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Find the Perfect Christmas Gifts at The Universal Orlando Resort!

We are entering into the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas time! I love the holiday season and while we may not be in December just yet we all know how hectic the holidays get, and how fast time can fly this time of year! That’s why right now is a great time to start your holiday shopping! The Universal Orlando Resort is home to a wide selection of merchandise! You are sure to find something for everyone on your list! Let’s take a look at a few of our picks!

 Hogwarts House Robes

The Harry Potter fan in your life would love a Hogwarts Wizard robe with their very own house logo on it! The robes are available in all 4 of the Hogwarts houses on them, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. These robes are great for fans to enjoy in the park and at home they make for a great cozy accessory to keep warm this winter!

 

Despicable Me Unicorn Pillow Plush

If you are a fan of the Despicable Me movie you will remember the stuffed Unicorn that the girls declared was “SO FLUFFY!” Well now you can purchase this adorable pillow plush for someone in your life! This fluffy unicorn is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face on Christmas morning!

 

Collectible and Interactive Wands

Every Harry Potter fan wants a wand of their own, and Universal has you covered! They sell a wide selection of collectable wands including replicas of the wands the characters in the films had! There are even interactive wands for sale, these wands allow wizards to practice their spells in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and make some magical surprises happen!

 

E.T. Plush

Everyone loves E.T.! This 15-inch-tall plush is soft and cuddly! E.T. is even sporting his hoddie! So cute! This plush is sure to be a favorite for kids of all ages!

 

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

Harry Potter fans will recognize this wizarding treat, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans! Inside every box there are 20 different jellybean flavors ranging from marshmallow and tutti-frutti to grass and soap! This is a very fun gift for someone adventurous in your life! This silly item is sure to make a great stocking stuffer!

 

Jurassic Park Hooded Sweatshirt

This hooded sweatshirt is adorned with the Jurassic Park logo from the original film. A great gift for a movie lover! This pull-over hoodie also has a hand-warmer pocket, making it perfect for cold winter days!

 

Despicable Me Minion Plush

We all love those playful and mischievous little yellow minions from the Despicable Me film series! These plush minions come in a variety of sizes and make for the perfect sidekick on any adventure!

 

Chocolate Frogs

These items are another one that Harry Potter fans are sure to appreciate! These Chocolate Frogs come inside of an intricately designed box and each box includes a wizard card! You can buy boxes individually or purchase a four-pack that guarantees you will receive a wizard card depicting each one of the Hogwarts founders.

Giving the gift of a Universal Orlando Vacation can give your family the most valuable gift of all, the gift of time spent together and memories made as a family! Our team at Kingdom Magic Vacation can help you plan the vacation that you are dreaming of! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today! Happy Holidays!

Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration Show is Now Open!

The Universal Orlando Resort has a brand-new nighttime lagoon show, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration! The show is now officially open at Universal Studios. With this new show, Universal is taking their lagoon show experience to a whole new level! The show now gives guests a fantastic new way to cap off a fun day in the parks.

Visitors can expect to see fun and thrilling scenes inspired by beloved characters from popular Universal Orlando attractions as well as from blockbuster movies! These characters will come to life in the Universal Studio’s lagoon. Guests can take it all in from the brand-new designated viewing area that Universal built specifically for the show!

Visitors will experience moments from the Harry Potter film series, Jurassic World, The Fast & the Furious films, Despicable Me and many more! The show features full panoramic water screens. This includes multi-layer water screens as well as pyrotechnics, projection mapping and more than 120 dancing fountains!

Experience an amazing cinema under the stars during Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration! This brand-new Universal show is now showing on select nights at Universal Studios Florida!

Christmas Offerings Coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Last year the Universal Orlando Resort offered a wide selection of new holiday offerings and the new festive additions became an instant hit with guests! That’s why we are excited to share that the holiday offerings will be returning this year as well! This year’s event runs from November 17, 2018, until January 6, 2019. During this festive time guests can celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit all the Whos down in Whoville with Grinchmas, and watch their favorite characters in the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. These fun offerings are sure to put you and your family in the spirit of the season, and that’s just the beginning! There will be more holiday offerings this year than ever before!  Let’s take a look at the lineup of exclusive holiday offerings throughout the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

“The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” is back! Guests can enjoy this dazzling projection show on the Hogwart’s Castle nightly when visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. While in Hogsmeade, be sure to look around at all the festive Christmas decorations, listen to the Frog Choir sing holiday songs and grab a Hot Butterbeer! Then guests can head over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to see more beautiful Christmas decorations throughout London and Diagon Alley. Guests won’t want to miss the talented Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees sing their holiday hits!

