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New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

Hold on to your Hippogriff because we have more details to announce for one of our favorite event, A Celebration of Harry Potter.

We’re excited to announce that Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) is joining the Harry Potter film stars line up for next year’s event!

We also have new content and returning fan favorites for witches, wizards and Muggles to enjoy at the Harry Potter Expo. You’ll be able to step into J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with:

  • NEW: “Wizarding Costumes from Harry Potter: The Exhibition” – You’ll be able see some of the most stunning costumes from the Harry Potter series and walk the runway to pose for a one-of-a-kind keepsake photo.
  • “The Sorting Hat Experience” – If you don’t know your Hogwarts house, you’ll have the chance to find out if you’re a Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor or Slytherin at “The Sorting Hat Experience.”

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

  • Pottermore – Start practicing your Harry Potter trivia because Audible Recall is back with updated questions. And, you can even play against your fellow housemates with house-specific rounds each day of the event. #HogwartsRules
  • Scholastic – Scholastic is celebrating 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published. You can write your favorite Harry Potter memory on the Muggle Wall, step into a life-sized recreation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and enter to win one-of-a-kind Harry Potter prizes.

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

  • MinaLima – Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are back this year to share their graphic designs of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and so much more.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – “The Making of Harry Potter” is back to give you the opportunity to see first-hand some of the incredible effects that were used in the Harry Potter film series.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – As the play gets ready to open on Broadway, you’ll get an exclusive, never-seen-before look at the costumes, designs and imagery from the production.

Get ready for three brand-new panels you won’t want to miss:

  • Discover Behind-the-Scenes Secrets with Award Winning Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson – The magic comes alive as John Richardson – Special Effects Supervisor on all eight Harry Potter films – shares with you how flying broomsticks, floating candles, wand explosions, fire-breathing dragons, and more were created on the Harry Potter film set.
  • “Graphic Design for Film: Creating the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes” – Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima are here to chat about what went into bringing Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to life.
  • “The Magic of Costumes in Harry Potter” – Join Jany Temime, award-winning costume designer behind the last six films, and Eddie Newquist, exhibition curator, to talk about the amazing costumes in the Harry Potter films.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your house robes and wands, and get your vacation packages today for A Celebration of Harry Potter.

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

Not one, but TWO new hotels are coming to Universal Orlando Resort.

And here’s the best part… Both hotels will offer our lowest price tag yet, with nightly rates starting at less than $100.

Of course, when you stay at the new hotels you’ll enjoy the awesome benefits that come with staying at a Universal Orlando hotel. Early Park Admission to our three theme parks, complimentary transportation across the destination and resort-wide charging privileges are included.

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

But don’t let that price tag fool you. This new hotel complex will be a destination unto itself. Guests will enjoy the sun, surf and sand with a laid-back coastal feel. Vibrant and natural colors will set a free-spirited and beachy tone, inviting you to hang loose and enjoy your family vacation. Not to mention three pools, poolside bars, two food courts, coffee bars and fitness centers, just to name a few of the amenities.

So to recap, that’s theme park thrills, exclusive benefits and a seamless Universal Orlando experience with nightly rates starting below Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

The new hotels will be located at the intersection of Universal Blvd. and International Drive, just minutes away from Universal Studios FloridaUniversal’s Islands of AdventureUniversal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk’s dining and entertainment options.

Buckle Up: New Details Revealed For Fast & Furious – Supercharged

If you’ve visited recently, you may have seen signs of Fast & Furious – Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida taking shape. Universal Orlando is working around the clock on putting the finishing touches on our newest attraction, opening next spring.

So now the time has come to go under the hood and share the details.

 

Fast & Furious is all about adrenaline and action-packed thrills. We’re taking all of those awe-inspiring experiences and creating the next chapter in this blockbuster franchise with an all-new theme park ride. We’ll immerse you directly into the storyline alongside your favorite characters and make you a part of the Fast family forever.

There are four specific details exclusive to Universal Orlando’s Fast & Furious – Supercharged that make it the ultimate Fast & Furious experience:

  • Supercharged Cars
  • New Characters
  • New Story
  • Virtual Line

Buckle up and hang on tight as I give you a front-row look inside this high-energy adventure with the Fast family.

The Family’s All Here

You’ll encounter Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and more of your favorite Fast & Furious characters during your action-packed experience. But it’s not all good guys that you’ll come face-to-face with either. Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his criminal cartel are back with a vengeance.

