Universal Orlando Opens to Public Today So Check Out These Photos From the Previews This Week .. #UniversalOrlando #Reopening

Universal Orlando Reopens - photos by Angie at UniversalParents.com

After a few days of team member and passholder previews, Universal Orlando is opening its three parks to the public today, June 5.

Thanks to Angie at UniversalParents.com, we have photos of the safety measures and signage you can expect to find as you enjoy Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and CityWalk.

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Get Free Regular Day Parking with Purchase of Cinemark Matinee Tickets at Universal CityWalk #UniversalOrlando

Universal Cinemark at CityWalk

If you’ve ever wanted to see a matinee movie at the Universal Cinemark at CityWalk, but didn’t want to pay to park at the garage, you’ll want to make note of a new deal:

Free regular parking reimbursement is now available with the purchase of two or more Universal Cinemark at CityWalk movie tickets for matinee movie showings from 11am-6pm.

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup June 1, 2018: Zero Degrees, Paddlefish, Pharmacy, and More

Zero Degrees restaurant menu items

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, new menu items, special food and wine events, and free beer. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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City of Orlando and Orange County Declare Blue Man Group Day on Nov 17, 2016

City of Orlando and Orange County Declare Blue Man Group Day on Nov 17, 2016

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.

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Toothsome Chocolate Factory to Open at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Chocolate fans in the Orlando area will be happy to hear Universal Orlando will be opening the Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at CityWalk before the end of this year.

Toothsome Chocolate Factory to Open at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Located in the space that formerly housed the NBA City restaurant, the new sweets eatery will have a 19th-century Steampunk look from the decor to the fashion.

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Blue Man Group Orlando Supports Autism Speaks With Sensory-Friendly Show on Dec. 5

Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando will host a sensory-friendly show supporting Autism Speaks on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6pm.

Blue Man Group Orlando Supports Autism Speaks

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.

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Universal Orlando’s NBC Sports Grill & Brew Holds Grand Opening with Sports Celebrities Galore

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 Grill & Brew grand opening at Universal Orlando

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.

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Whitesnake to Rock Central Florida for Three Dates in August

Legendary hard rock group Whitesnake are coming to Central Florida for three dates at the beginning of August.


They will be at the King Center in Melbourne on August 1, at the Hard Rock Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk on August 3, and at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on August 6.

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Universal Orlando to Open NBC Sports Grill & Brew at CityWalk

The world’s first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew is coming to Universal Orlando‘s CityWalk, and it is scheduled to open this fall.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal Orlando

Located in the space that formerly held the NASCAR Sports Grill, this new restaurant will up the bar for sports-dining experiences.

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NBA Experience Coming to Disney Springs; NBA City to Close at Universal CityWalk

Earlier this week Walt Disney World announced an new tenant for Disney Springs would be called The NBA Experience.

Mickey Mouse and an NBA basketball player

According to the release, The NBA Experience will include a restaurant and a retail store, and feature hands-on activities that will put families in the middle of NBA game action.

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Be in the Audience When NBC’s TODAY Show Airs Live at Universal Orlando May 29

To help kick off Universal Orlando‘s 25th Anniversary, NBC’s Today Show will air live from the resort’s CityWalk on Friday, May 29.

Universal Orlando park globe

Not only will the show broadcast live from the CityWalk stage alongside the lagoon, but their Friday concert series will include a short set by Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull!

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One Direction to Promote New Album with Appearance at Universal Orlando November 17, 2014

One Direction

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.

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Out and About: Trying the New Menu at Margaritaville Orlando

Margaritaville Orlando

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.

Margaritaville Orlando
Drunken Shrimp Skillet with Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita

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.

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal Orlando Will Celebrate National Margarita Day February 22, 2014

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurants plan to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd, including the location at Universal Orlando.

margaritaAs 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.



REO Speedwagon to Headline New Year’s Eve 2012 at Universal Orlando CityWalk


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.

For more information, visit universalorlando.com.

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