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New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

Hold on to your Hippogriff because we have more details to announce for one of our favorite event, A Celebration of Harry Potter.

We’re excited to announce that Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) is joining the Harry Potter film stars line up for next year’s event!

We also have new content and returning fan favorites for witches, wizards and Muggles to enjoy at the Harry Potter Expo. You’ll be able to step into J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with:

  • NEW: “Wizarding Costumes from Harry Potter: The Exhibition” – You’ll be able see some of the most stunning costumes from the Harry Potter series and walk the runway to pose for a one-of-a-kind keepsake photo.
  • “The Sorting Hat Experience” – If you don’t know your Hogwarts house, you’ll have the chance to find out if you’re a Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor or Slytherin at “The Sorting Hat Experience.”

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

  • Pottermore – Start practicing your Harry Potter trivia because Audible Recall is back with updated questions. And, you can even play against your fellow housemates with house-specific rounds each day of the event. #HogwartsRules
  • Scholastic – Scholastic is celebrating 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published. You can write your favorite Harry Potter memory on the Muggle Wall, step into a life-sized recreation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and enter to win one-of-a-kind Harry Potter prizes.

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

  • MinaLima – Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are back this year to share their graphic designs of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and so much more.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – “The Making of Harry Potter” is back to give you the opportunity to see first-hand some of the incredible effects that were used in the Harry Potter film series.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – As the play gets ready to open on Broadway, you’ll get an exclusive, never-seen-before look at the costumes, designs and imagery from the production.

Get ready for three brand-new panels you won’t want to miss:

  • Discover Behind-the-Scenes Secrets with Award Winning Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson – The magic comes alive as John Richardson – Special Effects Supervisor on all eight Harry Potter films – shares with you how flying broomsticks, floating candles, wand explosions, fire-breathing dragons, and more were created on the Harry Potter film set.
  • “Graphic Design for Film: Creating the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes” – Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima are here to chat about what went into bringing Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to life.
  • “The Magic of Costumes in Harry Potter” – Join Jany Temime, award-winning costume designer behind the last six films, and Eddie Newquist, exhibition curator, to talk about the amazing costumes in the Harry Potter films.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your house robes and wands, and get your vacation packages today for A Celebration of Harry Potter.

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

Not one, but TWO new hotels are coming to Universal Orlando Resort.

And here’s the best part… Both hotels will offer our lowest price tag yet, with nightly rates starting at less than $100.

Of course, when you stay at the new hotels you’ll enjoy the awesome benefits that come with staying at a Universal Orlando hotel. Early Park Admission to our three theme parks, complimentary transportation across the destination and resort-wide charging privileges are included.

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

But don’t let that price tag fool you. This new hotel complex will be a destination unto itself. Guests will enjoy the sun, surf and sand with a laid-back coastal feel. Vibrant and natural colors will set a free-spirited and beachy tone, inviting you to hang loose and enjoy your family vacation. Not to mention three pools, poolside bars, two food courts, coffee bars and fitness centers, just to name a few of the amenities.

So to recap, that’s theme park thrills, exclusive benefits and a seamless Universal Orlando experience with nightly rates starting below Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

The new hotels will be located at the intersection of Universal Blvd. and International Drive, just minutes away from Universal Studios FloridaUniversal’s Islands of AdventureUniversal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk’s dining and entertainment options.

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

We are so excited to announce that A Celebration of Harry Potter will return to Universal Orlando Resort for a fifth year from January 26-28, 2018. And for the first time ever, Stanislav Yanevski, who played the role of Viktor Krum, will be attending the event alongside fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps, who starred as Fred and George Weasley. This is just the first wave of Harry Potter film stars to be announced for next year’s event so stay tuned!

Some of fan-favorite magical experiences during this weekend-long event include Q&A sessions with select Harry Potter film stars, as well as special panels, demonstrations, activities and displays that celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

While all of these opportunities are included in regular theme park admission or with an Annual Pass – the vacation packages offer even more activities throughout A Celebration of Harry Potter. By purchasing a package, guests will receive exclusive benefits such as admission to a private event reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and access to new Workshops (more details to be revealed at a later date). Not to mention, by purchasing a vacation package you get reserved seating for the panels and demonstrations.

Premium Vacation Package Overview:

For those who always have their wands – and Harry Potter trivia – at the ready!

