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Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

It’s the most magical time of the year… Christmastime! During this festive season the Universal Orlando parks and resorts get even more awesome! From holiday decorations, to special offerings, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Universal Studios Florida! Even a Grinch will find themselves getting into the spirit of the season when they visit! During this Christmas season you can celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

 

Let’s take a look at the festive offerings that can be found in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

Over at Universal Studios Florida inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you will find that both Diagon Alley and London have been adorned top to bottom with festive Christmas décor. Throughout the land you will be dazzled by the brilliant holiday lighting. Throughout this area of the park you will find a wide selection of specialty holiday treats and drinks! The atmosphere is fun and festive! Grab yourself a Butter Beer, walk around, and enjoy the ambiance!

 

If you have visited Universal Studios Florida before, then you may have seen Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees! Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees are an exciting musical act that performs in Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees have a special show prepared just for the holidays that you can catch this time of year!

 

Over at Universal Island’s of Adventure park, you can visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -Hogsmeade. This time of year Hogsmeade embraces the spirit of the season! All of the shops and storefronts are festively decorated with garland and lights! You can catch a performance by the Frog Choir! This time of year they sing festive holiday songs.

 

Also throughout the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, you will find a variety of special holiday treats and drinks to share! Once evening comes the night sky will dazzle with the projection of holiday spirit at The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. At night you can experience a special projection show that lights up the Hogwarts castle! This amazing spectacular is called, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle and it is a must see show during your holiday visit!

 

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

My Favorite Things at the Universal Orlando Theme Parks!

 

Last week I shared that on our most recent company event I had the incredible opportunity to experience the Universal Orlando Resort for my very first time! In last weeks post I detailed what the experience was like and everything that I had the chance to do in the resort and parks during my time there.

Last week’s post:

My First Time at Universal Studios Orlando!

 

This week I wanted to get more personal and share what my top 3 favorite things were from the Universal Orlando Resort! Let the list begin!

 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon was the very first Universal Ride I experienced inside Universal Studios Florida! I enjoyed this ride so much that it made my highlights list! Something that really struck me about this experience was actually the wait before you board the attraction. Instead of standing in your average queue forming a winding line like most rides, here the process is completely different. Soon into your wait your party gets handed a card with a color group on it. You then head upstairs to what is set up as the Tonight Show stage. Here you will find lots of displays to look at and nice seating areas to go relax. It is one big open space where you can explore or simply just sit down. Then when they call your color group you make your way to the ride entrance and are inside the attraction in minutes. This was really neat to see! My favorite part of the waiting area was the stage where live acts would come out and perform for everyone! While we were there the entertainment was a barbershop quartet that did covers of many modern day pop songs! They were so entertaining! Everyone in the room was having such a great time. You would never know we were really all waiting in “line” Here at this ride the waiting is part of the actually attraction!

 

 

 

Diagon Alley

 

Another highlight from inside Universal Studios Florida for me was exploring Diagon Alley! Diagon Alley is part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. At Universal Orlando the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is actually built in two locations. There is a Harry Potter section in both Universal Studios and in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios is home to Diagon Alley and Islands of Adventure holds the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. Out west in Universal Studios Hollywood they also have the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. I have been out to Universal Studios Hollywood before so I was already familiar with Hogsmeade. But Diagon Alley, which can only be found in Universal Studios Florida was entirely new for me. if you read my post from last week about my full experience visiting Universal, then you will know that the day I visited the parks was the night of a Halloween Horror Nights. This meant Universal Studios closed early in preparation for the event that night. By the time I got into Diagon Alley the park had just closed so I wasn’t able to ride anything or go in any shops but as the park was clearing out, I was able to walk around Diagon Alley and see everything! This is something that I have always wanted to do! I am a big fan of Harry Potter so I appreciated getting to see all of the details and references there were from the movies!

