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 Epic Universe
Universal’s newest theme park is arriving! See everything there is to know about its past and future over on our brand-new guide page.

 Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
The journey of a lifetime is now open! Prepare for your adventure through the Forbidden Forest with Rubeus Hagrid over at our guide page.

 Halloween Horror Nights 2019
The horror is now here! We have everything you’ll need for a night of wickedness, including our full touring plan. Find it all in our complete insider’s guide.

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Walk among the stars at Madame Tussauds Orlando

When someone mentions Orlando, the first things to come to mind are our world-class theme parks and wonderfully warm climate, but there’s so much more to our city – there’s an entire sub-sect of art and culture within our town that would require several other articles to get into. A great representation of this that’s […]

The most intense coaster in Florida is coming to Busch Gardens Tampa

Just in case this morning’s big SeaWorld Orlando news – revolving around the family-friendly Ice Breaker roller coaster – wasn’t enough for you, the company decided to one-up itself by announcing another new ride, this time coming to Busch Gardens Tampa. Iron Gwazi is the “evolution” of the original Gwazi, which originally opened in 1999 […]

REVEALED: SeaWorld’s thrilling new coaster, Ice Breaker

SeaWorld is currently celebrating its “best year ever,” starting at the end of 2018 and continuing up until this fall, with the opening of such heavyhitters as the Infinity Falls water ride and the Sesame Street children’s theme-park land (and – oh, yeah – let’s not forget all the weekly festivals and revamped season pass […]

Grocery delivery to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando

We all love and adore the dining options inside the Central Florida theme parks or, even, in the surrounding shopping areas. But what do we do when we just want a nice family dinner at the hotel after a long day? Or we need to pack a small lunch for the drive, or a favorite snack? […]

Review: Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Let’s just come right out and say it: Halloween Horror Nights has continued to get bigger and better with nearly every single year. Part of this progression has had to do with Universal’s continuing acquisition of bigger-name intellectual properties, starting with The Walking Dead in 2012 and arriving now at Stranger Things, which has brought […]

Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Given the fact that we’re now in hurricane season, it’s a good idea to keep the following points in mind as the Central Florida theme and water parks start to brace for potential weather disruptions: 1. You may be able to reschedule or receive a refund Your safety is the top priority of every theme park […]

Star Wars: Secrets from the story of Galaxy’s Edge

After 11 comic book issues, four novels, and one short-story anthology, we’ve finally come to the end of Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge publishing program, which endeavors to tie the brand-new theme-park land into the greater Star Wars mythos. And what an interweaving it is – this month’s two books of Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash […]

Disney World: Every major update from D23 2019

We got a little taste of what the D23 expo was going to have in store for us this year, but today’s the day when everything gets fully revealed and officially detailed (or as much detail as Disney is willing to divulge, at least!). Called “Sneak Peek! Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products,” today’s big panel […]

3 major announcements from D23 2019

The biennial D23 expo kicks off at Anaheim, California today, Friday, August 23, and will run throughout the entire weekend, drawing to a close at 7:00 pm PDT on Sunday evening. While celebrating all forms of media and entertainment that the Disney empire now consists of (a status which is made all the truer by […]

Dinner and a movie at AMC Dine-In Theaters

A meal and a movie is a near-perfect combination. It’s an easy option for a couple on a date, an outing with friends and family, or just as a quick getaway from reality. Working with this idea, AMC’s Dine-In Theater has taken the hassle of either resigning yourself to the usual snacks and stadium-style food offered […]

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Everything new for 2019

At 7:00 pm tonight, on August 16, Disney officially kicked off the Halloween season in Central Florida by starting its Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, located at Magic Kingdom. This relatively late addition to Walt Disney World’s annual-events roster has easily become one of the most popular at the resort – as its earlier-than-ever start date […]

Lagoon show announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

It used to be par the course for Halloween Horror Nights to feature multiple live shows, but when Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure was cancelled after its 27th season in 2017, Universal allowed its entertainment roster to dip to just one entry. This year, however, the company is setting the production ship straight again […]

House of 1,000 Corpses announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

It’s the homecoming that we never thought we’d see: Rob Zombie is returning to Halloween Horror Nights, along with his signature creation, House of a 1,000 Corpses. We say “returning” because – well, it’s a long, wild story. You better sit back and strap yourself in. With Horror Nights really starting to take off at […]

