Universal Orlando Announces 4th Theme Park: “Universal’s Epic Universe”

Late last week, representatives from Universal Orlando held a press conference during which they announced what everyone pretty much figured they were going to announce – they’re opening a new theme park in Orlando.

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How Harry Potter Land Almost Went To Disney (And Why We Should Be Happy It Didn’t)

Can you imagine what would have happened if Harry Potter had become a Disney franchise, like Pixar and Star Wars? It almost happened. And in some ways it’s kind of sad that it didn’t. But in other ways, I think it’s a REALLY good thing that it didn’t. Here’s why…

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IHG & United Announcements, Something EPIC Is Coming, The Things Couples Do On Planes, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Where Can You Stay Near Universal Orlando With Points?

The Universal Orlando Resort has become its own vacation destination, with three theme parks (well, two theme parks and a water park), a shopping and dining district and a slew of on (and slightly off) property hotels. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or are totally into Halloween Horror Nights, finding the closest hotel to Universal Orlando might be crucial to your vacation plans.

Here’s a list of places you’re able to stay near Universal Orlando using your hotel program points (or free night certificates) to pay for the room:

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Universal Orlando Changed The Rules For Free Lockers When You Go On Rides. Here’s What To Do About It.

The rule at Universal Orlando Resort is if you go on any sort of “thrill” ride, you can’t bring your stuff with you. Those rides currently include Harry Potter & the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack and Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios, and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure.

For these rides, items such as purses, knapsacks, bags, umbrellas, etc. have to go into a locker, which the parks have always offered free for a certain amount of time (the time is based on how long the queue + ride is, with a little extra time added in for cushioning).

Throughout the history of the two parks, the free lockers were a reasonable size – roughly 11.5″H x 9.5″W x17″ deep – big enough to hold an average-sized knapsack, a popcorn bucket, a drink cup that still had liquid in it, and a few more small and medium-sized things. But in December 2018, the free lockers became MUCH smaller – roughly half the size of the “old” free lockers. Oh, and if you want the size locker that used to be free? That’s gonna cost ya.

So what can you do about that?…

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