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Explore Unique Dishes and Delicious Drinks at Confisco Grille at Islands of Adventure

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Behind every dining destination at Universal Orlando Resort is a gem of a story lurking in the background. As you walk into Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Confisco Grille and Backwater Bar is one of the first restaurants in sight. But fable has it was the first structure completed on the corner of the Inland Sea, built by Mugahal Explorers into what was once an old watchtower….

The Story of Confisco Grille

After its time as a watchtower, Confisco Grille was a trading base where ships would be cleared to dock at the Port of Entry. Rumor has the words “Custom House” can still be seen above the main entrance as an indication of its prior use. Years later, it was seized by a strange sea cook named Noli-Man, who turned it into a restaurant.

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When Noli-Man’s life was through, the restaurant was passed down to his children. Eventually, a Malaysian Tunku (prince) won the building in a not-so-honorable game of cards. He expanded it, using remains from ships to create rooms for his family to stay in. The rooms would later be converted into more dining space for the rapidly growing restaurant.

But the Tunku was not the last person to own Confisco’s. It was finally taken over by a Tibetan pirate captain who captured it in an intense battle. The captain would go on to build a tiered tower called a pagoda on the top of the structure.

Today, Confisco Grille is the restaurant we know and love. But simply look up, and you’ll be transported back to the past as artifacts left behind by the many sailors, merchants and pirates can be seen scattered across the makeshift walls and ancient ceilings.

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The Story of the Backwater Bar

The founding of the Backwater Bar is but another tale. It begins with a crated French boutique from Victorian times. This abandoned structure was found at the dock of the Centre Sea. Polynesians looking to make a profit placed the soon-to-be bar next to the watchtower, completing their business with a straw roof and false front. Walls were eventually added and it became an expansion of the restaurant. Now, the bar is a great place to kick back and relax on your vacation.

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Food and Drinks to Fuel Your Adventure

The Backwater Bar serves up a variety of tropical beverages to quench your thirst. Drinks like the Lynchburg Lemonde, Confisco’s Magarita, or the Navigator’s Bloody Mary will have you thanking the long gone Polynesian founders.

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Confisco Grille takes inspiration from the many explorers to cross its path. The tales and tastes of all the adventurers who owned the restaurant are transcribed with dishes like Chicken Curry Chakra, the “Walk the Plank” Burger or the House Specialty Pad Thai.

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Confisco Grille and Backwater Bar is one of my favorite places at Universal Orlando Resort because of its creative story and all around amazing dining options. I love finding new treasures left behind while I sit and eat.

Comment below and tell me what your favorite artifact at Confisco Grille’s is!

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Seven Things To Do in Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure

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Straight from the pages of popular comic books, a land of thrills comes to life in Universal Orlando Resort’s Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure. But before you head towards the fun, it’s time to plan. Here are the activities you can’t miss!

Get Hulkified on The Incredible Hulk Coaster

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Prepare to let out a Hulk-sized roar. With seven inversions and top speeds of 67 mph, you’ll want to buckle in for this one.

Meet Heroes and Villains From the Marvel Universe

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Keep your eyes peeled as you roam the streets for allies and enemies like Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Dr. Doom and The Green Goblin.

Help Save the Statue of Liberty on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

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Join the legendary web-slinger on a journey that will have you soaring above the streets of New York, scaling skyscrapers, and battling the Sinister Six.

Feel Like a Hero while Shopping for Merchandise

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It’s time to declare your allegiance! From comic books and actions figures to t-shirts, costumes, and tumblers depicting characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man, you’ll have plenty of options.

Search High and Low for Easter Eggs

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From facades with familiar Marvel names to queue lines containing nods to comic book scenes, there is no shortage of hidden gems here. Bonus: Adam Kubert, the artist of the land’s massive character cutouts, hid his first name in his designs all over Marvel Super Hero Island. See how many you can spot!

Take the Plunge on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall

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Dr. Doom is on a mission to extract your fear and he’s going to do it by blasting you 185 feet into the sky before hurling you back down to Earth.

Participate in interactive elements

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Marvel Super Hero Island is prone to coming to life around you – look out for photo opportunities and immersive details. For instance, pick up any of the phones you see while walking around for a nice surprise. You might get instructions on how to report crimes or hear communications between popular heroes and villains.

