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Universal Orlando unveils new Hogwarts Express information

March 14, 2014
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Universal Orlando unveils new Hogwarts Express information

Universal Orlando’s upcoming Diagon Alley addition to their successful Wizarding World of Harry Potter is sure to draw crowds when it opens this summer. Some of the longest lines are bound to be for the new Hogwarts Express attraction, which will connect the new London-themed area in Universal Studios Florida with the original Hogsmeade...
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Video: Busch Gardens Tampa Falcon’s Fury and Pantopia construction tour

February 8, 2014
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A first-of-its-kind attraction is circling above Busch Gardens Tampa, so I stopped by last week for a sneak peek at the intimidating predator diving down into the park’s former Timbuktu area. On Wednesday, February 5, Busch Gardens invited journalists to don hard hats for a Falcon’s Fury and Pantopia construction tour, showing of the...
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Photo Gallery: New Islands of Adventure Starbucks now open

February 4, 2014
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Nothing starts a day of scream-inducing simulator rides off right like an expensive cup of super-sweetened coffee, amirite? Recently, I brought you the first sneak peak inside the new Islands of Adventure Starbucks, which replaced the funnel cake stand near the front of the park. The baristas are now open for business, and I’m...
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New freakin’ tall Falcon’s Fury construction photos from Busch Gardens Tampa

January 7, 2014
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Lately SeaWorld has been getting all the publicity, but sister park Busch Gardens Tampa is making a little noise for itself today with some fresh Falcon’s Fury construction photos. The massive 335-foot drop-tower will be the tallest such ride in North America when complete. Even in its current condition at “only” just over 300...
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Photo Gallery: Crazy post-Christmas crowds at Orlando theme parks

January 6, 2014
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Photo Gallery: Crazy post-Christmas crowds at Orlando theme parks

2014 is nearly a week old, and Christmas 2013 may already seem like a lifetime ago. But according to Orlando’s theme park holiday crowds, the festive season has only just barely ended. Thanks to the holidays falling mid-week last year, the peak tourism season was extended through Sunday, January 5. As a result, Central...
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Video: Happy Purple Hippo arrives at Universal Orlando’s Holiday Parade

December 8, 2013
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Walt Disney World had long dominated the local market on holiday merrymaking, but Universal Orlando has spent a decade or building a respectable stable of secularized seasonal entertainments. Universal's guests can see Christmas celebrities like the Grinch (starring again in his Grinchmas musical celebration at Island of Adventure) or Santa Claus, who closes out...
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New mystery theme park coming to Orlando?

November 24, 2013
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A new mystery theme park complex may be coming to Orlando courtesy of an undisclosed corporation, according to documents recently filed with the Orange County comptroller's office. Hat tip to UORBuzz for discovering this financing statement, which was approved by Martha Hainey's office on 11/22/2013. The property in question is 612 acres of former...
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Video: IAAPA 2013 Highlights and Photo Gallery

November 22, 2013
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IAAPA 2013, the annual International Association of Amusment Parks and Attractions convention, wraps up this afternoon at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. You can read about my top seven IAAPA 2013 highlights in next week’s editon of Live Active Cultures, but in the meantime here are some video highlights from the expo: You should...
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Photos: Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express train on track at Universal Orlando

October 25, 2013
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Universal Orlando lifted the lifelike locomotive for Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express train onto elevated tracks connecting Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
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Review: Disney On Ice – Princesses and Heroes

September 14, 2013
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Between the daily parades and nightly pageants, local Disney devotees can find their fill of animation-inspired entertainment in Lake Buena Vista's theme parks any day of the year, but (as the Magic Kingdom's new Princess Fantasy Faire meet & greet creeps towards completion) they grown accoustimed to all the cool stuff appearing first elsewhere,...
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