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

Once Universal Studios closed for the night we used our park-to-park ticket and made our way over to Islands of Adventure to spend the rest of the evening. It was there that I had my next highlight, getting to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. As I said earlier, Universal’s Islands of Adventure park is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. Hogsmeade was very similar to the Hogsmeade found out in Universal Studios Hollywood that I had recently been to and it felt so good to see it again and enjoy another butter beer! But on this Hogsmeade visit I had my next highlight. Something I didn’t have time to do during my visit out in California, I got to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey! This is the main attraction in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It was spectacular! I loved everything about this experience. The queue line for this attraction is actually inside of the Hogwarts castle! I felt like I had stepped inside of the movie! Similar to the Jimmy Fallon attraction, I found I did not mind the wait because there was so much to look at! Most notably – the talking portraits on the castle walls! They keep you very entertained while in line. The ride itself was very immersive. You feel as though you are flying on a broom alongside Harry Potter. This ride is part simulator and part roller coaster track. There are many exciting dips and turns. It is a great thrill!

 

 

 

These were just a few of my top highlights I got to enjoy on my quick visit to Universal Orlando. I am already so eager to get back! I know that my list will keep growing and growing as I experience all of the great attractions and rides these parks have to offer.

 

 

I learned on this visit to the Universal Orlando Resort how incredible this destination truly is. There is something for everyone here! From the gorgeous Universal Resort Hotels to the thrills and theming in the amazing parks – it all adds up to one incredible vacation. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

 

My First Time at Universal Studios Orlando!

 

During our most recent company event a few weeks ago, our team enjoyed an incredible day of training and fun at the Universal Orlando Resort. We learned so much about the Universal Orlando destination and how this great product is an incredible vacation spot for everyone! Young, old, couples, families, groups of friends… there is something for everyone at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

 

During our time at Universal Orlando Resort we got to tour several of the amazing onsite Universal hotels, tour Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park and expand our knowledge of this great product through an educational seminar. After our exciting morning of learning many of our team members headed into the parks for a night of fun and getting to explore the incredible parks!

 

 

For me this was particularly very exciting because I had never been to the Universal Orlando Resort. I had been out to the West Coast park, Universal Studios Hollywood, but never to the Universal Orlando Resort! I had always seen so much about Universal Orlando in blogs and videos, so getting the opportunity to finally be there in person was unreal!

 

 

Our training was held at Universal’s Lowes Portifino Bay Hotel. When we were ready to head to the park we got to utilize the Universal’s water taxi service that is offered at many of Universal’s onsite hotels such at Portifino Bay. I was very impressed with this incredible water taxi service. The boats take you directly from the resort to the end of Universal CityWalk. Here you will find the entrance gates to both Universal Studios and just a short walk down the way Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

 

 

I loved taking the scenic water taxi ride! The views were beautiful! And I was at the park entrance in about 5 minutes! I was also so impressed with how frequently the boats run. There was a boat that was just pulling away as I walked up and the next boat was there in less than 10 minutes! Amazing!

 

The first thing I did once my water taxi pulled up to the CityWalk dock was head right into Universal Studios. This park closed at 5:00 on the particular day I was there in preparation for Universal’s Halloween Horror Night – the specially ticketed Halloween event that takes place on select nights at Universal Studios. I had a park-to-park ticket so I knew I wanted to go to Universal Studios first to get in as much as I could there before it closed and then transfer over to Universal’s Islands of Adventure park. I only had about an hour and a half in Universal Studios so I spent the time walking around and soaking in the amazing sights that I previously had just seen in pictures.

 

 

I also managed to squeeze in two rides. The first ride I experienced at Universal Studios was Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon! This attraction was so fun and entertaining! It is a 3D simulator style ride where you explore the great city of New York and beyond through wacky antics! The second attraction I had time for was Men in Black! This attraction gives you a blaster and allows you to shoot at aliens and earn points! We had fun competing to see who got the highest score!

 

 

It was soon time to transfer over to Islands of Adventure! I loved this park. The theming was very unique, it felt like something out of a storybook!  The first thing we did was ride the Seuss Trolley Train. This was an experience I had seen before in photos and videos. It is an elevated train experience in the air that gives you a birds-eye view of the park. I loved riding this right at sunset, the views were beautiful!

 

 

After taking in the adorable theming in Seuss Landing we headed straight for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I was so excited to finally get to ride this land’s main attraction located inside the Hogwarts Castle, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The effects in this ride were so cool. You felt like you were really flying on a broomstick alongside Harry Potter!

