January 23, 2014

Updates on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando

With this summer’s opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life inside a new, magnificently themed area that includes a revolutionary attraction experience, as well as all-new themed shops and dining.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will give visitors the exciting opportunity to: 

·         Board the Hogwarts Express and journey between London’s King’s Cross Station (located in Universal Studios Florida) and Hogsmeade Station (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure). The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required. 
·         Experience a groundbreaking new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults
·         Witness the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, one of the wizarding world’s premier wand shops
·         Discover the darker side of magic in Knockturn Alley, the darkest of dark places that features Borgin and Burkes – a shop specializing in the Dark Arts that will offer a wide variety of Dark objects, such as Death Eater masks, skulls, and other sinister items
·         Explore some of Diagon Alley’s famous shops, including:
o   Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone
o   Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, where guests will find a variety of wizardwear from Hogwarts school uniform ties, scarves and jumpers, to authentic wizard’s robes and character costumes
o   Magical Menagerie, which features a collection of plush animals, such as owls and Hippogriffs
o   Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, where guests can grab wizarding essentials such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses
o   Quality Quidditch Supplies, offering a wide assortment of apparel and equipment including Quidditch sweaters, brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Bludger bats, Quaffles and more
o   Scribbulus, featuring authentic writing implements and products such as feather quills, ink and inkwells, bookmarks, journals, parchment paper, seals, stationery sets and postcards
·         Enjoy traditional British fare that includes favorite dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and more at the Leaky Cauldron
·         Visit Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour for frozen treats in a variety of tantalizing and unique flavors such as strawberry-and-peanut-butter ice-cream and many others
·         And more!
For more information about the area, visit UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotter

January 20, 2014

Gorton's #RealFabulous Grilled Product Review and Giveaway

Gorton's Real Fabulous Review
If you are looking to eat healthier for the new year, Gorton's makes such wonderful grilled products that allow you to easily stick with your New Years Resolution to eat better/healthier.  They even help you get creative with several recipes on their website such as Asian Shrimp Baked Wontons,Skillet Crisped Tilapia Chopped Salad or Mediterranean Style Grilled Tilapia.
For my review, I chose the grilled Tilapia and not only did I love it, but my kids did too and they are pretty picky eaters.  I love that its so simple to make (take it out of the plastic wrap and either microwave it or bake it on a cookie sheet for 18-20 minutes).  Just add some sides and you are ready to sit down to a nice meal with the family !!!
Make sure you enter the Real Fabulous Sweepstakes daily for your chance to win a $1000 makeover and other weekly prizes.  **sweepstakes ends on 2/3/14 at 1 pm EST

To help you save a little money, you can print a $1 off any (2) Gortons Products coupon.

Make sure you connect with Gorton's on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up with all the latest products and promotions !!!


Now onto the giveaway…

One reader is going to win (2) Gorton's Free Product coupons, 1 pair of Gorton’s-branded oven mitts, a Gorton’s spatula and an assortment of Gorton’s recipe cards.

To enter, leave a comment stating what you think your favorite Gorton's grilled product would be (you can explore their grilled products here).

I will give you an extra entry is you "Like" orlando-dailydeals on Facebook and then leave a comment stating that you did so

I will end this giveaway on 1/29 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

January 15, 2014

Universal Studios 2014 Mardi Gras Concert Line Up

Universal Studios just announced the 2014 Mardi Gras Concert Line Up and the bands include:

February 8  - Daughtry
February 15 - Barenaked Ladies
February 16 - Thomas Rhett
February 22 - Robin Thicke
March 1 - Collective Soul
March 8 - Prince Royce
March 14 - Cody Simpson
March 15 - Foreigner
March 21 - To Be Announced
March 22 - Gavin DeGraw
March 28 - To Be Announced
March 29 - To Be Announced
April 5 - Skillet
April 12 - Lynyrd Skynyrd
April 19 - Kool & the Gang
May 3 - Nelly
May 10 - The Wanted
May 17 - To Be Announced
May 24 - To Be Announced
May 31 - To Be Announced

For more information and a full concert listing, visit universalorlando.com/mardigras.