Hard Rock Hotel At Universal Orlando: Soul Asylum Velvet Session

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

 Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando to Host Halloween Velvet Sessions Featuring Soul Asylum on October 29th

Orlando’s rock ‘n’ roll cocktail event becomes adults-only Halloween costume party

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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s 2015 Velvet Sessions lobby concert series continues in October with a special Halloween Sessions featuring Soul Asylum, performing hits “Somebody To Shove,” “Misery,” “Black Gold” and more! Guests can participate in the popular Halloween costume contest before the show starts for a chance to win a two-night stay in the Graceland Suite.

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Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October). Log onto 
velvetsessions.com to buy your tickets and to receive monthly updates on who’s playing.

All Velvet Sessions tickets include: FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward, and complimentary valet parking*.

Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event.

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What: Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s 2015 Velvet Sessions lobby concert series continues in October with a special Halloween Sessions featuring Soul Asylum.
Who:   Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event.
When: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Where:  Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819
Parking: Complimentary valet parking
Tickets: Tickets are $50 on-line or $55 at the door. Limited VIP tickets are $75 on-line only and include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with private bar. Purchase tickets in advance on-line and receive early entry to the show at 6:00 pm.

To purchase tickets, log onto velvetsessions.com. For tickets and more information, call 407-503-2401 or e-mail vs@loewshotels.com.

Included: FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars, and live band from show time onward.
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Loews Royal Pacific At Universal Orlando: Jake’s Beer Festival

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Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando Celebrates the Fall Season with Jake’s Beer Festival

Kick back and relax in a South Seas island paradise while experiencing a festival created for beer lovers, foodies and all who enjoy a good time. Enjoy more than 60 specialty craft beers, delicious food, live music by Beth McKee and more. Jake’s Beer Festival happens only twice each year and takes place under the outdoor Wantilan Pavilion at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

Festival ticket: $35*
VIP ticket: $45*
All tickets include entry, beer, food, entertainment and self parking**.

Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando – Jake’s Beer Festival Information:

What:  Loews Royal Pacific Resort celebrates the fall season with the second Jake’s Beer Festival of 2015.Guests can enjoy more than 60 craft and specialty beers, creative and tasty foods expertly prepared by the hotel’s award-winning chefs and live entertainment under the outdoor Wantilan Pavilion.Jake’s Beer Festival is an adults (21 and older) only event.
When: Friday, October 9, 2015 from 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Where: Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
6300 Hollywood Way
Orlando, Florida 32819
Menu: For even more menu information, click here.

Wurst
Grilled Mini Bratwurst, Braised Red Cabbage, House Made Pumpernickel RollSauerbraten
Rich and Savory Braised Angus Beef scented with Juniper and Allspice, Thyme and Parsley Spätzle tossed with Emmantaler CheeseCharcutière
Cold Smoked Mahi Salad, Liverwurst, German Holsteiner Salami, Butter Kase, Smoked Gouda, Whole Grain Ale Mustard, Cornichons
Fresh Baked Soft Pretzels
Four Cheese Porter FondueChicken and Waffles
Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Fresh Made Waffles, Jalapeño GlazeMini Desserts
Dark Chocolate Cupcake – Nutella Filling, Cream Cheese Frosting.
Key Lime Strawberry Shot – Coconut Mousse, Almond Nougatine.
Apple Streusel Shot – Raisin and Pistachio.
Tickets: Tickets are $35 on-line. Limited VIP tickets are $45 on-line only and include all the benefits of a regular Jake’s Beer Festival ticket, plus exclusive access to Jake’s Clipper Room, where guests can sample additional specialty craft beers, more generous pours and firkin first drafts, plus a collectible pint glass and other extras.To purchase tickets, log onto JakesBeerFestival.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 407-503-3200 or e-mail royalpacificconcierge@loewshotels.com.

 

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AMC “The Walking Dead” Return To Halloween Horror Nights

 The Walking Dead Coming to Halloween Horror Nights Universal Orlando

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Returns to Halloween Horror Nights

 Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will unleash the Terror

of Season 5 Upon the Country’s Most Extreme and Highly-Anticipated Halloween Events

 

The nation’s insatiable appetite for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series take a bite out of “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.

