Universal Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park

by admin on September 22, 2016

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At Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, you’ll find thrills of all kinds from superheroes to the Wizarding World, and even the prehistoric variety. In Jurassic Park, you can come face to face with the dinosaurs, just as John Hammond intended.

When you enter through the gates at Jurassic Park, the movie’s iconic theme song will immediately be playing in your head. You’ll wonder how Universal transported everything from that mysterious island to southern Florida!

One of the more interactive areas in Jurassic Park is the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. In the Center, you’ll experience and learn about the science of how Jurassic Park was made. From imaging the ground to determine the location and type of fossils, to the nitty gritty of DNA and what makes you YOU, you’ll learn a lot about how Jurassic Park came to be.

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While visiting, you may get to meet one of the veterinarians and see how they care for the animals. My daughter got to go help distract a baby triceratops so they could give her (the dinosaur) a vaccine.

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And keep a close eye on the egg nursery. You may be lucky enough to see a baby dinosaur hatching! The doctors take suggestions for names from the crowd present, and if your name is chosen, you get to sign their log book and you receive a special dinosaur birth certificate to take home to show all of your friends.

The Center is also home to life size dinosaur skeletons so you can appreciate the massive size of these majestic creatures. There is also a Center gift shop, so you can bring some memories home with you.

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As you explore further into the jungle of Jurassic Park, you’ll encounter many different photo opportunities as you head to the Jurassic Park River Adventure. This ride is designed to take you through the more peaceful, veggie loving dinosaurs. But stay alert…..danger may be just around the corner! (Note – you may get very wet on this ride. And there is a part that may scare some younger (or skittish older) visitors).

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If you’re hungry, you can satisfy even at T-Rex’s appetite at Pizza Predattoria, The Burger Digs and Thunder Falls Terrace. At Thunder Falls, your carnivores will enjoy the ribs and rotisserie chicken, burgers or turkey legs. And your herbivores will love the salads, soups, and rice and beans.

For younger visitors, there are fun carnival style games where they can test their skills and maybe take home a prize. There is a climbing wall so your little explorer can pretend they are looking for fossils. (The climbing wall and games do have an additional cost). They will also love Camp Jurassic! This is a fun play area, designed for kids. There are tunnels, caves and treehouses to explore. And the best part for parents? There’s only one entry/exit. So you can sit and relax and watch your kids play with no worries about them wandering into the path of a T-Rex! Camp Jurassic is also home to the Pteranodon Flyers attraction. This is a ride that gives kids a high in the sky view of Jurassic Park and the rest of the park. (Note that you must be under height to ride or have one rider who meets the height requirement).

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See science (or is it science fiction?) in action at Jurassic Park at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Email me at Amy@TravelWithTheMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook. You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your MAGICAL vacation!

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Hip Hotels help create a truly memorable, unique experience for the traveler. And the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando is the Hippest Hotel that Universal has to offer!

Here are my Top 5 Hits of the Hard Rock Hotel that will keep you coming back!

  1. The Atmosphere

The rock-and-roll theme envelopes you from the minute you step into the lobby! Throughout the hotel, the furnishings, music, bathrooms, and memorabilia create a truly unique place to stay.

  1. The Pool

With its 12,000-square-foot pool area, guests are treated to the largest heated pool at Universal, a fun sandy beach and 12 underwater speakers!

  1. The Accommodations

The Rooms offer luxurious beds with fun accents and accessories to create a welcoming accommodation with a Hard Rock twist! Standard rooms include queen beds, but you can request King rooms and suites, along with rooms that include the Rock Royalty Lounge with access to

– Continental breakfast, 7 AM to 10 AM

– Library of Rock n’ Roll magazines

– Personal Concierge

– Hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine, 5 PM to 7 PM

– Evening sweets, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

– Complimentary coffee, assorted teas, and soft drinks all day

  1. The Parks

– The parks are just a 5 minute walk away! Or climb on board the complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus.

