Fun Facts About Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Fun Facts About Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Fun Facts About Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

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If your perfect idea of a holiday parade includes a light snowfall, twinkling lights, joyful music and the mix of merry and mayhem, then you’re in luck. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s has all of these – and more!

The parade made its debut last year and will return for our resort-wide Holidays celebration running Nov. 17 – Jan. 6. with a theme inspired by cherished childhood memories and brought to life by beloved characters.

As a member of the parade’s operations team, I’ve seen exactly what it takes to pull off this spectacular experience. It’s certainly no small feat, requiring countless Team Members working year-round. I recently rounded up some of my favorite facts:

  • The parade will travel a total of more than 26 miles as it makes its way down the streets of Universal Studios Florida each night.
  • Without a doubt, the highlight of this parade is its 15 intricately hand-crafted floats featuring characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar, Shrek and more. And these floats are big. Really big.
GIF Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's Madagascar
  • Weighing in at about 30,000 pounds and measuring 35 feet long, the float featuring Shrek, Fiona and Dragon rivals the size of two large African elephants. Thanks to Dragon’s 16-foot wingspan, it’s also one of the widest.
GIF Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's Shrek
  • It wouldn’t be a holiday parade without the classic Macy’s star balloons. These stars measure 24 feet wide or as wide as five taxi cars!

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's

  • Piloting floats and balloons of this size takes practice, which is why training starts each summer for a team of nearly 300, including float operators, balloon handlers and parade escorts. (For the best view of all the floats and balloons in this year’s parade, Annual Passholders should watch from the exclusive viewing spot in front of Mel’s Diner!)
GIF Universal's Holiday parade featuring Macy's Balloon Handlers
  • You’ll see more than 100 dancers and characters during the parade – all dressed to impress in their holiday finest.
GIF Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's
  • Last year, more than 220 gallons of snow machine fluid were used to create a special Florida snow flurry during the parade’s finale.
GIF Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

I promise you’ve never seen a parade like Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s!

Click here for details about all the festivities happening during the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, which you can experience with general theme park admission.

Don’t forget to share your excitement on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #HolidayLikeThis.

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Fun Facts About Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


3 Real Life Inspiring Kids Will Melt Your Heart in New Grow Bolder Documentary Series

3 Real Life Inspiring Kids Will Melt Your Heart in New Grow Bolder Documentary Series

We’re not crying… you’re crying!

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Earlier in 2018, Universal Parks & Resorts launched the Grow Bolder campaign to encourage kids to take a stand, to be bold and fearless. As the narrator states in the TV spot, “fearless kids aren’t born… they’re made.” We challenge your heart not to melt when reading about these three inspiring kids.  

Charlotte, 10, the entrepreneur and philanthropist

Three years ago, Charlotte created ‘Stitches by Charlotte’ where hand sewn dolls are donated to children needing comfort before facing scary medical procedures –something she knows all too well having experienced multiple procedures to repair a cleft palate early in her life.

Watch Charlotte’s inspiring story here:

Robbie, 11, the National Park activist

Last year, Robbie Bond learned that some of his favorite national parks and monuments were being threatened, so he took a bold stand. At 9 years old, Robbie founded a non-profit called Kids Speak for Parks to inspire others to speak up to save America’s parks and monuments for generations to come.

Watch Robbie’s full story:

Hannah, 17, the fearless cyclist

For the first ten years of her life, Hannah Jordan lived in hospitals, sleeping over 20 hours a day as she was living with a glucose deficiency disease, but that doesn’t stop her from achieving her dreams. Watch Hannah’s brave adventure as she’s known as “The Hannibal”, aspiring Olympic cyclist.  

Watch Hannah’s full story:

We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely inspired! Tell us about someone you know who is inspiring you to Grow Bolder in the comments below.

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3 Real Life Inspiring Kids Will Melt Your Heart in New Grow Bolder Documentary Series


Local Yogis Participate in a One-Time Yoga Event at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Local Yogis Participate in a One-Time Yoga Event at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Sunrise. Beach. Yoga.

