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The Latest News on Universal Orlando's 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' Additions

February 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although there's still no official opening date, the summer 2014 debut of the addition to Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is heating up with tantalizing new previews.

First off, let's discuss the Hogwarts Express, which is simply a stationary attraction in the first version of the park. Come this summer, however, when version 2 opens, it will be a fully functioning train, connecting the wizarding and muggle worlds through a detailed recreation of London's King's Cross station. Yes, you'll need to look for Platform 9 3/4, but the most important thing to know is that riding the Hogwarts Express will require guests to have a park-to-park ticket, as the train travels from Universal Studios into the Island of Adventure.

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Legoland Celebrates 'The Lego Movie' All Weekend in Orlando

February 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's been a lot of buzz, from both kids and adults, about The Lego Movie which opens nationwide today.

Legoland is taking full advantage of the excitement surrounding the first-ever Lego-themed film by hosting The Lego Movie Weekend in Orlando on Feb. 8 and 9, 2014.

Here's a look at some of the activities planned for this weekend:

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20 Things Simpsons Fans Will Love at Universal Studios Orlando

January 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios in Orlando first opened back in 2008 but only recently (last June), did the Florida theme park unveil Springfield, USA, the fictional hometown of Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie (and hundreds more.)

We strolled through Springfield a few months ago and snapped 20 Things Simpsons Fans Will Love. They sure beat singing princesses.

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Universal Studios Orlando Will Pour You a Foamy Mug of Duff Beer at Moe's Tavern

September 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Simpsons—in ride form—have been a presence at Universal Studios Orlando for quite some time, but just recently the rest of the Simpson gang finished moving into the amusement park.

It might not be as overwhelming in theme when compared to Harry Potter’s place, but Homer, Bart, Marge, and Lisa have some pretty respectable new digs. Familiar music welcomes visitors into their town, and soon enough park-goers run into retail and restaurants all developed with Springfield in mind.

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7 Tips for Surviving the Family Theme Park Vacation

August 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids. This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Today Mark Johnson, founder of Jaunted, HotelChatter, and VegasChatter gives us his tips for how to survive the inevitable theme park vacation with kids .

Got kids? If so, it is more than likely you will eventually have to take a family trek to a theme park, if not many theme parks around the world. While theme park vacations are a sure hit for delighting the youngsters they are just as well known for driving adults over the edge. Many parents are quoted as saying "we went to Florida for spring break, but it wasn't a vacation for me, we spent the week at a theme park."

With any luck these 8 Tips for Surviving the Family Theme Park Vacation will help you enjoy your family vacation, or at the very least help you survive. Oh, and by all means, please go ahead and add your own theme park survival tips below

7. Rides Are For The Young: Have you seen the Modern Family episode where Phil Dumphey is at a theme park and suddenly realizes all the twists and turns of these rides no longer agree with his forty-something body? Hasn't happened to you yet? Just wait, it will. Even the most ardent roller coaster riders reach an age where it is time to dial it back, know your body. You can try sea bands, and excuses, but your kids will see right through this. Instead, here is an easy tip that will save your back and still allow you to be a theme park hero -- ride only the newest, most modern roller coasters. Yup, that's right, even though at Disney World, Everest is bigger and scarier than Space Mountain it is a much smoother ride. Furthermore, the surest ride to leave adults feeling queasy is the Tilt-a-Whirl, or any variation that involves all that spinning. Instead, impress your kids by joining them on Universal's Doom Drop which is tamer and shorter than many thrill rides.

6. Rides Are Not Always For The Young: Here is the crazy thing, the Dr. Seuss ride is more likely to scare young children than the Jurassic Park ride, in our experience. Why? Many kids have sensory issues and dark, bright lights, loud noises and jerky motions can set them off in crazy ways. What to do? Have an alternate plan and if your youngling starts freaking out, the exit the ride as quickly as possible, or at the very least stop trying to force the youngster to ride more dark, loud rides, no matter how cute and innocuous they seem to you. Yes, you paid plenty of money for that 5-year-old to enter the theme park, but instead of forcing the youngster on rides, try finding some walk around characters, or if that doesn't work…

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The Top 5 Must Do Attractions In Coney Island This Summer

May 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's one of NYC's oldest and best attractions, and on May 24th, it opens for the season. Here are all the thrills you need to experience next time you visit...

