Halloween Horror Nights 2022: Halloween Returns

Halloween Horror Nights 2022

The Universal Orlando Resort has just announced its second Halloween Horror Nights 2022 house!

John Carpenter’s classic 1978 slasher film Halloween returns to stalk guests during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida beginning September 2nd!

This haunted houses will terrify guests as they come face-to-face with the merciless Michael Myers.

Halloween is one of the most popular horror films of all time and to many fans, spawned the most-feared antagonist in horror movie history – Michael Myers.

As the franchise’s latest trilogy concludes with Universal Pictures’ release of Halloween Ends on October 14, guests will venture back to where it all began in “Halloween” – eerily authentic haunted houses that depict the most chilling moments from the critically-acclaimed original film.

This year’s harrowing experiences will transport guests to the infamous town of Haddonfield, Ill. on Halloween night, when Michael Myers first donned his notorious mask to embark on his brutal rampage. As guests make their way through his dilapidated home and iconic scenes from the movie, they’ll narrowly dodge attacks from the knife-wielding Myers as he stalks their every move. Myers is the embodiment of pure evil who unleashes terror at every turn, and guests will quickly realize that he will stop at nothing and no one to take his bloody revenge.

Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights 2022 at Universal Orlando Resort which begins Friday, September 2, and runs on select nights through Monday, October 31.

Additional details and haunted houses will be revealed soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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Summer Tribute Store 2022 Tour

The Summer Tribute Store at the Universal Orlando Resort commemorates Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s iconic films “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “JAWS” and “Back to the Future” with the newest edition of its popular Summer Tribute Store, now open at Universal Studios Florida.

The limited-time retail location transports guests to a 1980s movie theater where favorite scenes from retro summer blockbusters come to life within four incredibly-themed rooms stocked with décor and dedicated merchandise that pay homage to each film.

Summer Tribute Store 2022

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Step inside Elliott’s childhood bedroom complete with toys, games and other heartfelt belongings and browse an assortment of apparel – including the famous red hoodie – along with E.T. plush, pins and more celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of the film’s release.

Summer Tribute Store 2022 Jaws

JAWS: Adorned with seaside props and the makings of a ship’s hull in the rafters is Quint’s boat shack – which includes a variety of “red, white and blue” shirts, bags, tumblers and more inspired by the setting of the classic film. This room also features authentic, retro merchandise that pays tribute to Universal Studios Florida’s past “JAWS” attraction.

Summer Tribute Store 2022 Universal Orlando Resort Back to the Future

Back to the Future: Go back in time to venture throughDoc’s gadget-filled garage within the “Back to the Future” room, complete with t-shirts featuring glow-in-the-dark neon designs, collectible toys, “Outatime” license plates, mugs and more.

Summer Tribute Store 2022 Best of Universal Treats

Best of Universal: The final room in the Summer Tribute Store features compilation merchandise starring the three blockbuster films highlighted within the store – plus items from other popular Universal Pictures’ movies like “Jurassic Park” – within a space decked out to resemble a theater concession stand. And of course, here is also where guests can find delicious, themed treats and snacks available for purchase.

The Summer Tribute Store is located in the heart of the New York area of Universal Studios Florida.

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Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras King Cake Pancakes

Universal Orlando Resort’s spectacular hotels couldn’t be left out of the 2022 Mardi Gras fun!

Whether you’re staying as a guest or just stopping in for a delicious meal, you’ll find a variety of specially-themed menu items themed to Mardi Gras.

2022 Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Trattoria del Porto

  • CREAMY POLENTA SHRIMP
    Jumbo shrimp, chorizo sausage, Cajun sauce, creamy polenta
  • MASQUERADE CANNOLI
    Mixed berry insalada

The Thirsty Fish

  • MAGARI
    (Magari is Italian for wish)
    Aviation Gin, limoncello, Limone Di Genoa Cider, fresh basil

Splendido Bar & Grill

  • MOJITO LAMPONE
    (Lampone is Italian for raspberry)
    Aviation Gin, limoncello, Limone Di Genoa Cider, fresh basil
Hard Rock Hotel
Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Velvet Bar

