Theme Park Princess is Universal Bound!

I’ll be at Universal Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights this week! Be sure to follow along on Instagram @tarabullburton and Snapchat @just_raptar.

SnapchatThis is will be my first time at Diagon Alley in Unversal Studios and my third time to pee my pants in fear at HHN.

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The best Disney/Universal crossover tees on a budget

I love wearing graphic tees to the parks, as I’ve mentioned before. I’ve especially grown to love crossover tees, featuring two or more characters/movies/fandoms in one shirt. Crossover tees featuring something from the Disney Universe and the Universal Universe are especially cool because it’s a nuance you rarely see. Crossover memorabilia always reminds me of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Featuring Looney Tunes and Disney characters, the film is arguable the first feature-length crossover movie with widespread popularity.

Check out these unique tees below. P.S. – They’re all $20 or less

Bunch of Bad Apples

Teefury.com
Teefury.com

HURRY — The price is for today only.

Website: TeeFury

Price: $11

Crossover: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney) and the Minions/Despicable Me (Universal)

Related Attractions: Seven Dwarves Mine Train (Magic Kingdom), Snow White’s Scary Adventure (Disneyland), Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (Universal Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood)

Jurassic Toy

Teefury.com
Teefury.com

Website: TeeFury

Price: $20

Crossover: Toy Story (Disney/Pixar) and Jurassic Park (Universal)

Related Attractions: Toy Story Midway Mania (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s California Adventure) and Jurassic Park River Adventure (Universal Orlando)/Jurassic Park the Ride (Universal Studios Hollywood)

Hatboxbusters

TeePublic.com
TeePublic.com

Website: TeePublic

Price: $20

Crossover: The Haunted Mansion (Disney) and Ghostbusters (Theme park rights may still belong to Universal, though the film rights belong to Sony)

Related Attractions: The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland) — Only the Disneyland location currently features the Hatbox Ghost. Unfortunately there is no current Ghostbusters attraction at Universal. There used to be an awesome Ghostbusters show at Universal Orlando, since replaced by Twister: Ride it Out. With the upcoming new Ghostbusters movie, if Universal truly still has the theme park rights to Ghostbusters (there are conflicting reports), it could become a more relevant attraction. It could at least be a fun addition to Halloween Horror Nights.

A.T.

TeePublic.com
TeePublic.com

Website: TeePublic

Price: $20

Crossover: Star Wars (Disney) and E.T. (Universal)

Related Attractions: Star Tours (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland) and the E.T. Adventure (Universal Orlando)

The Haunted Sewer: Quick Sludge

TeePublic.com
TeePublic.com

Website: TeePublic

Price: $20

Crossover: The Haunted Mansion (Disney) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon – Partnership with Universal)

Related Attractions:The Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom, Disneyland). There is currently no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles attraction or any Nickelodeon attraction at Universal. You can purchase Nickelodeon merchandise and see Nickelodeon characters, such as Spongebob Squarepants, in the parks. You can meet the turtles at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Florida, where you can combine your stay with theme park packages at Legoland, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando.  Once upon a time, you could meet the turtles at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, turtle van and all!

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10 ways to celebrate Jurassic World this week

Jurassic World opens Friday (Thursday evening at select theatres), and I am freaking. Out. Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies. The main theme even played at my wedding!

I’m not in the Orlando area this week, but I have tips for those of you traveling to Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Can’t make it? No worries. I have ways to celebrate the dinos at home.

Celebrating Jurassic World at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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My husband and I at the Jurassic Park Discovery Center

Universal’s Islands of Adventures houses Jurassic Park, an entire area themed after the JP series. The Jurassic Park music plays on a loop. It’s foggy, green, and otherworldly. And, of course, these iconic gates greet you:

A little damp after riding Ripsaw Falls
A little damp after riding Ripsaw Falls

1. Ride Jurassic Park River Adventure

Photo from Universal Orlando
Photo from Universal Orlando

Jurassic Park River Adventure is one of the best-themed rides I’ve ridden, and it’s an Islands of Adventure original. A boat ride with one, plummeting hill, it gives the right amount of thrill for a variety of guests. You WILL get wet, no matter where you sit.

2. **NEW** Experience the Raptor Encounter

Velociraptors have taken over Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando Resort. Beginning Friday, May 22, 2015, guests have the chance to see these magnificent creatures face to face in an all-new experience: Raptor Encounter. The encounter is located in UniversalÕs Islands of Adventure between Camp Jurassic and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. Universal Orlando Resort is the ultimate vacation destination and home to two incredible theme parks, four magnificently themed on-site hotels and entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk.   © 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.
© 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

The Raptor Encounter opened at Island’s of Adventure May 22, and it has taken the park by storm. Universal Orlando’s Guest Relations recommends arriving around 10:30 a.m. to experience the Raptor Encounter (it opens at 11 a.m.). The Raptor Encounter is located between Camp Jurasic and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.

3. Discover the Jurassic Park Discovery Center

458933_3402296808773_894314425_oThe Jurassic Park Discovery Center allows guests to experience a hands-on lesson on dinos, with quizzes, dino eggs, lessons in dino DNA, and more. Be sure to grab a bite at Burger Digs upstairs. As someone who doesn’t eat beef, I recommend the veggie burger or grilled chicken sandwich.