Wonder Wheel: The king of rides at Coney Island contains 24 fully enclosed passenger cars, which can each hold up to 6 people (though if you're here on a date, you can keep the whole car to yourself). Not only are the views of the Atlantic Ocean awesome, but each individual car is on an 'S'-shaped track, so as the wheel turns, there is some lurching action that's sure to make your stomach flip.

Four more after the jump!

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A Skull with Hair Just Arrived in the Mail

Where: 8504 Universal Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32819
September 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yup. Opened a box to find some sort of skull head and it felt very much like a Brad Pitt in Seven moment. This head, however, was not that of Gwyneth Paltrow; this skull belonged to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 22. The annual event will take place on select nights between September 21 and October 31st.

This year visitors will try to survive hordes of AMC's The Walking Dead, an Alice Cooper created haunted house, and a Penn & Teller magic trick gone wrong, amongst other experiences.

The skull we received still had hair on it, and the accompanying note said "don't worry, hair continues to grow long after death." Um…yeah.

For the scoop on what Five US Amusement Parks are doing this Halloween, check out our previous story here.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Madrid's Soccer Team is Planning Its Own Island and You're Invited

July 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Real Madrid is about to have something in common with Sir Richard Bransontheir own island. The Spanish football club is joining forces with the United Arab Emirates to create a "luxury island."

The island, just off of the UAE coast, will be a combination luxury resort and amusement park with a 450-room, 5-star hotel and even a museum just for the team's history. And of course it can't be a UAE-built attraction without its own yacht club.

Scheduled to open in 2015 and costing about a billion dollars to create, Real Madrid Resort Island will be just another themed mini-world to join the likes of Palm Island and Ferrari World. We'll see if it actually comes to pass.

Soccer fan? Island fan? Just plain curious? Check out the first video of what to expect, below:

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Disney's 'D23 Expo' Dishes the Dirt on New Rides, Attractions, and More

August 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

You might not be hardcore Disney enough to have attended this year’s D23 Expo, but we’re sure that you are probably interested about what it means for the theme parks. The ultimate disney fan event—their words, not ours—took place last weekend, and it produced some pretty decent news on the update front.

Down in Florida at Walt Disney World, upgrades are still on schedule for the Magic Kingdom. Over in Fantasyland, theme park officials are working on a new Beauty and the Beast section that will focus on meeting and greeting some of your favorite characters from the film. If you’ve outgrown character autographs—we understand—just make your way over to Ariel's Undersea Adventure, an attraction copying the blueprints from a similar ride out in California.

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Get Psyched for Game Nation, The World's First Video Game Theme Park

August 22, 2011 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Theme park season might be winding down for the year, but that doesn’t mean that the behind-the-scenes work will be slowing down anytime soon. Game Nation officials have plenty of work ahead of them during this offseason, as the world’s first video game theme park works to get off the drawing board and into construction mode.

Developers are calling Game Nation the world’s first Experiential Video Game Theme Park and Resort. To us this means that things are way more than just an arcade, and that we can expect some serious rides, attractions, and experiences. They’ve got a basic idea of what they want to do, and they’ve even named the different areas of the soon-to-be park.

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Legoland Florida Puts the Pieces Together for an Opening Date of October 15

June 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Get your little plastic pieces ready, as it's finally almost time to hit new world's newest Legoland just outside of Orlando. It's not just any old land dedicated to Legos either, as this place is going to be the biggest—as in 150 acres—Legoland in the world. As you might remember the place was kind of Cypress Gardens for many many years, but on October 15 it will be officially transformed into a shrine of all things Lego.

It's park number five around the world for the Lego empire, as there's already a park in California along with options in Denmark, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In total there's going to be around 50 new rides, shows, and attractions, so there will be more to see than just crazy-nuts Lego creations. Although, we're pretty sure there's going to plenty of those too.

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Three Last-Minute Travel Deals for Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2011 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Memorial Day weekend is only days away. If you aren't sure how to mark the start of summer, consider staying stateside. There are plenty of places where you can enjoy the patriotic three-day weekend whether you want to spend it cruising, vegging on the beach or hitting the rides at a theme park.

Check out three last-minute Memorial Day vacays in the U.S. of A.

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