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7 Things To Do With Your Extra Time And Money From The Buy 2, Get 2 Deal

7 Things To Do With Your Extra Time And Money From The Buy 2, Get 2 Deal

At Universal Orlando Resort, you don’t accept just any vacation. You’re ready to level up. Well get ready, because we’ve got a perfect, affordable way to go bigger and bolder with your next escape.

Now through Nov. 30, 2017, when you buy a two-day, three-park ticket, you get TWO EXTRA DAYS FOR FREE.

But here’s the big question: what are you going to do with your additional days and some extra bucks to spend?

Luckily for you, we kind of know our way around the place, and we’ve got some pro suggestions.

BONUS: Florida Resident Flexibility

If you’re a local, you can take advantage of this new offer now through Dec. 17, 2017. You can also split up your days and use them anytime now through Jan. 31, 2018.

Because why take one weekend getaway or mid-week escape when you do both?

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

1. Upgrade Your Hotel Room

Don’t try to pack your whole family into a standard room. With your newfound vacation dollars, you can head to a roomy family suite.

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2. Get Fancy at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Turn a day at Universal’s brand new water theme park into your private island oasis. Reserve a Premium Lounger or splurge on a Private Cabana.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

3. Park in Valet

Yep, that’s right. You can use that money to roll up to Universal Orlando Resort in style. With both a concierge at your hotel and a hub just steps away from Universal CityWalk, you’ll love the convenience of parking in valet.

 

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

4. Get Express Passes to Really Maximize Your Time

Spend your extra cash on some Universal Express Passes and skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

5. Take a VIP Tour

How does going to the front of every line and being personally escorted by a Universal Orlando expert on a guided tour sound? Learn fun insider information, enjoy rides and even get backstage access.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

6. Buy Souvenirs. All the Souvenirs.

All vacationers love mementos. And you’ll find countless things to take home that you just won’t find anywhere else. And the folks who are left behind love it when you bring home goodies—it’s like a consolation prize for not being on the most epic trip of all time.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

7. Try Four Different Restaurants at Universal CityWalk

Don’t hesitate to dine fancy. With this deal you’ve got the time and money to sit down for a nice meal or four. From Vivo Italian Kitchen to Cowfish; from NBC Sports Grill and Brew to The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, we’ve got plenty of options for the foodie in you.

It’s never too early to start planning the thrills and chills of your next trip, so get excited and start looking at your options today!

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

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.

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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:

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Returns To Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights

Don’t Enter…Dead Inside. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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This fall, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s hit series, “The Walking Dead,” to Halloween Horror Nights, propelling guests into the most horrifying highlights of all six seasons – all in one unbelievably terrifying haunted house.

Guests will walk – or run – in the footsteps of the show’s cast of survivors, fending off packs of flesh-hungry walkers at every turn. They’ll step inside instantly-recognizable locations, such as the hospital from Season 1 where Rick awakens to a world overrun with the dead, the unnerving home of the Governor in Season 3 and the seemingly-safe refuge, Terminus, from Season 4.

The experience will culminate with iconic scenes from Season 6, where guests will trudge through a decomposed sewer and try to evade the brutal pack of villains, The Wolves, after they’ve invaded Alexandria. Along the way, they’ll rush to avoid the bite of the show’s most memorable walkers – including some that have never been seen before at “Halloween Horror Nights.”

A popular “Halloween Horror Nights” staple at Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Walking Dead” has turned into an immersive 365-day experience inviting guests to step into a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse. Brought to life with immersive detail, the new theme park attraction and “Halloween Horror Nights’’ offering is a collaboration with AMC and series Executive Producer and Director Greg Nicotero, whose special effects company, KNB Efx, raises the dead on the blockbuster TV series as well as for Universal Studios’ new permanent daytime  attraction.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.  Please click here for more on “The Walking Dead” permanent attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Walking Dead” is one of the most successful cable television shows in history. Based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, its passionate fan base continues to grow and follow the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world filled with ferocious walkers. The show returns for a seventh season in October, enabling fans to relive their favorite moments at “Halloween Horror Nights” before watching all-new episodes.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.


Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Unveils All-New Guest Room Design Inspired by a Luxury Island Paradise

Inspired by the adventurous spirit and exotic destinations of the Golden Age of Travel, designers have completed the renovation of guest rooms at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

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The new look captures the tranquil serenity and bold heritage that embodies the spirit of the islands. With its on-site location at Universal Orlando Resort, the hotel offers guests a modern sense of adventure, filled with the magic and excitement of two world-class theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

“Our new rooms are vibrant and luxurious, evoking the romance of traveling to the South Pacific” says Complex Managing Director Barb Bowden. “Combined with an extensive upgrade and renovation to the bathrooms, it is an entirely new room product for our guests to experience.”

 

The guest rooms reflect the magic that exotic destinations in the South Pacific cast over traveler’s hearts at the turn of the 20thcentury, as well as today. The color palette was inspired by the islands, with sandy neutrals punctuated with hints of turquoise and tangerine reminiscent of sand, water and flowers.  Gray and charcoal accents tie back to the lava and harder elements of the islands. Custom furniture pieces make use of leather strapping details, metal corner guards, buckles and rivets, all elements found in vintage luggage, steamer trunks and majestic steamships. A focal point in the new rooms is the accent wall, where a custom graphic creates an art moment showcasing the flora, fauna and native motifs of the South Seas.

