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Universal Orlando Military Discounts 2014

Universal currently has no special military offer comparable to the Disney Armed Forces Salute and SeaWorld Parks’ Waves of Honor.

What Universal  does have is a buy 2 days get 1 free ticket offer, which is for all US and Canadian residents..

These tickets may be purchased at a slight discount at your Base Ticket Office or Shades of Green.

The 2-Day/1-Park – 3rd Day Free Ticket (Allows access to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure) is valid for any 3 calendar days during a 14 consecutive calendar day period.

  • Adult $126.00
  • Child $116.00

Universal also offers their Military Discounted Room and Ticket Packages The 3rd day free ticket mentioned above is currently part of these packages.

Universal still offers their regular Military Discounted Theme Park Tickets. The regularly Military Discounted Theme Park Tickets are available at Shades of Green or your base ticket office

 

Butterbeer Recipes inspired by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter' BUtter Beer and Military DiscountsYou can find plenty of Butterbeer recipes on the internet, but only a very few live up to the real thing.

When you want to relive the Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience at home, it’s essential you find the right Butterbeer recipe!

To replicate the version served in the Wizarding World, the final result must be a non-alcoholic, slushy drink with a frothy head and great butterscotch flavor.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Butterbeer Recipe #1

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart butter brickle or vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
  • 32 oz of your favorite cream soda

Directions:

1. Place 4 (16-ounce) glasses in freezer and chill for at least 20 minutes
2. Mix ice cream and cream soda in a blender until combined
3. Divide between the frosted glasses
4. Top each glass with whipped cream, if desired
5. Serve with spoons and straws

 

Butterbeer Recipe #2

This one comes from eHow.  This one is hot (which sounds yummy!) or you could freeze it to make it more like the Wizarding World version.

Ingredients

  • 10 OZ of Cream Soda (1 & 1/4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp of Salted REAL Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 Cup Original Coffee Mate Liquid Creamer

 Directions
Put the Butterscotch Chips and Butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and Heat for another 30 seconds.  Now add your Creamer to the bowl.

Microwave in 30 Second increments again. Stirring each time.   It usually takes about 4 times (2 minutes) to get the right consistency.  Set your mixture aside.  The chips and butter should be a thick stirable paste.

Heat Cream soda in the microwave for 90 seconds.  BE VERY CAREFUL!   Microwaves times vary.  Make sure not to overheat the Cream Soda or all of the fizz will be gone.

Pour Butterscotch mixture into heated Cream Soda.

Stir & Serve!

 

Butterbeer Recipe #3

This is one of the most popular recipes found online.  Again, this one needs to be frozen to replicate the version in the park.

Servings: 4

1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Enjoy!

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Christine Hardenberger (The Vacation Architect­­­­­­­TM) can help you navigate the travel maze.  She is an authority on Disney, Universal Studios and cruise vacations.  She has been recently featured on MSNBC’s Today Travel, Trekaroo and the book Ultimate Family Travel Hacks:  How to Have More Fun, Save $$ and Avoid Melt-downs When Your Family Hits the Road.  She is also a travel expert at ExpertBeacon.com.  Contact her at 800-272-7739 or Christine@magicalmouseplans.com and let her create a blueprint for a better vacation! .
 

Universal Studios Secret Entrance

Here’s a great tip for avoiding some of the crowds at Universal Studios Florida.  Use the secret entrance!

It’s not really a “secret,” but very few people know that Universal Studios Florida has a second entrance near the Blue Man Group auditorium, just under the Rip, Ride, Rocket roller coaster!

By very few, we mean almost no one!  Generally, you can walk right in without waiting a single minute.

Universal Studios Secret EntranceOn the busy days we have coming up at the Florida theme parks, gate entry can become one of the biggest bottlenecks of the day.  Don’t let that happen at Universal Studios Florida!

In order to use this secret most effectively, we recommend that you pre-purchase your tickets – thereby avoiding another wait.  This entrance requires that you already have your ticket, which you can purchase at the main entrance, but, as we pointed out in our earlier post on pre-purchasing tickets, that just another hassle.

Christine Hardenberger (The Vacation Architect­­­­­­­TM) can help you navigate the travel maze.  She is an authority on Disney, Universal Studios and cruise vacations.  She has been recently featured on MSNBC’s Today Travel, Trekaroo and the book Ultimate Family Travel Hacks:  How to Have More Fun, Save $$ and Avoid Melt-downs When Your Family Hits the Road.  She is also a travel expert at ExpertBeacon.com.  Contact her at 800-272-7739 or Christine@magicalmouseplans.com and let her create a blueprint for a better vacation! .