– Free Ticket Upgrade! Universal Express Unlimited ride access in both theme parks is a benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day!

Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens

  1. The Extras

Choose Rock Star Extras such as

– checking out a legendary guitar to play with your entire stay!

– downloading exclusive playlists by the biggest names in the industry!

– experience being a DJ!

Are you ready to be Hip? Then let’s plan your Hard Rock Stay today!

sylvia@travelwiththemagic.com

 

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 23, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of March 20, 2016   Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Experience Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

March 23, 2016

  Every child dreams of being a secret agent. And at Epcot, with Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, you can make that dream a reality. Dr. Doofenshmirtz, from “Phineas and Ferb” has tried to take over different countries around World Showcase. And it’s up to Agent P, with your help, to stop him. And along […]

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Fun Facts about Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

March 21, 2016

  Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is one of three amazing hotels located right at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Paradise Pier Hotel offers a beach and sand setting that makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time, but with a modern twist. It is more casual then the other two Disneyland […]

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Transportation Options at Walt Disney World

March 18, 2016

One of the many benefits to staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel is complimentary transportation between your resort and Disney theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs and other Disney resort hotels. Disney moves millions of guests each year using a very well run transportation system which includes buses, boats and monorails. While it […]

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Disney Traditions

March 16, 2016

  Disney World is a vacation that has something for everyone to enjoy and fall in love with. Once you are there, you will soon find favorite activities, rides and meals, creating your Disney Traditions! Here are 10 suggested Disney Traditions that my family enjoys each visit! #1 Magic Kingdom on Your First and Last […]

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Awaken Summer offer save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels

March 14, 2016

You can save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights June 12-Aug. 25, 2016 when they book by June 10, 2016. Plus, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand when they upgrade to a room and Theme Park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way® […]

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The “Grotesque Birds” of Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

March 14, 2016

Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort is home to statues from the “The California Native” series. These pieces of art were inspired by the “Grotesque Birds” created by the Martin Brothers in England between the years of 1875 and 1920. The Grand Californian’s “Grotesque Birds,” (I also heard several cast members refer to them as Grotesqueries.) were […]

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My Disney Dining Bucket List

March 11, 2016

  You know how sometimes you form habits and you do the same things over and over again? This happens to me with my Disney trips, every time without fail! I get stuck in my ways and eat at the same restaurants because I know they are good and that I like the menu offerings! […]

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Jungle Skipper Canteen: A Quick Review of Magic Kingdom’s Newest Table Service Restaurant

March 9, 2016

Skipper Canteen (also known as it’s full name; Jungle Navigation CO. Ltd Skipper Canteen) is the newest addition to the food scene at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Many agree that the park needs more sit down dining options. So, the announcement and opening of the Skipper Canteen came with a lot of excitement […]

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5 Simple Steps to Planning Your First Land and Sea Adventure

March 7, 2016

  Have you seen the movie, Titanic?  Well, I have- probably just a few too many times.  Because I’ve seen the movie so many times, I’ve been afraid for many years of taking a cruise.  Recently, when my husband and I began talking about taking a special vacation to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, we […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 5, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of March 5, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure […]

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Keeping Fitness in Your Vacation

March 2, 2016

  As with everyone, keeping up with fitness at home is hard, and being on vacation, can make it seem impossible!  But you can have a balance of fun and fitness while and Disney, and here are some ways to help! Track your Steps We’ve been tracking steps at Disney for many years. Long before […]

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The One Tip To Help Avoid Rookie Mistakes on Disney Trips

February 29, 2016

A few short years ago, I was in the midst of one of the happiest – and most stressful – times of my life! I was planning a wedding AND a Disney vacation at the same time! Looking back, I think I spent more time worrying about the honeymoon at Disney World than I worried […]

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Did you know you can tour a real Gold Mine?