And for the first time ever, Ludacris (Tej Parker) and Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto) will join the all-star cast of this attraction.

Cars from the Fast & Furious Film Franchise

We’ve worked closely with Dennis McCarthy, the man behind the insane cars for the Fast & Furious films, to craft 15 authentic cars for our attraction.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is the only place you’ll find these vehicles, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger, Letty’s Turbo Truck and more.

An Original Fast & Furious Story

Before you even step inside the attraction, you’re immersed in the story. You’ll first encounter Dom’s iconic car parked outside.

The Fast & Furious – Supercharged building has become the all-new home base of operations. You’ll get to explore familiar scenes inspired by the films, including Tej’s high-tech War Room and the Family Room—complete with photos of the Fast family.

Dom invites you to attend a race after-party that you won’t want to miss. The best part is Tej hooks you up with customized party busses to get you there.

As you make your way to the party, Dom calls with an urgent message: Criminal mastermind Owen Shaw has tracked you down. Now, a high-speed chase is on as the Fast & Furious crew strives to keep you safe from the clutches of Shaw. But will you make it?

Virtual Line

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is the next attraction at Universal Orlando Resort to feature the Virtual Line system. All you need to do is download the free Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App, or locate the kiosks near the ride entrance, and select your ride time. While you wait, you can check out the other attractions at Universal Studios.

And that’s not all.

Throughout the attraction, you’ll hear hit songs from the Fast & Furious soundtracks. Your favorite film clips will play on screens throughout the queue. There will be photo opportunities with cars from this year’s blockbuster The Fate of the Furious after you exit the ride. And you won’t want to miss gearing up with “Family Forever” merchandise in the gift shop.

Mark your calendars for next spring and stay tuned here for more details as we take you inside Fast & Furious – Supercharged.

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

We are so excited to announce that A Celebration of Harry Potter will return to Universal Orlando Resort for a fifth year from January 26-28, 2018. And for the first time ever, Stanislav Yanevski, who played the role of Viktor Krum, will be attending the event alongside fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps, who starred as Fred and George Weasley. This is just the first wave of Harry Potter film stars to be announced for next year’s event so stay tuned!

Some of fan-favorite magical experiences during this weekend-long event include Q&A sessions with select Harry Potter film stars, as well as special panels, demonstrations, activities and displays that celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

While all of these opportunities are included in regular theme park admission or with an Annual Pass – the vacation packages offer even more activities throughout A Celebration of Harry Potter. By purchasing a package, guests will receive exclusive benefits such as admission to a private event reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and access to new Workshops (more details to be revealed at a later date). Not to mention, by purchasing a vacation package you get reserved seating for the panels and demonstrations.

Premium Vacation Package Overview:

For those who always have their wands – and Harry Potter trivia – at the ready!

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive autograph session with select film stars
  • Evening reception at the Harry Potter Expo (Saturday)
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio session at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo, panels and demonstrations
  • Reserved section for select panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

A Celebration of Harry Potter Vacation Package Overview:

Perfect for those that have an obsession with all things Harry Potter. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents.

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • First come, first served special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special access to panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more information and details about A Celebration of Harry Potter and the different vacation packages.

The time is now to get your mischief managed and prepare for the fifth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter!

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

It’s that time of year again, time to solidify your New Year’s Eve plan and avoid major FOMO by choosing the best celebration. Celebrating the arrival of 2018 will not be complete without a delicious spread of food, great music to dance to and flashy outfits.

Search no further than EVE Universal CityWalk’s eye-popping, mind-blowing, jam-packed New Year’s celebration.

Here’s why EVE is your ultimate New Years’ experience:

1. Foodie Paradise

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Satisfy your cravings and enjoy unlimited gourmet food like prime rib, tenderloin and fresh seafood.

2. Move and Groove All Night Long

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Bust a move on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor.

3. Endless Live Music and DJs

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Enjoy unlimited access to six Universal CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs.

4. Classy Goodbye to 2017

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Cheers 2017 goodbye with a midnight champagne toast!

We’ll see you at EVE!

Universal’s Islands Of Adventure Wins The World Once Again

Universal’s Islands Of Adventure Wins The World Once Again

For the third year in a row, the fans have spoken: they love Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park.

