Universal’s Holiday Tour Debuts

Starting November 22, guests can take their holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort to the next level with the all-new Universal’s Holiday Tour, a specially guided tour filled with exclusive access to holiday experiences across the theme parks.

Available on select dates this holiday season, the guided experience will give guests the opportunity to:   

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  • Enjoy priority access to Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons, where they can get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and stunning floats inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples to characters from popular animated films – and enjoy a special appearance by Santa Claus
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  • Embark on a tour of the first-ever Holiday Tribute Store, featuring four incredibly-themed rooms – including one inspired by The Grinch – stocked with a variety of new merchandise
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  • Meet and greet The Grinch at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous in Seuss Landing, where they can encounter the mean, green one himself and enjoy a delicious Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Cap off the evening in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure with an exclusive showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” stories
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  • And, guests will also receive a special, themed gift during the tour to commemorate their experience

Universal’s Holiday Tour is available on select dates beginning November 22  through January 3, 2021, and can be booked by calling 1-866-346-9350 between 9 a.m.-7 p.m. EST daily, or going online and visiting www.universalorlando.com/HolidayTour or by writing an email to VIPExperience@UniversalOrlando.com

Pricing starts at $59.99 (plus tax) and separate theme park admission with a 2-Park 1-Day Park-to-Park ticket is required.

Universal Orlando passholders receive a special discount on the tour with pricing starting at $49.99 (plus tax) per ticket, per passholder. Passholders can book and take advantage of their discount through the VIP Call Center and in-park at the UOAP Lounge.

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing, and sanitization” across its entire destination, and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during Universal’s Holiday Tour. Key measures include requiring face coverings, enforcing social distancing, limiting capacity in each tour group and at each experience throughout the tour, including at “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays

Universal’s Holiday Tour has limited availability and advanced reservations are required. For more information about this offering and all of Universal Orlando’s Holidays experiences, plus incredible deals for guests to take advantage of this season – including the limited-time “Get 3 Days Free When You Buy 2 Days” offer that is available for purchase through January 6, 2021, the “Get 3 Days for $55 per Day plus tax” offer for Florida residents, and $100 savings on select annual and seasonal passes – visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort is unwrapping details on their 2020 Holiday celebrations, happening daily from November 14 through January 3, 2021, and it is going to be EPIC!

This holiday season the Universal Orlando Resort is spreading holiday cheer with some of their most beloved holiday traditions and characters returning in a reimagined way that align with the destination’s enhanced health and safety procedures as well as the debut of experiences such as the all-new “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons”.

The best gift of all is that these holiday offerings are all included with your theme park admission!!!

Let’s take a look at what you can experience this holiday season at the Universal Orlando Resort!

2020 Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort

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

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

The streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will become beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air throughout the lands. Guests can hear both magical and Muggle 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. There will also be seasonal treats, holiday eats, and beverages – including the highly-anticipated return of the fan-favorite, hot Butterbeer.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and Who-liday Character Appearances at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

It wouldn’t be a holiday celebration without the mean, green one himself! While visiting Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, holiday-goers will enjoy appearances by the maven of mischief, The Grinch, as he continues to try and find ways to steal holiday cheer and the merry Whos from Whoville.

Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons at Universal Studios Florida

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New this year, guests will have the opportunity to get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and floats like never before during “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons.” Guests will stroll along a picturesque pathway where they’ll encounter elaborate floats and stunning balloons inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples like reindeer and the Nutcracker, to characters from popular animated films, including the mischievous Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, Gingy, The Gingerbread Man, from DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” movies and the penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise. And it all culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus and the opportunity to take a socially-distanced portrait with the big man himself.

Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

During “Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration,” guests can celebrate the holiday season with the Minions and other beloved characters from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, and with DreamWorks Animation’s treasured family of Shrek characters and King Julien and the crew from the “Madagascar” franchise. Guests will sing and dance along with some of their favorite characters as they arrive aboard incredibly-festive parade floats, then perform special holiday show moments that the entire family will enjoy. Afterward, guests will have the chance to take socially-distanced photos of themselves with the characters and floats.

First-Ever Holiday Tribute Store

A brand-new Tribute Store dedicated to the Holidays will debut at Universal Studios Florida for the holiday season. Located in the New York area of the park, guests will come dashing through the store into a winter wonderland featuring four immersive rooms – including one inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – stocked with a variety of new merchandise that will make perfect holiday gifts, plus delicious seasonal food items. Guests can also browse Universal’s assortment of Holidays merchandise and make purchases online by visiting www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com

Holiday Tree Hunt

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

Guests who purchase the Holiday Tree Hunt will embark on a search for 16 holiday-themed trees scattered throughout various merchandise locations in the theme parks and CityWalk. Guests will receive a brochure that outlines the participating locations, where they’ll have to collect stamps to mark their visit to each stop. Those who successfully complete the entire hunt will receive an exclusive Holiday Tree Hunt-branded ornament.