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As a yogi myself, the perfect vacation revolves around zen relaxation. Just a few months ago we opened Universal’s Aventura Hotel. The vibes of our new resort hotel are the definition of relaxation. The pool is calming, the rooms are sleek… oh, and the rooftop bar has some of the BEST views of our parks.

One of the amazing benefits of this hotel is being able to walk just a few steps right into Universal’s Volcano Bay. Could you imagine, sunrise beach yoga before a full day in the park? Me too! That’s why we invited a group of yogis to stay at our newest resort hotel and experience a one-time yoga session right on Waturi Beach.

Here’s a recap of what our Universal Yogis experienced.

The group checked into Universal’s Aventura Hotel and received beach totes with surprises inside.

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They enjoyed food and amazing views at Bar 17 Bistro, Aventura Hotel’s rooftop bar.

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How amazing is this?

Each yogi spent the night at Aventura Hotel and prepared for an early morning.

The next morning, they took the walking path from Aventura Hotel to Universal’s Volcano Bay.

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Each yogi was equipped with a towel that they set up on Waturi Beach with a perfect view of Krakatau.

If this isn’t zen, we don’t know what is.

 

Everyone participated in a 60 minute yoga flow on the beach.

And of course, no Universal event is complete without breaking the rules a little… We gave our rebel yogis some delicious vegan VooDoo Doughnuts to enjoy during breakfast after their workout.

We’re so grateful for our Universal Yogis.

This was a one-time yoga event at Universal Orlando, but we do offer other unique events, so make sure to follow us on our social media channels and blog for your chance to attend a future social media event.

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Local Yogis Participate in a One-Time Yoga Event at Universal’s Volcano Bay


Embrace Your Inner Grinch This Christmas with New Merchandise

Embrace Your Inner Grinch This Christmas with New Merchandise

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When the holidays roll around, I think we all discover that we have a little bit of the mean, green one inside of us. What better way to show it off (in true Grinch style) than with Grinch and Max plushes, outerwear and everything else that will help you show off your resting Grinch face, inspired by Illumination’s new movie The Grinch.

New Max Plushes Available in Seuss Landing

Resting Grinch Face Beanie Available at Universal Orlando

Are you more of a Grinch or a Max? Grab one of these cute #TeamGrinch or #TeamMax designs. There is also holiday decor like ornaments and the perfect mug to enjoy eggnog. And with the Grinch, it’s perfectly acceptable to show off your naughty side with pins, lanyards and more.

Grinch Ornament Available at Universal Orlando Grinch Plush and Pins Available in Seuss Landing

Grinch and Max Mugs Available at Universal Orlando Resort

Where to Shop

You can find this merchandise throughout Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and select Universal Studios Stores in CityWalk and Universal Studios Florida.

I know you want even more Grinchy-goodness. Head over to Universal Studios Florida for a new photo opp. in front of Animal Actors on Location!.

The Grinch Photo Op in Universal Studios Florida

And stop by Voodoo Doughnut in Universal CityWalk for a new Grinch inspired doughnut with sour apple bavarian cream filling.

Grinch Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

And to top it all off, starting Saturday, Nov. 17 you can join in on the Who-liday cheer with Grinchmas in Seuss Landing. You can meet the mischievous one himself, and see The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of the classic tale of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Come out and join us for the holiday celebrations, grab some new merch and check out the new movie The Grinch – now playing!

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Embrace Your Inner Grinch This Christmas with New Merchandise


UOAP Guide to Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

UOAP Guide to Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

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As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to put a little mischief in your merry. You can be sure you’ve never had a holiday like this with special offers exclusively for UOAPs and fun experiences during Holidays at Universal Orlando (Nov. 17 – Jan. 6).

Here‘s what you need to know:

There’s a Must See Parade 

UOAP Viewing for Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's

As the saying goes, everyone loves a parade. We’re making your Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s watching even more memorable with a special UOAP Viewing Area in front of Mel’s Drive-In located in Universal Studios Florida.

  • Tip: Plan to arrive a little early since space is limited and is available first come, first served.

Decorate for the Holidays!

