“TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D” Coming to Universal Orlando in Summer 2013 UK

THE BATTLE CONTINUES…IN ORLANDO


JUST ANNOUNCED:BLOCKBUSTER MEGA-ATTRACTION “TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE – 3D” COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IN SUMMER 2013

Hugely-Successful Attraction Will Now Be Featured at Three Universal Parks Worldwide

Guests Will Be Fully-Immersed in a TRANSFORMERS Adventure with Their Favorite Characters and Nemeses from the Popular Film Series


(1st November 2012) – Get ready – it’s time to prepare for battle…

Universal Orlando Resort announced that its next blockbuster attraction will be the widely-popular TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride – created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand – will bring the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013.


Already a “must-see” at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that you have to see to believe. You will come face to face with Megatron. You will dodge explosions and attacks by the Decepticons. You will fight to save mankind alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. It will be the greatest battle you’ll ever ride.


Universal worked closely with Michael Bay, the award-wining director of the “TRANSFORMERS” film series and the ride’s creative consultant, to create an authentic experience that brings the non-stop action of the films to life. The attraction combines the larger-than-life TRANSFORMERS characters and an exciting storyline with life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects to place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.


“We broke the mold and have taken this ride to a new technological level in terms of blending seamless 3-D,” said Michael Bay, director of the “TRANSFORMERS” films.


“TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is the perfect addition to Universal Orlando’s thrilling theme park experiences,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “The ride has already proven to be a hit at our Hollywood and Singapore parks, and we’re excited that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to join the Autobots in the fight to save the world.”


TRANSFORMERS films, television shows and merchandise have captivated millions of people all over the world. To date, three blockbuster films have been released – “TRANSFORMERS” (2007), “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” (2009) and “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” (2011) – grossing more than $2 billion combined worldwide at the box office. The three films were directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures.


TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is slated to open in summer 2013 at Universal Orlando. The attraction will have one of the shortest build times in Universal history – making it one of Universal’s most ambitious projects ever. For more information about TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit www.prepareforbattle.com or see

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About Universal Orlando Resort

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, be transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. www.universalorlando.co.uk

Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORM’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint ventureERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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Universal Orlando Resort Announces a New Spectacularly Themed On-site Hotel Development

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES A NEW

SPECTACULARLY THEMED ON-SITE HOTEL DEVELOPMENT

New Hotel Will Add 1,800 On-Site Suites and Standard Rooms

Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts will build a new hotel development at Universal Orlando that will add high-quality, high-value options for families wanting an affordable on-site experience.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will offer two distinct experiences within the development’s multiple buildings: 900 family suites, capable of sleeping six, that include kitchen areas and 900 standard guest rooms – offering both moderate- and value-priced accommodations. It will be operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts and is scheduled to open in 2014.

The hotel will be themed differently than anything else currently available at Universal Orlando. It will evoke the iconic driving holidays so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families – spending time at unique lodgings just off the motorway, where families relaxed and played after a long day’s drive, as often portrayed in American movies. The new hotel’s hip, vintage look will be accented with bold design, dramatic, clean lines, bright, period colours and touches of neon. Inside areas including the lobby, dining areas and large, comfortable rooms will follow suit. The hotel will have two themed pool areas.

“Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort,” said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they’ve never had before.”

The hotel will be built on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando Resort and adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Site work will begin soon. Pricing information, opening timeframes and room on-sale dates will be released over time.

The new hotel will allow families to choose between value pricing or the higher level of benefits and service that come with staying at other on-site Universal Orlando hotels – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. It will provide early park admission, proximity to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios and resort-wide charging privileges – but will not offer complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Ride Access.

“The Cabana Bay Beach Resort furthers our goal of operating special and distinct properties in important markets,” said Paul Whetsell, Loews Hotels & Resorts president and CEO. “This is another important step in our plan to expand the Loews system in major markets across the United States.”

About Universal Orlando Resort

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando holiday – but there is only one Universal Orlando Resort. It is a completely separate destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a night-time entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D.

Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.

