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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!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle – NEW Limited-Time Show at Universal Orlando!

 

There is a brand new limited-time show now showing at Universal the Universal Orlando Resort! If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a show you are not going to want to miss! On September 14, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle premiered! In this incredible new projection show guests will experience an exciting new display of magic in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade! This ominous new spectacle of music, lights, and special effects.

 

On select nights now through November 15, the Hogwarts castle will illuminate with images from the darker side of the Wizarding World. Guests will be encouraged to summon their inner strength to bravely face the all-consuming Dark Arts and even the visage of the powerful Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort.

 

Dementors, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures. Creatures including Aragog, Mountain Trolls, Thestrals and more will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic, until the Patronus spell. The Patronus spell is one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the Wizarding World. If you are a Harry Potter fan then you have to experience Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

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!

Food and Drinks Coming to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites!

I think everyone can agree that a very important area when it comes to planning out your vacation is the food and beverage offerings that you will get to experience! We all love to indulge in some delicious food and drinks while on vacation! Universal Orlando’s newest extra-affordable Value Hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites will be a foodie paradise! This brand-new Universal Resort opens on June 27! Let’s take a first look at a few of the amazing culinary offerings you will be able to experience at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites!

You will find a casual dining food court at Surfside Inn and Suites called Beach Break Cafe, here you will be able to take a break from your adventure in the parks to enjoy some incredible surfer-inspired dishes! These offerings will feature Southern California flavors and highlight many fresh ingredients! Just like in surf culture, Beach Break Cafe dares to be different! In this spirit the eatery will offer food and drink items from around the world! The atmosphere will be care-free, cool and exciting, from early in the morning to late at night, all within this great new family-friendly Universal hotel!

This casual dining food court will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The eatery has been inspired by food trucks, local joints and backyard BBQs! Beach Break Cafe’s menu will be very affordable and offer something for everyone from unique cuisine to comfort food! Here are just a few of the great items you will find at Beach Break Cafe!

Breakfast

Bacon Egg and Cheese Croissant

Served with Breakfast Potatoes

 

Breakfast Pizza

Sausage Gravy, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Mozzarella, and Cheddar Cheese

 

Lunch and Dinner

Italian Ciabatta

Ham, Capicola, Genoa Salami, Provolone, Red Onion, Tomato, Shredded Romaine, Pepperoncini, Red Wine Vinaigrette

SoCal (Southern California) – Cobb Salad

Southern California is a region known for light, clean and unique flavors.

Chopped Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, Blue Cheese, Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Ranch Dressing

 

 

Caprese Panini

Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Glaze

 

Pipeline Burger

This burger is inspired by the classic wave — one of the most famous and most photographed waves.

Beef Patty, Topped with Caramelized Onion, Bacon Jam and Provolone Cheese Served with Crisp Lettuce and Vine Ripe Tomatoes on a Toasted Bun Tofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce

 

 

Tofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce

If you’re more of a carnivore, you can choose chicken or carne asada for this dish as well.

Cilantro Lime Rice, Quinoa, Kale, Red Cabbage, Pickled Carrots

 

A great vacation always includes some time spent relaxing by the pool! As you soak up the sun you can indulge with some refreshing drinks! Head over to the resort’s pool bar, aka the Sand Bar! Here you will find a laid-back atmosphere where you can hang loose! Here’s a taste of some of the drinks you can enjoy poolside.

 

 

Orange Surf Board

– Orange Vodka, Coconut Rum, Triple Sec, Orange Juice and a splash of Cranberry

Tidal Wave

– Endless Summer Rum, Peach Vodka, Gin, Peach Schnapps, OJ and Pineapple Juice

Surf En La Paloma

– Tequila, Blood Orange, Grapefruit Juice and Soda

Epic Sunset (Frozen)

– Vodka, Mango Colada and Strawberry Island Oasis

Toasted Coconut Mango Mojito (Frozen)

– Coconut Rum, Mango and Mojito Island Oasis

Are you ready to plan your stay at Universal’s new Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites?! This amazing new resort opens just in time for summer 2019! Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to book your trip!

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!

2019 Holiday Dates Announced at Universal Orlando Resort!

 

The spirit of the holidays is in the air because the Universal Orlando Resort has just announced their holiday dates! With this information, you and your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner will now be all set to book your holiday visit to Universal Orlando! The Universal parks and resorts go all out for the holiday season! A visit to the Universal Resort for these exciting festivities will be a great way to get in the spirit of this magical time of year!

 

 

 

 

You can experience Universal holiday offerings from November 16, 2019, through January 5, 2020! During this time you and your party can experience a one–of–a–kind holiday celebration! Universal is the perfect place to get a little merry and enjoy some holiday spirit! This resort-wide celebration is one not to miss!