Keep this list handy next time you’re planning a visit – you won’t regret it! Tell us your favorite thing to do at Marvel Super Hero Island in the comments below.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

8 Fun Facts About Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a great area for families with little ones and those who are still young at heart. This colorful, whimsical area can draw you in to relive some of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Whether you are a huge fan of Seuss Landing or are just planning to check it out someday, these eight fun facts should help!

1. Zax ByPass

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Just past the entrance of Seuss Landing, two stubborn Zax refuse to move out of each other’s intended path. They have been standing off since before anyone can remember, so naturally the world was built around them. Follow their tracks in the cement throughout the island for additional Seuss bonuses.

2. Dr. Seuss Sighting

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The main man himself made an appearance in a picture perfect spot. Dr. Seuss is located on Mulberry Street, behind the police motorcycle photo opportunity.

There are three men on the wall in the background, and Dr. Seuss is on the far left. I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve taken here and had no idea he was in the background. Sneaky, sneaky.

3. No Straight Lines

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Dr. Seuss’s illustrations were known for their curved or slanted lines. With that as inspiration, the designers at Universal Creative curved every single line they could in Seuss Landing.

4. Sneetch Beach

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From the book The Sneetches and Other Stories, Sneetch Beach is located near the waterfront of Seuss Landing. At this quiet area, you’ll be able to spot the yellow long-necked characters taking a dip in the water.

Need a reminder of the story? Jump on The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride and you’ll be caught up in no time.

5. Twisted Palm Trees

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While exploring, you might notice that something is up with the palm trees—they’re bent or twisted in funky, unnatural ways.

These trees were specially brought in from the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida when building the land. Thank you, Mother Nature, for your contribution to Seuss Landing!

6. The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendus

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There’s more than meets the eye at this circus. Stop in to grab a quick bite to eat, and marvel the fearless characters hanging from the ceiling. The tent was inspired from the mind of Morris McGurk in If I Ran the Circus. Every once and a while, make sure to wave at those passing above on the Trolley Train Ride.

7. Perfect Photo Op

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Another legendary photo opportunity is located just behind The Cat, Hat, and Things Store. The famous egg from Horton and the Egg is always looking for some volunteers to keep it warm.

Go ahead and take a seat on the egg for Maisie the Lazy Bird. I’ll make sure to let you know if hatches anytime soon.

8. The Lorax’s House

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No trip to Seuss Landing is complete without visiting the Lorax. Swing by his household to listen through the pipes about the story of the endangered Truffula trees. If you wander past his house, you’ll approach a healthy grove of trees. I know that makes the Lorax very happy.

I hope these fun facts give you a new thing one or two to check out on your next trip, because a whole adventurous storybook world waits for you. Visit for yourself and be prepared for Seuss Landing to blow your mind, because this silly and creative land is truly one-of-a-kind.

What’s your favorite part of Seuss Landing? Let me know in the comments below.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Learn About Dinosaurs at Universal Orlando’s Jurassic Park Discovery Center

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What was life like as a dinosaur? If you could be a dinosaur, which would you be? Have you ever tested your dinosaur knowledge? All these questions and more can be answered with a trip to the Jurassic Park Discovery Center in Universal’s Islands of Adventure!

Located right next to the Raptor Encounter in Jurassic Park, the Jurassic Park Discovery Center is an interactive play space and educational exhibit where dinosaurs co-exist with humans. Here is a sneak peek at what you can find in the Discovery Center:

1. Fossils

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When you first walk through the doors of the Discovery Center, your eye is automatically drawn to the skeletons in the middle of the building. The life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex and Alamosaurus fossils were actual props used in the Jurassic Park films. They are pretty photogenic, if I do say so myself.

 

2. Discovering Dinosaurs

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This area features two unique learning stations. The first are the Rock Wall Scanners. Use the scanners to view which dinosaur fossils lay in the rock and to reveal hidden secrets. You never know what you might find! The next is Drawersaurs, where drawers and dinosaurs meet to showcase informational facts about our prehistoric friends.