For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.co.uk

About Loews Hotels & Resorts

Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Resorts owns and/or operates 18 hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada including the Loews Hollywood Hotel located adjacent to the Hollywood & Highland Center. The hotel features 632 guestrooms, including 32 suites and over 48,000-square-feet of meeting space. Located in major city centers and resort destinations in North America from coast to coast, the Loews portfolio features one-of-a-kind properties that go beyond Four Diamond standards to delight guests with a supremely comfortable, uniquely local and vibrant travel experience. For reservations or more information about Loews Hotels & Resorts, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit: www.loewshotels.com.

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Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Grand Opening Date for Blockbuster Attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D

HEED THIS WARNING:

THE DECEPTICONS HAVE ARRIVED IN ORLANDO

THE BATTLE BEGINS 20th JUNE

Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Grand Opening Date for Blockbuster Attraction,

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D

(2nd May 2013) – Megatron and the Decepticons are closing in on Orlando…we must prepare for battle.

The highly anticipated blockbuster attraction TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D will officially open on Thursday 20th June 2013, Universal Orlando announced today.

Universal also launched an all-new “Join the Resistance” Facebook experience to prepare fans for the battle they’ll experience on the mega-attraction. “Recruits” can create their very own NEST IDs, train for battle and access exclusive photos and video. Click here to join the resistance.

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that pushes the limits of technology to place guests in the middle of a larger-than-life battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The ride was created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and is based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand.

The battle begins when guests enter the NEST facility – the headquarters for the government operation that partners with the Autobots to protect Earth from the Decepticons. While inside, they are recruited to help protect the AllSpark – a powerful energy source that would allow the Decepticons to destroy the planet. Guests board EVAC – an Autobot created exclusively for the attraction – to transport the AllSpark to safety. But beware…the Decepticons are in close pursuit…

For more information about Universal Orlando and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit www.universalorlando.co.uk.

Experience Transformers: The Ride – 3D this summer!

Seven nights in Orlando from £873pp

Seven nights in Orlando with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick direct to Orlando, accommodation at the 3V Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista on a room only basis with car hire included. Prices are per person based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room, and include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Prices are based on departures on 24 June 2013.

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  • Tickets start from £114 per adult and £104 per child

About Universal Orlando Resort

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando holiday, but there is only one place where holiday becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a night-time entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Now open: the new, heart-warming and hilarious Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. And coming soon: TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognised for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Enter the World of Springfield Like Never Before

ENTER THE WORLD OF SPRINGFIELD LIKE NEVER BEFORE

ONLY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT!


ORLANDO, Fla. (May 23rd 2013) – Woo Hoo! Springfield, hometown to America’s favourite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer.

The expansive, new area within Universal Studios will be anchored by the mega-attraction, The Simpsons Ride, and will allow guests to enter the world of The Simpsons like never before. It will be the only place in the world where guests can walk the streets of Springfield. It will include a brand-new outdoor attraction, places and foods pulled right from the show and two new Simpsons characters who will make their debut with the new area – Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob.

And yes – there will be Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando!

For the first time ever – anywhere – fans will be able to walk down Fast Food Boulevard and visit the places that helped Springfield stake its claim as “Shelbyville by the Sea.” They will be able to grab a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, snatch the catch of the day at the Frying Dutchman, get a slice at Luigi’s Pizza, go nuts for donuts at Lard Lad, enjoy a “Taco Fresho” with Bumblebee Man and drink at Moe’s Tavern.

The new attraction – called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl – will take “foolish humans” on an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit.

“This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” said Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. “For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television – and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.”

“This new expansion will broaden and deepen the already incredible experience at Universal, by bringing to life the iconic landmarks of Springfield that fans have grown to love,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President, Fox Consumer Products. “Fans will literally be able to live and breathe Springfield as they visit the statue of Jebediah, enjoy a Krusty Burger, and have a seat at Moe’s Tavern, which are just a few of the great experiences awaiting at Universal.”

“It has been an honour to bring the world of the Simpsons to life in such a letter-perfect way,” said Denise Sirkot, President, Worldwide Brand, Gracie Films. “Truly this is the Krustyest place on earth.”

For more information, visit www.universalorlando.co.uk

Experience Transformers: The Ride – 3D!

Seven nights in Orlando from £819

Seven nights in Orlando with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick direct to Orlando, accommodation at the 5V Loews Royal Pacific resort at Universal on a room only basis with car hire included starts from £819. Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a standard room, price includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Prices are based on departures on 21st Jan 2014.

