Mar 252015
 
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10 Totally Awesome Things You Can Do at Universal Studios Theme Parks in Orlando If You're a Chicken (Like Me)

**Disclosure:  I was invited to take part in an amazing press trip at Universal Orlando Resort, but all of the opinions you will read here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  Honestly**

Did you know that you can experience not one, but two world class theme parks when you visit the Universal Orlando Resort? Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are both full of thrill rides and fun for every member of the family!  I got to spend an amazing day at both parks just a few weeks ago and I wanted to share some highlights of both parks with you.

The thing with me is that I am a complete scaredy cat when it comes to rides, so I spent many years of my life avoiding theme parks like these.

Seriously, just looking at this gives me anxiety:

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There is literally nothing on earth (or anywhere else) that would get me on it. I’m not joking. Thor could be sitting there smeared in Nutella (two of my favorite things of all time) and I still wouldn’t get on the ride.  See…..when I said nothing, I wasn’t kidding you.

But I digress. Continue reading »


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**Disclosure:  I was invited to take part in an amazing press trip at Universal Orlando Resort, but all of the opinions you will read here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  I swear**

While I was on a recent trip to Universal Orlando Resort, I had a chance to spend some time at CityWalk.  Actually, I ended up spending quite a bit of time there because there is so much to see & do. CityWalk is a massive entertainment/dining complex and it’s located adjacent to both of the theme parks. Everyone heading to one of the parks will pass through it and yes, there is a Starbucks there, so you can grab a coffee on the way in.

Not only does CityWalk play host to  a variety of restaurants, shops, night clubs and a huge cinema complex, they hold many different concerts and special events all year long. CityWalk is 30 Acres of fun and you will certainly find something for everyone there.

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I spent three nights in Orlando and was at CityWalk all three of those nights.  My first night there, I had the pleasure of eating at the The Cowfish Burger Sushi Bar.  The Cowfish is the first and only “Sushi Burger Bar”! You’re probably scratching your head right about now thinking burgers and sushi?  Well, trust me, they make it work and if you are looking for a place to totally pig out, this is it! Continue reading »


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Mar 202015
 
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Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Collage

**Disclosure:  I was stayed at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort as part of an awesome press trip at Universal Orlando Resort, but all of the opinions you will read here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  Really.**

Have you ever dreamt about visiting the South Seas, but were put off by the amount of travel involved?  What if I told you that I know how you can get a taste of the South Seas, without having to travel halfway around the world.  I recently had a chance to spend a few nights at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort and I honestly felt like I was on a tropical vacation.

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As soon as I arrived, I was greeted with a cheerful “Aloha” by the friendly hotel staff member that checked me in.  I arrived at the hotel a little bit before the 4 pm check-in time, so my room wasn’t quite ready when I got there.  The folks over at Luggage Services gladly held my bag for me until my room was ready, which freed me up to explore the hotel.

While I waited, I sat outside in the Orchid Court Lounge.  It’s a lovely area where I was able to enjoy the reflection pool that was surrounded by gorgeous carved statues. Continue reading »


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Mar 182015
 
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Mardi Gras Universal Studios Florida

**Disclosure:  I was invited to take part in the most amazing press trip at Universal Orlando Resort, but all of the opinions you will read here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  I swear**

Although Fat Tuesday came and went last month, the Mardi Gras festivities are still going strong down at Universal Studios in Orlando! Every spring, you can enjoy the fun & excitement of “The Big Easy” right at Universal Orlando!  On Saturdays and select nights through April 18, Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras event treats their guests to an authentic celebration that transforms the a section of the park into a family-friendly version of the famous New Orleans festivities.

The annual event features big-name concerts, traditional Cajun cuisine, street performers, live music and one heck of a parade – oh, and that’s all in addition to complete access to all of the awesome Universal Orlando theme park attractions!!

Once you’re inside the park, you can visit the French Quarter Courtyard where you can eat authentic Cajun foods and listen to live music.  Every night during the event, you can listen to some of Louisiana’s most popular bands performing authentic blues, jazz, zydeco and more. I had a chance to listen to a from songs from a band called the Mississippi Rail Company & they were absolutely phenomenal. Continue reading »


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