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Top 6 Reasons To Book A Stay At Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Picture this: you’re checking into a brand new hotel that immediately transports you to a paradise in the heart of the tropics. Blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds and you’re soaking up some Florida sunshine as you lounge at the pool. Does it get any better than this?

Well, that’s exactly what you can experience when Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort opens this summer. Take a look at the top six things you need to know about our newest on-site hotel.

If you’re already dreaming about your next vacation (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), then you’ll want to be among the first guests to experience EVERYTHING Universal’s Caribbean-inspired resort has to offer. Now, when you book a stay of four nights or longer, you’ll get $150 in free dining at the hotel. You can savor many of the flavors of the Caribbean, enjoy waterfront dining, taste fresh ceviche and chat with a rum captain.

You’ll also be able to hop on a water taxi or shuttle bus to Universal CityWalk and enjoy Universal Orlando’s theme parks. You can even enjoy one extra hour in the parks with Early Park Admission if you stay at Sapphire Falls.

It’s the best of both worlds. You can get your adrenaline fix in the theme parks and then return to an island paradise, where relaxation is a requirement.

Summer is just around the corner, so begin planning your next vacation with us now!

The Incredible Hulk Coaster Begins It’s Return To Universal Orlando

We’ve been waiting since September for the return of one of the world’s most popular thrill rides. Now, if you know where to look, you can see The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure starting to take shape. The first pieces of track went in just days ago and more will soon be visible around the park.


To find out a little bit more about this process, Universal Creative talked about what it takes to rebuild a roller coaster from the ground up.

The short answer: a lot, a lot, and a lot of measuring.

The old adage “measure twice, cut once”? Here, it’s more like, “measure a bazillion times, install once”. An expansive network of laser surveying tools are employed at every step of the reconstruction process, ensuring that the final bolt goes perfectly into place.


More details are still to come about what the new experience will be like. But the new track will ensure an even smoother ride—without losing the thrills The Incredible Hulk Coaster is known for.

Keep checking back here for more news. And keep your eyes to the sky as more track gets installed in the weeks to come.

Amazing Things To Come in 2016 At Universal Orlando Resort


It’s only the first half of January, and we are already overwhelmed with excitement for this year. Here’s a glimpse at just some of what you can look forward to in 2016 at Universal Orlando Resort.


Skull Island: Reign of Kong Opens
The next saga in this iconic character’s story is coming to life in a HUGE new attraction this summer. You can see much of the attraction’s façade already from the walkways in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The rising structure shows just how mammoth of an experience this will be.


The Incredible Hulk Coaster Returns
We announced in August that one of America’s beloved coasters was going to be undergoing “new enhancements to its storyline, ride vehicles and overall experience.” Well, if you’re strolling around Marvel Super Hero Island, you’ll already start to see the ride coming back into shape. Just wait until you see what this guy looks like now…


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Opens
We’ve already made a few announcements about our newest on-site hotel opening this summer. And man, is it going to be beautiful. I know I can’t wait to check out the new pool—the largest of all the hotels—and grab a drink in the Strong Water Tavern. Tropical bliss awaits.

On top of all that, there are the incredible annual events and the epicenter of awesome, Universal CityWalk.

2016 is definitely going to be a year of non-stop excitement.

Concert Line-Up Announced For Mardi Gras 2016

The famed “N’awlins” celebration is back and better than ever at Universal Orlando Resort on select nights starting Feb. 6 through April 16. Our family-friendly version of the legendary Bayou bash will bring everything you love about the Big Easy to Universal Studios Florida. Get your fill of authentic Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music. And this year’s concert line-up is a must-see with something for everyone to enjoy.


Headliners include one of rock music’s best-selling bands, Fall Out Boy, teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes, legendary singer Diana Ross, GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Jessie J and country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes. For the complete line-up, see below.

  • February 6: Hunter Hayes
  • February 13: Diana Ross
  • February 14: Barenaked Ladies
  • February 20: Nate Ruess
  • February 27: Fall Out Boy
  • March 5: Kool & the Gang
  • March 12: The Fray
  • March 13: Adam Lambert
  • March 19: Shawn Mendes
  • March 20: 3 Doors Down
  • March 26: REO Speedwagon
  • April 2: T-Pain
  • April 9: Jessie J
  • April 16: Yandel


What could be better this time of year than eating some mouthwatering gumbo and listening to some jazz music from the Big Easy? During our Mardi Gras celebration, you can get a taste of some authentic NOLA cuisine at our French Quarter Courtyard. Plus, you’ll get performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.


Along with the authentic food & music, you’ll enjoy a rockin’ parade with floats engineered by Blaine Kern Artists—the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947. This year’s parade features four new floats that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world—Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival.


And did we mention there will be more than 1.7 million beads? You’ll be catching beads by the handful all night!

Celebrate New Year’s at Universal CityWalk’s 2015 EVE Celebration

On Dec. 31, 2015, partygoers can ring in the excitement of the New Year at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s mind-blowing New Year’s celebration. With non-stop entertainment, unique party zones each with their own jam-packed entertainment and signature drinks, unlimited gourmet cuisine and Orlando’s largest dance floor, EVE is the place to be to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016.

