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Date Night Ideas at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

The amazing thing about the Universal Orlando Resort is that there is truly something for everyone from children, to families, to couples! Universal Orlando is the perfect backdrop for date night! Here are 6 date ideas perfect for couples visiting Universal Orlando!

 

1. Forever Young!

You and your significant other can enjoy letting loose and embracing your inner-kids at Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone! We are all kids at heart so this can be such a fun date night idea!

  • Reconnect with your childhood favorites (like Barney and SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Ride the rides
  • Watch the delightful Animal Actors on Location!
  • Check out Curious George Goes To Town and other play areas

One of our favorites spots has to be Curious George Goes To Town! The front section of this play area is a water playground and the back section is the Man in the Big Yellow Hat’s Ball Factory. Here you and your partner can challenge each other by throwing and blasting soft foam balls at each other! This date will definitely give you nostalgia and is sure to bring out the silly side of your relationship!

 

2. Old Hollywood!

Get ready to step back in time into the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood! Feel like an A-List couple as you enjoy the Hollywood portion of Universal Studios Florida together. Explore the streets and experience these fun activities during your vintage date night:

  • Cuddle up at Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show
  • Enjoy a meal at Mel’s Drive-In
  • Take photos with some classic 50’s characters
  • Grab ice cream sundaes at Schwab’s Pharmacy
  • Browse the shops

 

3. Mystical Date!

If you and your date are into horoscopes and Greek mythology then you are sure to enjoy a date night in the Lost Continent in Islands of Adventure:

  • Discover what is written in your stars at Star Souls – Psychic Reading
  • Visit Mythical Medals and get matching, custom-made coin medallions
  • Enjoy an incredible dinner at the award-winning Mythos Restaurant
  • Explore the ancient temple ruins at Poseidon’s Fury

A fun hidden-gem in this section of the park is the Mystic Fountain! When awakened, the Mystic Fountain will talk and joke around with you! Make a wish together and toss a coin in this fountain, but be careful because you might get splashed by this playful fountain!

 

4. Bay and Night!

Are you and your special someone looking for an exciting overnight getaway?! Universal has you covered – their “Bays” are sure to wow your bae! Plan a stay at Cabana Bay. Have your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner request a room with a view overlooking Volcano Bay! Here’s a fun list of things to do!

  • Go bowling at Galaxy Bowl or enjoy the Game-O-Rama arcade! Both are located right inside the hotel!
  • Get some beauty sleep in this awesome resort!
  • Rise, shine and enjoy a romantic walk to Volcano Bay right from your hotel!
  • Chill, thrill or both – couple’s choice!

If you really want to go all out, book premium seating or a private cabana at Volcano Bay! With shaded reserved space, food and beverage service, and comfortable places to cuddle up, you and your bae will absolutely love this amazing water theme park!

 

5. Night Above the Town

Every couple loves a good night on the town, but you know what’s even better? A night above the town! That’s exactly what you can look forward to at Aventura Hotel’s Bar 17 Bistro! This incredible location can be found on the rooftop, 17 stories up! From Bar 17 Bistro you and your significant other can take in amazing views of the Universal Resort as well as the greater Orlando area. This is also a great spot for a double date!

  • Put on your date night finest and grab your favorite couple friends
  • Grab one of the comfy outdoor couches
  • Order some incredible food and drinks
  • Visit Aventura’s Virtual Reality Game Room for some friendly competition
  • Dance the night away thanks to the live DJ
  • End with the “Almost Sangria” – the perfect date nightcap

 

6. Classic with a Twist

At Universal’s CityWalk, you have a plethora of classic date night options all in one place: dinner, movies, mini golf, karaoke, dancing, dueling pianos, clubs and more! The list of options goes on and on! But if you are looking for an added twist, check out Blue Man Group! Grab dinner, see the show, then add any (or all) of the following for an incredible night of entertainment and a super fun date night:

  • Enjoy a friendly competition with some mini golf
  • Sign your date up for karaoke at Rising Star
  • Grab a drink at Fat Tuesday
  • Sing along with the entertainment at Pat O’Brien’s
  • Watch a movie at Universal Cinemark

 

We hope these ideas have inspired your next Universal Orlando date night! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of traveling next!