Holiday Treat Trail

Guests can participate by grabbing a complimentary Holiday Treat Trail brochure that outlines a list of specialty food and beverage menu items across select dining venues. Those who purchase all qualifying items will receive a special sweet treat.

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing, and sanitization,” and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during the destination’s Holiday celebration. Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity at the parks, attractions, and hotels, and increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures, and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

I am BEYONDDDDD ready to start celebrating the holiday season with these holiday offerings!!!

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Jurassic World VelociCoaster Coming to Universal

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Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Roller coaster enthusiasts will soon have new thrills to experience at the Universal Orlando Resort. 

Inside of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park work is well underway on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, which will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster when it debuts in 2021.

The Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment has created a new species of roller coaster that will be highly themed and will take guests through a series of intense maneuvers that will send them catapulting at high speeds while they are suspended high above the ground with the swiftest of prehistoric predators.

Also when the Jurassic World VelociCoaster opens, it will be the world’s first coaster based on the blockbuster franchise and will feature an original story that expands upon the thrills, dinosaurs, and environments fans have seen on the big screen. 

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Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Before the thrills begin, riders will find themselves alongside the original cast of the films, Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, and BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu.

The story takes place inside of Jurassic World as they are unveiling the next evolution of their “carnivore expansion” called the VelociCoaster where guests will embark on a high-speed chase and feel the rush of the hunt while racing alongside a nimble Velociraptor pack.

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will raise the bar in extreme roller coaster design as it will span more than 4,700 feet of track and reach heights of up to 155 feet that will include signature maneuvers that will have guests twisting and soaring above land, barrel rolling just inches above the water, speeding through near-misses, launches within the paddock, and more…with just a lap restraint holding them in place.

Here are the Jurassic World VelociCoaster thrills by the numbers:

  • Accelerate through two pulse-pounding launches, the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds
  • Encounter a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon
  • Experience a zero-gravity inverted stall that will send riders upside down across 100 feet of track in a jaw-dropping maneuver that is the first of its kind
  • Go airborne during the towering “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80 degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet
  • Brace for a total of 12 heart-pounding seconds of airtime – the thrilling sensation of weightlessness riders feel when they’re lifted from their seats – throughout the entire adventure

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be the next addition of thrills inside the Jurassic Park land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Inside of this immersive land, visitors can already come face-to-face with life-size dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, test their bravery as they get up-close to Velociraptor Blue during the Raptor Encounter, find out more about the newest additions to the paddock – baby raptors, and satisfy their cravings with all-new delectable food items inspired by Isla Nublar.

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Universal Orlando Scarecrow Stalk 2020

The Scarecrow Stalk at Universal Studios Florida from September 18 to November 1, 2020, is a free activity sure to get your family in the spooky spirit of the season.

WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TAKE ON THE SCARECROW STALK AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA THIS SPOOKY SEASON AND WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS, TURN BACK NOW!!!

BELOW YOU’LL FIND PHOTOS OF EACH SCARECROW AND SKELETON…SO KEEP GOING AT YOUR OWN RISK….

This free activity takes you throughout the park to find 13 scarecrows in skeletons to receive a Trick-or-Treat candy sampler bag!

Make sure to pick up your Scarecrow Stalk guide before starting on your journey as it has a map of where you can find the scarecrows and skeletons and shows the redemption locations. 

We started ours at the Universal Studios Store since it was near the entrance of Universal Studios Florida.

As you travel to the 13 locations, make sure to receive your stamp for visiting and to take some fun pictures along the way. 

Here are the Scarecrow Stalk locations at Universal Studios Florida:

1. Universal Studios Store

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2. Silver Screen Collectibles

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

3. Five and Dime

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

4. Spongebob Storepants

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

5. MIB Gear Shop

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

6. Custom Gear

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

7. San Francisco Candy Factory

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

8. Rosie’s Irish Shop

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

9. Sahara Traders

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

10. Shrek’s Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

11. Film Vault

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

12. Supply Vault

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

13. Super Silly Stuff

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

And the Scarecrow Stalk redemption locations can be found at San Francisco Candy Factory and Studios Sweets.

I hope that you enjoyed joining us on our Scarecrow Stalk!!!

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Tips & Tricks: Universal Orlando Halloween Testing

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I was really excited to head to the Universal Orlando Resort for the Premiere Passholder preview of the Halloween fun testing in the park this weekend, and it’s time for some real talk about the experiences you find in both parks!!!

First, let’s talk lay of the land at Universal Studios Florida. 

This weekend Universal Orland is testing daytime admission to two Universal Orlando Haunted Houses that are included with your regular admission to the park.

