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P. 602: Universal Holidays & Velocicoaster photo report posted!

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Very short notice...I have a free ticket for a gone who wants to goto HHN tonight! If you can be in the park by 5 its yours. Shoot me a private message...

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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.   

On Sunday I ventured out to the Universal Orlando Resort for a chance to see the new holiday offerings at the two parks. This year is a little different thanks to COVID-19, but Universal has still man

^Agreed. I think the newer Intamin lapbars are actually the best steel coaster restraint currently being produced. When comparing overhead lapbars on Taron and Blue Fire, I found the Intamin ones to b

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And the originality.

 

Hell no. Walking Dead for the fourth year in a row! /s

 

If they do Walking Dead again next year at either Orlando or Hollywood I'm almost certain there will be riots. Like I said in my TR from Hollywood, during the hype announcement at the beginning of the evening there were crickets at every mention of Walking Dead. The crowds wanted nothing to do with it anymore.

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^It is still getting ridiculous ratings on TV. I think the issue this year (at least in Hollywood) is that not enough changed in the maze or on the Terror Tram. I don't think people would mind if they got an all new experience each year. The problem of course is that the new seasons always start in October, so Universal can't use the latest material.

 

Personally, I'm on the fence about using IP's. Original mazes are cool, but so is seeing horror movies/TV shows come to life. A good balance of the two is ideal IMO.

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^It is still getting ridiculous ratings on TV. I think the issue this year (at least in Hollywood) is that not enough changed in the maze or on the Terror Tram. I don't think people would mind if they got an all new experience each year. The problem of course is that the new seasons always start in October, so Universal can't use the latest material.

 

Personally, I'm on the fence about using IP's. Original mazes are cool, but so is seeing horror movies/TV shows come to life. A good balance of the two is ideal IMO.

 

Heck walking dead even got a place in Everlands horror themeing.

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^I think at this point, you can't assume anything. Inserting Jack into the video could be a hint at the year ahead or simply just an homage to years past since it is the 25th anniversary.

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Would be nice if they brought back some of the icons.

 

And the originality.

 

I'd like to see an icon for HHN again. Like Joey, I'd also welcome a good mix of ips and original houses. As long as they're done well.

 

I am a bit tired of zombies, though, so I wouldn't mind if they gave Walking Dead a rest.

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I'm sure NO ONE wants IPs when the longest lines at HHN24 Orlando were consistently 1. Walking Dead 2. Halloween 3. AVP. And the shortest were: 1. Roanoke 2. Dusk til Dawn 3. Dollhouse.

 

HHN could certainly be better, everything always can. But it's still the only event in the world that provides brand new stuff each year on such a massive scale. I'd rather see a half and half split between IP houses and new stuff, but having those big properties keep the event very popular and add a movie-sheen that other events don't have. If they do Walking Dead again I think it would be exactly the same as Disney's treatment of the Frozen franchise, a way for these places to bring in massive crowds. I would understand it completely.

 

Not that I want to see another (mostly boring) TWD house. Bring on Jack and all of his friends for #25. And if I could complain about anything, every year I've gone the scarezones do nothing for me when compared to the houses. Singapore's look amazing, they should do that!

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Yesterday I had the chance to visit The Cowfish at CityWalk for its first night of soft openings. I've been anticipating this moment since the day the CityWalk expansion was first announced back in 2012! For those of you not familiar with the concept (I wasn't when it was first announced), The Cowfish is an up-and-coming chain of restaurants focused on high quality burgers, sushi and a unique combination of the two foods known as Burgushi. Seeing as both types of foods are some of my favorites, I knew that it was likely that this unique marriage would appeal to me, as it will with many guests.

 

Yesterday's dinner certainly proved my theory and solidified The Cowfish as my new favorite eatery among tough competition from Universal's recently opened concepts, Antojitos and Vivo, along with my longtime favorites, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Margaritaville.

 

Cowfish Food Menu

Cowfish Beverage Menu

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The restaurant has three floors and on the third floor in the glass room seen from outside is a set of small tables with an amazing view. We were lucky enough to get one of them!

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I am so freaking stoked!

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How good is the view you ask? Pretty amazing considering you can see most of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure from the table!

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Is this real life?

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We started with the highly-recommended Crab Rangoon Dip. This dish is basically a deconstructed presentation of a traditional Crab Rangoon, with the filling being served as a dip, the wonton wrappers being served as light wonton chips and the sweet Thai chili sauce being drizzled over the wontons instead of being served in a dipping bowl. We really loved this one!

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We tried two burgers on the recommendation of our server. The first was The Texas Longhorn, a more traditional burger with cheddar cheese, jalapeño bacon, barbecue sauce and onion strings. It was really a fantastic burger!

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Always one to try more unique burgers when I have the chance, I opted for the Black Truffle Cheeseburger. This thing was INDULGENT! It is served with black truffle cheese, sautéed mushrooms, roasted garlic aioli and sliced shallots. I very highly recommend this if you're going for a rich, heavy burger! The side of seaweed salad was great too--one of the best I've ever had outside of Japan!

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I had to try at least one Burgushi item on the menu for my first visit so I decided to go big and order The Prime Time Roll. This is a lobster-filled sushi roll with thin slices of seared rare filet mignon wrapped around the sticky rice, drizzled with spicy mayo, topped with pan-fried portobello mushroom slices tossed in truffle oil and green onions and served with a side of pounded ginger sauce. This thing was incredible and easily one of the best (and most unique) rolls I've ever had in my life!

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Another signature offering at The Cowfish is their list of "Spiked Shakes." We tried the "Chocolate "To Dive For"", which featured amaretto liqueur, Godiva liqueur, vanilla ice cream, malt and shaved chocolate. This thing was KILLER!

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To wrap up our meal we had the "East West," described as key lime and mandarin cheesecake jumbo size with an Oreo cookie crust and vanilla ice cream. This was probably the most mild (read: ordinary) thing we had the entire night. It wasn't bad, but it certainly didn't wow us like everything else we tried this evening.

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Time to take a look around the restaurant...

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Presented without comment.

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The bar on the second floor...

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Really neat decor inside!

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The outside bar on the second floor (opposite the Red Coconut Club) features for hole for those in the mood.

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The moment is finally here!

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Getting closer!

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CLOSER!

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I seriously loved our meal at The Cowfish and will be returning frequently to try as many new menu items as I possibly can! Thanks to everyone at The Cowfish for making this such a great first experience!

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The Cowfish has taken its rightful place among a growing list of fantastic dining venues at Universal Orlando's CityWalk. Come check it out ASAP and get your Burgushi on!

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Oh, wow, that looks amazing...and I'll be at Universal this weekend! I know where I'm eating! Thanks for the report and pics!

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That food looks SOOO good! What were the prices like? I'll probably have to get that Prime Time Roll when I visit next year!

 

The site doesn't have a menu for the Orlando location yet, but assuming it's the same as the others, you can take a look at the menu here. https://www.thecowfish.com/locations/?l=1&c=1

 

Not cheap, but not really that bad either, if the food's as good as it looks.

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Here are the menus (with the exception of dessert) for the restaurant, pricing included.

 

Cowfish Food Menu

Cowfish Beverage Menu

 

This is the last phase of the originally announced expansion to CityWalk but it is expected that a second batch of projects are to begin soon. NASCAR Grille ceased operation on November 1st, and NBA City is expected to follow soon. It has also been rumored in the past that The Groove, Big Kahuna Pizza (which is rarely open anyways) and possibly Red Coconut and Rising Star may see changes in the near future.

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