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5 most terrifying tourists

In a typical day working at Men in Black: Alien Attack, it was never out of reach for me to assume that I would come in contact with hundreds – if not thousands – of people at any given, random time. This is, also, where my love affair with hand sanitizer began… but that’s a […]

8 pieces of bad advice you should NEVER follow

It happens to the best of us. We’re happily planning an upcoming vacation – we diligently do our research, read an overwhelming amount of reviews, and maybe even take to social media to ask our family and friends for their advice on what they’d recommend doing while in Orlando. While these recommendations are always well-intentioned, […]

Those who eat here vow to never go anywhere else

While visiting Universal’s theme parks, there’s definitely never a need to worry about finding incredible dining options; in fact, many times you might just be overwhelmed with all the delicious choices that are presented to you! Lately, my boyfriend Sean and I have been taking quick post-work trips to Universal Studios Florida in the evenings […]

Why you NEED to eat at Yard House

It was my sister, Stefanie, who first experienced Yard House at a South Florida location of theirs, as well as one in Los Angeles. When she caught wind that they were expanding into the Central Florida market, she was supremely excited and began sharing the details with me as we awaited their grand opening. The […]

Living Harry’s Story: “Sorcerer’s Stone”

Amidst the hustle and bustle that is the summer opening of Universal Studios Florida’s Diagon Alley, it’s easy to forget that an author with vibrant words and vivid imagery created this vast new world over 15 years ago. After visiting Diagon Alley for the first time, I was inspired to pick up my personal copy […]

3 adorable love stories from Orlando’s theme parks

If you had asked me at the age of 21 if I thought I’d find love in the theme parks, I’d say not likely; it was the last thing on my list as I was just happy to have a job. And yet, there I stood on my very first day in the last suit […]

“Let Your Heart Take Flight” as a Macy’s Holiday Parade balloon handler

In the spring of 2005, I needed a change in my life. I don’t particularly know how, at 22 years old, I knew this, or why I thought that change would be found while working at Universal Orlando. I just knew I needed something different, and that Universal was the answer. At the time I […]

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: A grand feast in the age of knights and jousting

The first time I attended a Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament show, I was easily under the age of 10. I loved the magic, mystique, and – of course! – the knights and horses. Recently, my family and I were able to take part in another Medieval Times show (which was updated in 2012) close […]

Uber’s “shared driver service” is Orlando’s slick new transportation option for saving money

The background It’s been a few months since Uber first appeared on my radar, thanks to some of my friends who have been using it on business trips. They raved about the app’s sleek style, ease of use, and how much cheaper the service is than the average taxi. As a huge fan of new […]

As if you were there: The Tonight Show at Universal Orlando with special guest Jimmy Buffett

­­­My journey to see Jimmy Fallon started as most journeys begin these days – with a Facebook post. “Did you know Jimmy Fallon is coming to Orlando?” I did not. The second it was on my radar, however, I – along with most of Orlando – went into full social-media stalk mode. Somehow, by an intensely […]

Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience: VIP treatment for Universal’s evening lagoon show

In all my years visiting Universal Studios Florida, I have never eaten at Lombard’s Seafood Grille in the San Francisco backlot of the park. We’ve frequently walked past it but thought it would be too expensive or that it would take much longer than we wanted it to when our priorities were the rides. Recently, […]

Cabana Bay Beach Resort: The thrills of staying at Universal’s newest on-site hotel

For over a year, I drove by Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s construction site, eagerly noting how much I couldn’t wait to experience it. Just based off of its concept art, I knew it was going to be a special addition to Orlando. And a few months ago, my boyfriend, Sean, made it even more special […]

Fogo de Chao on I-Drive: We sample the sizzling new bar menu & handcrafted cocktails

Fogo de Chao is best know for their continuous tableside service that includes 16 cuts of incredible meats in the main dining area. Guests control their service with small green- and red-sided chips that allow the servers to know whether to “stop” or “keeping coming!” It also keeps the tradition of “Churrasco” barbeques alive, which […]

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Universal CityWalk: Giving in to absolute pleasure and a great night out

My love affair with The Rocky Horror Picture Show came late in life, and by late I mean that I only just discovered it in its entirety at this past year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Honestly – and almost embarrassingly so – I never gave it the attention it deserved at previous Horror Nights. Then, while we were […]

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional: An enchanting holiday event that fills our spirit with classic Christmas cheer

I admit, I’m one of those potentially annoying people who loves Christmas. This isn’t to say that I don’t eagerly await July 4th or St. Patrick’s Day with equal enthusiasm (because I totally do!), but, ya know, there’s just something special about Christmas. I love how it rolls in with Kris Kringle and The Macy’s […]