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Universal Orlando CityWalk Cold Stone Creamery and Starbucks open this week

March 11, 2014
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Universal Orlando CityWalk Cold Stone Creamery and Starbucks open this week

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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First Look inside new Islands of Adventure Starbucks

January 21, 2014
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Disney fans went ballistic last year when Starbucks baristas invaded Main Street U.S.A. at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but there’s been comparative quiet over the expansion of Seattle’s most ubiquitous beans at Universal Orlando. Last night, I got a sneak peak inside the new Islands of Adventure Starbucks, which replaces the funnel...
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First look at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley without scaffolding

January 17, 2014
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Barely two years ago, Universal Studios Florida shuttered their beloved Jaws ride, and today fans got their first unobstructed view of the mega-attraction that replaces Amity village. Overnight, Universal Orlando unveiled the London Waterfront, giving us a good look at the facade that conceals The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley without...
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