 

NEW! TODAY Cafe Coming to Universal Studios Florida Inspired by the TODAY SHOW!

The TODAY Cafe is coming to Universal Orlando this spring! This café is inspired by NBC’s popular morning show, TODAY! This brand-new cafe will make guests feel like they have been transported right onto the TODAY show’s set! The café will feature unique theming and specialty menu offerings. TODAY Cafe will be located at Universal Studios Florida. You will find it right inside the Universal arches. It will be right across the street from the Universal Studios Store. TODAY Cafe will be the perfect spot to grab breakfast, lunch or a snack before or after enjoying the theme parks for the day. Universal’s creative and culinary teams have both teamed up with TODAY to create one-of-a-kind experiences! Let’s take a look at what’s in store!

 

 

The Dining Experience

The café’s venue is designed to make guests feel as though they have stepped right onto the set of Studio 1A in New York City where TODAY broadcasts daily. You will see bright orange awnings and large floor-to-ceiling windows that will line the outside of the café. There will also be an outdoor seating area designed to look like the TODAY plaza. Inside the café guests will be able to step into the stage lighting and TODAY’s vibrant orange theming with a modern and sleek design. When guests sit down to enjoy their cup of coffee and food, they can catch up on top headlines from TODAY’s live broadcast which will be playing inside the cafe!

 

 

Eat & Drink

The TODAY Cafe will have its own specialty coffee blend that has been made exclusively for the venue! This special blend will feature locally-roasted private label coffee! Guests will have the opportunity to sip handcrafted cappuccinos, espresso, lattes, iced coffee and more while enjoying pastries, made fresh on-site daily! This combination makes for the perfect breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up! Guests will also be able to enjoy unique and healthy menu options including avocado toast and an organic acai bowl, as well as sandwiches and salads! One of the standout features of the TODAY Cafe menu will be seasonal dishes inspired by a TODAY personality!

 

Classic Italian Sandwich

Porchetta, spicy capicola, coppa, provolone cheese, roasted tomato, arugula, basil aioli on a baguette

 

Avocado Toast

Fresh avocado, tomato, cucumber, artichokes, grilled red onion, roasted red pepper, tomato aioli, spring mix on toasted farmer’s white bread

 

Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad

Baby arugula, napa cabbage, radicchio, shitake mushrooms, daikon sprouts and wasabi cashews topped with soy peanut vinaigrette

 

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Brussel sprouts, arugula, farro, avocado and prosciutto topped with lemon olive oil vinaigrette

 

Vegan Sandwich

Oven roasted Portobello mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, carrots, vegan jalapeno cheese, sundried tomato pesto on cranberry artisan bread

 

Inspired by the fourth hour of the TODAY show, the café will have wine and beer on tap, as well as a delicious cheese platter for two!

 

We are so excited for this new addition to Universal Studios Florida! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Universal or to any destination that you are dreaming of visiting next!

Best Universal Orlando Vacation Tip! How to get Universal Express Unlimited Pass For FREE!

 

Are you looking for a way to take your Universal Orlando Vacation to the next level?! Well do we have the Universal Vacation tip for you! This Universal vacation tip is a game changer! It will enhance your visit in ways you never thought possible, we are talking about getting Universal Express Unlimited pass for FREE! That’s right! It all starts by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner and booking your next stay at any of the amazing Universal Orlando Resorts! Staying at a Universal Orlando Resort gives you many benefits and perks! One of the amazing perks that comes with staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel is that you get a FREE Universal Express Unlimited pass!

Universal Express Unlimited is free when you stay at one of these three hotels:

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Portofino Bay Hotel - Universal Studios Orlando Resort Hotel

  • Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

 

  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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You may be wondering, what is a Universal Express Unlimited pass? It’s a pass that lets you skip the regular stand-by lines to almost all of Universal’s rides and attractions! The best part is, the pass is UNLIMITED! You can ride your favorites again and again never having to wait in line! For example, if you want to ride Revenge of the Mummy more than one time, you can use your Universal Express Unlimited pass to skip the regular line, as many times as you want! It’s that easy! All you need is a stay at one of the three hotels we mentioned and use your hotel room key.