 

 

To cap off an amazing day I enjoyed the most iconic Harry Potter treat you can have… a butterbeer! These drinks are delicious! It’s like a butterscotch soda! With a butterbeer in hand I enjoyed an evening stroll around Islands of Adventure right before park close, taking in the beautiful architecture and everything there was to see and do in this great park.

 

 

I am so excited to go back to the Universal Orlando Resort to get to experience more of what this amazing destination has to offer. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal’s Islands Of Adventure Named Number 1 Amusement Park In The World!

 

The Universal Orlando Resort is rejoicing with some very exciting news! Their theme park, Islands of Adventure has been named the number one amusement park in the world! This is now the fifth year in a row that Universal’s Islands of Adventure has received this honor!

 

The fans themselves have spoken! Park goers have voted Universal’s Islands of Adventure the number one amusement park in the world for the fifth consecutive year! Additionally Universal Studios Florida was voted #3 on the worldwide list and the national list!

 

Universal’s Islands Of Adventure Wins The World Once Again

 

It’s truly an epic time to visit the Universal Orlando Resort especially Islands of Adventure! Universal Orlando has stated that they are extremely grateful and appreciative to their fans who made this possible!

 

There is truly something for everyone at the Universal Orlando Resort! You can find out for yourself why the Universal Parks are so highly rated by visiting for yourself! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

Universal Orlando Announces New Park – Universal’s Epic Universe!

 

Last week the Universal Orlando Resort made a HUGE and truly EPIC announcement! They will be building a brand-new theme park! This will be the fourth theme park for Universal Orlando, joining Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay!

 

This brand-new theme park will be called Universal’s Epic Universe! Universal’s Epic Universe will bring with it an entire new level of experiences! Universal has shared that this level of immersion will forever change theme park entertainment!

 

 

Visitors will venture beyond their wildest dreams, traveling into beloved stories as they explore these vibrant lands! Universal says that guest’s adventures here will be ones where the journey is as astounding as the destination!

 

The brand-new location of Epic Universe will feature a theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more! We can’t wait to see what the Universal Orlando team has in store with this massive expansion that will not only be adding a brand-new park but also new hotels, shops, restaurant and an entertainment complex!

 

 

Universal has stated, “Ultimately, this expansion will create more space and freedom to let loose and create lasting memories with the people you love.”

We know that so many people will love making those last memories here! Our team of travel planners are excited to send our clients to Epic Universe in the future!

Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Ghostbusters Coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights in a new haunted house. This is a first for Halloween Horror Nights and many Ghostbuster fans are filled with excitement for the anticipation of this brand-new house!

In celebration of the film’s 35th anniversary, you will get to jump into the movie screen of the original 1984 film for yourself! You will experience what it is like to walk through some of your favorite scenes like the New York Public Library, the Temple of Gozer and more!

In this Horror Nights house, you will be transported to the streets of New York as the rift between worlds opens! This will result in the releasing ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms in every shape and size. You will come face-to-face with the voracious Slimer, the all-power Gozer the Gozerian, Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and more!

Witness as Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston will have to save the day as these paranormal creatures materialize in unexpected places! The question is, will their proton packs be enough?

This year from September 6 through November 2, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights brings together stories and visions from the world’s most notorious creators of fear. Everything from cinematic greats and crazed current cult favorites to the park’s original abominations! You are never quite sure if your spine is tingling with fear or excitement.

Universal Orlando takes fear to the max. FromSeptember 6 through November 2, the 80’s return with a vengeance with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, 5 pulse-pounding scare zones and outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that just won’t die.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror nights is the ultimate Halloween attraction and something you have to experience for yourself! Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

Universal Orlando’s Marvel Super Hero Island!

 

Are you a Marvel fan?! If so then you need to head over to Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park! Here you can grab a photo with Captain America, catapulte into the sky just like the Incredible Hulk, go web-slinging high above the streets with the Amazing Spider-Man, collect one of a kind Marvel souvenirs and more! All of this Marvel fun and more is in store for you in Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Here are some great things to know as you prepare to get your epic adventure started!

