New In 2017: Universal Orlando Resort

2017 at the Universal Orlando Resort will see the opening of a new water park and an attraction starring the much beloved The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon!

Don’t forget that I will be sharing my favorite picks for 2017 at the Theme Parks this Friday on icFlorida’s Best Bets on WFTV!

New In 2017: Universal Orlando Resort

2017 Universal Orlando Resort - Volcano Bay Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Volcano Bay Water Park

New Experiences at Universal's Volcano Bay

At Volcano Bay ‘Water is life’, and this next generation of water park will have 30 acres of fun for the entire family that will feature four distinct areas with highly themed attractions and details.

The Volcano

At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.

Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster
Honorary Waturi can experience the power of Krakatau™ on this amazing ride. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall.

Ko’okiri Body Plunge
Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of screaming, white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.

Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides
Join Kala and Tai Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin trap doors simultaneously drop two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.

Punga Racers
A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves.

Wave Village

This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.

Waturi Beach
Locals know — the surf’s always up at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of this sparkling lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau.

River Village

The scenic River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.

Honu ika Moana
Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles and whales, guests can enjoy these two twisting, turning, multi-person slides. Honu sweeps up two massive walls, while ika Moana sprays water on riders from the center of the raft.

Tot Tiki Reef + Runamukka Reef
The little ones can frolic among the splashy slides and fountains of the Tot Tiki Reef toddler play area, while Runamukka Reef delights older children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups.

Kopiko Wai Winding River
Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.

Rainforest Village

Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.

Ohyah + Ohno Drop Slides
Test your mettle and get into the Waturi spirit. Ascend cliff side and plummet down the twisting waters of Ohyah before dropping out four feet above the pool below. To achieve even greater bragging rights, brave the rope bridge and plunge down Ohno, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the pool below. Be sure to yell your battle cry on the way down.

Maku Puihi Raft Rides
Ready for the high adventure of the Maku Puihi lava tubes? This six-person rafting adventure is a favorite of Waturi families, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Choose one of two paths or try them both—just be ready for a thrilling ride. Puihi careens through a dark, winding tunnel before the stomach-flipping thrill of zero gravity hang time. Maku slides you through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations.

TeAwa The Fearless River
Up for an adventure? Take a thrilling whitewater ride along TeAwa The Fearless River. Race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and choppy waves hanging tight to your inner tube.

Taniwha Tubes
There’s a place where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware — mischievous tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.

One of the main focuses of Volcano Bay is to enhance the guest experience at the park with the power of the TapuTapu wearable (included in admission) that allows you to virtually wait in attraction queues, retrieve tubes and mats at the slides instead of carrying them around the park, and the chance to unlock secret features along the way with a wave of your arm.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

2017 Universal Orlando Resort - Vehicle Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Join Jimmy Fallon and some familiar favorites on The Tonight Show on this all-new attraction that will take you on a one-of-a-kind adventure speeding down The Tonight Shows’s hallways and through the iconic streets and icons of New York City onboard the world’s first-ever flying theater.

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

But before your ride experience begins, you will get the chance to walk the halls of NBC Studios on a VIP experience that includes:

  • Take in a special live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet,

  • Meet and interact with The Tonight Show’s beloved mascot Hashtag the Panda,

  • Step into Studio 6B Club where you can play host at their own Interactive Desk where you will be able to send Jimmy Fallon’s famous Thank You Notes to friends and family,

  • Prep for your race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, and

  • Watch some of your favorite “The Tonight Show” clips.

  • Get an up-close look at significant moments in the 62-year history of one of television’s most popular franchises, “The Tonight Show” with real props, cue cards, set pieces, and even actual suits of past and present hosts to NBC video cameras used to record the show to cue cards used in past episodes.

Make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with the latest news on the Universal Orlando Resort!

Also check out New in 2017: Walt Disney World Resort!

