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The Internet is really a wondrous place. Especially if you're a young person who's considering a career in animation. If you've ever considered becoming a character designer someday, you can always swing by Tom Bancroft 's Character Mentor Studio or Stephen Silver's blog and then...
3 Mar 2013
From the JHM Archives: How the Chefs at Universal Orlando made Butterbeer real
Just yesterday, Universal Orlando served up its five-millionth glass of Butterbeer. Which is quite an achievement. Given that -- prior to the June 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure -- this beverage only existed between the pages of J.K. Rowling...
12 Dec 2012
It's official. "Transformers - The Ride 3D" to open at Universal Studios Florida for the Summer of 2013
It was a quiet, grey November day yesterday at Universal Studios Florida ... Photo by Jim Hill Which was kind of impressive unto itself. Given that the night before had been October 31st, Halloween, the very last night of operation for this year's edition of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights...
2 Nov 2012
Huffington Post - Penn & Teller, Universal Orlando team up to create haunted house for Halloween Horror Nights
Penn & Teller, Universal Orlando team up to create haunted house for Halloween Horror Nights In the nearly 40 years that they've been working together, Penn Jillette & Teller have accomplished a great many things. Thanks to their skillful blend of cynical showmanship & macabre magic,...
4 Aug 2012
Stars walk the yellow carpet at the grand opening of USF's "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" attraction
If you noticed some yellow & silver confetti drifting by yesterday ... Photo by Jim Hill ... Well, there was a good reason for that. " Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem " had its grand opening at Universal Studios Florida yesterday morning. Photo by Jim Hill And the Universal Orlando Resort...
3 Jul 2012
Universal's Hollywood Drive-In takes miniature golf in Orlando to a hole new level
It looks like Universal Orlando has really hit a hole-in-one with its new Hollywood Drive-In Golf complex. Copyright Universal Orlando. All rights reserved Though the painters were still putting a few finishing touches on these two 18-hole courses while I "played through" at last night's...
14 Mar 2012
Universal Orlando's Blue Man Group show receives a $5 million hi-tech makeover
When the very last member of the audience left the Blue Man Group theater back on January 22nd, that's literally when the work began. The crew at the Universal Orlando Resort had only two weeks to give this CityWalk venue a $5 million, hi-tech makeover and they weren't going to waste a moment...
17 Feb 2012
Universal Orlando gives you a choice between having a traditional holiday or a whimsical Wholiday
Okay. We're T-minus country now when it comes to the holidays. And with just a handful of days between now and you-know-when, it always helps to have a list. So that you don't wind up forgetting anything when you next head out for the Mall. "And what's on your list, Leslie?," you...
14 Dec 2011
Scare zones add interactive edge to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21
We're just two weeks out now from the frights that can be found at the 2011 edition of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights . And while other sites may go on & on about all the scares that await you inside of those eight great new haunted houses that are being built as we speak for...
8 Sep 2011
The "Untold Stories" of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-What are those hourglasses in Hogwarts Castle?
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Photo by: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. Guests strolling through Hogwarts castle will encounter the house points hourglasses. Featured in the Harry Potter films, the hourglasses record the points earned or lost by members of the...
17 Aug 2011
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