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive autograph session with select film stars
  • Evening reception at the Harry Potter Expo (Saturday)
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio session at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo, panels and demonstrations
  • Reserved section for select panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

A Celebration of Harry Potter Vacation Package Overview:

Perfect for those that have an obsession with all things Harry Potter. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents.

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • First come, first served special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special access to panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more information and details about A Celebration of Harry Potter and the different vacation packages.

The time is now to get your mischief managed and prepare for the fifth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter!

New Generation Of Thrill Ride Coming To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

New Generation Of Thrill Ride Coming To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

A new generation of thrill ride is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2019! We can’t tell you everything about the new ride just yet, but here’s what we can share:

  • This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures. It’ll be unlike anything Universal Orlando Resort ever done before and it will be fun for the entire family.
  • The new attraction will be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences Universal has ever created. It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.
  • The award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films to bring this new coaster experience to life.
  • This ride is going to redefine the category and transport you to thrilling places, drawing you into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world. It’s going to be the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.

Universal is permanently closing Dragon Challenge on September 5 to make way for this all-new ride. The last day of operation will be Monday, September 4.

In the meantime, make sure you get out to Hogsmeade and take your last ride on Dragon Challenge before it closes.

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Meet the cast of the new summer blockbuster, Despicable Me 3, in Universal Studios Florida. From now through Aug. 19, you’ll be able to meet Gru, his twin brother Dru, and of course, his Minions.

First, meet the Minions that are trading in their denim for stripes at the Jail Minion Tattoo Parlor near the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction. Here you’ll be able to snap photos with the new Jail Minions from the movie and receive your very own temporary Minion tattoo.

Meet and Greet times are below. *Subject to change.

  • 9:20 AM
  • 10:20 AM
  • 11:20 AM
  • 1:20 PM
  • 2:20 PM
  • 3:20 PM

Next, head over to the KidZone area for a chance to meet Gru, Dru, new Tourist Minions, and Mel. You can take pictures with your favorite new friends, and dance along to the groovy soundtrack from the movie.The Tourist Minions even joined us in celebrating the opening of our new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay!

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

The Tourist Minions even joined us in celebrating the opening of our new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay!

Meet and greet times are below. *Subject to change.

  • 11:50 AM
  • 12:50 PM
  • 1:50 PM
  • 2:50 PM
  • 4:25 PM
  • 5:40 PM

Have a favorite character? Be on the lookout for all-new merchandise from Despicable Me 3, and take home memorabilia of your favorite characters.

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Merchandise is available at the Universal Studios Store and the Super Silly Stuff store in Universal Studios, as well as the Trading Company in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Lastly, don’t miss out on the Despicable Me 3 weekend takeover at Universal CityWalk from June 30 – July 2. The Minions are taking over the lagoon stage and turning all-things yellow. Join us for a dance party and bust out your best moves. It will be bananas!

New Universal Orlando Youth Program Turns Theme Parks Into Interactive Learning Experiences

New Universal Orlando Youth Program Turns Theme Parks Into Interactive Learning Experiences

What happens when you take your physics textbook and turn it into a roller coaster?

Enter Your Classroom in Motion: A STEAM App Series, the latest Universal Orlando Youth Program.

Several programs make up this new series. Each one is unique and contains three parts:

  • Content-rich, pre-visit classroom lessons
  • Career-focused videos from NBC Learn
  • Thrilling in-park attraction and app-based experiences here at Universal Orlando Resort

And great news for teachers—the lessons all correlate with middle school and high school national and state education standards in STEAM concepts.

(STEAM is an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide learning.)

As a former educator, I know that when students are having fun with their work, learning is a natural outcome. To make the most of that, the series consists of the follow learning modules:

  • Transformers ROLL Out
    Learn about the engineering principles of the 6 Degrees of Freedom. Then, reconstruct the ride vehicle’s motion sequences on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Science
    Work in small groups to collect data and measure speed at different points along the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. Then, use the data to prove the law of conservation of energy.
  • Kongtrol Panel
    Use engineering principles to maneuver the ride vehicle around Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • Mummy Dig Site Detective
    Use scientific observation to investigate curious discoveries at the dig site beneath Revenge of the Mummy.
  • Jurassic Paleobotany
    Search for foliage in Jurassic Park using a digital map to collect photographic samples of Jurassic-era plants.

