Archive: Universal Studios

Universal Studios Japan Tips & Strategy

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  43 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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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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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 3

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  18 Comments

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 […]

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