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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.

From Italian Luxury to Retro Fun, Universal Orlando Resort Has It All

At Universal Orlando Resort, there are many hotels & resorts to choose from that will perfectly fit you and your family’s needs!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach ResortDive into non-stop fun at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Float along the lazy river by day and check out the retro bowling alley at night. Enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for family-sized fun. Relax and play, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s.

portofino-bay-recreation-300x176Indulge in elegance at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Unwind at Mandara Spa, then enjoy dinner at any of their chic Italian restaurants. Enjoy the best of European elegance and Old World hospitality. Inspired by the picturesque Mediterranean seaside resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a romantic getaway reminiscent of sunny days on the Italian Riviera.

Hard Rock HotelVacation like a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel. Chill in the 12,000 sq. ft. pool and make appearances at their legendary lounges and restaurants. The sweeping California mission-style design—inspired by classic rock music—welcomes you to escape to a sensational world with a palm-lined swimming pool featuring underwater music, incredible rock memorabilia and exceptional entertainment—including famous names live in concert.

Loews Royal Pacific ResortEnjoy a tropical escape at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Bask in the sun beside the lagoon-style pool before exploring their innovative cuisines. Day and night, delectable, innovative culinary creations welcome you to savor one-of-a-kind dining adventures. And on special nights, fun blazes to life with a classic luau celebration of aloha.

Loews Sapphire Falls ResortNow open, the Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Transport to a cool paradise where blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds, and in the distance, the calming sounds of steel drums call guests to take in the scenic water views, ease into ‘island time’ and let go. Guests will be surrounded by a vivid, textured haven that is inspired by landmarks of the islands.

Top 5 Happy Hour Spots At Universal Orlando Resort

The end of a day at the parks sometimes calls for a celebratory cocktail. Maybe you were able to conquer your fears and ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Or you’re just toasting the lasting memories you’ve just created. And sometimes, you just need to lower your revolutions after an excitement-packed day.

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Whatever the case may be, you’re in luck. Universal Orlando Resort has several fun happy hours to choose from, all with top-notch service and beautiful settings.

Here are our top five faves:

  1. Emeril’s at Universal CityWalk – Daily, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
    It’s Mardi Gras every day at this New Orleans-inspired eatery. You’ll find half-priced well cocktails and bottled beers, and special prices for glasses of wine (red and white), specialty cocktails (changing seasonally) and a delicious selection of small plates.
  2. The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel — Monday–Saturday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m., All day Sunday
    Happy hour includes a selection of draft beers, house wines and some specialty martinis and yummy Bloody Mary’s.
  3. Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Located on the lobby level overlooking the pool area, Orchid Court Lounge is furnished with hand-carved furniture and adorned with beautiful orchids. Its sunset Sake and Sushi happy hour is a must after a day of rides.
  4. Jake’s American Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Daily, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
    This bar is a temple to craft beer. During happy hour, enjoy $3 off all craft bottled and canned beers and $2 off all draft beers, including Jake’s American Red Lager.
  5. Swizzle at Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Daily, opening – 7 p.m.
    This retro-themed bar, located in the hotel lobby, offers a unique take on classic cocktails from a bygone era. Happy hour includes specials on house wines and well cocktails, as well as some specialty liquors.

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These specials are subject to availability. Don’t hesitate to call any of the bars to confirm. But do it soon and try these out. We all deserve more happy hours in our lives. Cheers!


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?

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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:

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LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY 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.

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HARD ROCK HOTEL

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.

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LOEWS ROYAL PACIFIC RESORT

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.

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UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT

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!


Celebrate Holiday Joy At Universal Orlando Resorts

With all the holiday festivities in store at Universal Orlando Resort this year, it’s no secret that Universal Orlando Resort is the place to be to get into the holiday spirit. Throughout the parks there are several options to put the joy into the season. But the jubilee doesn’t end there! You can’t miss all the glitz and glamour at our four on-site hotels.

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With the hotels fabulously decked and fantastic events lined up, you know there’s never a dull moment when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year around these parts.

So if you’re like me, you’ve already got your calendars out, ready to get to planning. Whether you’re local or from out-of-town, pencil in these must-do’s. Because when it comes to the holidays, it’s never too early to start planning!

Dining

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Aside from gathering with loved ones and the warm-and-fuzzy feelings, who can forget about all the food! And when you’re celebrating the season at our on-site resorts, the word, “satisfied,” does not even begin to cover the post-meal glow.

At Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, you’re in for a treat, as each hotel kicks off the season with extravagant Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s buffets, complete with carving stations, specialty dishes, chilled seafood, salads, pastries, cakes and more. For example, our Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration at Portofino Bay, includes turkey and all the trimmings, live entertainment and activities for the kids. Imagine that, a Thanksgiving meal with no cooking or clean-up!

And it wouldn’t be Universal Orlando without a bit of fun – kids can enjoy activities like arts and crafts, face painting and even a visit at the table from their favorite Universal Orlando character!

Décor

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Whether it’s your neighbor down the street putting up his lights or the Christmas palm trees that are so common here in Florida, the magic of the holidays just isn’t complete without all the trimmings and decorations. And when it comes to decking the halls, our four hotels have holiday style to fit every taste.

If you’re into the retro look, check out the glistening silver trees that dot Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Hard Rock Hotel’s adorned with music-inspired ornaments for everyone’s inner rocker, and for those with a sweet tooth, Loews Royal Pacific’s gingerbread house village is a must-see treat. Traditional real-tree advocates, have no fear – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel even puts up a huge, live spruce tree up every year in the Harbor Piazza.

Events & Activities

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With delicious food and dazzling décor, there’s only one thing missing from this equation–the festivities! With activities like cookie and ornament decorating in the lobby, Hanukkah menorah lightings and even special visits from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando really come alive during this time of year.

You won’t want to miss kicking off the holidays at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s Holiday Harbor Nights on November 27, a wine, food, music and tree lighting celebration out on the beautiful Harbor Piazza. If you’re looking for a unique twist to the holidays this year, get your hula on at a special New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. What could be better than a Polynesian buffet and toasting Mai Tais to the New Year?

So, make sure to include the holidays at Universal’s on-site hotels in your plans this season. And, remember … you can also save by staying at one of the on-site hotel this holiday season, where you can enjoy more of the holiday festivities!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


Unleash Your Inner Rock Star At The Hard Rock Hotel At Universal Orlando Resort

Ready to bring out your inner rock star?

We’re going to let you in on the best kept secrets of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, where you can find musical inspiration around every corner.

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It’s called The Sound of Your Stay. This is an awesome music program with three parts:

  • Picks, an in-room guitar rental
  • Tracks, custom tracklists to listen to during your stay
  • Mix, where you can DJ with a laptop and Traktor Kontrol Z1 controller.

This hidden gem at the Hard Rock hotel gives you everything you need to be inspired, strum a melody, or produce a hit.

Pick Your Guitar
When you stay at the Hard Rock, you get to choose from 20 legendary Fender guitars or basses. Pick your ax (refundable deposit required) and the staff will deliver it right to your room, along with a headphone amplifier and Nixon headphones. You can practice day and night, without disturbing your family or other guests.

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Become a Star
Not only does Hard Rock provide the tools for you to become a rock-star, but you get taught too! Turn your TV to a special channel, and you can learn the basics of your instrument with step-by-step lessons. You’ll sound just like Jimi Hendrix in no time! Maybe.

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This exclusive amenity is ONLY available to guests at Hard Rock hotels. Book your room, grab your guitar and become a star. Did we mention it’s FREE with your stay?

Thank you, Orlando, and goodnight!


Check Out The Newly Renovated Rooms at Hard Rock Hotel At Universal Orlando Resort

Inspired by music and the hotel’s on-site location at Universal Orlando Resort, the newly renovated guest rooms at Hard Rock Hotel capture the vibe of rock against a backdrop of clean and contemporary surfaces. The new look features a mix of retro-inspired shapes, patterns and colors paired with sleek-lined details in the place where Hotel California became a reality.

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“We are excited to reveal a totally new and distinctive look for our guest rooms and corridors,” says Managing Director Carlton Hudson. “Guests are already telling us the transformation is off the charts.”

Rock fashion inspired the patterned headboard in the bedroom and the tufted wall covering at the vanity. The etched mirror at the headboard features an oversized peace symbol, while the wall mirror features the heights of famous musicians, offering guests of all ages the chance to see which celebrity is their same height.

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Artwork in the new rooms takes literal components of music such as drumsticks and speakers and turns them into multi-colored graphic expressions in the space. The contrast of subtle retro nods and modern execution creates a space that is relevant, inspired and fun. Accents of hot raspberry are used in the corridors while the guest rooms feature a palette of cool gray and light cream with pops of color.