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

The queue for Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives can be found near Universal Music Plaza. 

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The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy queue is located just to the left of the Tribute Store. 

Queues = Time for REAL TALK

I always like to look at the “worst” park of the experience before looking at the good, and with that being said the queues are BRUTAL!!!!

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First thing that you will notice in the picture and feel is that there is no shade in a majority of the queue.

And while wait times could be posted, because of the heat it felt longer than you’d expect.

BUT instead of being a ‘Debbie Downer’…let’s talk about how to combat these two issues!!!

Make sure to pack an umbrella in your park bag to use for shade & inclement weather. 

Grab a bottle of water before you enter the queue, make sure your phone is charged, & be patient. 

How to be prepared for your Universal Orlando Resort visit this weekend

Step 1: Make sure you’ve downloaded and set up your official @universalorl app by linking your tickets & setting up mobile ordering (you’ll thank me for that last part later)

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Step 2: From the house listing on the app, both houses open at 9:00 am – so no sleeping in!!! You’ll want to arrive at the park early to make sure you get in the virtual queue as soon as possible!

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

PLEASE NOTE: I would absolutely advise getting to Universal Studios Florida before it opens!!!!!!!

Step 3: You heard me…Virtual Line! These houses will be utilizing the Virtual Line Experience only! No standby! 

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

Universal Orlando Resort Virtual Line Tips

  • When setting up your app, allow push notifications (you can always change this later)
  • As soon as you tap into the park look for the Virtual Line in your @universalorl app!
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  • Put in how many people are in your party. If this doesn’t match the number in your party, you’re out of luck.
  • Only one person needs a Virtual Line time, don’t be that group!!!

Review Time

Here’s my spoiler-free review of Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

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The house is a solid continuation of the Universal Monster series and had consistently awesome theming. 

All safety measures taken didn’t detract from the scares.

Make sure you listen to the story as you’re going through the house!

Here’s my spoiler-free review of Revenge of the Tooth Fairy:

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Stepping into this twisted folklore tale with a Steampunk vibe is perfect for those who are new to haunted houses. 

Don’t get me wrong, there were some solid scares!

Other Halloween Fun at the Universal Orlando Parks

While you’re at Universal Studios Florida, don’t forget to do the Scarecrow Stalk (video coming soon) until November 1st!!!

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The Skeleton Bar (Cafe La Bamba) has some great theming and tasty treats for the entire family. 

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Near the Tribute Store, you’ll also find a food truck serving up HHN specialties. 

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020 Food Truck Menus

And for a ghoulishly good time at Universal Islands of Adventure make sure kids under 12 pick up a bag and go Trick-or-Treating at select stores. 

Participating Trick-or-Treat locations have these stickers on their entrances.

Overall we had an awesome time exploring the  Halloween fun at Universal Orlando and the Team Members did an awesome job bringing the spirit of the spooky season into the parks!!!

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Happy Hauntings!!!!

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Universal Orlando Tests New Halloween Experiences

The Universal Orlando Resort has announced that this weekend, September 19 and 20, guests will be invited to test several seasonal experiences that are included with your daytime admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Halloween Horror Nights fans are out of mourning as there are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives—that will be open for guests to experience.

Scream All Day at These Haunted Houses

These haunted houses will scare the daylights out of you all weekend long, with frights brought to life through twisted artistry.

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Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

“We belong dead.” The last words of Frankenstein’s monster on that fateful night when his Bride rejected him. But his end was her beginning. Now the Bride is stepping out of the shadows to bring him back. And there’s nothing she won’t do as she sharpens her brilliance by experimenting on unsuspecting victims. The mate will have her monster. And the monster his mate.

Universal Orlando Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

The innocent traditions of the tooth fairy hide a darker ritual. All children must give up their baby teeth to the goblinesque tooth fairies or pay a gruesome price. Step into an old manor that has been overrun by yellow-clawed fiends who extract teeth by force. It’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

The Virtual Line™ experience is available for the haunted houses. When you’re on property, use The Official Universal Orlando Resort app to select a return time for your group.

WARNING: HAUNTED HOUSES MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUME MASKS ALLOWED.

Halloween Fun Expands to a Second Universal Orlando Park

Looking for a more family-friendly option? At Islands of Adventure, children under 12 can grab a free trick-or-treat bag and go door-to-door collecting tasty treats from participating retail stores this weekend. But first, you’ve got to find them, so keep a lookout for pumpkin stickers marking each location,

Show Off Your Ghoulish Garb

Get in the sinister spirit of the season by dressing up when you visit Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure this weekend. Go creepy, classic, or as your favorite character.

You can find out more about the costume guidelines and fall offerings here.