 

 

To get you excited for your next visit here are just a few of the rides you can ride with Universal Express Unlimited:

  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong

 

  • Jurassic Park River Adventure

 

  • MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

 

These are just a few examples of some of our favorites! The list of rides goes on and on!

 

So now all you have to do is plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort. Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner can help you choose the Universal Resort that is right for you and assist you in planning your perfect getaway!

 

 

 

 

7 Reason to Love Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Do you enjoy catching festive beads from colorful parade floats, feasting on authentic New Orleans cuisine and rocking out to some of the biggest names in music?! If so, Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort is an event you must see! Let’s look at 7 reason why you will love Universal’s Mardi Gras!

 

  1. Live concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music!

On select nights of Mardi Gras, some very popular artists will perform live at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida! These acts are INCLUDED free as part of the event! Here’s a look at the lineup:

February 9 – BUSH

February 16 – Gavin DeGraw

February 17 – Dan + Shay

February 23 – Macklemore

March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter

March 9 – Becky G

March 10 – Sean Paul

March 16 – Steve Miller Band

March 17 – Ziggy Marley

March 23 – NF

March 24 – Pitbull

March 30 – Bazzi

March 31 – To be announced

 

  1. Universal Mardi Gras Parade

Every year the Universal Mardi Gras Parade features a new original theme. This year’s theme is –  Party Animals! Guests can look forward to seeing returning fan-favorites along with many new vibrant floats! The float will feature fun characters decorated to depict animals from around the world including the jungle, arctic, swamp and more. Get ready to catch beads by the handful during this exciting parade!

 

  1. Enjoy N’awlins-style food

Located in the New York area, you will find the French Quarter Courtyard. Here you will find some delicious N’awlins-style favorite food and drink offerings! You can look forward to trying many Cajun classics such as jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, andouille sausage, sugary-sweet beignets, and more! This year all of the food offerings are severed as tasting size portions to give you the opportunity to try multiple food and beverage items!

 

  1. Mardi Gras Drinks

With all the amazing food items to try you need a refreshing beverage to wash it all down! Guests will be able to enjoy Mardi Gras themed specialty drinks, featuring slushies, a wide variety of craft beers and wonderful cocktails including the Ragin Rumbalaya, Carnival Cocktail and Vicious VooDoo!

 

  1. Live Entertainment and Performers

Over at the French Quarter Courtyard you can become part of the Mardi Gras celebration as you interact with stilt walkers, dancers, vibrant parade characters and more who can all be found wandering the streets! Remember that not only do the Mardi Gras characters carry extra beads, but they also love to talk to guests and take photos with you! These photos make for great memories!

 

  1. Big Easy Music in the French Quarter

Also in the French Quarter area at the event you can catch the musical stylings of many authentic Big Easy bands! This can’t be missed! Here is the band lineup:

February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show

February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band

February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister

March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band

 

  1. Have the best time ever!

Whether you are heading to Mardi Gras for a night full of family-friendly fun, or planning to visit with friends for a wild night out, you are sure to have the time of your life! There is something for everyone at this party! Best part, this event is included free with the cost of your admission to Universal!

 

 

We hope you plan to visit Mardi Gras this year at the Universal Orlando Resort! Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is always ready to help you plan your next adventure to Universal Orlando or to any destination that you are looking to travel to next!

 

NEW Food and Beverage Offerings at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2019!

 

It’s that time of year! Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is days away! We are so excited for the return of this amazing event this year! Now is the perfect time to take a look at all of the food and beverage items that you can look forward to enjoying at this year’s event! You can anticipate many wonderful Cajun dishes and several delicious signature drinks from Universal’s Mardi Gras! You can look forward to enjoying both new and returning favorites daily in the French Quarter Courtyard which can be found in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida starting at 4 p.m. from Feb. 9 – April 4.

A change that is brand new this year, all food and beverage items will be served in smaller tasting sizes. This is so exciting because smaller portions means a chance to try a taste of EVERYTHING. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the items you can enjoy!

 

Crab Etouffee

A classic etouffee dish with rice and crab coated in a savory sauce.