UOAP Holiday Ornament 2018

For your holiday decor this year, purchase an exclusive the Grinch-themed UOAP ornament for $10, plus tax at Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe in Universal’s Islands of Adventure or Park Plaza Holiday Shop in Universal Studios Florida starting Nov. 17th.

  • To note: The year-round Premier Passholder 15% discount and Preferred 10% discount does apply.

Two More UOAP Button Releases

UOAP Button - Room for One More   UOAP Button - Not Yet

The third and fourth in the series of exclusive UOAP buttons will be released in November and December. In November, single riders can show that there’s always room for one more, and in December, let everyone know you’re ready for the holidays with the “Not Yet” button. Remember—there are limited amounts and each is only available for a limited time.

Stay AND Play

Holidays at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Kick off the holiday season by taking advantage of exclusive UOAP resort offers. Now through December 20, stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort for as low as $99 or Loews Sapphire Falls Resort for as low as $119 a night. Click here for all details and to book your stay.

Buy A Day At Volcano Bay, Get A 2nd Day Free

Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park

Share the thrills and relaxation of Universal’s Volcano Bay with your friends and family. Buy up to six tickets and show off your favorite water paradise. All UOAPs can take advantage and buy a one-day ticket and get another day now through December 21 with no blockout dates when purchase at the front gate.

Ring In The New Year and Save

EVE 2018 at Universal CityWalk

Ring in 2019 at EVE, The Best Party This Year. And Next. Feast on unlimited gourmet cuisine. Enjoy signature drinks. Revel in six awesome CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs. UOAPs save 10% on tickets to EVE, Universal CityWalk‘s New Year’s celebration. (21+ Only with valid Photo ID). Call (866) PASS-4-FUN for details and to purchase tickets.

Check out the UOAP page for more details. You’ll also want to be a part of the UOAP Facebook group, too, to share all of your holiday fun.

What part of Holidays at Universal Orlando are you most looking forward to?

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UOAP Guide to Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort


New Central Florida Water Park

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New Central Florida Water Park – ISLAND H20 LIVE! WATER PARK SET TO BRING CHILLS AND THRILLS TO CENTRAL FLORIDA IN SPRING 2019

New Central Florida Water Park


What:

Central Florida’s newest and most immersive water park will make waves when Island H20 Live! at Margaritaville Resort Orlando opens in Spring 2019.

Island H2O Live! will unleash the power of pure play and enthusiasm with nine different thrill rides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a kids’ area, and a river raft ride for the whole family. Designed to enable guests to customize their experience and share it with the world, the park uses a new RFID wristband system that will enable guests to personalize the music and lighting they experience on select rides, making every time very unique.

The park, owned by Horizon Waterpark, LLC and developed in collaboration with Encore Capital Management and Innovative Attraction Management, will change the way people think about water parks.

“Water parks are known for exhilarating rides and attractions, but Island H2O Live! will let guests be playful in interactive ways that have never been seen before,” said Albo Antenucci Jr., Executive in Charge, Horizon Waterpark, LLC. “These incredible opportunities for engagement will be what Island H20 Live! is all about.”

Where:

The Margaritaville Hotel

When:

Spring 2019

Cost:

Please visit IslandH2OLive.com for specific ticket pricing or to book tickets call 407-910-1401.

More Details:

BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY

The wristband system at Island H20 Live! is called Vantage and is the latest offering from water slide manufacturer WhiteWater West.

The Vantage system works through an app that guests download either before or when they arrive. Once they arrive at the park, guests sync the app to their wristbands and the fun begins, as a scanner on certain slides will read their wristband and automatically play songs and lighting effects from the previously established selections.

On some slides, the technology will enable cameras to snap pictures and video and share the content directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social media sites. Guests can also use their creativity and personal style to produce their own slide experience by choosing music playlists, lighting preferences and tagging their social media handles for easy sharing.

Another high-tech feature: “Be Live” invites guests to sing karaoke or star in other audio/visual experiences with clips from these sessions shared through the app.
The gamified app also allows guests to earn loyalty points with every ride. Guests can win prizes such as free food and beverage items, skip-the-line passes, and more.

