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Take the Rides of Your Life

No matter what thrills you — roller coasters, giant swings, carnival games, drop towers, carousels, log flumes — you’ll be squealing with joy (or fear!) all day at an amusement park. There’s plenty of fun to be found at big attractions, such as Disney, Universal and Six Flags, or at smaller parks close to home.

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Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida

Visit Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, which consists of Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk Orlando and 3 Loews hotels, which include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Universal Studios features rides, attractions and activities based on pop-culture icons, Hollywood blockbuster films and hit television shows. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

On Flight of the Hippogriff at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, climb into a wicker Hippogriff to go on a training flight and ride on Flight of the Hippogriff, a family-friendly rollercoaster at the theme park. 960 1280

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Superstar Parade

Superstar Parade

We all love a parade, and you’ll love Universal Orlando Resort’s Superstar Parade even more. Watch as creative floats with hundreds of performers create a whole new level of fun and excitement. During the parade, some of today's most beloved characters and their stories are brought to life in the streets of Universal Studios. Sing and dance along with your favorite characters, including Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora & Diego, as well as the minions from the blockbuster animated feature Despicable Me 960 1280

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Guests at this hotel enjoy spacious guest rooms featuring authentic Italian furnishings, impeccable and attentive service, an opulent spa, 3 themed swimming pools and a few restaurants, including Mama Della’s Ristorante and Trattoria del Porto. 960 1280

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Transformers: The Ride 3D

Transformers: The Ride 3D

Universal Orlando Resort's blockbuster attraction is Transformers: The Ride 3D. The groundbreaking ride, created under license from the toy and board game company Hasbro and based on its iconic Transformers brand, will allow fans to experience the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. 960 1280

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Wet 'n Wild, Blastaway Beach

Wet 'n Wild, Blastaway Beach

Cool things down at Universal's Wet 'n Wild, founded by SeaWorld creator George Millay. We recommend checking out the water park’s newest attraction, Blastaway Beach, featuring a sand-castle-themed water playground, 2 pools and a 60-foot sand castle with more than 160 interactive toys and 15 slides. 960 1280

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The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Have fun with the Spidey! The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is one of the most popular theme park experiences at Universal Orlando Resort. With all-new enhancements -- including 4K digital high-definition ride animation, an Infitec 3-D projection system, new music score and 3-D "Spider-Vision" glasses -- guests will see incredible details, including the stitching on Spider-Man's gloves. 960 1280

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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Close your eyes. Lean back. Sip the ultimate margarita in Margaritaville, where every corner brings to life a different classic song by the restaurant’s owner, music legend Jimmy Buffett. Pair you margarita with some of the tasty food on the menu, including the Volcano Nachos, Jerk Salmon, Tuscan Turkey Burger or Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya. 960 1280

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Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk features two 18-hole courses based on classic drive-in era horror and sci-fi movies. Have fun with the entire family. Tee off through the open mouth of a giant space worm or the basement laboratory of a towering haunted house. 960 1280

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The Red Coconut Club

The Red Coconut Club

It’s the hottest spot at Universal CityWalk and one of Orlando's most popular hot spots. Where tropical meets trendy, Red Coconut Club patrons can kick back and relax or dance the night away to a live band every night that features classic favorites of the '60s and '70s as well as original renditions of today's contemporary music. 960 1280

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Hop on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit for a unique rollercoaster ride. This coaster gives guests the ability to choose from 30 songs, from 5 music genres, to create the soundtrack to their ride. After the thrill of braving this rollercoaster, riders can create a personalized take-home video using cutting-edge technology. 960 1280

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Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

Feel the power of the Incredible Hulk as Dr. Bruce Banner's gamma-ray accelerator launches you on a high-speed rollercoaster rampage, accelerating to 40 mph in just 2 seconds. 960 1280

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Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park is where innovation is combined with powerful storytelling and incredible adventure. The Cat in the Hat, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall and Storm Force Accelatron are just a few popular rides found at the 110-acre theme park. 960 1280

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Jurassic Park River Adventure