 

 

You can enjoy the sights, festive shows, and delicious food during Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! You can also experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s! And watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

 

 

The holiday season will be here before we know it! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to make your festive holiday plans at the Universal Orlando Resort! The holiday season is always a magical time to make memories with the ones you love most!

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!

 

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!

NEW Bigfire Restaurant will bring Fireside Dining to Universal’s CityWalk THIS SUMMER!

 

Summer is right around the corner! For me something that always reminds me of summer nights is a bonfire! Gathering around, talking, relaxing, roasting marshmallows and just enjoying a warm summer’s evening! You will soon be able to experience that feeling year-round at the Universal Orlando Resort! Soon you will be able to enjoy a relaxing night out with delicious open-fire cooking at Universal’s CityWalk! Bigfire, will be the newest, full-service restaurant making its way to CityWalk. The restaurant draws inspiration from the nostalgia of cooking over open flames during memorable family vacations! Your visit to Bigfire will leave you feeling as though you just stepped into a lakeside summer house! The restaurant creates an atmosphere reminiscent of summer evenings spent by the water, surrounded by family and friends!

 

 

Bigfire’s Theme

Let’s talk about the theme at this amazing new restaurant! Bigfire’s home will feature a two-story venue which will include natural design elements of mix and matched fabrics and seating, cast iron, twinkling lights and camp lanterns! There is even a canoe suspended from the overhead rafters to complete the outdoor atmosphere inside the restaurant! This place is going to be the perfect spot to unwind and relax after a fun-filled day in the Universal theme parks!

 

 

 

Bigfire’s Food

Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing – the food! At the heart of the restaurant will be a custom wood fire grill where chefs will prepare signature dishes inspired by the style of open-fire cooking! However, this traditional cooking style will be done with a significant and very modern twist! Inspired by the way food would be prepared on an open campfire, chefs will carefully match each food with wood species that have been carefully chosen based on the flavor they exude. The result of this process creates a wonderful selection of delectable dishes, sides, desserts – and even cocktails – that all infuse the smoky spirits. The pairings will add bold flavors to create elevated American fare. A few notable menu items will include a signature bison burger, coffee, chili and cocoa rubbed top sirloin, delectable freshwater trout, mouth-watering smoked salads and more!

 

 

 

 

This new dining location will be found at Universal’s CityWalk between VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on the edge of the lagoon. This spot will offer incredible views of Universal’s CityWalk! An official opening date has yet to be announced but we do know that Bigfire will be planning to open sometime this summer! I cannot wait to check this new restaurant out! It sounds like the atmosphere will create much more than just a great meal, it will create an entire dining experience!

 

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of traveling to next! Like we said, summer really is right around the corner! Take this time to create lasting memories with your family! Our team is excited to help you bring your vacation dreams to life!

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!

Exciting New Details Announced for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – Coming June 13th to Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure! 

 

Recently the Universal Orlando Resort made the exciting announcement that a brand-new attraction will soon be added to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! This thrilling new coaster will be called, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! This new ride will open on June 13, 2019 in Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This past week Universal shared more details on this incredible new ride! They did so with the help of two very special guests, Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, and Alan Gilmore, Art Director for the Harry Potter films. Tom Felton and Alan Gilmore joined together to share exciting details about this brand-new adventure that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to go on! Here is an overview of what we can look forward to:

 

Your adventure starts when you join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and then board magical motorbikes specially designed to make you feel the freedom of flight! During your journey, you can either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar, just like the sidecar Harry Potter rode in alongside Hagrid! These two ride options will provide two very unique experiences! You can re-ride this attraction again and it can feel like a whole other experience! During the ride, you will soar through the Forbidden Forest and come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures… but be warned! In true Hagrid fashion, things don’t go as planned and your adventure takes a thrilling twist!

 

 

  • This brand-new ride mixes a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with detailed environments and sets! One of these sets features an actual forest with 1,200 live trees!
  • Guests will enjoy a freewheeling coaster flight where they will twist, turn and speed forward and backward, at speeds of up to 50 mph into the dark forest!
  • On the journey guests will encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures! These creatures include a majestic Centaur; a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies; Fluffy the three-headed dog; and even a creature that has never been seen in the films!
  • Guests will rush past challenging obstacles, drop into an endless pit of Devil’s Snare and so much more, all while encountering a couple of surprises along the way!

 

This new adventure begins June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure! This attraction will be unlike anything else! We can’t wait to see how Universal is using this incredible creative technology to take guests on the ride of their life!

 

 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens just in time for summer! Now is the perfect time to plan your summer vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort to experience this brand-new attraction along with all the other excitement Universal has to offer! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to start planning!

 

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

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

 

 

The Dining Experience

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

 

 

Eat & Drink

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

 

Classic Italian Sandwich

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

 

Avocado Toast

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

 

Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad

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

 

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

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

 

Vegan Sandwich

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

 

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

 

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

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