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Upload with Shaquille O’Neal was filmed in front of a live studio audience at Universal Studios Florida


Tonight at 10:30pm Universal Studios Florida will have another production in the books with the premier of Upload with Shaquille O’Neal on TruTV. The series is hosted by Shaq with co-hosts Gary Owen and Godfrey as they review and comment on some of the funniest videos on the internet. The series will also show the the hosts create their own viral videos, prank others and make parodies of recent pop culture stories. Each week also feature a guest comedian. It is the concept of Tosh . O but in a Sports Center setting.

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N. E. S. T. and other updates at Universal Orlando

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Transformers has been speeding along at Universal and over the past weeks newer theming has appeared on the sides of the building. Also new lights have been installed that definitely give a new feel to the building. Subscribe to our twitter or like our facebook page for updates! Haven’t heard the latest from Universal Orlando? Here is a quick way to catch up! Ripsaw Falls is not falling due to a winter refrub     Beautiful cooler morning give way to beautiful days.   Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s Jurassic Park team doing what they do best! The first Mardi Gras […]

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Pigeon Forge Attraction Has Visitors Reaching New Heights.

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Opened in late 2012, the new Wonders Of Flight attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN brings all new altitude to a visit to the Smoky Mountains. Wonders Of Flight is a giant tethered balloon ride which is manufactured by Aerophile.  The ride takes passengers 400 ft in the air, and offers spectacular views of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains national park.  It is located just behind the giant WonderWorks museum (the upside-down house) on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  The ride usually lasts between 10-12 minutes.  A strong cable is used to keep the balloon in place as […]

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Holidays In Nashville: December 2012 Photo Report


The holiday season truly is the best time to visit Nashville, TN.  Back on December 10th…I did just that.  Yeah the holidays are over now and Spring is right around the corner, but why not take a look back at the festive offerings found in Nashville during this past Christmas season.  In this trip/photo report, I take a look at two popular Nashville destinations:  Rainforest Café located in Opry Mills Mall, and the world famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel. After a 3-hr drive from Gatlinburg, I was arriving in Nashville right around lunchtime.  The weather was VERY cold that day; mid to lower 30′s at best, […]

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Introducing Theme Park Weddings

Theme Park Weddings - Discovery Cove - Orlando, FL - Kim and Matt

We’d like to introduce you to our newest series here on Destination South — Theme Park Weddings! Join us as we peer into the world of weddings with a unique twist; couples who tied the knot at a theme park, zoo, or aquarium. Who doesn’t like cake and roller coasters?! The first installment of this series is the wedding of Kim and Matt, who got married at Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL.. complete with dolphins!  Click here to read about how Kim planned this unique event! Did you have a theme park wedding?  We want to feature YOU!  Click here!

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Zombie Bash Review: Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Over Georgia

Monster Mansion

Hello Everyone! Our Photo Trip Report and Review of Zombie Bash from Six Flags Over Georgia 2012 is now available. Yes, I realize that this is a little old by now, but with the site downtime and “refurbishments”, we did not want this to get lost forever! On October 5, 2012 Destination South was invited to Zombie Bash, a VIP reception hosted by the park to showcase all that Fright Fest 2012 had to offer!  Destination South staffers Chris, Jackie, and Tyler braved the ghouls, zombies, and assorted creatures of the night to bring you this Trip Report! Click the […]

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Announced today! “All American Rejects” and “Kool & the Gang” at Mardi Gras 2013


All American Rejects and Kool & The Gang join the Mardi Gras 2013 line up at Universal Orlando! This announcement takes care of the two TBA spots located near the end of the schedule! Click the read more link on this page to get a link to the official line up!    

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Universal Orlando Challenges You to “Vacation Like You Mean It”

Universal Website Snapshot

A new advertising campaign has surfaced from Universal Orlando Resort, “Vacation Like You Mean It.” Destination South has found two commercials now posted online. The first being on Universal Website itself at The second video is the original commercial Universal released on their youtube channel. The website video was posted on youtube as well today. Links to these videos can be found by clicking the “read more” option below.  

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Facebook Photo Album Updates

Review of some central Florida Park's Holiday sights

Have you seen our new Facebook photo albums? Like us on Facebook and view our “Holiday Albums” from SeaWorld Orlando and the parks of Universal Orlando. Also, as a bonus treat we have added almost 60 pictures of the early 2000′s at Six Flags Over Georgia that you can’t see anymore! Check us out and like us on Facebook!  

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Zoo Atlanta has a lot of new baby news!

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Zoo Atlanta announced on January 8th, that 2012 was the second best year in attendance in their 125 year history with 866,425 guests. Since that announcement Zoo Atlanta has released 3 major baby announcements in 3 days! On January 9th, the Zoo announced weaning has begun for Po the giant panda. On January 10th, the day Destination South visited Zoo Atlanta, Blaze, a 16-year-old Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to a male infant. The Zoo released a few pictures of the newborn, featured in this blog’s picture. And finally on January 11th, the Zoo announced the debut of their Eastern Bongo Calf. […]

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