Special Universal Orlando Ticket Offer for Florida Residents

Don’t forget that time is fleeting for Florida residents to take advantage of the BEST Universal Orlando Resort ticket deal I have ever seen – Buy a Day, Visit Every day thru Dec. 24 For Free. FIND OUT MORE HERE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE >

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Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Reopening 411

The Universal Orlando Resort announced that their Resort Hotels will reopen to the public starting June 2, 2020.

Endless Summer Surfside Inn and Suites Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Reopening Information

This will be a phased opening and will include a wide range of new and enhanced health, safety, and hygiene procedures to ensure the health and safety of all guests.

The phased reopening of the Universal Orlando Resort hotels will include:

  • Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando,
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort,
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort,
  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort,
  • Universal’s Aventura Hotel, and
  • Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. 

Guests staying in these hotels will be able to visit the theme parks on June 3 and 4, prior to the public reopening on June 5.

Endless Summer Surfside Inn and Suites Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
Universal Orlando Resort

Plans for Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites will be announced at a later time. Guests who have booked reservations at these two hotels through Universal Orlando or Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations will be contacted to modify their reservation if it has been affected.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando’s resort hotels, co-owned and operated by Loews Hotels & Co, have enhanced their standards and protocols throughout their operations.

These enhancements currently include:

  • Guests, team members, and vendors are required to wear face coverings in public areas
  • Team members and vendors will be required to have temperature checks upon arrival.  Those with temperatures of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be allowed to work.
  • Guests will be asked to self-screen for COVID symptoms and comply with quarantine orders prior to arrival
  • Guest will have temperature checks upon arrival and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will require medical clearance in order to enter the hotel
  • Hand sanitizer stations in public areas and elevator landings
Aventura Hotel Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
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  • Enhanced cleaning of guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas with an EPA-approved cleaner and disinfectant
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch areas such as telephones, remote controls, door handles, light switches, elevators, and tabletops, among others
  • Food & Beverage outlet capacities limited based on the latest recommendations and guidelines
  • Social distancing signs and reminders of social distancing requirements in high-traffic areas
  • Several contactless experiences for guests, including hotel texting-services, express checkout, and contactless room deliveries
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Universal Orlando Resort

To book a stay at a Universal Orlando hotel, please visit: https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/places-to-stay/hotels/at-a-glance/hotels-overview

Universal CityWalk is now open with select venues and with new health, safety, and hygiene procedures in place. Universal Orlando’s three theme parks – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay – will reopen to the public beginning June 5.

For information on CDC guidelines, click here. For more information about Universal Orlando’s policies during this time, visit Universal’s website. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
Universal Orlando Resort

All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and self-assess for potential symptoms of COVID, including cough, temperature, and difficulty breathing, prior to their arrival.  Guests should also evaluate their own risk before they visit – and it is not recommended that individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit the destination. People who show no symptoms can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit.

In addition, guests should be aware of and comply with government guidelines regarding travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines.

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Universal Orlando Resort

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Universal Orlando Reopening Plan Submitted

During the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on May 21st, Universal Orlando’s Chief Administrative Officer John Sprouls and Rich Costales, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, Universal Orlando submitted a reopening plan that would begin June 1, 2020.

Here are the highlights from the Universal Orlando Reopening plan presented during the call:

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Universal Orland Reopening plans shows that the park will open in a gradual managed way starting June 1st and 2nd for team members, June 3rd and 4th will be open to selected invited guests in order to test the new procedures, and on June 5th, the parks will be open to the general public.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

The Universal Orlando Resort also announced their plans for Team Member health screenings, additional breaks, and safety.

Guests will receive pre-arrival communication ensuring they understand what measures are being put in place for safety as well as what will be expected of them upon entering the park. 

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Additional communication will be delivered via the Universal Orlando App, new signage, and ambassadors throughout the park.

In addition to the existing social distancing measures put in place at the entrance of City Walk the parking lot will have staggered spaces, and the valet service will be suspended until further notice.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Temperature checks and face coverings will be required for all guests and team members.  If guests do not have masks, they will be provided by Universal Orlando.

Team members will begin training on new procedures beginning May 23rd in preparation for reopening.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

A number of modifications will be made to attractions and play areas including:

  1. Interactive play areas will be closed
  2. Water effects and misters have been disabled on attractions
  3. Access to virtual queue technology has been expanded to include additional attractions
  4. Single Rider lines will be closed to stop comingling of parties
  5. Ride queues have been updated to allow for social distancing with markers

Entertainment will continue, but there will be no up-close character or performer meet and greets.

Dining locations will offer disposable paper menus and expanded mobile ordering.

All attractions, merchandise stores, and dining locations will have hand sanitizer stations at all entrances and exits.

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Mobile Ordering
Universal Orlando Resort

Digital payments through ApplePay, GooglePay, or the Universal Orlando App will be accepted at all locations.  Cash will not be refused, but additional precautions are in place to ensure the safety of guests and team members with these transactions.