Blue Man Group VIP Experience

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Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort launches enhanced Behind-the-Scenes VIP Experience

Tickets available at universalorlando.com/blueman

 

Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort is giving guests an unforgettable opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with a newly-enhanced VIP Experience.

On the tour, VIP guests will explore backstage areas and inner-workings generally off-limits to non-show personnel. Highlights include a history of the Blue Man Group creative collective accompanied by rarely seen photographs and company artifacts, a brief history of the Orlando theatre, a hands-on opportunity to play a Blue Man instrument and explore the band tribal make up, and a glimpse into the work it takes to produce the show night after night.

“We are thrilled to offer this unique and exclusive experience to our guests,” said Ola Wawryn, Resident General Manager of Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort. “The new VIP Experience provides a true ‘glimpse behind the curtain’ for our guests and gives them the opportunity to experience our show from another perspective while receiving the ultimate VIP service.”

The Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort VIP Experience includes:

  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes pre-show tour, including:
    • A glimpse at the group’s history and artifacts
    • The opportunity to play a Blue Man instrument
    • The chance to try on the band’s fluorescent makeup
    • Some of the best seats in the theater for the Blue Man Group performance
    • Complimentary souvenir program, VIP lanyard, popcorn and soda
    • Private meet-and-greet with a Blue Man after the show
    • A free download of “Creature Feature” off of Blue Man Group’s latest album THREE

The Blue Man Group VIP Experience is available for all performances. Participating guests must check-in one-hour prior to show time and will be greeted by a VIP tour guide.  Tickets are $199 (plus tax) for adults, $149 for children ages 3-9 and can be purchased now by visiting universalorlando.com/blueman, calling 407.BLUE.MAN, or by visiting the Blue Man Group Box Office or any Universal Orlando Resort theme park ticket window.

For more information, please visit universalorlando.com/blueman or call 407.BLUE.MAN. Fans may keep up with Blue Man Group through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the hashtag #DareToLive.

Universal Orlando Releases First Images Of King Kong

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Universal Orlando Releases First Images

Of King Kong

When Skull Island: Reign of Kong opens at Universal’s Islands of Adventure this summer, guests will come face-to-face with the legendary King Kong himself.

Universal Orlando has released some images, a ‘Species Profile’ with photos of King Kong, and a video with a revealing a first-look at the three-story beast featured in the newest blockbuster attraction at the Universal Orlando Resort.

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A video with Mike West, executive producer with Universal Orlando, was also released with the photos from inside the attraction about the encounter. You’re in his world…

The Making of Skull Island: Reign of Kong – The Encounter

Encounter the mighty legend himself. As you near the finale of your heart-pounding expedition, you’ll be so close to the legendary beast that you can feel his breath sweep across your skin and his thunderous roar reverberate through every bone in your body.

Along with the photos and video, a ‘Species Profile’ was released for King Kong (Megaprimatus Kong) with more information about the attraction.

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With a combination of 3D effects, animatronics and detailed physical environment Skull Island Reign of Kong at the Universal Orlando Resort promises to be an experience you won’t forget.

This newest attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park opens Summer 2016, and we’ll be bringing you the news and photos along the way so make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

Wet ‘n Wild Last Splash Florida Resident Deal

 Wet 'n Wild

Wet ‘n Wild The Last Splash Florida Resident Deal

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has announces a limited time ticket offer exclusively available for Florida residents so they can have fun enjoying “The Last Splash”.

The water park is offering Florida residents the chance to buy a one day admission ticket and get access to the water park for the rest of 2016 FREE.

Wet 'n Wild

Here are the details about The Last Splash offer! 

Florida Resident Offer: Buy a Day and Get the Rest of 2016 FREE

  • Cost: $39.99 per person, plus tax – less than a regular one-day ticket.
  • Offer available for purchase now through May 31
  • Pass valid for admission to Wet ‘n Wild through December 31, 2016

This special offer will give guests the opportunity to enjoy all of the thrills and over-the-top excitement of the water park throughout its final year. For more information, visit www.wetnwildorlando.com.