“These features speak to the ‘Live’ part of our name,” Albo Antenucci Jr. “Customization offers guests the creative space to develop their own adventures, to be in the moment, but then capture those moments and share them in real-time.”

PERSONALIZED PARADISE

The experience at Island H2O Live! will be all about creating your own, unique, customized experience. For those looking to soak in the island vibe, listen to music, and have some chill with their thrill, tropically-inspired havens will abound with hammocks, cabanas and soft sand beaches around every turn and adult-only areas will offer cocktails only steps from your beach chair.

To keep the fun going. Island H20 Live! is within walking distance or a short trolley ride to Margaritaville Orlando Resort hotel and cottages, and Sunset Walk, the resort’s retail, dining and entertainment district featuring everything from Studio Movie Grill, to Rock & Brews, BurgerFi, Capone’s, Ford’s Garage, GameTime, Sketchers and more.

AFFORDABLE FUN

Island H20 Live! admission will offer the most fun you can have in the water at a great value. Please visit IslandH2OLive.com for specific ticket pricing or to book tickets call 407-910-1401.

About Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Opening in January 2019, Margaritaville Resort Orlando will transport guests and owners into a vacation state of mind immediately upon arrival, as they are greeted by floor-to-ceiling lobby views of sprawling lagoon pools, the sounds of the tropics and a complimentary welcome cocktail. Two styles of accommodations are available to visitors – the Margaritaville Hotel, which features upscale amenities and balconies in each of 184 guestrooms, or the Margaritaville Cottages, private residences that offer the comforts of home – both of which provide a premium experience and friendly, genuine island-inspired service. For those wishing to turn their time in paradise into a permanent address, the option to own a private vacation cottage home is available as well. Within walking distance or a short trolley ride from the hotel is Sunset Walk, where guests may experience dozens of exciting dining, retail and entertainment options, including a dine-in movie theater. Opening Spring 2019, Island H2O Live!  will make waves as Central Florida’s newest and most technologically advanced water park including 20 thrilling and interactive water attractions and much more. Margaritaville Resort Orlando makes it easy for guests to explore the best of the destination as well, with complimentary transportation to area theme parks for all registered guests.  For hotel reservations or more information, please call 855-995-9099 or visit online at MargaritavilleResortOrlando.com. For information on purchasing a vacation cottage, please call 407-702-9067.

More Information:

Please visit IslandH2OLive.com for specific ticket pricing or to book tickets call 407-910-1401.


Disclaimer: This New Central Florida Water Park event is subject to last minute cancellations and changes which might not be reflected in this MyCentralFloridaFamily.com post. Please always confirm with this family-friendly business by calling or clicking.

Check out additional theme park events coming up below:

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Exclusive UOAP Lounge Presented by Coca-Cola Now Open

Exclusive UOAP Lounge Presented by Coca-Cola Now Open

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A new lounge presented by Coca-Cola and exclusive to Universal Orlando Passholders is now open in Universal Studios Florida. With just a flash of your Annual or Seasonal Pass, you’ll find yourself kicking back and relaxing in the cool A/C with an ice-cold Coca-Cola.

Arctic Coke Cooler

Here, you can take a break from the excitement of the parks and cool off with refreshing soft drinks. My favorite part is the Arctic Coke Cooler, which crystalizes select 20 oz. Coca-Cola beverages for even cooler, crisper, ice-cold refreshment. Beverages are available for purchase, while supplies last for the Arctic Coke Cooler.

UOAP Lounge Presented by Coca-Cola - Arctic Coke Cooler

Charging Stations

If your phone battery is low from taking photos in the parks, you can swing by and power them up with the charging stations.

Lounge Details

  • Dates: Now – Jan. 31, 2019
  • Times: 11AM – 4PM Daily
  • Location: Universal Studios Florida on Hollywood Boulevard, near Schwab’s Pharmacy
  • The UOAP Lounge is open to Passholders only with limited capacity. *Passholder blockout dates and restrictions apply.

