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Hard Rock Hotel’s Big Secret: Meetings That Rock!

Superstars’ autographs scrawled across the walls. Memorabilia from some of music’s greatest moments. Coming as a guest and leaving as a superstar. When people think of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, they often think of the rock star treatment the hotel provides.

Hard Rock Hotel; HRH Universal Orlando

But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the Hard Rock Hotel is an exceptional venue for creating a meeting or event that leaves a lasting impression with attendees.

Unlike other meeting facilities where groups can get lost in the vastness of the venue, Hard Rock Hotel offers 6,000 sq. ft. of intimate and flexible meeting space. Groups that meet here really get to own our meeting space for their program and events.


Attendees experience incredible food and beverage offerings, top-notch service, and at the same time have a unique and engaging Hard Rock experience. Groups can start their day off with a team building scavenger hunt around our hotel. Hold their meetings in one of our pristine meeting spaces. Or wrap up the night with a private concert in the lobby—all surrounded by memorabilia from the biggest names in music history.

Another layer of awesomeness we offer is the unique partnership between Hard Rock Hotel and Universal Orlando Resort. It allows Hard Rock to offer not only a great venue with incredible service, but it opens up a full destination where attendees can also hold special events at either (or both!) of Universal theme parks as well as Universal CityWalk.


With all these options at hand, the Hard Rock Hotel loves to turn meeting planners’ expectations on their head with new ideas. A large part in creating a unique and fun meeting is having an outstanding team that brings a high level of service to every group that holds their meeting here.

And, in fact, it’s the hotel’s secret weapon. Hard Rock Hotel lets them be themselves, which gives them the most creative people in the industry. In turn, they help meeting planners become rock stars to their attendees.

Kingdom Magic Vacations can help you plan you next vacation or business trip. Contact us today and let us help you plan your next meeting and allow you to become a company rock star!

A Day At Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks with Travel With Rick

On this week’s Travel With Rick show we take a whirlwind tour through the two incredible theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort. We start in Universal Studios Florida, then on to Islands of Adventure, and finish up at Universal CityWalk. It’s awesome!

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Now Accepting Reservations

Starting now, you can be among the first to book reservations for the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.


Built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall, the new, 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway is the fifth hotel at Universal Orlando and will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms to 5,200.


Guests will be captivated by a vivid retreat that evokes a free-spirited, Caribbean sense of ease with a modern yet timeless feel. The unforgettable island escape will feature Universal Orlando’s largest on-site, zero-entry pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.

Dining options will include Amatista Cookhouse, a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining; Strong Water Tavern, a destination lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s towering waterfalls and offering a tapas-style menu; Drhum Club Kantine, a poolside bar and grill serving freshly-grilled fare and specialty cocktails; New Dutch Trading Co., a quick-service marketplace; and 24-hour room service.



With value season rates from $119 per night for a seven-night stay or $143 per night for a four-night stay, and summer season rates starting at $176 per night for a seven-night stay or $206 per night for a four-night stay, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will offer incredible guest benefits, including:

· Early theme park admission

· Complimentary water taxi service and shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk

· Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel

· Resort-wide charging privileges with their room key

· And more!

Call Your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner Today

And Be the First to Experience Sapphire Fall for Yourself!

5 Ways To Amp Up The Adventure In Your Universal Vacation

Are you coming to Universal Orlando Resort? We have some ideas on how to add a little more adventure and fun into your vacation.

1. Ride Every Thrill Attraction in One Day


For the adrenaline junkies out there, Universal’s awesome roller coasters are the surest, quickest way to get your heart racing. I can’t get enough of the drops, spirals, loops and inversions, from The Incredible Hulk Coaster to the Dragon Challenge to Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

Challenge yourself to the most thrilling day possible, and set out to ride every coaster Universal Orlando has to offer at least once. For extra thrills, get Universal’s Express Pass and ride each one a few times in a row—but I’ll warn you now, your hair will be a mess by the end of the day. A small price to pay for adventure!

2. Be a Rock Star

Whether you sing like a diva or only by yourself in the shower, one way to have an epic experience is at Universal CityWalk’s karaoke club, Rising Star. Here, you get to be in the spotlight as the star of your own concert with a live band, backup singers and audience to cheer you on.

I could sing karaoke all night long, but I still get nervous—it can be scarier than any thrill ride, if you ask me! But there’s nothing like leaving your comfort zone behind to create a lasting memory and get bragging rights for life.

