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Experience Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2018 in the only way Universal Orlando knows how—Wonderful, Enchanting and Breathtaking!! The festivities begin November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019. The two Universal Orlando Parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios promise an amazing Holiday Extravaganza! Universal Orlando Resort transforms into a seasonal spectacular every December and features special holiday-themed entertainment including the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios & the famous green Grinchmas can be experienced at Islands of Adventure!
Universal’s Macy Holiday Parade
Macy’s Holiday Parade will command the streets with all the colorful balloons and floats that New York City gets a chance to enjoy every Thanksgiving. Did you know that as soon as the parade is over in New York the balloons and floats are brought down here for everyone to enjoy!! You will be delighted by the marching bands, clowns, and from the jolly man himself; Santa Claus will make his appearance for all the children. Afterwards, enjoy the magnificent tree lighting ceremony with music and a glittering display of lights! Universal Studios Florida has been bringing Macy’s Holiday Parade down to Orlando for a post-Thanksgiving encore every December for over a decade.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure Grinchmas
The Grinch is right at home at Universal Orlando’s holiday event in the Seuss Landing section of Islands of Adventure. In addition to scoring a private audience with the reformed “mean one,” visitors can see The Grinch and his newfound Whoville buddies present The Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular. Make sure you get a chance to see the live performance of the star of the show, The Grinch™, and get your picture taken with the mean green character himself!
Universal Studios Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller is a multi-platinum selling musical group that combines classical music with new age rock to create contemporary Christmas music with a unique sound. This group performs some of their most-loved songs on the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida on select nights in December. The concert is included in your regular admission ticket to Universal Studios Florida. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., but if you want a place near the stage, you’ll have to arrive early.
The annual event at Universal Orlando, A Celebration of Harry Potter Cancelled for the year 2019.
It’s one of the most anticipated moment of the year for Potterhead’s. A Celebration of Harry Potter has attracted thousands from afar, and even those who could not attend would tune in for coverage of the event if available.Universal Orlando, A Celebration of Harry Potter 2019 Cancelled
Unfortunately, 2019 will not see the event take place at Universal Studios Orlando officially canceled the event.
In a statement released by Universal Studios Orlando, they explained that they are focusing on new Wizarding World projects.
Universal Studios Orlando has been busy recently. They recently opened a new cinematic nighttime show; and a BackToHogwarts event took place at the beginning of September and they have been hard at work the new thrill ride being constructed.
And it is that thrill ride that many fans suspect is why A Celebration of Harry Potter has been canceled in 2019.
Construction has been ongoing for some time and a lot of fans have been guessing what it might be. Theories over if it will be a themed Quidditch or Forbidden Forest ride is being constructed. Another theory, which coincides with the ever-growing popularity in the Fantastic Beasts world is a ride, or maybe a whole new park, dedicated to the prequel series.
It will be sometime before we learn why exactly Universal Studios Orlando has canceled A Celebration of Harry Potter in 2019, but knowing Universal Orlando it will be great! OrlandoTicketConnection.com has some of the lowest prices on Universal Orlando Tickets, as well as exceptional customer service. So don’t wait until you get to Orlando, buy online and go directly to the parks!
Universal Orlando is not limiting all of the special improvements to their 3 parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay, but has taken a huge step in refurbishing City Walk, the only entrance onto the property, with that the AMC Universal Cineplex 20 are the next logical choice for modernization.
Universal Orlando officially announced that major enhancements are coming to the movie theater beginning this fall, as it becomes Universal Cinemark. The grander enhancements promise to “enrich your entertainment experience, further immersing you in the action of the films in the most cutting-edge movie-watching environment available.”
The transformation of Universal’s theater will begin in September and take several months to complete. New, reclining, Cinemark Luxury Loungers with extendable footrests, cup holders and plush seating will be installed in all 20 auditoriums, so Guests can kick up their feet and enjoy the ultimate comfort while watching their favorite films.
As part of this project, the theater will receive a new Cinemark XD auditorium. XD auditoriums feature extensive wall-to-wall screens, custom-engineered surround sound with multi-channel speakers and state-of-the-art projection systems capable of delivering 35 trillion colors. The XD auditorium offers comfortable, luxurious Lounger seating, the brightest digital images, and the latest movies every week.