 

Experiences:

 

Have you always wondered what it would feel like to be a Marvel Super Hero?! Well it’s your turn to experience the super hero experience first hand! Here are some of the amazing ride experiences available at Marvel Super Hero Island!

  • Feel the fury on The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Go web slinging high above the streets in 3-D with The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
  • Test your bravery on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
  • Harness the power on Storm Force Accelatron
  • Put your skills to the test at Kingpin’s Arcade

 

Meet Your Favorite Marvel Characters:

Everyone dreams of meeting their heros! Here at Marvel Super Hero Island you will have this amazing opportunity to meet some of your favorite Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and Rogue, as well as Marvel Super Villains like Dr. Doom and The Green Goblin.

Here is a list of some of the Marvel Super Hero encounters available:

  • Meet Spider-Man and the Marvel® Super Heroes
  • Feast with Marvel’s finest at the Marvel Character Dinner
  • Snap a photo with Spider-Man at the Marvel Alterniverse Store

 

Where to Eat:

You will work up quite the appetite trying to keep up with the Marvel Super Heroes’ lifestyle. Universal’s Islands of Adventure has you covered! There are tons of places for you to get refueled with delicious food and beverage offerings including:

  • Feast with Marvel’s Finest at the Marvel Character Dinner
  • Clobber your Super Hero sized appetite at Cafe 4
  • Vanquish your cravings at the Captain America Diner

 

Souvenirs to Bring Home:

Whether you’re looking to update your Super Hero size wardrobe, expand your collection of Marvel figurines or start your very own comic book collection, there’s something for everyone and a whole lot more at Marvel Super Hero Island.

  • Marvel Alterniverse Store

Visit the Marvel Alterniverse Store to stock up your Super Hero closet with every manner of Marvel supplies! Items include character t-shirts, sweatshirts, toys, collectibles, mugs, and more!

TIP: Be sure to take a picture with Spider-Man. Not only do you get to meet and snap a photo with this famous web-slinger, but you also get your photo turned into the cover of a Marvel Comic issue of Spider-Man! Such a great keepsake!

 

 

More Shops:

  • Comic Book Shop

What kind of Marvel Super Hero Island would this be without a Comic Book Shop featuring all of your favorite Marvel characters, posters, apparel, figurines, and more!

  • Marvel Boutique

Looking for a place to gear up for battle with super-stylish clothes and accessories featuring your favorite Marvel Super Heroes? Look no further than the Marvel Boutique.

  • Spider-Man Shop

Be sure to check out this Spider-Man Shop created just for fans and stacked with toys, action figures, mugs, t-shirts, and more.

 

There is so much to discover a Marvel Super Hero Island! 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 next.

NEW Enhanced Movie Experience at Universal Cinemark!

 

Catch a great film and enjoy a great day or night out in Orlando with this new enhanced movie experience at the Cinemark located at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk!

 

When you are planning your trip to go see the latest blockbuster for a fun day or night out, consider this: Universal Cinemark at CityWalk now has exciting new enhancements! These fun additions will add a whole new level of excitement to going to the movies!

 

At Universal Cinemark, you can enjoy new releases on big screens with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems! This technology makes for an incredible show! Sit back and relax in the ultimate of luxury and comfort with stadium seating and high-backed chairs! When you are looking for the perfect movie snacks or meal, the concession stands at the theater offer a variety of sweet snacks, hot food like pizza, hot dogs, nachos and more! Additionally, a full liquor bar with beer and wine is available for guests’ enjoyment! Everything you’re looking for when seeing the latest movie in Orlando.

 

Enhanced Experiences for the new Cinemark XD Theater:

  • Newly installed XD viewing experience is enhanced with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen! This is accompanied by a complete surround sound package! These features make for an incredible digital experience (supports RealD 3D)
  • You will enjoy upgraded seating! This includes over-sized luxury plush recliners with extendable footrests and cup holders!
  • Enjoy reserved seating! You can reserve your seats in advanced online before your movie!

