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3 reasons you should see a movie at Disney World

When undertaking a vacation to Walt Disney World’s theme parks, many families usually generate long lists of all the various experiences they’d like to tackle – and most, if not all, of these items are usually exclusive to the resort (such as, say, catching a particular character breakfast or, of course, hopping on a specific […]

Preview: SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival 2018

February 17 through April 15, 2018, guests visiting SeaWorld Orlando can take part in the returning Seven Seas Food Festival. The festival, in its sophomore year at the park, is designed to offer guests an expanded selection of unique tastes.  Touting over 180 items, including specialty food, brews, wine, and spirits, the food festival is […]

Universal Orlando: Rides for larger guests

Like many in the traveling public, I fall into the category of the obese. Despite the label, I’m a very healthy guy (per my family’s doctor) who absolutely loves the Orlando theme parks, including Universal Orlando Resort. Unfortunately, not all attractions are equally accessible to all body types. If you consider yourself a larger person, […]

Owning Valentine’s Day at Universal Orlando

Like we explained yesterday in another post, Valentine’s Day is a hard holiday. The expectation, the hurdles, the trouble – it can be incredibly overwhelming for even the most well-intentioned person. Fortunately, out of all of the Central Florida hotspots, Universal Orlando Resort makes it incredibly easy to “win” Valentine’s Day. What makes Universal Cupid’s […]

7 ways to have a magical Valentine’s Day at Disney World

February 14th – arguably one of, if not the, most contentious commercial holidays around. If you’re in a relationship, it’s a day filled with expectation and pressure; if you’re single, it’s a day of irritation and bitterness. Regardless of what side of the rose you fall on, though, you can still have an amazing day. […]

Major Disney World news on Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more

At tonight’s D23 Expo Japan presentation at (where else?) Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Parks and Resorts may not have revealed a tidal wave of new announcements – as the division did at the American counterpart’s event last July – but it still decided to unveil a series of smaller-yet-still-exciting details regarding its biggest and most-visited […]

The 6 best queues at Universal Orlando

The ride experience itself might be the heart of an attraction, but the queue just may be its very best part – establishing the tone, laying out the backstory, and building up the anticipation step by expert step, the line is that theme-park element that routinely makes us feel like we’re kids excitedly counting down […]

Review: The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

Last Christmas, Universal gave Harry Potter fans – and theme-park aficionados across the board – a very special gift in the form of a brand-new projection-mapping show called The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, which debuted as part of the larger Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter celebration. Transforming the iconic Hogwarts […]

CONFIRMED: Voodoo Doughnut coming to Universal CityWalk

While not necessarily surprising, it’s still terrific to have the news officially confirmed: Voodoo Doughnut, that unique and fast-spreading West Coast start-up, is landing in CityWalk Orlando. We’ve already given you the full run-down on the idiosyncratic chain’s sensibilities and wares, from its wooden-coffin packages to its indie record label – and, of course, its […]

3 BIG reasons why I love Universal Orlando

Editor’s note: special thanks to OI reader – and superfan – Maggie Self for submitting the following article to us. When did you first fall in love? I mean fall in love with a theme park, that is! For me, it was in April 1993, when I went on my senior class trip to Florida. […]

Dates for new Harry Potter projection show announced

When word arrived in early 2017 that both Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood would be receiving projection-mapping shows utilizing Hogwarts Castle as their canvas, Floridians were, understandably, confused. Universal Orlando Resort had been the original Harry Potter trailblazer, after all, opening Hogsmeade several years before its counterparts and, even, topping it off with […]

Disney now offers upcharge FastPasses

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Exploring Disney Springs’s newest restaurants

The dining, shopping, and entertainment district formerly known as Downtown Disney may have finished its transformation into Disney Springs nearly two years ago, but that hasn’t stopped the area from continuing to unfurl new experiences and recruit new tenants. As of today, a whole swath of them are now open, representing something of a mini-landmark […]

First-timer’s guide to escape rooms in Orlando

Sponsored Post: our friends at The Escape Game asked us to write this. Prior to any communication, we were big fans and had already completed every escape room that they offer in Orlando. I love the parks – they were what brought me to Florida in the first place. But after six years and countless […]