Jurassic Park River Adventure

Take a leisurely raft ride through the backwaters of Jurassic Park. The water ride allows the curious to see and be seen by friendly dinosaurs -- until something goes terribly wrong, placing guests face-to-face with a gigantic T. rex! 960 1280

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Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter

Located at Universal Orlando CityWalk, Latin Quarter features appetizers, seafood, meats, salads and desserts influenced by the cuisines of Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Based on the Harry Potter books and films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a $200-million theme-park at Universal Orlando that had its grand opening on June 18, 2010.  The park includes rides like the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff.  Diagon Alley, a new section of the theme park, opens July 8, 2014. 960 1280

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Triple-Decker Knight Bus

Triple-Decker Knight Bus

Hop aboard the Knight Bus if you?re a stranded member of the wizarding community. To hail the bus, a witch or wizard can just stick their wand up in the air in the same manner that a muggle would do to hail a taxi. It is possible to book tickets for travel on the bus in advance. 960 1280

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Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express waits to transport young wizards at Hogsmeade Station at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley, with its cobblestone-ladden roads, is the perfect place to get all of your necessities for the upcoming school year at Hogwarts. Diagon Alley is lined with inns, pubs, book shops, clothing stores and much more. 960 1280

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Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley is the newest theme-park feature, which includes the thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. This attraction combines 360-degree themed sets, high-definition animation, state-of-the-art 3-D projection systems and live effects with characters and moments form the final Harry Potter book and film. And make sure you visit Gringotts Bank (pictured) -- it?s the only bank in the Wizarding World owned and operated by goblins. 960 1280

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

Ollivander's Wand Shop

An essential stop for any witch or wizard going to choose a wand (or better yet, let the wand choose them), Ollivander’s Wand Shop is a staple of Diagon Alley.
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Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

The place to turn your attention for all-things  wizarding, the Daily Prophet is a long-standing newspaper conglomerate located in Diagon Alley.
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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Hogwarts school majestically towers over the theme park, bringing the tales of Harry and friends to life. 960 1280
Hogwarts Portrait Gallery

Hogwarts Portrait Gallery

The Hogwarts portrait gallery is just as described in the books with talking portraits of wizards decorating the walls. 960 1280

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Hogsmeade Village

Hogsmeade Village

The Harry Potter theme park re-creates the picturesque Hogsmeade village with shops and restaurants based on the books. 960 1280

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Honeydukes

Honeydukes

You’ll enjoy your trip to Hogsmeade like a kid in a candy shop … or should I say, like a wizard in a candy shop! Honeydukes is the premier place to get all your chocolate and candy needs in one stop.

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Hog's Head Pub

Hog's Head Pub

Looking for a cold glass of butterbeer? Hog’s Head is a local pub located in Hogsmeade where muggles can stop in and try an assortment of alcoholic beverages. 960 1280

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Three Broomsticks

Three Broomsticks

Located in the heart of Hogsmeade, Three Broomsticks is a popular restaurant known for their fish and chips, as well as shepherd’s pie and other assorted goodies. 960 1280

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The Owlery

The Owlery

Visitors can rest their legs and observe the roosting owls at the Owlery across from the Three Broomsticks. 960 1280
Dumbledore's Office

Dumbledore's Office

Guests get a peek at Dumbledore's office tucked inside Hogwarts castle where the magic happens.
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Dragon Challenge

Dragon Challenge

Guests make their way to Dragon Challenge, 2 dueling roller coasters that twist, turn and careen toward each other.
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Hagrid's Hut

Hagrid's Hut

Guests can view a re-creation of Hagrid's Hut on their way to ride the Flight of the Hippogriff.
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Flight of the Hippogriff

Flight of the Hippogriff

Named after the Hippogriff Buckbeak, (which has the head of an eagle and the body of a horse), Flight of the Hippogriff is a family-friendly coaster that flies past Hagrid's hut. 960 1280

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Flying Ford Anglia

Flying Ford Anglia

After Ron and Harry miss the Hogwarts Express in the The Chamber of Secrets, they steal Mr. Weasley’s flying car in an attempt to make it to school on time. Unfortunately, the car never made it back to The Burrow, the home of Ron's family.
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