Representatives from The Orange County Recovery Task Force as well as The Florida Department of Health did an onsite inspection of the steps put in place by Universal Orlando, and were satisfied with the results.

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On the Go in the Parks: May 15-17, 2020

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IT IS GOOD TO BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has been far too long since we have been On the Go in the Parks!!!

Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

Are you ready? Let’s Go!!!

On the Go in the Parks: Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Let’s Start over at the Universal Orlando Resort for the reopening of CityWalk!

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk was really the ‘Epicenter of Awesome’ this week as they opened with limited operations. 

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Be ready to make those Cashless purchases and make sure to link your Universal Orlando Resort Pass for discounts!
  2. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free.
  3. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check so security can pass you as quickly as possible.
  4. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

On the Go in the Parks: Disney Springs

While I know it is a bit early…let’s look ahead to the opening of Disney Springs on May 20, 2020!

Disney Springs Reopening

There is so much to look forward to, and new information is coming out everyday!

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:
  1. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  2. STK Orlando
  3. Wine Bar George
  4. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  5. YeSake
  6. The Polite Pig
  7. Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co.
  8. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  9. Sunshine Churros
  10. Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
  11. Earl of Sandwich – Just Announced
  12. Planet Hollywood Observatory – Just Announced
  13. Chicken Guy – Just Announced
  14. The Boathouse – Just Announced
Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:
  1. American Threads
  2. Anthropologie 
  3. Crystal Arts by Arribas Bros.
  4. Free People
  5. Pele Soccer
  6. Pop Gallery
  7. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  8. Uniqlo
Disney Springs Reopening- More Restaurants Opening Soon
Disney Springs dining locations opening May 22nd include:
  1. Pizza Ponte
  2. Morimoto Asia
  3. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

We are still waiting on a lot of details about the opening of Disney Springs, so make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Update

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk, at the Universal Orlando Resort, will begin limited operation of select venues on Thursday, May 14 from 4-10 pm daily as they take the first steps toward reopening the destination.

Let’s talk about what you will find once the area begins its limited operations!

5 things to know about Universal Orlando’s CityWalk Limited Operations

1. What safety measures will be in place for guests?

The Universal Orlando Resort is working closely with local health officials and their own health and safety experts and adhere to CDC guidelines. 

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening Safety
Universal Orlando Resort

Here are specific safety measures you will find when Universal Orlando’s CityWalk begins limited operations:

  • Team Members will undergo temperature checks and will wear face coverings.
  • Temperature checks for each guest will be taken upon arrival. If a guest has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, they will not be able to enter CityWalk.
  • The Universal Orlando Resort will require guests to wear face coverings during their visit, and they will have complimentary disposable face coverings as well as face coverings available for purchase at cost. If a guest has a disability that prevents them from wearing a facial covering, they’ll be directed to the Guest Services team to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  • Each venue will limit the capacity to help enforce social distancing, and all chairs and tables will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each seating. High-touch surfaces throughout CityWalk will be frequently cleaned and disinfected as well.
  • Cashless payments will be available at all venues.

Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend.

People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and the Universal Orlando Resort cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

2. Where can I park?
Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Parking

During the limited operations of Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, self-parking is complimentary and is subject to change.

Valet parking will not be available at this time.

3. What entertainment venues will be open?
Hollywood Drive-In Golf Golf at Universal Citywalk

You can take advantage of the lovely weather and take a swing at Hollywood Drive-In Golf™.

However, you will want to keep in mind that Blue Man Group, all nightclubs, and Universal Cinemark will remain temporarily closed at this time.

4. What restaurants will be open?
Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Mobile Ordering
Universal Orlando Resort

Select full-service restaurants and quick-service food locations will be open including:

It is important to note that each restaurant will have a limited menu and limited seating available, and reservations are recommended for full-service restaurants.

Guests are also encouraged to go contact-free with the Official Universal Orlando app, available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store.

5. What shopping locations will be open?
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While additional shopping locations may open, currently the following CityWalk locations are scheduled to open May 14, 2020:

To prepare for your visit, you can find more information on the CDC guidelines here and more information about Universal Orlando’s policies during this time here.

Again, please keep in mind that Universal Orlando’s theme parks and hotels as well as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Hollywood remain closed through at least May 31, 2020.

Shelley at Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Entrance February 2020

I am soooo excited to see locations begin to reopen, and I can’t wait to visit Universal Orlando’s CityWalk!

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Universal Behind the Scenes: Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Discover the Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Toys at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Two years before the orange doors of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes officially opened in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, Maria Kazaros and her team were already hard at work to bring novelty jokes and pranks inspired by those of Fred and George Weasley to life.

As a senior buyer on Universal Orlando Resorts’ merchandise team, Maria essentially is involved with product development, taking the idea of something and turning it into something tangible. Or, as is the case with her role developing merchandise for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, taking the idea of something and turning it into something magical. 

