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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

Brand-New Live-Action Stunt Show The Bourne Stuntacular Coming to Universal Studios Florida

 

Bourne fans get excited because, “the chase is on!” This coming Spring 2020, the Universal Orlando Resort will welcome its newest show. This brand-new live-action stunt show will be called, The Bourne Stuntacular! The Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida. This new live-action show is based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise. The Bourne Stuntacular will use cutting-edge effects that will literally have you on the edge-of-your-seat! Universal has shared that this epic live show will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before!

 

The Bourne Stuntacular will follow lead character Jason Bourne around the world as sinister characters pursue him. This action-packed show will feature thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn. All of this action will all happen right in front of you with live performers, interactive props and a massive LED screen! We know this level of immersion will make it impossible to determine where the live-action ends and the screen begins! Universal Orlando has stated that with this show “You won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.”

 

We are so excited that this brand-new live-action stunt show will soon be calling Universal Studios Florida home! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit 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!

Video Tour of Universal’s Volcano Bay!

 

During our most recent Kingdom Magic Vacations Company event, our team had the opportunity to spend a great day filled with both fun and learning at the Universal Orlando Resort! There is so much to see and do at this amazing property! Universal Orlando is a vacation destination that the entire family will love!

 

 

A big highlight from our day at Universal was getting the chance to tour Universal’s newest park, Universal Volcano Bay! This park is truly one of a kind! It is so much more than just a water park, it is a water theme park! What does that mean? It means that this park is not just simply your average water park filled with a bunch of water slides – no, this park is a water park built like a theme park! The park is incredibly themed and detailed! You feel like you are in a lush and tropical island paradise!

 

 

What truly struck me about this water theme park was how beautiful it is! You really do feel like you are at a beach! I loved how much seating there was too. We were there in the middle of the day and there were several beach chairs all available and nice secluded places you can relax at and set up as your base camp for your day in the park.

 

 

Whether you are looking for exciting thrills or relaxing chills, you will find them at Universal’s Volcano Bay! There is something for everyone here. Join us on a walking tour of Volcano Bay in our latest YouTube Video!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit 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!

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!

6 Reasons to Plan a Spring getaway at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, Spring is in the air! Now is the perfect time to plan a spring getaway! We know the perfect destination for an amazing Spring vacation, the Universal Orlando Resort! Here are 6 reason you should plan your Spring Getaway at Universal!

 

  1. Grab the Perfect Instagram Photo

You can fill your Instagram with awesome pics from all of your Universal Orlando adventures! With low crowds in the parks this time of year you can grab some amazing shots with no people in the background of your photos! Send your pics to your family and friends back home to send a little Florida Springtime sunshine their way!

 

 

  1. Perfect Weather

Year round, the state of Florida is known for its beautiful warm weather. After all they do call it “the sunshine state” for a reason! However, this time of year the weather is particularly great because it’s not too hot compared to the middle of summer. For some states up north, we are still feeling the cold so a Florida vacation can be a great way to get an early taste of spring!

 

  1. Low Crowds

The great thing about this time of year, is the fact that the Spring break rush is already behind and the summer crowds have not yet come. These spring months are a wonderful time to experience the Universal Orlando parks with much lower crowd levels. Low crowds will allow you and your family to see and do more of the things you want to do!

 

  1. Relax

The warm weather can provide the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax and soak up that beautiful Florida sunshine. You can hang by your Universal Resort pool or visit Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park if you are looking for some refreshing fun!

 

  1. Shorter Wait Times

Once again, the parks are not as crowded this time of year. So what does that mean as far as wait times? The low crowds mean you will definitely notice all the wait times and lines to be significantly shorter compared to peak travel times. Low waits mean you can experience more rides and more fun during your trip!

 

  1. Enjoy All the New Things!

If you have not visited the Universal Orlando Resort recently then you are in for a real treat! There have been so many new rides, attractions, restaurants and experiences that have been added to Universal property! Your Spring getaway trip is the perfect time to check all this new stuff out!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando resort or to whatever travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

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!

Perfect Way to End Your Day at the Universal Orlando Resort – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration!

 

Let’s Take a look at the newest nighttime show now calling Universal Orlando home! Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration is showing on select nights at Universal Studios Florida. This night-time spectacular is a great way to end your day at the Universal theme parks. You can look forward to seeing all the best moments and memories from your day come to life right before your eyes! These breathtaking scenes become reality in the middle of the lagoon on massive water screens! Scenes include clips from Illumination’s Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, The Secret Life of Pets and so many more!

 

 

All these movie moments that we know and love come together to create an incredible celebration of some of our favorite characters and stories! The show is made possible with some amazing projection mapping, pyrotechnics, lasers, dancing fountains and more.

