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Hang at the pool or head to the beach? We think a little bit of both is in order…

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Hang at the pool or head to the beach? We think a little bit of both is in order.

 

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15 Stunningly Seriously Cool Pools 

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel


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If you’re looking for pools so cool your temperature almost drops simply by looking at them, then this is the place.  We have researched some of the best pools in the world in terms of ancient natural beauty and modern architectural feats.  Here then, are 15 stunningly, seriously cool pools.   

1.  The Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania

You will find a fantastic free-form infinity pool at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the stunning Serengeti National Park in Central Serengeti.  The resort is famous for its excursions.  The truth is its best feature is the pool.  Here you can kick back and take in memorable views of the local wildlife and the national park property.

2.  Gellert Baths, Hungary

You will find the gorgeous Gellert Baths in Budapest.  This beautiful complex consists of swimming pools, thermal pools, wave pools, and the historic baths.  The thermal springs here harken back to the 1400s.  If you’re looking to spend more than a day here then you’re in luck.  In 1918 the locals opened an adjacent resort named the Gellért Thermal Bath and Hotel.

3.  San Alfonso Del Mar, Chile

San Alfonso Del Mar is 3300 feet in length and spans a total of 20 acres.  It’s located right on the water Algarrobo about  60 miles from Santiago.  This private resort’s saltwater pool was once the largest in the world.  It’s the largest man-made lagoon.  This pool so closely hugs the coastline that it’s like another beach. 

4.  Queen’s Bath, USA

Unsurprisingly, you will find the tide pool known as Queen’s Bath ensconced in the town of Princeville on the isle of Kauai.  Veteran visitors confirm that this is the place to see Hawaii in all “its untouched glory.”  If you visit the island then you simply must see Queen’s Bath.  Experience this sinkhole’s clear water amidst the lava rock.  

5.  Marina Bay Sands Resort, Singapore

The 57th-floor Marina Bay Sands Resort is home to the largest rooftop infinity pool on the planet.  Mere minutes away from the ArtScience Museum and the Chinatown Heritage Center.  You’ll find it on the top floor.  It’s a 490-foot (150-meter) infinity pool on the planet’s biggest cantilevered platform which actually hangs 220 feet or 67 meters over the north tower.   

6.  Havasu Falls Natural Pool, USA

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The Havasu Falls natural pool can be found in a place very popular with our readers.  It’s one and a half miles out of Supai on the Havasupai Reservation in the famous Grand Canyon in the state of Arizona.  You have to be in decent shape to experience this pool though as it’s a 10-mile hike to reach it.  

7.  The One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

You will find this place roughly 400 miles south of Sri Lanka in the crystal blue Indian Ocean.  The One & Only Reethi Rah radiates real natural elegance.  There are a dozen different pristine beaches here at this noteworthy resort.  This particular pool is perhaps the most convincing reason to avoid every one of them.

8.  Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey

You will find these unique thermal pools in Turkey’s Denizli Province.  The word “Pamukkale” is Turkish for “Cotton Castle.” Folks might associate Turkish baths or even hot springs with this country. Hot springs here are actually rather rare.  It’s also an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It features a total of 17 terraces that create individual mineral-rich infinity pools.

9.  The Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

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The famous Grand Hotel Tremezzo can be found on the shore of lovely Lake Como.  It is reportedly an immaculate, art nouveau resort with all the amenities.  One of the best things here is the wonderful Water-on-the-Water pool floating right there in the center of the lake.  The Garden Pool and T infinity pool are also worth visiting.  

10.  Ik Kil Cave Pool, Mexico

If you’re in Mexico be sure to stop at  Chichén Itzá.  Visit the Ik Kil cave pool.  This ancient cenote or sinkhole was once used for sacrificial offerings by the Mayans.  Today visitors from across the planet stop here.  Water lovers will be happy to learn that this cave pool even comes complete with a convenient carved stairway. 

11.  The Bondi Icebergs Club, Australia

Follow in the footsteps of the famous Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club.  Launched in 1929, its legacy lives on in Sydney at the well-known saltwater pool situated on the edge of popular Bondi Beach.  You can visit any time of the year.  So stop by and experience both the memorable views and a potentially jolting swim. 