Attempts to evade the terror of the undead and the inhumane brutality of mankind will be the underlying theme of these mazes as guests navigate authentic three-dimensional recreations of one of television’s most talked about shows, “The Walking Dead.”

Following in the footsteps of “The Walking Dead” cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand ‘The Walking Dead’ universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show,” said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor for “The Walking Dead.”  “‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.”

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“We love giving fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ as many ways as possible to experience the series, so we’re thrilled to be collaborating once again with the teams at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando on these mazes that really bring the intensity of the show to life,” said Theresa Beyer, senior vice president of promotion, activation and partnerships for AMC. “We’re excited to have fans come face to face with some of the most memorable and shocking scenes of season 5.”

This year, when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces the all-original “The Walking Dead:  Wolves Not Far,” it will come to life as the biggest, longest, most gruesome maze ever built at the West Coast destination of “Halloween Horror Nights.” This all-new experience will feature twice as many, never-before-seen walkers and will be situated within an entirely new theme park location.

“Just like the fans who wait anxiously for the next episode or season return of ‘The Walking Dead,’ this phenom of a show has become a ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ tradition and our guests look forward to a new ‘Walking Dead’ maze each year,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “We’re fortunate to have the expertise of the show’s creative team working collaboratively with us to create an authentic living representation of the series, and for fans, our maze experience is the next best thing to living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.”

Universal Orlando’s “The Walking Dead” maze will feature hordes of walkers and eerily recreate the scenes, settings and terror that guests have seen on their TV screens.  The twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights team are using first-ever tactics to bring the horror of season 5 to life in this year’s maze – even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.

“We’ve been fortunate to recreate many horrific moments over the past few years, and as the series raises its own bar every season, so have we with our environments, said Michael Aiello, Director of Creative Development for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team.  “Faithfully representing season 5 has brought with it all-new elements, and we will literally place our guests in the lead role as they escape hordes of walkers.”

Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate in extreme Halloween events. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims of their own horror movie. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are constructed throughout the event, inspired by iconic slasher films, hit horror movies and television series or hauntingly real original stories. Numerous scare zones also infiltrate “Halloween Horror Nights,” designed to provoke an unrelenting sense of fear and terrorize guests as they navigate the darkness from one frightening maze to another.

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

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Halloween Horror Nights News: New Franchise Joins Line-Up On Both Coasts

DARE TO ENTER THE FURTHER…

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Insidious Franchise to Possess Universal Halloween Horror Nights 2015

Hit Supernatural Film Series to Become All-New Haunted Mazes in Orlando and Hollywood, Featuring Scenes from the Newly-Released Third Chapter

 

This fall, it’s not the maze that’s haunted…YOU ARE.

The twisted minds behind Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are teaming up with Focus Features and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to create all-new mazes based on the chilling Insidious film franchise. The announcement comes after the third installment of the film, Insidious: Chapter 3, hit theaters to terrify moviegoers.

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At both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando, event goers will be transported into some of the most sinister scenes from all three films in the Insidious franchise. Guests will investigate unexplained phenomena in the Lambert family’s eerie Victorian home and find themselves at the ghastly séance that unleashes chaos and horror. They’ll journey into “The Further” – a supernatural realm that houses tormented spirits – and face deadly ghosts and demons like the Woman in Black and Red-Faced Demon who will stop at nothing to infiltrate the world of the living.

 

Universal’s 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 and Hollywood 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’s Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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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 willcome 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.

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Universal Orlando Resort 25th Anniversary Concert Series Concludes With The Goo Goo Dolls

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Goo Goo Dolls set to rock the stage as the final act of Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series will conclude this weekend with a live concert by the chart-topping band Goo Goo Dolls on Saturday, June 20 at 9:00 PM.

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With four Grammy nominations, more than 10 million albums sold and 14 Top Ten hits including, “Name,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon,” Goo Goo Dolls has become a globally recognized and influential force in pop-rock music history. Their smash hit, “Iris,” from the “City Of Angels” movie soundtrack spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.

The excitement of the concert is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.

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Halloween Horror Nights 25: Top 4 Things To Know

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Halloween Horror Nights 25: Top 4 Things To Know

Will you survive?

 

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 will be the biggest, longest and most intense in event history.