  • ABITA AMBER ALE SHRIMP
    Gulf shrimp lightly sautéed in creole garlic butter and Abita Amber Ale, served with sliced French bread

The Kitchen

  • N’AWLINS PO’ BOY
    A classic, piled high with crispy fried shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, pickle, and creole mayo, served on New Orleans very own Leidenheimer bread

Beach Club

  • MUFFULETTA SLIDERS
    Central Grocery’s spicy olive salad topped with mortadella, ham, salami and provolone cheese, all on classic Sicilian sesame slider rolls
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Islands Dining Room

  • KING CAKE PANCAKES
    Lemon and powdered sugar glaze, spiced walnuts

Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar

  • ORCHID
    Roku Gin, sweet potato shochu, mint, cucumber, absinthe

Tuk Tuk Market

  • CHOCOLATE BOMB
    choose from: chocolate and caramel with spiced pecan with Mardi Gras purple, green and gold decor, s’mores or cookies & cream
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Amatista Cookhouse

  • ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE & PULLED CHICKEN
    with queso fresco empanada, Cajun aioli

Strong Water Tavern

  • CUCUMBER HURRICANE TWIST
    Light rum, lime juice, Midori, sliced cucumber

New Dutch Trading Co.

  • TRADITIONAL KING CAKE

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Galaxy Bowl Restaurant

  • SHRIMP PO’ BOY
    with queso fresco empanada, Cajun aioli
  • LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER HURRICANE
    “Let The Good Times Roll” – Bacardi Light Rum, Cruzan 12 Year Single Barrel Rum, passionfruit purée, orange juice and grenadine served in a 32-ounce souvenir Galaxy Bowl cup
Universal’s Aventura Hotel
Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Bar 17 Bistro

  • CHICKEN, ANDOUILLE & SHRIMP JAMBALAYA
  • MINI KING CAKE
  • HURRICANE
    Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers’s Original Dark Rum, passionfruit, tropical juices
  • SAZERAC
    Rye, Whiskey, absinthe, simple syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites
Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Beach Break Cafe

  • NEW ORLEANS BBQ SHRIMP & DIRTY RICE
  • DOCKSIDE BEIGNETS
    Sweet fried pastry with a bourbon caramel sauce and topped with powdered sugar

The Oasis Beach Bar & The Sunset Lounge

  • THE ENDLESS CARNIVAL
    Castillo Silver Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, a pinch of dried blackberries, pineapple wedge and a green sugar rim
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites
Mardi Gras Dining at Universal Orlando Hotels

Dockside Pier 8 Market

  • NEW ORLEANS BBQ SHRIMP & DIRTY RICE
  • DOCKSIDE BEIGNETS
    Sweet fried pastry with a bourbon caramel sauce and topped with powdered sugar

The Oasis Beach Bar & The Sunset Lounge

  • THE ENDLESS CARNIVAL
    Castillo Silver Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, a pinch of dried blackberries, pineapple wedge and a green sugar rim

I have a feeling I am going to be visiting a lot of the Universal Orlando Resorts for these Mardi Gras Treats!!!

If you are going to be doing the same, please keep in mind:

  • Advance reservations are suggested
  • Guests must be 21+ with valid photo ID to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages
  • There is an additional fee to park at the Universal Orlando hotels
Looking for more than a visit for dinner to celebrate Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort

U.S. and Canada residents who purchase a 3-Day ticket to visit either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure get an additional TWO DAYS FREE – giving them five (5) days to enjoy epic theme park thrills and the non-stop fun of Universal’s Mardi Gras.

Vacation packages including this epic ticket offer are also available starting as low as $89 per person, per night. This offer is available for purchase through May 5 and is valid for use until December 15 with no blockout dates.

For more information and to take advantage of this incredible offer, click here.

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February 2022 Mardi Gras Concert Lineup

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Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is back February 5 through April 24, and included in the return of the Good Times that fill the park are the much anticipated star-studded live concerts on select nights!

All concerts are included with your theme park admissions and take place at the Music Plaza stage – an electrifying outdoor venue inspired by the iconic Hollywood Bowl, set against the backdrop of the towering Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster.

