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The Unimaginable Creatures Coming to Skull Island: Reign of Kong


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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?


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.


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…


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! 



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!