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Here are the top four things you need to know about Halloween Horror Nights 25:

1. The event will feature NINE haunted houses – more than ever in event history.

2. The streets of the event will be filled with MORE SCAREACTORS than ever before.  Guests will encounter twice as many “scareactors” than in previous years, who will terrify guests throughout highly-themed scare zones in the park.

3. Halloween Horror Nights 25 will feature MORE NIGHTS than ever before – running for a record-breaking 30 nights from September 18 to November 1, 2015

4. And there’s just one more thing…

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This fall, guests can visit Universal Orlando’s theme parks by day and become victims of their own horror film by night at Halloween Horror Nights 25. For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 25, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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Universal Orlando Resort Extends Theme Park Ticket Offer For Members Of The Military

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Universal Orlando Resort extends Theme Park Ticket offer for Active Duty and Retired Members of the Military 

Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel Can Also Upgrade with a Stay at the All-New

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a Discounted Vacation Package 

Universal Orlando Resort has extended its ticket offer exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military with purchase available now through Dec. 4, 2015. Military personnel can purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket and receive two complimentary days to experience the extraordinary thrills and heart-warming moments that can only be found at Universal Orlando Resort. Plus, they can also upgrade with a 3-night stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package.

 Universal Orlando Resort Military Offers

Buy a 1-Day, Park-to-Park

Ticket and Get 2 Days FREE

 

· Active duty and retired members of the military and their families can receive two days FREE with the purchase of a 1-day, park-to-park ticket with valid military identification.

· Admission is valid for up to 14 days from first use

· Tickets are available for purchase until Dec. 4, 2015 and must be redeemed by Dec. 17, 2015

Special Military Vacation

Packages Available  

 

OR UPGRADE AND MAKE IT A VACATION PACKAGE:

· Active duty and retired military personnel can make it a special vacation by adding a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package starting at $299 per adult, tax inclusive with valid military identification.

Package also includes:

– The 1-Day, Park-to-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free ticket offer

– 3-nights stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

– Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens

– Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk

· Special active duty and retired military package rates are also available at Universal Orlando’s additional resort hotels Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and select Universal Partner Hotels

· Vacation package available for purchase through Nov. 30, 2015 and travel through Dec. 4, 2015

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These all-new military offers are available with valid identification on participating bases at ITT or Leisure Travel Service Offices. For additional details on these offers, see below or visit www.universalorlando.com/military.

Members of the military and their families and friends will experience the trip of a lifetime at Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. A world of excitement and adventure awaits with all-new experiences, including the awe-inspiring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the blockbuster attraction TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Springfield, home of America’s favorite animated family “The Simpsons.”

At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, guests will be transported back to a time of relaxation and endless family fun in this classic, retro-themed resort. Cabana Bay guests can experience incredible amenities throughout the hotel, including a 10-lane bowling alley, retro arcade, Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio, a zero-entry pool and Universal Orlando’s first-ever lazy river.

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About Universal Orlando Resort
Vacation like you mean it at Universal Orlando Resort – where every heart pounding, jaw-dropping, goose-bumping second counts.  You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, become a Minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and join Optimus Prime in the fight to save mankind on the new mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D.  And now, you can step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Universal Orlando Resort is home to two incredible theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure; four magnificently themed on-site hotels:  Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the newest addition, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort; and Universal CityWalk, the one place where the dining and entertainment tastes of every member of the family intersect.  And located just minutes from Universal Orlando Resort is Wet n’ Wild, Orlando’s premier waterpark.

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

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Universal Orlando Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Concert Series

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This Saturday the Universal Orlando Resort kicks off a celebration of 25 years of unforgettable moments at Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series with musical performances by award-winning Latin singer Prince Royce on Saturday, May 23 and teen sensation and singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes on Sunday, May 24.

 

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Saturday, May 23

  • Prince Royce

Prince Royce’s latest album, “Soy el Mismo,” debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Album charts with his fourth studio album slated to release later this year. The singer has recently collaborated with several of today’s biggest artists, on top hits like “Stuck on a Feeling” and “Back It Up.”

