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I had half a dozen butter beers during a trip in 2012.

 

How's the diabetes treating you?

 

Hehe - they were smaller than the standard size that you get. They looked like around 8 ounces instead of the usual 12 or so.

 

So did anyone else have the chance to try Warm Butterbeer? I honestly wasn't a huge fan.

 

I have not and I'm not sure I would want to. I can't think of any way that would taste good except *maybe* with a double shot of rum.

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I like how they build a roller coaster in the same time it took them to built new lockers for Harry Potter.   

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So did anyone else have the chance to try Warm Butterbeer? I honestly wasn't a huge fan.

 

I have not and I'm not sure I would want to. I can't think of any way that would taste good except *maybe* with a double shot of rum.

 

Mmmmmm! That is a drink I would gladly buy.

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The first time I visited the park it was about that time. I was a bit too old for Nickelodeon, but loved the rest of the stuff there. The park has changed quite a bit since then.

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Here's one more retro image for all of you...

 

Only ever got to ride the Japan version, did the American versions have some of the strange and wacky merchandise that Japan had like Mr Fusion underwear?

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OMG we're only One Year away from..... The Future!

 

This was in it's first opening months when we visited Florida

(and eventually Louisiana for Mardi Gras) just before

Spring Break in 1987.

 

Such a nice smooth ride back then.

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OMG we're only One Year away from..... The Future!

 

This was in it's first opening months when we visited Florida

(and eventually Louisiana for Mardi Gras) just before

Spring Break in 1987.

 

Such a nice smooth ride back then.

 

Ummmmm, the park didn't open until June, 1990...

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^ Oops. Sorry, messing up my years again

 

1991 was the visit to Universal. 1987 was only to

WDW, and it was just the MK and EPCOT. 1991 added

the (then) Disney/MGM Studios, and Muppets 4D was just

soft opening. We did only the Studios and EPCOT, that visit.

 

Think I got it right now, thanks.

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https://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi-Gras/Live-Concerts.aspx

 

Mardi Gras Grand Celebration Lineup

 

Feb 8 Daughtry

Feb 15 Barenaked Ladies

Feb 16 Thomas Rhett

Feb 22 Robin Thicke

 

Mar 1 Collective Soul

Mar 8 Prince Royce

Mar 14 Cody Simpson

Mar 15 Foreigner

Mar 21 A Great Big World

Mar 22 Gavin Degraw

Mar 28 To Be Announced

Mar 29 Weezer

 

Apr 5 Skillet

Apr 12 Lynyrd Skynyrd

Apr 19 Kool & The Gang

 

May 3 Nelly

May 10 The Wanted

May 17 To Be Announced

May 24 To Be Announced

May 31 Huey Lewis And The News

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I had a chance to eat at Antojitos the day it opened.

 

I'm one of the few who doesn't hate the exterior of the building. I think if they would have just stuck with a plain brown facade, it would have looked pretty boring looking. Not saying I love the way it looks now, but I don't find it revolting like most.

 

The patio outside is great, and I'm sure it will be packed on those beautiful summer nights. Right now, though, it's been a little cold to sit out there. When I visited, it was pouring and the ground was really slick; saw quite a few people almost eat it. I didn't get a chance to see the VW Bus out front, but it should balance out the view from the front.

 

The restaurant interior is a trip. The walls are adorned with all kinds of art, from graffiti to traditional Mexican landscapes. It's not my favorite looking inside, but I can't say it's not great to look at. I was seated on the main level in the back of the dining room near the stage. Never saw any activity on it, but I'm sure they'll put it to good use.

 

My waiter was very helpful throughout the meal, although I couldn't help noticing how god awful their costumes were. Short sleeve white button ups, with embroidered blue trim, under a denim jacket...... They would have been ugly in the 90s. Didn't affect his service though. He kept my drink full, and refilled my chip basket a couple times. The chips themselves were fairly decent, a little under salted for my taste, but they were brought out hot and fresh. The salsa on the other hand was a bit of a letdown. I liked the abundance of cilantro, but I'm not a huge fan of their liquidy style. I much prefer ones like the corn salsa at Chipotle, light on liquid, and lots of chunks. This was just too mushy for me.

