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Skull Island: Reign of Kong: 10 Things To Know About Universal’s New Ride

Skull Island: Reign of Kong is now open at Universal Studios’ Orlando resort’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Last month I got a chance to preview the new attraction and talk to some of the creative producers behind the new ride. Hit...Show More Summary

Does the value of giving parks distinct themes decline over time?

By Robert Niles: We have five major multi-gate theme park resorts in the world now: the Disneyland Resort in California, the Walt Disney World Resort and the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, the Disneyland Paris Resort in France, and the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. Show More Summary

National Council Of La Raza Advocates Assault Weapons Ban And Universal Background Checks

NCLR: ORLANDO, Fla.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously voted in favor of policies aimed at reducing gun violence in the nation. The position, a first in the organization’s 48-year history, was announced at the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference during the National Affiliate Luncheon, a gathering of […]

Universal Orlando opens Sapphire Falls Resort, its fifth hotel

By Robert Niles: Universal Orlando Resort officially opened its fifth on-site hotel to guests this morning. The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is located between the Royal Pacific and Cabana Bay ? both physically and in terms of price and amenities. Show More Summary

Skull Island Reign of Kong opens officially at Universal Orlando

By Robert Niles: King Kong is officially back at the Universal Orlando Resort. In a nationally televised moment on sister network NBC's Today show this morning, Universal declared open Skull Island Reign of Kong. Skull Island: #ReignOfKong...Show More Summary

ALERT: Orlando on Lockdown Again… IT’S HAPPENING

A suspicious package had led to the evacuation of the Universal City Walk in Florida. Multiple fire departments were called on to investigate the scene as park goers looked on

Public Health Research Reduced Smoking Deaths -- It Could Do The Same For Gun Violence

By Sandro Galea, Boston University and Michael Siegel, Boston University After the most recent mass shooting in the U.S. at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: Other politicians echoed that sentiment. Show More Summary

Universal Releases Full Details – New Volcano Bay Orlando Water Park, Research in Bali, Europe, and the Middle East. Pics & Video…

About a year ago, Universal announced plans to close the Wet ‘n Wild water park that was opened in 1977, though at the same time they announced plans for a new park, Volcano Bay. Well now the media company says that Volcano Bay will open by at least June 1, 2017. Show More Summary

‘Halloween’: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Continues Michael Myers’ Story!

Fans may have thought it was over, but he’s still out there. This fall, Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series, Halloween. The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer, […]

Bloomsbury UK Competition to Win a Family Trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Bloomsbury has launched a promotional competition within the U.K. for the chance to win a family ticket to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. The competition is an in-store promotion from WHSmith and advertorials in First News. The competition is to celebrate the continual success of the Harry Potter franchise. Bloomsbury wrote...read more!

Atheist Mother Makes Blood Donation a Part of Her Family Vacation

Veronica Gilmore, an atheist who's written about the process of adopting multiple children, just took her family on vacation to Florida. In addition to visiting Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Orlando, she made sure to stop by a blood bank.

Youngest Victim in Pulse Nightclub Shooting Pleaded to 911 Dispatcher, ‘I Don’t Want to Die’

Akyra Murray, 18, had just graduated from West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia. She was set to play college basketball at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. On June 12, she had traveled with her family to Orlando, Fla., and gone out to Pulse nightclub to celebrate the closing of one chapter in her life […]

Thursday round-up: Universal Orlando plans its sixth hotel

By Robert Niles: Universal Orlando has filed paperwork with the City of Orlando to begin work on its sixth on-site hotel. According to documents filed with the city, the hotel will include 600 rooms in one tower and be built on about six acres just south of the upcoming Sapphire Falls hotel, next to the Cabana Bay. Show More Summary

Petition Asks “Star Wars” Producers To Immortalize Orlando Vicim

last monthLGBT / Gay : Queerty

“This is a universe with Wookies, Jawas, and Hutts, so why can’t there be a visible LGBT character on screen?” That sentence is culled from a new petition asking Star Wars producers to honor Orlando victim Christopher “Drew” Leinonen in an upcoming installment of the franchise. Related: Star Wars Films Will Soon Have Gay Characters, According [...]

'Star Wars' Fans Want Orlando Victim Honored With First LGBT+ Character

last monthNews : Newsweek: US

Star Wars is a universe that is so fantastical and beyond our own, but setting aside the Wookies, humanized droids and a maniacal, heavy-breathing mass murderer parading around in all-black armor, it is ultimately a story of hope and...Show More Summary

Why Bad News About One Muslim American Is Bad News For All Muslims

By Muniba Saleem, University of Michigan On the morning of June 12, as details emerged from a shooting at an Orlando nightclub, Muslim Americans across the country likely reacted with horror, while secretly hoping that the shooter wouldn't turn out to be one of them. Show More Summary

NY Knicks Will Be Watching 2016 NBA Draft for Those Who Fall Through the Cracks

Nine empty roster spots, two missing starters and no draft picks (as of Thursday morning) mean the New York Knicks will want more out of 2016 Summer League in Orlando than a day trip to Universal Studios and a week of sporadically ugly basketball games. Summer League can be a proving ground for future NBA role players. Show More Summary

Will Donald Trump's call to profile Muslims offend voters?

Deborah Schildkraut, Tufts University After the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump reiterated his concern that Muslim immigrants in the U.S. could...Show More Summary

Wizarding World Employee Luis Vielma Honored with Custom POP! Vinyl Figure

A fellow Potter fan recently created a custom POP! Vinyl Figure in honor of Luis Vielma, a victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting and former employee at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. The figurine is shown below, courtesy of Mugglenet.   The fan behind this creation–Brandon Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colorado–took advantage...read more!

CNN, CBS Push Debunked Claim 90 Percent Want More Gun Background Checks

In the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub massacre, flawed polls claiming that about 90 percent of Americans want universal background checks for gun purchases have started making the rounds again as CBS last week and CNN this week have...Show More Summary

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