Are you thinking about, or planning on, spending part of the Christmas holiday at Universal Orlando Resort? You will love it! Along with dazzling decorations and unforgettable entertainment, you’ll get to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas. 

If that’s not enough, Universal Orlando Resort offers two enhancements to make your holiday visit even better – Universal’s Holiday Tour and The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast. 

Universal’s Holiday Tour

With exclusive meet and greets, tasty treats and even an after-hours show included (plus more!) – this amazing adventure is filled with all the festive fun that’ll fit in an approximately 4 1/2 hour walking tour. This tour includes:

  • Exclusive Meet and Greet with the Grinch™ and his faithful dog, Max
  • Reserved seating for the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular
  • Small plates, cookies, Who Hash, Chicken & Waffles, Popcorn Shrimp, non-alcoholic beverages and a hot cocoa bar at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous™
  • A Santa meeting including one (1) My Universal Photos digital download per party
  • Priority access to one (1) attraction (subject to Tour itinerary).

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast

Join the Grinch, his dog Max, and their friends from Who-ville at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoopendous ™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure for a breakfast feast. Enjoy a fabulous buffet with traditional breakfast treats, a side of sarcasm, plus some Who-ville specialties like green eggs and ham. Breakfast includes:

  • Breakfast buffet with specialty treats and one (1) non-alcoholic beverage
  • Character meet & greet with The Grinch™ and favorite Seuss characters from Who-ville and Seuss Landing
  • One (1) digital download photo from one character interaction with The Grinch™

These two experiences are available on varying dates and space is limited for each one. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about these experiences or booking a trip to Universal Orlando Resort. 

Ah, Spring. The temperatures are getting warmer, the flowers are budding and the days are getting longer. It’s time to start thinking about Halloween. Wait, what??? That’s right. Select tickets and packages are on sale now for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

For a record-breaking 43 nights from September 2 through October 31, Universal Orlando Resort presents Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. This is the perfect fall getaway and people are planning now! 

Hailed by fans as “nonstop scary awesomeness,” “absolutely terrifying” and “downright chilling,” Halloween Horror Nights is the pinnacle of immersive Halloween entertainment and has transformed fall travel into a “must do” for people around the globe. Season after season, the terror has no bounds as Universal Orlando pulls out all of the sinister stops to celebrate Halloween with a fearsome slate of festivities that not only come to life at the award-winning event – but also across the entire destination, from dining to hotel experiences and more.

Halloween Horror Nights 2022 will boast 10 new, movie-quality haunted houses inspired by everything from cinematic greats to unfathomable original abominations, five scare zones filled with hordes of gruesome creatures lunging from the shadows, and two outrageous live shows that will showcase compelling performances. And when you need a break from the scares, satiate your appetite with food and beverage inspired by the event’s haunts, shop the latest merchandise at highly themed retail locations, and enjoy the rides.

Single-night event tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are available now. There are various vacation packages available that include accommodations and one-night admission to the event. Or you might want to look at the “Get 2 Days Free with a 3-Day Ticket” offer that gives you five days of admission to all three Universal Orlando theme parks. Hotel guests get access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights gate for faster entry into the event. That is, if you want to be one of the first to enter a haunted house. Hmm.

If that’s not enough to feed your Halloween spirit, there are upgrades available for purchase. You can get a shared or private V.I.P. (actually, make that R.I.P.) guided walking tour with special entry into the haunted houses and other participating attractions. Prefer to see the inner workings of a haunted house? You can take a daytime lights-on V.I.P. tour of 3 or 6 haunted houses.

Obviously, Halloween Horror Nights is not for the faint of heart. It is recommended for children ages 13 and up and for adults who are looking to share the scares. If you’re already thinking about Fall Break, this is the time to plan your getaway to Universal Studios Florida. 

When someone mentions Nintendo, what’s the first thing you think of? Mario in his blue overalls and red hat? Maybe it’s Kirby, Animal Crossing or your favorite Wii game. If your household is anything like mine, you have at least one person who plays Nintendo video games. If that’s the case, you are going to love this announcement! As they say, it’s a game changer (see what I did there?) Drum roll please . . . 

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™, the innovative, immersive and highly-anticipated themed land, will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023, and will be the first SUPER NINTENDO WORLD to debut in the United States. The immersive land will be a visual spectacle of vibrant colors and architectural ingenuity located within a newly expanded area of the theme park, featuring a groundbreaking ride and interactive areas, to be enjoyed by the whole family. Themed shopping and dining will enhance the entire experience.

As the countdown begins, Universal Studios Hollywood will unveil a takeover of its popular Feature Presentation retail store, which will be themed with SUPER NINTENDO WORLD decor and gear. At the store, guests will have a chance to buy their favorite merchandise such as Mario and Luigi themed apparel and iconic character hats. A selection of plush characters, including Yoshi, Mario, Bowser and Luigi in a variety of sizes, will also be among the many fun items available for purchase.

Here’s a fun fact about Nintendo – it was founded in 1889 (no, that’s not a typo), and originally produced handmade playing cards. Since then, the company, which is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has produced some of the most successful consoles and video games in the industry. SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be a great celebration of all that Nintendo has become and I can’t wait to see what they do!