12.  The Neptune Pool At Hearst Castle, USA

The striking Neptune Pool at famous Hearst Castle in San Simeone, California is said to have been a true labor of love for William Randolph Hearst.  It went through two renovations.  The pool is named after the Roman god of freshwater.  It features an alcove, gutters, and basin lined with Vermont marble and Italian relief sculptures. 

13.  The To-Sua Ocean Trench, Samona

The “Toe Sua Ocean Trench”.
There were only 3 things to see in Samoa – Lava Tubes, Beaches & Waterfalls. This was a lava tube. Jhei managed to get down that ladder without killing herself OR drowning. This compound was set in a really beautiful garden, as were a lot of places in Samoa

Ensconced in the verdant tropical gardens of Upolu Island, you will discover the To-Sua Ocean Trench.  The name To-Sua means “a giant swimming hole.”  It’s 30 meters (98+ feet) deep.  Whether or not you choose to go for a swim this natural landmark is something wonderful to see.  It’s also great for picnics and small weddings. 

14.  Erawan Falls, Thailand

One of the highlights and natural wonders of  Kanchanaburi Province is Erawan Falls.  The country’s most famous falls are in the Erawan National Park.  Travelers from around the world come to see the jewel-colored pools and stunning seven-tiered falls.  Visitors may even picnic at one of the lower tiers and partake of a meal with a view. 

15.  The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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The beautiful Blue Lagoon is located near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. National Geographic named this geothermal resort one of the 25 Wonders of the World back in 2012.  This world-class spa is promoted as both an “otherworldly wonder” and a hot spot for “many famous faces”.  It’s about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the airport.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Sunrise a Kahala Beach, Honolulu – Go Visit Hawaii

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Mahalo to Valerie Smith for sharing this glorious sunrise shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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A warm message from our team in Great Stirrup Cay to all of you! We look forward…

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From our friends at Norwegian Cruise Line. Call us to get your reservations made today! 810 877 1814

 

A warm message from our team in Great Stirrup Cay to all of you! We look forward to welcoming you back on shore and floating in warm turquoise waters with you soon.

 

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10 Best Secret Beaches in the US

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel


The North Shore is world-famous for its big waves and Waikiki gets the press and the people.  But if you’re a beach lover looking for a little sun, surf and tourist-light relaxation, then keep reading!  Regardless of your personal preferences, the USA has a serene, sun-drenched seaside sanctuary to suit your tastes.  Here then, without further adieu, are the 10 best secret beaches in the US.

1. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach can be found in the community of Lanikai, in Kailua.  Many think the name means “heavenly sea” but that is not true.  It is a name created back in the 1920ʻs by Charles Frazier, a developer, who then owned beachfront property in the area that Native Hawaiians call Kaʻōhao.

This neighborhood beach gets a lot less traffic.  In fact, before you go to bask on the beautiful palm tree-bordered white sand, know there is no public parking, no restrooms, and no lifeguards.  Nevertheless, it’s a great spot for a more intimate dip in the ocean.  

2. The Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

Although they are famous, the Florida Keys are not generally promoted for their beaches (beyond that one stretch of state park).  You will find the Bahia Honda State Park on the way to Key West.  Be sure to stop before you hit Big Pine Key.

Here you’ll find an awesome beach complete with coral reefs, balmy breezes, and decidedly stunning sunsets.  The water is bathwater temperature and perfect for both snorkeling and wading.  You might be in the USA, but it will feel like being in the Caribbean.

3. Bahia Súcia, Puerto Rico

It’s been said before but is worth repeating: “Go play at ‘Dirty Bay’.”  Bahia Sucia, also known as Dirty Bay, is on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico along Highway 301.  The name “Dirty Bay” merely refers to the fact that here the seaweed will wash up during a storm.  For the most part, you will find little more than beautiful blue skies, beige sloping sands, and azure water here.  Sure, technically this is part of the US.  Still, this place definitely has what veteran visitors call “a classic Caribbean feel.”

4. Indian Beach, Oregon

If you visit the area on any given summer weekend, you will no doubt see lines of vehicles parked along popular Cannon Beach.  Keep right on going.  Drive north into lovely Ecola State Park. You can hike two miles from the park’s parking lot or continue driving.  