 

Catfish Po Boy

Fried catfish po boy with a crisp slaw and hot sauce, served with kettle chips. Also, new this year is the shrimp and andouille sausage po boy and chicken po boy!

 

King Cake

A New Orleans classic treat!

 

Returning this year are the authentic classics we all know and love including Gumbo, jambalaya (available without shrimp), red beans and rice (available without shrimp) and beignets. Additionally, you will also be able to get twisted taters but with a new Cajun seasoning twist!

Gumbo

 

Beignets

 

Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Po Boy

 

Also, this year will see the premier of many new drinks to quench your thirsts in between all of the delicious food!

Specialty Drinks

 

There is a large variety of new specialty cocktails you can try in the French Quarter:

Mimosa Bar: Also, brand-new to this year’s event is a bar dedicated to Mimosas! You will get to try unique flavors of mimosas such as caramel apple, raspberry rosemary, mojito mint and more.

Signature Drink: If you are looking for a non-alcoholic drink option, check out the Bayou Bog Water! This drink is complete with gummy worms and fish, blueberry boba beads and a lemonade and ginger ale mix.

Other specialty drinks include:

Carnival Cocktail

Ragin’ Rumbalaya

Vicious Voodoo (a combo of the two above!)

And a wide variety of craft beer selections

 

 

You can be a part of all of the Mardi Gras festivities daily at the Universal Orlando Resort beginning February 9, 2019! This year’s event will run through April 4, 2019! See you there!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

All About Interactive Wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Universal Orlando Resort

When planning your visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter there are a few items every witch and wizard plans to grab, your house robe, a butter beer and of course your very own wand!

Getting a wand inside the Wizarding World truly takes your experience at the parks to the next level! You can choose to purchase an interactive wand! These wands have been crafted with a bit of extra magic that allows you to use your wand for some pretty amazing interactive experiences within the park! You can give your wand a “swish and a flick” and cause some magical surprises to take place!

Let’s take a closer look and answer some of your questions about interactive wands!

 

What do they look like?

Universal has 22 styles of interactive wands based off of the movie characters. Each wand is inspired by the wands of one of your favorite Harry Potter film series characters! If you are looking for even more options, Universal has you covered! Additionally there are interactive wands that are not based on a character. These wands are unique to the witch or wizard’s personality!

 

 

Where do you find them?

When you are ready to pick out your wand you have a couple of places you can go. In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders. You can also find them at Wands by Gregorovitch.

In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders. You can also find them at the wand cart on the path to Hogwarts castle.

If you have the time and are looking for a unique experience then I definitely recommend visiting the wand keeper in Ollivanders! Here you can witness the magic of a wand choosing its witch or wizard! You yourself may even get selected to participate in the experience!

Additionally you can also find wands for sale at the Universal Store in front of Universal Studios Florida and at CityWalk.

 

 

What do the wands do?

Now that you have your interactive wand, you are ready for the fun part! It is time to cast spells during your journey through the Wizarding World! In total, there are 16 spells you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and 9 you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Inside the box that your interactive wand came in, you will find a double-sided map that provides the details of all the spell casting locations.

The location for an interactive wand stop will be marked with a gold medallion. This shows wizards and witches where to stand and indicates the correct wand movement for the spell that they should cast.

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel Planner today to plan your next adventure!

BREAK YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS at the Universal Orlando Resort!!!

We all make new year’s resolutions at the beginning of a brand-new year! This is a great time to set goals and make plans to achieve them! However, at the same time Universal Orlando also wants to remind everyone that it is important to go ahead and treat yourself throughout this new year! What better way to start treating yourself than with a vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort! Here are all the ways that you can indulge during your stay!

 

Spend more time on what matters – RIDES!

This resolution is one many of us make referring to spending more time with our family, with our hobbies, with our pets. That is wonderful but Universal also encourages all of us to all spend more time on rides! What a great way to have some fun this year!

 

Eat Healthy – Give yourself a cheat day!

Many of us also make resolutions to eat healthy. As we work on our progress throughout this year let us also reward ourselves with a treat every now and then! Vacation is the perfect time to do just that. We recommend milkshakes from the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen!