 

 

Be sure to catch Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration during your next visit to the parks! If you are looking for a unique way to experience Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s than look no further than the Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party! This special add-on experience gets you exclusive viewing areas for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal’s Cinematic Celebration. Also included are specialty and seasonal desserts, sparkling wine, sparkling cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

 

 

Plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort by contacting your Kingdom Magic vacations Travel Planner. Our knowledgeable team is excited to help you put together the perfect vacation that will be memorable for you and your family!

 

New Holiday Dessert Party Comes to Universal Orlando

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER “EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY VIEWING AREA AND DESSERT PARTY” – JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Guests Will Enjoy Dedicated Viewing Areas for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration – Plus Specialty Food and Beverages

Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2018) – Universal Orlando Resort will offer an all-new “Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party” experience from December 24 to December 30 – giving guests an even more special and exclusive way to experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration.

The experience starts at 7 p.m. with access to an exclusive viewing area for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s in the Hollywood area of the park. Guests can enjoy an assortment of beverages, including coffee and hot chocolate, and prime viewing of the incredible floats, larger-than-life balloons and favorite characters that take to the streets of Universal Studios during the parade.

Then starting at 8:45 p.m., guests will get access to a special viewing area for Universal’s Cinematic Celebration. They can enjoy a variety of specialty and seasonal desserts, sparkling wine, sparkling cider and more before the show, and then watch as a colossal celebration of beloved characters and some of the world’s biggest films come to life in the Universal Studios lagoon.

The “Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party” is available daily from December 24 through December 30 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3 – 9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.

Introducing the Two Properties of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal Orlando’s first Value properties, Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites, introduces extra affordability to your clients’ Universal vacation, so now we are offering a hotel option for every style and budget. The vibe at these hotels is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf and beach theme woven throughout. In addition to standard rooms with rates as low as $73, both hotels will feature spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six for as little as $111 per night, making this the perfect spot for families of any size. Surfside Inn and Suites is the first hotel of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. Here, your clients will enjoy exclusive benefits like Early Park Admission* and complimentary transportation. Surfside Inn and Suites will open in Summer 2019 and Dockside Inn and Suites will open in 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jingle All the Way With the Minions

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

Santa Claus is Coming to Madagascar

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

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year with Shrek  

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

Here Comes Santa Claus…With His Elves

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

Not one, but TWO new hotels are coming to Universal Orlando Resort.

And here’s the best part… Both hotels will offer our lowest price tag yet, with nightly rates starting at less than $100.

Of course, when you stay at the new hotels you’ll enjoy the awesome benefits that come with staying at a Universal Orlando hotel. Early Park Admission to our three theme parks, complimentary transportation across the destination and resort-wide charging privileges are included.

Two New Hotels Offer More Options To Play At Universal Orlando Resort

But don’t let that price tag fool you. This new hotel complex will be a destination unto itself. Guests will enjoy the sun, surf and sand with a laid-back coastal feel. Vibrant and natural colors will set a free-spirited and beachy tone, inviting you to hang loose and enjoy your family vacation. Not to mention three pools, poolside bars, two food courts, coffee bars and fitness centers, just to name a few of the amenities.

So to recap, that’s theme park thrills, exclusive benefits and a seamless Universal Orlando experience with nightly rates starting below Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

The new hotels will be located at the intersection of Universal Blvd. and International Drive, just minutes away from Universal Studios FloridaUniversal’s Islands of AdventureUniversal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk’s dining and entertainment options.

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

We are so excited to announce that A Celebration of Harry Potter will return to Universal Orlando Resort for a fifth year from January 26-28, 2018. And for the first time ever, Stanislav Yanevski, who played the role of Viktor Krum, will be attending the event alongside fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps, who starred as Fred and George Weasley. This is just the first wave of Harry Potter film stars to be announced for next year’s event so stay tuned!

Some of fan-favorite magical experiences during this weekend-long event include Q&A sessions with select Harry Potter film stars, as well as special panels, demonstrations, activities and displays that celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

While all of these opportunities are included in regular theme park admission or with an Annual Pass – the vacation packages offer even more activities throughout A Celebration of Harry Potter. By purchasing a package, guests will receive exclusive benefits such as admission to a private event reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and access to new Workshops (more details to be revealed at a later date). Not to mention, by purchasing a vacation package you get reserved seating for the panels and demonstrations.

Premium Vacation Package Overview:

For those who always have their wands – and Harry Potter trivia – at the ready!

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive autograph session with select film stars
  • Evening reception at the Harry Potter Expo (Saturday)
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio session at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo, panels and demonstrations
  • Reserved section for select panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

A Celebration of Harry Potter Vacation Package Overview:

Perfect for those that have an obsession with all things Harry Potter. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents.

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • First come, first served special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special access to panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more information and details about A Celebration of Harry Potter and the different vacation packages.

The time is now to get your mischief managed and prepare for the fifth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter!

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