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Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Concierge.com's insider take:
Universal Orlando emerged on Central Florida's theme-park scene back in 1990, but it's safe to say that the park's crowning moment came in June 2010 with the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Devotees descend in (often costumed) droves to sip butterbeer, see quaffle balls fly, and worship at the shrine of screen-set perfection, Hogsmeade Village (if you have to ask what these things are, this attraction is not for you). But there is more to the park than just Harry. Islands of Adventure (which includes the Harry Potter attraction) has high-adrenalin rides like the Incredible Hulk roller coaster and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Universal Studios, the park's original movie-set offering, includes the Back to the Future ride (still good fun despite all the technology that's come since) and Shrek 4-D. The party continues into the night at Universal CityWalk, the free-admission pedestrian-oriented entertainment complex with live music venues such as Hard Rock Live and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Perennially popular Universal Orlando events include Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras; basically, it's a party here year-round.—Updated by Terry Ward
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