 

More Relaxation – Less Exercise

Committing to our health is a great thing to do at the start of the year. Once again, a good balance is key! Take a day off from the gym and relax! Vacation is the perfect time to do just that! Lounge poolside at your Universal hotel and take in the sun!

 

Plan out a budget… to buy Universal goodies!

Another New Year’s resolution is to budget. But remember you deserve to treat yourself! Buy some truly special items to remember your vacation! And indulge in those silly must-haves, the funny hats you may only wear once, the light up cup you might end up donating one day… it’s all about the memories you make!

 

Read More… Menus

Reading more is a hobby all of us would like to pick up. Well how about this, read more menus at one of the many incredible Universal restaurants! Throughout the parks, hotels and CityWalk there are eateries for every taste bud you have!

 

Face your fears… at Halloween Horror Nights

How about facing your fears by braving Universal Orlando’s premier event, Halloween Horror Nights! Come fall this scary special event is the perfect way to practice your fear facing skills!

 

So, this year go ahead and treat yourself to a Universal Orlando Vacation! Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is always ready to help you create the perfect vacation package!

 

 

 

Concert Lineup, Food, Parade Theme & More Details on Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2019!

2019 is here! Now that the New Year is here we can start looking forward to one of Universal Orlando’s biggest events of the year, Universal’s Mardi Gras! This popular Universal event is returning once again for a 2019 season! This year’s event runs February 9th through April 4th, 2019. This exciting celebration brings nightly parades, live concerts, Cajun food and drinks and beads, beads and more beads to Universal Studios Florida on select nights!

Universal has now announced the line-up of musical acts that will perform in the events concert series! Let’s take a look at the star-studded concert lineup which features both new and returning fan-favorites. You can catch these live performances on select nights at the Music Plaza Stage.

 

Concert Lineup:

February 9 – BUSH

February 16 – Gavin DeGraw

February 17 – Dan + Shay

February 23 – Macklemore

March 2 – To be announced

March 9 – Becky G

March 10 – Sean Paul

March 16 – Steve Miller Band

March 17 – Ziggy Marley

March 23 – NF

March 24 – Pitbull

March 30 – To be announced

March 31 – To be announced

 

New Nighttime Parade Theme

The nightly event parade will return with 12 floats, tons of beads, festive dancers and stilt performers! Every Year Universal chooses a different theme for the parade. This year’s new theme is sure to make for one very fun parade – Party Animals! You can look forward to seeing elaborately decorated floats accompanied by performers dressed as their spirit animals! These spirit animals come from all over the world, like the arctic, jungle, ocean, swamp and more!

 

 

French Quarter Food and Drinks

The French Quarter Courtyard will be receiving a new culinary twist this year! All of the food and beverages will be served in tasting size portions. This will now allow you to be able to try more of the delicious culinary creations so you can experience everything Mardi Gras has to offer!

To add to the fun, Universal’s culinary team has created many new and returning fan-favorite food and beverage offerings. A few of these New Orleans’ classics include: beignets, frog legs, crab etouffee, and crawfish! Plus, there will be a signature Mardi Gras cocktail, craft beer and more.

 

 

French Quarter Entertainment Lineup

The French Quarter Courtyard just would not be complete without the beats of the Big Easy! You can watch these authentic New Orleans bands performing daily in the French Quarter. Here is the music lineup:

February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show

February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band

February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister

March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band

 

Be sure to check out Mardi Gras this season at Universal Orlando! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

Perfect Way to End Your Day at the Universal Orlando Resort – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration!

 

Let’s Take a look at the newest nighttime show now calling Universal Orlando home! Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration is showing on select nights at Universal Studios Florida. This night-time spectacular is a great way to end your day at the Universal theme parks. You can look forward to seeing all the best moments and memories from your day come to life right before your eyes! These breathtaking scenes become reality in the middle of the lagoon on massive water screens! Scenes include clips from Illumination’s Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, The Secret Life of Pets and so many more!

 

 

All these movie moments that we know and love come together to create an incredible celebration of some of our favorite characters and stories! The show is made possible with some amazing projection mapping, pyrotechnics, lasers, dancing fountains and more.

