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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
"Universal Orlando 2011" reveals The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's best-kept secrets
Hey, did I ever tell you my favorite grace-under-pressure story? It happened just recently. And not to me, thank God. But - rather - to poor Rupert Grint , the talented young actor who's played Ron Weasley in all of the "Harry Potter" movies to date. Photo by Jim Hill Now let me take a...
26 Oct 2010
Getting A-head at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
As you walk through Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom these days and encounter all of those construction fences for the Fantasyland expansion project it's kind of hard to imagine what this part of the theme park will look like in just a few years. But me? I can't help but look at the attractions...
9 Sep 2010
Tune Tuesday: Universal Orlando is counting on major music acts to help boost attendance levels ahead of Harry Potter’s grand opening
It’s a problem that every theme park has faced at one time or another. As in: How to keep those turnstiles turning in the weeks & months just before a major new attraction opens. And in the case of the Universal Orlando Resort , there’s a very real fear among UOR managers that many Guests are now...
2 Feb 2010
Going from “Boo!” to Blue at the Universal Orlando Resort
Still working your way through the last of the Halloween candy, eh? Well, before we all totally transition away from trick-or-treating to Turkey Time, I’ll share a Halloween Horror Night-related story that you may have missed. Copyright 2009 Universal Orlando. All Rights Reserved Do you recall the theme...
10 Nov 2009
Do you ever wonder what became of Splendid China Florida?
What with Pleasure Island closing this weekend, I've been getting nostalgic for some of the other attractions that Central Florida lost over the years. With perhaps the most bizarre being Splendid China . I don't know how many of you ever got the chance to visit this 76-acre theme park during the 10...
23 Sep 2008
Will Aquatica finally turn Orlando into a three resort town ?
A while back, I found myself watching " Jaws 3D " (Alright. I know. It's a really awful movie. As Statler said to Waldorf in " The Muppet Movie ," "I've seen detergents that leave a better film than this"). Mind you, I wasn't watching this Joe Alves film because I'm a " Shark Week " enthusiast. But ...
30 Jan 2008
Construction's officially underway on Universal's "Wizarding World of Harry Potter"
It's perhaps the most eagerly anticipated addition to Orlando's assortment of rides, shows and attractions in more than a decade: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter , which is slated to open at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in 2009 Copyright 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved And...
2 Dec 2007
Get a (turkey) leg up on the competition by visiting WDW on Thanksgiving Day
Okay. It's time to talk turkey. As in: Is it really a smart idea to try & spend Thanksgiving Day at a Disney theme park? Well, if we were talking about Disneyland … Then I'd have to say "No." I was actually at the Happiest Place on Earth last year on Turkey Day. And the tens of thousands of people...
20 Nov 2007
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