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Islands of Adventure

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  • Universal Orlando employees going to Diagon Alley previews

    Universal Orlando employees going to Diagon Alley previews
    Universal Orlando employees will begin previewing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley on Wednesday night, the first of four planned sessions that run through Saturday evening at Universal Studios theme park. A week ago, it was...
  • How Universal came up with Hogwarts Express and said goodbye to Jaws

    How Universal came up with Hogwarts Express and said goodbye to Jaws
    Watching folks try out the Hogwarts Express train at Universal the past two days has given me a flashback to when we first heard the rumor that its Harry Potter expansion would be built in Universal Studios theme park rather than Islands of Adventure,...
  • Universal Studios: Where things stand at Diagon Alley

    Universal Studios: Where things stand at Diagon Alley
    Thousands of Americans are spending time this Independence Day holiday weekend in London – the one that’s been created at Universal Studios in Orlando. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley has been in a “phased”...
  • Discovery Cove nabs top prize from TripAdvisor

    Discovery Cove nabs top prize from TripAdvisor
    Discovery Cove, SeaWorld's day resort that features interactions with dolphins, exotic fish and birds, again has won the top spot in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice competition.  It was ranked the No. 1 amusement park in the world for 2014. Universal's...
  • Harry Potter watch: Universal gives peek inside Gringotts Banks

    Harry Potter watch: Universal gives peek inside Gringotts Banks
    Universal Orlando has posted a brief video that includes a look at goblins inside Gringotts Bank, a major feature of the under-construction Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley at Universal Studios theme park. The 30-second clip includes...
  • Universal's new Harry Potter ride will have big cars, Gringotts Bank story

    Universal's new Harry Potter ride will have big cars, Gringotts Bank story
    The signature ride at Universal Orlando's new Diagon Alley will have big vehicles that can whisk 12 people through a Harry Potter story featuring villains, dragons and goblins, a Universal executive said Monday. One goal for the new Harry Potter and the...
  • Hills and valleys of roller-coastering

    Hills and valleys of roller-coastering
    The preparations for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom put me in a nostalgic mood for good — and occasionally harrowing — times aboard other Central Florida roller coasters. I've been having flashbacks of many ups and downs for some...
  • Potterwatch: There be dragon at Universal

    Potterwatch: There be dragon at Universal
    Things are falling into place for Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley, and in some cases, they're being lifted into place. Over the weekend, a crane put a 60-foot dragon atop the area's centerpiece attraction, Harry Potter...
  • 10 novelties to try in Central Florida this summer

    10 novelties to try in Central Florida this summer
    Like a magician who pulls out one bunny after another from his top hat to amaze his audience, Central Florida rolls out new attractions and novel resorts for visitors each spring and summer. Here are 10 new things -- in no particular order -- you may wish...
  • Take our theme-park quote quiz

    Take our theme-park quote quiz
    A while ago, I compiled a group of theme-park quotations and made a quiz out of them. I'm a sucker for accidental catch phrases, some of which were not designed to be humorous. It was fun to write, and enough people told me they enjoyed it that I made a...
  • Universal offers Harry Potter hotel deal for Florida residents starting June 29

    Universal offers Harry Potter hotel deal for Florida residents starting June 29
    While Universal Orlando has yet to officially announce an opening date for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, it is now offering a deal to Florida residents that will allow special access to the park expansion beginning June 29. From...