Your Classroom In Motion uses innovative software – exclusive to groups participating in the program – to give students hands-on learning lessons throughout Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks.

For students who love the performing arts, we also enhanced our existing workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley. This energetic workshop gives students the chance to experience a day in the life of a working movie musician.

Band, choir or orchestra students can now sync music or choral arrangements and create sound effects and voiceovers to Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me and The Lorax.

Universal Orlando Resort is always ready to take students beyond the classroom and bring education to life.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for more information.

Universal Orlando’s Rock The Universe Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe 2016, where guests can rock, ride and rejoice at Florida’s biggest Christian music festival.

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On Sept. 9 and 10, guests can experience a weekend filled with faith and worship in an unforgettable atmosphere that’s unique to Rock the Universe. This year’s concert line-up features some of Christian music’s hottest artists, including Christian hip-hop legend TobyMac, Billboard Music Award-winning rock band Skillet and GRAMMY award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae. See below for the full concert lineup.

 

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During the event, guests can also stop by the Coca-Cola FanZone, featuring more live music, autograph sessions with performing acts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a Saturday night candle-lighting ceremony and enjoy access to Universal Studios Florida’s thrilling attractions – like Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and more.

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Universal Orlando offers several Rock the Universe ticket options. For the ultimate experience, guests can purchase a Rock Your Weekend Park-to-Park Ticket, which includes admission to both event nights and Park-to-Park admission to BOTH Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure for three consecutive days.

To purchase tickets and learn more about Rock the Universe 2016, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today!

Skull Island: Reign of Kong Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

This past Wednesday, excited guests gathered in Universal’s Islands of Adventure to help mark the official opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong brings the next generation of the King Kong legend to life on an unprecedented scale. The adventure begins as guests are transported deep into a mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. After braving ancient temple ruins and encountering hostile natives, they board a massive 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the increasingly foreboding terrain.

The specially designed expedition vehicle, which operates on a completely trackless ride system, takes guests deeper into the ominous island, where they soon find themselves in the midst of a brutal struggle between beasts of unimaginable size and ferocity.

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Then, as those creatures turn on the expedition, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence. It is Kong – in the flesh. Towering nearly three stories tall, he is so close that you can feel his breath and sense his emotion. But is he friend or foe?

The Incredible Hulk Coaster Enhancements Revealed

The Incredible Hulk Coaster is roaring back to life in late summer with thrilling enhancements that will make one of the world’s best roller coasters even better.

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For the first time ever, we’re revealing details about what guests will experience, including:

  • A totally new ride vehicle that features a sleek, modern design and powerful audio system that blares an exclusive, original ride score by Patrick Stump, front man for internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy
  •  A new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience that places guests inside a perilous scientific experiment led by the nefarious villain, General Thaddeus Ross
  • An immense new attraction entrance featuring The Hulk himself

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Universal Orlando Debuts Revolutionary Ride Vehicle for “Skull Island: Reign of Kong”

Your mission is to explore a treacherous island teeming with creatures of unknown origin. You will face ominous terrain, impenetrable jungles – and surprises beyond your imagination. A traditional off-road vehicle will not do. Your expedition will require something more…colossal.

Skull Island Reign of Kong Ride Vehicle

This summer, Universal Orlando Resort will bring the thrilling next generation of the King Kong legend to life in Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Everything about the new attraction will be massive. And Universal Orlando needed an entirely new – and revolutionary – way to transport guests into the middle of the adventure.

Guests will board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will do what no other Universal ride vehicle can do and take them where no other vehicle can go.

The 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough, jungle road through unpredictable terrain. The front and back axles that support the vehicle’s 45-inch wheels can be steered individually, allowing the vehicle to take sharp turns and pull off complicated maneuvers. It will be one of the most immersive and realistic ride experiences on Earth – all within one of the most immersive and realistic theme park experiences ever created.

As guests board their expedition vehicle, they will meet one of the five guides who will be their driver – each with a distinct personality.

  • Becky Callahan: The loose-cannon cowgirl who isn’t fazed by the dangers awaiting her on Skull Island.
  • Will Denham: The fresh-faced, adventure-seeking younger cousin of famed movie director Carl Denham.
  • Jinks Costanza: A hardened New York City ex-con who is wary of the island’s mysteries.
  • Kalana: A mystical descendant of the natives who first settled on the island.
  • Charles “Doc” Jordan: A PhD student in paleontology who took time off from his studies to explore the world.

