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Universal Creative tweaked the magical formula it used to create Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Jim Hill | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Given that there are already Wizarding Worlds in Orlando & Osaka, why should Harry Potter fans now travel to Hollywood to experience the third theme p...

Universal Orlando Has the Tech It Takes to Make "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" Trackless

Jim Hill | Posted 03.16.2017 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Right from the beginning, that was Universal's goal with its Florida theme parks. Create ground-breaking attractions which really pushed the boundaries when it came to technology. Place their guests right in the middle of their favorite movies & stories and then give these folks a visceral yet intimate experience.

The Best Place To Go If You're Traveling With Teens

Dave Parfitt | Posted 02.10.2017 | Travel
Dave Parfitt

Family travel with teens presents different challenges than when the kids were younger. Teen travelers want to be more active, involved, and independ...

Orlando's 50 Miles of Family Fun

Kiley Smith | Posted 02.09.2017 | Travel
Kiley Smith

A Guide to Orlando Theme Parks, and the Fastest Way to get To and Through Them If you're looking for a vacation spot in the midst of all the actio...

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

Jim Hill | Posted 11.06.2016 | 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.

Universal Orlando Mixes Hi-Tech and Simple Tricks to Serve Up Scares at Halloween Horror Nights 25

Jim Hill | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

With October 31st just a few days away now, millions of people are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their home Halloween displays. A...

How Universal Orlando Sets the Stage for Halloween Horror Nights 25 in just 60 Minutes

Jim Hill | Posted 10.16.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It takes a lot of coordination between various departments across the theme park. Not to mention months and months of advance planning.

My Flight to the New World!

Anamika Ojha | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Anamika Ojha

Time flies like air and so have been the last five months of my life in this amazing and beautiful country called The United States of America. On April 6, 2015, when I reached Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai to board the flight to New York, I was very much scared about my new life... how it will turn out to be... ?

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

Jim Hill | Posted 05.06.2016 | 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.

Universal Orlando's Lora Wallace Is Always at Least One Holiday Ahead

Jim Hill | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

You know the old saying -- "April showers bring May flowers" -- right? Well, that's not how Lora Wallace -- who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort -- looks at her calendar.

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

Jim Hill | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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.

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...

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.

Tom Williams, Universal Parks Chairman and CEO, Reflects on the Universal Orlando Resort's Magical Transformation

Jim Hill | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

With everyone else looking forward to tomorrow's grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley , it might seem kind of strange t...

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.

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.

Themed Entertainment Professionals 'Go Go' to Orlando for IAAPA's Attractions Expo

Jim Hill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So how exactly do theme park attractions get created?

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.

Exclusive: A Detailed Look at Diagon Alley, the Highly Anticipated Expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

Jim Hill | Posted 07.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Building on the success of Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Castle and the award-winning "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" attraction, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion.

Penn & Teller, Universal Orlando Team Up to Create Haunted House for Halloween Horror Nights

Jim Hill | Posted 10.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

For years now, their fans had been clamoring for these two to do produce some sort of seasonal spectacular. A Halloween maze or haunted house that perfectly captured this team's twisted sensibilities.