UOAP Lounge Presented by Coca-Cola

Share your lounge experience using #UOAP on social media, and share on Snapchat with our newest geofilter. If you haven’t already, join the UOAP Facebook Group to connect with other Passholders.

Not a Passholder but want to get in on this action? I’ve got great news – You can get up to 6 months free on any Annual Pass if you purchase one now. That’s half a year of exclusive benefits like discounts and events, theme park thrills and entertainment only Universal Orlando can offer, endless memories with your family, friends and fellow Passholders, and the cool refreshment available in the UOAP Coke Lounge.

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Exclusive UOAP Lounge Presented by Coca-Cola Now Open


FIRST LOOK: Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites Guest Rooms

FIRST LOOK: Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites Guest Rooms

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It feels like summer 2019 will be here in a blink and I’m so excited because that means Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites will welcome its first guests. What can you expect at our newest hotel? A fun surf theme, exclusive Universal Orlando theme park benefits and our most affordable price point ever. I seriously can’t wait!

Because I grew up near Florida’s premier beaches, I made sure that the details at Surfside Inn and Suites make you feel like you’re right in the ocean surf. As a Senior Manager for the Universal Creative team, I have worked on exciting projects that made magic and thrills come to life inside our theme parks. Now I’m bringing that same level of detail and authenticity our guests see in the parks to the design at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort.

Here’s a first look at the surf-inspired guest rooms at our newest hotel!

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites Guest Room

As soon as you step into your room you’ll see the beach vibe everywhere. The vibrant design features remind me of being inside the barrel of a wave, surrounded by cool blue waters. Details like a full-sized surfboard, colorful artwork, bright pinstriped rug runners, and tie-dye curtains will make the perfect retreat for families.

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites Guest Room

Something I’ve really loved designing are the 2 Bedroom Suites. Forget connecting rooms because here the whole family can stay in one suite. These rooms sleep up to six people with a separate bedroom so adults can have some privacy. There’s also a beachy picnic table and kitchenette area, which is the perfect space for the whole family to hang out and eat a yummy pizza. Something else I love about the suites are the spacious bathrooms – with two sinks and a separate shower area, the entire family can get ready quickly and hit the parks in time for Early Park Admission.

Speaking of the theme parks, when you stay at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort you’ll receive all of the exclusive benefits that come with staying at a Universal Orlando hotel: Early Park Admission, free transportation to CityWalk and the parks, and resort-wide charging privileges with your room key. All of these theme park benefits plus the quality of a Universal Orlando hotel at this price point? You won’t find a deal like this anywhere else in Orlando!

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites Guest Room

I grew up living the surf lifestyle and I can’t wait to share that with you when you stay at Surfside Inn and Suites. Make sure you book your room now! Rates for a seven night stay start at just $73 per night for a standard room, and $111 for a 2 Bedroom Suite.

And stay tuned to the blog for more details about Surfside Inn and Suites and its sister property, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites.

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FIRST LOOK: Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites Guest Rooms


Ultimate Guide to My Universal Photos

Ultimate Guide to My Universal Photos

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There are two ways most people go about taking photos on vacation: having someone in your party not be in the photo or asking a stranger to take the photo for you. Here at Universal Orlando Resort, we have an ideal third option—My Universal Photos.

My Universal Photos takes the stress out of your vacation by helping you capture your unforgettable experiences here and share them with friends and family. With all of the awesome photo opportunities throughout the parks, we’ve got you covered—whether you’re screaming your face off on one of our high-speed coasters or coming face-to-face with spectacular, cinematic icons.

