2013 Holiday Events at Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios holiday events

Ever year, Universal Studios Orlando is home to some of the world’s most amazing shows and parades. It’s a land of endless entertainment, family fun, and great food! Bring your holiday lights to life with the Grinchmas and Macy’s Holiday Parade!

Or you could celebrate the return of Mannheim Steamroller, go behind the scenes, and meet the Grinch! The holiday season is around the corner, so why not celebrate these wonderful moments at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure!?
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Best Amusement Parks over the World

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Amusement parks offer a wide variety of amenities including roller coasters, fun and food, where you and your family can spend the day out and have fun. Most of these parks provide attractions that cater to the imaginations of certain age groups, whereas some can accommodate people of all ages. Below is a look at some of the best parks.

1. Disney Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Walt Disney is behind the original conception of this theme park. It is the biggest of the theme parks that Walt Disney conceived and its over 500 acres have over 1,700 animals that roam around it. It has seven areas and its visitors can see a live production of lion king. It also offers a real life safari.

2. Legoland in Carlsbad, California
This theme park is for all the kids in America who are between 2 and 12 years old. It is famous for its sculptures that are made from Legos ranging from cars to rides. This theme park, which has a beautiful landscape of bonsai trees and other plants, has Lego themed shops and restaurants, attractions and shows as well as over 50 interactive rides.
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Time to hit the Disney parks now!

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For those of you who know me, I don’t have kids. Because of that my Disney and theme park plans are often a bit different than those who do have little ones.

It also played a part in the type of annual Disney pass I got. Summer is just about over and the kids are going back to school. For those with kids that means only being able to do things as a family during the weekends for the most part.

But for those childless ones like myself it’s the start of the best time of year to go to all the theme parks during the week. That’s why I choose and have a Disney weekday select pass.
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Skip the Line: The Seven Best Theme Park Attractions That Aren’t Rides

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There are more to theme parks than rides and rollercoasters. Theme parks want you to have the time of your life, and that means providing way more to do than just rides. There are shows and exhibits of all types: dancing, parades, musicals, parties, circuses, and more on offer at theme parks today. Whether your next trip is taking you to Orlando or L.A., you can skip the lines and check out these awesome attractions that aren’t rides.

• Kilmanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: This safari takes visitors through a tour of the African savanna in an open-air vehicle. Here, Disney guests can see real animals in their natural habitats as they wind through the lush natural preserve. It’s important to stay in the vehicle because in the Kilmanjaro Safari, over 34 species of African wildlife roam free! This attraction gives guests the unique opportunity to encounter animals like antelopes, elephants, lions, and okapis.
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New theme park attractions and rides for summer 2013

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Well everyone, it’s now the start of the summer season here in Orlando. That means lots of people packing the theme parks to wait several hours in line for a two minute ride. 😀

But at least this year you have new rides and attractions to see and enjoy in the hot Florida sun. All 3 major theme parks; Disney, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, have added or are adding new attractions for the summer.

Disney has most of the new Fantasyland open at the Magic Kingdom. In this area you can enjoy a new little mermaid ride geared toward little kids. There is a new Beauty and the Beast castle which looks pretty cool and sits on top of the new “Be Our Guest” restaurant.
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Disney and Orlando theme park summer tips and tricks

Theme park tips for summer time

It’s the middle of the summer season here in Orlando, Florida. Summer is the busiest time of the year for Walt Disney world, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Heck for everything down here.

So I thought I’d give you some tips and tricks you can use if your visiting the theme parks this summer in Orlando. It’s the hottest time of the year with temperatures in the 90’s each and every day.

Because of that make sure you put on plenty of sunscreen. Even cloudy days will give you a sunburn that will surprise you. Put it on your face, arms and shoulders if nothing else.
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New Harry Potter toys and Disney games store coming soon!

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Hi everyone, I have some good news for you all. My little Orlando tourist site here is getting more popular all the time. So I’ve decided to add a lot more to it, including a Disney and Harry Potter toys store!

I’m going to be adding a lot in here, including theme park maps, a page just for Orlando upcoming events, even a theme park forum so we can all help each other with questions about Orlando vacations.
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Universal Studios Portofino Bay Hotel

Universal Studios Portofino Bay hotel

Universal Studio’s Portofino Bay hotel

Most people know that Disney has lots of hotels of their own. But Universal Studios also have a few very nice hotels on their property too. One of the nicest ones is Universal Studio’s Portofino Bay hotel.

Universal’s Portofino Bay Hotel is inspired by the charm of the seaside village of Portofino, Italy. If you want to stay very close to Universal Studios, this is the place for you. The hotel offers exceptional services, first class amenities and 42,000 square feet of meeting and function space.

