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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.

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

By now, you’re probably aware that Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay, is officially open. I bet you’re ready to take on the thrills, soak up the sun and experience everything Volcano Bay has to offer.

Your destination is set. But have you thought about where you’re going to stay?

Here are five reasons why staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels is the best way to maximize your visit to Volcano Bay:

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

1. Get In Before Everyone Else

By staying on-site at Universal Orlando Resort, you receive Early Park Admission to Volcano Bay. That means you can enter the park one hour before the scheduled opening and check out the rides before everyone else.

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

2. Walk or Ride and Save Time

Forget hopping in the car and driving to the parks. When you stay on-site, you just need to roll out of bed and make your way over.

Guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort can walk to Volcano Bay on the dedicated walking path. Guests staying at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort enjoy complimentary shuttle bus transportation.

No getting the car wet. No getting up early to drive. No parking. Enjoy Volcano Bay the hassle-free way!

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

3. Make Purchases with Your TapuTapu

When you visit Volcano Bay, TapuTapu becomes your currency. You can make purchases throughout Volcano Bay using TapTu Pay. All you have to do is set up an account through the Official Universal Orlando Resort App or online, link your party’s Volcano Bay tickets, add your credit card information and create a pin number.

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

4. Experience Shopping without the Baggage

Interested in purchasing gifts but don’t want to carry it around? When you stay on-site, you have the option of having your merchandise delivered back to your hotel for free. All you need to do is tell the Team Member at the gift shop you’d like to have your purchases delivered to your hotel.

Guests staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will have their purchases delivered to Luggage Services in the hotel lobby for pick up. Guests staying at the other on-site hotels will have their merchandise delivered to their hotel rooms.

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

5. Enjoy Views Beyond Belief

Nothing beats waking up in the morning, looking out the window and seeing a 200-foot volcano.

When you stay in a Volcano Side Room at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Volcano Bay all day long.

Make the most of your Volcano Bay visit and stay on-site at Universal Orlando Resort. You’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from the fun!

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

In case you are not aware, summer is here and we have the perfect way to beat the heat – Universal’s Volcano Bay.

The new water theme park is the perfect way to cool off with over 30 experiences including 18 water attractions such as winding and action rivers, two children play areas, an aqua coaster unlike any other, and plenty of pools and sandy beaches. And you can’t forget delicious food and refreshing beverages.

Since this may be your first time visiting Volcano Bay, you may be looking for some tips and tricks to experiencing the park. Look no further – here are 10 ways to maximize your visit.

1. Hop or Skip to Volcano Bay by Staying On-Site

By staying at one of Universal Orlando’s five on-site hotels, you can get to Volcano Bay quicker! From Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort you can walk right over on the walking path that takes you directly to the park entrance. Hop aboard our complimentary shuttles from our four other hotels Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. An added bonus to staying on-site is Early Park Admission. This gives you exclusive access to Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens to day guests.

HINT: If you stay at Cabana Bay, try to grab a Volcano Side room at the new towers where you’ll get a beautiful view of the mighty Krakatau.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

2. The Early Bird Gets the Best Beach Chair

This may be a no brainer, but the earlier you get to Volcano Bay the more you can jump on rides quicker. Plus, you can claim a prime spot on the beach of your choice as your home base for the day. #Winning

HINT: Want an even more epic spot on the beach? You can book a Private Cabana or Premium Seating. These options are very popular, so we recommend reserving them before you arrive by calling (877) 489-8068.

3. Head Towards the Back

It’s a known fact that people will naturally drift towards the first attractions they see. We recommend grabbing a spot in the back of the park when you first arrive. You’ll avoid the initial crowds near the front and get to the fun faster. Attractions near the back tend to have shorter wait times at the beginning of the day too!

HINT: As you’re making your way to the back to claim your spot, tap to save your ride time at one of the attractions along the way. That way, after you’ve grabbed your beach chair and applied the sunscreen, you can ride.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

4. Items For Rent at Volcano Bay

If you have a large family and find yourself hauling a lot of gear into the park, have no fear! There are lockers for rent for cash or credit card throughout the entire park with three different sizes to store your things. I bet you already have a beach towel, but just in case you forget, there are towels available for rent. Your TapuTapu is technically rented for free, too, since you have to return it at the end of the day.

HINT: You can link up to four TapuTapus to your locker so the whole family can access it whenever they want.