Sunday, May 24

  • Shawn Mendes

Mendes – who is hailed by Billboard as “Music’s First Vine Star”– just released his debut album, “Handwritten,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and includes his popular single “Life of the Party.” The 16-year-old singer is currently featured as one of TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2014” and will also be Taylor Swift’s opening act this summer during her “1989” world-tour.

On select nights through June 20, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse lineup of award winning, chart-topping artists to celebrate its 25thanniversary year.  The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.

Saturday, May 30

  • PITBULL

Saturday, June 6

  • KELLIE PICKLER

Saturday, June 13

  • HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

Saturday, June 20

  • GOO GOO DOLLS
Admission into the Concert Series is included with admission, and it is important to know that the event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Prices, dates, times, attractions and entertainment subject to availability and may change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
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Universal Orlando Resort Announces Skull Island: Reign of Kong

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The Universal Orlando Resort announced today that Skull Island: Reign of Kong will be opening up in its Islands of Adventure theme park in Summer 2016.

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong Entrance

The new attraction is incredibly intense and massive, and this all-new attraction brings the Kong Legend to new heights through detailed and amazingly scaled environments.

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Skull Island: Reign Of Kong Ride Vehicle

It begins as guests are transported deep into a wild and mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin – but where they are soon fighting for their own survival. Their journey will take them through an ancient temple inhabited by hostile natives, a perilous jungle ruled by prehistoric creatures, a foreboding underworld of caves concealing unspeakable terrors – and face-to-face with the colossal Kong himself.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong is well under construction adjacent to the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure, and I can’t wait to watch as this attraction continues to take shape over the upcoming year.

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You can find more details on the official site at www.universalorlando.com/ReignofKong.

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Universal Orlando Resort 25th Anniversary Concert Series

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Pitbull, Goo Goo Dolls, Prince Royce, & More Headline Special 25th Anniversary Concert Series At Universal Orlando Resort 

Top-Name Acts Perform in Concert Series on Select Nights During May and June as Part of Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Year

 

Universal Orlando Resort today revealed the lineup for a special concert series taking place later this spring to help mark Universal Orlando’s 25th anniversary year. On select nights May 23 through June 20, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse lineup of award-winning, chart-topping artists.

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The concert series features an array of talent with something for everyone, from the internationally-renowned artist Pitbull – whose global hit single, “Timber,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, to the chart-topping band Goo Goo Dolls, which has sold more than 10 million albums and has 14 Top Ten hits. Also performing is teen sensation Shawn Mendes, and award-winning Latin idol Prince Royce – whose latest album, “Soy el Mismo,” debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Album charts.

Over the past 25 years, Universal Orlando has transformed from a single theme park into an entire theme park entertainment destination.  By day, guests can enjoy some of the most popular entertainment experiences in the world – including the spectacularly themed area The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. And beginning May 23, park guests can rock out to a live performance by a top artist at the Music Plaza, a concert venue located in the heart of Universal Studios Florida.

CONCERT SERIES LINE-UP
Concert Dates Headliners(performing in the Music Plaza)
May 23 Prince Royce
May 24 Shawn Mendes
May 30 Pitbull
June 6 Kellie Pickler
June 13 Huey Lewis and The News
June 20 Goo Goo Dolls

 

The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with the purchase of an Annual Pass. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.

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About Universal Orlando Resort
Vacation like you mean it at Universal Orlando Resort – where every heart pounding, jaw-dropping, goose-bumping second counts.  It is the only place where you can turn spending time with your family into spending time as a family.  Together, you can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, become a Minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and join Optimus Prime in the fight to save mankind on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D.  And now, you can step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

 

Universal Orlando Resort is home to two incredible theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure; four magnificently themed on-site hotels:  Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the newest addition, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort; and Universal CityWalk, the one place where the dining and entertainment tastes of every member of the family intersect.  And located just minutes from Universal Orlando Resort is Wet n’ Wild, Orlando’s premier waterpark.
Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow Universal Orlando Resort on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

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2015 Universal Orlando Rock The Universe Lineup Announced

2015 Universal Orlando Rock the Universe Line-Up Announced

On September 11 and 12, Universal Orlando will host Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, Rock the Universe, and the details of this weekend of faith, fun, and concerts look amazing.

Let’s start with the concerts!

