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    Universal Orlando Fun Facts

    Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, went on a discovery mission and shares with us Universal Orlando fun facts. Film locations, fictional and real, are recognized in the facades in the New York section of the park. Some fictional film locations include Hudson Street Home for Girls (Annie), Embryo Books (Funny Face), Macy’s (Miracle on

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    Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, a Review

    Known primarily for its high-altitude thrill rides at the top of the “tallest (1,149 feet) free-standing observation tower in the United States,” the Stratosphere has decanted money into its guest rooms and casino and emerges crisp, bright, and a more significant player in the mid-priced competition for tourists. The main entrance has been moved directly onto the Strip, xeriscape landscaping

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    The Towers at Cabana Bay Beach Resort Offer Rooms with a View

    Cabana Bay Beach Resort is Universal’s first on-site hotel aimed at the value and moderate markets. I was happy to discover that the late 1950s/early 1960s theme (lots of bright colors, period-appropriate lighting and furniture) is carried over at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Beachside and Bayside Towers. The towers have a total of 360 standard rooms and 40 (two-bedroom) suites.

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    Return to Universal’s Volcano Bay

    Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, recently visited Universal’s Volcano Bay. Here is her report!   Nearly one year after its opening, the overall theme of the park is well established, as palm trees and lush flora have fully developed. The theming of Universal’s Volcano Bay is perfect. The tropical surroundings, reminiscent of the

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    Rock Star Suites Feature In-Room Stage, Lights and Memorabilia

    The newly-redesigned Rock Star Suites at Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel feature an in-room stage, lights and memorabilia sure to make the heart of any rock fan beat faster. Where else can guests perform under the lights on their very own stage complete with liquid flooring, lights, and a selection of Fender guitars? The Rock Star Suites are for tweens, teens and any