TripAdvisior recently announced their  for Best Theme Park in the World and Islands of Adventure took the top spot for the third year in a row.

All the Universal theme parks teams work hard every day to give our guests the best experience possible when they visit. So it was incredibly rewarding for us to see Islands of Adventure grab the top spot—and to see two more Universal theme parks in the top 10.

It confirms what we know about Islands of Adventure: it’s a special place unlike anywhere else on earth.

 

Here you can explore a school of witchcraft and wizardry at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. Fly high above the city streets with Spider-Man in Marvel’s Super Hero Island. Hide from hungry dinosaurs and hope you’re not their next meal in Jurassic Park. And you can face the most colossal ape ever to walk the earth on Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Universal’s Islands Of Adventure Wins The World Once Again

Universal Studios Florida always gets a lot of recognition as the “big brother” of the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. And Universal’s Volcano Bay is getting all the attention right now, having just opened in May. So it’s nice to see Islands of Adventure recognized for the amazing place it is, yet again.

We’re delighted to hear that our fans have deeply loved their time spent with us. And we look forward to you coming back again to experience all that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer—three incredible theme parks, five on-site hotels, and more.

7 Things To Do With Your Extra Time And Money From The Buy 2, Get 2 Deal

7 Things To Do With Your Extra Time And Money From The Buy 2, Get 2 Deal

At Universal Orlando Resort, you don’t accept just any vacation. You’re ready to level up. Well get ready, because we’ve got a perfect, affordable way to go bigger and bolder with your next escape.

Now through Nov. 30, 2017, when you buy a two-day, three-park ticket, you get TWO EXTRA DAYS FOR FREE.

But here’s the big question: what are you going to do with your additional days and some extra bucks to spend?

Luckily for you, we kind of know our way around the place, and we’ve got some pro suggestions.

BONUS: Florida Resident Flexibility

If you’re a local, you can take advantage of this new offer now through Dec. 17, 2017. You can also split up your days and use them anytime now through Jan. 31, 2018.

Because why take one weekend getaway or mid-week escape when you do both?

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

1. Upgrade Your Hotel Room

Don’t try to pack your whole family into a standard room. With your newfound vacation dollars, you can head to a roomy family suite.

Universal's Volcano Bay

2. Get Fancy at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Turn a day at Universal’s brand new water theme park into your private island oasis. Reserve a Premium Lounger or splurge on a Private Cabana.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

3. Park in Valet

Yep, that’s right. You can use that money to roll up to Universal Orlando Resort in style. With both a concierge at your hotel and a hub just steps away from Universal CityWalk, you’ll love the convenience of parking in valet.

 

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

4. Get Express Passes to Really Maximize Your Time

Spend your extra cash on some Universal Express Passes and skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

5. Take a VIP Tour

How does going to the front of every line and being personally escorted by a Universal Orlando expert on a guided tour sound? Learn fun insider information, enjoy rides and even get backstage access.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

6. Buy Souvenirs. All the Souvenirs.

All vacationers love mementos. And you’ll find countless things to take home that you just won’t find anywhere else. And the folks who are left behind love it when you bring home goodies—it’s like a consolation prize for not being on the most epic trip of all time.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

7. Try Four Different Restaurants at Universal CityWalk

Don’t hesitate to dine fancy. With this deal you’ve got the time and money to sit down for a nice meal or four. From Vivo Italian Kitchen to Cowfish; from NBC Sports Grill and Brew to The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, we’ve got plenty of options for the foodie in you.

It’s never too early to start planning the thrills and chills of your next trip, so get excited and start looking at your options today!

Four Horrific Original Houses Revealed For Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Four Horrific Original Houses Revealed For Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Welcome back to the Halloween Horror Nights campfire. In the distance, we hear the call of The Festival of the Deadliest. As opening night closes in, the call grows stronger, drawing us all into its seductive grasp. The chilling celebration of blood and bone is about to begin at Universal Orlando Resort.

It is time to unleash the Original Houses and the secrets they contain. So gather ‘round the campfire for our final chilling stories.

Scarecrow: The Reaping

Since the great dustbowl, an abandoned farmhouse stands in Nebraska. The bountiful fields ravaged by the farmers’ plows have spurred anger in the Land. Scarecrow guardians have risen from the blood soaked soil to seek revenge. The harvest that will be reaped this season is you.

