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Universal Orlando Went by the Book When Creating Live Shows for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Jim Hill | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As the Boy Who Lived is exploring the Burrow, he notices that "the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was 'Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.'" And with that one line of text, Universal Entertainment finally found a solution for a challenge that had been plaguing the Diagon Alley project.

Orlando for Grown-Ups: Tips for Planning an Adults-Only Trip

U.S. News Travel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

While you might not associate hour-long lines and hordes of children with romance, Orlando's theme parks can be enjoyed not only by kids, but also by the young at heart. From plush resort spas to sophisticated restaurants, here's how to plan a grown-up trip to the Theme Park Capital of the World.

Macy's Brings Its Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Down to Florida

Jim Hill | Posted 02.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Every year, after Santa's 60 foot-long sleigh float rolls up in front of Macy's Herald Square store on Thanksgiving morning, 50 million television vie...

Hollywood Creatives and Theme Park Fans Appreciate the Universal Difference

Jim Hill | Posted 01.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So maybe it's not just Hollywood creatives who are newly aware of what Universal Parks & Resorts can do. But a whole new generation of theme park fans who have finally learned to appreciate the Universal difference.

How Wilmer Valderrama Helped Make From Dusk Till Dawn a Featured Attraction at This Year's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Jim Hill | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Unfortunately, given that Wilmer's post That '70s Show career has mostly been built around family-friendly fare like Handy Manny... Well, it was kind of hard to imagine how that preschool program could be used as fodder for a haunted house.

Want To Try The New Harry Potter Ride? Expect Loooooooooong Lines

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lines to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort were more than seven hours long Tuesday — enough time t...

Universal Orlando Will Use Lifelike Animation and Live Special Effects to Recreate Harry Potter's journey aboard the Hogwarts Express

Jim Hill | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It seems kind of counter-intuitive to use a plane to promote a train. But that's exactly what the Universal Orlando Resort did earlier this week. They jetted James & Oliver Phelps (AKA the two talented Brits who played Fred & George Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film series) all over the globe.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley Nears Completion at the Universal Orlando Resort

Jim Hill | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Even though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is still basically a construction site, there's really only one word that describes this soon-to-open addition to the Universal Orlando Resort. And that word is magical.

Celebrate the Start of The Simpsons 25th Season by Touring Universal Studios Florida's Springfield, U.S.A.

Jim Hill | Posted 11.29.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you really want to lift a glass at Moe's Tavern tonight and then pay tribute to the official kick-off of The Simpsons 25th season on television, there's really only one place to go.

Universal Orlando Raising Admission Ticket Prices

AP | Posted 07.21.2013 | Travel

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Universal Orlando has raised the price of a one-day, single-park ticket to $92. The price increase, up from $89, went into effect th...

Home Of 'Harry Potter World' Blames Obamacare For Cuts

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.21.2013 | Business

A major theme park and resort is responding to Obamacare by providing health insurance to fewer of its workers. Universal Orlando will drop health ...

AMC's The Walking Dead Takes a Bite Out of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

Jim Hill | Posted 09.17.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Fans of AMC's The Walking Dead will be running -- not walking -- to Orlando and Hollywood later this year.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Midnight Show Attendees Get Exclusive Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Access

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

All over the US today, there are muddled Muggles wandering about. Devoted Harry Potter fans who just couldn't wait to see Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Wh...