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is returning to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This festive parade fills the streets with music, confetti, and some of your favorite characters, such as the Despicable Me Minions, Shrek and Fiona, King Julien, the Penguins of Madagascar, and more! And in true holiday parade tradition there is a visit from Santa as he rides high in the sky on a stunning float, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. This parade is a “must-see” experience for everyone in the family!

 

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Grinchmas is returning to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Here you can hear the story of the Grinch and help the Whos down in Whoville save Christmas during a wonderful live stage show! Join in singing along to your favorite songs and get into the Grinchmas spirit!  You can even start your day off in the park with breakfast with the Grinch himself (reservations required). Then stroll through Seuss Landing and enjoy taking in all the fun and colorful Christmas decorations put there by the Whos as they get their final preparations in order for Christmas!

 

Mannheim Steamroller

Fan-favorite Mannheim Steamroller will be returning to perform live on the Music Plaza Stage. Their performances can be seen on select nights during the months of November and December.

 

Resort-Wide Celebration

The festively decorated on-site hotels at Universal Orlando will be adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations! Each resort has décor specific to their location and theme. These decorations provide a wonderful backdrop for family holiday photos! Guests can meet Santa Claus, watch tree lightings, indulge in special holiday treats, and see all the decorations – all while on their Universal Orlando vacation!

 

Visiting the Universal Orlando Resort during the magic of the holiday season is a truly incredible experience! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are always ready to help you plan your next memorable vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort or to wherever you wish to travel!

Things for Kids to do at Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando Resort is a celebration of our favorite movies. Guests can be swept up in the exciting world of show business and even step inside some poplar movies through rides and shows! The Universal parks are famous for their thrill rides, but the resort also prides itself on offering fun experiences for younger guests. The two parks, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure offer something for all ages. Let’s take a look at a few of the wonderful attractions that your little ones can enjoy at Universal!

Universal Studios

 

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

If your little ones are fans of Despicable Me, then you can’t miss “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.” This 3-D ride will transport you inside the Despicable Me story. Gru will recruit you into his latest scheme and just like any great movie there is always an unexpected twist, which is just what happens things don’t go as planned and your journey launches you on an exciting mission you will never forget!

 

Shrek 4-D

Join characters from the popular DreamWorks film, Shrek on a 4-D adventure! The story is unique and one we are sure you have never heard before. The tale takes place after the first film but before the second. Shrek fans will love the original storytelling! Fun special effects make guests feel like they are truly living out the story with the characters, making this experience fun for all ages!

 

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster

Embark on a thrilling ride through Woody Woodpecker’s own nut factory. This coaster is kid friendly and a great first-time roller coaster for even the smallest of thrill-seekers to be able to take part in!

 

Hogwarts Express

Board the famous Hogwarts Express from Harry potter. This train ride is family friendly allowing your whole group to all take part in this exciting ride. As you begin your ride special effects will transport guest into the world of Harry and his friends. This is not just a regular theme park ride it is actually a mode of transportation. The Hogwarts Express travel between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure! A park-to-park ticket is required to board.

 

Islands of Adventure

 

Seuss Landing

Kids will love Seuss Landing, a colorful land that transports guests into the world of beloved Dr. Seuss stories. The land is home to “The Cat in The Hat ride”, here you will embark on a journey through the story of the Cat in the Hat. While visiting Seuss Landing children can also enjoy the “caro-Seuss-el”, a merry-go-round style ride themed to the fun and lovable characters from many Dr. Seuss classics. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” is a fun spinner style attraction where guests can soar high in their very own flying fish! The ride puts guests in control meaning your kids can have a blast as they have the power to make their fish go up and down. Kids and kids at heart will love “The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!” This slow-moving trolley tour gives guests a wonderful birds-eye view over all of the whimsical buildings in Seuss landing!

 

Camp Jurassic

Camp Jurassic is a giant recreation area where kids can run, play and discovery the exciting world of dinosaurs! Your little adventurers will explore mysterious mines and darks cave, climb up dinosaur capture nets, slide down themed slides and navigate across bridges. This multi-level play ground will provide countless fun for kids!

 

Pteranodon Flyers

This easy air-glide attraction is made specially just for kids. Little ones can take flight beneath the 10-foot wings of a Pteranodon. Kids will be treated to wonderful views of the theme park from a comfy seat suspended from the above track.

We hope you enjoyed a few of our top picks for kids at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando is an experience for everyone in the family, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to plan your next Universal adventure!

Christmas Offerings Are Better Than Ever At The Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Universal Orlando is a vacation like no other! Here you can experience the magic of film-making and step-inside some of your favorite movies through themed lands, rides, and shows! The Resort offers something for all ages and interests, so everyone in your traveling party is sure to find something they enjoy.

During the Christmas season, Universal gets all decked out with special holiday offerings. This year they have raised the bar very high with more Christmas offerings than ever before! Let’s take a look at two of the main holiday attractions that are our favorite this year!

