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Pier 8 Market, Sunset Lounge, and The Oasis Beach Bar Coming to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Dockside Inn and Suites

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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What’s the one thing you look forward to on vacation? Is it thrills and adventure? Maybe trying something new, or spending time with family you haven’t seen in awhile? How about a little relaxation, a way to slow down from the everyday routine, not worry about the usual stresses of life, and just savor every moment spent with your family?

This is the essence of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites. Dockside Inn and Suites invites you to kick back, relax, and take it easy during your vacation at Universal Orlando Resort. This hotel, alongside Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, brings a new value option to Universal Orlando. It’s the perfect place for families wanting to stay connected to the action of Universal’s three theme parks, while enjoying the comfort and ease of a resort that meets their vacation budget. Dockside Inn and Suites’ coastal vibes make you feel as if you’re just feet away from the ocean, which extends into your dining experience with the all-American Pier 8 Market, Sunset Lounge, and The Oasis Beach Bar.

Phil Klinkenberg, director of food and beverage for Dockside Inn and Suites, is sharing all of the details about the new food and drinks from Dockside Inn and Suites. Phil led the creation and execution of Dockside’s dining in collaboration with the chefs and managers of the new resort. Here’s what you can look forward to during your upcoming stay.

Breakfast

Kick start your morning before a day in Universal’s theme parks with breakfast from Pier 8 Market. You can enjoy a lighter option like fresh baked goods prepared daily, or indulge in a heartier meal like chicken and waffles.

Top Picks

  • Chicken and Waffles (served with maple syrup and butter)
  • Pier 8 Egg Muffin (bacon, egg, cheddar, onions, peppers and a side of hash browns)
  • Baja Burrito (chorizo, egg and cheese with salsa)

“With all Universal Orlando hotels, we accommodate guests’ dietary needs,” says Phil. “We pride ourselves on being able to customize and provide options like our Beyond Burger and this vegan avocado toast.”

Lunch

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Take a break from the pool and fuel up with refreshing options at Pier 8 Market (or grab your food and head back for a poolside meal!). One of the great perks about Pier 8 Market is that it’s themed to be an open-air market with easy-to-grab items, similar to what you would find down by the docks of a coastal town.

“Pier 8 Market is meant to feel like an actual market where you walk through the various food stalls and are able to select the items for your meal,” says Phil. “Whether it be our chicken and waffles, pizza or a burger, it’s all meant to be self-serve, grab and go.”

Top Picks

  • Hook & Batter (fish and chips)
  • Garden Pizza (you guessed it, a veggie pizza!)
  • Gulf to Shore (grilled market fish on a toasted bun)
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“Our Dockworker Wrap is inspired by a dish that dockworkers actually put together,” Phil says. “They get a deli sandwich, a side of fries, and a drink. They would take the fries and put it directly on their sandwich to hold with one hand, and then the drink in the other hand, so they could eat and drink easily during their lunch break. We took that concept and made our Dockworker Wrap.”

Dinner

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There’s no better way to end the day during a vacation than coming together as a family and having dinner. There are great options for families at Pier 8 Market with a variety of dishes that any member of the family can enjoy, as well as meals that meet bigger family needs like pizza.

Top Picks

  • BBQCB (burger with smoked bacon, cheddar, onion rings and bourbon bbq sauce)
  • The Joey Sandwich (hoagie with salami, capicola, soppressata, provolone cheese, roasted red pepper and toppings)
  • Stuffed Shells (I recommend a side of Deck Hand Garlic Knots too!)
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Try the Chicken and Waffles – 8 piece bucket of chicken, side of mashed potatoes, side of coleslaw, Belgian waffles and choice of sauce. The sauce choices are on point with the Sloping Sticky Sauce (bourbon bacon maple sauce), Rocket Man (spicy bbq), and Southern Hot (buffalo with a hint of honey).

“Dockside Inn and Suites is a family destination,” says Phil. “So, what the market does is provide something for everybody. In each of the areas in our market we’ll have options for the younger guests in our hotel. So, mom and dad can have what they want and kids can have what they want.”

Dessert

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A meal isn’t complete without a sweet ending. Each food station in Pier 8 Market will have a signature dessert, as well as a variety of other classic treats you can grab. There will also be yogurt and smoothie machines that are perfect for those hot summer days.

Top Picks

  • Key Lime Pie (a Florida classic)
  • Cinnamon & Sugar Zeppoles (an italian treat consisting of fried fritter)

We’re sure that you’re going to love the S’mores – hot off the panini press with all the fixings, ginger-flavored bread with milk chocolate, and marshmallow. It’s ooey and gooey, perfect for the kids to split or the ‘big’ kids like me.

Drinks

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Now, onto a really fun part of Dockside Inn and Suites — the signature drinks.

“The Sunset Lounge is going to be a fantastic little area for you to break away after a day in the theme parks,” says Phil. “We also have The Oasis Beach Bar. Both are a place for people to just kick back, relax, and have an excellently crafted cocktail or a craft beer.”

