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The Specialty Drinks at Hog’s Head Pub – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Amid the bustling streets of Hogsmeade Village at the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is a dark, dank pub tucked alongside the Three Broomstick restaurant. Here weary Muggles queue up to order a cup of Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, or non-alcoholic cider. However, Hog’s Head Pub is also home to a variety of specialty adult… Continue reading The Specialty Drinks at Hog’s Head Pub – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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A guide to enjoying Universal Orlando’s A Celebration of Harry Potter

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 is on the horizon. Potterheads, Muggles, and everyone else are anxiously awaiting its arrival much like young little witches and wizards waiting their turn to cross onto platform 9 ¾ for the Hogwarts Express on their first trip to Hogwarts. This event officially debuted last year and seems to… Continue reading A guide to enjoying Universal Orlando’s A Celebration of Harry Potter

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Universal Orlando’s top five desserts worth the indulgence

One of the many joys of visiting theme parks is indulging in sweet treats you might otherwise resist. There are lots of yummy desserts to enjoy through Universal Orlando Resort. In my latest contribution to OrlandoInformer, I take your sweet tooth on a journey through Universal Orlando’s top five desserts. And please note: for this… Continue reading Universal Orlando’s top five desserts worth the indulgence

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Explore the stunning details of Universal’s Islands of Adventure: The Adventure Begins at Port of Entry

It beckons. With rich earth tones, exotic plants and fabrics, whimsical architecture, and an enchanting melody, Port of Entry at Islands of Adventure is an imaginative destination. Enter the large, curving metal gates and explore one of the most unique and creative theme park entrances in the world. The entrance area is a crucial piece… Continue reading Explore the stunning details of Universal’s Islands of Adventure: The Adventure Begins at Port of Entry

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Explore the Hidden Details of Universal Studio’s San Francisco Backlot

Over the past few months I have combed over each of the three backlot themed areas of Universal Studios Florida. I have snapped hundreds of pictures and researched countless details throughout the park to share with you. That's what I love about theme parks: the details! For my latest contribution to Orlando Informer, join me… Continue reading Explore the Hidden Details of Universal Studio’s San Francisco Backlot

Florida Life

Living ThisFloridaLife in 2013

ThisFloridaLife started as both a love song for my homestate and a catalyst for me to get out there and enjoy my lifelong home. I dreamed of Paris, Hawaii, Tokyo, London, the Caribbean, and Italy. Those dreams seem more and more out of reach and frivolous, and so a new dream was born: enjoy my… Continue reading Living ThisFloridaLife in 2013

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Comparing New Fantasyland: Round One – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I almost didn't want to write this comparison.   However, it is only natural that major Disney geeks, theme park junkies, bloggers, and other analytical types make some sort of comparison between New Fantasyland and Cars Land as well as Wizarding World of Harry Potter. New Fantasyland is not due to officially open until December… Continue reading Comparing New Fantasyland: Round One – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Pre-Isaac Visit to Universal Studios

It had been too long.  About four weeks ago we made the spontaneous purchase of our Universal Orlando Annual Passes.  However, we had only been twice during that time (thank you pneumonia).  We were overdue.  And yet, Isaac loomed.  And, we had youngest stepson with us, who had never been to Universal.  Time to buy… Continue reading Pre-Isaac Visit to Universal Studios

My Second Homes, Orlando

How Harry Potter Changed Theme Parks Forever

Harry Potter cast his spell.  The world waited on the edge of their seats as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWHP) was set to open. When it opened this new land changed theme parks forever. Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure already offered exciting thrill rides and technologically advanced wonders such as the Amazing Adventures of… Continue reading How Harry Potter Changed Theme Parks Forever

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An Unexpected Adventure

We stepped out of the tropical atmosphere of Margaritaville Cafe Orlando and into the Florida heat.  To be truthful, the two rounds of margaritas were working their magic.  We breathed in deep and surveyed the excitement of City Walk.  "Wanna go to Islands of Adventure and buy an annual pass?", he asked.  I called my… Continue reading An Unexpected Adventure