Guests can even increase their movie-going experience by joining Cinemark Movie Club, a exclusive monthly movie membership program offering ticket and concession discounts along with other exclusive benefits.
The theme park company did not reveal how much the renovations will cost. Reports are that just the seating replacements for similar Cinemark theaters could cost $250,000 per auditorium, which places the Universal renovation costs starting at about $5 million-plus.
This marks the beginning of Universal’s partnership with Cinemark Theatres, which operates more than 530 theaters around the world. The theater will be closed all day on Friday, September 14 to prepare for Universal Cinemark’s debut on Saturday, September 15. Then, the remodeling work will begin to implement all of the awesome enhancements mentioned earlier.
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Fantastic Worlds is the rumored name for a fourth Universal Orlando theme park, which amps up the ongoing theme park war with Walt Disney World. A Comcast executive confirmed the company filed the name registration, when a patent application was filed last month.
Joining Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay, a fourth Universal property would amp up ongoing competition with Disney, which operates four theme parks, two waterparks and the Disney Springs retail complex in the Orlando area.
“In terms of a new gate in Florida we are looking at it,” said Burke speaking during an earnings call. “We’ve filed a name registration, we have a lot of great intellectual properties and we love the theme park business, which is one of our best, most consistent businesses.
“Another gate for Universal in Florida would turn Florida from a two or three-day destination to potentially a weeklong destination. We think that would be attractive.”
That same executive also went on to say, “Another gate in Florida would have the advantage of turning Florida from a two or three-day destination to potentially a weeklong destination.”
Duncan Dickson, a professor of theme park management, reported Nethe term “gate” refers to a ticketed entry to a park and says the Comcast executive was likely talking about a fourth park here in Orlando.
The name Fantastic World, itself offers the imagination endless possibilities, and quite possibly came from supposed guest survey that was sent out by Universal asking respondents, “Which of these names for a theme park is most likely to belong to Universal?” The options included Fantastic Worlds, Epic Worlds, Legendary Worlds, Legendary Lands and DreamPark.
On a recent episode of the Disney Dish podcast, industry insider Jim Hill indicated he was leaning toward the DreamPark name, since the new park will likely include multiple DreamWorks franchises. But other industry experts, including Josh Young of Theme Park University and Alicia Stella of Orlando Park Stop, both known for the accurate reporting of recent Universal rumors, point to the Fantastic Worlds name.
It had been previously reported that Universal has been acquiring hundreds of acres of land along Sand Lake Road for a possible addition to its current theme parks.
Universal recently purchased about 500 acres of undeveloped land east of International Drive. It is bordered to the north by Sand Lake Road and to the south by Destination Parkway.
Volcano Bay, Universal’s last project created a new chapter at Universal Orlando. Replacing the revolutionary, but ultimately outdated, Wet ‘n Wild on International Drive, it sits directly alongside Universal’s Cabana Beach Bay Resort hotel. The “next-level water theme park” was brought to life by Universal Creative, and gives visitors a fun-filled, hassle-free experience with their friends and family.
Will Fantastic Worlds be the project that tips the scale in the ongoing theme park war with Walt Disney World? Not sure, but it is great fun watching and reaping the exciting benefits this offers. In the meantime check out some of the lowest prices on Universal Orlando Tickets here.
Plans for the first-ever Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster at Universal Orlando to arrive at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, was announced by Universal Orlando recently.
Dragon Challenge will close on September 5, with the last day of operation September 4., to make room for the new attraction. The Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster promises an adventure that combines all of the incredible characters, creatures and journeys of the extraordinarily successful Harry Potter book and movie series. It is slated to open sometime in 2019.
In its announcement, Universal sited the Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster at Universal Orlando, as one of the most “highly-themed coaster experiences” they’ve ever created. Considering The Wizarding World of Harry Potter than spans both Universal Studios with Diagon Alley, and Islands of Adventure, is already known for realistic and immersive attractions that utilizes images and technology in ways rarely seen at other theme parks.