Take in the scenery as you follow the road that winds through the Sitka spruce forest.  Just around the corner, you will find Indian Beach.  It’s a surprisingly secluded crescent beach.  Take a stroll, check out the tide pools, and look for driftwood,  

5. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Seasoned travelers can confirm that  Ocracoke is a little island just off the coast of the state of North Carolina.  Mind you, they also report that nothing about the place is easy.  Still, people like it that way.  Once you reach the Atlantic Ocean you still have to ride the ferry across Pamlico Sound all the way to one of the southernmost of the humble Outer Banks islands.  The best time to visit is any time but winter.  Foodies favor the fresh fish, figs, fig cakes, and annual fig festival.

6. Bound Brook Island, Massachusetts

If you’re heading for Cape Cod you really must experience Bound Brook Island.  Take a sandy little back road in Wellfleet to a quiet corner of the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Make your way to the historic Atwood-Higgins House.  

Less than a mile from there is a little parking lot.  From there it’s another several hundred yards before you reach your destination.  You’ll be rewarded with a cozy beach complete with towering sand dunes and exceptional views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Kick back and enjoy yourself.

7. Montaña de Oro State Park, California

This state park is located two miles south of Los Osos and six miles southwest of popular Morro Bay.  In English, the Spanish name Montaña de Oro means “Mountain of Gold.”  It was inspired by the park’s prevalent golden wildflowers.  The park’s highlights include secluded coves and sweeping bluff views along seven miles of the most incredible coastline in San Luis Obispo’s often overlooked state park.  More recently, they have added a new trail from the park’s southern boundary to the intimate Coon Creek Beach.

8. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida

Stunning St. Joseph Peninsula State Park stretches across Cape San Blas’ six-mile tip.  You need not give up beautiful scenery to experience a quiet, secluded beach.  Here you will discover one of the country’s prettiest shorelines.  

The sugar-white sand dunes are nearly empty compared to the beaches in Destin and Panama City.  There are a lot of things to do here along this comparatively remote stretch of the glistening Gulf of Mexico coast.  They even have a boat ramp and marina that can host up to 18 boats at once.

9. Lumahai Beach, Hawaii

You might think that it is impossible to find a span of sand away from the crowds anywhere in Hawaii.  Lovely Lumahai Beach is located in the wet and wild North Shore on Kauai.  It’s off a little bend in the road up from famous Hanalei Bay. 

Take the trail down through all the trees. It ends at a little crescent of fine sand and a huge rock outcropping.  Film fans will find this place familiar.  This is where the “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” scene from the classic motion picture South Pacific was shot.

10. Windansea Beach, California

The city of San Diego is home to 70 miles of great beaches.  Many travel writers consider Windansea Beach one of the country’s best beaches.  Veteran visitors confirm it is a superb “scenic strand” complete with sandstone rocks and plenty of private places to lay out.  It’s got a great location too.  It’s far enough away from the touristy Sea World-spawned hubbub of Mission Bay but only a quick trip from downtown.

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Where’s your favorite sun and sand spot? Wherever it is, we can help you get there!

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

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Where’s your favorite sun and sand spot? Wherever it is, we can help you get there. #destinationanywhere #somedaygetaway

 

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The Bourne Stuntacular is Now Open at Universal Studios Florida

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

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“HOLY SMOKES! How did they do that AND can I see it again?!” – Me, during my first time seeing The Bourne Stuntacular.

Walking in, I knew there was going to be all the action that the Bourne film franchise is so well known for and real stunts blended with cinema. What I didn’t expect was my eyesight tricking my mind in the most delightful way possible.

I know what you’re probably thinking – what does that even mean? Well, for example, in one of the first scenes that I saw, there was a group of performers on the stage…or so I thought. In reality, there were only a few performers physically on the stage, while the rest of the group was in the cinema on the screen. But for the first few minutes, I didn’t even realize the difference until a show producer pointed it out to me!

And that’s just one example.

But before I get ahead of myself, let me share the good news that you can now experience everything I did, and trust me, you need to see it to believe it.

The Bourne Stuntacular in Universal Studios Florida delivers a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before. Here are all the details about the all-new live-action stunt show.

