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Grinchmas and Other Christmas Offerings Begin December 3rd at Universal Orlando

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Beginning this weekend at Universal Orlando until January 1st, Guests can experience all Universal has to offer for it’s Christmas celebrations.  These aren’t in just one, but both parks of Universal Orlando!

Whoville Celebration

singing-whosFor a Whoville Christmas, head over to Islands of Adventure into Seuss Landing where you’ll be able to find the Whovilles out and about.  Once you get your photo op, be sure to catch a live retelling of the classic story, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Starring The Grinch™ and featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller, The Ginchmass Who-liday Spectacular is a 30 minute stage adaptation inspired by the Ron Howard film.  It’s a great way to catch the Christmas spirit and have a few laughs.  Check out the show times below. Read the rest of this entry

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REVIEW: Skull Island: Reign of Kong – Overhyped, but Also a Bit Over Criticized

DSCN9955So after weeks of trying to get over to Universal to ride Skull Island, I finally secured a visit on Thursday. I’ve been hyping this ride since the days of its early rumors back in 2014. When it was officially announced, I couldn’t believe Universal was bringing a classic back to their parks. I found it to be incredibly exciting. And then, the rumors began of what the attraction would entail. One of the craziest being we would once again be getting a giant animatronic Kong which would reach in and kidnap the driver of the vehicle! I can only imagine the logistical nightmares that would’ve caused.  Of course, we imagewere all hoping for the best because Universal couldn’t possibly just bring over their Tram Tour video from Hollywood, right?  I mean, they were building a gigantic new building for it and they even hinted at an animatronic Kong!  Well, we were wrong.  They did the video simulator, plus build the AA Kong.

Now the ride is in soft opening and technical previews and it is getting very mixed reviews.  Many fans are highly disappointed with it due to our wild hopes and expectations. (Another simulator?!?!) Other fans find it to be quite thrilling and are fully satisfied with the attraction.  I’m somewhere in the middle.  So let’s get on with the spoiler free review! Read the rest of this entry

Universal Orlando’s Top 10 Character Meet & Greets

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One of the many reasons people from all over the world visit Walt Disney World is to meet their favorite Disney character(s).  For many, meeting a Disney Princess or Mickey Mouse imagehas become a rite of passage.  It is such an incredibly popular thing to do, that Guests will wait three to four hours just to meet a certain character. (I’m looking at you, Elsa.)  But did you know that just down the street at another equally amazing theme park resort, Universal Orlando also has some pretty amazing character meet & greets?  Even better is most of them rarely have a long wait time, if any.  Many even just wander through the streets instead of having a specific location set up for them, which allows you to walk up and grab a quick photo! A few can even rival some of Disney’s!

Now, even though Universal Orlando Resort isn’t quite as big as Walt Disney World, theytumblr_nu803iCCzg1rql53mo2_1280 still have a decent number of meet & greets in both of their parks.  If you count out all of the characters you can meet, meaning each one or grouping you’d have to wait for separately, there are more than 30 overall, which is actually pretty amazing considering there are only two parks!

Universal Orlando has a wide variety of ways to meet their characters. Some characters meet in large groups, such as the Simpsons, and others fly solo, like Beetlejuice; some all come out to meet together, but you have to meet each one separately, like the Marvel or Dr. Seuss characters, and some all share a single meet & greet area, such as the Transformers! Everyone has a favorite character but here are our picks for the top 10 best meet & greets at Universal Orlando Resort. Read the rest of this entry

Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Universal Releases It’s Story and More Details

skullislandheaderEarlier this morning, on Universal Orlando’s park blog, more details and the entire back story to Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s newest attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.  The story is incredibly detailed and sounds very exciting.  Check out the official press release below.

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2015: A Year in Review of Announced Attractions

           2015 has been quite the year for theme park announcements. All of the major chains in Florida are currently building large attractions which are scheduled to be open in 2016, and even more set to open in 2017 and beyond! It’s an exciting time to be here in Orlando, that’s for sure. With the year coming to an end, I figured we should take a look back at all of the upcoming attractions that were announced throughout 2015. Read the rest of this entry