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Monthly Archives:August 2014

Are You Ready for the Holidays at Universal Orlando?

Holidays at UniversalNew! Universal Holiday Events Announced: Beginning Dec. 6 and running daily through Jan. 3, the Holidays at Universal Orlando features one-of-a-kind traditions. At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, families will light up with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing. Guests can enjoy a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring the Whos from Who-ville, accompanied by an original musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests can also meet The Grinch and the Whos and on select dates, enjoy a special breakfast with the characters.

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will fill the streets every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons seen in Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This year, you won’t want to miss the Chloe The Clown “Balloonicle,” a new addition to the parade that combines a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle that roams the streets of Universal Studios. Guests will also enjoy colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus.

NikkyJ

News Around Universal Studios

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Happy Sunday Hipsters! It’s time for your News Around Universal Studios.

New! Velvet Sessions with Eve 6 Aug 28, 2014Velvet Bar hosts the city’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of the month. Admission is $29 on-line or $35 at the door and includes FREE specialty drinks & finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30-8:30pm, plus FREE valet parking. Cash bars and live band from 8:00pm onward. Each “session” combines creative cocktails with live music from some of the hottest rock bands.

NikkyJ

Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 Scheduled for January

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New! Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 Scheduled for January:  Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced that they will host the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event – a special event for fans celebrating the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter. Beginning January 30, 2015, fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences – including the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and more. 

NikkyJ

HIPSTER Photo of the Week: Hogwarts Express!

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New! Universal Celebrates One Million Riders on the Hogwarts Express: Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station on August 7th as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. To celebrate this magical milestone, nearly two hundred guests were given complimentary Butterbeer ice-cream.

NikkyJ

News Around Universal Studios: New Houses for Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights 2014New! Three Original Houses, Two New Scare Zones Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 24:  Universal Orlando Resort announced that three original concept haunted houses and two all-new scare zones will join the killer line up of experiences at Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Studios Florida.

NikkyJ

ThemeParkHipster Founder Interviewed by CLP Podcast

CLPThemeParkHipster founder, NikkyJ, was recently interviewed by Podcaster, Curt Worrell. Curt Worrell (Mr. Turn What You Do and Love Into Income) is the founder and owner of Confessions of a Lifestyle Preneur (CLP).

CLP is a website aimed at inspiring everyone to start a lifestyle business in order to create an ever growing economy from the information inside of what you know, do, or love.

Click here to listen to the incredible interview conducted by Mr. Worrell on how NikkyJ was able to go from prescriptions to themeparks!

Be sure to write a review about the episode on iTunes.

NikkyJ

Celebrate Frozen Summer Fun with New Specialty Cupcakes

Newsaroundmouse8202Let’s celebrate Frozen Summer Fun with new specialty cupcakes!

Three new cupcakes will be sold as part of ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Olaf cupcake is a carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing and a white chocolate Olaf. The Olaf cupcake is available for just $5.19 at select quick service locations: Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet Arcade, ABC Commissary, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Backlot Express, Fairfax Fare, Oaken’s Funland, Starring Rolls Cafe,and Coffee Cart. Anna and Elsa cupcakes are also available. The Anna cupcake is chocolate with buttercream, and the Elsa cupcake is vanilla with buttercream. Both are topped with a themed white chocolate medallion. These cupcakes are available for $5.19 at the following locations: Backlot Express, Oaken’s Funland, and Starring Rolls Cafe. These treats are part of the Disney Dining Plan and will be available through Sept. 1 Sept. 30.

NikkyJ

Disney Villains Unleashed Merchandise Announced

Newsaroundmouse8205This week, Disney announced an assortment of event logo merchandise and creative food and beverage to be offered during the Disney Villains Unleashed celebration! Offerings including Disney villain-themed hot dogs and the Maleficent cupcake sounds amazing – dark chocolate cake filled with a decadent blackberry filling topped with smooth blackberry buttercream. At Club Evil in The Hollywood Brown Derby, the Disney chefs will offer an assortment of small plate menu items. These “Villanishious” items include things like “Cruellas Devious Eyes” – fresh mozzarella with ugly ripe tomato spheres, balsamic gelée and basil oil powder – or “The Queen of Hearts famous ‘Off with their heads’”!, which is deviled eggs, pig crackling and a garlic chili gelée and lobster custard with Tobiko caviar and citrus oil.

NikkyJ

News Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News

Happy Wednesday Hipsters! It’s time for your Around the Mouse Walt Disney World News.

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New Pizzafari Breakfast At Pizzafari in Discovery Island, our favorite new healthful breakfast is the Ancient Hot-Grain Cereal, a hearty bowl of oatmeal, barley and quinoa simmered with spices and topped with salted caramel crumble ($3.99). Also at Pizzafari, the new multi-grain breakfast croissant is stuffed with egg whites, fresh spinach, provolone cheese and vegetable chutney, with a side of breakfast potatoes ($7.49); the hearty breakfast burrito has a filling of scrambled eggs, sausage, peppers, cheese and salsa ($6.49). The kids’ breakfast pizza starts with a flatbread that’s topped with scrambled egg, chopped bacon and Cheddar cheese ($4.99); the kids’ breakfast platter is a generous combo of scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, breakfast potatoes and multigrain hot cereal ($4.99). The breakfast offerings at Pizzafari are also a part of the Disney Dining Plan.

NikkyJ

HIPSTER Drink of the Week: Disney’s Bloody Mary

Disney Parks Blog: Animal Kingdom's Bloody MaryNew Bloody Mary Drinks at Dawa Bar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park Dawa Bar is now serving new Bloody Mary offerings inspired by Discovery Island, Asia and Africa. The following drinks are available for $9.50 each:

  • Dawa Bloody Mary – Classic Bloody Mary with a strong horse radish finish. Garnished with truffle blue cheese olives and prosciutto ham.
  • Discovery Island Bloody Mary – Classic mix with lemon juice and olive brine. Garnished with tomato, mozzarella, and a fresh basil skewer. The drink is light and refreshing.
  • Asian Bloody Mary – Cocktail made with spicy kimchee-sriracha salad purée and garnished with Asian salad and grilled shrimp. If you love a spicy Bloody Mary, this is the one for you.
  • African Bloody Mary – A classic blend with the addition of berbere spice. Garnished with fresh vegetables and house made beef jerky.

Get the best price on your Walt Disney World Vacation Package… Guaranteed!

NikkyJ