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To book:www.virginholidays.co.uk, 0844 557 3859 or visit one of our 100 stores located in Debenhams, House of Fraser, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

Universal 2-Park Bonus Ticket

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  • Tickets start from £109 per adult and £99 per child (2013 prices)

About THE SIMPSONS

The longest running scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most ground-breaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognisable throughout the world. Matt Groening created the iconic family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Currently in its record-annihilating 25th season, THE SIMPSONS celebrated their historic 500th episode in February 2012. The series has won 27 Emmy Awards, been the subject of a hit feature film, created “Krustyland” and a revolutionary virtual coaster – The Simpsons Ride – at Universal Studios, received a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, been honoured with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by Matt Groening, and named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine.

THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the Executive Producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series. Film Roman is the animation house.

About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products

A recognised industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.

THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the Executive Producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series. Film Roman is the animation house.

About Universal Orlando Resort

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando holiday, but there is only one place where holiday becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a night-time entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Now open: the new, heart-warming and hilarious Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. And coming soon: TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.

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Minions Set to Take Over New Kids Suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Minions Set to Take Over New Kids Suites

at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando


Guests can experience the world of Despicable Me in newly-renovated, film-inspired kids’ suites debuting this autumn at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. The suites are now available for reservations, for stays beginning October 1st. These one-of-a-kind suites capture the excitement and playfulness of Gru’s house, complete with missile beds and Minions who rappel from the ceiling and surround guests with their unpredictable antics.

“This is the latest way we are integrating the theme park experience into our on-site hotels,” says Vince LaRuffa, Vice President of Resort Sales and Marketing. “The popularity of the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction at Universal Studios, along with this summer’s release of Despicable Me 2, presents an ideal time for the Minions to take over our kids suites.”

These two-room suites feature a kids room outfitted with custom-designed missile beds with Minion-inspired bedding, so that children can sleep like Gru’s adorable girls: Margo, Edith and Agnes. A pale blue interior creates a soothing backdrop, while touches of Gru’s laboratory’s red accents remind guests that they are indeed in an unforgettable Minion adventure. The adults’ room features a king-sized bed in the hotel’s newly-renovated Italian luxury design. An added feature that parents will appreciate is a single entry door into the suite: the kids’ side of the suite does not have a door that opens into the hallway. All of the hotel’s 18 kids’ suites will be transformed with the new theme.

On-site hotel guests receive exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission and free Universal Express Unlimited ride access which lets them skip the regular lines on most rides and attractions in Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. See https://www.universalorlando.co.uk/Hotels/ for more information.

About Despicable Me 2

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2.

Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure, featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions … and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. http://www.despicableme2.co.uk/

Loews Hotels & Resorts

Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Resorts owns and/or operates 19 hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada including the newly acquired Loews Madison Hotel located in the heart of Washington at the epicentre of legendary D.C. landmarks and the Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel, one of Boston’s pre-eminent historic buildings, situated on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets. Located in major city centres and resort destinations in North America from coast to coast, the Loews portfolio features one-of-a-kind properties that go beyond Four Diamond standards to delight guests with a supremely comfortable, uniquely local and vibrant travel experience. For more information about Loews Hotels & Resorts visit: www.loewshotels.com.

Universal Orlando Resort

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando holiday, but there is only one place where holiday becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a night-time entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Now open: the new, heart-warming and hilarious Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. And coming soon: Transformers: The Ride-3D. Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBC Universal, a Comcast company.


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Universal Orlando Resort Reveals The New Variety Of Food And Beverage Options Specially Created For The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

New Offerings Include Authentic British Fare, Magical Elixirs – and Even Butterbeer-Flavored Ice-Cream

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 30, 2014) – Today, Universal Orlando Resort revealed details about the variety of new food and beverage options which will be available in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, opening this summer at the Universal Studios theme park. From traditional British favorites like Bangers and Mash to ice-cream with unique flavors such as Chocolate Chili and Sticky Toffee Pudding, guests will savor all-new dining experiences created exclusively for the new land.

Universal Orlando’s culinary team has gone to great lengths to ensure the food experience in Diagon Alley is as authentic as possible. After years of studying the books and films; gathering inspiration from British pubs; developing authentic recipes with imported ingredients from England; and holding countless tastings, Universal’s culinary team, in collaboration with Warner Bros., has created an incredible variety of new foods and beverages the whole family can enjoy, in environments inspired by popular locations from the Harry Potter series.

