Archive: Theme Parks

Tips for Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  3 Comments

This post covers our tips for enjoying and saving money at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, an annual event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California. Basically, what Food & Wine Festival is to Disney California Adventure, the Boysenberry Festival is to Knott’s Berry Farm–except literally everything on the menu features boysenberries. That might sound odd at […]

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Universal Studios Japan Tips & Strategy

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  44 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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Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  5 Comments

This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Japan, both inside and outside, to showcase this impressive feat of theme park design. This castle is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. All of the interior […]

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Universal Orlando Resort Trip Report

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  11 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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Nara Dreamland: Bizarro Disneyland – Nightmare Edition

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  13 Comments

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Japan, which opened in 1961 and was inspired by Disneyland. Actually, inspired by is generous: it was a Disneyland rip-off. From Main Street to the Matterhorn to Sleeping Beauty Castle to the Jungle Cruise, it borrowed heavily from Disneyland. It was like a photo copy 100 times removed from […]

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  18 Comments

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the newest hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, and is the cheapest on-property hotel at Universal occupying the value/moderate price tier. 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 walk from Islands of […]

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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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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Japan

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  4 Comments

While visiting Universal Studios Japan, I had the chance to attend their Halloween Horror Nights. This post includes my Halloween Horror Nights photos from Japan, plus some general thoughts and tips if you’re planning on attending the event in the future. If you’re looking for general USJ tips & tricks, read my Guide to Universal Studios […]

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Mythos Restaurant Review

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  2 Comments

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 […]

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Amity Landing Restaurant Review

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  No Comments

Amity Landing Restaurant is located near the exit to the JAWS boat ride in Universal Studios Japan, in the Amity Village section of the park. This area is similar to the extinct ‘Amity’ section of Universal Studios Florida, albeit on a larger scale and with the Osaka park having things–like this restaurant and 2 other […]

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