 

3. DNA Sequencing

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Join Mr. DNA as he walks you through the steps to fuse your DNA with a dinosaur’s DNA. Create a one-of-a-kind hybrid human/dinosaur by scanning your brain and hand. I tried it out for myself, and Mr. DNA suggested that I would be a herbivore. How’d he know I love a good salad?!

 

4. Nursery

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Stroll on over to the nursery to test and scan dinosaur eggs. If you’re lucky, you might even get to witness one hatch. There is usually a new hatchling ready to make its way into the world twice an hour. When I visited a baby Velociraptor hatched! The paleo-biologist even selected an audience member to name the newest dino. Her name is Barbara and she is as cute as can be.

 

5. You Bet Jurassic

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Compete against your closest friends to test your dinosaur knowledge in a trivia game show. Do you know how much food Alice the Apatosaurus eats each day? 450 pounds…I didn’t get that one right.

 

6. Beasaur

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Experience exactly how dinosaurs view, hear, and speak when you step into these dino-vision goggles. If you move your head around a little while wearing the goggles, the dinosaur mimics your movement. Try not to scare your fellow dinosaur friends too much!

 

7. Bonus!

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Throughout the day, a scientist will bring out a rolling cart with dinosaur fossils and props from the Jurassic Park films. These hands-on items all have different stories and backgrounds. I learned about amber and how the movie producers created fake amber (red rock in photo above) for the film because it’s much prettier to look at than real amber (small black rocks to the left of red rock).

I told you there was a lot to do, but there’s nothing like seeing it all for yourself. Stop by next time you’re in the area or need a great place to cool off.

Bonus: You might notice that the building resembles the “Welcome Center” from the film.

Have you been to the Jurassic Park Discovery Center? What was your favorite part? Tell me in the comments below.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Dine with Super Heroes at Universal’s New Marvel Character Dinner

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With great power comes great responsibility… and hunger! If there’s one thing no hero or heroine should go without, it’s a delicious meal. As of Thursday, December 7, you can now enjoy a dinner buffet with your favorite heroes at the all-new Marvel Character Dinner. In case meeting these characters in person isn’t enough to ignite your excitement, you’ll also indulge in a menu created specifically for this new experience.

Located in Cafe 4 in Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, this dinner buffet will feature Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Rogue. Each character comes to your table to sign autographs and take photos, so start practicing your superhero pose! And what better way to share this epic experience with your friends (bragging rights!) than with one digital photo from My Universal Photos – included in the experience.

Enjoy fresh salads like orzo and mozzarella and tomato. We’ll also be serving up roasted rosemary lemon chicken, shrimp scampi and chicken scallopini (just to name a few).

Penne Bolognese, stuffed jumbo shells and specialty pizzas are the perfect option for any superhero. And of course – we didn’t forget the desserts. A heroic portion of assorted desserts will end your meal on the sweetest of notes.

Marvel Character Dinner will be available Thursday – Sunday, from 5p.m. – 7p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling (407) 224-FOOD (3663). This experience is one that any Marvel fan will not want to miss.

Dinner isn’t the only meal you can enjoy with your favorite Universal Orlando characters. You can grab breakfast with our characters on select days at Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Hard Rock Hotel.

Grab your family and friends, bring your appetite and enjoy!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

The Unimaginable Creatures Coming to Skull Island: Reign of Kong

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Unimaginable Creatures Coming to Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Massive winged beasts that hunt from the skies. Serpentine predators that burrow through the earth and attack from below. Giant insects that infest the jungles. These are just a few of the deadly creatures you’ll encounter on Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

When you embark this summer at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you won’t be alone. Here you’ll come face to face with unimaginable creatures that prowl this mysterious and foreboding world.

Arachno-claw

Arachno-claw

These carnivorous arachnids move throughout the swampy underworld of the island’s dark caverns, foraging for dead or injured creatures. The six-legged scavenger uses its crab-like claws to crush its prey before feasting on the remains.

Carnictis

Carnictis

The giant, slug-like Carnictis lacks eyes or facial features. But its gaping, oozing mouth—ringed with sharp, jagged teeth—is a distinguishing feature that allows this slow but relentless creature to feed on dead and wounded beings that have succumbed to the wretched, murky chasms of the island.

