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10 Craigslist ads that prove that Orlando theme parks are almost as good as Grindr

October 14, 2014
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Ever wanted to see a Disney Prince’s dick? Here you go! (NSFW, obvs)

Waiting in lines at the theme parks may seem boring, however one look at Craigslist tells us that the drops on the rides aren't the only things going down.
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Falcon’s Fury on-ride video and interview with BGT’s Mark Rose

September 17, 2014
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Falcon’s Fury on-ride video and interview with BGT’s Mark Rose

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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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 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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Video: Busch Gardens Tampa Falcon’s Fury and Pantopia construction tour

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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Photo Gallery: New Islands of Adventure Starbucks now open

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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New freakin’ tall Falcon’s Fury construction photos from Busch Gardens Tampa

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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Video: Happy Purple Hippo arrives at Universal Orlando’s Holiday Parade

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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New mystery theme park coming to Orlando?

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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