The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.
Effective this week, Universal Orlando is charging higher prices at the gate for one-day tickets under their new Seasonal Pricing policy.
Normally one-day/one-park tickets are $105 for adults and $100 for children, but since the parks have entered their busysummer season, a one-day/one-park ticket at the gate will now set you back $119 for adults and $114 for children.
Universal Orlando announced details this week for their popular Celebration of Harry Potter event, which returns to the theme park January 29-31, 2016.
Now in its third year, this special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer Products allows fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films and more.
On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON.
The band are riding high on their #1 single “Shut Up and Dance,” and recently sold out the House of Blues Orlando. Their six-song set will include that song, along with their new track, “Different Colors.”
In a synergetic move, NBC late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon will soon be getting his own attraction at Universal Orlando.
“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is the name of the attraction that will give guests a full “Tonight Show” experience in the famous Studio 6B…until Fallon challenges the audience to the ultimate race through New York City.
Happy first anniversary to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, which opened one year ago on July 8, 2014.
An extension on the popular The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley not only offered all new Potter experiences, but introduced Hogwarts Express, which connects the two Potter worlds.
Effective today, February 26, a one-day, one-park adult ticket is $96 plus tax, up from $92. A one-day, two-park adult ticket went from $128 to $136.
The price for a children’s a one-day, one-park ticket jumped from $86 to $90. A one-day, two-park children’s ticket went from $122 to $130
Planning on staying longer? Multi-day tickets have also increased. For a two-day, one-park adult ticket, it’s now $155.99, up from $146.99. A two-day, two-park ticket jumped from $166.99 to $195.99 – an almost $30 increase.
This summer, Universal Orlando will open The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at the Universal Studios Florida park, which will be connected to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure by the Hogwarts Express train.
Visitors must have a two-park pass to be able to ride the train from one park’s Potter land to another, and since guests will probably need more than one day to see both Potter lands, that extra $30 is going to add up to big revenue for Universal.
So this news leaves only SeaWorld Orlando as the last of the big Orlando theme parks to raise their prices. Any bets on when that will happen?
One of the most popular haunted houses of last year’s Halloween Horror Nights was based on the hit TV series, The Walking Dead.
This week, Universal Orlando announced they were bringing back The Walking Dead to Halloween Horror Nights 23, and zombie fans will get more than they bargained for this year.
The maze/house will be themed after season 3’s prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, which is now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers, as well as the town of Woodbury, and the wilderness in between.
But that’s not all.
The theme park will also dedicate it’s entire HHN23 street experience to the show, making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series.
That’s right, just walking the streets of Universal Studios Florida (where UO hosts HHN), guests will encounter iconic scenes from all three seasons of the hit show – including the perilous city of Atlanta and Hershel’s barn – and fleets of blood-thirsty walkers who are hungry for their next victim
Not content to rest on the laurels of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando held a press conference this last week to unveil what they have planned for park guests for 2012.
The January 25 conference included information on new attractions, upgrades to existing attractions and shows, and more that are coming to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk.
Here’s a quick rundown:
The popular Blue Man Group show will be debuting an entirely new show to audiences in February 2012. Their CityWalk theater is being revamped with cutting edge technology and the show will feature more interaction with the audience. New elements to the show include BMG interacting with enormous “GiPads” (not sure what exactly those are but it sounds fun). The finale will also feature new music.
Hollywood Drive-In Golf is set to open in February, as well. Designed to resemble a classic drive-in theater, one side will be 18 holes of classic horror film themes and the other side will be 18 holes of sci-fi film themes.