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 Epic Universe
Universal’s newest theme park is arriving in 2023! See everything there is to know about its past and future over on our brand-new 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.

 Holidays 2019
It’s time to spread Christmas cheer loudly enough for everyone to hear! See how to celebrate the holidays, Universal style, in our complete insider’s guide.

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3 new additions to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

Over the years, Disney has almost perfected the art of maintaining classic elements while also introducing new ingredients at its sprawling theme-park resorts, perpetuating nostalgia while injecting just enough of the adrenaline of the new. It’s a heady brew, and it’s perhaps best exemplified by the crown jewel of its various holiday celebrations, Mickey’s Very […]

Universal Studios Hollywood vs. Universal Orlando Resort

Under my more theme park-oriented hat, I’m often asked by Universal Orlando Resort guests if it’s worth visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, and my answer is yes, absolutely. Sure, there are some similarities, but there are plenty of reasons to make it worth visiting – to assume otherwise could cause you to miss out on what may […]

Transformers: Differences between Singapore, Hollywood, & Orlando

Transformers: The Ride – 3D is one of Universal’s most popular attractions, garnering enough fame over the past eight years to warrant its inclusion at three separate Universal locations across the globe (soon to be four, if we include the upcoming Universal Studios Beijing). And although Transformers’s queue story and ride experience are essentially the same […]

Free things to do in Orlando: A complete guide

Orlando only ranks somewhere in the middle when it comes to the most expensive cities in the United States, but tickets to the big theme parks still may carry a hefty price tag. There are, however, plenty of other ways to offset that cost. In fact, there are a variety of free activities in Orlando! Take […]

The ultimate guide to International Drive

International Drive has served as a major corridor for Orlando visitors since 1972. It was originally conceived by a lawyer and real estate developer, Finley Hamilton, and his partner, Jack Zimmer – the story goes the two named it “International Drive” because “it sounds important.” It would be difficult to dispute that I-Drive is, in fact, […]

4 reasons you must visit Wild Florida

Orlando is famous for its theme parks and tourist destinations. When friends and family hear you’re heading for the City Beautiful, they often assume you’re Disney-bound or hitting up The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They picture character dining and roller coasters and white, sandy beaches. But there is another type of park many visitors don’t […]

Top 3 ways to enjoy Disney World without kids

In 35+ years of going to the Walt Disney World Resort parks, if anything is true, I can tell you it is this: Disney World is not just for kids. In fact, the resort as an adult kind of runs in my family; just a few years after Magic Kingdom opened, my parents honeymooned there […]

8 ghost and cemetery tours in Central Florida

Orlando’s world-class attractions make it the number-one tourist area in the world, but what if vacationers aren’t the only beings this destination attracts? Consider this: ghosts and spirits are believed to congregate here, too! I’ve consulted my Ouija board and conjured up Central Florida’s best ghost tours to satisfy those who seek the more spirited […]

Jason Bourne at Universal Orlando REVEALED

When Terminator 2 3D: Battle across Time was announced to be closing in September 2017, Universal hinted at what would be replacing it at Universal Studios Florida: an “all-new live-action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise.” That left only a few viable contenders – something both owned by the company and a currently viable […]

Universal Studios Beijing REVEALED

After years of speculation, Universal finally divulged over the weekend the exact layout of Universal Studios Beijing, its biggest theme park ever. On the one hand, the contents are what you’d expect, featuring such greatest hits as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Minion Land (the themed area that was designed for Universal Studios […]

Universal Orlando fix between vacations

There’s nothing quite like stepping through the turnstiles at your favorite theme park. You’ve planned your vacation for months and finally arrived in sunny Orlando! Whether you stay for a day or a week, there’s plenty of fun to be had for the whole family. But then, eventually, it’s time to head home again. What […]

Strike the cosmos with Galaxy Bowl!

We’ve all been there, and some of us even plan for it – you’ve finalized an itinerary for your vacation and, almost inevitably, you’ve wound up with a quiet night. No high-intensity, fast-paced theme-park adventures; no crowded shopping malls; no additional tour excursions anywhere. Just you, your family, and a night to relax by your […]

Pointe Orlando: An I-Drive gem for tourists and locals

Welcome to Pointe Orlando, a playground for adults in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive. As a large, single-site complex, Pointe Orlando is one of the few places in Orlando to offer a fantastic mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment establishments, all within an easy walk of one another (the other two being Universal’s CityWalk and Disney […]

Remembering DisneyQuest

In 1965, when a mysterious land deal was reported near Orlando, Florida for (what would become) 25,000 acres, no one could imagine the (Disney) world that would unfold before their very eyes between 1971 and today. Even with all this space, however, there comes a time when everyone simply moves on; Walt Disney World Resort is […]

Review: BB King’s Blues Club

In 1991, the first BB King’s Blues Club opened on the infamous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. But, fortunately, you don’t have to go all the way there to get a taste of the blues – in 2007, Orlando welcomed BB King to Pointe Orlando, in the heart of International Drive. When you first step […]

8 reasons you have to visit The Florida Mall

When I first moved to Orlando in 2012, it was common knowledge that The Florida Mall was the less-desirable shopping destination among our local options. Compared to places like Mall at Millennia, Florida Mall was generally considered less-attractive, “sketchier,” and often not worth the time. However, in the last few years, there have been major […]

Universal Orlando: Can staying club level actually save you money?

Everyone loves going to Universal Orlando Resort for vacation, and everyone loves saving money. Therefore, what could be better than doing both? I’m not great at math, but there are more than a few ways to save a little cash while visiting Universal, including not only staying at one of the many Universal hotels, but also […]

Eating vegan at Universal Orlando Resort

Traveling as a vegan used to be difficult. Not only was it unguaranteed that the destination would be able to provide vegan dining options, but even if they did have something to offer, most of the time there would only be one dish – and it would be uncreative, at best. Because of this, most […]

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3 new additions to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

Over the years, Disney has almost perfected the art of maintaining classic elements while also introducing new ingredients at its sprawling theme-park resorts, perpetuating nostalgia while injecting just enough of the adrenaline of the new. It’s a heady brew, and it’s perhaps best exemplified by the crown jewel of its various holiday celebrations, Mickey’s Very […]

Jason Bourne at Universal Orlando REVEALED

When Terminator 2 3D: Battle across Time was announced to be closing in September 2017, Universal hinted at what would be replacing it at Universal Studios Florida: an “all-new live-action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise.” That left only a few viable contenders – something both owned by the company and a currently viable […]

Universal Orlando fix between vacations

There’s nothing quite like stepping through the turnstiles at your favorite theme park. You’ve planned your vacation for months and finally arrived in sunny Orlando! Whether you stay for a day or a week, there’s plenty of fun to be had for the whole family. But then, eventually, it’s time to head home again. What […]

Eating vegan at Universal Orlando Resort

Traveling as a vegan used to be difficult. Not only was it unguaranteed that the destination would be able to provide vegan dining options, but even if they did have something to offer, most of the time there would only be one dish – and it would be uncreative, at best. Because of this, most […]

Review: Disney Skyliner

Originally announced back at the 2017 D23 Expo, the Disney Skyliner has not only been in the news for quite some time, but also in the popular consciousness of guests – finding a faster way to traverse at least part of the vastness that is Walt Disney World Resort is at the top of many […]

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 […]