3. Go Rock Climbing


Most people don’t realize there are two 50 ft.-tall rock-climbing walls located inside Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Conquer your fears, strap a harness on and race to the sky. My favorite part about the rock wall is the moment before you jump off at the very top and rappel down. If that doesn’t get your heart pounding, nothing will!

4. Volunteer to be in a show. 

It’s always fun to watch the shows at Universal Orlando’s theme parks. But if you want to take your day to the next level, volunteer to participate! You can be part of the show in Fear Factor Live, just make sure you keep your camera rolling. This is a one-of-a-kind adventure you’ll want to share once you get back home.

A casting process is used to select 6 park guests to be contestants in 3 stunts in front of the live audience, with one winner for each show. An additional 18 volunteers are chosen from the audience to participate in the show. Check your park maps for that day’s showtimes when you arrive.

5. Interact with a Live Velociraptor


Be sure to stop at Jurassic Park’s newest attraction, Raptor Encounter, to get up close and personal with a living predator. The Raptor is always ready for a toothy photo opp. Don’t worry, you’re probably safe from those razor sharp teeth and claws behind a 10,000 volt fence. It hasn’t gotten out… yet.

One Direction’s Liam Payne Visits Universal Orlando Resort

After wrapping up the first leg of One Direction’s European Tour, Liam Payne enjoyed a family vacation at Universal Orlando Resort.



During his visit on July 4, the singer and songwriter came face-to-face with velociraptors at the all-new Raptor Encounter experience at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Payne is best known for being a member of the award-winning pop boy band One Direction.

A Day At Universal Studios Orlando At Universal Orlando Resort

Travel With Rick takes us all around the incredible Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort to visit Minions, the Simpsons, Transformers, and even The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley!

Goo Goo Dolls Rock the Stage This Weekend for the 25th Anniversary Concert Series

Orlando, Fla. (June 15, 2015) – Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series will conclude this weekend with a live concert by the chart-topping band Goo Goo Dolls on Saturday, June 20 at 9:00 PM.

Goo Goo Dolls at Universal Orlando Resort

With four Grammy nominations, more than 10 million albums sold and 14 Top Ten hits including, “Name,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon,” Goo Goo Dolls has become a globally recognized and influential force in pop-rock music history. Their smash hit, “Iris,” from the “City Of Angels” movie soundtrack spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.

Universal CityWalk Unveils New Electric Car Charging Stations

The folks at Universal Orlando Resort, are always looking for ways to further their Green is Universal mission to be energy efficient and promote sustainable technologies.


That’s why they are excited to announce they have collaborated with Tesla and the Orlando Utilities Commission to add four charging stations in the valet parking of Universal CityWalk for electric or hybrid electric vehicles.

These stations are available to any guests who valet park their electric vehicles. Two of the stations are Tesla chargers and two are Clipper Creek chargers. They are the standard chargers used by the majority of the electric vehicle automobile manufacturers.


You’ll even find Universal Orlando on the Tesla Charging Station Locator Map.

This installation is just the latest step in Universal’s “green” commitment. They are continuing to work with OUC on providing more locations of charging stations across their destination.

For ideas on how you can have a positive impact on our environment, click here to explore the “Act” section of our Green is Universal website.

Universal Orlando To Open ‘Hello Kitty’ Store

It has been announced that Universal Orlando Resort is opening an all-new Hello Kitty store later this year.


This store will be the first for Sanrio at a theme park in North America. It will offer specialty merchandise devoted to Hello Kitty, and also feature other Sanrio properties like Chococat, My Melody, Badtz-Maru, Purin and Keroppi.

The brand new interactive retail experience will offer stationery, home goods, apparel, accessories and collectibles—and even specialty items that will be exclusive to Universal. You’ll even be able to custom design your own merchandise, including creating a souvenir version of Hello Kitty’s iconic bow. And the best part: you’ll get to meet Hello Kitty herself!

While Universal Orlando Resort will be Sanrio’s first stop, a second store will open in the future at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal CityWalk At Universal Orlando Resort

This week, Travel with Rick takes on a tour of Universal CityWalk to show us the newest restaurants, shops, and entertainment available at Universal Orlando Resort that is anything but ordinary!

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!

Kellie Pickler Takes the Stage For Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series

This weekend, Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert series continues with a musical performance by country singer and songwriter Kellie Pickler on Saturday, June 6.