 

This is where my issues with the place end. I chose the Duck Tacos as my entree, deciding to try something a little outside the box. They came out after a very short wait, and the plating was excellent. Three tacos stood up in a rack, with a miniature cast iron pot and lid holding the rice and beans. Even better than the presentation, was the taste. I wouldn't call myself an expert in Mexican food, but each item was the best version I've ever had. The rice, beans, duck, and the tacos themselves were all out of this world. Seasoned and sauced really well, the tacos were pretty small, but filled with mostly meat, and the rice and bean combo was outstanding for something I wouldn't usually order.

 

I can't wait to get back here and try some more things on the menu. I've heard nothing but good things from other reviews, which is just making me more excited. And the price makes it easy to justify coming back. I think I paid around $20 for the tacos, a soda, and three boats of chips and salsa.

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^Thanks for the report!

 

We will be heading to Orlando next month so it's nice to see some foodie reports on some of the new restaurants in the area. Gives me an idea of where we might choose to dine.

 

If anyone has any other reviews of restaurants at Universal or Orlando in general, I would be interested in reading them!

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^Thanks for the report!

 

We will be heading to Orlando next month so it's nice to see some foodie reports on some of the new restaurants in the area. Gives me an idea of where we might choose to dine.

 

If anyone has any other reviews of restaurants at Universal or Orlando in general, I would be interested in reading them!

 

I ate at Red Oven a couple weeks ago. I'd also recommend eating there, lol. I had the fennel sausage pie and it was excellent. It's not a full service like Antojitos, instead you order at a counter and they bring your food out to your table. It's similar to Be Our Guest Counter Service, in that they give you a locater to put on your table that tells them where to bring the food.

 

The pizzas are all thin crust, and done in a more italian style than something you'd find in New York or Chicago; lots of weird names, lol. It actually took quite a while to get my pizza, but it was well worth the wait. Crispy around the edges, but soft towards the middle, and with an abundance of toppings. It's a decent value at about $12-14 for a 12" pizza. I ate one myself, but it could easily be split between two people. And like Antojitos, they do have AP discounts.

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I know Universal is going to be making bank by making you buy a park hopper ticket to visit both Potter lands, but I would hate to be the ride op for the Hogwarts Express that had to tell guests and children that they aren't allowed to ride the train to the other side. I can only imagine how many frustrated families there will be.

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Guests without tickets won't even make it to the entrance of the train station, let alone the train itself. There are going to be ticket gates that guests must pass through when exiting and entering each park. This is where you'll need to show your Park to Park.

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The yellow structure in the foreground is the turnstyle. The brick structure way in the back is the actual station itself.

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I know Universal is going to be making bank by making you buy a park hopper ticket to visit both Potter lands, but I would hate to be the ride op for the Hogwarts Express that had to tell guests and children that they aren't allowed to ride the train to the other side. I can only imagine how many frustrated families there will be.

 

They'll just point them in the direction of a ticket upgrade booth, and hundreds of dollars later, they'll be happily traveling hundreds of feet to the other park.

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I know Universal is going to be making bank by making you buy a park hopper ticket to visit both Potter lands, but I would hate to be the ride op for the Hogwarts Express that had to tell guests and children that they aren't allowed to ride the train to the other side. I can only imagine how many frustrated families there will be.

 

They'll just point them in the direction of a ticket upgrade booth, and hundreds of dollars later, they'll be happily traveling hundreds of feet to the other park.

 

Waiting time for ticket upgrade booths 30 minutes from this point

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Tonight another new restaurant property officially opened up at Universal Orlando's CityWalk... Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food! Now, I have to be honest, when we moved from Southern California, home of some FANTASTIC Mexican Food, we thought we would have to give up decent Mexican for good... WRONG!!!