Guests staying at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando receive an exclusive package of theme park benefits at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access (theme park admission required) and Early Park Admission. The 650-room hotel, operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts, is located just a short walk, complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus ride from both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. In addition, The Sound of Your Stay is Hard Rock’s free all-encompassing music amenity program that gives every guest access to experiences ranging from a selection of electric guitars to choose from and jam out on to a 15-song curated playlist.

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The property also features an award-winning swimming pool with underwater sound system, a world-class music memorabilia collection and special events including Velvet Sessions, a series of rock ‘n’ roll cocktail parties and lobby concerts, and Wine Riffs, a cutting-edge event exploring the relationship among wine, food and music.

Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock Hotels offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. Hard Rock’s current Hotel portfolio is located in the world’s most desirable resort destinations, as well as urban gateway cities. The dynamic properties cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s cosmopolitan, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable accommodations, whether for business or leisure travel.


Festive Holiday Events At Universal Orlando Resort

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort and we wanted to share some of the festive happenings this Holiday season at Universal Orlando’s resort hotels.

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort
This will be Universal Orlando’s newest on-site resort’s very first holiday season and continuing in the retro-inspired spirit so many guests have come to love, the entire property is decked-out in glamorous retro Christmas trees and festive décor.

In addition to holiday music and happenings, one of the food-related events is The Hideaway Bar & Grill’s New Year’s Eve Rooftop Dessert Party. Guests will be ringing in the new year with specially prepared desserts, live music, an open bar, and sparkling wine toast at midnight!

But if the outdoor scene just isn’t your thing, there are also other options to eat your way through the holidays and the new year.

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For those who really aren’t into doing Christmas the traditional way, enjoy delicious food with lots of entertainment including Santa at the Hard Rock Hotel!

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Here’s the set list of everything food-related going down at Hard Rock Hotel:

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  • Fridays – Dinner with entertainment including a magician, visits from Santa and holiday movie screenings.
  • Saturdays – Character dining featuring some of your favorite theme park characters.’
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – Kids Can Cook Too!

Hanukkah Celebration | December 16 – 24, 6:30 pm

Christmas Eve Dinner in The Kitchen | December 24, 8:30 pm – 12:00 am
Featuring a holiday menu, character dining, holiday movies and more.

Christmas Day in The Kitchen | December 25
Breakfast, brunch and dinner available.

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If you are looking for something a little more romantic this Holiday Season, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will be stocked with delectable events like Holiday in the Harbor, strolling musicians, and exquisite decorations.

But if food is what you’re in the mood for, swing through Mama Della’s Ristorante, particularly on Christmas day if you’re still undecided on a place to eat and enjoy not having to cook or do the dishes after!

For those seeking a more adult-friendly holiday offering, The Thirsty Fish currently has a handful of seasonal cocktails crafted carefully to warm the soul:

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TIP: Try out the Italian Poinsettia for some bubbly goodness. Made with Stellina Di Notte Prosecco, Cranberry Juice, and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur.

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if you are looking for an interactive family friendly activity, there will also be holiday cookie decorating activities at Royal Pacific Resort—this year on the 23rd and 24th!

With so much going on at the onsite resorts at Universal Orlando, you are sure to be filled with spirit of season and enjoy an amazing resort at the same time!


Special Holiday Velvet Session At Universal Orlando

Just in time for the Holidays, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort has announced their latest Velvet Session!

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Carl Dixon, formerly of The Guess Who, and whose hits include “American Woman,” “These Eyes” and more, will play a laid back acoustic show in the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Dixon will perform festive holiday favorites, along with some of his own hits.

This velvet Session is Friday, December 19 at 8:00 PM and this show is open to all ages!

The Velvet Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort hosts the city’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of every month. Each “session” combines creative cocktails with live music from some of the hottest rock bands.

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The award winning “Velvet Sessions” is a rock & roll cocktail party held in the hotel’s Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge. Each “Session” showcases a different type of beverage theme for members to sip, shoot or guzzle along with fabulous and great live music from the nation’s best rock bands.

*Velvet Unplugged is a separately ticketed event. Dates, times, entertainment and benefits subject to change without notice.


Rock Out at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Live like a rock star at the exciting Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. From the sweeping California mission-style facades to the legendary Palm Restaurant to a palm-lined swimming pool where you’re immersed in sound, not just water, it’s the coolest hotel on earth.