Halloween Horror Nights 2019: Every scare zone REVEALED

Universal told us right from the very beginning of Halloween Horror Nights 2019’s announcement cycle that we would be getting a grand total of five scare zones. While this meant we knew that this year’s event would have the same number of themed areas as the past few years’, what remained unknown was what the […]

Graveyard Games announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Prepare to dance with ghosts in the graveyard. Well, perhaps we should make that “run from” – Graveyard Games has just been revealed as the last original haunted house at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. As the name might suggest, this latest haunt is a (gorier) riff on the classic children’s game, Ghost in the […]

Us announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Jordan Peele was already a well-known commodity when he wrote and directed his first film, 2017’s horror-tinged Get Out: he served as a long-time cast member on Mad TV, the sketch comedy series, before co-creating and -starring in another, Key & Peele; starring in or showrunning a slew of other television productions – Fargo, The […]

Star Wars: Dok-Ondar’s story REVEALED

Yes, we’ve already received the novel Thrawn: Alliances, which saw Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader be dispatched to the remote world of Batuu on a secret mission for Emperor Palpatine in the final days before the original Star Wars trilogy, and we’ve gotten the young-adult book Pirate’s Price, which contains the fully-fleshed-out backstory of […]

Stranger Things 3 scenes we would like to see at Halloween Horror Nights

We know that Universal opted to kick off this year’s Halloween Horror Nights announcement season with the little nugget that Stranger Things would be returning for the second year in a row. We also know, thanks to posts from Universal’s various attached Twitter accounts, that the vast majority of the haunted house will be devoted […]

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Review: Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Let’s just come right out and say it: Halloween Horror Nights has continued to get bigger and better with nearly every single year. Part of this progression has had to do with Universal’s continuing acquisition of bigger-name intellectual properties, starting with The Walking Dead in 2012 and arriving now at Stranger Things, which has brought […]

Star Wars: Secrets from the story of Galaxy’s Edge

After 11 comic book issues, four novels, and one short-story anthology, we’ve finally come to the end of Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge publishing program, which endeavors to tie the brand-new theme-park land into the greater Star Wars mythos. And what an interweaving it is – this month’s two books of Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash […]

Us announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Jordan Peele was already a well-known commodity when he wrote and directed his first film, 2017’s horror-tinged Get Out: he served as a long-time cast member on Mad TV, the sketch comedy series, before co-creating and -starring in another, Key & Peele; starring in or showrunning a slew of other television productions – Fargo, The […]

Star Wars: Dok-Ondar’s story REVEALED

Yes, we’ve already received the novel Thrawn: Alliances, which saw Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader be dispatched to the remote world of Batuu on a secret mission for Emperor Palpatine in the final days before the original Star Wars trilogy, and we’ve gotten the young-adult book Pirate’s Price, which contains the fully-fleshed-out backstory of […]

Stranger Things 3 scenes we would like to see at Halloween Horror Nights

We know that Universal opted to kick off this year’s Halloween Horror Nights announcement season with the little nugget that Stranger Things would be returning for the second year in a row. We also know, thanks to posts from Universal’s various attached Twitter accounts, that the vast majority of the haunted house will be devoted […]

4 details from the Epic Universe concept art

Be the first to know more about Epic Universe by signing up for email updates! Yesterday, Universal went ahead and did what all of us were openly hoping for: it revealed its fourth park at its Orlando resort, Epic Universe. The announcement itself didn’t come with a bevy of specifics – there was no talk […]

Epic Universe: Universal announces brand-new theme park

The future of Universal Orlando Resort has never looked brighter: Universal has today revealed that it will be building a third theme park, called Epic Universe, and placing it on a second parcel of land (well, the third, if you count the 64-acre chunk that Endless Summer Resort sits on) that is situated some 15 minutes […]

Universal Orlando: Ranking the annual events

Universal throws several big parties over the course of the year at its Orlando resort, and these special celebrations are some of the most fun you could possibly have at Universal Studios Florida or the various hotels. But what if you could only attend one, due to either scheduling or expense? Or what if you […]

Killer Klowns from Outer Space house announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Attendees of the ‘80s-themed Halloween Horror Nights last year got an unexpected treat: a scare zone based off of the 1988 cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Though not a particularly large zone, situated on the waterfront in the New York backlot, it was still jam-packed with a surprisingly large number of elements from […]