 

Oddly enough, Orlando has some fantastic Mexican places from quick service like Tijuana Flats and Lime to full service restaurants like Rocco's Tacos. Well, now we have another one to add to the list!

 

Antojitos claimed residence in the former "Latin Quarter" at Citywalk, and upon entering the building, I didn't even recognize the place! Fully decorated with Mexican decor and atmosphere, this location has been given a complete facelift.

 

Guests can choose to dine downstairs and enjoy a more casual dining experience that includes items like carnitas al pastor tacos (made with beer and chile braised pork, grilled pineapple and guajillo salsa) and oaxaca enchiladas (chicken tinga and house made mole sauce, queso fresco and lime crema). Upstairs, guests can enjoy a more refined dining experience that includes menu options like carne asada brava (coffee crusted ribeye with fire roasted vegetables) and menonita shrimp (bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with menonita cheese, manchego corn pudding and a poblano chorizo sauce).

 

Enough words!!! This place is better seen in pictures! (Well, actually in PERSON!) Here goes...

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Here we are! The newest restaurant location at Citywalk, Antojitos!

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Upon our arrival, we were directed to get lots of alcohol from this VW bus. Sketchy? SURE! But they had booze, so we aren't going to complain!

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That's right...first drink of the night, the Antorita and it was DELICIOUS!!!

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Here's some of the drinks offered.

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Highway to Heaven, Antorito (the blackberry one especially) and the Handsome George were all some the drinks we sampled, and all of them were GREAT!

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Our current view of our table at Antojitos includes lots of alcohol and little food! :)

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The mariachi band is here so you know the fiesta has begun!

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Let's go inside, shall we?

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Here is an overview of the downstairs section of the restaurant.

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Love the choice of lighting and theming in here.

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And for those of you who are menu enthusiasts, here is the first page...

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...and the second.

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They had these funky "birdcage" tables which had fun written all over them.

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Jack only has three drinks...he needs more!

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Oh, look! More drinks! =)

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But what about the food? Yes, they have tacos, and they were GREAT!

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Eric and Jack take a shot of Esquites Asado! Yum!

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Highway to Heaven! OMG! It really IS heaven!!!

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The Carne Asada Brava was right up there with the most flavorful steaks I've ever had!

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More food! Enchiladas, tacos, OLE!

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More MEAT for the MEAT EATERS!!!!

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And yes, they do table side guacamole seasoned to your request.

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"We haven't eaten anything in like 57 seconds...time to try some more yummy entrees..."

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These were like a "tamale fritter" .... again, delicious!

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One of these things is not like the other... one of these things does not belong (because it belongs in my table!)

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When one blackberry Margarita isn't enough... Have TWO! :)

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The dessert sampler was insane! Creme Brulee, warm gooey caramel cake...and Churros!

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The FIESTA has begun!

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The "mask painters" were here and we are told that they are at the restaurant select nights (Wed - Sun) to paint complimentary masks for all the guests!

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OMG! What is that thing?!?!?

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We are going to start our own Mexican wrestling team.

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Thanks to the incredibly friendly and helpful staff at Antojitos for a wonderful night and congrats to Citywalk for another great dining option! This summer is going to just get better when the opening of the new Vino Italian Kitchen, Cowfish burger/sushi fusion place (yes, this is a thing!), Bread Box, Hot Dog Hall of Fame, and more!

 

We highly recommend checking out Antojitos next time you're at Universal Orlando!

 

Thanks to Jack Crouse for the additional photos!

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Love all the colours of the building outside.

You can never go wrong with pure Agave Tequila.

The food - faints at the steak - looks awesome.

 

And the four of you in masks need another caption.

 

Great coverage of the restaurant, Robb!

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I've said it before but I'll say it again. I really love that Universal has made many changes to their food options around the resort.

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