 

 

Be sure to catch Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration during your next visit to the parks! If you are looking for a unique way to experience Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s than look no further than the Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party! This special add-on experience gets you exclusive viewing areas for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal’s Cinematic Celebration. Also included are specialty and seasonal desserts, sparkling wine, sparkling cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

 

 

Plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort by contacting your Kingdom Magic vacations Travel Planner. Our knowledgeable team is excited to help you put together the perfect vacation that will be memorable for you and your family!

 

Holiday Treats and Beverage Offerings at The Universal Orlando Resort!

 

The holiday season is upon us! This season is filled with decorating, celebrations, parties and of course… FOOD! Food plays a big role in many of our holiday celebrations and festivities! What better way to rejoice in this wonderful season than spend time with those you love and enjoying some of your favorite treats! You get the picture! Holiday foods and goodies are an iconic part of our holiday season and Universal Orlando Resort has you covered!

 

 

Let’s take a look at the festive food and beverage offerings now available for the holiday season at Universal Orlando! These items can be enjoyed now through January 6, 2019!

 

Holiday Treats!

 

 

A popular holiday treat this year is the Red Velvet Yule Log. The red velvet adds a fresh twist on this holiday classic!  You can find this treat in Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Croissant Moon Bakery. You can also find this festive favorite in Universal Studios Florida at Beverly Hills Boulangerie and San Francisco Pastry Company.

 

 

For many apple strudel hot from the oven is a holiday staple! Universal has put a spin on this holiday classic by putting it on a stick and adding a drizzle of frosting! Be sure to try this treat for yourself in Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Croissant Moon Bakery. You can also find it in Universal Studios at Beverly Hills Boulangerie and San Francisco Pastry Company.

 

 

Additional treats include reindeer cupcakes, waffles on a stick, cheesecakes, ribbon pastries and an array of classic sugar cookies! All of these goodies can be found at multiple locations throughout the parks!

 

 

Festive Sips

 

 

With all these amazing holiday treats, you are going to want a festive beverage to wash it all down! Here are some of the new holiday drinks that have premiered this year.

Cranberry Margarita

First up we have the Cranberry Margarita. This holiday margarita can be found at Finnegan’s Bar & Grill in Universal Studios and at Mythos over at Islands of Adventure.

Ingredients: Tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice shaken and served on the rocks. Garnish with a lime wedge, fresh cranberries and a sugar/salt rim.

Pumpkintini

Next up is the Pumpkintini! This fun pumpkin martini can be found at Mythos in Islands of Adventures.

Ingredients: Dark rum, orange liqueur, apple cider and pumpkin puree garnished with a cinnamon sugar rim.

 

 

Apple Cider Irish Mule

Another favorite, the Apple Cider Irish Mule! This can be found at Lombard’s Seafood Restaurant in Universal Studios.

Ingredients: Irish whiskey stirred with apple cider, topped with ginger beer and a cinnamon stick and apple slices for garnish.

 

You can also find a Harvest Margarita with great pumpkin and apple flavors when visiting Confisco Grille! Find an Apple Pie on the Rocks – a blend of vanilla vodka, apple juice and cinnamon at Finnegan’s. Discover the Jack Frost with vodka, prosecco mixed with lemonade and a sugar rim over at Lombard’s and Confisco Grille.

 

 

Universal also has some festive non-alcoholic drinks. Guests can enjoy the Candy Cane and Eggnog frozen beverages, hot cider or hot chocolate! These beverages are all served park-wide at all the food & drink carts.

There are so many delicious treats to discover this season at the Universal Orlando Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next visit!

NEW Marvel Character Dinner Experience at Universal’s Islands of Adventure! Universal Orlando Resort

 

We all love super heroes! They are the definition of bravery and inspire us each and every day! Many of us have a special place in our hearts for these heroes, which is why you will be so excited to hear that you can actually dine with Marvel super heroes during the brand-new Marvel Character Dinner experience at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort! The Marvel Character Dinner is held inside Cafe 4. This experience allows you to meet several marvel characters as you enjoy your meal! It is the best way to guarantee you get to meet with all the characters you want during your vacation and you can enjoy the convenience of not having to wait in line! The characters come to you throughout your time in the restaurant!

 

 

Here are a few tips to make the most of your experience at the Marvel Character Dinner!