Schedule a consultation today to book your trip to Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023 to visit Super Nintendo World!

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights brings together the stories and visions of the world’s most notorious creators of horror. From cinematic greats and crazed current cult favorites to the park’s original abominations—every year, the legend grows and the experience reaches beyond your wildest nightmares.

As the sun sets on days filled with thrills in all of Universal’s theme parks, the night awakens with a frightening chill at Universal Studios Florida™. Surrounded in shadow by screams and mad laughter, you’re never quite sure if your spine is tingling with dread or sheer excitement. Step by step, you enter into terrifying haunted houses, inspired by the biggest names in horror. Face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into sinister scare zones. Lose yourself in outrageous live shows filled with diabolically entertaining surprises. Then escape to some of Universal Studios’ most exhilarating attractions where heart pounding takes on a different meaning—until the horror calls you back.

Halloween Horror Nights is select nights Sept. 3–Oct. 31. Contact me today to reserve your tickets to the world’s premier Halloween event!

WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED. Separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Dates, times, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice. Free self-parking after 6pm is not valid for Halloween Horror Nights™. Other restrictions may apply. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2018 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

On the heels of this year’s wildly-popular event, Universal Orlando Resort has revealed the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2020 – the 30th anniversary of the world’s premier Halloween event. All-new scares, plus reimagined haunts inspired by the past, will invade Universal Studios Florida for 39 select nights from Thursday, September 10 – Saturday, October 21, 2020.

Guests visiting Universal Orlando’s world-class vacation destination select nights in September and October will be able to experience all the horrors that await – including 10 brand-new haunted houses, five bone-chilling scare zones, live entertainment and more.

What began as a three-day event in Orlando in 1991 has become the world’s premier Halloween event – Halloween Horror Nights.  Each fall, as the sun sets on days filled with thrills and the night awakens with a frightening chill, the most terrifying names in horror and pop culture take over Universal Studios Florida – forcing guests to come face-to-face with what scares them most. Elaborately-themed haunted houses based on everything from cinematic greats and cult favorites to original abominations created by the twisted minds behind the event come to life – each filled with so much detail, they rival movie sets.  Hordes of menacing scareactors prey upon guests in various scare zones throughout the streets of the park. And when guests need a break from the screams, they can enjoy live shows and Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions. 

Halloween Horror Nights has grown into a global phenomenon and can also be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore each fall. Details and dates for those events will be revealed in the months ahead.  

More information about Halloween Horror Nights 2020 at Universal Orlando – including experiences, tickets and offers – will be revealed next year.

To plan your visit Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando Resorts or Universal Studio Hollywood, click HERE.

The holidays are coming to the Universal Orlando Resort November 16th to January 5th with some epic vacation enhancements!

Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party!

Make your Holidays a little sweeter! On select nights from November 16 through December 15 you can treat yourself to seasonal desserts, savory bites, sparkling wine and non-alcoholic beverages in a special area to watch Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Then, after the parade, you’ll have access to an exclusive viewing area near the stage to enjoy Mannheim Steamroller performing live in concert, along with non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar. It’s a holiday treat for your eyes, ears and your sweet tooth. (Separate Universal Studios Florida admission required. Must be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.) Prices start at $53.24 per person!

Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet 

Savor the flavors of the season and add even more happy to your holidays. Evenings from December 22 to 30 you can delight in an all-you-care-to-enjoy meal featuring taste-tempting specialties and seasonal desserts, along with sparkling wine, non-alcoholic beverages including sparkling cider, and a cash bar. You’ll also enjoy access to exclusive viewing areas to join the fun of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, and experience the breathtaking evening spectacle, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. (Separate Universal Studios Florida admission required. Must be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.) Prices start at $69.21 per person!

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast

Go Ahead, Laugh With Your Mouth Full! Who ordered the scrambled eggs with a side of malarkey? Straight from Mount Crumpit, The Grinch™ brings his special blend of mischief, turning your morning meal into an animated adventure. After you choose from delectable buffet selections, get your camera ready. The Green One himself will make the rounds, stopping at every table to pose for photos. Will his heart grow three sizes bigger that day? Or will his belly? All we can say is watch out—he’s been known to steal his share of bacon here and there. Prices start at $37.26 per person!

Contact me today to start planning your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation!

Universal Orland Resort announced today its fourth theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe. This came as no surprise as rumors have been swirling for months about this fourth park and we had even heard the name. What was surprising in my opinion, is they gave us little information that we didn’t already know.

“Universal’s Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the destination. The new location will feature a theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Ultimately, this expansion will create more space and freedom to let loose and create lasting memories with the people you love.”

Mark Woodbury is Vice Chairman, Universal Parks & Resorts and President, Universal Creative

That’s it, that’s all we got. There is much speculation as to lands and attractions, but nothing has been confirmed and I doubt we will get further details for quite a while considering they didn’t mention as much as a projected opening year.

To start planning your next vacation to Universal Orlando Resorts, please contact me here.