You’ll Be Surrounded By Your Favorite Scenes AND Actual Props From The Bourne Films

As you walk into the queue of the attraction, one of the first things you will see are images of your favorite scenes from “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” My favorite scene is featured as a real prop from the films – the car from an iconic chase down several flights of stairs from the “The Bourne Identity.” You will also see Jason’s go-to form of transportation in “The Bourne Ultimatum” — his motorcycle.

Experience An Original Storyline That Takes Place Within The Bourne Universe

You’ll pass through security scanners into mission headquarters where you’ll be welcomed and briefed by my favorite character in the franchise, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), Jason Bourne’s main confidant who helps him remember his past. Nicky, who can’t be in the field, will ask for your help tracking Bourne to ensure he does not get fooled by rogue double agents.

Then, as you enter the theater, you’ll join Jason Bourne as he travels across three continents and the cities of Tangier, Washington D.C. and Dubai, to uncover classified information all while trying to evade capture at every turn. Being a bit of a travel nut myself, I loved this part of the show, with Dubai being my personal favorite. I felt like I was really in the city and there’s even a chase scene through the desert!

Extreme Stunts = Extreme Action

The Bourne Stuntacular

Ya’ll, believe me when I say the stunts in this new show are next-level and here are a few reasons why:

  • The principal stunt trainers have doubled for A-list celebrities in some of the most popular action films and TV shows of all time. They have been working closely with the cast to deliver stunts that rival what can be seen in blockbuster films.
  • By the time the show opens, the performers and technicians will have trained and rehearsed for more than eight months to prepare and learn the intricate technical systems and maneuvers.
  • Two high free-falls – one reaching 22 feet from atop a Dubai apartment building.
  • There is as much action behind-the-curtain as there is on stage, with performers interacting with high-tech props beneath the stage on lifts, from the sides on automated traveling scenery like an apartment high-rise, and from overhead on a helicopter, a wrecking ball, ladders, and much more. It got to the point where I realized I kept turning my head in every direction just to keep up with the movements.

Without giving away too many spoilers, there is a scene where the character of Jason Bourne is being chased on a motorcycle when suddenly both the screen and Bourne go from normal speed to slow motion. At first I thought the performer was in the cinema of the show, but no…the live actor was holding himself up and moving in slow motion in a way that still gives me goosebumps.

Cutting-Edge Technology You Have to See to Believe

The Bourne Stuntacular Technology

The Bourne Stuntacular features some of the most advanced technology of its kind, like automated vehicle-tracking-systems, pinpoint-accurate projection mapping, and more. Fun-facts about the tech:

  • There is an immense LED screen measuring 3,640-square feet at 130-feet wide and 28-feet tall. This is code for one really, really, really BIG screen.
  • Advanced projection mapping works seamlessly alongside the cinema of the show, projecting pin-point accurate images on top of moving scenes.
  • One of the largest action show structures ever created for a Universal show – the car lift – sits beneath the stage and measures nearly 20 feet tall. The lift is capable of lifting and rotating two vehicles 280-degrees and raising and lowering each car independently from seven feet beneath the stage to above stage level. Putting this into perspective, when I watched the show the first time I had no idea there was anything beneath the stage, let alone two cars and a 20-foot wide structure that they operate on. All I saw were two cars suddenly racing, which left me wondering, “how did those get on stage?!”

You Won’t Just Watch The Action Unfold – You Will Feel It

The Bourne Stuntacular Flying Stunt

Rounding out the experience are captivating practical effects that will make you feel like you’re right by Jason Bourne’s side through the use of fire, smoke, wind and more, including:

  • Eight moving set-pieces ranging from a three-wheeled motorcycle, a tower in a Tangier marketplace, and the front entrance of a grand mansion.
  • Gusts of wind as a helicopter travels overhead, the blast of a steam boiler, and several other explosions, including flames reaching a height of 20 feet.

Plus, our Entertainment and Creative Teams have been working hand-in-hand with the filmmakers and producers that worked on the Bourne film franchise to create an authentic and action-packed experience that will fully immerse you in the world of Bourne.

Let us know in the comments below what you’re most pumped to see. The chase is on!

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Hailey Fitch
Hailey Fitch

Hailey Fitch is a Public Relations Representative for Universal Orlando. When she isn’t obsessing over when to use the oxford comma, you can find her geeking out over super heroes, planning her next travel adventure and drinking wine on the couch. Hailey is a coffee addict and a proud New Yorker.