 

  1. Start taking it all in the moment you arrive!

As you head towards Cafe 4 from the entrance of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you are first greeted by the roar of The Incredible Hulk Coaster! The perfect sight to get you in the Marvel spirit! Throughout the Universal theme parks you can enjoy many Marvel attractions such as The Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man!

 

  1. Get ready for your super hero welcome!

Make sure you pick up your tickets at the park entrance before you make your way to the main entrance of Cafe 4. Upon arrival, you and the other guests of the Marvel Character Dinner will have the restaurant all to yourselves. You will soon be greeted by some amazing and enthusiastic Universal Team Members who will be ready to help start your super hero-filled night! This dining experience offers a variety of seating times available for you to book. Make sure you reserve your dining early to guarantee you get the seating time that works best for you and your party.

  1. Get settled and prepare for some amazing food and awesome drinks! (Adults…you can even enjoy a “grown up” beverage!)

Your waiter will help you begin your super meal with a variety of great beverage choices! Your server will also guide you through an overview of the buffet offerings! From an assortment of pizzas, pastas and salads to giant meatballs, cupcakes, cookies and so much more, you will be sure to find something for everyone in your party! As always, the wonderful Universal culinary team is always ready to help with any special food requests that you and your family may have. The buffet is all you care to enjoy so you can help yourself to as many plates and trips through the buffet line as you like!

 

  1. The BEST part! The Marvel Super Heroes!

You will be so amazed by the amount of meet-n-greet time you and your group will have with your favorite Marvel Super Heroes! This quality character time is worth the price of admission alone! The Marvel Super heroes don’t just stop by to pose for a quick picture, they truly take their time to stop and chat and laugh with you and your party! You are sure to be best friends with all the heroes by the end of the meal! Remember to bring your autograph books and any merchandise you would like the Marvel super heroes to sign for you! Make sure your camera and phone batteries are fully charged so you can capture every amazing moment with the characters! These interactions are truly memorable and something you will want to look back on! You can also plan to take advantage of ‘My Universal Photos.’ With this service, Universal Orlando’s professional photographers capture all the fun of your super hero encounters for you! Later, you can view, purchase, download and share these high-quality memories! Included with your Marvel Character Dinner, you will receive one free digital photo download!

 

  1. Take a ride!

The fun doesn’t stop once your meal is over! After your dinner is the perfect time to hit up your favorite Marvel attractions like, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride! Depending on what time your meal ends, the rides may be closed. However, you can still always end your fun-filled evening by taking some last-minute photos in Marvel Super Hero Island!

 

You are sure to have a SUPER time at the Marvel Character Dinner! This is an incredible way to meet the most characters possible all while enjoying a great meal! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner to start planning your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

 

FESTIVE FUN FACTS About Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

This past week we celebrated Thanksgiving! I am still enjoying the leftovers now! I don’t know about you but for me and my family a holiday tradition for us is to always watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! This is a tradition for so many families that look forward to seeing those dazzling musical performances and towering character balloons each year! If you have ever dreamt about going to watch the parade live but don’t want to fight through the New York City crowds or deal with the frigid winter conditions then I have great news for you! You can experience a version of the Macy’s holiday parade all season long at the Universal Orlando Resort in sunny Orlando Florida!

 

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s guests can look forward to experiencing light snowfall, twinkling lights, joyful music and a mix of both merry and mayhem! This parade made it’s debut last year in 2017 and was an instant hit with park-goers! The festive parade will return as part of Universal’s resort-wide Holidays celebration, running Nov. 17 – Jan. 6. The parade’s theme is inspired by beloved childhood memories and brought to life by many popular Universal characters!

 

Despicable Me, Shrek, Madagascar and Holiday Favorites Spread the Cheer in the New Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

 

Here are a few festive fun facts about Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s:

 

  • The parade will travel a grand total of more than 26 miles as it makes its way down the Universal Studios Florida streets each night!

 

  • There is no question that the highlight of the parade is its 15 intricately hand-crafted floats featuring characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar, Shrek and more. And these floats are MASSIVE. You can’t miss them!