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts

Hogsmeade is decorated for Christmas this year and looks amazing! The creative team at universal wanted the decorations to fit the storyline of the area. Hogsmeade is a town full of many magical and mystical businesses. When the team was planning which decorations would adorn the area of Hogsmeade, they wanted to keep that feel of this being a real, working town. They made sure that the decorations that graced each shopfront fit into the theme of that specific store or business. The attention to detail is incredible! The beautiful holiday decorations are just a pre-show to what guests can experience at night in Hogsmeade! Come nighttime the Hogwart’s castle comes to life with a breathtaking holiday projection show called, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts.

The show uses state-of-the-art projection mapping technology and is truly filled with magic! As the lights dim the show begins with caroling ghosts singing classical Christmas hymns.

Guests are then taken on a captivating journey as wizards fly past on broomsticks and decorations magically appear on the iconic castle! This show is a must-see when visiting Universal at Christmas time!

Watch the full show in our YouTube Video,

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Our next pick for our favorite Christmas offerings is Universal’s Holiday parade featuring Macy’s. This parade gives a nod to the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV is a tradition for many families, and here at Universal you can get a taste of what it’s like to be there in person and see those famous balloons float down the street for yourself!

Universal’s Macy’s Parade has been an annual offering for a number of years, however this year the creative team at universal has stepped in and made their mark on the parade. Now along with the classic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade elements we love, the parade also features many of our favorite Universal characters. Characters from, Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek can all be spotted in this festive parade.

Just like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, even Santa Claus makes a special appearance!

The parade is fun, energetic and has a great balance of traditional Christmas, along with modern Universal favorites!

Watch the Parade on our YouTube Channel,

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Be sure to plan a holiday visit to Universal Orlando to experience all these great offerings for yourself. Our team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is always ready to help you plan your future trips! Have a Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holidays at Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando Resort is preparing for an epic Holiday Season! The parks and resorts will be offering a new line-up of holiday offerings across their property. Holidays at Universal Orlando runs from November 18th through to January 6th.

This year for the first time ever, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting decorated for the Christmas season. Wizarding fans will experience a whole new layer of detail to these popular lands through holiday props and décor. The Christmas magic doesn’t stop there! At night a dazzling new holiday projection show will light up the Hogwarts’ castle!

Dr. Seuss fans can enjoy a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday story staring the famous Grinch!

This year the minions from Despicable Me will bring mayhem to the holidays and be featured in a brand-new version of the Macy’s holiday parade at the park!

With so many new and exciting offerings you and your family are sure to be in the spirit of the season when you visit the Universal Orlando Resort!

Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what those despicable Minions have been up to transforming the kid’s rooms at Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort into one-of-a-kind Despicable Me Kids’ Suites.

Here are some photos from the new Minion rooms at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.

Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

Minion Wallpaper

Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

The New Minion Themed Kids Rooms

Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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The Minions Take Over New Kids Suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites. These rooms capture the excitement and playfulness of Gru’s Laboratory. As you enter through the vault door, your training as a future Minion begins with your favorite minion characters repelling from the ceiling and surrounding you on the walls in their non-stop antics. Sleep like Margo, Edith and Agnes in custom-designed missile beds with Minion-inspired bedding, complete with Gru’s scarf. Balancing the playfulness of the room, a pale blue interior creates a soothing backdrop with touches of the laboratory’s red accents to remind you that you are indeed in an unforgettable Minion adventure for your stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites.

The adults’ room features a king-sized bed in the hotel’s newly-renovated Italian luxury design. An added feature that parents will appreciate is a single entry door into the suite: the kids’ side of the suite does not have a door that opens into the hallway. All of the hotel’s 18 kids’ suites will be transformed with the new theme. 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites.

On-site hotel guests receive exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission and free Universal Express Unlimited ride access which lets them skip the regular lines on most rides and attractions in Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

About Portofino Bay Resort

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites.

Escape to the sunny shores of the Italian Riviera at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Inspired by the famed Mediterranean seaside resort, this AAA Four Diamond Award winning hotel features 750 guest rooms, including 45 spacious suites. Each room offers the epitome of European luxury and elegance with authentic Italian furnishings and marble accents. Picture yourself relaxing in the comfort of a romantic Italian villa, surrounded by upgraded features like custom duvet covers with 100% white goose down duvet inserts, and elegant window treatments featuring lace curtains which cast lovely floral patterns around the room. And of course, each guest room is also equipped with all the latest amenities to combine the best of Old World hospitality with modern convenience.

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

 

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

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

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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  • Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

 

  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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

 

 

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

  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong

 

  • Jurassic Park River Adventure

 

  • MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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