Check out this video to get a taste of what’s in store for guests of Skull Island: Reign of Kong!


Oh What Fun It Is To Experience Universal Holidays

Seven floats with 10 balloons, saving Christmas with The Grinch, rocking out to Jingle Bells and a breakfast filled with Whos? Sounds like the holidays are upon us! This means your next stop is to visit Universal Orlando Resort this winter season.

Check out all the holiday offerings below:

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Join The Grinch And His Friends For A Special Character Breakfast This Holiday Season

Join the mean, green one himself for a Universal Orlando Resort holiday tradition: The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast. Starting December 5th, you can dine with characters while filling your belly with delicious dishes like the pancakes and bacon, fruit and yogurt, and the classic Green Eggs and Ham Platter.

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Want to spend your morning with the King of Mt. Crumpit and other Dr. Seuss characters? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Dates: Dec. 5-6, 10-13, 17-20, 23-31
  • Time: 8am-10:00am
  • Location: Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Adult price $29.99 +tax
  • Child price (9 and under) $16.99 +tax
  • Purchase includes one digital photo with The Grinch

Reservations are required. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations to reserve your table today.


Create Long Lasting Memories at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2015 Holiday Celebration

Beginning Dec. 5 and running daily through Jan. 2, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience fun-filled holiday traditions throughout Universal Orlando Resort – including its two theme parks, Universal CityWalk and on-site hotels.

At Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure, the popular Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is brought to life in the heartwarming live stage show, “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular,” starring The Grinch and the Whos from Whoville. Grinchmas is part of Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration, running from Dec. 5 to Jan. 3 and featuring live entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

Guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Marvel at the iconic larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. This year’s parade features two all-new balloons exclusive to Universal Orlando; Tom Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon and self-powered hybrid vehicle and Holiday Lights Balloon, a string of six dazzling Holiday light balloons that dance through the air with ease.
  • Rejoice with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experiences include a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring The Grinch and the Whos from Who-ville. Guests can also enjoy character meet and greets with The Grinch and the Whos within Seuss Landing.
  • Sing along to holiday classics as the masters of modern Christmas music – Mannheim Steamroller – perform live at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.

All holiday festivities are included with theme park admission or with an Annual Pass to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels, where guests will relish in the spirit of the season with holiday buffets and dining events, tree-lighting ceremonies, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, holiday poolside “dive-in” movies and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Eve at Universal CityWalk
Universal CityWalk’s EVE 2015 is the place to ring in the excitement of the New Year on Dec. 31. At Universal’s CityWalk, guests can experience a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration that includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones – each with their own jam-packed entertainment and signature drinks – along with access to six different clubs with electrifying live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine and Orlando’s largest dance floor.


Families can enjoy epic holiday festivities and experiences at Universal Orlando from Dec. 5 to Jan. 2

2015 Holidays Celebration at UOR

Beginning Dec. 5 and running daily through Jan. 2, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience one-of-a-kind holiday traditions at Universal Orlando Resort. All park guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Marvel at the iconic larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. This year, enjoy two all-new balloons exclusive to Universal Orlando’s parade, Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle, and Holiday Lights Balloon, as they dazzle guests while floating through the air.
  • Rejoice with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experiences include a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring the Whos from Who-ville. Guests will also have the opportunity to dine with the Grinch and Friends during a delicious breakfast within Seuss Landing.
  • Sing along to holiday classics with performances by the masters of modern Christmas music—Mannheim Steamroller—at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida. Performance nights are Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels, where guests will relish in the spirit of the season with holiday buffets and dining events, tree-lighting ceremonies, special music performances, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, holiday poolside “dive-in” movies and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Eve at Universal CityWalk

It’s never too early to plan how you’ll ring in the New Year. At Universal’s CityWalk, guests can experience a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration which includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones—each with their own entertainment and signature drinks—along with access to six different clubs with live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and Orlando’s largest dance floor. Information about Eve event tickets will be released at a later date.


A Day At Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks with Travel With Rick

On this week’s Travel With Rick show we take a whirlwind tour through the two incredible theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort. We start in Universal Studios Florida, then on to Islands of Adventure, and finish up at Universal CityWalk. It’s awesome!


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