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A Complete Survival Guide to Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

July 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Magic is seriously in the air this month, as we've been in Orlando for an early preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Last week was the official Grand Opening, but here you'll find all the juiciest tips for enjoying the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.

Thinking of heading to the new Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park at Universal Studios Orlando? You better be ready to sweat, wait in long lines, and yet enjoy it all along. But still, it's a good idea to do your homework for something like this, which will see record visitors for the next few months (at least!) and which will try your spending power to the max.

Jaunted's Quick and Dirty Survival Guide for Diagon Alley:

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75 Original Photos of Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express, at Universal Orlando

July 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Magic is seriously in the air this month, as we've been in Orlando for an early preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yesterday was the official Grand Opening, but here you'll find all the juicy photos of the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.

Seven hours was the average wait time to experience all Universal Orlando's new park had to offer yesterday, during The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley's Grand Opening. That's actually not much of a surprise considering the wait was closer to 8 hours during the 2010 debut of the sister park, Hogsmeade, which now joins Diagon Alley to form a Potter powerhouse of experiences, shopping, rides, and refreshment at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure.

Don't let the 7 hours intimidate, however; that's just first day frenzy. Although what Universal has created with Diagon Alley is a stupefyingly tremendous world straight from the JK Rowling novels and resulting films which everyone should see, waits for the Gringotts ride and more should settle to a manageable 2 hours-ish as the summer progresses.

What you won't have to wait for are photos of the new park, as we've got full, original photo galleries of over 75 images from our own visit. Enjoy:

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Five Exercises for Staying Fit and Healthy During a Long Flight

July 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we offered up some tips for exercises to do before a flight, while still on the ground in the airport. Once you're in the air, however, it's perfectly okay to sneak in a few more stretches, and getting up and moving around is actually the healthiest way to pass the time (but only if the seatbelt sign is off).

If you turn to the back of most in-flight magazines, you will find a section addressing in-flight health. It typically describes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and how to prevent it with small movements, like heel lifts, foot circles, neck rolls and knee pulls. These are all lovely and do work, but we've got a few more small exercise suggestions to add to the repertoire:

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How Universal Orlando's New Diagon Alley Gets It Very, Very Right

July 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Magic is seriously in the air this month, as we've been in Orlando for an early preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This weekend saw the soft-opening, but here you'll find all the juicy details of the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.

Diagon Alley has been described as 9 new shops and 1 new ride. While that's true in the most bare-bones sense, a visit to Diagon Alley reveals that it's an immersive world unto itself, where no detail is too small and from which no visitor will leave without some degree of awe.

In fact, we think Diagon Alley improves upon the original 2010 Hogsmeade portion of The Wizarding World, as one would hope after having four years to tweak and test. Here's why:

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Skip the Chips and Dip for These Healthiest Road Trip Snacks

June 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

School's out and it's time to hit the road and partake in the Great American Road Trip. For those moments when hunger tries to take control of the wheel, we can't stress enough how important it is to skip the Bob's Big Boy or the Waffle House. It might be easier to reach for the Fun-yuns or Cheet-ohs, but after a few hours in the car, these high fat, sodium-laden nibbles have a negative effect on your body's metabolism and energy levels.

Eating healthy on the road is more than packing a cooler full of fruit and granola bars to keep the sing-alongs going, so today we're sharing our own ultimate healthy road trip snack box:

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The Six Awesomest Details of Universal Studios' Brand New Diagon Alley

June 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Magic is seriously in the air this week, as we're in Orlando for an earlier preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The WIzarding World of Harry Potter. Stay tuned as we get sunburned while slaking our thirst with Butterbeer, and all the juicy details of the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.

Perhaps you've heard rumors about interactive wands and a fire-breathing dragon. It's true—both of these wonders are found in Diagon Alley, but they're not what caused us to gasp in awe this week, during early previews of this new area of the theme park. Here's what did:

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Happy Pride Month! Book a Trip with These Gay-Friendly Travel Websites

June 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's already nearly mid-June and thus well into the season for donning some rainbow hues and head out in the the "wild pink yonder" to Gay Pride festivals all over the country. Even if the parades, floats, and glitter are not your thing, it's important to recognize that now is also the time travel companies market extra hard for your dollar.

Sure, it's simple to book a regular flight, train trip, or even cruise without having to proclaim your sexuality, but it's good to have options.

Here's your one-stop reference for websites of airlines, trains, and cruise lines specifically dedicated for the gay traveler:

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17 Donut Alternatives Worth Traveling Around the World For

June 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy National Donut Day! Aside from giving everyone a reason to justify a visit to the sweeter end of the baked goods counter, National Donut Day allows us to reflect on the many other treats we turn to when a donut just won't do. Blasphemy, right? Well, travelers soon find that donuts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anytime indulgences.

Here, our 17 favorite donut alternatives from around the world:

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The Most Mindblowing Teasers of What's Coming to Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

June 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Deep breaths.

After four years of awesomeness at Universal Studios Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we’re within days of the debut of the park’s major expansion. Right around June 19, Universal will host a semi-secret preview of the new park, ahead of what could be the grand opening that weekend.

We’ve known some details about the Diagon Alley addition to The Wizarding World for some time, like the fact it’ll have a functioning Hogwarts Express train to a copy of London’s Kings Cross Station and The Embankment. And, as we noted four years ago during the original opening of the park, it’ll again be pretty much impossible to spend under $100 in the new shops, which include Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and some nefarious nooks in Knockturn Alley.

As further news trickles out ahead of the park’s opening later this month, we’re consistently amazed by and psyched up for the expansion of J.K. Rowling’s fantasy into reality.

Here are few of the more spectacular surprises coming to Diagon Alley:

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7 Special Airplanes Flying World Cup Teams to Brazil

Where: Brazil
June 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

World Cup 2014 begins in little more than a week, on June 14. Right about now the national soccer teams are either packing up to hit the skies before hitting the turf, or they're already touching down in Brazil for pre-game practice.

Seeing as how the World Cup games are played in 12 different cities throughout the month, teams not only need transportation to Brazil, but within the massive country. For this, each team relies on a private or chartered aircraft, and many take the opportunity to show off a bit of their national pride.

Here are 7 such special aircraft you'll spot in the skies over Brazil this next several weeks:

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These 3 Airports Do Better Than Bars, with Biergartens

June 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday we filled you in on how Nashville's Airport is becoming the place to go if you’re looking to enjoy a beer before your flight. Even though downing a cold one anywhere within the terminal is a plus, nothing truly beats a biergarten. Thankfully, a few airports have taken the hint and installed actual biergartens into their terminals.

· LaGuardia Airport.
It might not be situated in the great outdoors, but LaGuardia's Biergarten does its thing within Delta's Terminal C. It’s more of a restaurant than a full-fledged beer garden, but it does call itself Biergarten—so we kind of have to include it. Both foreign and local brews are on tap, and the menu has an emphasis on German cuisine—think knockwurst, bratwurst, and other sausage selections.

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These Two Travel Games Will Actually Teach You Something

May 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

After becoming thoroughly addicted to this travel game from the BBC, we began searching the Internet for other ways to procrastinate exercise our travel brains. While the former was fun, it didn't exactly teach us much about the world we live in. The games that follow, however, are not only engaging and addicting, but you'll actually walk away having learned something practical.

Traveler IQ Challenge

This game is similar to Geoguessr in that you have to guess as close to the location as possible, but instead of using random pictures as clues, it asks you to locate world cities, famous places, countries based on their flags, historical sites, etc. The closer your estimate, the more points you earn. You can conquer the entire world, or narrow down your focus to a special continent.

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