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How Can You Enjoy a Walt Disney World AND Universal Orlando Vacation?

Until now, when our clients wanted to include a stay at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando transportation took a little extra planning getting from one location to the next and then to the airport, and a little extra money.  Well now the answer is easy!  Universal Orlando introduces a brand new option – the “Meet and Greet Transfer”!

 Universal Orlando introduces a brand new option - the “Meet and Greet Transfer"Your  Kingdom Magic Travel Planner can now book an exclusive  “Meet and Greet Transfer” added on to their Universal Vacation Package,  that includes a transfer between Universal and Walt Disney World AND also Orlando International airport – MCO.   This is a perfect answer and at a great price – only $39.00 per person*.

Here is how it works!

Universal Orlando introduces a brand new option - the “Meet and Greet Transfer"!When you fly into Orlando International airport (MCO),  you can choose where you want to start your vacation either Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando.  If you begin with a Walt Disney World package your transfers would be; Disney’s Magical Express to your Disney Resort, then a Meet and Greet Universal transfer via Quick Transportation from your Disney Resort to one of Universal’s onsite Deluxe resorts then to the Orlando International Airport to complete your vacation.  It will work just the opposite if you begin at Universal Orlando!  Simple! Quick, Easy and exclusive!

How Can You Enjoy a Walt Disney World AND Universal Orlando Vacation?

Just a few things to remember:  You need to book a package at a Walt Disney World Resort Property and a Universal Orlando onsite hotel and using the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to be able to utilize the Meet and Greet Transfer.  And don’t forget – it doesn’t matter — Disney First or Universal First — it is up to you!

*Prices and terms subject to change without notice.

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Ghost Hunters Experience HHN 21 at Universal Orlando Resort

Ghost Hunters Experience HHN 21

Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, stars of the hit Syfy Channel series, “Ghost Hunters,” were hosted by Universal Orlando Resort to experience its annual Halloween Horror Nights event. While visiting, the duo encountered the cursed souls within The Forsaken, one of eight haunted houses featured at this year’s event. One of the top-rated reality shows on Syfy Channel, “Ghost Hunters” features Gonsalves, Tango and a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate haunted places across the nation. Named “the country’s best Halloween event” for four years in a row, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights brings to life guests’ most intense nightmares on select nights this fall through October 31.

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Lady Luck Reigns Over Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 21

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Lady Luck Universal OrlandoYou seek her… hoping she’ll be on your side.  She appears…an enchanting seductress…and you decide to take a chance.

But the more chances you take, the more she craves…you.  Her eyes grow cold.   Her face contorts into…something that is not human.  Her charming laugh turns to rabid growl.  Your luck has run out.  You have made your last choice.

For 25 nights beginning September 23, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights returns as the nation’s best and most intense Halloween event. Guests will confront extreme Halloween entertainment that cannot be experienced anywhere else.  This year, they will scream as they become prey to fiendish creatures, panic as they come face-to-face with a horrifying “thing,” feel chills as they are haunted by deceased souls – and watch in paralyzing fear as Lady Luck transforms from a tempting seductress to a bloodthirsty beast.

Lady Luck is the force behind this year’s event, and she awaits those brave enough to challenge her and take a chance.  Her main weapon is choice, and her desire is for you to make yours.  But no matter what you decide, you can’t escape the terror she has in store at Halloween Horror Nights 21.

Halloween Horror Nights runs September 23-24, September 29-30, October 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23 and 26-31.  Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now and can be purchased via Universal Magic. Due to the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

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Elle Macpherson Visits Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando Resort

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Elle Macpherson at UORDuring her visit to Universal Orlando Resort, Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson and her son Cy, age 8, encountered mysterious Egyptian guards at the entrance to the award-winning Revenge of the Mummy attraction. Elle has been in the United States shooting and executive producing her upcoming, all-new NBC show, “Fashion Star.” Universal Orlando hosted the star of “Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model” and her family on August 24, 2011 while they enjoyed a vacation in Orlando. Photo Universal Orlando

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Universal Pictures “The Thing” to Become Haunted House Experience at Halloween Horror Nights

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The Thing Movie 2011 UniversalAn abandoned scientific research facility in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctica will set the stage for “The Thing,” an all-new haunted house inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller, at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 21.  In the thriller “The Thing,” paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

The new haunted house will offer guests an unprecedented first-hand preview of the much-anticipated thriller in advance of its October 14 release. Guests will find themselves in a series of face-to-face encounters with “The Thing,” an alien creature that can transform itself into an exact replica of any living being. “The Thing” haunted house will recreate the spine-chilling suspense from the film, confronting guests with the paranoia and fear that comes from being trapped inside the film’s Antarctic Thule station. The shape-shifting alien could be anywhere or anything.  Will they survive?

Eerily authentic, “The Thing” haunted house will feature elaborately designed and disturbingly real alien creatures and sets. They will match the film’s terrifying intensity and provoke both a memorable and disturbing experience. Universal Orlando has partnered with the film’s producers, Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead) to create an experience that is authentic to the film. The sets, audio, musical score, creature and character references are all based on the film. Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights event will also offer a haunted house based on the thriller.

“Having recreated well known horror films in the past, the same level of attention to detail has gone into creating a house experience that will completely immerse guests into the storyline and environment of ‘The Thing,’ said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando.

Eric Newman added: “We want people to live the film and experience the same terror that affects the film’s characters. Our collaboration with Universal’s creative teams brought the vision of the film to life. We’re excited for Halloween Horror Nights guests to experience ‘The Thing’ in this frighteningly real way.”

At Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 21, luck will run out as guests discover their fate. Starting September 23, guests will be consumed by the “country’s best Halloween event” (Amusement Today) for 25 select nights through October 31.

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Universal Orlando Surprises Guests at Midnight Screening of the Final Harry Potter Film with Exclusive Access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Universal Orlando Resort surprised guests who attended the midnight film screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” at AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with something they could only have dreamed of – exclusive, complimentary access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Immediately following the film, these select guests had The Wizarding World of Harry Potter all to themselves from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Moviegoers were notified of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity following the film. After celebrating in the theaters, more than 3,000 excited guests walked a red carpet to the place where the wonder, excitement and adventure of the Harry Potter films will live on. During their visit, guests experienced the wand choosing them at Ollivanders, tasted Butterbeer, toured Hogwarts castle and enjoyed many other experiences found only at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant – all faithful to the films.

HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.(s11) © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

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Aylin Mujica and Gabriel Valenzuela at Universal Orlando

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Aylin MujicaAylin Mujica, Cuban actress and model, and her husband, actor Gabriel Valenzuela, took advantage of the long weekend and visited Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in Universal Orlando Resort. During their visit, the couple and their family went to Hogwarts and enjoyed Butterbeer, a favorite drink inside the Harry Potter books and films, in addition to enjoying all the rides and attractions at Universal Orlando. Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant – all faithful to the books and films.

Aylín Mujica

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Florence + the Machine Visit Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

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Florence and the machineThe award-winning, multi-platinum indie rock band Florence + the Machine enjoyed Butterbeer as they explored The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on June 30th, 2011. Universal Orlando Resort hosted the internationally renowned band before their nighttime performance at Hard Rock Live Orlando, located at Universal CityWalk.

HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.
(s11) © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.
Photo Credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort

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Universal Orlando Resort Celebrates One Year Anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Universal Orlando Resort celebrates the one-year anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Saturday, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of the most spectacularly themed entertainment environment – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where the wonder, excitement and adventures of the Harry Potter books and films come to life.

Universal Orlando commemorated the anniversary at 9:23 a.m. – the exact time The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on June 18, 2010.  After taking part in a countdown led by the Hogwarts Express conductor, guests and team members celebrated in the streets of Hogsmeade while “snow” confetti and gold streamers fell from the sky.  Guests also enjoyed complimentary Butterbeer, cauldron cakes and Chocolate Frogs.

“We’re so excited to celebrate this milestone with our guests,” said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort.  “It’s been an incredible year for us and our guests, and we look forward to creating more exciting memories with them in the years to come.”

Universal Orlando is also creating a virtual celebration by launching today a new “Share Your Story” tab on its official Facebook page.  The all-new tab gives fans the opportunity to interact with one another and share favorite memories and photos from their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – whether it’s tasting Butterbeer for the first time, watching their daughter as she’s selected by the perfect wand or soaring above Hogwarts with their family.

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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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Big Time Rush at Universal Orlando Resort

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Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush band at Lombards Landing in Universal Studios Florida.  Big Time Rush has just been picked up for a 20 episode third season. © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved

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“Despicable Me” to Become Attraction Experience at Universal Orlando

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Minions Dispicable Me Universal Orlando

With a worldwide gross of more than $540 million, 2010’s “Despicable Me,” from directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin, is the sixth most successful film that Universal Pictures has ever distributed. It is now the 10th-biggest animated film in U.S. history. The 3-D animated adventure thrilled audiences across the globe with its outrageous humor, endearing characters and compelling storyline – all of which guests will be able to experience exclusively at Universal Orlando in 2012. The “Despicable Me” experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction.

“Despicable Me” will become the first-ever Universal animated film to be transformed into a theme park experience. The Universal Creative team is working closely with producer Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination Entertainment, to create all-new animation for an all-new “Despicable Me” adventure that places guests right in the center of the action.

Gru, one of the world’s greatest super-villains, is bringing his high-tech empire – and his three adopted daughters – to Universal Studios, and he is looking for all the help he can get. First, he will transform guests into an army of mischievous, scene-stealing minions. Then he will train them. And that kicks off an unforgettable ride experience that creates a hysterical mix of chaos and family fun.

Guests will:
• laugh as they embark on an entirely-new, high-tech 3-D digital adventure with their favorite characters from the film – Gru, daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and of course, Gru’s not-so-bright pit crew, the minions
• marvel as they explore Gru’s lair and descend into his secret lab
• shriek as the entire family is transformed into minions
• celebrate as they are swept into a first-ever, minion-inspired, interactive dance party where they can show off their best moves

“The ‘Despicable Me’ attraction is the latest example of how we tap into pop culture’s most compelling stories and turn them into extraordinary theme park entertainment,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “This is a perfect fit for Universal Orlando, and we can’t wait to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life.”

“As we write, design and animate our films at Illumination, it is our singular goal to bring to life endearing and, hopefully, enduring characters,” said Chris Meledandri. “With the creation of next year’s ‘Despicable Me’ attraction at Universal Orlando, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in Gru’s world for many years to come.”

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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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Ne-Yo at Universal Orlando’s Men in Black Alien Attack

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Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Ne-Yo met up with some fellow galaxy defenders at the Men In Black: Alien Attack attraction while at Universal Orlando Resort.Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Ne-Yo met up with some fellow galaxy defenders at the Men In Black: Alien Attack attraction on April 2nd while at Universal Orlando Resort. © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved

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