February Mardi Gras Concert Lineup

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert 2022
Sugar Ray: Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

With over 10 million records sold and four top 10 songs, Sugar Ray’s top-selling singles include the hits “Fly,” “Someday” and “Every Morning.”

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert 2022
Diana Ross:Saturday, February 12, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

14 Top ten albums. 18 #1 Songs. From The Supremes to her landmark solo career, Diana Ross is one of the most successful recording artists of all time.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert 2022
Barenaked Ladies: Saturday, February 19, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

Barenaked Ladies has sold over 15 million records with hits like “If I Had $1,000,000,” “One Week” and ““Pinch Me.”

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert 2022
Styx: Saturday, February 20, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

Styx’s hits include “Renegade,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Blue Collar Man.”

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert 2022
Jon Pardi: Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

Jon Pardi features classic Nashville melodies and authentic country instrumentation on songs like “Heartache Medication,” “Head Over Boots” and “Ain’t Always the Cowboy.”

Which concert are you excited to attend this month???

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2022 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort

Get ready to let the good times roll again as Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras returns February 5 – April 24, 2022.

This year’s celebration will fill Universal Studios Florida with a spectacular Mardi Gras parade, celebratory cuisine featuring diverse flavors from around the world, the much-awaited return of star-studded live concerts, and so much more.

Mardi Gras happens on select nights and is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Florida!

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

2022 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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 “Planet Mardi Gras” Parade

Every year the Universal Orlando Resort knocks it out of the park with their Mardi Gras parade, and this year’s original parade theme is “Planet Mardi Gras.” 

To go along with the theme, six all-new and incredibly-detailed floats featuring cosmic-inspired elements will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats, including my favorite Jester and the nearly 50-foot long King Gator.

The “Planet Mardi Gras” parade will wind through the streets of Universal Studios Florida on select dates, accompanied by high-energy music and dozens of performers donning illuminating costumes that bring the party to “light” in a whole new way.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021
Flavors from Around the World

Universal’s award-winning chefs have cooked up an array of delicious culinary delicacies inspired by various locations around the globe to spice up this year’s Mardi Gras festivities.

This international culinary journey includes dishes like the tasty Crawfish Boil and melt-in-your-mouth Beignets from New Orleans, Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa (a sweet and spicy noodle soup) from Southeast Asia, Vegan Samosas with spicy green chutney from India, and Salchipapas (a popular street food made with sausage and potatoes) from Central America.

Want to save some money while experiencing these fantastic flavors? Pick Up a “Mardi Gras Food and Beverage” card, available for purchase throughout the park during the event.

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Live Music at Mardi Gras

On select nights during Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration, celebration goers can enjoy free concerts from music legend Diana Ross, global superstar Khalid, Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Marshmello, and 12 other top artists.

This year’s Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2022 Concert Lineup includes:

  • February 5: Sugar Ray
  • February 12: Diana Ross
  • February 19: Barenaked Ladies
  • February 20: Styx
  • February 26: Jon Pardi
  • March 5:          LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-Trip
  • March 6:          Marshmello
  • March 12:        Lee Brice
  • March 13:        Becky G
  • March 18:        Khalid
  • March 19:        Seal
  • March 20:        Gavin DeGraw
  • March 25:        The Revivalists
  • March 26:        Jimmie Allen
  • March 27:        Jason Derulo

These amazing concerts will take place on the Music Plaza Stage, an outdoor, standing-room-only venue inspired by the iconic Hollywood Bowl. 

Are you looking for more of an authentic Mardi Gras beat? Brass bands will perform daily throughout the park, bringing the soulful sounds of New Orleans to the heart of Universal Studios.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Store Exterior
2020 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Tribute Store
“Float Factory Warehouse” Tribute Store

The Mardi Gras Tribute Store is also returning with an all-new theme, Float Factory Warehouse.

Upon entering the incredibly themed retail space, guests will venture through four highly themed rooms designed to visually depict the creative process of bringing a parade float to life.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras fans will want to take extra time to see everything from pencil sketches and scale models to parade décor to an actual, full-size Mardi Gras float.