Hive

We’re huge fans of those little-known 1980s horror movies, and we wanted to make you feel as if you’re in those movies. The story takes everything that is sexy, beautiful or cool about vampires and flushes it down the toilet. These Nosferatu are nasty, animalistic, and vicious. It’s the type of house that will make you cling to your date all the way to the exit…if you make it that far.

Dead Waters

We have had houses that later became scare zones in the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This is one of the first times, in recent memory, that a scare zone has influenced a house. For Halloween Horror Nights 24, we had the Bayou of Blood scare zone. It was so strong in character and story that we had to revisit its story again.

We’re excited to have you explore the Dead Waters of the Voodoo Queen and her hellish realm. Trust me…you’ll freak out when you see the half sunken riverboat and the skeletal remains of her victims close in.

The Fallen

It’s the ancient battle between good and evil. The Fallen are flying, jumping, and crawling up from the kingdom of darkness and laying waste to all who cross their path of destruction. These creatures are awesome…and yes, I did say flying. This house is a mix between beauty and decay, high screech and deep roar, and delivers more surprises than I can fit in this paragraph.

These stories are just the beginning. They only lack one thing—you. Come and be a part of these tales before the firelight dies out and we are plunged into darkness. The Festival of the Deadliest is almost here…and it’s enticing lights are pulling us to our wondrous doom.

Get your tickets now and come be a part of the celebration of blood and bone. You know you want to (Cue evil laughter).

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.

Trick ‘r Treat And The Purge To Haunt The Streets Of Halloween Horror Nights

Trick ‘r Treat And The Purge To Haunt The Streets Of Halloween Horror Nights

There is one aspect of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights no one can escape… the SCARE ZONES. They’re the first and last things you’ll experience, and it’s Universal Studio Orlando’s chance to make sure there is no way to hide from the scares.

This Halloween Horror Nights, we’re inviting you to join the celebration of blood and bone at what can only be called The Festival of the Deadliest – an ancient tradition from the depths of where nightmares are born.

A gathering of the most unearthly, hellish terrors has emerged from the darkest corners of despair. It calls to those who long for the thrill of the scare and wish to have their fears made real. You’ll be drawn like moths to a flame, and once you join this hallowed celebration, your nightmares will never end.

You’ll find the heart of the Festival on the streets of Hollywood in Universal Studios Florida, but its claws have spread throughout Horror Nights. Here’s what awaits you every night…

Trick ‘r Treat

First up, it’s time to make sure everyone understands the rules of this haunted holiday. Get a proper Halloween education in our Central Park scare zone inspired by the film Trick ‘r TreatUniversal is excited to have Sam visit and make sure we follow the rules of Halloween.

Trick ‘r Treat And The Purge To Haunt The Streets Of Halloween Horror Nights

The Purge

Next up, you have a returning story to New York streets with The Purge. This time, the approach was to create a zone that showed how Universal thinks the events of a Purge night might play out in their streets.

There are some fan favorites returning such as our auction and a very polite gentleman. We also have some new surprises in store. For example, how do you clean up all the mayhem on the streets during a Purge night? Visit the clean-crew up crew with their trusty wood chipper to find out. Just don’t get too close…

Altars of Horror

Near the front gate, on Avenue of the Stars, you have Altars of Horror. For us, this zone is very exciting because Universal is bringing something to the streets for horror fans that they have never done before.

In this zone, they’re taking some of the larger than life characters featured in this year’s houses, and letting them have their own scare zone. A lot of work goes into bringing these iconic film characters to life in our houses. Now you’ll have the opportunity to get an even better look at them.

Invasion!

Set in a time decades ago, the docks in San Francisco find themselves the victim of an INVASION! Visitors from far beyond have crashed their vessel, and are now wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.

They aren’t just here to destroy; these invaders are also on a mission to learn everything they can about us humans. Careful, or you may find yourself on the experiment table at the mercy of an alien scientist.

Trick ‘r Treat And The Purge To Haunt The Streets Of Halloween Horror Nights

Roaming Hordes

Lastly, no Halloween Horror Nights would be complete without roaming hordes. This time, it’s the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the chainsaw. Unhappy with how popular culture has made clowns scary, this grotesque gang of gigglers has risen from the grave determined to show the world that if you want scary clowns, they’re going to make sure you get your worst nightmare.

ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE

But wait! There’s more. The question is, “can you handle more?” we’re happy to share ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE will be returning to put on an all-new killer performance. This group of powerhouse artists will make you bear witness to what happens after we leave this life. They’re going to give you one mind-blowing and shocking dance performance that will escort you from this world to the great beyond.

Pick up your tickets today—we’ll see you out on the streets!

Tickets On Sale Now For Universal Orlando’s Rock The Universe

Tickets On Sale Now For Universal Orlando's Rock The Universe

On Sept. 8 and 9, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival returns for an unforgettable weekend of faith, worship and non-stop entertainment that can’t be duplicated. And now, you can grab your tickets to experience the excitement of Rock the Universe and Universal Orlando Resort all weekend – including Universal’s all-new water theme park, Volcano Bay. Talk about EPIC!

With a variety of options, there’s a ticket for everyone to rock, ride and rejoice on their terms. Choose from 3-Park and 2-Park Rock Your Weekend tickets, 1-night and 2-night event tickets, special Annual Passholder tickets, Group discounts and more.

Looking for the ultimate rockin’ weekend retreat? Book a Rock Your Weekend Getaway vacation package. Starting at $335 per person, you can experience all three theme parks throughout the weekend and both Rock the Universe event nights while staying at one of Universal’s on-site hotels.

Plus, you can enjoy performances by some of Christian music’s most compelling artists like Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Lecrae and more.  See the full talent line-up here.

And with access to Universal Studios’ thrilling attractions, the Coca-Cola Fan Zone, the Saturday night candle lighting ceremony and more, what are you waiting for?!

New Generation Of Thrill Ride Coming To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

New Generation Of Thrill Ride Coming To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

A new generation of thrill ride is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2019! We can’t tell you everything about the new ride just yet, but here’s what we can share:

  • This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures. It’ll be unlike anything Universal Orlando Resort ever done before and it will be fun for the entire family.
  • The new attraction will be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences Universal has ever created. It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.
  • The award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films to bring this new coaster experience to life.
  • This ride is going to redefine the category and transport you to thrilling places, drawing you into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world. It’s going to be the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.

Universal is permanently closing Dragon Challenge on September 5 to make way for this all-new ride. The last day of operation will be Monday, September 4.

In the meantime, make sure you get out to Hogsmeade and take your last ride on Dragon Challenge before it closes.

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

It’s never too early to start planning your trip down the Bayou to celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort. This year, Florida’s biggest party will take place every night from Feb. 3 through April 7 in 2018.

In addition to the longest celebration we’ve held, there will be an abundance of concerts on select nights. These concerts will feature some of the biggest names in music. But if you still want more, be sure to check out the live performances from New Orleans every night in the French Quarter Courtyard.

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

And you won’t want to miss the nightly Mardi Gras parade when it rolls down the streets of Universal Studios Florida every night. This dazzling parade features colorful floats, performers, lights, feathers, glitter, beads, and more!

Did we mention beads? I can guarantee there will be a ton of those. You won’t want to miss out on collecting as many as you can, although you will never have me beat!

So for you Kings, Queens, maids, and dukes, it’s almost time to start gathering up your closest friends and preparing those taste buds for the finest Cajun food east of the French Quarter. Next year’s Mardi Gras celebration will be here before we know it. With more nights to party on and concerts to see, the good times will surely be rolling.

Universal’s Mardi Gras is included in your admission to Universal Studios.

5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

You don’t have to travel to the Pacific Islands to enjoy the tropical wonders typically found in a Polynesian paradise—they’re all right here at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort.

But beyond the swaying palm trees, sparkling blue waters and flourishing orchids, I’ve got five hidden gems to help you bring your vacation to the next level!

5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

1. The Wok Experience

Take a break from burgers and fries, and immerse yourself in the all-you-care-to-eat Wok Experience. On select nights in Islands Dining Room, you can indulge on custom stir fry dishes, an extensive salad bar, Asian-inspired soup station, delectable dessert station and more.

5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

2. Torch Lighting Ceremony

On Saturday evenings, sing along to the “oli aloha” welcome chant, and get wrapped up in the sights and sounds of the poolside torch lighting ceremony. This complimentary event includes a fire dancer, hula dancer and a ukulele player. You might even learn to do the hula yourself!