EVE 2015 at Universal CityWalk

Tickets are on-sale now and include access to:

  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine including spicy chicken and sausage jambalaya, chilled jumbo shrimp, roast sirloin, assorted desserts and more
  • Six CityWalk clubs and venues, including Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, Pat O’Brien’s, the groove, Rising Star and Red Coconut Club
  • Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor, featuring live music from DJ M-Squared
  • Six unique party zones with exhilarating entertainment and signature drinks
  • Midnight champagne toast, confetti bursts and pyrotechnics display

Oh What Fun It Is To Experience Universal Holidays

Seven floats with 10 balloons, saving Christmas with The Grinch, rocking out to Jingle Bells and a breakfast filled with Whos? Sounds like the holidays are upon us! This means your next stop is to visit Universal Orlando Resort this winter season.

Check out all the holiday offerings below:


Join The Grinch And His Friends For A Special Character Breakfast This Holiday Season

Join the mean, green one himself for a Universal Orlando Resort holiday tradition: The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast. Starting December 5th, you can dine with characters while filling your belly with delicious dishes like the pancakes and bacon, fruit and yogurt, and the classic Green Eggs and Ham Platter.


Want to spend your morning with the King of Mt. Crumpit and other Dr. Seuss characters? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Dates: Dec. 5-6, 10-13, 17-20, 23-31
  • Time: 8am-10:00am
  • Location: Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Adult price $29.99 +tax
  • Child price (9 and under) $16.99 +tax
  • Purchase includes one digital photo with The Grinch

Reservations are required. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations to reserve your table today.

Universal Orlando’s 2015 Holidays Celebration Opens This Weekend

Beginning this Saturday, Dec. 5 and running through Jan. 2, families can create lifelong memories during Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration.

Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando

This holiday spectacular is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and includes:

  • Grinchmas – Guests will be filled with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Guests can experience the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” a heartwarming live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” featuring The Grinch and the Whos from Who-ville.
  • Macy’s Holiday Parade Some of the same larger-than-life balloons seen in last week’s famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will be showcased at Universal Studios Florida every night, along with colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus. This year, guests won’t want to miss the new Tom Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon and self-powered vehicle hybrid and Holiday Lights Balloon, a string of six dazzling balloons that dance through the air with ease.
  • Live Concerts by Mannheim Steamroller – The Christmas music sensation will perform memorable holiday hits with a modern twist on the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.

Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series Concludes This Weekend With Carly Rae Jepsen & Daughtry

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series concludes this weekend with musical performances by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen on Friday, November 27 and GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry on Saturday, November 28.


Multi-platinum artist, Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed new album E·MO·TION in August, earning her a host of rave reviews declaring it the pop album of the year to date. E·MO·TION is the follow-up to Jepsen’s 2012 U.S. debut album Kiss, which featured her blockbuster break-out hit “Call Me Maybe” and earned her two GRAMMY nominations that year.

Daughtry at Universal Orlando Resort on November 28

GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Daughtry, has sold more than 8 million albums and 18 million singles worldwide. Daughtry’s self-titled debut album was the fastest selling rock debut in Neilsen SoundScan history featuring hit singles like “It’s Not Over,” “Home” and “Feels Like Tonight.” In 2013, the band released its fourth album, “Baptized,” with its lead single, “Waiting for Superman,” breaking into the top 15 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

The Ultimate Holiday Guide For Universal Orlando’s On-site Hotels

You expect fun, holiday festivities in our theme parks this seasons. But did you know all four Universal Orlando Resort on-site hotels have also decked the halls with holiday events?


To help fill every moment of your time here with holidays cheer, Universal Orlando has compiled the Ultimate Holiday Guide for their on-site hotels. You may even find yourself creating a new family tradition!

All of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels have amazing holiday offerings, including themed buffets and meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, holiday arts and crafts and more. Below is a complete list of holiday festivities that are unique to each hotel:



Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration (Nov. 26) — Celebrate Thanksgiving with your family in Portofino with a savory dinner, live holidays performance, arts and crafts, face painters and more.

Holiday Harbor Nights (Nov. 27) — Enjoy an enchanting evening in Italy with live holiday music, wine tasting and the grand illumination of the Christmas tree.

Festive Holiday Dining (Nov. 26, Dec. 25) — Join your favorite Universal Orlando characters for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, complete with buffets, strolling musicians, arts and crafts and more.

New Year’s Eve Party in the Piazza (Dec. 31)  Ring in the New Year with an impressive spread of delicious food stations, complimentary wines, live music from a DJ, midnight toast and more.



Holidays Dining at The Kitchen (Nov. 26, Dec. 24-25) — Jazz up your holidays with themed dining for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. You’ll be able to chow down on delicious food while also meeting some of your favorite Universal Orlando characters!

Velvet Unplugged (Dec. 18) — Get ready to rock this holiday season with Velvet Unplugged, which includes a live concert and first round of drinks is on the house.

Rock-in 2016 Holiday Buffet & Lobby Party (Dec. 31) — Rock in the New Year with a live DJ spinning the best music of 2015, a live stream of Times Square, Universal characters, food and dessert stations, a midnight toast and more.