Guests can stop inside the Leaky Cauldron, the popular wizarding pub and inn where they will be greeted by the savory smells of traditional British dishes such as Bangers and Mash (traditional roasted sausages with creamy mashed potatoes), Fisherman’s Pie (salmon, shrimp and cod baked together under a potato crust), Toad in the Hole (traditional sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy), Fish and Chips, and the Ploughman’s – a feast of English cheese, crusty bread, cornichon pickles, apple beet salad, Branston pickle and a Scotch egg). Guests can also sip on new draught beers created exclusively for the land – Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale – and enjoy popular drinks, like Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer, as well as new beverages like Fishy Green Ale and Tongue Tying Lemon Squash.

Further down Diagon Alley is Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, the same ice-cream shop where Hagrid bought Harry a chocolate and raspberry ice-cream with chopped nuts in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Stepping inside the whimsical and colorful shop, guests can indulge in more than 20 tantalizing and unique ice-cream flavors including Earl Grey and Lavender, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Chili, Clotted Cream, Salted Caramel Blondie, Apple Crumble, Strawberry and Peanut-Butter, Orange Marmalade and even a soft-serve ice-cream flavor of Butterbeer. Also available will be a variety of fresh pastries, scones, tarts and sweet cakes.

In Horizont Alley – a street branching off Diagon Alley – guests can enjoy delicious elixirs from Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment. The available elixir selection at this cart includes Draught of Peace, Babbling Beverage, Elixir to Induce Euphoria and Fire Protection Potion. By adding these magical elixirs to Gillywater, guests will see their drink transform before their eyes and experience delightful flavor surprises.

For more information about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new food and drink offerings found in Diagon Alley, check out the Universal Orlando Blog http://blog.universalorlando.com.

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New Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket Now On Sale For International Guests, Featuring Universal’s Volcano Bay UK



Guests Can Now Plan to Experience Universal’s Radically-Innovative Water Theme Park for Summer 2017

(26th July 2016) – International guests can now book their 2017 summer holiday to Universal Orlando Resort, including a visit to the destination’s newest water theme park experience, Volcano Bay. The new Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket is now on sale for international guests for travel dates beginning 1st June 2017.

Welcome to Universal’s Volcano Bay– a radically-innovative water theme park opening next year at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning 28 fully immersive acres, Universal Orlando’s third theme park will be an entirely new kind of water theme park experience, giving guests even more to enjoy on their vacation.

The new ticket is available for purchase at the introductory price of £223 for adults and £215 for children, and offers guests 14 consecutive days of unlimited park access to Universal Orlando’s incredible three theme parks – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and, coming summer 2017, the new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay. The Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket also includes admission to select live entertainment at Universal CityWalk, where guests can enjoy dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

At Volcano Bay, guests will discover a place like no other, filled with incredible thrills and relaxing indulgences. This one-of-a-kind water theme park will transport guests to a fully immersive tropical paradise featuring 18 unique attractions and hassle-free conveniences so families can get the most out of their time together. Guests do not have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before enjoying an exhilarating variety of experiences, like family raft rides, twisting body slides that launch guests above the water and relaxing in private one or two story cabanas.

Guests staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels will receive early park admission to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens.

The Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket is now available at www.universalorlando.co.uk and through international travel professionals.

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Disneyland Paris Sued After Chef Causes 2nd Degree Burns to Guest

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Erica Osbourne has filed a lawsuit against Disneyland Paris after suffering burns while dining at the Newport Bay Hotel Restaurant. The 37-year-old Bristol resident was the victim of a fireball that she says nearly hit her 10-year-old daughter Abigail during the preparation of a crème brûlée.

Here is how Osbourne describes the event:

“I had ordered the crème brûlée and Abigail had gone to get an ice cream when the chef lit the sugar and a massive fireball came across the counter towards me. I was so terrified that I froze to the spot but I remember an intense heat on my face. Abigail told me later that I was screaming ‘help me! I’m on fire’. My jumper and my face were on fire.”

In an effort to help her, Osbourne said a chef and another customer, “bundled me to the ground and rolled me around to put out the flames.”