New Details About The Incredible Hulk Coaster

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New Details About The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Island of Adventure has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment, and today we learned about the new upgrades coming to this fan favorite coaster!

New Story

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The experience of riding The Incredible Hulk Coaster begins with a whole new story, and the Official Universal Orlando Resort Blog shared an overview of what we are about to experience:

General Thaddeus Ross is calling for volunteers for a new experiment. Your only warning is that you’ll be subjected to high levels of gamma radiation through a process called Hulk-a-fication – a potentially life-altering process first introduced by Dr. Bruce Banner.

 

The end result is said to give subjects magnificent strength and a forceful amount of energy. Will you emerge as the military’s next super soldier…or something else entirely?

New Queue Experience

Also on The Official Universal Orlando Blog was a look how the new story unfolds from the moment you enter the attraction’s queue building which is home to a state-of-the-art military research compound, commanded by General Ross.

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Inside, General Ross is conducting an array of questionable, bio-radiological experiments. You’ll pass by laboratories containing high-tech equipment his team uses to execute his mysterious tests.

 

Next, you’ll arrive at the Gamma core – an intense energy source that sends pulsing waves of radiation upward to fuel General Ross’s experiment. Not to worry – a thick pane of glass will protect you from direct exposure to the radioactive core.

 

As you move along, you’ll witness the transformation of your predecessors as they undergo the perilous Hulk-a-fication process.

I’m in…I’m all in!

New Ride Vehicle

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The new ride vehicle cars for The Incredible Coaster are sick! The cars have a sleek, angular, and modern look that has a more aggressive feel. Then once in your seat, you’ll be blown away (literally) by the new in-seat audio system.

New Music

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Speaking of audio…Once the ride begins you are surrounded by an original ride score from Patrick Stump, front man for internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.

New Lightning System

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Through out the attraction’s marquee, queue, ride vehicle, and track a new lighting system has been installed to really immerse you into the world of The Incredible Hulk.

New Marquee

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As you walk up to enter The Incredible Hulk Coaster’s queue, you will pass under a ‘towering figure’ of The Hulk who is using his strength to hold up pieces of the track.

What I really love is that the pieces of the track that are used in the new marquee are actually track pieces saved from the original attraction.

New Launch Experience

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While it will still be a high-speed, catapult launch, we can see from the renderings that the launch experience has been upgraded with new visual effects inside the ‘Gamma Bombardment Chamber’.

And an opening date?

While we didn’t find out an exact date for the re-opening of The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, we did find out that it would be opening later this summer.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster Relaunch Details

To keep up with the latest news about The Incredible Hulk Coaster and other theme park news, make sure you keep up with @onthegoinmco on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Universal Orlando Resort News: The Exorcist Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

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Universal Orlando Resort News:

The Exorcist Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

“WHAT AN EXCELLENT DAY FOR AN EXORCISM”

Iconic Horror Film The Exorcist Coming to Universal Orlando Resort Halloween Horror Nights for the First Time Ever “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS” FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

 

For the first time ever, supernatural thriller,The Exorcist, will take possession of “Halloween Horror Nights” in an all-new horrifying maze opening at the Universal Orlando Resort beginning this September.

The twisted minds behind the nation’s best, most intense Halloween events will bring to life one of the scariest and most nightmare-inducing horror films in history.

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At Universal Orlando Resort, guests will see, hear, feel – and even smell – every iconic levitating, head-spinning, vomit-wrenching, skin-crawling moment from the film. They’ll be paralyzed with fear as they witness the power of the supernatural, scream uncontrollably as they become part of Regan MacNeil’s possession and run in terror as they try to escape the horrific battle between innocence and evil.