 

  • The float featuring Shrek, Fiona and Dragon rivals the size of two large African elephants. This float Weighs in at about 30,000 pounds and measures 35 feet long! Also thanks to Dragon’s 16-foot wingspan, it’s also one of the widest floats!

 

  • It’s not a holiday parade without those classic Macy’s star balloons! The star balloons in the parade measure 24 feet wide! That’s the same size as the width of five taxi cars!

 

  • Piloting floats and balloons of this size requires a lot of practice! Training begins each summer for Universal’s team of nearly 300 people, including float operators, balloon handlers and parade escorts!

 

  • Guests will see more than 100 dancers and characters during the parade! They are all dressed to impress in their holiday best!

 

  • Last year, over 220 gallons of snow machine fluid were used to create a special Florida snow flurry during the parade’s finale!

 

Watch our videos from last year’s Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s:

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is a dazzling experience that you have to see for yourself! There is still time to plan a last-minute getaway to the Universal Orlando resort this holiday season! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today!

First Look at Universal Orlando’s NEW Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

The way time is moving, summer 2019 will be here before we know it! We have many reasons to be excited for the upcoming Summer including the opening of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites! This summer Universal’s newest resort hotel will welcome its very first guests. The resort will have a fun surf theme! Guests at this new Universal resort can expect exclusive Universal Orlando theme park benefits. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort will also have the most affordable price point of any Universal resort! The theming and details at Surfside Inn and Suites will make you feel like you are right in the ocean surf. Universal has stated that they are excited to bring the same level of detail and authenticity that guests see in the parks to the design of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. Here’s a first look at the surf-inspired guest rooms at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort!

As soon as guests step into their room they will notice the beach vibe everywhere. The vibrant design features were inspired by being inside the barrel of a wave, surrounded by cool blue waters. Other details include a full-sized surfboard, colorful artwork, bright pinstriped rug runners, and tie-dye curtains. This resort hotel will be a wonderful retreat for families!

The Endless Summer resort will also feature suites! 2 bedroom suites allow the whole family to all stay together! Forget about connecting rooms because at the Endless Summer Resort the whole family can stay in one suite! These 2 bedroom suites can sleep up to six people with a separate bedroom allowing adults to have some privacy. There is also a beachy picnic table and kitchenette area, the perfect spot for the whole family to hang out and enjoy a meal together. Another benefit of the suites are the spacious bathrooms. With two sinks and a separate shower area, the entire family can get ready quickly and be able to hit the Universal parks in time for Early Park Admission (a perk of staying at a Universal Orlando Resort.)

That’s right, when staying at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort you will receive all of the exclusive benefits that come with staying at a Universal Orlando hotel. This includes Early Park Admission, free transportation to CityWalk and the parks, and resort-wide charging privileges with your room key. You can look forward to all these Universal theme park benefits plus the quality of a Universal Orlando hotel at this incredible price point!

Rates for a seven-night stay start at just $73 per night for a standard room, and $111 for a 2 Bedroom Suite. In the future Universal’s Endless Summer Resort: Surfside Inn and Suites will also have a sister property, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites.

Bookings are now available for Universal’s Endless Summer Resort: Surfside Inn and Suites! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your perfect stay at the Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

It’s never too early to start planning your trip down the Bayou to celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort. This year, Florida’s biggest party will take place every night from Feb. 3 through April 7 in 2018.

In addition to the longest celebration we’ve held, there will be an abundance of concerts on select nights. These concerts will feature some of the biggest names in music. But if you still want more, be sure to check out the live performances from New Orleans every night in the French Quarter Courtyard.

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

And you won’t want to miss the nightly Mardi Gras parade when it rolls down the streets of Universal Studios Florida every night. This dazzling parade features colorful floats, performers, lights, feathers, glitter, beads, and more!

Did we mention beads? I can guarantee there will be a ton of those. You won’t want to miss out on collecting as many as you can, although you will never have me beat!

So for you Kings, Queens, maids, and dukes, it’s almost time to start gathering up your closest friends and preparing those taste buds for the finest Cajun food east of the French Quarter. Next year’s Mardi Gras celebration will be here before we know it. With more nights to party on and concerts to see, the good times will surely be rolling.

Universal’s Mardi Gras is included in your admission to Universal Studios.

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:

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