As we announced in this post from November, Universal Orlando Resort is opening a first-of-its-kind water theme park – Universal’s Volcano Bay! The park is set to open in early Summer, but here is another video sneak peek about what’s to come!
Tickets are already available for purchase, and we are eagerly awaiting the opening! Call your travel agent today or visit us online!
It’s time to bust a move as Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets joins Universal’s Superstar Parade with two new floats and a rockin’ musical performance at Universal Orlando Resort.
The star characters from The Secret Life of Pets have brought New York City’s edgy urban vibe to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. Every day, you’ll be able to laugh at the hilarious antics of Max and his friends Duke, Leonard, Gidget, Chloe and more.
These performers will flip, balance and rebound on the Central Park float to an upbeat soundtrack, while dancers whirl across the streets.
Also, throughout the day you can meet your favorite pet characters as the floats and performers put on a special show and “meet and greet” in front of Mel’s Drive-In. Get your camera ready to snap a photo with your favorite pet and even talk to them as well!
Universal’s Superstar Parade performs daily, so check the park map for parade times. Come check out new The Secret Life of Pets floats during your next visit.
Any fan of “The Tonight Show” knows to expect the unexpected when Jimmy Fallon is involved.
We’ve got all the details on what you’ll experience as you’re transported to The Big Apple when “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” opens at Universal Studios Florida next spring.
Hang Out in Studio 6B Arrive in the Studio 6B Club in style, and enjoy a live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, or check out some of the show’s classic bits, from History of Rap to Lip Sync Battle. You’ll also have the chance to meet and dance with the beloved “Tonight Show” mascot, Hashtag the Panda.
Ever dream of sending your own personalized “Tonight Show” Thank You Note? You’re in luck! You can play host at your own Interactive Desk in the Studio 6B Club. Here, you’ll be able to send Jimmy Fallon’s famous Thank You Notes to your friends and family, prep for your race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, and watch your favorite show clips.
Get Ready for a Wild Ride After a briefing in the Studio 6B Lobby, you’ll board the world’s first-ever flying theater, which seats up to 72 audience members, for a rousing race alongside Jimmy Fallon through the greatest city in the world, New York.
From 30 Rock out into the streets (and the skies!) of The Big Apple, you and your fellow studio audience members will zoom past iconic New York City landmarks in an action-packed race with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Be sure to keep an eye out for cameos from familiar characters like Sara from “Ew,” Jimmy in “Tight Pants,” and “Tonight Show” announcer Steve Higgins. All the sweet sounds of New York will come to life with the help of the Grammy award-winning band, The Roots, the musical masterminds behind the original attraction score
Step into the History As you step foot into the renowned NBC Studios, you’ll get a front row seat to witness the most significant moments in the history of NBC as you travel through the 62-year evolution of “The Tonight Show.”
Making your way through “The Tonight Show” lobby, you’ll also get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see real set pieces from one of the longest-running shows in television history. You’ll see everything from suits of past hosts, to iconic desk props, to NBC video cameras used to record the show, all surrounding a display honoring the current host, Jimmy Fallon.
For a behind the scenes look at how “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is shaping up, check out this video:
In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation. And on November 15, you will have the chance to purchase tickets to experience it firsthand.
Volcano Bay will span 30 fully immersive acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene. Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and more. And the best part – you won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster is a state-of-the-art coaster that will take you on an exciting voyage unlike any other, and the all-new TapuTapu wearable technology that will redefine the way guests experience water parks.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be the star experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay – combining innovative ride technology with water theme park thrills to take families on an unforgettable adventure through the park’s massive icon – the 200-foot Krakatau volcano.
Guests will board specially-designed canoes and propel downwards – and upwards – through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys. You’ll twist, turn and plummet along dark passageways, be launched through sparkling waterfalls and so much more.
Universal is using some of the incredible technology that makes its theme park attractions so compelling to create a first-of-its-kind aqua coaster in Florida. The attraction will use linear induction motor technology, which launches the canoe uphill before it immediately sends riders into a downhill plunge. This technology – combined with the immersive theming Universal is known for – will make Krakatau Aqua Coaster a unique water theme park attraction that’s fun for the entire family.
What is TapuTapu?
TapuTapu is a wearable technology that allows you to wait in line virtually while you’re playing in other areas of the park. Each guest will receive a TapuTapu upon arrive to the park which will alert you when it’s your turn to ride so you can head over to the attraction.
Another function of your TapuTapu is “tap-to-play” which lets your create special effects like controlling streams of water from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at guests riding down the Kopiko Wai Winding River, and illuminating images in volcano caves.
Universal’s Volcano Bay is designed to be as fun and hassle-free as possible. Will you be purchasing your tickets on November 15?!
Recently, Universal Orlando Resort announced the next original concept in a line of unique venues to come to Universal CityWalk – a delectable dining experience that combines chocolate and savory dishes with a fun atmosphere. Today, Universal is going to let us in on the story behind this new, full service restaurant.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is the next evolution of dining at Universal CityWalk, following a groundbreaking two years of unprecedented growth that includes other original concepts from the Universal team like NBC Sports Grill & Brew, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Vivo Italian Kitchen and Red Oven Pizza Bakery.