The Tribute Store is open daily for guests to take home a piece of Florida’s Biggest Party, snap some fun pictures, and even enjoy an event-exclusive treat.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide
Indulge Beyond the Park

Party beyond the park with Mardi Gras-inspired cuisine at select Universal CityWalk venues and Universal Orlando hotels.

At CityWalk, specialty food can be found at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, Pat O’Brien’s, and Voodoo Doughnut.

You will want to resort hop to every Universal Orlando hotel to enjoy their unique specialty menu of items.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras
Special Mardi Gras Offers for Florida Residents

All the excitement of Universal’s Mardi Gras is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida, and Florida Residents have two great ways to save.

Florida Residents who purchase a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure will receive an additional two days free.  

Want to kick that special offer up another level? Florida Residents can also add a 1-Day ticket to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park for only $29 more.

This amazing offer is available for purchase through March 31, is valid for use until June 30 without blockout dates, can be used on non-consecutive days, and requires proof for Florida residency.

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Guide to Holiday Cheer at the Universal Orlando Resort

Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021

The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters from November 13, 2021, through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Slow down and stroll along the streets of Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and London, which have been beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Hot Butterbeer tastes better when the Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, sings Christmas favorites. And guests won’t want to miss the enchanting Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees performing their unique holiday hits.

Be sure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure after the sun goes down to enjoy “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”

During the show, guests will watch in awe as Hogwarts castle comes alive with the holiday spirit as spectacular projections animate familiar Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021

“Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” – The Grinch

Once again, the maven of mischief will take to the stage in the fan-favorite “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a hilarious live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring The Grinch with special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Grinchmas Cast

The celebrations spill out into Seuss Landing, which is completely transformed into a holiday wonderland bursting at the seams with yuletide décor, including oversized candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and beautiful tinsel ornamenting the land.

Watch out for the resident Whos scurrying in the land as they spread Who-liday joy!

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Balloons

The Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s returns to the streets of Universal Studios Florida with more than 30 larger-than-life balloons taking flight and friends from the Minions, Illumination’s Despicable Me, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, and Madagascar festively frolic alongside beautifully decorated floats and hundreds of festive performers.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Santa

Try to find a spot near the 80-foot tall Christmas Tree for a spectacular finale led by the one and only Santa Claus.

Holiday Tribute Store

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort - 2021 Tribute Store Exterior

The Holiday Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida is a highly themed winter wonderland filled with holiday gifts and a menu of seasonal items sure to make you cheerful.

This is also the ideal location to purchase a Holiday Tree Hunt to find 15 brilliantly designed trees and collect an exclusive Holiday Tree Hunt ornament to commemorate the experience.

Mannheim Steamroller Takes the Stage

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Universal Orlando Resort

Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday artist of all time, returns to Universal Studios Florida to fill the air with the sounds of the season as they rock the Music Plaza Stage with live performances on December 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2021.

Universal Orlando Holiday Tour

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Universal Orlando Resort

Guests can take the fun to a new level with the return of its incredibly popular “Universal’s Holiday Tour,” an exclusive guided tour of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure available on select dates.

During the “Universal’s Holiday Tour,” guests have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the mean, green one himself, the Grinch, in Seuss Landing while enjoying a delicious Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Experience an after-hours showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle with a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films
  • Take advantage of a reserved viewing area for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – where more than 30 larger-than-life balloons and floats and hundreds of performers take to the streets of Universal Studios, Florida
  • Watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” with reserved seating and, after, join the merry Whos from Who-ville for an exclusive on-stage Q&A session
  • Meet and greet with Santa and receive one My Universal Photos digital download
  • Receive a Universal’s Holiday Tree Hunt brochure to participate in a merry quest to find 15 holiday trees throughout various merchandise locations within the theme parks and Universal CityWalk

“Universal’s Holiday Tour” pricing starts at $69.99 (plus tax), and separate Park-to-Park admission is required.