Guests staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando receive an exclusive package of theme park benefits at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (theme park admission required) and Early Park Admission.  The 1,000-room hotel is located a short walk, complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus ride away from both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. Guests also enjoy exceptional cuisine in a variety of restaurants and lounges, complimentary Wi-Fi, a weekly luau dinner and show and a lagoon-style swimming pool with private cabanas.


Universal Orlando Reveals Details of Next Blockbuster Attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Soon, you will be transported to an island shrouded in mystery and legend.  It is a lost world where adventure – and the unimaginable – will challenge you in unforgettable ways.

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When it opens this summer at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong will bring the next generation of the King Kong legend to life.  You will be thrust into an exotic world filled with the menacing, the intense – and the wildly entertaining.  A powerful storyline, a stunning 3D experience, innovative technology – and the unexpected – will pull you into one of Universal Orlando’s most massive adventures yet.  This is a multi-dimensional experience filled with surprise – all wrapped into what will be one of the longest Universal ride experiences ever created.

More first-ever details will be released soon.  But today, Universal Orlando unveils details about the incredible journey guests will experience.

The adventure begins as you set out to explore an island rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin –and the legend of a beast still undiscovered.  You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure.

Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine – and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.    

You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island.  Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting.  And then – you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend.  The temple’s massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves.

Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader – and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity.  Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence – bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine.  It is Kong.  But is he friend or foe?

More details about “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” will be revealed soon.


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

Springfield & The Simpsons With Travel With Rick

Step into Springfield, home of the Simpsons, at Universal Orlando Resort and enjoy all your favorite food, beverages, and rides pulled right from the television show! The Simpsons really come alive at Universal Studios Florida!

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


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!


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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.

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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 SERIES LINE-UP
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.


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.

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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.

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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.


Universal’s Volcano Bay to Become Third Park at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort today announced a project of remarkable vision: to bring to life an entirely new water theme park experience. Called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, it will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and become the resort’s third incredibly immersive park.

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Universal’s Volcano Bay will be a place for the entire family. It will be a whole new generation of experience that reimagines what it means to be a water park.

Imagine a place that offers radically innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an inspired guest experience that will forever change the perception of water theme parks. It will be set in a highly themed, completely immersive environment inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. And it will be the kind of special place that only the Universal team – the same team that has changed the face of Universal Orlando Resort in recent years – can envision and create.

Universal’s Volcano Bay will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Work is already underway and more details will be released in the future.

Universal’s Volcano Bay is the next in a series of boldly creative experiences that have opened and will continue to open at Universal Orlando. It began with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in 2010 and quickly moved to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, eight new venues at Universal CityWalk, the breathtaking Cabana Bay Beach Resort and more. It will include Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in 2016.

And then – in 2017 – will come Universal’s Volcano Bay.


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!

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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!

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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?


 

Chef Jayson From The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

This week, Rick introduces us to Steve Jayson, Executive Chef for Universal Orlando Parks and Resorts, and they discuss the amazing food and beverages available at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmead and Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort!

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


Jack The Clown Returns To Host Halloween Horror Nights 25

Irreverent, sarcastic, trash-talking, sadistic, prankster, psychotic… everyone missed him.

Is this your first introduction to Jack? Welcome! He’s your master of ceremonies, your host—and your worst nightmare. The things he has in store for Halloween Horror Nights 25 draw on the past and on terrors yet to be seen.

For fans who know his tale, you’ll notice he has escaped the shadow of Oddfellow completely. He has shed his old coat for something of his own design. His face is more weathered, more lived in.

Jack has come into his own, and he is eager to preside over the spectacle of it all—especially if that spectacle is filled with screams, blood and gore. He, most certainly, wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Historically, Jack represents a key change in the story of Halloween Horror Nights. From 1991 to 1999, the event’s visual presentation—from chainsaws through pumpkins to green eyelid-pulling-demons to the Crypt Keeper’s decaying features—were just illustrations that filled the marketing materials. Halloween Horror Nights hadn’t really established a unique character that could speak for it.

That was about to change in a big way…

In early 2000, the creative minds of Entertainment’s Art and Design team developed an insane clown by the name of Jack. His look played into people’s inherent fear of clowns and would hopefully give the event the sledgehammer to the chest needed to take it to the next level.

Well, a monster was unleashed, both literally and figuratively. Unbridled, uncontrollable, freakish and violent, Jack the Clown sprang from his box and completely took over. He grabbed the event by its face and crushed it, laughing manically the entire time.

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Jack made appearances all over downtown and the Orlando area, yelling and cackling and scaring everyone within his broken-fingernailed-reach. He even presented tiny, gore-covered jack-in-the-boxes to local TV stations and City Hall. Cops were called. Screams were heard.

Job well done.

Jack made an impression, no doubt. So much so that, to this day, fans stop us and exclaim passionately, “Bring Jack back!! He’s my favorite!! He is Horror Nights!”

That statement really says it all… Jack is Horror Nights.

Among all the characters that have headlined Halloween Horror Nights over the last 25 years, Jack represents the event in the purest way possible—he is the embodiment of all the tricks and the treats. And they couldn’t be more thrilled that they’re bringing him back for this year’s historic event.

Happy Halloween to us all.


 

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