Since Universal started this project in 2013, they knew they wanted to do something with chocolate – something that would elevate everyone’s favorite confection to the next level. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium does just that by combining the incredible storytelling from Universal Orlando’s Creative and Entertainment teams with the high quality service and delectable dishes of our Food & Beverage team.
As they looked for inspiration, the Steampunk era really stood out with its rebellious spirit of creation and industrial influences. After delving deeper into the genre and its design elements, Universal found the structural shapes and rich color palettes to evoke exactly the type of experience that they wanted to create for their guests. It was the perfect fit.
Even from afar, you’ll see the Steampunk influence with working gears and smokestacks. Once you step inside, hosts dressed in alternative fashions will greet you. The sights and sounds of brass gadgetry and manufacturing will immediately surround you.
And of course, you’ll be able to indulge in all of the delectable creations – from the decadent milkshakes to the eclectic savory dishes, there’s plenty to choose from. I tried to think of my favorite menu item to share with you, but it was all so good – We can’t possibly choose just one! You’ll have to discover your favorite later this year.
By the way, you may have noticed we’ve used a different name for the new restaurant than what was originally announced. As part of the creative process, they are always refining the experience we create for Universal guests and how they talk about it. Universal Orlando realized they wanted more focus to the name. And so they landed on making “emporium” more prominent because that word conveys what thry want to create for guests – a place filled with a fun atmosphere and a large variety of food and retail opportunities.
Guests can now book their visit to experience the ultimate Halloween event – Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights – and stay at the destination’s newest hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.
Consistently rated the nation’s best and known for terrifying hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world, Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida this fall for a record-breaking 31 nights – and with all-new content that will bring unimaginable terrors to life.
The twisted minds of Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team work year-round to create an intense experience that guests will never forget. As soon as the gates of Halloween Horror Nights open, guests become “victims” as they’re immersed in iconic horror films, terrifying hit TV shows and haunting original stories.
Guests will encounter hordes of menacing “scareactors” who stalk their every move, incredibly-detailed haunted houses that bring their worst nightmares to life and outrageous live shows. Plus – when they need a break from the screams – guests can enjoy Universal Studios’ popular rides & attractions throughout the night.
Will you survive?
Guests can also book a special version of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort vacation package that combines the daytime thrills of Universal Orlando’s two world-class theme parks – Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – with the spine-tingling chills of Halloween Horror Nights.
Opening this summer, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will be Universal’s fifth on-site hotel. The new, 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway will feature the destination’s largest on-site, resort-style pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide and cabanas.
Another offer guests can purchase is the Halloween Horror Nights Add-On ticket. This ticket allows guests to add admission to Halloween Horror Nights to the purchase of a regular Universal Orlando theme park ticket for only $59. This offer is valid on any Sunday through Friday event night.
Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16 to October 31.
This year at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, you’ll be able to catch millions of beads during an incredible parade and indulge in tons of beignets. And I have a new way to experience it all!
I’m excited to announce that Universal Orlando Resort has launched a brand new gaming app, the Mardi Guide, now available for download for iPhone and Android users. The Mardi Guide app allows you to choose from four game tracks, all with different tasks to complete with your friends and family throughout the Mardi Gras celebration.
You can choose from the following four game tracks: Date Night, Family Night, Food Lovers and Music Lovers. There are four tasks for you to complete in each track, giving you the opportunity to discover new foods; new places to take your date and fun activities you are able to enjoy with your family throughout Universal Studios Florida. Plus, if you’re an Annual Passholder, you can access exclusive bonus content.
But wait there’s more!
This app offers one special track titled Bonus Beads, where you can find hidden treasures that will unlock as you complete each task throughout the day. What’s great about this app is not only are you collecting beads in person, but you’re also collecting beads virtually!
Once the parade begins, the Mardi Guide app automatically starts your phone’s camera feature, so you can capture all of the action. You can even add some Mardi Gras flair to your photos by selecting the photo frame feature. It’s even great for selfies! So, turn those location services on and get ready to catch Florida’s biggest party with the Mardi Guide app, now available for download for iPhone and Android users.
Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back one of its most popular deals, the 3rd Day Free offer! Now, you can enjoy a 3rd day of adventure and fun completely on us with a purchase of a 2-day ticket. It’s a great way to do absolutely everything at Universal Orlando.
Here are the details:
This offer is for U.S. and Canadian residents.
Three days’ access to both Universal Orlando theme parks, with the purchase of a 2-Day, Park-to-Park or Base ticket.
Two of the most feared icons in horror film history, A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger and Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees, will be unleashed at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 in a terrifying new haunted house. Guests will experience the ultimate battle of evil vs. evil as witnessed in Freddy vs. Jason.