‘ Tis the Season for Tasty Treats

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Food

Guests can enjoy an incredible selection of new and returning holiday menu items across the destination. Below are just a few of the merry and bright treats available for guests to try this year:

  • Nutella Cheesecake Reindeer Pop: This all-new reindeer-themed cheesecake pop is rich with smooth Nutella and garnished with candied hazelnuts – available at Croissant Moon Bakery, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • “Red Hot” Holiday Shake: Red Hot candies, crushed peppermint and a Christmas tree snack cake come together to create the newest photo-worthy milkshake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Universal CityWalk
  • Voodoo Doughnut: Holidays-themed Voodoo doughnuts will be available throughout the season with new flavors, including a gingerbread cake doughnut, green-glazed holiday gift doughnut and marble cake wreath doughnut
  • Hot Chocolate Bomb: Back by popular demand, this epic hot chocolate bomb ornament is full of marshmallows and heartwarming cheer for guests to enjoy at TODAY Cafe, located at Universal Studios Florida. And this year, guests can try a new Grinch-themed hot chocolate bomb – filled with marshmallows and red-candied hearts – at Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Vegan Brownie: Guests looking for a vegan sweet treat can delight in a classic holiday dessert colorfully decorated with frosting and other spirited embellishments – available in San Francisco at Universal Studios Florida or Croissant Moon Bakery at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Hot Butterbeer: This fan-favorite is now available in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter all year long but is even more perfect to enjoy during the holiday season

Make the Season Even Brighter with a Universal Orlando Hotel Stay

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Hotel Decorations

Staying at one of Universal Orlando’s fabulous eight hotels is the best way for guests of all ages to continue the Holidays celebration. Surrounded by festive decorations, guests can partake in special holiday activities and one-of-a-kind events, including Christmas tree and menorah lightings, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s meals, holiday crafts for kids and more. For a full look at this year’s holiday hotel offerings, click here.

For more information about the holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort, visit their official website.

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Universal Orlando Resort Announces Holiday Lineup

2021 Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

The epic Universal Orlando Resort holiday traditions and characters are back, bigger and louder than ever before for 51 days and nights of one-of-a-kind festive experiences during this year’s Holidays celebration November 13 through January 2.

Guests can rip open a holiday gift of nonstop awesome where they can join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – and it’s all included with theme park admission.

Universal Orlando Resort Holiday Highlights

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The streets of Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and London will become beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Guests can sip on hot Butterbeer while they listen to Christmas carols from the Frog Choir comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, as well as the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” lights up the night sky with a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle with a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

See the maven of mischief himself during Grinchmas at Universal Orlando where guests can enjoy the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a hilarious live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring The Grinch with special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Grinchmas Cast

And the celebration continues in Seuss Landing, which is completely transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with yuletide décor, including oversized candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and beautiful tinsel ornamenting the land.

And guests can keep an eye out for resident Whos spreading Who-liday joy as they prepare for their favorite holiday.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Balloons
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida

With the return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, guests can experience the excitement as more than 30 larger-than-life balloons take the streets of Universal Studios Florida, along with appearances by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and other fan-favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Float

This parade also features beautifully decorated floats and hundreds of festive performers that fill the streets with holiday cheer. And guests won’t want to miss the spectacular finale led by the one and only Santa Claus as he passes by and lights the breathtaking 80-foot Christmas Tree that has become a holiday icon at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Santa

In addition to these spectacular experiences, there are even more holiday festivities in store around every corner, including delicious food and beverage options and themed merchandise perfect for gifting that will have guests feeling the holiday spirit throughout their visit.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Food
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

The merriment continues at Universal Orlando’s hotels, where guests will be surrounded by incredible seasonal décor and enjoy holiday activities like festive meals, strolling carolers, holiday crafts, and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Hotel Decorations

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Rock the Universe Returns in 2022

Rock the Universe 2022

Get ready to rock, ride and rejoice – Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe is back! Fans and youth groups can once again come together at Florida’s biggest Christian music festival to enjoy gripping performances by some of Christian music’s top artists, powerful worship experiences, and thrilling theme park attractions during an unforgettable weekend of faith and fun at Universal Studios Florida, from January 28-30.