Holidays Wantilan Luau (Nov. 28) — Enjoy the holidays on an island oasis with a buffet of delicious tropical food, tree lighting, fire dancers, hula dancers and live music.

Holidays Dining (Nov. 26, Dec. 25, Dec. 31)  Indulge in holidays-themed dining with a tropical twist for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau (Dec. 31)  Celebrate the New Year with a buffet (including a kids’ buffet), tree lighting, fire dancers, hula dancers and live music.

New Year’s Eve Champagne and Cocktail Reception (Dec. 31)  Bring in the New Year at this Holiday oasis with h’ors d’ouevres, a live DJ, live stream of the ball drop and a champagne toast at midnight.



Holiday Dining (Nov. 26, Dec. 25)  Bayliner Diner will offer a special holidays menu for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov. 27) — Watch as the Christmas tree in Cabana Bay’s lobby lights up for the holidays with a cheerful tree lighting ceremony, featuring a special guest appearance, hot chocolate and cookies, live music and face painters.

New Year’s Eve at the Bayliner Diner (Dec. 31)  This New Year’s Eve, take a trip back to the 1950s and 60’s with a scrumptious meal, a live DJ, face painters and a balloon drop!

Create Long Lasting Memories at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2015 Holiday Celebration

Beginning Dec. 5 and running daily through Jan. 2, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience fun-filled holiday traditions throughout Universal Orlando Resort – including its two theme parks, Universal CityWalk and on-site hotels.

At Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure, the popular Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is brought to life in the heartwarming live stage show, “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular,” starring The Grinch and the Whos from Whoville. Grinchmas is part of Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration, running from Dec. 5 to Jan. 3 and featuring live entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

Guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Marvel at the iconic larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. This year’s parade features two all-new balloons exclusive to Universal Orlando; Tom Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon and self-powered hybrid vehicle and Holiday Lights Balloon, a string of six dazzling Holiday light balloons that dance through the air with ease.
  • Rejoice with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experiences include a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring The Grinch and the Whos from Who-ville. Guests can also enjoy character meet and greets with The Grinch and the Whos within Seuss Landing.
  • Sing along to holiday classics as the masters of modern Christmas music – Mannheim Steamroller – perform live at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.

All holiday festivities are included with theme park admission or with an Annual Pass to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels, where guests will relish in the spirit of the season with holiday buffets and dining events, tree-lighting ceremonies, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, holiday poolside “dive-in” movies and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Eve at Universal CityWalk
Universal CityWalk’s EVE 2015 is the place to ring in the excitement of the New Year on Dec. 31. At Universal’s CityWalk, guests can experience a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration that includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones – each with their own jam-packed entertainment and signature drinks – along with access to six different clubs with electrifying live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine and Orlando’s largest dance floor.

Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series Continues This Weekend With Colbie Caillat & Flo Rida

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series continues this weekend with musical performances by GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat on Saturday, November 21 and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Flo Rida on Sunday, November 22.
Colbie Caillat performs at Universal Orlando on November 21

Caillat is a two-time GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter who has sold more than six million albums and ten million singles worldwide. She released her debut album, “COCO” in 2007, which included the hit singles “Bubbly” and “Realize.” In 2014, Caillat released her fourth full-length album, “Gypsy Heart,” which landed in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart fueled by the strength of her hit single, “Try.”

Flo Rida is an international rap superstar who is best known for his blockbuster singles, “Low,” “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me” and “Wild Ones.” In 2014, Flo Rida released the lead single from his new EP, “G.D.F.R.,” which became his tenth top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


On select nights through November 28, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse line-up of award-winning, chart-topping artists at the Music Plaza Stage to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.

Just Announced: Film Talent at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Take part in all-new experiences as well as returning fan favorites such as film talent Q&A sessions, special panels and demonstrations, A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo, and more.


Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders, then ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and other thrilling attractions. With your park-to-park admission, you can even ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express.


A Celebration of Harry Potter is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series Continues This Weekend With Jason Derulo

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series kicks off this weekend with an electrifying musical performance by global superstar Jason Derulo on Saturday, November 14.

Jason Derulo Kicksoff Universal Orlando's Concert Series on Nov. 14

Jason Derulo is one of the best-selling, radio-dominating pop and urban artists of today. Derulo has sold more than 50 million singles worldwide with 11 career-defining platinum singles, including “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head.” In June 2015, Derulo released his fourth studio album “Everything is 4” with its first single, “Want To Want Me,” becoming his sixth top ten hit in the United States.


On select nights through November 28, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse line-up of award-winning, chart-topping artists at the Music Plaza Stage to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.

Halloween Horror Nights 26 Dates Announced

Universal Orlando Resort has announced event dates for next year – guests can look forward to more startlingly-real scares in 2016 from select nights Sept. 16 to Oct. 31.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights 25 shattered records as the scariest and highest-rated event in Universal Orlando’s history – and there’s more to come. The twisted minds behind the nation’s best Halloween event are already hard at work planning for next year.

To look back on Halloween Horror Nights 25, click here.