The hit series Stranger Things is featured at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights expands to the hotel with a special pop-up photo experience
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort just got a whole lot stranger, because from now until October 31st guests can go further into the Upside Down as Netflix’s Stranger Things springs to life in select areas of the hotel.
Guests will get an exclusive look inside the iconic Byers’ living room from season one and fan-favorite ice cream shop Scoops Ahoy from season three of the hit sci-fi series through special photo pop-ups in the hotel.
The pop-ups will be open daily from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. (hours may vary) on the second floor of Cabana Bay Beach Resort and are exclusive to Universal Orlando hotel guests. Guests must show a room key to gain access to this exclusive pop-up experience – Cabana Bay guests will receive priority access, while guests of the other Universal Orlando Resort hotels will queue in a standby line.
Stranger Things will also come to life in the hotel with unique theming and décor inspired by the series, including Will’s iconic sprawling tunnel map adorning the staircase in the lobby and specially-themed pizza boxes from Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Delizioso Pizza that guests can receive when ordering a late-night snack.
The fun is all part of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights that runs on select nights until Saturday, November 2, bringing the most terrifying names in horror to life in 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” five scare zones, live entertainment and more. Universal Orlando guests who stay at one of the resort’s seven hotels will receive complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk in addition to special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate, each event night until 8 p.m.
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Universal’s Aventura Hotel to bring affordable-chic to life at Universal Orlando Resort in Summer 2018
When it opens in the summer of 2018, guests visiting the new Universal’s Aventura Hotel will arrive at a sleek and stylish space designed to create an affordable-chic experience in the heart of a vibrant and relaxing resort atmosphere for guests at the Universal Orlando Resort.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel, designed with the connected and value-savvy traveler in mind, will become the destination’s sixth hotel and continue the unprecedented growth ongoing at Universal Orlando Resort. The 16-story gleaming glass tower will consist of 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites. It will bring the total number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 6,200 when combined with the 400-room expansion of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opening in 2017.
The hotel will feature the destination’s first-ever rooftop bar and grill, where guests will enjoy small plates and craft cocktails while taking in incredible panoramic views of Universal Orlando and the surrounding tropical landscape. Hotel guests can also dine at a modern food hall offering five unique cuisine options in a marketplace setting just off the lobby. Amenities exclusive to guests staying on-site will include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, complimentary on-site transportation, a relaxing pool with a hot tub, kids’ splash pad area and fire pit, a state-of-the-art fitness center, gift shop and car rental facilities.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel will offer guests yet another value priced option when choosing from the wide range of on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort. The new hotel will neighbor Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and will be just steps away from Universal Orlando’s theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay – a first-of-its-kind water theme park opening in early summer 2017. Universal CityWalk, the destination’s dining and entertainment complex, will be accessible via walking paths or shuttle service from Universal’s Aventura Hotel.
Away from the energy of the hotel’s public spaces, the guest room experience embraces a serene, modern environment with refreshing, natural colors such as sea blue and rose, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the destination.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel Fast Facts:
Opening Date: Summer 2018 Style: Modern and sleek 16-story glass tower in the midst of a vibrant and relaxingresort atmosphere.
Rooms: 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites Amenities: Highlights include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, complimentary transportation across the destination, a peaceful pool with a hot tub and kids’ splash pad, on-site car rental, agift shop and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Dining: Fast-casual food hall with fiveunique cuisine styles, a rooftop bar and grill featuring small plates, craft cocktailsand panoramic views, a lobby bar, a pool bar and Starbucks.
Reservations: Will be accepted in early2017
Pricing: Will be announced at a later dateFollow us for more updates:
The opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, at the Universal Orlando Resort, is only a few weeks away, and we are sharing a sneak peek at the new Resort.
The Universal Orlando Blog described the resort as…
From cascading waterfalls and massive stone turrets to vintage rum and fresh ceviche, we’ve always been drawn to the history and allure of the Caribbean. Imagine, in the middle of a secluded island, we stumble upon a winding river leading to a beautiful, sapphire-blue swimming hole surrounded by ancient stone ruins and dense palms – the perfect environment to reshape into your exclusive island hideaway.
Upon completion the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will have1,000 guest rooms, including 83 suites, the largest resort pool at Universal Orlando, with a waterslide, two sand beaches, fire pit and a children’s play area, several unique dining experiences, an immersive rum bar with more than 75 different rums from across the Caribbean, and so much more.
And I am really excited to share the images that Loews and the Universal Orlando Resort have shared!