5. Turn Your TapuTapu Into Your Wallet

If you would like to be able to take advantage of TapTu Pay at Volcano Bay, you can start setting up your account before you arrive through The Official Universal Orlando Resort App or online. You can link all of your party’s Volcano Bay tickets to the same account, and you can set up TapTu Pay by linking your credit card. Next step is to set up a pin number and boom – you’re all set to begin your adventure in Volcano Bay. You’ll receive your TapuTapu wearable at the park entrance when you arrive.

HINT: TapTu Pay allows you to purchase merchandise, food and drinks with a simple tap of your wearable. An awesome benefit is the ability to set spending limits on your account.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

6. Thrills & Chills to Check Out While in Virtual Line

Here’s a quick snapshot to everything you can do while waiting in virtual line after you tapped into an attraction.

  • Ride the waves in the Waturi Beach wave pool
  • Discover all the TapTu Play effects throughout the park
  • Grab a tube and relax on the Kopiko Wai Winding River or take on the waves of TeAwa the Fearless River
  • Enjoy lunch or unique snacks such as a POG (a blend of Pineapple, Orange and Guava juices) or Waturi Fusion ice cream (made up of four different flavors!)
  • Play among the slides and water guns of the two kids areas Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef
  • Cool off in The Reef or Puka Uli Lagoon pools
  • Explore the gift shops for a fun souvenir to take home
  • If you’re 21+, try one of the Volcano Bay signature drinks at the two boat bars, Dancing Dragons and Kunuku

HINT: You’re in an island paradise when visiting Volcano Bay. Remember this is your time to relax and let the stress of everyday life drift away.

7. You Don’t Have to Ride Immediately…

 …When your TapuTapu alerts you that your ride time has arrived. You can head over at your leisure. So, if it catches you in the middle of enjoying an Island Chicken Salad, you don’t have to wolf it down. Enjoy your meal!

HINT: You do have to ride that attraction before you tap into another attraction, unless you want to replace it. But why wouldn’t you want to ride?!

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

8. Keep a Look Out for “Ride Now!”

Your TapuTapu wearable allows you to virtually wait in line for one attraction at a time. As you’re exploring the park, keep an eye out for slides that say “Ride Now!” You’ll be able to jump right onto the ride without getting out of your virtual line. As I mentioned before, you can replace your ride time  with another ride if you’d like. All it takes is a simple tap.

HINT: More attractions will show “Ride Now!” if you arrive early in the morning or if you stay later near closing time.

9. Eat Early or Later

Restaurants are busier in the noon – 2pm hours… on second thought, you may already know that. If you can, try eating earlier or later to avoid crowds of hungry people. There are four dining locations and other food carts throughout the park and two bars to grab a refreshing beverage.

HINT: One of my favorite food finds in Volcano Bay is The Feasting Frog. Look for a frog-shaped structure in the Rainforest Village, where you can enjoy snacks like the Poke Poke Bowl or a Taco Sampler.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

10. Ride Out the Rain

If you’re not a local, you may not know: it rains in Florida during the summer. So, when you see the clouds gathering, don’t pack up your things and leave. Just ride out the weather until it passes, which in Florida can be pretty quick. You’ll find wait times for attractions will shorten as people who aren’t as savvy as you leave. I would recommend taking cover and enjoying a drink, a bite to eat or doing some shopping.

HINT: You’re already in a water park. You’re already wet. Roll with it and enjoy a beverage.

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Meet the cast of the new summer blockbuster, Despicable Me 3, in Universal Studios Florida. From now through Aug. 19, you’ll be able to meet Gru, his twin brother Dru, and of course, his Minions.

First, meet the Minions that are trading in their denim for stripes at the Jail Minion Tattoo Parlor near the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction. Here you’ll be able to snap photos with the new Jail Minions from the movie and receive your very own temporary Minion tattoo.

Meet and Greet times are below. *Subject to change.

  • 9:20 AM
  • 10:20 AM
  • 11:20 AM
  • 1:20 PM
  • 2:20 PM
  • 3:20 PM

Next, head over to the KidZone area for a chance to meet Gru, Dru, new Tourist Minions, and Mel. You can take pictures with your favorite new friends, and dance along to the groovy soundtrack from the movie.The Tourist Minions even joined us in celebrating the opening of our new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay!

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

The Tourist Minions even joined us in celebrating the opening of our new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay!

Meet and greet times are below. *Subject to change.

  • 11:50 AM
  • 12:50 PM
  • 1:50 PM
  • 2:50 PM
  • 4:25 PM
  • 5:40 PM

Have a favorite character? Be on the lookout for all-new merchandise from Despicable Me 3, and take home memorabilia of your favorite characters.