On Friday, mainstays of the Christian rock scene Switchfoot will take to the stage to perform their soul-stirring hits. Later that evening, Christian music giants Newsboys and Crowder will captivate the crowd with powerful hits of their own.

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On Saturday, the riding, rocking and rejoicing continues with more of the genre’s biggest stars, including the Grammy award-winning Casting Crowns. Also performing on Saturday are international fan-favorites Jesus Culture and Planetshakers.

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FRIDAY SATURDAY
Switchfoot
Newsboys
Crowder
Kari Jobe
Kutless
Family Force 5
Capital Kings
All Things New
Aaron Gillespie
Waves of Glory winner
Casting Crowns
Jesus Culture
Planetshakers
Tenth Avenue North
Building 429
Andy Mineo
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Nine Lashes
Rapture Ruckus
Shine Bright Baby
Waves of Glory winner

With a Rock the Universe event ticket you will be able to enter Universal Studios Florida at 4pm. The event lasts from 4pm to 1am on both event nights (Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12).

During Rock the Universe, the following attractions will be open at Universal Studios Florida

  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®
  • Revenge of the Mummy®
  • MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • and more

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During Rock the Universe, there will be inspirational guest speakers, a FanZone where you can get autographs, and experience a special candlelighting ceremony on Saturday night.

PLUS, you can be part of a special Sunday Morning Worship service held at the Park.

It’s an entire weekend of faith and fun.

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Halloween Horror Nights 25 At Universal Orlando Dates Revealed

 WILL YOU SURVIVE TWENTY-FIVE?

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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Celebrates 25th Year with More Event Nights and More Scares than Ever Before.

Guests Can Be Among the First to Book A Vacation Package

for the Nation’s Premier Halloween Event

By day, guests at Universal Orlando Resort are propelled into some of pop culture’s most iconic and beloved stories – laughing as they experience cutting-edge attractions and screaming as they brave plummeting roller coasters.

But there’s another, darker side to Universal Orlando.

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On select nights in September and October, guests sprint away in paralyzing fear. They scream uncontrollably. Their nightmares come to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Now, guests can be among the first to book a vacation package that combines the excitement of Universal Orlando’s two world-class theme parks by day and heart-pumping horror of Halloween Horror Nights by night.

Consistently ranked the nation’s best, Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event, attracting guests from around the world. From the moment guests step inside the event’s gates, they become a victim inside their own horror film. The streets of Universal Studios Florida are transformed into highly-themed scare zones, brought to life with elaborate scenery and teams of menacing “scare-actors” that lunge from the shadows and tactically hunt guests as prey.

Multiple haunted houses are erected throughout the theme park, rivaling the most detailed and terrifying of movie sets. Once inside, guests shriek their way through an unpredictable, multi-sensory labyrinth based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror video games to haunting original stories created by Universal’s Entertainment team.

This fall, Halloween Horror Nights will mark its milestone 25th year as the biggest, longest and most intense in event history. It will run for a record-breaking 30 nights, including the following event dates:

  • Sept. 18-19, 24-25, 26-27
  • Oct. 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-31
  • Nov. 1

Details about the newly-announced Halloween Horror Nights 25 Hotel & Ticket Package are available below. Additional details about the event will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights 25

Hotel & Ticket Package

Starts at $165 per adult, per night, tax inclusive**Book by Oct. 31 for travel from Sept. 18 to Nov. 1 · 3-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort – allowing guests to stay in the heart of the horror· 1-night ticket to Halloween Horror Nights 25 (Non-Saturday)· Special event entry gate for on-site hotel guests until 8 p.m.

· 2-day Park-to-Park ticket to Universal Orlando’s theme parks

· Early Park Admission to select attractions at one Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal one hour before scheduled park opening.

· Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk

· Upgrade to one of three AAA Four-Diamond deluxe on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort to receive complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines at select attractions in both theme parks all day (a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day)

· Additional accommodations also available at Universal Partner Hotels

***Additional ticket and vacation offers for Florida Residents will be announced at a later date.

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Why I Love Mardi Gras At Universal Orlando

Disclosure: I was an invited guest of the Universal Orlando Resort to experience Mardi Gras, however all opinions are my own.

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Why I love Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Mardi Gras is my absolute favorite time of year to experience Universal Studios Florida!