Here’s how it works:

1. Purchase Your Preferred Package

My Universal Photos at Raptor Encounter

My Universal Photos has three different packages to make sure you’re properly set up for your day (or days) of play:

  • 1-Day Photo Package: This package gives you one full day of photos at any of our three parks with exclusive pricing on park photo prints and unlimited digital downloads. It also includes a My Universal Photos themed lanyard and card, discounts on photo gift products, as well as one 4×6 and one 5×7 photo print at time of purchase.
  • 3-Day Photo Package: This option allows up to three consecutive days of photos in the parks beginning on the day you pick up your My Universal Photos lanyard and card. You also receive one free 5×7 print in a folder and one free 4×6 print valid in-park or online, plus a few other exclusive discounts.
  • 1-Day Photo Package at Volcano Bay: If you’re just looking for a slice of Waturi paradise, this package is for you. With your one day of photos at Universal’s Volcano Bay (as with all packages), you get unlimited digital downloads and the ability to view and share your photos forever.

2. Time to Have Some Fun!

Universal's Volcano Bay TapTu Snap

Once you’ve ordered your package, show your confirmation email at a merchandise location where Universal Express Pass is sold or at the My Universal Photos stores in the parks. A Team Member will give you your photo card and then you’re all set! There are three different ways to capture your vacation memories:

  • Have one of our professional photographers scan your card before taking a photo.
  • Scan it yourself at one of our selfie stations.
  • Scan it at a kiosk at the end of any participating rides.

The photos automatically show up on your My Universal Photos account, which you’ll be emailed a password and link to.

3. Photos at Your Fingertips

Make your friends jealous by sharing your adventures with the Amazing Pictures Mobile App. Download the app and log in with your email address and the password you were given. The photos you take during your day will be uploaded automatically. Once you see them, share them to your heart’s content. Click on a photo and send it via text, post it on social media, or even just download it to your camera roll. It’s super easy to share the fun.

4. Memories that Last a Lifetime

My Universal Photos at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Relive your fun-filled moments and choose which ones you want to keep forever. When you’re in the park, head to a standalone photo store or a ride photo location to get an individual print. You can also order prints of your favorite pics from home or print them on items like mugs, Christmas ornaments and more. There are tons of products to choose from.

It’s as simple as that. With over 30 locations to smile or scream, all you need to worry about is deciding which ride to go on next. Click here to get started. Say cheese!

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Ultimate Guide to My Universal Photos


Nighttime is the Right Time with On-Site Hotel Entertainment

Nighttime is the Right Time with On-Site Hotel Entertainment

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Everyone enjoys Universal Orlando Resort’s three amazing theme parks during the day. But did you know how much entertainment there is to do—right at your on-site hotel—when you return from a day of big fun?

Well, I was fortunate enough to experience a wide array of nighttime entertainment that allowed me to continue the fun into the wee hours of the morning!

Bar 17 Bistro at Universal’s Aventura Hotel

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Where else can you enjoy a beautiful sunset, 17 floors up, with your favorite friends and family? Only at Universal’s Aventura Hotel! This rooftop bar features delicious signature drinks and scrumptious small plates that will be the perfect complement to your breathtaking views of not only Universal Orlando Resort’s three amazing theme parks, but the Orlando skyline. After a long day in the parks, this is the absolute perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the view.

Musica della Notte at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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If you’re staying at Lowe’s Portofino Bay Hotel—or even just venture over to take in the re-creation of the famed seaside village of Portofino, Italy—you simply cannot miss Musica della Notte. What could be more romantic than looking across the lagoon with that special someone, while you’re serenaded by the live classically trained opera singers? This performance takes place every night at sunset in the Harbor Piazza, weather permitting.

Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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If you want to experience more than your average hotel lobby bar, you’ve got to hit Strong Water Tavern. This crown jewel is essential for rum lovers, with its selection of more than 100 different types of rum. This also makes it perfect for anyone looking to try something new and delicious. Don’t worry if you need some help on where to start. You can be hooked up with your very own personal “Rum Captain,” who will assist you in creating the perfect rum flight for your palette! Pair your new favorite drinks with a few Caribbean-style tapas, and you’ll agree that Strong Water Tavern is an experience that can’t be missed.

Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Friday night is party night, and there’s no party like Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort! You’ll get to experience the rich sounds and delightful tastes of the Caribbean islands’ best cuisine, signature drinks (don’t miss the Rum Punch!) and live music. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet with plenty of song, dance, beautiful costumes, and my favorite…the limbo!

Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel

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When you’re in the mood to ROCK, there’s only one place to go and that’s the Hard Rock Hotel for the award-winning Velvet Sessions. Nearly every month, the hotel lobby is transformed into the party you’ve been looking for, featuring live music from some of the most legendary acts in rock n’ roll history. Before the show, enjoy rockin’ drinks and fabulous finger foods while jamming with other music lovers—it’s all included with your Velvet Sessions ticket. You can even upgrade to a VIP experience and really party like a rock star at Orlando’s biggest rock ‘n roll cocktail party.

Galaxy Bowl at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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We all love Cabana Bay’s retro theme. But did you know that it extends beyond the classic cars and groovy decor? If you want to re-live your bowling league days (like me), then Galaxy Bowl is the place for you! Gather up everyone in your party and head over to this 50s-themed bowling alley that will transport you back in time for an unforgettable bowling experience. Chow down on all of the tasty foods from the full menu and enjoy your favorite drinks, served however you’d like—even in a bowling pin! Galaxy Bowl can be fun for the whole family, a friend’s night out, or just you and that special someone. Grab your shoes, fill your belly, and get ready to knock ‘em down!

Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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And if you’re looking for a trip to the other side of the globe, I’ve got the ticket for you—the Wantilan Luau. Turn up the excitement on your Saturday night with hula and fire dancers while you enjoy a tropical all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with pit-roasted pig. Throw in the live music and casual outdoor environment, and you’ll be instantly transported straight to the South Pacific for a true island party.

So yeah, there’s so much to do at the theme parks. But stay with Universal and you’re steps away from all kinds of nighttime entertainment options.

If you’ve stayed with us, what’s your favorite hotel activity? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nighttime is the Right Time with On-Site Hotel Entertainment


6 Reasons Why #UniversalSZN is the BEST Season

6 Reasons Why #UniversalSZN is the BEST Season

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There is no better feeling than standing comfortably in Universal Studios Florida, stretching your arms out to soak in the perfect #UniversalSZN weather and smiling as you notice the low wait times for your favorite rides.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the best time of the year to visit Universal Orlando Resort and here are the top 6 reasons why…

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1. The Gorgeous Weather!

Florida is known for its beautiful weather year round, but #UniversalSZN is particularly great because you still get all the benefits of the amazing weather – it is STILL summer and not too hot plus you can leave the SPF 80 sunscreen at home. And if you’re looking for a miniature tropical getaway, be sure escape to Volcano Bay!

Here is what you can expect at night and during the day while visiting the parks in the #UniversalSZN.

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  • During the Day: Throw on that bathing suit you thought you were putting away until next summer and spend the day floating around on the Kopiko Wai Winding River at Volcano Bay.Local Tip: Lookout for entrance signage that reads “Ride Now!” You’ll be able to tap right into those rides without losing your place in the Virtual Line for another attraction.
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  • Nighttime: The #UniversalSZN weather is perfect for you to break out your Gryffindor sweater or scarf (or Slytherin if you’re like me) and find your way over to experience The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle!

Also, be sure not to miss the all new Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration that takes you into the movies like never before.

Local Tip: Plan to arrive early so you can get a prime spot to view these incredible shows.

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2. Fewer Crowds

Prefer not feeling like you’re performing an awkward new dance as you weave in and out of crowds? What’s great about the #UniversalSZN season is that there is just the right amount of room to be comfortable and strut your stuff as you make your way to your favorite ride!

Local Tip: Check out the Insider Tips Blog to get the most out of your visit to the parks.

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3. Premium Pool Seating

Lounging in a beach chair anywhere at Universal Orlando, of course, is amazing, but having the best view in the park to go along with it is priceless.

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4. Dinner Reservation Availability

Whether it’s having breakfast with the Grinch or dinner at the award-winning Mythos, the #UniversalSZN season is the perfect time to try that Universal Orlando restaurant you have always wanted to dig into.

Local Tip: Visit your choice restaurant at the start of your park journey to secure the best reservation time or conveniently book your reservation online.