 

Standard theatres also include 4K digital projection that supports RealD 3D and select theaters upgraded reserved seating with over-sized luxury plush recliners! Looking to turn your movie going experience into an amazing day or night out trip?! Maximize your theater visit by combining your movie showing with an incredible meal at a Universal CityWalk restaurant! You can choose to purchase the CityWalk Meal & Movie package! Let’s take a look at the details:

 

  • CityWalk Meal & Movie Deal entitles one guest to one meal from select menus at a participating CityWalk restaurant, PLUS one movie ticket at Universal Cinemark.
  • To purchase this package, you can visit CityWalk Guest Services located across from the Cinemark Box Office.
  • Participating restaurants include:
    • Vivo Italian Kitchen
    • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
    • Pat O’Brien’s – Orlando
    • Red Oven Pizza Bakery
    • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
    • NBC Sports Grill & Brew
    • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
    • The Cowfish
    • Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar
    • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

 

Enjoying a day and night out for dinner and a movie can be the perfect activity when you are looking for something fun to do during your Universal Orlando vacation in between enjoying your time in the parks! A movie outing can be a great little break to refresh and get out of the sun mid-day or the perfect way to unwind after an action-packed day!

 

 

Be sure to check out Universal Cinemark during your next Universal Orlando visit! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – Grand Opening

 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the amazing new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade – is Now Officially Open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure! On your visit to Universal you can now experience all the mysteries and thrills of the Forbidden Forest and join Hagrid as you come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s most rare magical creatures! This brand-new attraction is highly-themed! It is an incredibly immersive coaster experience!

Here is the excitement that happened during the open ceremony:

The ride’s opening was hosted by stars from the Harry Potter movies! Thats right! To open the attraction, Harry Potter film stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) led guests in reciting the iconic spell, “Wingardium Leviosa” in unison, to reveal the entrance of the new attraction and welcome guests inside!

 

 

Here are just a few of the reasons to be excited for this first-ever “story coaster,” :

  • Board magical motorbikes – You can enjoy two differnt ride experiences, riding on either the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar!
  • Journey to the Forbidden Forest, featuring more than 1,200 trees
  • Come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s most rare magical creatures! Creatures such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog, and even Blast-Ended Skrewts – a creature that’s never been seen in the films!
  • Encounter Hagrid himself! The most life-like animated figure Universal Orlando has ever created!
  • Find yourself tangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and unexpectedly free-fall nearly 17 feet to escape the perilous plant!
  • Experience the freedom of flight as you soar above the trees, rapidly accelerate through the ruins, speed forward – and backward – up to 50 mph and more!

7 Details about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

It’s official! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure has officially opened this week at the Universal Orlando Resort! This coaster is the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. This is not your average roller coaster! It is a completely immersive ride experience! So much so that Universal has even called this attraction a “story coaster.” As you ride the coaster you feel you are placed right in the middle of the Harry Potter story! To get you even more excited for this brand new Universal ride, here are 7 details about the ground-breaking coaster technology and all-new environments you will be able to experience on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure!

 

  1. Adventure Beyond the Grounds of Hogwart’s Castle

Guests will journey to the edge of the Forbidden Forest and enter ruins that have seemingly been abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut! These ruins were imagined and created by Universal Creative in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore! Universal made sure that every detail fit perfectly into the storyline! It is in this setting where your Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid will begin!

 

 

  1. Brand New Environments and Sets

Inside the ruins, you will see materials from Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where he kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts in a terrarium before they outgrew the chamber. Here you will also experience a pre-show featuring digital projection technology and special effects. In the show you will encounter Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang. However like any good story your experience doesn’t stop there! Once you board your motorbike, you will plunge deeper into the Forbidden Forest and closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures!

 

 

  1. Most Launches of any Coaster in the WORLD! 7 Launches in Total!

Guest will launch up to 50 miles per hour through the Forbidden Forest, past the ruins and more! This ride is truly a technological first!

 

 

  1. The first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop – dropping you nearly 17 feet!

Get ready! You will be dropping quite a distance! Nearly 17 feet!!

 

 

  1. The longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet)

Your adventure into the Forbidden Forest is bound to be an exciting one! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for creatures and mischief around every turn of the track!

 

 

  1. 2 Riding options!