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort rooms are inspired by the adventurous spirit and exotic destinations of the Golden Age of Travel, and the new look captures the tranquil serenity and bold heritage that embodies the spirit of the islands.
“Our new rooms are vibrant and luxurious, evoking the romance of traveling to the South Pacific” says Complex Managing Director Barb Bowden. “Combined with an extensive upgrade and renovation to the bathrooms, it is an entirely new room product for our guests to experience.”
The color palette was inspired by the islands, with sandy neutrals punctuated with hints of turquoise and tangerine reminiscent of sand, water and flowers. If you look closely, you will see that the custom furniture pieces make use of leather strapping details, metal corner guards, buckles and rivets, which are all nods to vintage luggage, steamer trunks, and majestic steamships.
The sparkling 16,000 square foot resort pool at Sapphire Falls draws inspiration from Caribbean Sea, and is the largest at the Universal Orlando Resort!
The Sapphire Falls pool is also unique in design, because it has random and slightly varying depths to mimic the sea floor.
Surrounded by sandy beaches and palm trees, this pool looks like the perfect place to cool off after a day in the Universal Orlando parks!
Food & Beverage
A highlight of any vacation is indulging in food, and Sapphire Falls is no exception with four new dining options at the Resort.
Today we are sharing a peek at Amatista Cookhouse and the Strong Water Tavern.
The Amatista Cookhouse features Caribbean cuisine prepared in an exhibition kitchen that will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant will offer waterfront dining with indoor, outdoor and private seating options.
With a rum captain as your guide, the Strong Water Tavern sounds like it will be a go-to stop for adult visitors to Sapphire Falls. The lounge, open for lunch and dinner, will have a wall of vintage rums, a unique ceviche bar, and a patio overlooking the lagoon that will offer daily rum tastings.
I hope that you enjoyed this sneak peek at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and we’ll be bringing you more information soon! Make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!Follow us for more updates:
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Unveils
All-New Priceless Collection of Music Memorabilia as Finale to Multi-Million Dollar Renovation and 15th Anniversary
Memorabilia experts and rock historians have assembled an entirely new collection of some of the greatest music memorabilia this side of the 20th century at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. From The Rolling Stones, Elvis and The Beatles to Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Santana, the dazzling collection is the finale to the hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation, coinciding with the hotel’s 15th anniversary this year.
Recognized for infusing world-class hospitality with music for more than four decades, the global collection of Hard Rock venues applaud music history through the brand’s signature music memorabilia displays adorning wall to wall. With more than 80,000 legendary pieces, Hard Rock is the curator of the world’s most expansive and priceless music memorabilia collection and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando welcomes guests to enjoy this first-hand music experience.
“As music is a universal language and Hard Rock celebrates music that spans all genres and eras, we wanted the new memorabilia collection to celebrate iconic names in music’s past and present,” says Jerry Fraize, Director of Memorabilia for Hard Rock International.
“The premier display located in the hotel lobby now celebrates the legends of The Beatles and Rolling Stones in an awe-inspiring showcase. Additionally, to enhance the guest experience, we have added QR codes that allow instant access to the history of each piece in this extraordinary collection.”
From the suit John Lennon wore in the Beatles’ classic 1964 film debut, A Hard Day’s Night to a latex gown worn by Lady Gaga, the new collection of memorabilia is Hard Rock’s way of paying homage to the power of music and its impact on culture. Highlights of the new collection also include Keith Richards’ five-string guitar used during the Stones’ Some Girls tour; a jumpsuit worn on stage by Michael Jackson during the Jacksons’ 1984 Victory tour; a dress worn by Carrie Underwood in the video for her 2014 hit “Something in the Water” and a mixer, outfit, cake prop and headphones used on stage by Steve Aoki, among other items.
You can take a closer look at all of the pieces in the hotel’s new collection here.
Hard Rock’s renowned collection got its start innocently enough when a regular patron of the Hard Rock Cafe London handed over his beat-up Fender Lead II guitar as an irreverent gift to the burger joint he loved and suggested it would look nice on the wall. Then, another London guitarist and Hard Rock regular sent the cafe his Gibson Les Paul with a note that read, “Mine’s as good as his any day.” The story would have ended there, if the two guitarists were not named Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
Today, Hard Rock has evolved into a brand internationally recognized for world-class entertainment, stylish and contemporary design and unparalleled service. The thread that still unites them all is music. At Universal Orlando Resort, guests of Hard Rock Hotel get to live the rock star lifestyle with an exclusive package of theme park benefits at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access (theme park admission required) and Early Park Admission. The 650-room hotel, operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts, is located just a short walk, complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus ride from both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.