Posts Tagged ‘Universal Orlando Resort’

Universal Orlando Preview — Week of January 13, 2018

by on January 11, 2018

Autobots, roll out.

We are in the middle of winter in North America, but Universal is turning up the heat by announcing an amazing Mardi Gras concert line up. This week we also cover what activities guests can find at resort hotels, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle coming to Islands of Adventure, and a new character breakfast at Sapphire Falls.

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Universal Orlando Preview – Week of January 6, 2018

by on January 5, 2018

Orlando is letting out a collective sigh as the holiday and marathon season comes to a close. Crowds are receding and decorations are being packed up all around the resort. Universal is looking forward towards A Celebration of Harry Potter, Mardis Gras, Fast & Furious Supercharged, and beyond.

Universal Orlando recently teased more announcements this year:

  • New nighttime show in Universal Studios Florida and nighttime projection show on Hogwarts Castle
  • Replacements for Dragon Challenge and T2:3D
  • CityWalk additions
  • What’s up with Nintendo?

2018 is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting time for the resort.

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 30

by on December 28, 2017

The holidays are underway at Universal Orlando, but we look ahead to the first few days of 2018. Toast the new year at Universal with EVE at CityWalk, enjoy one last meal at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, and see Blue Man Group with discounted tickets.

Weekly Crowd Levels

 

Holiday crowds are at Universal Orlando. Expect crowded park areas, long lines for food and drink, and long waits for attractions. See wait times and create touring plans in the Lines App for Universal Orlando.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 23

by on December 21, 2017

The Christmas crowds have descended on Universal Orlando Resort this week. Also, this is the last full week of operation of Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at Royal Pacific Resort and the $45 Blue Man Group ticket offer. Grab some cookies, and let’s get planning.

Weekly Crowd Levels

If you must visit the resort this week, go on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the busiest time of the year in Orlando. Expect long wait times for attractions, long lines for food and drink, and crowded pedestrian areas. Please be patient and extra nice to Team Members this week as they handle the crowds.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Universal Orlando Weekly Preview — Week of December 16

by on December 15, 2017

Hear that distant drum beat? It’s the sign the holidays are approaching (or are occurring, Happy Hanukkah) and with it comes cooler weather, increased prices, and terrifying crowds. This week we take a photo tour of the holidays at Universal Orlando, start a new segment “Small Universe”, and preview the week to come.

Weekly Crowd Levels

We’re entering Christmas season at Universal Orlando and the crowd calendar shows to expect long lines and crowded pathways. Make sure to pack your patience.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Holidays Around the Parks: Universal Orlando Edition

by on December 13, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit the theme parks – from a decorative standpoint that is. Last time I took you on a tour of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, but today we’ve taken a short trip up I-4 to check out the holiday cheer at Universal Orlando. Both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios parks have their own major attractions, with Seuss Landing transformed into Whoville, and the Macy’s Holiday Parade moving through the streets of Universal Studios. Oh, and there will be plenty of Potter along the way.

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 9

by on December 7, 2017

Winter is coming early with a cold front all across the eastern United States, including Florida. This week debuts a new Marvel character dinner at Islands of Adventure and Blue Man Group is performing a special autism-friendly show.

Weekly Crowd Levels

The weeks between Thanksgiving and just before Christmas are one of the quietest times to visit the Orlando parks and our crowd calendar shows that. Enjoy the low wait times and have a warm Butterbeer for me.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Ask It: Universal Orlando for the Holidays?

by on December 6, 2017

Although Walt Disney World often gets most of the attention during the holiday season (and with reason given the massive amounts of decorations, activities, and more throughout the resort), it isn’t the only game in town for holiday festivities. Many locals often visit Sea World and LEGOLAND to avoid the crowds and still see some very impressive bits of holiday cheer, for instance. In recent years, Universal Orlando has slowly been upping their game when it comes to holiday events, decorations, and more. (To see some of what there is at Universal Orlando for the holidays, check out Derek’s recent Saturday Six article.) Is it enough for people to make a trip this year to Universal Orlando for the holidays or plan for a holiday trip in the future? This week, we’re asking you:

Does the increase in holiday experiences at Universal Orlando make you more likely to take a trip there for the holidays?

  • No (54%, 100 Votes)
  • Yes, in the future (35%, 65 Votes)
  • Yes, this year (10%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 184

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Voting is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. Is there anything that you’re especially excited about from Universal’s holiday offerings? Let us know in the comments.

Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 2

by on November 30, 2017

I’ve finished the Thanksgiving leftovers and put up the decorations–it’s Christmas time! This week we’re looking at one of the quietest times of the year at Orlando theme parks, travel options between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, and more!

Weekly Crowd Levels

The weeks between Thanksgiving and just before Christmas are one of the quietest times to visit the Orlando parks and our crowd calendar shows that. Enjoy the low wait times and have a warm Butterbeer for me.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of November 25

by on November 23, 2017

The holiday bustle has begun at Universal Orlando with Thanksgiving break crowds, new holiday offerings, and peak season pricing. This week we cover the debut and widespread praise of the new Christmas offerings and answer another question pulled from the Mail Bag. Oh, and I hope you remembered to set the oven to the new temperature for the turkey.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Thanksgiving break is over and we are entering the quiet period before the Christmas vacation rush. Now is a great time to visit the parks as queue wait times are low, parks are not crowded, weather is pleasant, and Christmas events are running.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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