Coke Freestyle Mugs at Universal Orlando

One thing we absolutely love about visiting the Universal Orlando parks is being able to use our Coke Freestyle refillable mug.  We all know that at any theme park, drinks can be expensive.  Hydration, however, is essential to a successful theme park day.

When you initially purchase the Coke Freestyle mug, it will cost $11.99 and your mug will be active for the day of purchase.  You will be able to refill your mug at any of the Coke Freestyle machines around the parks and you will have from over 100 flavors of drinks to choose from.

The key to making this purchase really worth it is to save the mug and bring it back to the park with you on your next visit.  You will be able to “recharge” your mug for $6.00!  That is a really great deal when you compare that price to what it would cost to continue to purchase single-serve cups or bottled drinks.

We love that Universal has implemented such a great system and we honestly hope more parks join in!


Breaking: Universal Announces The Incredible Hulk Coaster to Close


Universal has announced that the Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster will be closing September 8 for ride updates and will not reopen until Summer 2016.  Universal has not given specific details regarding the updates yet, but they generally said that there will be changes and improvements to the ride’s storyline and the coaster’s vehicles.  That leads us to speculate that the ride’s queue will change and obviously the ride’s cars will change.  One thing we hope does not change is the epic line as you enter the ride tunnel:  “I think this time…it’s going to work!”

No matter what changes, be on notice – get your Hulk rides in now because it’ll be a while!


Cheap and easy dining option at Universal Studios

Here’s a quick tip! The cafeteria in Simpson’s Land is a great, easy and cheaper option to grab some eats. If you have a large family with lots of kids, this is an ideal spot for you.

It is open seating, and everyone in your group can choose the type of food they want. And comparing it to other options… it’s on the cheaper side of things.

This is near the back of the park, so the right time to go will be after you ride some rides and slowly make your way back there.

We love having the freedom to choose the style of food we’re in the mood for and being able to all still eat together. Plus if you’re a big Simpson’s fan, there’s plenty of props and tv clips to make you nostalgic!

Below are the options within this eating area:

  • Krusty Burger – burgers and hot dogs
  • The Frying Dutchman – seafood
  • Cletus’ Chicken Shack – fried chicken, including chicken & waffles!
  • Luigi’s Pizza – pizza
  • Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror – healthier options including prepackaged sandwiches and salads

Also recently added to the streets of Springfield are food trucks and an outside bar for an even quicker bite to eat!


When does the dragon fire off?

Universal Studios’ new Diagon Alley is home to a massive fire-breathing dragon sitting atop Gringott’s Bank. It is a quite a site to see the dragon blow fire over the watching crowd. But you’ve got to be there at the right time to see it. Supposedly, it’s completely random.

Early rumors were that it went off every 10 minutes. That’s not true. One Diagon alley worker revealed to me that if you hung around the dragon 10 minutes before every hour, you’d see the show. In my experiences, I’ve found that if you hang around the area for 15-25 minutes, it’s likely that you’ll start to hear the dragon rumbling and heating up, and you’ll see the fire balls light up the sky.

What are your thoughts?