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Video: First Look at Universal’s Animatronic Gringotts Goblins

May 8, 2014
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Video: First Look at Universal’s Animatronic Gringotts Goblins

We are now likely only weeks away from the first guests getting a “soft opening” preview of Diagon Alley and Universal Orlando’s newly expanded Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which means that details from inside the attractions are starting to slip out. Today, Universal released this short video featuring the stunning animatronic Gringotts goblins...
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Orlando is the most visited city in the United States

April 24, 2014
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60 epic Orlando Sunsets

In 2013, Orlando was the most visited city in the United States, beating out New York City.
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Universal Orlando CityWalk Cold Stone Creamery and Starbucks open this week

March 11, 2014
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Tourists with a craving for caffeine and sugar have two new options for filling up on their way to and from Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as the new CityWalk Cold Stone Creamery and Starbucks Coffee open this week. Cold Stone Creamery specializes in hard-packed ice cream hand-blended with a variety of...
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Police Beat: Shenanigans at Universal Studios

March 3, 2014
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This morning’s weekend crime reports from the Orlando Police Department included the usual assortment of random criminal activity – accidental shootings, robberies, break-ins – and also this one: On March 1, 2014, at approximately 1907 hours, units responded to 6000 Universal Blvd (Universal Studios) reference a suspicious incident. A white male was observed handwriting...
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Kelly Rowland, The Roots complete Universal’s Mardi Gras 2014 concert lineup

February 11, 2014
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Universal Orlando quietly updated their Mardi Gras 2014 concert lineup web page today, filling in the final two blanks on their performance schedule with Kelly Rowland and The Roots. Kelly Rowland, a former member of Destiny's Child and current solo artist, performs on March 28. The Roots, an experimental hip-hop collective turned Jimmy Fallon...
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Video: Antojitos grand opening at Universal Orlando CityWalk

February 7, 2014
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Universal Orlando’s CityWalk is undergoing a major transformation at the moment, with more than a half-dozen new eateries scheduled to open in the next few months. On Wednesday, February 5, the Antojitos grand opening event celebrated the official debut of Universal’s latest restaurant with free-flowing “authentic Mexican” food and drink for the media. 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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Photo Gallery: Antojitos opening night at Universal CityWalk

January 30, 2014
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Attention tequila afficiandos: the new Antojitos authentic Mexican restaurant at Universal Orlando CityWalk is now open for business. Last night, the replacement for Latin Quarter opened to the public for the first time, after weeks of press previews and employee training. I was one of the restaurant’s first dinner patrons, and I’ve brought back...
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Weezer added to Universal Mardi Gras 2014 lineup

January 28, 2014
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Today, Universal Orlando announced some additions to the lineup for their 2014 Mardi Gras celebration. Joining previously announced artists like Barenaked Ladies, Robin Thicke and Kool & the Gang will be Great Big World, Huey Lewis & the News and Weezer. The Mardi Gras concert series at Universal Orlando begins on Feb. 8 with Daughtry and...
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Universal Orlando reveals name of new Harry Potter ride and Diagon Alley shops

January 23, 2014
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This morning (Jan. 23, 2014), Universal Orlando held a webcast to reveal more details of Diagon Alley, the new expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening at Universal Studios Florida this summer. I’ll have a full breakdown of the revealed information — and a peek into secrets yet to be revealed —...
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