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Universal Studios Japan Tips & Strategy

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  37 Comments

Universal Studios Japan is a theme park in Osaka. Due to its location, size, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is an incredibly popular park. This post covers some tips for visiting Universal Studios Japan, and tricks for seeing as much as possible in a single day. At USJ, you’ll need all of […]

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Universal Orlando Resort Trip Report

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  10 Comments

After promising this months ago, my Universal Orlando Resort trip report is finally done. This 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 […]

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The Wizarding World of Butterbeer

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  8 Comments

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 […]

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Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  5 Comments

Hogwarts Castle houses the School of Witchcraft in the Harry Potter series, and is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. Next year, it will also open at Universal Studios Hollywood. This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle, both inside and […]

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Universal Orlando Summer Trip Report – Part 4

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  29 Comments

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 […]

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Technique Tuesday: Blending Image Layers

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  20 Comments

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 […]

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Universal Orlando Summer Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  35 Comments

Universal Orlando had been on my list of places to visit since the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened several years ago. I had visited regularly as a child, and fondly remember attractions such as Kongfrontaton and Jaws. Since the original Potter-land opened, it’s been a series of “next times” and close misses, including […]

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