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Falcon’s Fury on-ride video and interview with BGT’s Mark Rose

September 17, 2014
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In this week’s issue of Orlando Weekly, you’ll find my latest Live Action Cultures column detailing my first ride on Falcon’s Fury, the ginormous new drop tower at Busch Gardens Tampa. Since words alone can’t adequately emphasize what an intimidating experience this attraction is, here is an exclusive video (courtesy of Busch Gardens’ media team)...
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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24 Media Preview

September 9, 2014
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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24 Media Preview

We’re already a week into September, so it must be time for Halloween, right? Universal Orlando jump-started the jump-scare season last night (Sept. 8) by holding their first Halloween Horror Nights 24 media preview. Continue reading for exclusive photos and video revealing secrets of 8 haunted houses, 4 scarezones, and 2 live shows that...
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Disney axes popular Epcot entertainment acts

August 28, 2014
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Disney axes popular Epcot entertainment acts

Aside from the obvious attractions, why do people visit Orlando’s theme parks? I go to Magic Kingdom for nostalgia; Universal for Harry Potter; Animal Kingdom for sunstroke; and Hollywood Studios for as little as possible. Until today, I would have said I go to Epcot to drink, and enjoy live entertainment around World Showcase....
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Busch Gardens Tampa announces 2014 Howl-O-Scream VIP prices

August 27, 2014
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Busch Gardens Tampa announces 2014 Howl-O-Scream VIP prices

We’re not even out of August yet, and Central Florida’s annual Halloween event wars are already well underway. In recent weeks, Universal Orlando has been steadily releasing information via social media about the new haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights 24, which gets underway on September 19, but today their nearest regional competitor was...
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Theater Review: All New People

July 27, 2014
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Theater Review: All New People

Charlie (Jake Teixeira) is at the end of his rope — or orange extension cord, to be exact — and is about to hang himself in a New Jersey beach house, when realtor Emma (Carol Crosby) coincidentally enters and interrupts his attempted suicide. The gregarious ganja smoker (a refugee from Great Britain in search...
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Photos: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Grand Opening

July 8, 2014
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Photos: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Grand Opening

After years of speculation and weeks of soft openings, Universal Orlando celebrated the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley grand opening this morning. Hundreds of fans lined up outside Universal Studios Florida from 5 a.m., and they were joined by thousands more by the time the grand opening was held inside the park’s...
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Hogwarts Express soft opens at Universal Orlando

July 2, 2014
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Hogwarts Express soft opens at Universal Orlando

All aboard! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Orlando doesn’t open until July 8, but the park delighted hard-core PotterWatching fans (some of whom have waited outside the new attraction for each of the past 24 days) with an unpublicized “technical rehearsal” of the Hogwarts Express train ride...
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Universal Orlando Diagon Alley Preview Day 2: Today Show and Universal Studios Florida

June 18, 2014
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Universal Orlando Diagon Alley Preview Day 2: Today Show and Universal Studios Florida

As you may have already heard, the Today Show has announced July 8 as the official opening date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Univeral Orlando. Most of the media won’t see the inside of the new attraction until tonight’s red carpet VIP party, but early this morning I...
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Opening July 8 at Universal Orlando

June 18, 2014
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Opening July 8 at Universal Orlando

After months of rumor and speculation, we finally have an official Diagon Alley opening date. The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando will formally open to the public on July 8, 2014. The date is later in the summer than many fans speculated, and those who had booked travel for later...
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Universal Orlando Diagon Alley Preview Day 1: CityWalk

June 18, 2014
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Universal Orlando Diagon Alley Preview Day 1: CityWalk

Today began the week-long media blitz debuting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion at Univeral Orlando. I’ll have a full review of the new attraction in next week’s issue of Orlando Weekly, but for now here are a few photos and fun tidbits from the first day of media events,...
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