Rock Out at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Big, comfortable beds. All the latest amenities, including MP3 docking station and iHome Clock radio, an entertainment center complete with 32″ HD flat panel television and CD player, high speed wired and wireless internet access, and Keurig Coffee Makers, maybe this is the reason rock stars leave home to go on tour in the first place. Upgrade to the key-accessed Club Level Floor and enjoy additional perks and privileges. The Hard Rock Hotel also offers Special Kid’s Suites for your little ‘rockers’.

Rock Out at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

For those guests requiring some special needs, all entrances to individual guest rooms include the room number in Braille, the international language of the blind and Hearing Impaired Kits (that include a TDD relay service)  from Star Service that may be used in any guest room on property!

The Hard Rock Hotel® offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the beachclub; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

The Hard Rock Hotel offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Hard Rock Hotel® offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the beachclub; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the Beach Club; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

The Hard Rock Hotel® offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the beachclub; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

When Mom and Dad want to enjoy a night of fun at Universal CityWalk or a quiet dinner alone, they can drop the kids off at the supervised children’s activity center called Camp Lil’ Rock. This kids camp offers arts and crafts, stories, computers, video games, movies, board games and other activities, all under the supervision of trained counselors. The children’s activity centers are for children ages 4-14. Hours and prices vary and advance reservations are required.

Hard Rock and Fender have teamed up to offer a uniquely authentic rock-and-roll experience and serious guitars are the new in-room amenity. Are you ready?  Guests may choose from 20 different awesome Fender guitars including legendary Stratocasters, classic Telecasters and a few special surprises. We also offer bass guitars for those of you who love throwing down a funky baseline. Plus, we provide an amp and a pair of headphones to ensure maximum sound for you and zero noise complaints to us.   The best part? There's no charge or time limit on use (but just to be sure you don't go off on your next world tour with our guitar, a $1,000 credit card deposit is required when checking a guitar out). So grab that Fender axe you’ve always wanted to try, channel Stevie Ray or Clapton and shred for as long as you're staying at Hard Rock Hotel.

Hard Rock and Fender have teamed up to offer a uniquely authentic rock-and-roll experience and serious guitars are the new in-room amenity. It’s called Picks and guests may choose from 20 different awesome Fender guitars including legendary Stratocasters, classic Telecasters and a few special surprises. The hotel also offers bass guitars for those of you who love throwing down a funky baseline. Plus, the Hard Rock provides an amp and a pair of headphones to ensure maximum sound for you and zero noise complaints to the hotel.

The best part? There’s no charge or time limit on use (but just to be sure you don’t go off on your next world tour with the Hotel’s guitar, a $1,000 credit card deposit is required when checking a guitar out). So grab that Fender axe you’ve always wanted to try, channel Stevie Ray or Clapton and shred for as long as you’re staying at Hard Rock Hotel.

With so many great amenities, restaurants, and not to mention right next door to Universal Studios Orlando, the Hard Rock Hotel is the perfect choice to live your rock and roll fantasy in classic style!

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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Continues Velvet Sessions in June with The Psychedelic Furs

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the-psychedelic-fursWHAT:
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando‘s lobby concert series continues in June with The Psychedelic Furs performing hits “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “All That Money Wants,” “House,” “Until She Comes,” “Heartbreak Beat” and more.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October).

All Velvet Sessions tickets include: FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward and complimentary valet parking.

Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 30, 2011
6:30 pm

WHERE:
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida  32819-7834

TICKETS:
Velvet Sessions tickets are $29 on-line or $35 at the door.

Limited VIP tickets are $50 on-line and include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with private bar.

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Live Frontman Ed Kowalczyk to Perform at Universal Orlando Velvet Sessions

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velvet sessions

WHAT:
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s lobby concert series continues in May with Live’s Ed Kowalczyk performing hits “I Alone,” “Lightening Crashes,” “Overcome,” “All Over You,” “The Dolphin’s Cry,” “Pain Lies On The Riverside” and more.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October).

A Velvet Sessions tickets includes: FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward and complimentary valet parking.

Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 26, 2011
6:30 pm

WHERE:
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida  32819-7834

TICKETS:
Velvet Sessions tickets are $29 on-line or $35 at the door.

Limited VIP tickets are $50 on-line and include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with private bar.

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