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

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

The new Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s is unlike any other parade that has been at Universal Orlando Resort.

We have 16 new balloons that will soar above you, 13 of which were exclusively designed for us by Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment. And let me just say right now: the Dronkeys from Shrek are adorable (more to come on them later)!

These 15 floats are HUGE. Each float has an astonishing lighting display and unique details to each theme.

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

Jingle All the Way With the Minions

The Minions are bringing mayhem to the holidays this year. You’ll hear them sing their own rendition of Jingle Bells as they attempt to decorate a Christmas tree. Look up and you’ll see Bob the Minion balloon chase after his favorite teddy bear, Tim. You’ll also see Lucy (for the first time ever), Gru and his daughters spreading holiday cheer.

Santa Claus is Coming to Madagascar

Up next, King Julien and the Madagascar crew are inviting you to a tropical holiday party. The Penguins are searching for Santa Claus, followed by King Julien who has gifted himself a giant pineapple balloon. The last float showcases Alex, Gloria, Marty and Melman celebrating the holidays like only they can.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year with Shrek  

Shrek, Fiona and their baby ogres are also celebrating the holidays in their swamp. Gingy leads the festivities from above with his gingerbread house float below. Donkey follows right behind with an assortment of gifts. Lastly, Shrek and Fiona share a massive float with Dragon while two of her Dronkey babies fly above.

Here Comes Santa Claus…With His Elves

Holiday favorites are also returning with a brand new look. Santa’s elves are inviting you into the workshop where you’ll see all your favorite toys come to life. Following close behind is Santa Claus himself. Santa’s float is beautiful when it lights up with all the reindeer!

Having a performance background, I’m also really excited about the choreography in this parade. We have more than 100 performers and every one of them has a unique personality that ties to their character’s theme.

Also new to the parade this year is the musical score—and Santa will be making it snow throughout the parade.

You can watch the parade near the end of your park day in Universal Studios Florida. Check the Official Universal Orlando Resort App or your park map for the parade start time when you visit.

The parade is just one of the exciting new elements coming to this year’s Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort.

The festivities start on Saturday, Nov. 18 and run through Jan. 6. Start writing your Christmas list and add Holidays at Universal Orlando to it. You won’t want to miss it!

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Meet the cast of the new summer blockbuster, Despicable Me 3, in Universal Studios Florida. From now through Aug. 19, you’ll be able to meet Gru, his twin brother Dru, and of course, his Minions.

First, meet the Minions that are trading in their denim for stripes at the Jail Minion Tattoo Parlor near the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction. Here you’ll be able to snap photos with the new Jail Minions from the movie and receive your very own temporary Minion tattoo.

Meet and Greet times are below. *Subject to change.

  • 9:20 AM
  • 10:20 AM
  • 11:20 AM
  • 1:20 PM
  • 2:20 PM
  • 3:20 PM

Next, head over to the KidZone area for a chance to meet Gru, Dru, new Tourist Minions, and Mel. You can take pictures with your favorite new friends, and dance along to the groovy soundtrack from the movie.The Tourist Minions even joined us in celebrating the opening of our new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay!

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

The Tourist Minions even joined us in celebrating the opening of our new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay!

Meet and greet times are below. *Subject to change.

  • 11:50 AM
  • 12:50 PM
  • 1:50 PM
  • 2:50 PM
  • 4:25 PM
  • 5:40 PM

Have a favorite character? Be on the lookout for all-new merchandise from Despicable Me 3, and take home memorabilia of your favorite characters.

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

Merchandise is available at the Universal Studios Store and the Super Silly Stuff store in Universal Studios, as well as the Trading Company in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Lastly, don’t miss out on the Despicable Me 3 weekend takeover at Universal CityWalk from June 30 – July 2. The Minions are taking over the lagoon stage and turning all-things yellow. Join us for a dance party and bust out your best moves. It will be bananas!

Despicable Me Minions Take Over Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort’s brand new ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem grand opens on July 2, but the mayhem has already begun! The minions are taking over, and we wanted to share the following video with you. 

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is now open in technical rehearsal, but will officially grand open to guests on Monday, July 2 at 10 a.m.



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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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Meeting Characters at the Universal Orlando Resort! – Video!