Decarnocimex

Decarnocimex

One of the largest and most aggressive cave-dwelling inhabitants on the island, the Decarnocimex will attack anything smaller or weaker that dares to cross its path. These vicious insects tear apart their prey with their razor-sharp mandibles and two-bladed forearms.

Terapusmordax

Terapusmordax

These are the largest flying predators on the island, with wingspans up to 10 feet. They live in colonies within the island’s interior caverns and are easily provoked. Spearing victims with lethal talons, they use large carnivorous fangs to penetrate anything—or anyone—caught in their jaws of death.

V-Rex

Vastatosaurus rex

The V. Rex is the largest, most intimidating dinosaur that roams the island’s dense jungles. Despite its large, bulky head and tough leathery skin, it’s an agile predator, changing direction at high speeds and ripping into its prey with razor-sharp teeth.

Are you ready to face them all?

And, you can tune into Syfy on March 30 at 9/8c to see a whole new side to these terrifying creatures on the hit special effects makeup show, Face Off.

Are you going to Universal Orlando Resort this summer to brave Skull Island: Reign of Kong? Contact Siera at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

The Incredible Hulk Coaster Relaunches Summer 2016

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster Relaunches Summer 2016

A new story.

A new ride vehicle.

A new queue experience.

A new entrance.

The only things you’ll recognize when The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure re-opens in late summer are the world-famous twists and turns of the ride track.

This fan favorite is undergoing thrilling, new enhancements that will make it feel more immersive and high-tech – but will still have the same “Incredible” personality that makes it one of America’s most popular coasters. For the first time ever, we’re sharing details about the revamped coaster.

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Massive New Marquee

From the moment you walk up to the beloved coaster, you’ll see the huge changes that were made to the attraction. As you enter the ride, you’ll pass underneath a towering figure of The Hulk, using his colossal strength to hold up pieces of the coaster’s track. And fun fact, these track pieces were salvaged from the original ride.

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New, Original Storyline

General Thaddeus Ross is calling for volunteers for a new experiment. Your only warning is that you’ll be subjected to high levels of gamma radiation through a process called Hulk-a-fication – a potentially life-altering process first introduced by Dr. Bruce Banner.

The end result is said to give subjects magnificent strength and a forceful amount of energy. Will you emerge as the military’s next super soldier…or something else entirely?

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Completely Redesigned Queue

Your part of the story begins the moment you enter the building – which has been redesigned as a state-of-the-art military research compound, commanded by General Ross.

Inside, General Ross is conducting an array of questionable, bio-radiological experiments. You’ll pass by laboratories containing high-tech equipment his team uses to execute his mysterious tests.

Next, you’ll arrive at the Gamma core – an intense energy source that sends pulsing waves of radiation upward to fuel General Ross’s experiment. Not to worry – a thick pane of glass will protect you from direct exposure to the radioactive core. ?

As you move along, you’ll witness the transformation of your predecessors as they undergo the perilous Hulk-a-fication process.

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Finally, you’ll be rushed to a loading platform, sparking with electric bursts as the Gamma accelerator powers up to blast you with superhuman strength. Prepare for the ride of your life…

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Totally New Ride Vehicle

From there, you’ll step into an entirely new ride vehicle. The changes start with its sleek, modern new look. Once on board, you’ll discover a brand new, in-seat audio system that booms an original ride score created by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.

The next thing you know, you’re rocketing through a new launch tunnel, packed with amazing special effects, as you’re propelled out over Marvel Super Hero Island with super-human force.

It’s the ride you love, but not like you’ve ever known it before. Stay tuned here for all the details. And I’ll see you in late summer on The Incredible Hulk Coaster!

Are you ready to start planning your Universal Orlando vacation? Contact Siera at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote today! 

Experience Orlando with the Orlando FlexTicket

Did you know that you can enjoy hotel accommodations, unlimited admission to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica – a one-of-a kind waterpark by SeaWorld, and Wet ‘n Wild-Orlando, all-club access to Universal CityWalk, and much more?