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MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack: Defending the Galaxy for 20 Years and Counting

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

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“You can choose from these three rides.”

“Let’s go with Men In Black,” I said. “I can rock a necktie.”

This was 10 years ago when I interviewed for a job at Universal Orlando Resort. I was given the choice of which attraction to work, and I chose MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack. Admittingly, I based my choice solely on what wardrobe I thought I would look best in. Little did I know that this would become one of the biggest life-changing moments for me…but more to come on that later.

Fast forward 10 years and I find myself now writing for the Universal Orlando blog about this attraction turning the big 2-0. 20 YEARS. It’s no wonder to me how this ride has endured and remains one of the fan-favorites at the parks. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of joining a secret agency that defends Earth and the universe from alien scum? And with new movies released over the years, the viral sensation of storming Area 51, and the recent confirmation of unidentified objects, it only continues to remain relevant.

Join me on a trip down memory lane (if you haven’t been wiped by a neuralyzer) to see how this attraction first came to be, all the way to present day as the fandom continues to grow. Here’s why MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack is one of the best of the best of the best in Universal Studios Florida.

It Opened at the Right Time

Photo Credit: Steven J. – UOAP Facebook Group

On July 2, 1997, the first Men in Black film hit theaters with wild success. It had the perfect formula; an incredible cast, great comedic and action-packed writing, and a storyline that hooked into the age-old question of does intelligent alien-life exist? It was just begging to be made into a theme park ride, and who better to make that a reality than a destination that touted the tagline “Ride the Movies!”

Five years later on April 14, 2000, the ride opened to a wave of fanfare. Following the grand opening of Universal’s Islands of Adventure the year before, it was great timing to open a new ground-breaking themed attraction to Universal Studios. But you may be saying, “Deni, there were other laser-shooter style dark rides before this one. What makes this one so special?”

Well, let me tell you.

When the ride opened, it was the most ambitious in regards to animatronics at Universal Orlando. It had the largest one in the parks with the big bug you defeat at the end.

And not only did it bring an interactive element by hooking into the competitive nature in all of us, but it expanded upon the universe of Men in Black with a unique storyline and theme.

Welcome to The Universe and You!

After seeing the movie in theaters, I think we all wanted to believe there’s a secret alien agency that monitors and protects us from extraterrestrial activity. I also think we all wish we could be one of those agents in the black suits, rocking a pair of shades and giant bug-blasters. MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack makes that real, but the storyline behind the attraction makes you believe you’re experiencing something completely different… at first.

As you walk through the World Expo through the ride entrance, you see posters advertising  The Universe and You. This is the entertaining “ride” you think you’re about to experience where you discover the truth about what lives beyond our solar system. But that would-be experience is over before it begins when it’s interrupted by Agent Z, and you’re recruited to train as a MIB rookie.

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In the queue, you’ll see familiar scenes like the “worms” having coffee in the breakroom, the main headquarters where you see the two recognizable twin aliens, and even a weapons room, complete with the Noisy Cricket.

After you board the ride and your training begins, you’re interrupted again and told that your help is needed with an alien invasion that has hit New York. It’s your job to zap those alien bugs and save Earth! The more aliens you defeat and the more points you get, the closer you are to earning your very own MIB suit.

999,999. That’s the magic number. The precious sequence of digits that gives you bragging rights for “maxing out” on the ride. I’ve gotten it a few times, although I’m lucky if I break 700k nowadays as I’m a terrible shot. You can check out my tips blog post if you’re looking for how to get a high score. But no matter what you do, don’t forget to push that red button!

MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack Ride

The theming and storyline don’t stop with the ride. It extends to MIB agent characters that will periodically make their presence known in-park for meet and greets. You can also enjoy a special tour of the downstairs level of the main headquarters room if you ask one of the agents working (pending availability).