February 26, 2016

Did you know that there are still gold mines that you can walk through and tour today?? There is one located in the beautiful rustic town of Julian located in California called the Eagle Mining Co. The Eagle Mining Co. is open daily with very affordable rates and offers you an amazing opportunity to tour […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 25, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of February 25, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure […]

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

February 24, 2016

From the moment you arrive at this resort, you’ll love it and all its retro-themed charm! When you walk into the lobby, you’ll be transported to 1950’s America. You’ll love the open spaces, bright colors, and clean lines here. And the experience is completely immersive — the theme continues throughout the resort, including the Starbucks […]

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Disney World Without Park Tickets

February 22, 2016

So you are at Disney World and don’t have a park ticket. Say what? Why would this ever happen? Well, maybe you decided four days in the parks was just enough for your family or maybe you thought a break in the middle of your family vacation was a great idea. You are up and […]

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Packing Tips for your Family Disney Trip

February 19, 2016

So much goes into planning your Disney trip including resort reservations, dining reservations, and fast passes. When you get there it is going to be a breeze, right? How many times have you gone on a family trip and everyone is trying to get ready in the morning and its rushed and crazy? Moms are usually getting everyone ready, […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 18, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of February 17, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure […]

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A Day at Typhoon Lagoon

February 17, 2016

  Whenever most people think about going to Disney World they usually imagine going to one of the four main parks Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. However, I would like to talk a little about one of my other favorite parks at Walt Disney World. I’m talking about Disney’s water park, Typhoon […]

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The Pirates League at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

February 15, 2016

The Pirates League at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a fun way to channel your inner pirate! Located in Adventureland near the entrance of Pirates of the Caribbean, participants will be transformed into a pirate style of their choosing and get some pirate training along the way. My husband and I purchased the package for […]

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The Most Unique Disney Souvenir!

February 12, 2016

No matter where I travel, I am always looking for that unique, one-of- a-kind memento to bring home with me. I’ve been to Disneyland and Walt Disney World countless times and have done my fair share of shopping! I am always looking for something unique to remember that specific trip. When we decided to take […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 11, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of February 11, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation […]

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Beyond the Autograph Book

February 11, 2016

No matter where the destination, one essential tool for each Disney vacation is something for your favorite characters to sign. While the gift stores offer many standard autograph books, I found myself trying to think of something different so we didn’t have a shelf devoted to them. So like many Moms I went to my […]

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Star Wars Launch Bay

February 10, 2016

  During our recent trip to Hollywood Studios we got the chance to check out the new Stars Wars Launch Bay. It is located where The Magic of Disney Animation was formally located. Star Wars Launch Bay is a walk through attraction featuring movie props, character meet and greets, video games, Star Wars artifacts, and […]

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What to Bring on Your Disney Cruise!

February 9, 2016

When you’re traveling on Disney Cruise Line, you’re traveling on a sailing that was made with families in mind. From large staterooms with bathtubs to amazing Broadway style entertainment, there truly is something for everyone on a Disney Cruise. When you’re packing your bags, don’t forget these important items. Costumes – If your sailing is […]

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An Amazing runDisney Year Ahead!

February 8, 2016

This year has started off to be an amazing runDisney year for me! I just finished the second annual Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort! runDisney is already a family-friendly event, with Kids Races and Family 5Ks, but adding a Star Wars theme was the epitome of an ideal race for all […]

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Hollywood Studios: Things to Do During the Changes

February 5, 2016

With all the changes and closings happening at Hollywood Studios, you may be wondering if it’s worth spending your time at this park. There is still so much there to enjoy while they make room for the new Star Wars and Toy Story Lands. Here are some of the highlights of things to do while […]

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New Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

February 3, 2016

New Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Enjoy the delights of afternoon tea at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort.  Served in the comfortably elegant Crescent Solarium, overlooking Crescent Gardens, you will enjoy classic afternoon tea savories and sweets.  You can choose from a list of loose-leaf teas–black, herbal, […]

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