“One of the hardest parts in the beginning was just, how do you bring things to life from Harry’s world,” Maria explains. “We spent many months watching the movies, reading the books, brainstorming, doing work sessions. And we brought in some of the fans to see what they liked. Those fans care and they know what they want, so that helped us all in figuring out what the merchandise in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be.”

Of course, while the source material for the Wizarding World (as seen in the Harry Potter film series) is plentiful and rich in detail, it can be tricky taking something you see in a movie and figuring out how to make it into an operational toy. 

“One thing that I do is I rely on my product partners who are experts in the industry and know how toys can go from nothing to something,” Maria says. “I ask a lot of questions or just come to them and say, ‘I want to make this, can I?’ And then we’ll sort of reengineer it and I get to create my vision, so to speak.” 

Maria has been with the company since 1999, starting out as a store manager in a handful of merchandise locations until joining the merchandise development team in 2001. Maria says she enjoys working with toys because it allows her to be a problem-solver.

“It’s challenging to take something non-magical, like a pen, and make it magical,” Maria says. “Or something that is magical, like The Monster Book of Monsters, and make it something real for people to interact with.” 

Walking through Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, there is a lot to interact with. From the toilet-in-the-front-window flushing at the flick of your interactive wand, to all the Extendable Ears and Skiving Snackboxes your heart desires, the entire shop is packed to the ceiling (which, be sure to look up at for a surprise) with Weasleys-inspired items and tie-ins to the movies.

“I still watch the movies over and over because there’s so much that you can still catch from them that you haven’t seen,” Maria says.

To be honest, I also watch the Harry Potter movies over and over, so what’s the difference when Maria does? When I watch a scene with the Marauder’s Map, I am simply enjoying the magic of it all. Maria on the other hand…

“The Marauder’s Map was a fun one to figure out,” Maria says. “You hit it with the wand and the footprints go around, just like in the movies.”

One of Maria’s top priorities when developing merchandise for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is ensuring everything feels authentic — taking the notch up on what people expect from an everyday toy. And as for the merchandise in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, there is a unique chaos she aims to capture.

“When you think of that scene in the movie, everything is moving. Dolores Umbridge on the unicycle moves in their store and moves in ours. So that’s one we actually created and brought to life from the movies.” 

What’s your favorite piece of Wizarding World merchandise? Let us know in the comments below and show it off by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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RECIPE: Confetti Milkshake from Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Confetti Milkshake Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Whose taste buds are ready for a party right about now? I know mine are and what better way to treat yourself than with a milkshake from Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

Penelope and Jacques have opened up their recipe vault and shared one of their most popular creations, the Confetti Milkshake.

It’s easy to prepare at home and perfect for a birthday, milestone moment, a random Tuesday dessert, or dang it, just because you deserve it. Enjoy!

Confetti Milkshake Recipe

Serves: 1 if you’re looking to treat yourself, 2 if you like to share

Ingredients:

  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ cup milk (any kind will work!)
  • 3 teaspoons of rainbow sprinkles, divided
  • 2 slices of rainbow vanilla cake (box mix is great!)
  • 2 teaspoons buttercream frosting (recipe below if you don’t have premade)
  • ¾ cup whipped cream
  • 1 jumbo straw!

Directions:

  1. Bake the cake according to box instructions and set aside (cake should be fully cool)
  2. Now, make the buttercream frosting (recipe below) and set aside
  3. Grab a fun cup and spread one teaspoon of frosting on the rim of the glass (bonus points if you have a Toothsome glass!)
  4. Using one teaspoon of sprinkles, rim the frosted glass with sprinkles
  5. Next, grab your blender and place 3 large scoops of ice cream inside
  6. Pour 1 teaspoon of sprinkles, milk and 1 slice of cake into blender
  7. Blend on medium high until everything is mixed and smooth
  8. Pour milkshake into cup and top off with whipped cream
  9. Place remaining slice of frosted cake on top of whipped cream 
  10. Garnish with remaining sprinkles and place straw into the shake to ENJOY!

Note: You can follow this recipe and use any combination of ice cream, cake and sprinkles!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Yields approximately two cups

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Cream ½ cup of room temperature butter with a hand mixer, paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until smooth and fluffy
  2. Gradually mix in 2 cups of powdered sugar until fully incorporated
  3. Mix in 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  4. Pour in 2 tablespoons of milk and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes or until everything is smooth and creamy

We here at Universal Orlando (especially Penelope and Jacques!) would love to see your milkshakes.

Make sure to share your whimsical creations with #UniversalAtHome and by tagging Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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On the Go in the Parks: March 6-8, 2020

On the Go in the Parks March 6 2020

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about how you can be On the Go in the Parks this weekend on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily until June 1, 2020. 