The Exorcist | HHN 26

Revered as one of the scariest movies of all-time, The Exorcist earned its place in history as the first horror film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.  Directed by William Friedkin, the film also established itself as leading influence in pop culture horror, affecting a multitude of subsequent films since its terrifying debut in 1973.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Announces First Maze

 

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Leatherface and his lethal chain saw to invade Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26

Flashes of a familiar facemask blur the line between reality and film.  The roar of a chain saw inside a darkened, deteriorating farmhouse is deafening.  You are being hunted.  Moving past the rotting remains of other victims, you find your escape blocked by an immovable force. A force that has only one purpose – complete and total destruction.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre | HHN 26

This year, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” – one of the greatest horror films ever made – will come to life as an all-new maze at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26.

You will walk through the iconic Texas farmhouse and experience Leatherface’s kills from the 1974 slasher film. You will desperately try to escape as the violent roar of his chain saw surrounds you.  You will hear the cries – and see what remains – of Leatherface’s other victims. And you will come face-to-face with Leatherface himself.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 26 2016 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Comes to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

The film follows a group of friends on a roadtrip to visit a family homestead. When they seek assistance at a house nearby, they become the prey of a cannibalistic family.

“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is the first in a horrifying list of mazes to be revealed at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26. Additional details about the event will be revealed soon.

Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16 to October 31. Guests can book a special vacation package that combines the spine-tingling chills of Halloween Horror Nights, with the daytime thrills of Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, and a stay at Universal Orlando Resort’s newest on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. For more information and additional ticket offers, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

Universal Orlando Rock the Universe 2016

 

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Rock the Universe 2016 line-up brings the best of Christian Music to the Universal Orlando Resort

Skillet, Lecrae, TobyMac and more to deliver a night of faith and fun at Universal Studios Florida

 

Universal Orlando will host Rock the Universe, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, returns September 9 and 10 with live performances by some of today’s most compelling artists in Christian music.

Rock the Universe offers fans a unique opportunity to see their favorite faith-based artists in the heart of Universal Studios Florida. This year’s line-up features Billboard Music Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated rock band Skillet; two-time GRAMMY-award winner and Billboard Top 200 regular Lecrae; and Christian hip-hop legend TobyMac, who has sold more than ten million albums and has won seven GRAMMY awards since the start of his music career.

ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2016 LINE-UP

Friday, September 9

Saturday, September 10

Skillet

Lecrae

Jeremy Camp

TobyMac

Rend Collective

Family Force 5
KB

Andy Mineo

Matt Maher

Colton Dixon

Lauren Daigle

NF

Finding Favour

I Am They

DJ Promote

DJ Promote

** Names in bold indicate headlining acts.

Lecrae Performing at Universal Orlando's Rock the Universe 2016

Guests will be greeted with rock, hip-hop, and gospel sounds in an unforgettable atmosphere that only Rock the Universe can provide. The festival also features the Fan Zone with more live music, electronic dance music with DJ Promote, autograph sessions with performing acts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a Saturday night candle lighting ceremony and access to Universal Studios Florida’s thrilling attractions – like Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – and more.

For more details about Rock the Universe 2016, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

 

 

About Universal Orlando Resort
For 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.  Guests can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty burger in Springfield, join the ranks of the Minions and so much more.

Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet ‘n Wild, a family water park.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 18 new guest experiences in the past five years – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel.  And more is on the way.  Coming in 2016 is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure.  And in 2017 will come Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

Halloween Horror Nights 26 Vacation Packages Available

It’s Never Too Soon To Start Panicking…

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Special Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Vacation Package on Sale Now for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26

Nation’s Best and Most Intense Halloween Event Returns this Fall with All-New Horrifying Content & More Nights Than Ever Before

Vacation Package Gives Guests the Opportunity to Stay at Universal’s Newest On-Site Hotel and Receive $150 Toward Hotel Dining

 

Guests can now book their visit to experience the ultimate Halloween event – Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 – and stay at the destination’s newest hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Consistently rated the nation’s best and known for terrifying hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world, Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida this fall for a record-breaking 31 nights – and with all-new content that will bring unimaginable terrors to life.

