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October 31, 2013 Features

Make sure to explore one of the most popular theme parks with your student discount. Check out the upcoming events, new rides, and park expansions at this Orlando landmark.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

“Jump into the Action.” The Universal Studios Florida theme park (inside of Universal Studios Orlando) is home to many large thrill rides based off of popular movies and television shows.

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ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

“Live the Adventure.” Islands of Adventure also has many great thrill rides, particularly inside of Marvel Super Hero Island and Toon Lagoon, but, more important to most who visit, is the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

Visitors can live the Harry Potter books by experiencing Hogsmeade village and Hogwarts castle. Rides include Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in Hogwart’s Castle and two roller coasters, Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff.

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

CITYWALK ORLANDO

The theme park nightlife of Orlando, CityWalk includes an AMC Theatre; nightly performances by the Blue Man Group, countless restaurants including Hard Rock Café, Margaritaville, and Emeril’s, and many clubs with nightly music performances.

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

TRANSORMERS

The Ride 3D: Experience “the ultimate war zone” in this fusion of FD 3D media and flight simulation technology.

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SPRINGFIELD, HOME OF THE SIMSPONS

Visit the hometown of America’s favorite family in Universal Studios. Enjoy a Krusty Burger, have a drink at Moe’s Tavern, and immerse yourself in all things Simpsons.

Springfield, Home of The Simpsons © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Springfield, Home of The Simpsons © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

 

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS | WEB

Your worst nightmares come alive in Universal Studios through haunted houses, scare zones, and every creepy crawly thing imaginable. Not for children.

Dates: mid-September – early November
Location: Universal Studios
Ticket Prices: $42-$67

Guests will come face to face with the 500-year old legend that has haunted millions of people in Latin America for generations, as the popular Mexican legend La Llorona comes to life as a haunted house at Universal Orlando Resort's Halloween Horror Nights 23.  On select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, guests’ worst nightmares will be unleashed as evil takes root at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23. Universal Orlando’s award-winning Halloween Horror Nights event transforms Universal Studios Florida into a realm of movie-quality haunted houses, incredible live shows and streets filled with hundreds of horrifying “scareactors.” © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

MARDI GRAS CONCERTS | WEB

Every year, Universal Studios brings top names in music to perform live during their Mardi Gras concert series. 2014’s list includes The Wanted and Robin Thicke.
Dates: February-May
Location: Universal Studios
Ticket Prices: Included with park admission.

Matchbox 20 performs at Mardi Gras 2012. Photo by Annamarie Carlson

Matchbox 20 performs at Mardi Gras 2012. Photo by Annamarie Carlson

ROLLINS TICKET PRICES

1 Day / 1 Park = $60
1 Day / 2 Park = $75

Buy tickets at the OSIL Discount Ticket Desk on the right when you enter the campus center.

ANNUAL PASSES | BUY

Show your Rollins College ID at the gate as proof of Florida Residency

Power Pass (blackout dates): $175 or $9/month (plus down payment)
Preferred Pass (no blackout dates): $245 or $12/month (plus down payment)

HARRY POTTER WORLD EXPANSION | WEB

Scheduled to open in June 2014, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will become a two-park experience. Visitors will be able to travel by Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade to the newly opened Diagon Alley in Universal Studios. Want to enter Diagon Alley from the Universal Studios park? Enter through the secret passage in the Leaky Cauldron restaurant. In between shopping for your wizarding school supplies, make sure to stop by Gringotts for a one-of-a-kind roller coaster experience based on the final Harry Potter movie.

Artwork of the future Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios Orlando. © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Artwork of the future Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios Orlando. © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

The Hogwarts Express has arrived at Universal Orlando Resort.  Today, October, 24, 2013, Universal Orlando placed the iconic locomotive and train tender on the tracks between the two theme parks.  Just like in the books and films Ð guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Ð Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and ÔLondonÕ when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Ð Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida next year.   HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s13)   © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

The Hogwarts Express has arrived at Universal Orlando Resort.  © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.
(s13)
© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

 

TOP 5 THRILL RIDES

1. Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

2. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

3. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

4. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

5. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

 

AUTHOR TOP 5

1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

2. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

3. Men in Black Alien Attack

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

4. Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

5. Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

Photo by Annamarie Carlson

 

Explore Universal Studio Orlando‘s Website for more information.

 

 

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