Alien vs. Predator – the new addition to Universal’s 2014 Halloween Horror Nights

800px-DragonCon-AlienVsPredatorThe popular franchise, Alien vs. Predator, has been added as an all-new maze to the 24th Halloween Horror Nights line-up at Universal Orlando, the theme park announced a week ago.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the iconic film and the 35th anniversary of the original film “Alien”. Continue reading “Alien vs. Predator – the new addition to Universal’s 2014 Halloween Horror Nights”

I-Drive 360- Orlando’s newest entertainment complex- what to expect

800px-Aquarium_tropical_-_bac_marinThe new entertainment complex on Orlando International Drive, I-Drive 360, is scheduled to open in phases starting spring 2015 and will be headlined by its exciting attractions: the Orlando Eye observation wheel, Sea Life aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum; Skeletons, a Museum of Osteology; Titanic – The Experience, and there’s also a mega-attraction that remains a mystery for now. The project is being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. Continue reading “I-Drive 360- Orlando’s newest entertainment complex- what to expect”

Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Express to open by mid-summer

800px-Universal_Orlando_(7323933374)Universal has recently announced new details for the highly anticipated expansions to the theme park in Orlando. A wildly ambitious project, unprecedentedly connecting two theme lands: the original Universal Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and the new London-themed area at Universal Studios Florida. The Hogwarts Express train ride is set to connect them, offering an exciting journey, authentic to the one in the movie; with characters and magical creatures from the book: the Weasley twins on their brooms, the Knight Bus in London traffic, Hagrid on his flying motorbike. Continue reading “Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Express to open by mid-summer”

Universal’s Cabana Bay is welcoming its first guests

cabana2aUniversal Orlando opened a brand new resort on March 31. Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be the fourth on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. The hotel features a retro Googie style and its look evokes the beach resorts from the late 1950s and 60s. The new pearl of Universal Orlando consists of five similar looking structures with their names inscribed on top of each. Continue reading “Universal’s Cabana Bay is welcoming its first guests”

SeaWorld killer whales released back to the ocean?

800px-Killerwhales_jumpingSeaWorld San Diego could be forced to stop its killer whale shows by a California bill that would ban using orcas in performances, keeping them in captivity, end breeding programs, as well as the import and export of the animals. Similar bills are proposed by activists in Florida and Texas where SeaWorld has theme parks. The bill was inspired by the documentary “Blackfish”, a Magnolia Pictures production. The film recalls the death of a SeaWorld trainer caused by a 12,000-pound killer whale in Orlando in February, 2010. Continue reading “SeaWorld killer whales released back to the ocean?”

A week devoted to attractions in Orlando

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions has chosen Orlando for its annual expo. The Event will take pace at the Orange County Convention Center this week. Over 25,000 people are expected to attend the show coming from more than 100 countries. “We would encourage people to buy tickets early as they may sell out throughout the week,” said Colleen Mangone, manager of media relations for IAAPA.

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