The twisted minds of Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team work year-round to create an intense experience that guests will never forget. As soon as the gates of Halloween Horror Nights open, guests become “victims” as they’re immersed in iconic horror films, terrifying hit TV shows and haunting original stories.

Guests will encounter hordes of menacing “scareactors” who stalk their every move, incredibly-detailed haunted houses that bring their worst nightmares to life and outrageous live shows. Plus – when they need a break from the screams – guests can enjoy Universal Studios’ popular rides & attractions throughout the night.

Will you survive?

Guests can now book a special version of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort vacation package that combines the daytime thrills of Universal Orlando’s two world-class theme parks – Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – with the spine-tingling chills of Halloween Horror Nights.

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Special Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Halloween Horror Nights 26 Package

Starts at $209 per adult, per night, tax inclusive

 

** Select event nights

Sept. 16 – Oct. 31, 2016.

Advance purchase required. Offer valid for bookings now –5/31/16. Offer valid for travel9/16/16 –10/31/16

· 3-night on-site hotel accommodations at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Universal’s newest on-site hotel

· 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket

· Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando

· 1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights (Sunday – Friday)

· Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk

· Plus, for a limited time – guests can receive a FREE $150 hotel dining credit (per room) that can be used at restaurants throughout Loews Sapphire Falls Resort when they book a stay of three nights (Sunday – Thursday).

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Opening this summer, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will be Universal’s fifth on-site hotel. The new, 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway will feature the destination’s largest on-site, resort-style pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide and cabanas.

Another offer guests can purchase is the Halloween Horror Nights Add-On ticket.  This ticket allows guests to add admission to Halloween Horror Nights to the purchase of a regular Universal Orlando theme park ticket for only $59.  This offer is valid on any Sunday through Friday event night.  

Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16 to October 31.  More details about the event will be announced at a later date. For more information about these offers, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

2016 Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Concert Line-Up #UniversalMardiGras

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 2016 Universal Orlando Resort’s

Mardi Gras Concert Line-Up

Florida’s Biggest Party to Also Feature Authentic Cajun Cuisine, a Dazzling Mardi Gras Parade

and More Than 1.7 Million Beads

Celebrating Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort is something that I look forward to every year, and this year’s concert line-up looks AWESOME!

On select nights February 6 through April 16, guests can top off their day in the theme parks with a family-friendly version of the famed “N’awlins” celebration at Universal Studios Florida – featuring delicious Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and 14 nights of exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music.

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This year’s star-studded concert lineup features a diverse array of talent with something for everyone to enjoy. Headliners include rock band Fall Out Boy, teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes, GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes and legendary entertainer Diana Ross.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2016 Concert Line-Up Collage

2016 Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert Line-Up

Mardi Gras Event Dates

Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

New Orleans Bands

(performing in the French Quarter)

February 6

Hunter Hayes

Rockin’ Jake

February 13

Diana Ross

Mississippi Rail Company

February 14

Barenaked Ladies

Mississippi Rail Company

February 20

Nate Ruess

Naughty Professor

February 27

Fall Out Boy

Cha Wa

March 5

Kool & the Gang

Beth McKee & the Sliders

March 12

The Fray

Soul Project

March 13

Adam Lambert

Soul Project

March 19

Shawn Mendes

The Big Easy Playboys

March 20

3 Doors Down

The Big Easy Playboys

March 26

REO Speedwagon

Gravy

April 2

T-Pain

Dirty Bourbon River Show

April 9

Jessie J

Daddy Mack Blues Band

April 16

Yandel

Big Al and The Heavyweights

This year’s Mardi Gras parade features 12 vibrant floats, including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world – Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival. All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947.  Plus, guests can visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

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The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida.  Florida Residents get up to three months free on any 2-park Annual Pass with a Coca-Cola UPC code or promo code on specially marked cups from participating Wendy’s restaurants. For more information on this special offer and Mardi Gras, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

Universal Orlando Resort Logo 25th Anniversary

About Universal Orlando Resort
For 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. Guests can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty burger in Springfield, join the ranks of the Minions and so much more.

Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet ‘n Wild, a family water park.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 18 new guest experiences in the past five years – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel.  And more is on the way.  Coming in 2016 is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure. And in 2017 will come Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow Universal Orlando Resort on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Universal Orlando Resort Partners With Veterans Advantage

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Universal Orlando Resort Partners with Veterans Advantage to Launch Exclusive Military Benefits

 

Universal Orlando Resort and Veterans Advantage have collaborated to create two new benefit packages that give military veterans, active duty, National Guard and reservists, retired military, and their immediate families the opportunity to save on vacation packages to Universal Orlando Resort.

Veterans Advantage members now receive up to 10 percent off the following packages:

  • The 2-Park Getaway Vacation Package, which includes a three-night hotel stay and a two-day Park-to-Park ticket
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Exclusive Vacation Package, which includes a four-night hotel stay, three-day Park-to-Park ticket and breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron and more

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Veterans Advantage members can customize their vacation package to their choosing and enjoy special benefits. Both packages include early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk and more.

Additionally, qualified Veterans Advantage members and active duty or retired military have access to an Exclusive Military Vacation package to Universal Orlando Resort. This package includes three-night hotel accommodations plus a one-day park-to-park ticket with two days free.

“We honor veterans and their service and we are excited to offer them a special opportunity to enjoy Universal Orlando Resort with their families,” said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort and a Vietnam War veteran.  “We want to help them make memories that will last forever.”

Veterans Advantage currently partners with a robust lineup of leading travel providers, which include United Airlines, JetBlue, Amtrak, Greyhound, Avis and Budget, and AIG Travel Guard, offering special savings and exclusive benefits for Veterans Advantage members.

“We are excited to launch this exclusive travel benefit with this world-class vacation destination and premier theme park provider,” said H. Scott Higgins, CEO of Veterans Advantage and a Vietnam War veteran. “With more than 15 years of experience serving the needs of Veterans Advantage travelers, we know this will create a lot of excitement in our community,” Higgins added.

For special instructions on accessing these discounts, please visit VeteransAdvantage.com/Universal.

Universal Orlando News: A Celebration of Harry Potter Line-Up

Universal Orlando Resort A Celebration of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando News: A Celebration of Harry Potter Line-Up

Harry Potter Film Stars Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Katie Leung, Bonnie Wright, and Evanna Lynch to appear at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ at Universal Orlando Resort

Three-Day Event to Feature Film Talent Q&A Sessions,

Interactive Panels & Demonstrations, the Sorting Hat Experience and More

 

Harry Potter film stars Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, and Katie Leung will appear at “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Creative talent also set to appear includes Pierre Bohanna, head prop maker for the Harry Potter film franchise,Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.

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I’m skilled at wand combat…Just saying…

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 29 – 31, 2016 at Universal Orlando, allowing fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films and more. Guests will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special panels and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the Harry Potter Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, an interactive mini tour from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and more.

Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station.

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Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and will take place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.

Here’s the A Celebration of Harry Potter Event Line-Up:

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HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)
The Harry Potter Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend.  The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London offers visitors the chance to relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life. Visitors can step on to authentic sets and admire the real props and costumes used during filming at the series’ production home in England, UK.

The Studio Tour is bringing an interactive taste of the experience to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ 2016, giving you the chance to see the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the iconic film series. 

  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Sorting Hat Experience

Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat places new Hogwarts students into a house, and now you too have the opportunity to get sorted in a Great Hall setting inspired by the blockbuster films.

Step inside the Expo and the red carpet is rolled out welcoming you to an area celebrating the global impact Harry Potter: The Exhibition has had during its 7-year, 13-city tour, including an exclusive Quidditch inspired photo opportunity.