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Mardi Gras is an annual celebration, included with park admission, that happens on select weekends until April 18th where entertainment, specialty food items, an amazing parade, and a concert series that is full of amazing performers fills the park with an electric energy!

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The celebration vibe is set once you enter the gates of Universal Studios Florida, and you are greeted with some of the many special entertainers on stilts that are wonderful!

Also, roaming the streets you will find a roaming band performing some Mardi Gras favorites.

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What would a great Mardi Gras party be without food?

The vibrant French Quarter Courtyard is where you will find cajun and creole treats and specialty drinks available for purchase.

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During the media event we had the opportunity to try a few of the goodies that you will find!

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We all got to try the spicy Jambalaya, grilled Andouille sausage with peppers & onions, and the creole gumbo.

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Creole Gumbo
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Andouille Sausage with Peppers & Onions
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Jambalaya

Then as an even sweeter treat, we got to finish our meal with beignets and funnel cakes.

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Beignets
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Funnel Cake

And the Voo Doo Punch is dangerously good!

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Voo Doo Punch

You can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without a parade, and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint!

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Over the course of Mardi Gras Universal Orlando will let 1.8 million beads fly during the Mardi Gras Parade.

Universal Mardi Gras Parade Map

While the route covers a good portion of Universal Studios Florida, I recommend catching the parade near the Horror Make-Up Show since you will get the chance for double beads as the parade starts and ends here.

This year the Mardi Gras Parade stops for some dance breaks during which the Mardi Gras Krewe gets down off of their float to give out premium Mardi Gras Beads. They are a ton of fun!

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Little Mardi Gras fans and their families may want to consider viewing the parade from the Little Jester’s Area, near the Brown Derby, where they have less people to contend with for beads. This area is available beginning one hour before the parade starts.

On an earlier visit to Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando, I was able to ride the Elegance of India Float and throw beads it was an AMAZING experience! Annual Passholders can sign up for the chance to be chosen here. Not an Annual Passholder, make sure you follow @UniversalORL on Twitter!

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During Universal Mardi Gras the streets of Universal Studios Florida are filled with the sounds of great performers and bands!

On the French Quarter Courtyard stage you can find some of Louisiana’s most popular bands performing authentic blues, zydeco, and more!

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The Courtyard Stage is set up near Transformers: The Ride 3-D, and has even more room this year for dancing. It’s a really great place to spend some time!

Here are the bands that are set to perform on the French Quarter Courtyard Stage for the remainder of Mardi Gras.

  • March 13: Mississippi Rail Company
  • March 14: Mississippi Rail Company
  • March 15: Mississippi Rail Company
  • March 20: Soul Project
  • March 21: Soul Project
  • March 22: Soul Project
  • March 28: Naughty Professor
  • April 4: Daddy Mac Blues Band
  • April 11: Big Al and the Heavyweights
  • April 18: Gravy

Later in the evening you can head over to Music Plaza Stage to catch live performances from some of the biggest names from the worlds of pop, rock, country, R&B and more.

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Here is the line-up of artist who will be performing during this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration.

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I’ve also shared some of my best concert tips in this post!

It is important to note that, there is an ADA viewing area is located at the far right side of the stage near the restrooms adjacent to Twister…Ride It Out.

During the event we got to see Kelly Clarkson, and it was AMAZING!!! Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Kelly Clarkson

 

Everyone in my family has an Annual Pass to the Universal Orlando Resort, and if you don’t have your’s yet this is a great time to get one because there is a great Mardi Gras promotion going on!

Florida Residents Get up to 3 Months Free on any Annual Pass with a valid UPC/Promo Code on select Coca-Cola Packages or Wendy’s cups.

For a limited time, you can become an Annual Passholder, and get three additional months added to your Preferred Pass or Premier Pass. Or, get one additional month added to your Power Pass. Includes access to special events and other perks all year round. (Offer valid on new purchases only; must be purchased and activated by 04/19/15. Blockout dates apply for Power Pass. You can find out more information here.)

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is our family’s favorite time of year, and we can’t wait to go back!

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras FamilyI can’t thank Universal Orlando enough for the opportunity to experience Mardi Gras, and if you haven’t gotten the chance to go yet…What are you waiting for???

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