Universal Orlando Adds Jason Derulo and Jessie J to 2018 Mardi Gras Headliners

Universal Orlando Adds Jason Derulo and Jessie J to 2018 Mardi Gras Headliners

Universal Orlando kicked off their annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring headliner concerts on February 3. This week, they filled in the remaining two headliner slots with Jason Derulo and Jessie J.

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Universal Orlando Kicks Off Mardi Gras 2018 on February 3

Universal Orlando Kicks Off Mardi Gras 2018 on February 3

Universal Orlando gets ready to kick off their annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring headliner concerts on February 3. It will run daily through April 7, 2018.

Enjoy Cajun cuisine and drinks, music, and a parade through the park with floats of bead throwers. During this time period, Universal Studios Florida brings the Mardi Gras celebration to Orlando.

Guests can also enjoy concerts by big name headliners in pop, rock, R&B, country, and more, during select nights on the Music Plaza Stage in the park.

Here is the line-up of headliners, with a few dates yet to be filled:

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‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ Returns to Universal Orlando January 26-28, 2018

A Celebration of Harry Potter Returns to Universal Orlando January 26-28, 2018

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” returns to Universal Orlando the weekend of January 26-28, 2018, with events and stars from the stories of J.K. Rowling.

For the first time in event history, Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) and Natalie Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) will attend and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside returning fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley).

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks To Celebrate Christmas Week 2017 In Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks to Celebrate Christmas Week 2014 in Orlando

Whether you live here or you’re vacationing here during Christmas week, it can be overwhelming trying to decide from among all of the holiday offerings happening in the Orlando area.

Here are our picks for the best Holiday events for celebrating Christmas 2017 in Orlando:

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Marvel Character Dinner Coming to Universal Orlando in December 2017

Marvel Character Dinner Coming to Universal Orlando

Further expanding on the park dining options, Universal Orlando has announced it will begin offering a Marvel Character dinner starting December 7.

This dinner buffet will feature fresh salads like orzo and mozzarella and tomato. Entrees will include roasted rosemary lemon chicken, shrimp scampi and chicken scallopini, along with penne Bolognese, stuffed jumbo shells and specialty pizzas. Desserts will finish the meal.

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Central Florida Foodie Events for November 2017

Italian Festival 4-Course Dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort

November 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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Terminator 2 3D Attraction at Universal Orlando to Close October 2017

Universal Orlando has announced it will be closing the Terminator 2 3D attraction on October 8, to make way for a future attraction.

Universal Orlando has announced it will be closing the Terminator 2 3D attraction on October 8, to make way for a future attraction.

The attraction opened in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida on April 27, 1996, and featured a 3D sequel to the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day directed by James Cameron.

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Out and About: Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless.

The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.

Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:

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The Horrors of Blumhouse Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Orlando #HHN27

The Horrors of Blumhouse Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Orlando

Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Orlando.

From his company Blumhouse Productions, this new maze will feature the following trio of horrors:

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 25 – Oct. 1 with an unprecedented number of restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person.

Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining promotion offers over 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.

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Out and About: Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Prior to arriving at Nine Spices Hotpot, the last time I’d eaten a hotpot meal was when I was 8. Once seated at my table, it became apparent hotpot had evolved quite a bit in the last few decades.

Our table featured an induction burner for each seating…and then I noticed the conveyor belt about eye level behind my head with a never-ending parade of food.

Our server was very patient and explained how their hotpot service worked.

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The Shining is Coming to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

The Shining is Coming to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

REDRUM! REDRUM! Universal Orlando has announced The Shining horror maze, based on the iconic movie, will debut at Halloween Horror Nights 27.

The Shining maze will provide guests with a unique opportunity to relive some of the film’s most memorable and sinister moments.

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Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents Eddie Money April 27

Eddie Money

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, Eddie Money will be performing on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

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American Horror Story Returns to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

American Horror Story Returns to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

We may have just welcomed spring in Florida, but Universal Orlando is already thinking ahead to Halloween Horror Nights 27 by announcing it first house.

Returning for its second year of scares will be FX’s critically acclaimed, award-winning, horror anthology American Horror Story.

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