Details That Are Out of This World

Have you ever stopped and really appreciated the level of detail put into this ride? Well, I have and it’s AMAZING. The creative teams developing the ride made the perfect blend of iconic scenes and details from both the film and our very own Universal designs. You may recognize the sleek, futuristic design of the architecture from the movie, complete with the iconic towers from the New York World’s Fair. And keep an eye out for the posters advertising The Universe and You in the beginning of the ride. These were designed by our creative teams, as well as the lyrics for the song playing in the attraction (I got the song stuck in my head all the time when I worked!). You can also find fun notices, news clippings, and advertisements on the bulletin board in the break room where the worms are grabbing their coffee.

MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack - Green Blue Alien

The ride also expands on the diverse MIB universe of alien species, many of which were exclusively designed for the ride. You may recognize the little green and blue guy with the long arms below, the giant tentacled eye alien waving the ray gun, and of course the giant bug at the end. We’re talking a whopping 120 different kinds of aliens, with a large number of them being the animatronics I mentioned earlier. Something I loved to do when I walked the track after closing is look for a new alien I hadn’t noticed. Some of my favorites are just the eyes you see hidden in the bushes or on the walls, but of course, my all-time favorite is Frank the Pug.

Men In Black Alien Attack Easter Egg

You can even find fun easter eggs cleverly disguised. In the main headquarters room, if you look down at the desks, you can find unique paperwork and alien phenomena on the screens. Our horticulture team shapes the trees outside to resemble UFOs. There’s even an alien using a certain famous filmmaker’s head as a disguise reading a newspaper in the New York area of the ride.

20 Years and Counting of Training Agents

Many of us have a Universal attraction that holds a special meaning in our lives. Whether it was the first ride you ever did as a kid during your family’s first vacation to the parks; stepping into your favorite fantasy world you’ve only ever seen on the big screen; or even making lasting relationships with friends or loved ones that you met there. For me and many other fans, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack is that favorite attraction.

Men In Black Alien Attack Fan Photo
Photo Credit: Chelsea W. – UOAP Facebook Group

Throughout its 20 years, there have been guests who’ve gotten engaged there, designed shirts and outfits themed to the ride, and countless couples or friends who ride to settle bets or prove who’s the best. And it continues as the fan base grows! I just recently learned about a group of fans who call themselves the MIB 900 Club and meet up to ride. I even met my husband during my year of working the ride, and we took our pregnancy announcement photos there.

Men In Black Alien Attack Fan Photos
Photo Credit: Denielle R.

Even the Team Member agents get caught up in the fandom, bringing a passion and dedication that gives our guests a unique experience. From offering tips on how to get a high score to epic elevator spiels to even joining guests on the ride for some 1-1 training. I have fond memories of taking breaks and hanging out downstairs in the main headquarters room at a desk, or work friends who would take theming to the next level by carrying around a Noisy Cricket or having a little bug perched on their shoulder.

So, here’s to many more years of laughter, competitive banter, zapping bugs, saving the universe on a daily basis, and forever earning the last suit you’ll ever wear. MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, you make 20 years look good.

Men In Black Alien Attack Entrance
Photo Credit: Mikey M. – UOAP Facebook Group

What’s your favorite memory from MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack and when are you coming to make new ones? Share below and on social by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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17 Fairytale Destinations In Europe

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel


Had enough of the real world? Looking for a taste of something a little different? Check out these 17 fantastic fairytale destinations in Europe.

1. Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle is located in the municipality of Wierschem in Germany. This fabulous medieval castle has actually belonged to a single family since the 1100s. Historians report that this is quite rare in Europe. It is one of the only castles located on the Rhine River that has not ever been destroyed.

2. Mont-Saint-Michel

Nestled within the picturesque island community of Normandy in France, the famous Mont-Saint-Michel survived a century of tumultuous wars. This famous erstwhile abode of Saint Michel’s ancient monastery is surrounded by water and is surrounded by huge walls once used for strategic defense purposes. Take a guided tour of this historic UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar is a magical municipality found in Catalonia, Spain. Specifically, it is situated on the coast of Costa Brava, roughly 103 kilometers north of the city of Barcelona. It features beautiful beaches complete with fine sand and blue waters. This lovely locale is highlighted by a verdant forest and stolid, medieval walls too.

4. Dark Hedges

Distinctive Dark Hedges is said by some travelers to be fascinating. This exceptionally atmospheric tunnel of sturdy beech trees is situated on Bregagh Road between the villages of Stranocum and Armoy in Ireland’s County Antrim. A great place for nature lovers, it became famous following its use in the hit HBO TV series “Game of Thrones.”