Best known for her quirky personality and southern twang, Pickler originally gained popularity as a contestant on the fifth season of ‘American Idol.’ Soon after, the singer released her debut album, “Small Town Girl,” which includes the hit singles, “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” Her self-titled second album yielded her first Top Ten hit, “Best Days of Your Life,” and in 2013, Pickler released her most recent album, “The Woman I Am,” which includes the country hits, “Someone Somewhere Tonight” and “Little Bit Gypsy.”

Concert Time Concert Dates (performing in Music Plaza)
9:00 PM June 6 Kellie Pickler
June 13 Huey Lewis and The News
June 20 Goo Goo Dolls

Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series

On select nights through June 20, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse lineup of award-winning, chart-topping artists to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.  The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass.

Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for Florida’s biggest Christian music festival – Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe.


Some of today’s hottest Christian artists will rock Universal Studios Florida on Sept. 11 and 12, including Grammy award-winning group and Daytona Beach natives Casting Crowns, four-time Grammy-nominated band Newsboys and rock band Switchfoot, which has sold millions of albums worldwide.

See below for ticket options and the full concert lineup.



Rock the Universe guests can also visit the Coca-Cola Fan Zone for more live music, autograph sessions with performing acts, karaoke and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a Saturday night candle lighting ceremony featuring special guest speakers and access to Universal Studios Florida’s thrilling attractions like TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and more.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew Coming to Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Last year was an incredible time for Universal CityWalk, with eight new venues joining the impressive dining line-up—and we’re not done yet! Universal Orlando has announced the newest MVP coming to CityWalk: the first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew, opening this fall.


This new restaurant represents our vision of delivering the ultimate sports dining experience. It’s like crossing your favorite sports restaurant with stadium VIP suites. Fans of all types will be able to enjoy the very best food alongside award-winning NBC Sports coverage. And with nearly 100 HD TV screens throughout the restaurant, every seat is the best seat in the house.

The food will be a one-of-kind experience that can be found at no other sports grill. You’ll be able to choose from an extensive menu of more than 75 different items. Pick from traditional favorites like burgers and steaks to custom creations like crab scotch eggs. And to top it off, you can watch the chefs in action as they prepare your meal in an open kitchen and on custom open fire grills.


And, of course, no sports game is complete without the perfect beer. You’ll be able to select from over 100 different beer varieties—including an exclusive draft you’ll only find here. There will even be a outdoor beer garden where you can relax after a day in the theme parks, enjoy a good meal and brew, and catch a game.

Check out the video below, where NBC Sports anchors Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones chatted a bit about the new restaurant.


Then tell us in the comments which game you’d most like to watch at NBC Sports Grill & Brew when it opens.

Global Superstar Pitbull Set To Perform This Weekend As Part Of Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series continues this weekend with an electrifying musical performance by international superstar Pitbull on Saturday, May 30.


The Cuban-American entertainer – also known as ‘Mr. Worldwide” – is one of the hottest names in music today and is known for his rapid-fire rhymes, infectious hooks and million-dollar beats. His collaborations with today’s biggest pop-stars are constantly blazing the charts – including his popular singles “Fireball,” “Wild Wild Love” and “Time of Our Lives,” all of which are songs on his recently released hit album, “Globalization.” Other past hits of Pitbull’s include “Timber” and “Give Me Everything,” both of which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.

On select nights through June 20, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse lineup of award-winning, chart-topping artists to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.  The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass.

Concert Time Concert Dates Headliners (performing in the Music Plaza)
9:00 PM May 30 Pitbull
June 6 Kellie Pickler
June 13 Huey Lewis and The News
June 20 Goo Goo Dolls

New Raptor Encounter Opens At Universal’s Islands Of Adventure

If you’ve always dreamed of getting up close and personal with a dinosaur. Your dream can finally come true!


Velociraptors have arrived at Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure! That’s right—starting this weekend, you’ll get the chance to see these magnificent creatures face to face in an all-new experience: Raptor Encounter. The encounter is located between Camp Jurassic and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. Your experience begins when you approach a paddock where the raptor will be contained. You’ll learn some cool facts about the dino that you may not have known—like that an adult Velociraptor can reach upwards of 96 kilometers per hour in the open!


Then, if you’re brave enough, you can approach the nearly 9- foot- tall wild raptor for a photo. But be sure to keep your hands and feet away… you wouldn’t want to end up being its dinner!

Are you daring enough to meet this giant, prehistoric reptile?