5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

3. Sushi at Orchid Court

The Orchid Court Lounge is a tucked away oasis in the hotel’s lobby. Tempt your taste buds with one of the chef’s specialty rolls or sip on a craft cocktail. This is the perfect spot to sit and relax after a busy day in the parks.

5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

4. Wantilan Luau

Who doesn’t associate a trip to the Polynesian Island’s with a luau? Experience the tradition firsthand with an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment. This weekly show is a memorable experience to add on to your vacation. Get ready to show off those hula skills when you get home!

5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

5. Beer Flights at Jake’s

Get your fill of craft beer at Jake’s American Bar. Boasting an impressive list of beers, you can even sip on their very own brew, Jake’s American Red Lager. Enjoy an ice cold pint of one of your favorites or be adventurous and try some new brews in a beer flight. Jake’s also hosts expertly paired beer dinners as well as outdoor beer festivals on select nights throughout the year.

Check out the video below for a first-hand view of some of these hidden gems and more.

 

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

5 Hidden Gems At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

5 Hidden Gems At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

If you’ve ever stepped into Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you know it transports you straight into Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 1960s. Each detail is vibrant and retro and nothing is overlooked to create a place you can’t wait to get back to, even when you’re surrounded by three incredible theme parks.

 

But what if there was even more than what meets the eye? Lean in as I share 5 hidden gems that will forever change your stay at Cabana Bay.

1. S’more the Merrier

5 Hidden Gems At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

After a long and adventurous day at the parks, there isn’t a better way to refuel than a good old-fashioned s’more. Situated within walking distance of Cabana Bay’s two pool bars, the resort boasts 4 fire pits to kick up your feet at, located in both pool courtyards.

S’more kits are available at the Bayliner Diner, or you can bring your own supplies. Whether you like your marshmallow golden brown or scorched and crunchy, I think we can all agree that nothing caps off the day like s’mores.

2. Lazy River = Retro Relaxation

5 Hidden Gems At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Be transported into relaxation while beating the heat in Cabana Bay’s lazy river. While there are also 2 beautiful pools for guests to dip in on hot summer days, the calming current of the lazy river is unique to Cabana Bay. Plop into in an inner tube and let the river help you wind down.

3. Start the Day on the Right Foot With the Volcano Bay Walking Path

5 Hidden Gems At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

This hidden gem makes your day at Volcano Bay a “walk” in the park! The resort is connected to Volcano Bay with a walking path. Because why should it be hard to get to paradise?

4. The Good Times Won’t Be Spared at Galaxy Bowl

5 Hidden Gems At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Just when you thought Cabana Bay Beach Resort couldn’t get better, Galaxy Bowl shows up on your radar. This ten-lane themed bowling alley provides fun for all of the family. Plus, you can enjoy a full selection of appetizers, entrees, and drinks from a full-service bar. You can even play a round of black light bowl at night. Whether you’re bowling strikes or still using bumpers, Galaxy Bowl is sure to be one of your favorite parts of Cabana Bay.

5. Swizzle Lounge is the Place to Hang

5 Hidden Gems At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

This is not your typical lobby lounge. Have your choice of seating at the bar or in the cozy lounge area while sipping on vintage drinks like a New Side Car or Spiced Mai Tai. There are delicious snacks to enjoy too, like an Asian nut mix that is to die for!

During your stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, make sure to check out these 5 hidden gems to truly maximize your retro and relaxing stay. Whether it’s kicking your feet up at the fire pit or bowling strikes at Galaxy Bowl, Cabana Bay is a place for everyone to enjoy.

If you’ve been to Cabana Bay Beach Resort, share some of your favorite spots in the comments below.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2017 Has A Special Request

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2017 Has A Special Request

Time is already running out to commit your soul to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. And when the time is up, you won’t want to be left out.

The damned at this year’s premiere halloween event want what you can’t live without… your soul. They demand a sacrifice to fuel the darkness of the event that awaits you this fall.

 

Those who sacrifice their soul before the clock hits zero will join the Elite Soul Collectors. Their boldness will be repaid in rewards.

For your sacrifice:

SOUL COLLECTOR REWARDS…

  • You will be issued an item identifying you as a member of the Elite Legion.
  • You will have an opportunity to be a part of the Soul Collector Social Media Meet-Up.
  • Your soul will be weighed and evaluated in consideration for additional rewards leading up to and throughout the event.
  • Receive information and details about the event

Now the time has come… Your soul is requested.

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