Universal Orlando Resort

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photos

Two of my favorite lands in any theme park are Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, respectively, at Universal Orlando Resort. They are also two of the most photogenic lands, and as such, I thought I’d share some of my best Wizarding World of Harry Potter photos in this […]

Universal Orlando Resort Trip Report

This Universal Orlando Resort trip report covers my first visit to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade areas opened. Actually, my first visit in a long time. Not to date myself, but my last visit before this was shortly after Islands of Adventure first opened, […]

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Photo Tour

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the cheapest on-property hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, and is a great option for those looking to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After spending the day enjoying Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, I recently wandered over to the Cabana Bay, which is about a 10 minute […]

The Wizarding World of Butterbeer

Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter or theme park fan, you’ve probably heard of Butterbeer. It is the iconic drink of the book series, and has become a pop culture hit as the delicious drink is sold exclusively in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands at Universal Studios Florida (Diagon Alley) & Islands […]

Mythos Restaurant Review

Mythos is a table service restaurant at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure park that is regularly regarded as one of the best values in theme park dining in Florida. It receives a lot of hype due to the value it offers, and so many friends recommended it that it was on my must-do list […]

Universal Orlando Summer Trip Report – Part 4

This is the final installment of my Universal Orlando Resort trip report. You should read Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 before reading this installment. Since I think I’ve mostly covered all of the attractions worth covering in detail in previous installments, I’m going to make this installment solely my big picture recap […]

Technique Tuesday: Blending Image Layers

One of the big reasons I work in Photoshop and not Camera Raw or Lightroom exclusively is the ability to play with layers. In this ‘Technique Tuesday’ post, I’m going to explain how to use multiple layers and layer masks to combine the “best” elements of multiple photos. This post assumes a basic knowledge of […]

Universal Orlando Summer Trip Report – Part 3

Picking up where Universal Orlando Trip Report – Part 1 and Part 2 left off, I’m back for the first half of my second day at Universal Orlando Resort. This portion of the trip report focuses mostly on Universal Studios Florida, namely the non-Wizarding World of Harry Potter stuff there. Since this portion of the trip […]

Greetings from Sunny(?) Central Florida!

Okay, so the sunny part isn’t quite right today. It’s actually overcast and in the 40s. Not your typical Florida weather. Anyway, I wanted to drop in quickly as I’m on my way to Universal Orlando Resort today to do some “research” (yeah, that’s it…) and wanted to see if there were any reader requests […]

Universal Orlando Summer Trip Report – Part 2

Picking up where Universal Orlando Trip Report – Part 1 left off, I’m back with more thoughts and photos (most of the Diagon Alley night shots are at the bottom of the post, so scroll down if you don’t care about my random notes). The Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas and attractions were my […]