The rocking weekend kicks off Friday night with feature performances by GRAMMY award-winning Christian pop duo, for KING & COUNTRY, Dove award-winning contemporary Christian artist, Matthew West, and more. The good times continue Saturday night with performances by GRAMMY award-winning contemporary Christian rock band, Casting Crowns, multiple GRAMMY award-winning Christian rock artist, Zach Williams, Dove award-winning contemporary Christian band, Big Daddy Weave, and more. For the full weekend lineup, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

Beyond the main stage performances, Rock the Universe attendees can enjoy worship experiences throughout the weekend – including a Saturday ceremony with a special message and a moving musical performance, a powerful Sunday morning worship service to wrap up the faith-filled weekend, plus a dedicated FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, featuring live performances from up-and-coming acts.

Event Tickets and Vacation Packages are Now on Sale!
Tickets to Florida’s biggest Christian music festival include admission to stellar performances and exclusive access to popular Universal Studios attractions during event hours. And this year, guests can take advantage of admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with a 2-Park Rock Your Weekend Ticket, starting at $129.99, plus tax.

At the heart of the event, Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries and offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.

Starting at $195 per person at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites or Surfside Inn and Suites, a Rock Your Weekend Group Getaway vacation package includes a 2-night hotel stay, a 2-Park Rock Your Weekend Ticket, and a souvenir photo. Groups who stay at one of Universal Orlando’s hotels will receive exclusive perks, such as Early Park Admission with valid theme park admission, complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and more.

To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

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Halloween Horror Nights 30: New Maze Announcement

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 The Haunting of Hill House

For the first time ever, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House” will bring its ominous presence to the Universal Orlando Resort in an all-new maze for Halloween Horror Nights 2021, which officially begins on September 3, 2021 at Universal Studios Florida!

Upon its release, Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” became a worldwide phenomenon of unsettling proportions that elevated the horror television genre. Created, directed, and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game) and executive produced by Trevor Macy via their Intrepid Pictures, the chilling horror story follows members of the Crain family who are haunted by long-dormant fears stemming from their time living in the menacing Hill House as children and then forced to face the ghosts of its grisly past.

“I have loved Halloween Horror Nights for so long,” said Flanagan, Creator, Director and Executive Producer of “The Haunting of Hill House.” “Some of my favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends. It is such an honor to be included among such fantastic Haunts, and I’m so glad that fans will be able to walk the halls of Hill House this Halloween. This is – without a doubt – one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us at Intrepid. We are so excited to visit the Red Room again – we hope to see you all there!”

Reincarnated as a Halloween Horror Nights Maze, the imposing and mysterious Hill House eerily comes to life beckoning guests to embark on the dark journey.

Iconic scenes from the Netflix series will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters. Apparitions will appear around every corner, from William Hill – The Tall Man, whose towering stature overwhelms everyone he encounters; to The Ghost in the Basement, who feverishly crawls throughout the bowels of the House in search of his next victim; to The Bent-Neck Lady, whose disturbing scream and ghastly appearance invoke a constant state of unnerving dread. 

“It’s a nightmare come true to bring Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House”to life for our guests this year at ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said Charles Gray, Senior Show Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort. “The show brought true horror to the masses, similar to what we’ve provided our guests at this event for nearly 30 years – Hill Houseis a perfect fit for “Halloween Horror Nights” as it enters a new decade of fear.”

The Haunting of Hill House maze will test even the bravest guests as they attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House – leaving them to wander the endless halls forever…alone.

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Halloween Horror Nights 30: JACK IS BACK

The Universal Orlando Resort just announced that Jack the Clown is going to return as the demented face of Halloween Horror Nights as the world’s premier Halloween event commemorates its 30th year this fall!

The most notorious icon in event history, Jack’s return to Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be fraught with terror and fear as the grisly circus clown invades every corner of this year’s event with unsuspecting “Jack Attacks” that will send guests running for their lives. His ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every aspect of the event – from the streets, to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect – leaving nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide.

Select tickets are on sale now for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, featuring a variety of ways for guests to customize their visit to stay, scream and save.

Guests can save up to $52 on a single night event ticket when purchasing online, and book various event upgrades like the R.I.P. Tours, a guided tour experience that provides priority V.I.P. access to the haunted houses; Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours, a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that offers a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life; and more.

Jack Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Guests can also save up to $200 on vacation packages, starting at $149 per person, per night (based on a family of four), that include hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights 2021.