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this weekend:

  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is included with your theme park admission.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway 

Have you ever wanted to jump through the screen and into “Mickey Mouse” cartoon short? Well now is your time to make it happen, because anything can happen aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Mickey Shorts Theater

Mickey Shorts Theater Disney's Hollywood Studios

The newly reimagined Mickey Shorts Theater debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020, and I was really excited to check it out!

Located adjacent to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, the new Mickey Shorts Theater is designed to evoke the fun of the Mickey Mouse shorts where ‘Mouse Rules Apply’.

On the Go in the Parks:Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 7:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the New Breed Brass Band will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until March 21.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will runs weekends through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott 

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March 2020 in the Central Florida Theme Parks

Spring has sprung in the theme parks of Central Florida, which means that March is filled with special events that invite guests to enjoy the wonderful weather!

March 2020 in the Central Florida Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Resort – March 2020

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks February

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights through April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at different times during the month.

  • The parade steps off at 6:15 pm: March 1- 6
  • The parade steps off at 7:30 pm: March 9-12, 16-19, 23-27, March 30 – April 2
  • The parade steps off at 7:45 pm: March 7, 8, 13-15, 20-22, 28-29

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

Here is who will be performing in March:

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch @ 8:30 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 13 – Luis Fonsi @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 14 – The All-American Rejects @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 15 – Diana Ross @ 8:30 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 20 – Chris Young @8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 21 – Earth, Wind & Fire @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 22 – Marshmello @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 28 – Why Don’t We @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 29 – Gavin DeGraw @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands.

In March you can see the New Breed Brass Band March 6 through March 21 and the Naughty Professor Brass Band March 22 through April 2 on the French Quarter Courtyard stage.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

SeaWorld Orlando – March 2020

Seven Seas Food Festival 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year to give guests the delicious opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions. The Seven Seas Food Festival will run through May 5, including Fridays, to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options!

A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission.

Here is who will be taking the stage in March:

  • March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott 
  • March 14 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 15 – Joe Nichols
  • March 21 – YES and Alan Parsons Live Project
  • March 22 – Edwin McCain
  • March 28 – Gin Blossoms
  • March 29 – Village People

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances. Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.   

Walt Disney World – March 2020

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily from March 4 until June 1, 2020.

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this month:

  • March 4 and 5: Peabo Bryson – NEW!
  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • March 10 through 12: The Guess Who
  • March 13 through 16: Simple Plan
  • March 17 through 19: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20 through 23: Mark Wills – NEW!
  • March 24 through 26: The Spinners
  • March 27 and 28: Sister Hazel
  • March 29 and 30: The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31 through April 2: Steve Augeri – Former Lead Vocalist of Journey

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – March 2020

2020 Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2020

A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend until April 26. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.

While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage on the Festival Field.

This month’s concerts include:

  • March 1: The Commodores
  • March 7: Chase Bryant & Danielle Bradbery
  • March 8: Rachel Platten
  • March 14: Ezra Ray Hart
  • March 15: THREE DOG NIGHT
  • March 21: LOCASH 
  • March 22: Fitz & The Tantrums 
  • March 28: Home Free
  • March 29: Taking Back Sunday 

All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.

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Mardi Gras 2020: Food Guide

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort without food, and this year they’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the biggest party with new and returning Cajun-style cuisine.

From fan-favorite classics like Gumbo and Jambalaya to delectable new dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide – there are so many unique flavors to explore. 

Let’s take a look at the food and beverage options coming to this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration!

New Mardi Gras Dishes at Universal Studios Florida and Universal CityWalk

From February 1 through April 2, guests can enjoy new menu items at The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida and several locations in Universal CityWalk, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more.

