallowed attractions at Universal Orlando Resort

With so many changes and expansions on the horizon at Universal Orlando Resort, it gets one thinking a certain way. In this mindset, we start considering what rides aren’t just the “best,” but what are “untouchable,” “hallowed,” or “sacred.” The difference being that when we talk about “the best” ride, there’s somewhat of an innate […]

How much does a Walt Disney World vacation cost?

It is one of the most-frequently-asked questions anyone planning an Orlando trip has: how much does a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort cost? This question can be answered a multitude of ways, and it all comes down to your specific situation. Each family and each guest has different wants and needs for her Disney […]

Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND close due to COVID-19

FINAL UPDATE (6:09 pm, 05.07): Disney has just announced the very beginning of a slow, phased reopening of its Walt Disney World Resort, starting specifically with Disney Springs. For the latest on this front, please see our comprehensive article, which will also be continuously updated with the latest information. – The state of affairs surrounding […]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter celebrates its one-year anniversary

It’s no question that the story of Harry Potter has cast an enchantment spell on the theme-park and entertainment industry ever since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened its doors to Hogwarts in 2010. Although one could argue that the franchise was already culturally significant prior to its theme-park era, I would state that one […]

Race to fun at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando

When you come to Orlando, it’s easy to default to the theme parks as the focal point for your trip. However, there are those who would rather stray off the well-beaten path and create memories in a different way. One such place where you could do this is Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando. Since the […]

Is there a documentary on Universal Orlando? 5 fun sources for Universal trivia

Whether Universal Orlando is practically part of your DNA or you’re a new fan, it’s always a blast to learn more about a destination that brings such joy and excitement to so many. With tons of franchises at its fingertips and a unique approach to ride concepts, it’s fascinating to learn how the resort unfolded. […]

How to recreate Universal Orlando at home

It is a time in our lives unlike any other – the places we go to for an escape and to create precious memories are currently unavailable to us. But, as Professor Dumbledore once said, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” In recent […]

4 Rivers Smokehouse: Orlando’s best BBQ

NOTE: we would like to point out that, in response to COVID-19, 4 Rivers Smokehouse has altered its service to pop-up drive-through stations. This applies to everywhere but the Downtown Orlando location. They’ve also switched to a limited menu, but not to worry – there’s still something for everyone. Now, back to the regular article: […]

Celebrating Men in Black Alien Attack’s 20th anniversary with 20 stellar facts

The year was 2000. We were all thanking our lucky stars to have miraculously survived Y2K, and Tom Cruise was about to ride high on the success of Mission: Impossible 2. ‘Twas a simpler time, and us theme-park fans were enamored with our newest, shiniest destination: Universal’s Islands of Adventure, which had opened the year […]

Explore Orlando with these maps

Welcome to the City Beautiful! Below, you can find a collection of maps of some of the areas around Orlando – after all, the town’s more than just our theme parks and attractions. Each map focuses on a different section of the city with a brief intro of what is in that region, including entertainment options, […]

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Universal Orlando’s hotels: How the reopening works

We’ve already visited the parks of Universal Orlando during the team member-only reopening period, and now it’s time to report back in on how the resort’s hotels have been faring in the age of the novel coronavirus. First, we have a short recap for you. All seven of Universal’s hotels closed down back on March […]

Universal Orlando’s parks: How the reopening works

Since March 12, we’ve been painstakingly following Universal’s plans regarding all of its resort – its three parks, seven hotels, and CityWalk dinning/shopping/entertainment complex – first to shut everything down and, now, to start them all back up. CityWalk was actually first, reopening on May 14, and, this week, it’s the parks’ turn: on June […]

Universal, SeaWorld, and Disney begin reopening in June and July

UPDATE (12:04 pm, 06.04): SeaWorld has announced its opening plans for next week. See below for full details. – After closing the theme and water parks of its Universal Orlando Resort back on the night of Sunday, March 15, Universal started to reopen them all on Monday, June 1. There’s something of a catch, however: […]

Disney Springs: How the reopening works

UPDATE (12:48 pm, 06.01): on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd, a black man, died due to the actions of a white police officer, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. The resulting wave of protests, demonstrations, and, in some cases, rioting has since radiated out across the entire country – […]

Universal CityWalk: How the reopening works

UPDATE (12:48 pm, 06.01): on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd, a black man, died due to the actions of a white police officer, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. The resulting wave of protests, demonstrations, and, in some cases, rioting has since radiated out across the entire country – […]

Shanghai Disneyland’s reopening provides hints for Disney World’s

On May 6, Disney announced that Shanghai Disney Resort would be reopening to the public after its COVID-19 closure starting on Monday, May 11. It has since given out detailed instructions (including a handy video) on how Shanghai Disneyland will operate in the age of social distancing, covering everything from the running of attractions and […]

6 most hallowed attractions at Universal Orlando Resort

With so many changes and expansions on the horizon at Universal Orlando Resort, it gets one thinking a certain way. In this mindset, we start considering what rides aren’t just the “best,” but what are “untouchable,” “hallowed,” or “sacred.” The difference being that when we talk about “the best” ride, there’s somewhat of an innate […]

How much does a Walt Disney World vacation cost?

It is one of the most-frequently-asked questions anyone planning an Orlando trip has: how much does a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort cost? This question can be answered a multitude of ways, and it all comes down to your specific situation. Each family and each guest has different wants and needs for her Disney […]

How to recreate Universal Orlando at home

It is a time in our lives unlike any other – the places we go to for an escape and to create precious memories are currently unavailable to us. But, as Professor Dumbledore once said, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” In recent […]