Harry Potter projection show (and more!) coming to Universal Orlando

We’ve already run down this year’s big new attractions, ranging from Fast & Furious: Supercharged to Aventura Hotel. It turns out, however, that we didn’t quite know every last item that is set to debut within the next 12-month period – Universal just today teased us all with some big announcements that are hovering on […]

Model maker dreams of breaking into the theme park industry

You may not know Kolby Ratigan’s name now, but odds are you will in the future. The 18-year-old University of Redlands student (where he’s studying theater design and fine art, with an emphasis on themed entertainment design) is currently eyeing a job as either an art director or attraction designer for a major theme-park design […]

Explained: How Disney buying Fox affects Disney World

After nearly two months of (publicly-known) negotiations, The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox have come to a $52.4 billion agreement: the former now owns massive swaths of the latter’s film and television divisions (thanks to purchasing a commanding share of Fox’s stocks), which are global in nature and strong in brand-name recognition. The […]

UPDATED: Disney World’s gondolas officially announced

UPDATE 11:15 am 12.08.17: today, Disney lifted the curtain on what some of the Skyliner’s various train stations will look like as part of its “12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas” countdown. Caribbean Beach Resort station – the main Skyliner station, the Caribbean Beach Resort stop will allow guests to transfer from one route to […]

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Major Disney World news on Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more

At tonight’s D23 Expo Japan presentation at (where else?) Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Parks and Resorts may not have revealed a tidal wave of new announcements – as the division did at the American counterpart’s event last July – but it still decided to unveil a series of smaller-yet-still-exciting details regarding its biggest and most-visited […]

The 6 best queues at Universal Orlando

The ride experience itself might be the heart of an attraction, but the queue just may be its very best part – establishing the tone, laying out the backstory, and building up the anticipation step by expert step, the line is that theme-park element that routinely makes us feel like we’re kids excitedly counting down […]

Review: The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

Last Christmas, Universal gave Harry Potter fans – and theme-park aficionados across the board – a very special gift in the form of a brand-new projection-mapping show called The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, which debuted as part of the larger Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter celebration. Transforming the iconic Hogwarts […]

CONFIRMED: Voodoo Doughnut coming to Universal CityWalk

While not necessarily surprising, it’s still terrific to have the news officially confirmed: Voodoo Doughnut, that unique and fast-spreading West Coast start-up, is landing in CityWalk Orlando. We’ve already given you the full run-down on the idiosyncratic chain’s sensibilities and wares, from its wooden-coffin packages to its indie record label – and, of course, its […]

Dates for new Harry Potter projection show announced

When word arrived in early 2017 that both Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood would be receiving projection-mapping shows utilizing Hogwarts Castle as their canvas, Floridians were, understandably, confused. Universal Orlando Resort had been the original Harry Potter trailblazer, after all, opening Hogsmeade several years before its counterparts and, even, topping it off with […]

First-timer’s guide to escape rooms in Orlando

Sponsored Post: our friends at The Escape Game asked us to write this. Prior to any communication, we were big fans and had already completed every escape room that they offer in Orlando. I love the parks – they were what brought me to Florida in the first place. But after six years and countless […]

Harry Potter projection show (and more!) coming to Universal Orlando

We’ve already run down this year’s big new attractions, ranging from Fast & Furious: Supercharged to Aventura Hotel. It turns out, however, that we didn’t quite know every last item that is set to debut within the next 12-month period – Universal just today teased us all with some big announcements that are hovering on […]

Explained: How Disney buying Fox affects Disney World

After nearly two months of (publicly-known) negotiations, The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox have come to a $52.4 billion agreement: the former now owns massive swaths of the latter’s film and television divisions (thanks to purchasing a commanding share of Fox’s stocks), which are global in nature and strong in brand-name recognition. The […]

Marvel Character Dinner coming to Universal Orlando

In October, the surprise announcement was made that the Superstar Character Breakfast would be retired the following month and would be replaced with a new, unnamed character dining experience sometime in 2018. What has turned out to be an even bigger surprise, however, is what that replacement is: Marvel. The Marvel Character Dinner will begin […]