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Part of Osbourne’s hair and eyebrows were lost due to the incident, and she suffered 2nd degree burns and scarring. She claims that an employee told her the accident was “no different that falling off a bike”.

She received medical treatment by paramedics on site, as well as a trip to the hospital.

Mrs. Osbourne’s representation, James Griffin (Slater and Gordon), stated, “This was a terrifying incident that could have resulted in much more serious consequences.”

A spokesman for Disneyland Paris gave this statement: “Incidents of this type are extremely rare. As this is an ongoing legal issue which is in the process of being resolved, it would be inappropriate to discuss this further at this time.”

Source: BBC

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Advanced Booking Opportunities for DVC Members at Epcot Food and Wine

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The 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is bombarding us with exciting news, not only did they just release the menus for the record-breaking 35 marketplaces involved, they have just announced special booking privileges for Disney Vacation Club Members.

While the Festival doesn’t begin until August 31st, guests may start booking for culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars, and the “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It” experience as early as 7 am Eastern on July 20th. DVC Members, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to book those through Member Services almost 48 hours in advance, at 9 am Eastern on July 18th. They also get a $2 discount if they book dates falling on Monday through Thursday. It’s all part of Membership Magic Ever After.

As far as the much anticipated “Party for the Senses” is concerned, DVC members will get perks there as well. The Disney Parks Blog announced that members “may call Member Services to book from a block of 50 seats reserved for Members at both the Sept. 23 and Oct. 21 parties until Aug. 4, after which any remaining spaces will become available for Members and guests alike. As an added bonus, Members taking advantage of this unique ‘Party for the Senses’ opportunity will receive a complimentary specially designed wine glass.”

That is some news that makes some people grateful to be DVC members, some a bit jealous, and some running to sign up for a membership right this minute.

Source/Image: Disney Parks Blog

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Resort Hopping – What to Do When It Rains on Your Disney Vacation!

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You’ve planned the perfect Disney vacation, you’ve counted down the days, you’ve booked your FastPasses and your dining plans, and then, with only a few days before your trip, you realize it is going to rain on multiple days of your vacation. This can seem like a major letdown, but don’t let it rain on your parade! There are plenty of really great options at the Disney Parks and Resorts that are extremely fun and will keep you dry, or at least relatively dry.

In this article, I’m going to start with resort hopping! If you’ve never heard of resort hopping, it is a fairly basic concept. Essentially, all you are doing is exploring multiple Disney Resort Hotels! This may sound strange if you’ve never done it before, but there are surprisingly a lot of fun experiences that can be had at the resorts.

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Many of the Disney Parks’ best dining experiences can be found at the resorts, so whether you want to try some unique quick service options, or even pricey fine dining options, there is a lot to eat at these resorts. My personal favorite is Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort because I can always find something new, unique, and delicious at that location, not to mention for a reasonable price. Whatever your taste buds are craving, there is going to be something you’ll want to try when resort hopping. What’s great about resort hopping is that if you don’t like the food options at one resort you can hop right over to your next resort and try something there!

Another huge and extremely fun option for guests that are 21 and over is visiting the different bars on Disney property. Some guests like to ride the monorail and try a new drink at each resort, and for some it is a much more casual experience. However you choose to enjoy your adult beverage, you’re sure to have a fun time on Disney property. Additionally, the best part about drinking on Disney property is free transportation, so you can have your fun and be safe.

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Just looking at the theming, landscaping, and architecture alone is remarkable enough for some of these resorts. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, in particular for me, are just pieces of art that you’ll be sure to want to see when resort hopping. There is so much to see and explore at these resorts. For example, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, if you’ve brought your umbrella you can visit the live animals out in the savannah right next to the resort pool!

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If I haven’t convinced you enough already, here is yet another reason why you’ll have a blast escaping the rain while resort hopping. Certain resorts offer special entertainment unique to the resort. For example, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa there is The Royal Princess Promenade, in which Cinderella and Prince Charming visit the lobby at 3:30 p.m. and dance together with children and other guests of the resort! If Disney’s Princesses aren’t your thing, then head over to Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside to see YeHaa Bob Jackson at the River Roost Lounge at 8:30 p.m. for an hour and a half long silly piano show!

As you can see, there is a lot of fun that can be had resort hopping, so if it starts to rain or you see heavy rainfall in the forecast and you’d rather stay dry, have a day to resort hop!

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