Enchanted motorbikes will take you on an adventure through the Forbidden Forest – and you can ride the motorcycle like Hagrid or board the adjacent sidecar like Harry Potter! This is incredible for re-riding the attraction! It can be a new experience each time!

 

 

  1. This “story coaster” will catapult you 65 feet in the air at a more than 70-degree angle…then drop you backward in one movement!

Be sure to hold on tight and trust Hagrid to get you through your journey!

 

 

We are so excited to experience this brand-new attraction at Universal Orlando! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit!

All About TapuTapu at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park!

 

Are you ready for an amazing day at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water theme park? Picture yourself hanging out on the sand, soaking up the Florida sunshine, and swimming in the park’s crystal clear waters, kicked back without a care in the world! Universal’s water theme park, Volcano Bay is unlike any other water park you have ever experienced! ˇThis is not just a water park, it is a water theme park! One of the amazing amenities that sets Volcano Bay apart is their wearable tech — the TapuTapu!

 

 

You receive one of these wristbands upon entry into Volcano Bay to use during your time in the park! You can tap your band at a ride and it will virtually hold your place in line! You are given a return time that will display on your band and you can come back to ride at that time with little to know wait at all! That means during that time your spot in line is being virtually held by your TapuTapu, instead of standing in a line you can be enjoying the pool, floating along in the lazy river, soaking in the sun on the beach, anything you want to do!  Here are some more facts about TapuTapu!

 

 

More than a Place Holder!

Your TapuTapu can also allow for some very fun interactive surprises throughout the park when you tap it on certain touchpoints! Another wonderful convenience is that you can use your TapuTapu to pay for food, souvenirs and more. This way you don’t have to worry about running back to a locker to grab your wallet! Everything is linked right to your wrist!

 

 

Virtual Line!

Once you tap your TapuTapu at an attraction your spot is being held in the virtual line! The virtual line allows you to relax and have fun until it’s your time to ride! During this time you can eat, drink, chill out, or ride other attractions that don’t have a wait time! The options are endless! It is all up to you!

 

 

Look for “Ride Now”

No matter what ride you have got counting down on your TapuTapu, you can always ride an attraction whose sign reads, “RIDE NOW.” This means these rides are a “walk on” and you don’t have to wait. So keep an eye out for “RIDE NOW” as you explore the park.

 

 

Cashless Purchases

You can use your TapuTapu to make purchases at Volcano Bay without carrying around cash or your card. Just set up an account on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App and you can “TapTu Pay” for food, drinks and merchandise throughout the park!

 

 

As always, your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is happy to answer all of your questions when it comes to planning your Universal Orlando vacation! Contact our team today to book your next trip!

 

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

Grand Opening of Today Cafe at Universal Studios Florida!

 

TODAY Cafe has officially opened at Universal Studios Florida! This dining location will bring visitors a unique experience crafted to make you feel like you have stepped onto the TODAY set! This experience is paired with specialty food and beverage offerings! You can enjoy TODAY Cafe which is now officially open at Universal Studios Florida, serving up a unique experience designed to feel like you are stepping onto the TODAY set paired with specialty food and beverage options. Enjoy fresh pastries baked in-house, salads and sandwiches. Additionally you will find a selection of locally-roasted coffees, including the exclusive TODAY Cafe Blend!

 

 

Universal opened this one-of-a-kind cafe with NBC’s Al Roker and the TODAY team broadcasted live from location in Universal Studios Florida to lead the celebration! This exciting celebratory moment included a TODAY “orange carpet” that was lined with some of Universal Orlando’s most popular characters! There was a countdown to a pop of orange and white confetti to ring in the opening! During his visit Al also lent a hand at the cafe by serving specialty menu items to guests, like his first seasonal dish – Al’s Avocado Toast, the organic acai bowl and the Chinatown Chicken Salad!

 

 

Here are a few of the things that you will enjoy during your visit to TODAY Cafe:

  • A venue inspired by TODAY – complete with stage lighting and Studio 1A theming.
  • Specialty breakfast, lunch and snack options.
  • Seasonal dishes inspired by co-anchor Al Roker’s favorite recipes. The first seasonal dish is Al’s Avocado Toast, which is topped with cherry tomatoes, artichokes, roasted red onions, tomato aioli, and is accompanied by bread and butter pickles.
  • TODAY’s live broadcast – allowing you to catch up on top headlines of the day, all while refueling for more theme park thrills.
  • In the afternoon hours, and in tribute to the fourth hour of TODAY, you can enjoy wine and beer on tap with a delicious cheese platter for two.