4. Make the most of photo ops

Both the JP jeep at the JP tour jeep are at the park.
Both the JP jeep at the JP tour jeep are at the park.

301282_2119684704272_874811062_nThere are plenty of spots to get some cool Jurassic Park pics.

5. Traveling with kids? Go to Camp Jurassic.

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Photo from Universal Orlando

The Camp Jurassic play area is a great place for kids to exert some energy. It’s also home to the fun Pteranodon Flyers ride. Adults cannot ride this ride without a child that is 36″ to 56″ tall for safety reasons, making this a great excuse to bring younger cousins or siblings along to the park (because this ride is really fun. Seriously).

Celebrating Jurassic World at Home

1. Marathon the Jurassic Park series g1368513455306477393If you don’t own the JP series, you should. No worries if you don’t, as you can catch Jurassic Park on many channels this week. If you have Comcast/Xfinity OnDemand, be sure to check the Jurassic Park movies and extras on the homepage of OnDemand

2. Make your office a more adventurous place with theme music

wjjurapI love listening to soundtrack music at work, and Jurassic Park is one of them. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

3. Look for local events in your area

Perhaps an event with ice cream? I hear it's good.
Perhaps an event with ice cream? I hear it’s good.

The science center where I live is hosting a Jurassic Week with fossils, dissections and more. Look around your area; you may be surprised.

4. Get inspired with some source material

9780307291844_p0_v1_s260x420Jurassic Park is based on the novel by the same name by Michael Crichton, so why not read up on what inspired the classic film? I purchased the Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition of Jurassic Park/The Lost World for my husband, and he loves it. Want some more JP merch? Target has plenty, including copies of the movies, books, toys, and this timeless tee.

5. Go see the Jurassic World! (Obviously)

jvgo0n7hitxnpfuxplmcJurassic World officially opens June 12, but check Fandango to see if your local theatre is participating in a Thursday showing.

The best tees to wear at Universal Orlando (for less than $20)

If I’m wearing a tee at a theme park (and many times, I am), it is almost a requirement that the T-shirt represent the park I’m visiting. Character tees can be pricey at the parks and shops like Urban Outfitters, so the glorious Internet is the place to go for cheap — yet original — park tees (and other things too, I guess).

Below I’ve created a list of perfect shirts for your next Universal Orlando trip — no Express pass needed. But, for most of these deals, you have to act fast.

Busted Tees
Busted Tees

Shirt: Jurassic Park
Price: $10 (for two more days)
Shop: BustedTees
Perfect For: Taking selfies with the raptors on the Jurassic Park River adventure without getting your phone wet (p.s. – good luck)

TeeFury
TeeFury

Shirt: Expecto Bananum! 
Price: $11 for 7 hours
Shop: TeeFury
Perfect For: Combining the love of two attractions in one shirt? Impossible. Drink a butterbeer while dancing with a minion. Eat a banana while waiting to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The possibilities are endless.

TeePublic
TeePublic

Shirt: Waybac to the Future
Price: $14
Shop: TeePublic
Perfect For: Crying a little about the Back to the Future ride being a thing of the past, but consoling yourself by meeting Doc Brown himself at Universal Studios. “88 miles per hour and bump him!” He’ll know what you mean.

BustedTees
BustedTees

Shirt: Better Call Hutz
Price: $10 (for two more days)
Shop: BustedTees
Perfect For: Enjoying a pint of Duff and browsing the Kwik-E-Mart. Also perfect for those who love The Simpsons and Better Call Saul… like my husband.

TeePublic
TeePublic

Shirt: I See Humans But Not Humanity
Price: $14
Shop: TeePublic
Perfect For: Smelling the amazing chlorine-esque scent while waiting to ride E.T. Adventure. Seriously, that smell is one of my favorites.

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TeePublic

Shirt: Clever Girl
Price: $14
Shop: TeePublic
Perfect For: Sharing lunch at Burger Digs with your dino date.

BustedTees
BustedTees

Shirt: Clever Girl
Price: $10 (for two more days)
Shop: BustedTees
Perfect For: Taking a break from quidditch to munch on fish and chips at The Three Broomsticks.

Theme park touches around my house

My husband and I are new homeowners, and I’ve enjoyed adding theme park decor around my house. Here are some of my favorites.

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My husband gave me this Ariel mug for Christmas; she’s one of my favorite princesses. I love sipping my morning coffee from it. Plus, it’s less than $10. I was surprised he found it at Spencer’s of all places, but they have some unique, affordable Disney items.

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I’ve had my hanging Hedwig since approximately 2001. I’m pretty sure I got it for Christmas following the first Harry Potter movie. I remember my parents searched many Hallmark’s to find it, and I could never part with it. I found one on Amazon for less than $50. #RIPHedwig

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My mom gave me this WDW Magazine calendar for Christmas. The calendar features beautiful photos from around the parks, and it’s only $19.95. Park tips are included for every month, as well as reminders about seasonal events. I’m also happy to have beautiful, professional photos of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Sorcerer’s Hat, as it is currently being removed.

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We love super heroes, and we love roller coasters. This vintage-style Superman poster in our hallway reminds me of one of my favorite coasters, Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Over Georgia. We picked this piece up at Kirkland’s. It’s on sale, but currently unavailable online.

Do you have any theme park decor in your house? I’d love to know about it!