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My family and I are 46 days away from another Orlando vacation. However, unlike our normal trips, which are primarily (or exclusively) focused on Disney, this trip is focused on everything but Disney. (That’s not to say that we won’t try to squeeze some Disney in; just that it’s not the focus.) On this trip, we plan to visit Sea World, Busch Gardens, Legoland, and Universal. In preparing for this trip, I’ve had some research to do. We haven’t been to Sea World since 2005, we’ve never been to Busch Gardens, I’ve visited Legoland for a media event (focused on the Duplo Valley section only), and we’ve never been to Universal (or even really wanted to go).
Thankfully, my friends The Intrepid Traveler have got me covered! Last month, I reviewed their Sea World travel guide. Today, I’m going to be sharing about their newly updated Universal Orlando 2015 travel guide.
About the Book
WE’RE JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY … HARRY POTTER, THAT IS
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade set the stage and now with the magic of Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando adds powerful sorcery to a collection of cutting-edge attractions that make other theme parks look mousy.
Universal Orlando 2015: The Ultimate Guide To The Ultimate Theme Park Adventure is your completely unbiased, unofficial guide to all the fun, all the thrills, all the secrets, all the best deals, including the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Dining Options.
About the Author
Kelly Monaghan is the owner and publisher of The Intrepid Traveler. In addition, he is a prolific author in his own right. His interests include the how-to of budget travel and the exciting attractions of Orlando, Florida, as well as home-based travel agencies.
Kelly has also established himself as a leading authority on the home-based travel agency phenomenon. His books on the subject have been endorsed by travel industry professional organizations like the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN). OSSN awarded Kelly its Recognition and Achievement Award for his pioneering work in spreading the word about the home-based travel agency opportunity. He is frequently cited as an expert in the field by publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel Weekly, and Travel Agent.
Kelly has received the Certified Travel Counselor designation from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents (ICTA). Becoming a CTC is considered “the pinnacle of travel industry professionalism.”
Before becoming involved in the travel business, Kelly trained thousands of salespeople and marketing executives for major corporations like AT&T, MCI, Executone, Arrow Electronics, Brinks, and others. He has written extensively in the areas of sales and marketing for the Research Institute of America, the National Institute of Business Management, and the Resource Strategies Institute.
Visit the author’s website: HomeTravelAgency.com
Heidi Says . . .
Last week, I shared some of my thoughts on Harry Potter, so I won’t bore you with those details all over again. Suffice it to say that, over this past year, I have read all 7 of the Harry Potter books and watched all 8 of the movies. My purpose for doing so was two-fold:
#1 – I wanted to see what my 14-year-old daughter found so fascinating about the books.
#2 – I wanted to have the background of the books/movies so that I could take my daughter to spend a day at Universal Studios on our upcoming family trip (and I would know what was going on).
While “doing my homework” I, too, became fascinated with the books and with Harry Potter’s world.
So, now the time had come to prepare for our day at Universal. And, truth be told, we are such Disney die-hards that I had no clue where to begin. So, I first turned to my friends at The Intrepid Traveler. And, as luck would have it, they were in the process of updating this book to include the new Diagon Alley addition. Just in time!
I received the book last week and proceeded to read through it immediately. I was really impressed with the details in the book. Truth be told, I got much more information from this book than I could find on the Universal website.
I marked the sections on both Diagon Alley at Universal Studios and Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure.
My favorite thing about this book is found on page 57 and is entitled “The One-Day Stay for Potterphiles.” Since our primary purpose for finally wanting to go to Universal at all is the Harry Potter attractions. So, this page will come in EXTREMELY helpful for navigating these parks which we’ve never visited before. I feel like, with this itinerary and the accompanying chapters on the two Harry Potter sections of the parks, we can have a very successful day and get the most out of the things that we want to see and do.
I’m not saying that we won’t venture out into the other areas of the parks, but the other parts aren’t priority.
I’m so thankful for this book! I would highly recommend it if you’re planning an upcoming Universal visit.
If you would like to learn more about this book, check out the website. At the time of this posting, this book is currently available at the special rate of 40% off – so snag your copy for only $10.17!
***This post made possible by The Intrepid Traveler.***