Tag Archives: Universal

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

18 Jun

Today is the grand opening of the newest island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. You may have heard something about it. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Luckily, since I live right down the street from Universal and have a pass I’ve already been there! Twice actually!

The first time we visited was Saturday afternoon. JC and I were going to Islands of Adventure to ride some coasters (not expecting WWoHP to be open) before seeing Train in concert (Train was amazing BTW). On our way over to Dueling Dragons Dragon Challenge we noticed people walking through part of the Wizarding World and we got giddy. We rushed over and got in! Dumb me didn’t bring his camera, but luckily we went over on Monday (while my car was being fixed) and I took some pictures.

Snow...In Orlando!

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Mysterious Leg Problem

22 May

I teased yesterday that I had a mysterious leg problem and I am going to write about it. If you happen to know what could cause this let me know.

I will warn that beyond the break are pictures and I know some people have been disgusted by the looks of it. It isn’t pretty.

First though I will walk through the events of the past weekend (in case this helps someone figure it out).

I was off on Friday and spent some of the day cleaning and doing laundry before meeting up with JC, Liesl, Jon, my parents and JC’s parents at Raglan Road for some REALLY yummy dinner. After dinner we went and saw “How to Train a Dragon” in 3D!

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida

27 May

In Orlando we have two new coaster projects opening this summer. One has already opened at Sea World Orlando and you can read my post about Manta here. It is Orlando’s (and maybe all of Florida’s) first Flying coaster.

Next up to be finished, after some delays, is Universal Studio’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit! The Rockit is going to allow you (or so I read) to chose your own individual sound track for your ride. It also includes a 90 degree straight up lift hill and a world first non-inverting loop. This coaster is completely non-inverting. You NEVER go upside down, so some of you non-extreme coaster fans may like it!

It is going to open in mid to late June (I believe) but they have finally been able to start running some test runs. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are even further behind schedule after a full week of HORRIBLE rain in Central Florida. It literally rained non-stop for 6 days. Ick!

Thanks to the wonderful thing that is the internet, we have videos!! I have two videos I found on YouTube of test runs. Check them out after the break!

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MC Hammer at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

5 Apr

Last night I went to Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras for the second time this year, this time to see MC Hammer. Yes, MC Hammer! Prior to the show I was using YouTube to listen to some of his stuff because to be honest, I only knew of two of his songs.

The stage looks pretty bare...

The stage looks pretty bare...

I was looking forward to a little bit of nostalgia and to hear some good music. I mean, I wasn’t a fan of Miranda Lambert but I enjoyed her concert!

Unfortunately, this concert was a train wreck.

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Barenaked Ladies at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras!

10 Mar

On Saturday Rob, Mom and I went to Universal Studios Mardi Gras with Barenaked Ladies!! Unfortunately due to the crowd of very rude people mom left right before the concert, but we had a fun day before that with lunch at Margaritaville and a ride on MIB and one on The Simpson’s Ride.

After the rides we decided to go take a seat at the theater so we could have a good seat. While we walked over we went through the Mardi Gras party area and I recognized one of the stilt walkers! It was the OCCC’s own Event Manager Intern Celine!

She gave me a hug...awww

She gave me a hug...awww

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Christmas Presents!

9 Jan

So it is a little later than I wanted, but I thought I would recap some of my Christmas presents from X-Mas 2008!

First, the BIG present this year is that the parents and I now have seasonal passes to Walt Disney World! This means that we have passes to all four Disney World parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), Universal Orlando parks (Universal and Islands of Adventure) and the Florida Busch Entertainment parks (Busch Gardens Africa, Sea World Orlando and Aquatica).

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Halloween Horror Nights 18

6 Oct
The poster

The poster

Saturday Night my mom, brother and his friend Henry went with me to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando. This is HHN’s 18th year at Universal Studios Orlando and it continues to amaze me in a few different areas. This years theme was “Reflections of Fear” and starred “Bloody Mary.” The website over the last few months has been building up a whole back story about Mary being a doctor and at first accidentally killing her patients. Eventually she goes insane (possibly schizophrenic) and begins killing them on purpose.

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