Nightly entertainment includes Italian singers from a balcony overlooking the main courtyard. You are transported to a realm of class, style, and atmosphere from the moment you step into the hotel. The restaurants are amazing and the location is wonderful. It makes every guest feel like a king because they always make sure that your room is clean and you get the best service possible.
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Crowds light at Disney, Universal Studios from now till Easter

Light crowds at the Orlando theme parks

Empty water ride boat at Universal Studios

Well it’s the new year, 2010! The holidays are gone, and it’s now the middle of the winter here in the USA. Of course down here in Florida it’s still toasty warm, maybe a bit cool. It’s also one of the most perfect times to take that Disney Orlando vacation you’ve been waiting for! A lot of people have the misconception that winter is when it’s crowded in Florida.

Everyone knows the snowbirds come down here for the winter. That’s true, but most of them are older folks who don’t really care for the theme parks. The kids are back in school, so most in USA don’t feel they should take an Orlando vacation in the winter. Same is true for our Canada neighbors.

Even the tourist from the UK, which makes up a lot of the theme park crowds, wait until summer to visit Disney. That leaves from now until Easter with the theme parks light on crowds. The weather is nice, around the 60’s or 70’s during the day. The bugs are gone, and it does not rain hardly at all during the winter months.

That means it’s a perfect time to see Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World here in Orlando. If your an older couple with no kids, single, childless couple or home school your kids you don’t have to worry about taking the kids out of school. Prices for everything are also lower than in the summer. It really is much lighter now than the summer tourist crowds.

So if you can, head down here to Orlando and enjoy the theme parks without having to fight the crowds, summer heat, rain, bugs and higher prices. Pay for your theme park tickets online and be all set when you get here!

Thanksgiving day at Universal Studios and Sea World

Thanksgiving day at Universal Studios and Sea World

A week ago I made a post about what is going on Thanksgiving day at Disney. So I thought I’d also tell you what will be going on at Universal Studios and Sea World on Thanksgiving day. The truth of the matter is, there really is not that much extra going on at any of the theme parks on Thanksgiving day, except for bigger crowds!

Both Universal Studios and Sea World will have a few extra decorations and so on with a Thanksgiving theme. But there are no special Thanksgiving parades planned, or any Thanksgiving shows. It’s just not a Holiday that lends itself good with theme parks.

Here and there you will find restaurants in both Universal Studios and Sea World that will be serving the traditional Thanksgiving meal, like turkey, ham and cranberries. Normally it will be the bigger restaurants in the parks that will be serving Thanksgiving meals.

But that’s really about the only things that will be different. However because it’s a Holiday the parks WILL be full, very full. So be prepared for that and come early. Right after Thanksgiving all the parks will put up their Christmas decorations and lights.

They really do a good job transforming the parks into a Christmas theme, and the lights at night are fantastic. So if you are visiting the parks at Thanksgiving make sure you also come back the day or two after Thanksgiving, and stay till night to see the lights!

Walt Disney World verses Universal Studios Orlando, what one?

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Living right here in Orlando, I’m always surprised at some things people ask me. But then I realize that not everyone deals with theme parks every week! I often get asked if Disney is part of Universal Studios. No, they are not, in fact they are big competitors of each other. So then I get asked the next question, which is, which one do I recommend?

Ouch! That’s a really loaded question, and it depends on so many things. So let me try to explain the fundamental differences between the two theme parks, and then you can decide for yourself. The biggest difference I think is the characters of the parks. Walt Disney World has all of the favorite characters of the Disney movies.

Snow White, Cinderella, Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daffy Duck, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and all the other Disney stars are at,,,, Disney of course. Universal Studios has Marvel comics characters and Universal movie stars.
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Tips on how to avoid lines at theme park rides

How to avoid long lines at theme park rides like Disney

One of the biggest headaches, if not THE biggest one at theme parks, is waiting in line for the rides. Everyone is different in respect to their tolerance of waiting in line. Some seem to be happy and talk with others through a 2 hour wait, while a 15 minute wait for others is draining. The cruel fact is, your going to be waiting in line for most of your day when you go to a theme park.

In fact sometimes it seems like the whole point of going to a theme park is to stand in lines! Waiting an hour to go on a 2 minute ride does not seem like such a hot deal. But everyone does it, at least if they want to get on the ride. However there are some ways to cut down on ride wait times.

So I’m going to give you some creative tips on how to avoid some of the lines. You may or may not want to take some of these tips, it all depends on how big your family is, your kids ages and how much you dread long lines! So these are just tricks to cut down on some of the waiting throughout the day. The first one is pretty obvious, which is, get to the park as soon as it opens!
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