The theming of the drinks is just as fun as the cocktails themselves. Some of them are even named after slides you may recognize from a certain water park that used to be where Endless Summer Resort is now…

“The drinks at the Oasis Beach pool bar are named after the Wet n’ Wild rides like the Bubba Tub and the Mach Five,” he says. “We had a great time putting it together. We actually wrote the drink names before we came up with what the drinks would be.”

You’ll find cocktails themed to the hotel, as well as a craft beer that will be brewed for the resort.

Top Picks

  • Endless Summer Lemonade (vodka with lemon; this is the resort’s signature cocktail)
  • Sunset Blonde (mango blonde ale; this is the resort’s craft beer)
  • Red Sky at Night (Tequila cocktail with orange and lime flavors)
  • Drop Anchor (rum drink with orgeat and matcha)
  • Shore Thing (grapefruit vodka with lime and ginger beer)
  • Bubba Tub (signature 32oz Dockside bucket that all cocktails from The Oasis Beach Bar can be upgraded to)
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Deep Dive Into the Inspiration

There is a common thread about the Dockside Inn and Suites dining experience: casual comfort. From the ease of selecting your food to the focus on comfort food options, the overall concept is to give a relaxing environment and experience for your family during your vacation.

“I’ve always said we offer people a vacation from the vacation that they’re on, so when they come back to their hotel they’re home,” says Phil. “I think Dockside Inn and Suites will give you that feeling of pure relaxation, no worries and no cares.”

So, what goes into developing the food and drinks for a new hotel?

“It really started with the original concept,” he explains. “Universal Creative and Loews Hotels partnered and came up with the idea for Endless Summer Resort. At the very beginning it was decided that Pier 8 Market was going to happen at Dockside Inn and Suites.”

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They knew they were going to have family-friendly options like pizza and burgers, but there was brainstorming along the way on how to add some unique twists.

“When I came on board, I just wrote down my wish list and what I thought would be fun,” says Phil. “Brainstorming is next with the managing director and chefs, brainstorming with other people that were inspired by talking to friends or reading other venue menus. Inspiration comes from so many different places. Some of it’s memory, some of it’s sensory. So, we take all of those ideas and kind of do a mashup of them. It’s all about collaboration.”

With Dockside Inn and Suites being his third hotel opening with Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, he is eager for guests to experience all the hotel will offer.

“You know what keeps me going is that experience you have when you bump into a guest in a hallway, or in the restaurant, and you have a conversation with them and realize the things your team did, or that you did personally, made a difference,” he says. “It’s hard to describe that feeling, but when you have it, you know it, and it’s a great feeling.”

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites opens at Universal Orlando Resort on March 17.

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

Your Guide to Attending 2020 Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

Universal's Mardi Gras 2020
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Since 1995, Universal Orlando Resort has been bringing the fun and flavors of the Big Easy’s Mardi Gras celebration to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. For select nights now through April, you can catch an outrageous and colorful parade (my favorite part of the event), enjoy live entertainment and concerts, indulge in Cajun food and drinks and catch a whole lot of beads during Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020. It’s the perfect way to end your day after enjoying the thrills and excitement of the parks. Authenticity is the name of the game as Universal’s event stays true to the traditional roots of the New Orleans street party so many know and love. However, there are a few unique Universal twists too!

There’s a ton to see and do during Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020, along with different ways to experience the event. Luckily, you have plenty of opportunities to do it all. Whether you’re a local planning multiple nights of Mardi Gras festivities, or looking to get the most out of your vacation with us, check out this guide on everything you need to know about Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 to help plan your visit.

THINGS TO DO

Nightly Parade

Universal's Mardi Gras 2020
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Just like New Orlean’s famed Mardi Gras parade, we have a spectacular parade that hits the streets of Universal Studios every event night with colorful parade floats, even more colorful performers (one word – GLITTER!), and of course, beads!

Our parade floats are designed and built in partnership with Kern Studios, the same team that creates the parade floats up in New Orleans. Every year, there’s a new theme developed for the floats along with the iconic floats, like King Gator. Each one has a unique costume designed for the bead throwers and a batch of beads colored to match the look and feel of the float.

You have two ways to experience the parade: 1.) as a bead catcher and 2.) as a bead thrower. Both are equally as fun as the other and depends on what you would like to do for the night…

Being a bead catcher allows you more time to enjoy the French Quarter Courtyard and rides in the park, while also being able to grab a good spot for the concert.

Being a bead thrower requires you to first sign up via the Universal Orlando Mobile App and see if you get selected. If selected, you have to check in before the parade and it can take time to get back over to the concert area when the parade is done. However, bead throwing is SO MUCH FUN and allows for you to be a part of the action. There’s nothing quite like tossing beads at a mass of people cheering to get your attention.