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

A group of our Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners recently visited the Universal Orlando Resort! I have loved hearing about all of their fun experiences that they had during their Universal stay! Their stories about the wonderful hotels to the amazing rides and attractions have me itching to go to Universal for myself! There is truly so many layers that encompass this great vacation destination!



One of those layers of fun to discover includes the Universal characters! Until talking with my fellow Kingdom Magic Travel Planners, I had no idea just how many characters there were to meet at the Universal Orlando Resort! They detailed that everywhere you turned there seemed to either be a character roaming the streets or a pop-up meet and greet! If you enjoy meeting characters then Universal is the place for you!



The other amazing part about the Universal Orlando parks is that the character meet and greet lines are never very long! This means you can get to meet even more characters and experience more of what the Universal parks and resorts have to offer. You will see this to be true in the following video that so many of the character lines were a “walk-right-up” type of case! Amazing!




Our Travel Planner, Alyssa Maisano captured some very fun candid moments on her GoPro camera and shared them with us! In the following video, you will get to tag along with some of our team as they meet and greet with several Universal characters including Captain America, Kitty Softpaws, Thing one and Thing Two and more! They even got to meet the very popular characters from Trolls including, Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond!




Thank you to our Travel Planner Alyssa Maisano for capturing these fun video clips of her and some of our team! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Universal Season is the BEST TIME to Visit the Universal Orlando Resort! #UniversalSZN

We are now officially in #UniversalSZN aka Universal Season! What is Universal season you may be wondering? Universal Season is this time frame we are in right now, after Halloween but before Christmas. Universal Orlando has stated that this is one of the best times of year to visit the Universal Orlando parks! Due to the fact that we are in between holidays the crowd levels are much lower than most times of the year. Also, the weather this time of year is perfect, warm but not too hot like in the summer months. There are many reasons to love #UniversalSZN! Here is our list of reasons you should plan your vacation during this incredible Universal Season at the Universal Orlando Resort!

  1. Perfect Weather!

Florida is known as the sunshine state for a reason! You can experience gorgeous weather year-round! But you will find the weather during Universal Season to be particularly great! The weather is warm! It is still Summer in Florida but not as hot! If you are like me and live where it is currently already cold, planning a last minute getaway to Universal this time of year is the perfect way to enjoy some of that wonderful Florida sunshine! If you are looking for the ultimate tropical getaway then be sure to visit Universal Volcano Bay Water Theme Park!

  1. Lower Crowd Levels!

Due to Universal Season being known as the parks slow season you can look forward to enjoying the park with significantly lower crowd levels! This means you can see more of the parks and resort and truly make the most out of your visit. Lower crowds always make for a much more relaxed and enjoyable day!

  1. Shorter Wait Times!

One of the advantages of lower crowd levels is that in turn this also means significantly lower wait times on many of the parks most popular attractions! Visiting during Universal Season can allow you to do and see so much more by enjoying shorter wait times!

  1. Premium Pool Seating

Due to less crowds, you can get a prime pool location at the resort pool as well as at Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park! Image enjoying a drink under the sun with a picture-perfect poolside view!

  1. Dinner Reservation Availability

Less Crowds also equals a great availability when it comes to scoring some of the more popular dining reservations at the Universal theme parks, CityWalk and the Universal hotels! The Universal Orlando Resort is home to a wide variety of eateries! There is sure to be something for everyone!

  1. Take Amazing Photos!

Do you love snapping that perfect Instagram photo or grabbing the perfect shot of the family to be this year’s holiday card? Well then you will love the picture opportunities you will have while visiting during Universal Season! The low crowd level will allow you to get some amazing shots without a big crowd of people in the background.

These are just a few of the reason why RIGHT NOW during #UniversalSZN is the best time to visit the Universal Orlando Resort! There is still time to plan a great last minute getaway! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner Today! Our team is ready to make your travel dreams a reality!


Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration – New Nighttime Show at Universal Studios Florida!

Universal Studios Florida has announced a brand-new nighttime lagoon show! This new show will be a great way to cap off a fun-filled day in the parks. The new nighttime offering will be called, “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration”. The show will debut at Universal Studios Park this summer! ‘Cinematic Celebration will take what guests had previously seen as the lagoon show experience to a whole new level! The show will take place in the center of the lagoon, giving many opportunities for great vantage points around the water.

“Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” will bring the magic, thrill, fun and excitement of favorite movie moments to life! Many beloved characters from well known Universal Orlando experiences and blockbuster movies. Guests will see clips from the Harry Potter series, Jurassic World, The Fast & the Furious, Despicable Me and so many more titles! All of this will be seamlessly projected on full panoramic water screens, accompanied by pyrotechnics and for the first time ever more than 120 dancing water fountains with projection mapping.

The whole waterfront area of the Universal Studios lagoon and its surrounding buildings will transform into a colorful celebration of incredible movie moments and highlight favorite characters. Universal has stated that they are also building a permanent viewing area for the show in the Central Park area of Universal Studios. Here guests will be able to take in this one of a kind show! “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration,” starts this summer. What are you most looking forward to seeing in the new show? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or whatever destination you are dreaming of!

New Universal Orlando Youth Program Turns Theme Parks Into Interactive Learning Experiences

New Universal Orlando Youth Program Turns Theme Parks Into Interactive Learning Experiences

What happens when you take your physics textbook and turn it into a roller coaster?

Enter Your Classroom in Motion: A STEAM App Series, the latest Universal Orlando Youth Program.

Several programs make up this new series. Each one is unique and contains three parts:

  • Content-rich, pre-visit classroom lessons
  • Career-focused videos from NBC Learn
  • Thrilling in-park attraction and app-based experiences here at Universal Orlando Resort

And great news for teachers—the lessons all correlate with middle school and high school national and state education standards in STEAM concepts.

(STEAM is an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide learning.)

As a former educator, I know that when students are having fun with their work, learning is a natural outcome. To make the most of that, the series consists of the follow learning modules:

  • Transformers ROLL Out
    Learn about the engineering principles of the 6 Degrees of Freedom. Then, reconstruct the ride vehicle’s motion sequences on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Science
    Work in small groups to collect data and measure speed at different points along the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. Then, use the data to prove the law of conservation of energy.
  • Kongtrol Panel
    Use engineering principles to maneuver the ride vehicle around Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • Mummy Dig Site Detective
    Use scientific observation to investigate curious discoveries at the dig site beneath Revenge of the Mummy.
  • Jurassic Paleobotany
    Search for foliage in Jurassic Park using a digital map to collect photographic samples of Jurassic-era plants.

Your Classroom In Motion uses innovative software – exclusive to groups participating in the program – to give students hands-on learning lessons throughout Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks.

For students who love the performing arts, we also enhanced our existing workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley. This energetic workshop gives students the chance to experience a day in the life of a working movie musician.

Band, choir or orchestra students can now sync music or choral arrangements and create sound effects and voiceovers to Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me and The Lorax.

Universal Orlando Resort is always ready to take students beyond the classroom and bring education to life.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for more information.

Universal’s Volcano Bay Revealed: Universal Orlando’s Third Theme Park To Open In 2017

A lush, tropical oasis unfolds before you, instantly transporting you to a little-known Pacific isle. In the distance, a colossal volcano rises above a sparkling beach, boasting majestic waterfalls by day and blazing lava by night.


Welcome to Universal’s Volcano Bay– a radically-innovative water theme park opening next year at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning 28 fully immersive acres, Universal Orlando’s third theme park will be an entirely new kind of water theme park experience, giving guests even more to enjoy on their vacation.


At Volcano Bay, guests will discover a place like no other, filled with incredible thrills and relaxing indulgences. This one-of-a-kind park will combine exhilarating experiences with hassle-free convenience so families can get the most out of their vacation together. They won’t have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before diving into the unique attractions found throughout the park. They can enjoy a variety of experiences, ranging from winding rivers and private, two-story cabanas to family raft rides and twisting body slides that launch guests above the water.


Here’s what you need to know about Volcano Bay:

  • An Innovative Water Theme Park Experience:
    Volcano Bay will redefine the queue experience so guests can focus entirely on having fun and spending time together. Guests won’t even have to carry their own rafts up the slides.
  • 18 Unique Attractions in Four Imaginatively-Themed Areas:
    Volcano Bay will offer 18 unique attractions ranging from daring to serene. They’ll be divided across four primary park areas where there’s something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and a state-of-the-art marquee attraction that will be revealed at a later date.
  • An Award-Winning Team of Creators:
    A place like this could only be brought to life by Universal Creative – the same team behind ground-breaking theme park experiences like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. The team researched water parks and tropical resorts around the world to help redefine the water park experience and shape their vision for Volcano Bay.