Universal Orlando hotel guests also receive exclusive benefits, including access to a dedicated entry gate for the event (with valid event admission), complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and access to an all-new, limited-time “Jack’d Up” experience at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – where guests get a closer look into the chaotic world of Jack and some of the sinister environments inspired by his past invasions of HHN. Plus, the hotel’s Swizzle Lounge lobby bar will transform into the “Horror Icons Bar,” featuring specialty beverages and snacks inspired by the event’s most infamous icons, and props and costumes that pay an eerie homage to Halloween Horror Nights past.

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on Friday, September 3 and continues on select nights through Sunday, October 31, 2021.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Universal Orlando’s event, visit www.Orlando.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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Know Before You Go: Finnegan’s Bar & Grill

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill Universal Orlando Resort Exterior

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill is my favorite spot to eat at the Universal Orlando Resort that you HAVE to check out!

Located just steps off of the New York Streets of Universal Studios Florida, this bar & full-service restaurant features a menu of Irish dishes that you can pair with specialty cocktails & pints. 

Some of our favorite Finnegan’s dishes are:

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill Universal Orlando Resort Scotch Egg
Scotch Eggs (Original Recipe) – $10.99

Hard-boiled eggs wrapped in pork sausage, dusted with bread crumbs and fried. Served with apple beet salad, mustard sauce

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill Universal Orlando Resort Shepherds Pie
Shepherd’s Pie (Original Recipe) – $17.99

Seasoned ground beef and mushrooms with a crust of potatoes and cheddar cheese. Served with root cellar vegetables

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill Universal Orlando Resort Fish & Chips
Irish Fish & Chips – $18.99

North Atlantic fresh cod fish in ale batter with wedge fries. Served with a side of malt vinegar & tartar sauce

Here are a few things to know about Finnegan’s Bar & Grill before you go:

🍀You can visit daily between 11am and park close to enjoy lunch & dinner menus 

🍀 Just want to grab a pint? There is a separate queue to step up to the bar! 

🍀 Reservations aren’t always required for a table, but they are SUPER HELPFUL!

🍀Reservations can be made online by visiting the Finnegan’s Bar & Grill official UOR webpage or by calling (407) 224- FOOD

🍀 Finnegan’s is included in the Universal Dining Plan as a full-service choice  (You can find out more about the Universal Dining Plan here)

🍀 Finnegan’s is allergy friendly and does offer Vegan dishes like the Beyond Burger Vegan Shepard’s Pie

🍀 If you are a #UniversalOrlandoResort Annual Passholder, make sure to present your pass with your check for a discount (A BIIIIIIG bonus for #UOAP holders)

🍀 As a bonus, on the weekends you can enjoy live performances of traditional pub songs and some contemporary favorites. 

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DreamWorks Destination Coming to Universal Orlando

DreamWorks Destination Trolls

This spring, Universal Orlando Resort will debut an all-new, interactive character experience – DreamWorks Destination – where guests can meet, greet and dance along with their favorite DreamWorks characters in an incredibly themed location that brings the high-energy fun of the franchise’s most popular animated films to life.

Located in the KidZone area of Universal Studios Florida, DreamWorks Destination will be a first-of-its-kind character experience where guests can interact with multiple beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation’s hit film franchises, TrollsMadagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and more – all in one festive location.

DreamWorks Destination Madagascar King Julien

Catchy tunes from various DreamWorks movies will fill the air as guests enter a bright, colorful party atmosphere – all set against a nighttime sky inspired by the animation studio’s iconic opening sequence from its films.

DreamWorks Destination Kung Fu Panda

As bright lights illuminate the scene, guests will connect with their favorite DreamWorks characters, grab some fun photos and even join them for an epic dance party that will get every member of the family to move it, move it.

DreamWorks Destination will open this spring and an exact opening date will be shared soon.

DreamWorks Destination Puss in Boots

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It’s Showtime…Halloween Horror Nights Returns

Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice Artwork

The world’s premier Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, is back – returning this fall for its much-anticipated 30th year and unleashing a sinister lineup of horrifying experiences on select nights beginning on September 3 through October 31.

