Universal Studios Florida

Two Things Working Against “Race Through New York”

The new Universal Studios Florida attraction called “Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon” is scheduled to open on April 6, 2017. The ride is a 3D adventure, apparently similar to “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” that takes guests through the streets of New York. It is replacing the beloved attraction “Twister: Ride It Out.”…

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Universal Orlando Resort Full Trip Report 9/29/16-10/1/16

Once again Rex and I boarded our planes to meet in Orlando, FL for our annual trip to the Universal Orlando Resort and Halloween Horror Nights. Rex flew in from Denver, CO and I arrived from Nashville, TN. After some traffic hiccups in Nashville, I was in danger of missing my flight. Thankfully, it worked out…

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Giveaway: Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando

As many of you are well aware, our buddy Seth Kubersky has written a great new book about Universal Orlando entitled The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. We are going to have Seth on an Audio Journeys Podcast shortly to discuss the book, and items related to Universal Orlando. So, as part of that process, we are…

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Twister: Riding Out Of Our Lives

Twister: Ride It Out is a simulation attraction at Universal Studios Florida and has been a part of our lives since May 4, 1998. Soon, the F5 tornado will be riding out of our lives. The Universal Orlando Resort is through foolin’ around and literally around every corner, change is taking place. Some of this…

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Rex Reminisces: Twister

This is the first article in a new series here on RexandtheBeast.com entitled “Rex Reminisces.” In this series Rex will reminisce (see how that works) about various trips, events and/or memories from Rex and the Beast’s history. Considering the news of the moment, it seems appropriate to write about a few great memories I have regarding Twister:…

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Anticipation, Expectation, and the 21st Century

In 2001, Rex and I were unaware of a second, industry changing theme park located at the Orlando Universal Resort called “Islands of Adventure.” During our vacation to Orlando, Rex noticed an advertisement and suggested we check it out. Those next few hours changed our outlook on theme parks and a few years later, RexandtheBeast.com…

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When The Masses Are Confused

The Universal Orlando Resort still has a communication problem. Aside from the die-hard fans and season pass holders, the masses remain confused by the various names for the parks and entertainment the resort has to offer. Allow me to sum up the differences in the names and then provide an example of how the confusion…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We have arrived once again at the greatest time of year. There is something incredibly special about the season of Fall, a time when the air is crisp, the colors are beautiful, and the scares begin. Halloween and the “Festival of Fear” have become an important part of RexandtheBeast.com. We have traveled from one side…

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JAWS the Ride Remembered

  Goodbyes are never easy. When I learned that Universal Studios Florida would be closing both the JAWS attraction and the entire Amity Island in January of 2012, I was stunned, saddened, and a little mad. Why the short notice? Why destroy a legend? Why not rip out some other part of the park that…

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Universal Orlando Announces New Hotel – Cabana Bay Beach Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort has made an exciting announcement this week concerning their resort lodging options. In 2014 a new resort called the Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be open to the public and will offer both moderate and value-level rooms, including family suites that can sleep up to six and standard rooms. The new…

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