  • Easy-to-Access, Resort-Like Amenities Throughout the Park:
    Each area of the park will offer its own easy-to-access, resort-like amenities, such as concierge locations and lockers, so guests won’t have to stroll out of their way to get what they need. There will also be highly-themed restaurants and bars located throughout the park offering signature food and beverage options and impressive volcano views. Even more unique features of the park will be announced later.
  • International Tickets On Sale Soon:
    Universal Orlando will soon introduce a brand-new, 3-Park Explorer ticket for guests where they can plan to experience the highly-anticipated Volcano Bay for travel dates beginning June 1, 2017. Tickets will soon be available through international web sites and travel professionals, and additional ticket options will be announced later.

This is just the beginning, and more exciting details about Volcano Bay will be released over time. Stay tuned for additional information!

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.


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.


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 9, 2012) – Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts will build a new hotel development at Universal Orlando that will add high-quality, high-value options for families wanting an affordable on-site experience.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will offer two distinct experiences within the development’s multiple buildings: 900 family suites, capable of sleeping six, that include kitchen areas and 900 standard guest rooms – offering both moderate- and value-priced accommodations. It will be operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts and is scheduled to open in 2014.

The hotel will be themed differently than anything else currently available at Universal Orlando. It will evoke the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families – spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway, where families relaxed and played after a long day’s drive. The new hotel’s hip, vintage look will be accented with bold design, dramatic, clean lines, bright, period colors and touches of neon. Inside areas including the lobby, dining areas and large, comfortable rooms will follow suit. The hotel will have two themed pool areas.

“Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort,” said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they’ve never had before.”

The hotel will be built on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando Resort and adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure – just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road. Site work will begin soon. Pricing information, opening timeframes and room on-sale dates will be released over time.

The new hotel will allow families to choose between value pricing or the higher level of benefits and service that come with staying at other on-site Universal Orlando hotels – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. It will provide early park admission, proximity to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios and resort-wide charging privileges – but will not offer complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Access.

“The Cabana Bay Beach Resort furthers our goal of operating special and distinct properties in important markets,” said Paul Whetsell, Loews Hotels & Resorts president and CEO. “This is another important step in our plan to expand the Loews system in major markets across the United States.”

About Universal Orlando Resort
There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. And now open: the new, heart-warming and hilarious Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride.

Universal Orlando Hotel Events! Part 1


An amazing thing about staying at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel is that the fun never stops! Universal’s amazing resort hotels host one-of-a-kind offerings and event for guests! Guests can experience all these great events without ever leaving their hotel! From a weekly luau to rock ‘n’ roll concerts to incredible food and beverage experiences, there is an event for everyone!

Lets take a closer look at a few of the great events offered at the Universal Orlando Resort Hotels!


Sunday Brunch at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel takes such an amazing take on Sunday brunch! This brunch includes a buffet of all breakfast favorites, plus a carving station, salmon platter, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas! All of this accompanied by the musical stylings of an acoustic performance!


Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

You can get the experience of traveling to Hawaii every Saturday night at Lowes Royal Pacific Resort! The Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort gives you a taste of Polynesian culture with hula dancers, fire dancers and more. This is an exciting event, perfect for the entire family! The best part, the food and drinks! You will get to partake in a traditional Hawaiian buffet that even has a roasted pig and bottomless mai-tais, house wine and beer!


Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will take you on a musical journey through the Caribbean in this interactive dinner show! The dinner show features a buffet with Caribbean favorites and bottomless rum punch. Get at taste of the islands during your Universal vacation!


Despicable Me Character Breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

If you are a fan of Illumination’s Despicable Me then this character dining experience is one you can’t miss! You get to enjoy an incredible breakfast all while meeting your favorite Despicable Me characters! This experience happens every Saturday at Loews Royal Pacific Resort! Enjoy a buffet of morning favorites including pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs and more! You will get to meet some of your favorite Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions!


Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Have you ever seen a hotel lobby transformed to host a rock ‘n’ roll concert? Well that’s exactly what happens at the Hard Rock Hotel during Velvet Sessions. This show brings high-power music and some of your favorite artists to the lobby of Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel. Featured performers include Bret Michaels, Soul Asylum, The Psychedelic Furs and more. Before the show, you can enjoy specialty cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres! All while getting the chance to mingle with fellow Session’ers! All of this is included with your ticket! Standing room and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP tickets include a private bar and access to a special viewing area. You can also add on a Meet & Greet ticket to your experience to meet and take a photo with the artist or band before the show!