Guests will face 10 terrifying haunted houses, five twisted scare zones and two outrageous live shows based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture – with the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most’ and Halloween Horror Nights legend, “Beetlejuice.”

Beetlejuice was the first “ghost host” of Halloween Horror Nights – originally called ‘Fright Nights’ – during the event’s debut in 1991. As Halloween Horror Nights 2021 celebrates a milestone year, this former host will become the supernatural star of a bone-chilling haunted house based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film.

Guests will be at the whim of the self-described “Bio-Exorcist” as they shadow Beetlejuice’s every move through artfully recreated scenes from the popular film.

Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice

From the infamous haunted attic within the Maitland home, to the model graveyard and Dante’s Inferno Room, guests will have the extraordinary chance to enter the movie surrounded by its most iconic characters.

With brash defiance, Beetlejuice is ready to turn on the juice and see what shakes loose – and his plans don’t include returning to the land of the unliving.

And this is just the beginning… more details about Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be revealed in the months ahead.

Universal Orlando will continue to monitor the environment and implement enhanced health and safety procedures for its operation of Halloween Horror Nights this fall. Specific details will be shared closer to the event’s debut. For more information about Universal Orlando’s current health and safety guidelines, click here.

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On the Go in the Parks: March 19-21, 2021

On the Go in the Parks March 2021
Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino on WDBO tonight at 6:38pm ET to hear about these and other fun things going on around Central Florida!

If you are On the Go in the Parks this weekend you are going to have beautiful weather to enjoy and fantastic events to choose from!

On the Go in the Parks: March 19-21, 2021

A Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Wordless Wednesday Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2015 Epcot Walt Disney World

EPCOT will full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 -
Universal Orlando Resort

Experience an international food fest with cuisine and entertainment inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Sample the flavors of Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, and other regions including, of course, New Orleans.

Plus enjoy spectacular floats on display, street entertainment, music, beads, and more throughout the theme park.

And now you can let the good times roll even longer as they have extended the celebration through April 11th!!!

Don’t forget that right now the Universal Orlando Resort has AMAZING Florida Resident deals on Annual Passes (3 months free on any two park pass), tickets (Buy a Day, Get 3 free), and resort stays!!!!

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

The Seven Seas Food Festival continues at SeaWorld Orlando, and if you are a foodie this is a can’t miss event for you!!!

Bayside Stadium will once again be rocking this weekend with performances from Jerry Rivera on Saturday, March 13th, and Scotty McCreery on Sunday, March 14th.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

This spring, flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens Tampa with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival that invites guests to
sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 NEW dishes.

Serving guests every weekend until April 25th with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

This Saturday evening you can also see Dylan Scott in concert on the park’s Festival Field.

Theme Park Deals You Won’t Want to Miss!!!

Universal Orlando Deals

On the Go in the Parks January 2021 Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

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Universal Orlando Extends Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

Let the beads fly and the good times roll as Universal Orlando extends its dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment, Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, through April 11 due to popular demand.

Now, guests have even more time to enjoy this unique global food fest featuring more than 100 new food and beverage items inspired by Carnaval celebrations from around the world.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

Guests won’t want to miss the chance to get up close with spectacular Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout Universal Studios Florida and take part in this Big Easy bash in the streets featuring energetic dancers, stilt performers, brass band musicians, countless beads, and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store.

Guests can see what all the excitement is about and continue to savor fan-favorite Cajun fare and classic Carnaval flavors from across the globe, including:

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021
  • Cajun cuisine from New Orleans, such as a Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Beignets and other Big Easy delights
  • Carnaval-inspired dishes from the islands, such as Pernil & Mofongo from La Isla del Encanto (the Island of Enchantment) Puerto Rico, a vegan Pholourie from Trinidad and Tobago and Jerk Chicken from the Bahamas
  • Pork Schnitzel Sliders and Bavarian Pretzels from Germany, iconic Paella Mixta and Leche Frita from Spain and Belgium Liege Waffles from Belgium
  • Other famous flavors from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, France and more

This epic Mardi Gras celebration will roll on across the destination with Carnaval-inspired delights at select venues at Universal CityWalk and the Universal Orlando hotels.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass. Blockout dates apply. For more information about Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval visit, www.UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

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