  • MinaLima

Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima worked for ten years on the Harry Potter films, creating countless unforgettable graphic props, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as The Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books. Since working on the films, they created the MinaLima Store selling authentic reproductions of the film artwork with limited edition art prints and stationery. They are currently in production on the new feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

  • Pottermore from J.K. Rowling

Pottermore is the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and if discovering more about her magical universe excites you, Pottermore has a surprise in store for fans attending this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter. And keep your eyes peeled for their new Pottermore Correspondent (Rita Skeeter she certainly isn’t), who’ll be there hunting out exclusive scoops and bringing you updates on pottermore.com from the weekend’s activities.

  • Scholastic

Celebrate Harry Potter at Scholastic’s booth by sharing a message about what Harry Potter means to you. Color in a magical page from our brand-new Harry Potter coloring book. Be sure to enter daily raffles for a chance to win a copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a box set of all seven Harry Potter books, or a Harry Potter coloring book. Collectible giveaways are available for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)

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Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special panels and demonstrations for kids. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.

  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion

Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.

  • Behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter props with Pierre Bohanna

Ever wondered how long it takes to make a wand? Or where the inspiration for the hundreds of wand designs in the Harry Potter film series came from? Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents head prop maker for the films, Pierre Bohanna, who will answer these questions and more. Once you’ve discovered how they were made, raise your own wand as Death Eaters invade the stage to demonstrate how battle scenes were brought to life. 

  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 13 cities in 9 countries and hosted almost 4 million guests. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the global impact of the franchise. Get an exclusive look at the exhibition’s creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creators, film producers, and film actors who have participated in the openings.

  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies. They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including The Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, and The Quibbler, amongst others.  Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their  involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, for which they designed all the street and store graphics. During the panel they will welcome questions from the audience.

This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ demonstrations and interactive experiences such as a ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

To join the conversation, use #HPCelebration. For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

Blue Man Group To Perform Sensory Friendly Show In December #DareToLive

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Blue Man Group Supports Autism Speaks with Sensory-Friendly Show December 5, 2015

Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/1KXM90V

 

Blue Man Group will host a sensory-friendly show, suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders, supporting Autism Speaks on Saturday, December 5 at 6 pm at Universal Orlando Resort.

Co-founder Phil Stanton on why this partnership is an important step for Blue Man Group:

 

“We’ve heard from many families affected by autism that their children responded to the Blue Man character in a very moving way.  We don’t know the exact reason. We can only speculate that it has to do with the Blue Men communicating in their own unique way — non-verbally, through visuals, touch and sound. Their message often resonates on a deeper, more sincere level,” says Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group Co-Founder, “Once we knew that we could be helpful or provide an outlet for those affected by autism, we  felt it was important to do more. With our sensory-friendly shows, we want to create a safe and welcoming environment for individuals and families affected by this disorder, in the hopes that they can have an entertaining and joyful experience together.”

Slight modifications will be made to the show including:

  • Reducing sound and light levels at various moments during the performance.
  • Sound reducing headphones will be available upon request.
  • The Blue Men will limit the amount of direct audience interaction and keep their approach to the audience more subdued.
  • Blue Man Group will also create calming environments in the theater’s lobby for families seeking a break from the excitement.

Tickets start at $49 (plus applicable fees) with a portion of proceeds from the event going directly to the nonprofit. The fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., autism spectrum disorder affects one in 68 children and one in 42 boys. Characteristics include social challenges, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors. This year, Blue Man Group is supporting autism programs in all of its markets, including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York, with a minimum donation of $25,000 given to the cause. As a non-verbal, visually-stunning show, Blue Man Group serves as a great fit for all children and families.

For more information, please visit blueman.com/autismspeaks or call 1.800.blueman.

 

Fans may keep up with Blue Man Group through Twitter,Facebook, Instagram, or the hashtag #DareToLive.

While I have never gotten the chance to see the Blue Man Group in person, this sends my appreciation of them through the roof!