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5. Take Epic Photos!

Love filling up your Instagram page with epic Universal Orlando photos? Me too! Take advantage of the lower crowds to get that epic fire-breathing dragon photo in Diagon Alley you have always been dreaming of!

Local Tip: Check out a few of our Top Instagram Worthy #WallsOfUniversal for great photo spots hidden around the park.

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6. Shorter Wait Lines

No need to feel rushed as you make your way through the park to your favorite ride to get a prime spot in line. You can actually take your time! Stop off for a cold drink at Finnegan’s Bar & Grill and still get a prime spot in line.

Local Tip: Do you have a preference for sitting in the front or back of a ride? Simply let the ride attendant know your preferred position and there may be an opportunity for them to assist you on some attractions.

What are you looking forward to most this season? Anything we missed?

Don’t forget to share all of your Universal Orlando Resort experiences with #UniversalSZN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Up Your Holiday Game with these Universal Orlando Goodies

Up Your Holiday Game with these Universal Orlando Goodies

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I’m already dreaming of the holiday season and all the festivities soon coming to Universal Orlando Resort. And if you’re a planner like I am, there is no better time than now to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

Whether you’re buying gifts for your favorite Muggle or a Minion fanatic, here’s a look at some of the top-selling items in the Universal Orlando online store.

Hogwarts House Robes

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade

Aspiring witches and wizards of all ages can choose from Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff house robes in both youth and adult sizes. Each robe is embroidered with an authentic house crest. As if hot Butterbeer wasn’t enough to keep you cozy, a robe is the perfect accessory for your visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this winter.

Despicable Me Unicorn Pillow Plush

It's so fluffy! Grab your favorite Despicable Me gear at Universal Orlando Resort

Just as fluffy as it is adorable, the Despicable Me Unicorn Pillow Plush is so cuddly you may want to keep it for yourself. With a fuzzy pink mane, shiny gold horn and big gazing eyes, this extra soft plush is sure to bring a smile to your face on Christmas morning.

Collectible and Interactive Wands

Wands from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Practice your spells and charms with a wide selection of collectible and interactive wands, including replicas from some of your favorite Wizarding World characters. Interactive wands can be used to cast spells and create magical experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

E.T. Plush

E.T. Plush from Universal Orlando Resort

Everyone’s favorite extraterrestrial is looking for a home for the holidays! This cuddly, 15-inch-tall plush is a favorite among children of all ages. He also looks pretty cool sporting his hoodie.

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans

Earwax jelly beans, anyone? For your friends who are more daring, pick up a few boxes of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans. Within each box are 20 different jellybean flavors ranging from marshmallow and tutti-frutti to grass and soap. Pair this with Chocolate Frogs and you’re a shoe-in to win the office gift exchange.

Jurassic Park Hooded Sweatshirt

Jurassic Park Hoodie from Universal Orlando Resort

Throw it back to 1993 with this hooded sweatshirt, emblazoned with the Jurassic Park logo from the original film. This pull-over hoodie has a hand-warmer pocket perfect for cold winter days.

Despicable Me Minion Plush

Despicable Me Minion Plushes from Universal Orlando Resort

“Bello!” This playful Minion will be by your side on your adventures, no matter how big or small (just be careful when giving him bananas!). Bring it on your holiday trip to Universal Studios Florida for a reunion with all the Minions featured in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Chocolate Frogs

Chocolate Frogs from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Within each intricately designed box is a scrumptious milk chocolate frog along with a wizard card. These are sold as a four-pack, guaranteeing you receive a wizard card depicting each one of the Hogwarts founders. This is a great stocking stuffer!

Last but not least, planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort or purchasing an Annual Pass are gifts that can just keep giving. When planning your holiday visit, be sure to check out the Holiday Stay & Play Package, offering great rates at our on-site hotels, complete with all the trimmings. Our Annual Passes are the ultimate experience with year-round access to our parks, plus tons of cool perks. And our Universal Orlando Gift Cards also make great stocking stuffers.

Happy shopping!

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Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

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  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0