Florida Life

What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

If you're a lifelong theme park fan, one whose favorite childhood or adolescent memories are full of good times in the theme parks, you will eventually face losses and changes in the places you hold dear. But fear not; this can be a good and healthy thing, if you go about it the right way.… Continue reading What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

Orlando

Details and secrets of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal Orlando (OrlandoInformer.com)

Every so often I write a blog post that makes me nervous and anxious. This is one of those posts. We all have our niche and things we are known for. I feel confident that I am known for my love of Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville. And so in honor of my Orlando Margaritaville Cafe… Continue reading Details and secrets of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal Orlando (OrlandoInformer.com)

Orlando

The best of my OrlandoInformer.com blog posts

Today marks three years since my very first blog post at OrlandoInformer.com! When I started ThisFloridaLife back in July 2012 I hoped to simply share my love of my homestate of Florida and use it as a vehicle for me to explore more of this great state. After a few months of writing under my… Continue reading The best of my OrlandoInformer.com blog posts

Orlando

Holidays 2015 at Universal Orlando have begun! (OrlandoInformer.com)

Christmas time is here and now the holidays at Universal Orlando have finally begun. Orlando is absolutely incredible this time of year; each theme park gets into the action in their own special way.  Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration is very special and unique, offering holiday cheer in a way that only Universal can. Though these… Continue reading Holidays 2015 at Universal Orlando have begun! (OrlandoInformer.com)

Orlando

How to Get Into the Holiday Spirit at Universal Orlando (TouringPlans.com)

If there is one disappointing thing about holidays at Universal Orlando it’s the fact that the festivities start so late in the season, especially by comparison. Some of the holiday celebrations at Walt Disney World started as early as November 6th this year, that means that Universal Orlando is basically a month behind. Even comparing… Continue reading How to Get Into the Holiday Spirit at Universal Orlando (TouringPlans.com)

Orlando

8 Ways to Celebrate Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary (TouringPlans.com)

It’s the first theme park for which I have memories of all the excitement and fanfare of its opening days. Universal Studios Florida was the fifth major theme park to open in the Orlando area, 25 years ago on June 7, 1990. Although the anniversary day has come and gone, and the special concert series… Continue reading 8 Ways to Celebrate Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary (TouringPlans.com)

Orlando

Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure Is Reborn – TouringPlans.com

Now that Jurassic World is about to escape into the theaters, many have hoped and wondered if Island’s of Adventure’s Jurassic Park will receive some upgrades to coincide with this next generation movie. Already there have been a few updates that have breathed a bit of new life into this land

Orlando

Universal’s Volcano Bay Could Change Tourism In Orlando (TouringPlans.com)

The Orlando theme park world has erupted with excitement! Universal Orlando announced that a water park unlike any other is rising from the ground. Volcano Bay will boom onto the scene in 2017, and Universal claims that this will not just be a water park, but is their “third theme park.” From the looks of it,… Continue reading Universal’s Volcano Bay Could Change Tourism In Orlando (TouringPlans.com)

Orlando

A review of the food at Universal Mardi Gras

New Orleans, the Big Easy, is known for many things. Jazz, art, voo doo, and of course tantalizing Cajun cuisine. Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is a popular annual event, but not necessarily because of the special food and beverages offered during this special time of the year. Yet, if you head to Universal Orlando to… Continue reading A review of the food at Universal Mardi Gras

Florida Life

Which do you choose Disney or Universal?

There is a sign, on a toll road, that is among my favorite signs in all of Orlando. Yes, I have a favorite sign; when you love your hometown as much as I do you're bound to have an odd affinity for way too many things. This sign represents a strong symbolism for Orlando visitors and residents… Continue reading Which do you choose Disney or Universal?