Terminator 2 3D Attraction at Universal Orlando to Close October 2017

Terminator 2 3D Attraction at Universal Orlando to Close October 2017

Universal Orlando has announced it will be closing the Terminator 2 3D attraction on October 8, to make way for a future attraction.

The attraction opened in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida on April 27, 1996, and featured a 3D sequel to the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Both were directed by James Cameron.

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Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents Extreme Sept 21, 2017

Extreme at House of Blues Orlando Apr 15, 2015 - Gary Charone

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, Extreme will be performing on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

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Theme Park and Attraction Openings After Hurricane Irma *UPDATED Sept 15*

The Incredible Hulk coaster at Islands of Adventure

Last night Hurricane Irma decided to take a detour and come right over the Orlando area. Thankfully, most of the theme parks are reporting minor damage and debris, and are working hard to get back to business as usual.

Here are the current projected openings for the major area theme parks post-Irma:

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The Horrors of Blumhouse Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Orlando #HHN27

The Horrors of Blumhouse Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Orlando

Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.

From his company Blumhouse Productions, this new maze will feature the following trio of horrors:

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 25 – Oct. 1 with an unprecedented number of restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person.

Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining promotion offers over 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.

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Out and About: Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.

Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:

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Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Fixx Aug 31, 2017

Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Fixx

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, The Fixx will be performing on Thursday, Aug 31, 2017. The band first rose to fame in the 1980’s with hits like “One Thing Leads to Another,” “Red Skies,” and “Saved by Zero.” The band’s last album was released in 2012.

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Ash Vs Evil Dead to Make its Groovy Debut at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 27

Ash Vs Evil Dead to Make its Groovy Debut at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 27

Universal Orlando will be crawling with Deadites when Ash Vs. Evil Dead debuts at Halloween Horror Nights 27.

The new haunted maze will transport guests into the town of Elk Grove, Mich., where they will encounter the Deadites – people or objects possessed by evil demons – that have been unwittingly unleashed by Ash Williams – again.

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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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Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Verve Pipe July 28, 2017

Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Verve Pipe

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, The Verve Pipe will be performing on Thursday, July 28, 2017. The band broke into the charts in the late 90s with songs like “The Freshman,” “Photograph,” and “Villains.”  Their newest cd, Parachute, was released earlier this year.

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Out and About: Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Prior to arriving at Nine Spices Hotpot, the last time I’d eaten a hotpot meal was when I was 8. Once seated at my table, it became apparent hotpot had evolved quite a bit in the last few decades.

Our table featured an induction burner for each seating…and then I noticed the conveyor belt about eye level behind my head with a never-ending parade of food.

Our server was very patient and explained how their hotpot service worked.

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The Shining is Coming to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

The Shining is Coming to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

REDRUM! REDRUM! Universal Orlando has announced The Shining horror maze, based on the iconic movie, will debut at Halloween Horror Nights 27.

The Shining maze will provide guests with a unique opportunity to relive some of the film’s most memorable and sinister moments.

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Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents Eddie Money April 27

Eddie Money

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, Eddie Money will be performing on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

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