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  • NEW Carnival Around The Universe Tasting Tent: This all-new tasting tent in the French Quarter Courtyard will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide with new menu items debuting bi-weekly throughout the event, including a variety of plant-based options:
    • Week 1 and 2 (Feb. 1 – Feb. 15) will feature cuisine from Trinidad & Tobago:
      • Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow: Topped with kimchi seasoning and micro cilantro (Plant-based)
      • Pholourie: Fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a tamarind chutney (Plant-based)
      • Chickpea Double: Chickpeas served on a spicy bara flatbread with micro cilantro and mango chutney (Plant-based)
    • Week 3 and 4 (Feb. 16 – Feb. 29) will take guests back to where the Bayou Bash first began and explore Louisiana Creole cuisine even further:
      • Softshell Crab Slider: Crispy softshell crab topped with organic vegetable slaw and served on a soft brioche roll with bayou aioli
      • Cauliflower Dirty Rice: Riced cauliflower with Gardein crumbles, Black-eyed peas and Cajun spices (Plant-based)
      • Pecan Street: A specialty cocktail with pecan vodka, caramel and apple cider
Mardi Gras Food Guide 2020
Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow
  • Week 5 and 6 (March 1 – March 14) will celebrate Brazilian Carnival with delicious treats:
      • Pão de Quiejo: Traditional warm cheese bread with a guava dipping sauce
      • Sugared Sweet Plantains: Covered in cinnamon and sugar and served with banana poppy seed dipping sauce (Plant-based)
      • The Girl from Ipanema: A specialty cocktail featuring gin, lime, orgeat syrup, coconut water and pineapple simple syrup
    • Week 7 and 8 (March 15 – April 2) will place you in the heart of Germany:
      • Sauerbraten: Slow braised beef, buttered Spaetzle, and pickled red cabbage topped with a savory red wine sauce
      • Grilled Bratwurst: Served on a potato pancake with whole grain mustard and sour cream and chives
      • And a warm pretzel!
Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide
  • NEW ‘Float Floats’ at Schwab’s Pharmacy: Inspired by the all-new Mardi Gras parade float theme, Treasures of the Deep, Schwab’s Pharmacy will serve over-the-top ice cream floats to celebrate Florida’s biggest party, including:
    • Mardi Gras Float: Pineapple and lime soft serve with grape soda, blueberry Boba and a waffle cone flag
    • Shipwreck Float: Pineapple and chocolate soft serve with pineapple soda, cotton candy, and a waffle cone flag
    • Sunken City of Atlantis Float: Vanilla soft serve with wild berry soda, mango Boba and a gummy shark
  • New Specialty Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Also inspired by this year’s Mardi Gras theme, are new specialty cocktails served in exclusive souvenir cups including High Seas Twister with rum, blood orange liqueur, and watermelon juice, and the Bourbon Street Punch with bourbon, orgeat, coconut puree, and orange juice to name a few. Plus, also new to this year’s event, are recommended food and drink pairings which can be found on the tasting tent menu boards. For the little jesters in the family, there are a variety of non-alcoholic beverages including the all-new coconut water that is served out of an actual coconut, which is available at The Carnival Around the Universe Tasting Tent during the first two weeks, and the fan-favorite Bayou Bog Water.
Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide
  • New Orleans Flair at Universal CityWalk: New Mardi Gras themed food items will debut at Universal CityWalk at several locations, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more:
    • For the doughnut lovers out there – head over to Voodoo Doughnut and pick up a yeast doughnut filled with cinnamon sugar Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla glaze and sprinkles inspired by the iconic Mardi Gras colors
    • Ever wanted to drink an iconic Mardi Gras king cake? The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be serving up The French Quarter artisan milkshake that includes king cake, cream cheese crema and pastry cream topped with king cake and a beignet
    • Seasonal cocktails throughout Universal CityWalk, including The Jester found at the food and beverage carts, Voodoo Doctor at Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom and Masquerade Martini at The Cowfish
    • Additional Mardi Gras inspired menu items can be found at venues across Universal CityWalk

Add-on New Orleans Inspired Experiences at Mardi Gras

As part of the family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash, guests can also purchase festive Mardi Gras add-on experiences for guests craving more.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Tasting Lanyard
  • Due to popular demand, The Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard will return, allowing guests to sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price throughout the event. Whether guests are looking to enjoy all of this year’s food and beverage items, or sample just a few of the bold new additions, there are a variety of Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options to choose from starting at $30 plus tax. Among these options is an exclusive Passholder Tasting Lanyard, which includes 15 sample dishes for $60 plus tax.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 The Bayou Boil
  • On select nights, The Bayou Boil – An Exclusive Mardi Gras Experience, will allow guests to enjoy a Louisiana-style boil featuring crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, as well as an exclusive viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade with king cake, beignets, sparkling wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for adults are $59.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $39.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Beignets
Universal Orlando Resort
  • For guests with a sweet tooth, the Mardi Gras Feast & Floats Dessert Party is available on select nights from March 9 through April 2, giving them the best view of the Mardi Gras parade while enjoying specialty desserts, savory bites, hot chocolate, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, and sparkling wine and cider. But the party doesn’t stop there – guests will also have an exclusive viewing area for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.

Returning Cajun Cuisine Favorites

Fans of the traditional and authentic New Orleans cuisine – don’t fret! Your favorite classic Cajun dishes will return to The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida including jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, crab etouffee, gator bites, a variety of po’boys, Cajun twisted tators, king cake, beignets and more.

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Jambalaya

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blackout dates apply). And, right now Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Parade
Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Savings for Florida Residents

Florida Residents can also save up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes. Becoming a Passholder means an entire year to enjoy some of the world’s most exciting and immersive theme park experiences, including incredible events, the upcoming live-action stunt show debuting in spring 2020, The Bourne Stuntacular, as well as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy, the newest epic addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – and more.

These offers are available for purchase today through April 2. To take advantage of these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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