Be sure to start your day at Universal Studios Florida with a visit to TODAY Cafe! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next universal Orlando Vacation!

Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando Florida!

 

Recently a few of our travel planners visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter makes guests feel like they have step inside of the story of  Harry Potter! If you are a fan of this series, then this is the place you will want to visit!

Here are just a few of the exciting experiences that some of our Travel Planners had on their most recent visit to the Wizarding World!

 

 

 

First up our Travel Planners enjoyed a delicious meal inside of the Leaky Caldron! If you are familiar with the Harry Potter series then you will recognize this location and appreciate all of its wonderful theming and details!

 

 

 

 

 

Next our team wandered around the Wizarding World and took tons of photos! You can truly spend so much time just taking in all the details of this incredibly themed area of the park!

 

 

Our Travel Planners visited the Globus Mundi store, a store themed to the travel agency in the Wizarding World! This was a big highlight for our team! They loved all the travel related merchandise and theming!

 

 

 

Next our team went to find Gilly Water! This is a special brand of water that can be found in the Wizarding World. Throughout the Wizarding World they sell special flavorings or ” elixirs” to flavor this water! This is such a fun and unique experience!

 

 

Then our Travel Planners tried their hand at the interactive wand magic in the Wizarding World! Throughout the Wizarding World you can find wand locations where you can use your interactive wand to cast spells and create magic for yourself!

 

 

Our Travel Planner, Alyssa Maisano captured these exciting experiences on video! I loved getting to put these clips together, as I have yet to ever go to Universal Orlando myself! I have always wanted to experience the Wizarding World and getting to see her video helped me piece together what this exciting world looks like and all the excitement it holds!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today so you can plan your exciting adventure to Universal Studios!

 

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!

First-Look at the Creatures in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! Universal Orlando – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter fans get ready! Universal Orlando has revealed more details about the magical creatures that we will soon be able to encounter on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. This brand-new Harry Potter attraction will open on June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This new ride will be the most immersive, highly-themed coaster experience ever! This epic coaster will take you on a thrilling journey with Hagrid to the Forbidden Forest where you will discover the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. This attraction’s opening is just around the corner and we can’t wait to experience it in person!

 

 

Universal is revealing an exclusive look at some of the creatures we will get to encounter on the ride including a very rare creature that has never even been seen in the films. Universal plans to reveal a new creature each day in the coming weeks. These sneak peaks we now get to see are the perfect way to prepare for the mystical things we will be encountering during our trip into the Forbidden Forest as part of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures Class. Our fourth creature is a majestic being not to be confused with a horse or human.

 

Centaurs

A Centaur is a magical creature with a human head, torso and arms, joined to a horse’s body. They are, however, their own species and should be treated with great respect. As we make our way into the dark forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we need to be on the lookout for this mysterious archer in the distance ready to strike. He stands at 8 ft. tall, which would probably make him a great athlete in the Muggle world!

 

Devil’s Snare

Even though Devil’s Snare is not a creature, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this perilous plant from the wizarding world! This rare plant often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire – remember that on your journey! Devil’s Snare is one of the many challenges we will face on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. We hear we might even find ourselves entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant! However it is important to remember to remain calm! If we don’t, we may end up entangled in hundreds of its vines!

 

Cornish Pixies

Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief, often at the expense of others. These mischievous creatures fly, and have also been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings. You may remember from the Harry Potter films this happened to Neville Longbottom. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we will see these troublesome creatures wreaking havoc on an infamous blue car… and in places we may not expect. They’re about 13 inches tall and we will find more than 20 pixies throughout this adventure.

 

Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog

Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. As you may know, Fluffy has a weakness, he falls asleep to the sound of music. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we will confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. In this brand- new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars!

 

With this exciting new Harry Potter attraction opening early THIS SUMMER, now is the perfect time to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your family’s summer vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

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