Velvet Unplugged at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Velvet Unplugged takes a new spin on acoustic performances. Guests can enjoy intimate performances by emerging musicians in the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel. This offering is open to all ages. Standing room tickets or tables for two or four people are available during this event. Table seating includes the first round of house drinks and complimentary valet parking.


Check back next week for part 2 of Universal Orlando Hotel Events! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Outfit Ideas for Grad Bash at the Universal Orlando Resort!


Spring has officially arrived and that means we are also approaching the end of another school year for students across the country! This is an exciting time of year for students as they begin to anticipate summer vacation! For high school seniors it is even more exciting as they begin to anticipate graduating and embarking on an exciting new chapter in their lives! Your high school graduation is a huge milestone that is so worth celebrating! You are entering the start of a brand new life journey! The Universal Orlando Resort has the best way for you to celebrate this special time – Grad Bash! Grad Bash is a special event put on by Universal each year. High school seniors come from all over, to join together in celebrating their upcoming graduations during the incredible rite-of-passage event –– Grad Bash!



Seniors get to enjoy exclusive access to the parks and make memories with their friends during this once-in-a-lifetime celebration at the Universal Orlando Resort! Grad Bash is right around the corner so now is the time to start planning!  It is important to note that the event has both enforced event and school dress codes. That’s why planning ahead for your look for the night is so important and also so fun! We all love picking out that perfect outfit! There will be many opportunities for Instagram pics of course!  To help you get fashion-inspiration, here are 8 different looks for your Grad Bash outfit! All of these follow the dress code guidelines for the event.


  1. Clever Grads

You can unleash your wild side with these looks inspired by Jurassic Park. Be sure to Check out the Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride while visiting the park!

Dress Code Tip: Dresses, rompers, and shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh.


  1. Superstar of Your Class

We have all always dreamed of being a rock star! These looks will help you channel your own inner superstar!

Dress Code Tip: Accessories such as chains, spiked collars or studded/spiked belts are not allowed. Instead, opt for bangles or charm bracelets. Other accessories like sunglasses and hats are a perfect way to block out the Florida sun.


  1. Grads in Black

The classics are always a great go-to! Being comfortable is essential in order to make the most of your time at the event! There is a lot to see and do and lots of walking.

Dress Code Tip: All sleeves and straps must be at least 3 inches wide. Put a classic tee under your dress, romper, or jumpsuit to both add to the look and fit the dress code!


  1. Party in the City

Before you head to the Universal parks, start the celebration early at the exclusive CityWalk Pre-Party! Dress for the occasion with these CityWalk inspired looks!

Dress Code Tip: Tennis shoes, dress sandals, boots, and flip flops are permitted but remember to be comfortable! You’ll be doing a lot of walking so comfort is a must.


  1. Be Kidz Again

You may be graduating but know that we are all always kids at heart! Become a kid again in your KidZone inspired look. Then be sure to check out KidZone in the park!

Dress Code Tip: Clothing with obscene, offensive language or graphics won’t be permitted. Instead, try a fun tee with or fun pattern.


  1. Lost in Paradise

Over at Universal’s Islands of Adventure you can visit The Lost Continent. You yourself can embody this ancient and timeless hidden realm with these adventurous looks!

Dress Code Tip: Any clothing with excessive holes or shredding is prohibited –– this includes ripped jeans!


  1. Go Ape Crazy

After graduation you will be embarking on new expeditions in life, it’s only fitting that you look the part! Embark on your new journey with looks inspired by Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Dress Code Tip: Bags larger than 8.5” x 5.5” are not permitted. If you are unsure, play it safe with a drawstring bag instead.


  1. Despicably Cute

If you are dressed like a minion already it will make the process of becoming a minion at Despicable Me Minion Mayhem even easier! Even Gru would approve!

Dress Code Tip: Due to the bag size restriction, fanny packs are encouraged to fit all of your essentials and still look cute.


These tips are sure to have you styling’ at Universal Grad Bash! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort and to get more information about Grad Bash!

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!


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!

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