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Merchandise is available at the Universal Studios Store and the Super Silly Stuff store in Universal Studios, as well as the Trading Company in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Lastly, don’t miss out on the Despicable Me 3 weekend takeover at Universal CityWalk from June 30 – July 2. The Minions are taking over the lagoon stage and turning all-things yellow. Join us for a dance party and bust out your best moves. It will be bananas!

See What Awaits You At Universal’s Volcano Bay

See What Awaits You At Universal’s Volcano Bay

It’s almost here. The grand opening of Universal’s Volcano Bay is only two days away!

Before Volcano Bay officially opens on Thursday, I invite you to take a look inside to see what awaits you.

 

Throughout the past year, Universal has taken us on a journey through Volcano Bay. We’ve learned the story of the Waturi and the discovery of the mighty Krakatau. Discovered the thrills and relaxation of the park’s many attractions. Seen a first look at the mouth-watering food and beverages. And even introduced you to TapuTapu – the wearable that makes your visit hassle-free so you can be carefree.

All of these make Volcano Bay a water theme park unlike any other.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

No trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter can feel complete without a belly full of Butterbeer. But what if you want to branch out?

If you are planning a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, here are some delectable treats you’ll still be craving when you’re back in the Muggle world.

Pick Your Flavor – Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Straight from the books and movies, Florean’s yummy creations live on in Diagon Alley! With so many curious and wonderful flavors, you can’t go wrong.

  • Chocolate Chili Ice Cream – Both sweet and spicy for those who crave the extraordinary.
  • Strawberry and Peanut-Butter Ice-Cream – This flavor will help you relive your school lunch days.
  • Earl Grey and Lavender Ice Cream – Put your pinkies up because now we’re getting sophisticated. Tea lovers can experience their favorite drink in frozen form.
  • Salted Caramel Blondie Ice Cream – Salted caramel mingles with super creamy goodness and Blondie brownie bits to leave you smiling after every bite.
  • Butterbeer Ice Cream – Okay, okay… This isn’t exactly “beyond Butterbeer.”  But who could resist a mouthwatering bite of the Butterbeer flavor in soft-serve form? (No one can resist. The answer is no one.)

Fishy Green Ale – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Looking for a drink on another Ordinary Wizarding Level? Fishy Green Ale comes with an oversized straw and a bed of blueberry “fish eggs” at the bottom. The consistency is creamy and the aroma is mint with a hint of cinnamon.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Gillywater – Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment

This water is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot Diagon Alley day. And for those curious about the art of potion-making, our witches and wizards can add such tonics as Fire Protection Potion, Babbling Beverage, Draught of Peace and Elixir to Induce Euphoria.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Tongue Tying Lemon Squash – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

This isn’t your Muggle’s lemonade. Tart and tangy with a hint of vanilla, your lips will pucker at the mere thought of Tongue Tied Lemon Squash. And your taste buds will thank you after the first sip.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

A carbonated cup of deliciousness with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon and sugar on the rim. Need we say more?

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Peachtree Fizzing Tea – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Fresh off its appearance in your favorite Harry Potter films, this concoction has a fizzing volume of a whopping 87%. Peach and a hint of ginger bubble up to the glee of all who thirst for something special and effervescent in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale Beer – The Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Beer is good. Beer made exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is even better! For those who like something dark, Wizard’s Brew is a sweet stout with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dragon Scale is an amber lager – also sure to please. Take the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade to find Hog’s Head Brew and complete the trifecta.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Fire Whisky – The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

If you’re wanting the strong stuff, Fire Whisky is the way to go. Cinnamon in flavor, you can order this one in single or double-shot form or get it as a mixed drink. No matter what, it goes down smooth and gives you the liquid courage you’ll need to brave Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Skiving Snackbox – Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Next time you’re looking to get out of a meeting or class, Fred and George have you covered. The set includes:

  • Fainting Fancies: sugary citrus gummies
  • Nosebleed Nougat: milk chocolate-covered marshmallow with pistachios
  • Fever Fudge: vanilla fudge with spicy, hot jelly beans
  • Puking Pastilles: sticky green and purple sweets

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Sugar Quills – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

Sugary, lollipop-like quills that actually write, these come in a variety of flavors. Practice the art of sucking on them thoughtfully while pondering your next revelation of a sentence.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Pumpkin Pasties – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

You know you’ve been wanting to try Pumpkin Pasties, one of Harry’s first wizarding treats. Baked pastries filled with saccharine goodness, these are essential for any fan of pumpkin flavored anything.