You and your family can experience it all with a vacation package including the Orlando FlexTicket:

  • 7-Night hotel accommodations
  • Orlando FlexTicket, which is valid for the entire length of your stay, to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, and Wet ‘n Wild Orlando.Plus, you can even upgrade to an Orlando FlexTicket Plus and also receive admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!
  • Admission to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Plus, travel by 9/2/13 and receive Early Park Admission to TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D
  • Early park admission to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the rest of the general public
  • FREE transportation to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with the purchase of Orlando FlexTicket Plus

It’s a great time to visit Universal Orlando with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new Simpsons area, and the new Transformers attraction!

You could stay at Quality Inn International, a Universal partner hotel, from $595 per adult, including taxes:

  • FREE scheduled transportation between hotel and Universal Orlando
  • Discounts on merchandise, food & non-alcoholic beverages at select Universal Orlando® theme park & CityWalk locations
  • Additional Universal Partner Hotels available

You could even stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, one of Universal’s on-site resorts, from $1425 per adult including taxes:

  •  Universal Express Unilimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks – a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day!
  • Complimentary water taxi or shuttle buses to make getting around the resort fast and easy & complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the destination to your hotel room
  • Universal Orlando character dining with some of your favorite theme park characters!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, 2009 & 2011 Disney Destinations Top Sales Performer and 2010, 2011, and 2012 Universal Orlando Travel Agency of the Year! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information! 

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando January 24-26, 2014

Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss the Harry Potter celebration, happening at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida January 24-26, 2014. At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Harry Potter fans can come to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This exciting event will be three days of unforgettable fun for all ages including interactive experiences, a private evening reception, and more!

  • An exciting Harry Potter Film Tribute with select cast members and filmmakers
  • Thrilling rides, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Dragon Challenge
  • Q&A sessions with the cast members and filmmakers
  • A wand masterclass hosted by choreographer Paul Harris, duelling instructor for the feature films
  • Opportunities to explore Hogwarts™ castle, and shop and dine in Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

You can purchase a vacation package, including:

  • 3-night hotel accommodations
  • 3-day park-to-park ticket to both theme parks per day
  • Entry to a Private Evening Event held in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, (includes one free Butterbeer and light desserts) (Saturday)
  • Reserved area for the Harry Potter Film Tribute (Friday)
  • Reserved area for the Q&A sessions (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Reserved area for a wand masterclass with Paul Harris
  • Early Park Admission◊ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – one hour before the park opens
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks – one per person
  • CityWalk Party Pass

Multi-day park to park tickets are also available, which includes access to:

  • Harry Potter Film Tribute (Friday)
  • A wand masterclass with Paul Harris (first come, first served)
  • Q&A sessions (Saturday & Sunday; first come, first served)
  • BOTH Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Universal Orlando Travel Agency of the Year. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com! 

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY Is Coming to Unviersal Orlando in 2014

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY IS COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is scheduled to open in 2014. It will be the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allow Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films. This area will offer brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.

Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.

And – just like in the books and films – you will be able to travel between ‘London’ and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express. Construction on the new area is already underway. When it is complete, there will be shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the fiction and films.

More details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be released over time. To bring Diagon Alley and ‘London’ to life, Universal’s creative team is working closely with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films – just as it did for Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.

“I’m so pleased that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proved so popular to date, and I’m sure that the attention to detail in creating the new Diagon Alley area will make this an even better experience,” said J.K. Rowling.

“We are continuing the journey and adding an entirely new level of adventure,” said Tom Williams, Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts. “And we are bringing the same drive, commitment, enthusiasm and innovation to this project as we did to the first.”

“We are thrilled to offer the legions of fans the opportunity to embark on this new journey and experience Diagon Alley as it was brought to life in the books and films,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

“Our vision is to create two amazing theme park experiences that combine into one, complete, magical journey,” said Alice Norsworthy, executive vice president, marketing and sales for Universal Orlando Resort.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in June 2010. This area is a fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment, which brings to life the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and the blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros. Studios. Since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter made its debut, it has become a global phenomenon and entertained millions of people from around the world. Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are swept into the adventures of Harry Potter. They can tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine at the Three Broomsticks. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can soar above Hogwarts with Harry, be chosen by a wand at Ollivanders, sample Butterbeer, and much more.

Would you like to plan a Universal Orlando vacation to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first-hand? Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information!