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Everything's Big About Universal Orlando's Opening-in-2016 Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Jim Hill | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

For nearly 30 years now -- ever since King Kong Encounter was first added to Universal Studios Hollywood's tram tour back in June of 1986 and that 7 ton, 30 foot-tall animatronic figure began blasting tourists with his banana breath -- theme park goers have been going ape for this massive movie monster.

Don't Wear Green and Gold to Universal Orlando's Jurassic Park Unless You Want the Raptors There to See Red

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

And based on the number of YouTube videos, Vines, Tweets and pictures that have been emailed and/or been popping up on Tumblr since the Raptor Encounter officially opened back on May 22, it's clear that all of Braillard's hard work and ingenuity has paid off.

Your Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando

MiniTime | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel

As a popular vacation destination, Universal Orlando Florida is never not busy, but it's especially crowded during spring break, from late May to Labor Day, and during the winter holidays.

My Teenage Dream Came True (Yours Can Too) at Universal Orlando

Michelle Rae Uy | Posted 07.29.2015 | Travel
Michelle Rae Uy

As a self-professed Harry Potter fanatic, I spent many hours reading and dreaming about JK Rowling's imaginary but very intricate world, collecting, consuming as many details as my brain would allow.

Universal Orlando's Skull Island: Reign of Kong Promises Thrilling Multi-Experiential Adventure Through King Kong's Domain

Jim Hill | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Come the summer of 2016, Universal Orlando is looking to invert this formula with their brand-new Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. This time around, it's us humans who will be set loose in Kong's world.

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.

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

Nightmare on MainStreet: Halloween Horror Nights 24

Joshua Estrin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Miami
Joshua Estrin

That feeling that someone is watching you, the hair on your neck stands on end, and even though the noise outside demands attention, you know all too well that the "innocent" should never go outside to investigate.

It's All the Little Details That Help Universal Orlando Deliver the Really Big Scares at Halloween Horror Nights 24

Jim Hill | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

You can't spell "scare" without "care." And the fiendish folks behind Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights clearly understand this. That's why they put a full year of careful thought and planning into the 24th edition of this seasonal scare-fest. Which officially opens to the public tonight at Universal Studios Florida.

Visiting Diagon Alley Is A Very Emotional Experience

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 07.25.2014 | Travel

Tuesday was a BIG day for many muggles of the world. The much-awaited Diagon Alley addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park offi...

Potter Heads Unite for A New Adventure at Universal Orlando

Joshua Estrin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Travel
Joshua Estrin

While the masses of muggles, the non-magicians among us anxiously await any word from the world of wizardry.

Florida Has Jimmy Feeling Very Thankful And Sweaty

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Comedy

"The Tonight Show's" last day in Florida had Jimmy Fallon feeling very thankful. He was thankful for all the kindness people showed him, all the fun t...

The Roots Totally Lose It On Doctor Doom 's Fearfall

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.19.2014 | Comedy

Jimmy Fallon had the Roots go for a ride on Doctor Doom's Fearfall at Universal Orlando, and let's just say some of them handled it better than others...

Tasting Your Way Around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

Jim Hill | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

the folks at Universal Creative have certainly stayed true to Ms. Rowling's original vision for the Leaky Cauldron. For -- as I made my way into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley yesterday in a very special luncheon -- I damn near walked right by the entrance.

How Is Legoland Becoming Florida's New Must-see Attraction? One Brick at a Time

Jim Hill | Posted 07.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After that brand-new LEGOLAND Florida Hotel opens in 2015, what piece of old Cypress Gardens will Adrian and the Merlin Entertainments team next try to revive / restore?

Harry Potter Cast Members Reunite to Shoot New Scenes for Universal Orlando's 'Escape From Gringotts' Thrill Ride

Jim Hill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Let's cut to the chase here: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley, that new Harry Potter-themed land that will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.1.

Sneak Peek At Universal's New 'Harry Potter' Ride

AP | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal Orlando Resort will take visitors into Gringotts bank to help ...

Universal Orlando Opens Newest Resort

AP | Posted 06.01.2014 | Travel

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando has opened a new resort that's based on a vintage, midcentury modern theme. The Cabana Bay Bea...

All Aboard The Hogwarts Express ... Seriously

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 03.14.2014 | Entertainment

The new Harry Potter-themed area opening at Universal Orlando Resort this summer will allow fans to ride the Hogwarts Express train and experience the...

Interview With the Grinch: Star of Universal Orlando's Grinchmas Speaks

Aaron Sagers | Posted 12.18.2013 | Weird News
Aaron Sagers

Forget about flying reindeer with incandescent beaks, elves on shelves or abominable snow bumbles. When it comes to Christmas cryptids, the mar...

Orlando's Most Amazing Hotel Pools

MiniTime | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel

After a long day standing in theme park lines and negotiating souvenir purchases, nothing hits the reset button for everyone's mood like taking a dip in the hotel pool.

Welcome To Springfield

AP | By TAMARA LUSH | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walking into Universal Orlando's new themed area is a bit surreal. First, you hear familiar music. Then you spot the sign: "Gre...

Cool Down in the Hottest Hotel Pools

Room 77 | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Room 77

With temps brick-oven high and humidity levels swamp-like in many parts of the country, there's nothing like a refreshing dip in the pool.

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Universal to Offer Real Cabin in the Woods

Dan Persons | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Writer/Director Drew Goddard to adapt horror satire for Halloween Horror Nights... Jacob's Ladder being climbed once more... A bonding experience doesn't go quite as planned in Best Friends Forever...

D'oh! Simpsons Theme Park Opening This Summer

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.28.2013 | Travel

Coming to a theme park near you: D'oh! The Simpsons, once relegated to the animated land of make-believe, have found a decidedly real-world venue: ...