As you can see, you will have no trouble finding a feast of fun food and drinks to try at Diagon Alley. Boy are your Muggle friends going to be jealous.

In the comments below, tell us which wizarding world treats you recommend at Diagon Alley.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay is going to be jam packed with amazing thrills and heart-pounding water slides. And thanks to the TapuTapu wearable, you’ll be able to virtually wait in line for these incredible attractions. This means you’ll have more time to kick off your flip flops, sit back in your padded lounger and take in the soothing island breeze.

Here are seven ways to rejuvenate and unwind in our tropical paradise.

1. Sandy Beaches

Imagine warm sand sinking between your toes while you gaze out at crystal clear waters. This vacation dream becomes a reality at Waturi Beach, where you can relax by the waves of a sparkling lagoon that sits at the base of the mighty Krakatau. You can find Waturi Beach in Wave Village, the first of three villages you’ll encounter at Volcano Bay.

2. Tropical Beverages

Unwind with refreshing tropical cocktails and frozen drinks inspired by fruity island flavors. Try one of our favorites, POG, a non-alcoholic blend of passion fruit, orange and guava juices. Adults can sip on our Toasted Coconut Pineapple beverage, a delicious mix of toasted coconut rum and fresh pineapple juice.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

3. Premium Seating

Leave your beach chairs at home and reserve one pair of padded loungers instead.* With premium seating around the park, just pick the location of your seat, sit back and soak in your vacation.

This private space includes one pair of padded loungers, an adjustable umbrella and built-in locker storage – which makes it a perfect place to keep your things when you want to take a dip in the crystal waters of Waturi Beach.

4. Private Cabanas

Escape to your own private paradise and rent a cabana for the day.* With options like single units with seating for up to six, or family units, with seating for up to sixteen, there are plenty of options.

Cabanas come with concierge service with exclusive menu options, a fruit and snack basket, a small refrigerator pre-stocked with bottled water, complimentary locker and towel service and more.

5. Island Cuisine

Take a break from the slides to enjoy our unique island-inspired food. There are over 60 options to choose from, including our Pulled Chicken Mole Taco, Poke Poke Bowl or Jerked Mahi Sandwich. Treat yourself to dessert with Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake or Guava Tapioca Pudding.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

6. Winding Rivers

At Volcano Bay, it’s okay to be lazy – and at the Kopiko Wai Winding River, you can do just that. Take a slow ride through the tropical landscape, journey beneath the lava rocks and venture to Stargazer’s Cavern to reveal the magical night sky above. Located at the River Village, this is something fun for Waturi of all ages.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

7. Leisure Pools

Make sure to check out the Puka Uli Lagoon in the Rainforest Village. In this leisure pool, you can relax while your little ones enjoy fun features like bongo drums and spraying water.

Watch the bravest Waturi take on the Ko’okiri Body Plunge from the comfort of The Reef, a peaceful leisure pool in the Wave Village. A clear plexi tube shoots straight through this 5.5-foot-deep pool, which features its own private waterfall perfect for frolicking.

Volcano Bay is the perfect mix of fun and rejuvenation. How do you plan to relax at Volcano Bay? Tell us in the comments below.

New Holiday Entertainment Including Christmas At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

New Holiday Entertainment Including Christmas At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Since 2010, you’ve been able to step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and become a part of the iconic moments from the books and films.

For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will transform for the most wonderful time of year – Christmas.

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Festive garland décor, each with its own unique detail, will complement the shops and architecture. These fantastic textures will surround you as you wander the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

You’ll also be able to enjoy new holiday food, drink and entertainment throughout both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

The Christmas celebration will crescendo nightly as a festive spell will be cast onto Hogwarts castle, cascading it in décor, candlelight and festive moments inspired by the films. Using the latest in mapped projection technology, Hogwarts Castle will transform itself into a yuletide display, gifting fans with an amazing, new view.

The holidays have always been a special time for Hogwarts students. And Universal is going to capture that same spirit, allowing you to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter like never before.

And that’s not all.

This year, Universal is introducing the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment. You’ll enjoy newly designed floats, festive balloons and your favorite Universal characters in Universal Studios Florida.

Santa Claus is going to have his hands full as the Minions bring merry and mayhem to the parade, along with Dreamworks characters from Madagascar and Shrek.

All of these holiday experiences will run daily starting Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018.

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