The Dragon Challenge’s successor is being described as a ‘new generation of thrill ride’ and will feature ‘a new level of storytelling’ during the experience. This is major, considering, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” that spans both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, is already known for realistic and immersive attractions that utilizes images and technology in ways rarely seen at other theme parks. According to Universal Orlando’s Blog, the details are as follows:
• This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your “favorite characters and creatures.” • The ride will be “unlike anything we’ve ever done before” and it will accessible to “the entire family,” which implies a lower height restriction than the ride it replaces • The new attraction will be “one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences” Universal has created and will “combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.” • The award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films on the new coaster attraction. • This ride “is going to redefine the category” and be “the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.”
We are not sure of the type of coaster it will be, but Orlando Ticket Connection will keep you informed as soon as more information is available. For some of the best prices on Universal Orlando Tickets shop here!
Revenge of Chucky & Killer Klowns from Outer Space announced Universal Orlando HHN 2018, as the last two scare zones coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018.Revenge of Chucky & Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The Revenge of Chucky, one of the most frightening icons in horror history, scare zone will feature a toy fair that’s turned deadly. Guests will enter a toy fair turned deadly, filled with diabolical twists on childhood toys from the past. They will be haunted by possessed toys – such as homicidal monkeys, a board game turned deadly and more. And finally, guests will come face-to-face with the world’s deadliest doll.Revenge of Chucky
In the Killer Klowns from Outer Space scare zone, an interplanetary circus tent, filled with the unearthly killer klowns. The sweet smell of cotton candy will tempt guests inside, but they will soon realize that the treats are made from humans. Guests must escape the killer klowns or face the madness of their ray guns, which will turn them into grotesque cotton candy snacks.Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Revenge of Chucky & Killer Klowns from Outer Space announced Universal Orlando HHN 2018 and will complete the scare zone line up for this year’s event. Then there are, of course, other iconic haunts, and this year for the first-time ever a Stranger Things area will make its debut. Fans of this series will get the chance to brave the parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down, that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, destructive Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic sights, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.
These three alongside a house dedicated to the horror classic Trick ‘r Treat will haunt the streets – including Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve, Twisted Tradition and The Harvest.
For 34 select nights from September 14 – November 3, the most intense Halloween Horror Nights will be unleashed at Universal Orlando Resort. Guests will encounter more scares than ever before as they face 10 haunted houses – the most houses in event history – five scare zones and one powerhouse live show.
Universal Orlando will take its nighttime lagoon show to the next level this summer, with “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” The all-new lagoon show will give guests a brand-new, awe-inspiring way to end their day in Universal Studios as they enjoy an epic cinema under the stars on select nights.Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration
“Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” will seamlessly blend fountain-based media, a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and special effects in a whole new way. The show combines an all-new storyline with full panoramic water screens accented by additional multi-layer water screens, pyrotechnics and – for the first time ever – more than 120 dancing fountains and projection mapping to transform the entire waterfront and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of epic movie moments and beloved characters.
“It’s the biggest nighttime show we’ve ever done at Universal Orlando,” says Mike Aiello, director of entertainment creative for the resort. The presentation will be a total revamp of the park’s previous nighttime lagoon show, “Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular.” Introduced in 2012 during the 100th anniversary of the famed Hollywood movie studio, it was largely a clip-fest honoring Universal’s movie legacy. “We want the new show to be a cap to our guests’ day at Universal Orlando. It will feature many of the characters and brands at the parks,” adds Aiello.
And, guests will be able to enjoy “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” from an all-new, dedicated viewing area designed specifically for the show – giving them prime viewing of the experience.
Guests will witness moments from the Harry Potter series conjured by way of spells, ear-shattering roars from dinosaurs in Jurassic World, the adrenaline rush of speed from The Fast & the Furious, mischief by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and more come to life right before their very eyes – all in the heart of the Universal Studios Florida lagoon.
This summer, guests will now have two new spectacular nighttime shows to enjoy as part of their visit to Universal’s theme parks – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Universal Studios Florida and “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Orlando Ticket Connection is offering a 3 Day Park to Park Ticket & save over $59 off the gate price.