Dragon Challenge Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure to Close in September 2017

Dragon Challenge coaster at The WIzarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando.

Universal Orlando has announced the thrill ride Dragon Challenge at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be closing in September 2017 to make way for a new Harry Potter-themed attraction.

The coaster was originally known as Dueling Dragons, and was one of the main attractions when Islands of Adventure opened in May 1999.

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New Thrill Ride Announced for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The WIzarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando.

Today, Universal Orlando announced a “new generation of a thrill ride” will be coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the theme park.

Located in the Hogsmeade section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures.

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Out and About: Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.

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Macy’s Holiday Parade and Grinchmas Return to Universal Orlando Starting Dec 3

Macy's Holiday Parade and Grinchmas Return to Universal Orlando

Joyous holiday traditions return to Universal Orlando December 3 to January 1 with Grinchmas, the 15th Anniversary of Macy’s Holiday Parade, and holiday concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

At Universal Studios Florida, the larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will fill the streets during the 15th anniversary Macy’s Holiday Parade.

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong Officially Opens at Universal Orlando

Skull Island: Reign of Kong was officially opened at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

With a flourish of flames, Skull Island: Reign of Kong was officially opened at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando.

Members of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company took to the stage to theatrically announce the attraction was now open to all to experience.

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YouTube Star Tyler Oakley Takes On Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal Orlando

YouTube Star Tyler Oakley Takes On Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal Orlando

Earlier this month, Universal Orlando hosted YouTube sensation, Tyler Oakley, and his mom, Queen Jackie. They were among the first to experience the ground-breaking new ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Islands of Adventure.

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Universal Orlando Begins Seasonal Pricing on Tickets

Universal Orlando park globe

Effective this week, Universal Orlando is charging higher prices at the gate for one-day tickets under their new Seasonal Pricing policy.

Normally one-day/one-park tickets are $105 for adults and $100 for children, but since the parks have entered their busysummer season, a one-day/one-park ticket at the gate will now set you back $119 for adults and $114 for children.

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Universal Orlando Reveals Hulk Coaster Relaunch Details

The Incredible Hulk Coaster revamp at Universal Orlando

It’s only a matter of months until The Incredible Hulk Coaster reopens after a major revamp, and this week Universal Orlando has revealed some relaunch details.

The first big change is the entrance to the coaster. 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. These pieces are actually salvaged from the ride’s original track.

Reuse…recycle.

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Universal Orlando Unveils Ride Vehicles for Skull Island Attraction

A few weeks ago, Universal Orlando revealed story details for the upcoming Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction, and yesterday, they released the first photo of the actual ride vehicle, along with a few more details.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride vehicle at Universal Orlando

The 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough, jungle road through unpredictable terrain. The extra-large vehicle will hold up to 72 passengers in twelve rows, which should help with passenger flow through the attraction.

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster Rebuilds at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

In September 2015, The Incredible Hulk Coaster closed at Universal Orlando‘s Islands of Adventure for rehab, but last week, the first pieces of the coaster were re-installed.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster

These first pieces of the track are only part of the hard work going into upgrading the popular coaster.

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Skull Island Construction Update at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

We’re mere months away from the opening of Universal Orlando‘s newest attraction Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and our family writer Carol Garreans captured a photo update on the progress.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong coming to Universal Orlando in 2016

Nestled between Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls and the Jurassic Park River Adventure at Islands of Adventure, the attraction has a Summer 2016 projected opening.

As of the beginning of this month, it looks like the attraction is coming together nicely, and will have a prominent landscape within the park:

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Universal Orlando Announces Details for 3rd Annual Celebration of Harry Potter #HPCelebration

Universal Orlando announced details this week for their popular Celebration of Harry Potter event, which returns to the theme park January 29-31, 2016.

Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Now in its third year, this special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer Products allows fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films and more.

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The Incredible Hulk coaster at Islands of Adventure Closing for Refurbishment September 8

One of Universal Orlando‘s signature coasters, The Incredible Hulk, will be closing September 8 for refurbishment.

The Incredible Hulk coaster at Islands of Adventure

According to Universal, the ride will be getting new enhancements to its storyline and ride vehicles. It will also be getting some upkeep, such as paint.

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Raptor Encounter Opens at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

Dinosaur fans…velociraptors have arrived at Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and they’re wanting to meet you!

velociraptors have arrived at Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Jurassic World opens June 12, but you don’t have to wait until then to see a velociraptor up close. Universal Orlando has brought one of the critters to Islands of Adventure.

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Get Ready to Meet a Dinosaur at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

To help promote the upcoming Jurassic World movie, it seems Universal Orlando‘s Islands of Adventure will be bringing in a Velociraptor for photo ops.

Jurassic World

A small blurb inside the latest annual passholder newsletter states, “Starting in June be on the lookout for photo opportunities with a Velociraptor in the Jurassic Park area of Universal’s Islands of Adventure.”

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