5. Colmar

Known to some as “Little Venice”, Colmar is a fairytale commune and city in France. The best time to visit is debatable. Many travelers come here in winter to experience the charms of its traditional Christmas market. Others prefer to visit in spring to participate in its seasonal celebration and browse the numerous spring markets.

6. Neuschwanstein Castle

The elegant Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Europe’s most visited. It is nestled in Bavaria’s stunning Alps in Germany. Erected in the 1800s, it’s not technically a medieval castle. Still has a majestic, magical appeal. Currently coupled with world-class technology, this popular place presently plays host to more than 1 million travelers every year.

7. Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

The picture-perfect, postcard destination, Rothenburg ob der Tauber can be found in Germany. This village is ensconced in the Franconia region of Bavaria. You can visit this quaint village almost any time. Frequent flyers favor visiting this spot during the month of December. For it’s only then that you can take in the town’s authentic Christmas market.

8. Bled

Found in Slovenia between the Karavanke and the Julian Alps’ highest peaks, Bled is the country’s most popular resort town. This little fairytale village of approximately 9000 residents. You really must see lovely Lake Bled, and the popular Vintgar Gorge too. Feeling adventurous? Brave the 1893-constructed 5,249-foot wooden walkway that crosses the rushing Radovna River.

9. Riquewihr

Riquewihr can be found about 13 kilometers from Colmar, in Grand Est, France. Having escaped the bombings during WW II, it has not changed much since the 1500s. Thus, this medieval city is quite picturesque. This magical destination is perfect for history buffs. It also includes scenic landscapes and vineyards and noteworthy eateries for foodies.

10. The Castle in Love with the Wind

You’ll discover the famous Castle of Ravadinovo, also known as the “Castle in Love with the Wind”, in the old seaside village of Sozopol in the Republic of Bulgaria. Some claim that it’s “one of the most beautiful castles” in all of Europe. It certainly is one of Bulgaria’s most visited monuments.

11. The Orcus Mouth

The awesome Orcus Mouth is ensconced in the great Gardens of Bomarzo in the Viterbo province in Italy. This attraction may help to remind visitors that sometimes true fairy tales can be frightening. These gardens are the centerpiece of a park created in the 1500s. In the 1950s, artist Salvatore Dali directed a film about it.

12. The Popeye Village

Situated in the beautiful town of Mellieha on the isle of Malta, Popeye Village is both vibrant and ruggedly beautiful. The numerous, small, colorful houses in the village were created especially for shooting the musical Popeye. While the Robin Williams’ movie was not a big hit, the well-preserved village itself has become a popular tourist spot.

13. Prague

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is another famous fairytale destination worth “Czeching” out. It features a unique atmosphere complete with medieval streets and Prague Castle complex too. Visit anytime you can as it’s always inexpensive and, if you’re healthy, it’s walkable too. The food and drink are cheap and hearty as well.

14. Kaysersberg

Kaysersberg is a small, beautiful town and former commune in Alsace in Northeastern France only 12 kilometers from Colmar. In English. Kaysersberg means the emperor’s mountain. History buffs will like the towering fortress that symbolizes both Kayersberg’s warlike past and its strategic importance. Shopaholics should visit during December so as not to miss the famous Christmas market here.

15. Alcázar of Segovia

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Also known as Segovia Castle, this stone stronghold can be found in the city of Segovia in Spain. This stunning castle-palace is perched high up on a crag close to the neighboring Guadarrama mountains. It’s distinctly shaped like the bow of an old ship. It was one of the structures that inspired Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.

16. Isola Bella

Located in southwestern Italy, Tropea is reportedly a real paradise. Here visitors can enjoy the blue water and pleasant, warm climate. It features fairytale-like narrow streets and an olden atmosphere to boot. Be sure you plan your trip so you can see the Aeolian or Stromboli Islands as well.

17. Sintra

Once the home to Portugal’s numerous monarchs, the town of Sintra is a quick train ride out of Lisbon. See the Castle of the Moors, the National Palace of Pena, and the Palace of Regaleira. Study the historic architecture of the buildings. Take a romantic stroll through the woods and too.

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