November 17 is a significant day for Blue Man Group, as it was twenty-five years ago that a creative collaboration among friends led to the first euphoric and historic Blue Man Group performance at the Astor Place Theatre in New York.
Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando will host a sensory-friendly show supporting Autism Speaks on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6pm.
This special performance will be suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders. due to slight modifications that will be made to the show including reducing sound and light levels at various moments during the performance, and making headphones available upon request.
Now open for the sports fans, Universal Orlando‘s NBC Sports Grill & Brew held their grand opening Friday, October 23, with a bevy of sports figures and celebrities on hand.
NBC Sports commentators Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward and Michele Tafoya were joined by the likes of Paul Burmeister, Doug Flutie, Rebecca Lowe, Jeremy Roenick, Kathryn Tappen, Lauren Thompson and Gary Williams.
Universal Orlando will be taken over by global pop sensations One Direction on Monday, November 17, which happens to be the same day their new album, Four, drops.
One Direction will start the morning with a performance at Universal CityWalk, that will be aired live on NBC’s The Today Show. If you’re willing to get up extra early to see them, public viewing of the performance will be available throughout CityWalk, and it will be free to all.
Dial it up a notch and head into Universal Studios. With your paid admission, you can ride on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster to the tunes of One Direction. Not enough 1D?? There will also be a special One Direction version of the Universal Cinematic Spectacular nighttime show.
Last fall, Margaritaville Orlando revamped its menu adding in a lot of new items. We decided to try out the new menu and headed out on a Friday night to Universal Orlando.
We arrived a little before our reservation time, but were seated immediately on the main floor, near the stage. Margaritaville has nightly musical entertainment on the stage, but we were dining too early for that.
We each ordered a margarita, and started our meal with a trio of appetizers. The “Drunken” Shrimp Skillet ($13.99), recommended by our server Linda, was a big hit with my dining companion, Joan. She said the shrimp were so well done they just popped in her mouth, and the combination of the tequila lime butter and the trinity of garlic, onions, and peppers made for a wonderful flavor with the shrimp. She also tried the Asiago Crab Dip ($13.29), which she said was good, but not as good as the shrimp skillet.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurants plan to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd, including the location at Universal Orlando.
As part of the celebration, Margaritaville will host Margaritaville University, a complimentary margarita-making class from 3pm to 4pm. After mastering mixing, shaking, stirring and sipping, all graduates will receive a diploma.
At 5pm a Master of Ceremonies will lead those gathered in a toast to the official beverage of Margaritaville. There will also be an array of margarita-related activities, specials, a new margarita flight, contests and giveaways.
Margaritaville is located at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, near Islands of Adventure. Universal does charge to park before 6pm. Visit margaritavilleorlando.com for more info.
Classic rock group REO Speedwagon will be the headliner for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Universal Orlando CityWalk.
Admission to the festivities on December 31 also includes a selection of gourmet cuisine, admission to seven CityWalk nightclubs, and a traditional midnight champagne toast.
Tickets are $124.99, if purchased by December 15; $144.99 if purchased between December 16 and 31. Universal Orlando annual passholders can get a discounted price of $104.99 until December 15, as well.
In the last 19 months since the Amway Center has been open downtown, there has been an unused corner of the property that was originally set aside as restaurant space.
It’s taken this long to find a willing investor, but according to sources, the space is expected to be taken over by The Club at NBA City. The venture will be a partnership between the NBA City restaurant venue at Universal CityWalk and the former manager of the exclusive Montecristo Club at the old Orlando city arena.
A third of the size of the CityWalk venue, The Club at NBA City will be a little over 4,000-sq-ft., not including use of the outdoor plaza for a small patio seating area.
Half will be open to the public with both internal and external entrances, so patrons will not need an event ticket to get inside. The menu offerings are expected to be different and slightly more upscale than the barfood menu offered by the CityWalk venue.
The other half will be a private members-only section, like the old Montecristo Club, that will be available for event rentals.
Initially, The Club at NBA City will only be open for lunch and dinner on event days at the Amway Center. The venue is expected to be open by October 2012.