Once guests step inside the “Freddy vs. Jason” house, they will:
Weave through Elm Street and straight into Freddy Krueger’s nightmares
Visit Camp Crystal Lake and come face-to-face with the hockey-masked killer, Jason Voorhees
Witness iconic kills – and become the next target
Fight to survive the terrifying showdown between the two titans of terror
Advance purchase required. Floridians can also book a special vacation package starting at $175 per adult, per night, tax inclusive that includes two-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, 1-night ticket to Halloween Horror Nights 25, Florida Resident 2-day Park-to-Park ticket, Early Park Admission and more.
Located across from the entrance of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, Film Vault is the perfect place to purchase classic memorabilia from your favorite movies like E.T. Extra Terrestrial, JAWS, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and many more.
Choose from merchandise like t-shirts, plush toys, mugs and jackets to complete your perfect movie collection. These one of-a-kind items will remind you why the movies they represent are classics.
Universal Creating First-Ever Experience That
Will Allow Guests to Actually Ride the Iconic Train
One of the most memorable and exciting experiences from the Harry Potter series will come to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer. Imagine:
Being transported from the Muggle world to the wizarding world as you pass through the brick wall at King’s Cross Station to arrive at Platform 9 ¾
Watching in amazement as the Hogwarts Express pulls into the station – its billowing steam and authentic whistle beckoning you to hop aboard
Sitting in one of the train’s cabins with your family and friends and actually riding the Hogwarts Express – just as your favorite characters did in the Harry Potter films
Looking outside your cabin window and enjoying a scenic, breathtaking journey through the British countryside as you encounter magical creatures, some of your favorite Harry Potter characters…and even Dementors…
Since the very first Harry Potter film, every fan has dreamed of taking the same classic journey Harry Potter did aboard the Hogwarts Express. And this summer – they will get to live it.
Never before has this been done – creating an actual train ride experience to connect two spectacularly themed environments. The Hogwarts Express experience combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime. Guests will enjoy two completely different experiences depending on whether they’re traveling to Hogsmeade or London.
Once seated in the cabin, guests will be able to look out their windows as an incredibly authentic and magical adventure unfolds before them. They’ll see Hagrid come alongside the train on his flying motorbike, Buckbeak the Hippogriff swoop gracefully over the black lake, the Weasley twins on brooms and up to their usual antics, the Knight Bus swerving through London traffic – and other special moments and surprises.
Universal’s Creative team has been working closely with Warner Bros., Stuart Craig and the production team from the Harry Potter films to create a sensational Hogwarts Express experience that the entire family can enjoy. The Creative team has gone to great lengths to ensure the experience is true to the books and films. Everything about the train is authentic – from the paint and the materials used to build it….all the way down to the whistle.
Park-to-park admission is required to experience the Hogwarts Express journey from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (located in Universal Studios Florida) to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure).
Opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life.
Guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley – a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city.
Just like in the books and films – guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and London when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens.
Diagon Alley will feature a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level. The thrill ride will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults.
Guests at Universal Orlando Resort can grab wizarding essentials at Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, one of the shops located in Diagon Alley. Here, guests can pick up items such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses.
There will be shops, dining experiences – including Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.
One of Diagon Alley’s shops is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone.
Don’t miss a moment of the magic when Diagon Alley opens later this year at Universal Orlando Resort.
Did you miss the major webcast this week? Check it out here:
Are you as excited about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley?
Universal Orlando Resort shared a great video where we get to hear from Stuart Craig, Production Designer of the Harry Potter film series, and members of Universal Creative as they discuss the new area in further detail, including the Hogwarts Express, the new ‘London area,’ and an all-new restaurant – the name of which you may be able to guess!
Diagon Alley opens in Summer of 2014
What do you think about the new Diagon Alley opening at Universal Orlando Resort?
Enjoy this behind the scenes look at Universal Orlando‘s holidays commercial… Starring the green, mean one himself, The Grinch!
Fill your holidays with cheer this year as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. You can enjoy the heartwarming live show “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular” and meet The Grinch and the Whos daily.
Universal Orlando Resort‘s Holidays celebration is where families create holiday memories to last a lifetime. With one-of-a-kind holiday traditions that all ages can enjoy, it’s the only place where guests can come face-to-face with The Grinch at Grinchmas!
This year, experience the only holiday celebrations where your whole family can be themselves—naughty, nice and everything in-between. December 7, 2013 – January 4, 2014, you can see breathtaking balloons and floats, sing along with everyone’s favorite green meanie, and top it all off with live music by one of the world’s most beloved holiday artists.
At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade takes to the streets with colorful balloons and floats coming to us straight from the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. There are also marching bands, clowns, and an appearance by the one and only Santa Claus!
No holiday party is complete without music! With over 27 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller, is the biggest selling Christmas artist of all time, and Universal Studios is proud to welcome them back. Catch them performing live on the Music Plaza stage December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2013.
Right next door you can catch the music and festivities of Grinchmas, as Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure is transformed into a wintry wonderland. You won’t want to miss the heartwarming live show starring The Grinch, strolling Whos, and a chance to get your picture taken with the mean green one himself.
Don’t miss a moment of the holiday fun at Universal Orlando Resort!