My recommendation? Both! Come one night and catch. Come another night and throw.

TIPS

  • Little Jester’s Parade Viewing: It can be tough trying to get a good view for your kid when it comes to parades. We’ve got you covered with the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area located in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop. This is an exclusive area for children and opens up one hour before the parade starts.
  • Best Places to Watch (and Catch Beads!): I’m a fan of watching the parade in the Hollywood section as you can catch it when it first starts and also when it’s coming back around to end. Another favorite spot is in the New York area, right past Finnegan’s Bar & Grill. There’s more space to move around and catch beads and you get to see a couple great confetti pops! Click here to see the parade route map.

Click here to learn more about this year’s parade, parade start times, and how to sign up to ride a float.

Live Concerts

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One of the big differences that allows our Mardi Gras event to stand out is the live concert that takes place select nights on the Music Plaza Stage. We bring in some of the biggest names in music, with a diverse lineup every year of pop, rock, country, latin, and more. It’s an awesome way to close out your day in the parks.

TIPS

  • Arrive Early: I recommend arriving early, around 2-3 hours before the concert starts, to claim a spot up near the front. The lawn area fills up fast. For certain artists, there will even be a queue you can jump in before the lawn opens for guests. Check with a Team Member in-park for details the day of the concert.
  • Mobile Order: So, you’ve got your spot up front, but your stomach is starting to rumble. We’ve got you covered. You can order food to be delivered to you using the Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App. Pizza fries, anyone?

Click here to see this year’s concert lineup and concert start times.

French Quarter Courtyard Entertainment

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Before the live concerts take place on the main stage, head over to the French Quarter Courtyard in the New York area of Universal Studios for even more live entertainment. You can enjoy live music from real Louisiana jazz and zydeco bands as you stroll the food and drink tents. Or drop a dance move and snap a picture with the incredibly talented, fun, and glittery Mardi Gras performers.

TIP

  • The French Quarter Courtyard festivities start around 4 p.m. every day. I recommend arriving early to snag a park bench or table to enjoy the music and food. This area can get a bit crowded at night when it gets closer to parade time!

Click here to see what Louisiana bands are playing this year.

Mardi Gras Tribute Store

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A new experience has come to Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020! The Tribute Store is more than your typical gift shop. It’s transporting you into scenes inspired by iconic locations from New Orleans, while also offering themed merchandise to buy like beads, masks, T-shirts…all the requirements for a great Mardi Gras! There are photo ops throughout the store and the level of detail with the props and characters are perfect for insta. You can find the Tribute Store across from the French Quarter Courtyard, right next to the entrance of Revenge of the Mummy.

Attractions

One of the great things about Mardi Gras is that the rides and attractions throughout Universal Studios are open during the event, too. All of your favorites like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Revenge of the Mummy, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, and more. Make sure to check your park map and the Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App for ride times. And with all the Mardi Gras festivities, this typically allows for shorter wait times!

TIP

  • One of my favorite things to do is ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit while one of the concerts is playing down on the Music Plaza Stage. Not only is the ride AWESOME at night, but it’s pretty cool to see the concert crowd down below with the music blasting.

After Party in CityWalk

If you don’t want the party to stop after the park closes, head over into Universal CityWalk. You get free admission to five CityWalk bars and clubs with your park ticket on a Mardi Gras event night. There are even themed Mardi Gras food and drink options that you can try, like a Mardi Gras themed Voodoo Doughnut.

Bars and clubs include:

  • Rising Star (my personal favorite – karoake with a live band!)
  • the groove (the dance club to get your… wait for it… groove on)
  • Red Coconut Club (the chill club with excellent cocktails)
  • Pat O’Brien’s (dueling piano bar)
  • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom (live reggae music)

WHAT TO EAT

French Quarter Courtyard

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We’ve already talked about the entertainment in the French Quarter Courtyard, now let’s chat FOOD! In the Courtyard, you’ll find all of the mouth-watering bites and sips for the event with rows of tents and bars. You can find the classic Cajun dishes like jambalaya and gumbo, and other unique creations our Food & Beverage team has developed. You can also find festive signature drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

My Top Recommendations:

  • Jambalaya – This is my all-time favorite dish, with all those Cajun spices and topped with a crawfish.
  • Beignets – A classic and must-have! You can’t go wrong with these little fried treats dusted with powdered sugar.
  • Bayou Bog Water – This fruity non-alcoholic drink is fun for both adults and kids alike, with boba pearls that pop in your mouth and gummy worms and fish.

Click here to see this year’s food and beverage offerings.

Dining Upgrades

Now, THIS is the way to do Mardi Gras. Take your experience to the next level for an additional cost with these event upgrades.

  • Bayou Boil: Experience what a crawfish boil is like with a Universal spin on it. The Bayou Boil gives you a tray piled high with a crawfish boil, an exclusive bar, and a VIP viewing of the parade. I absolutely loved doing the Bayou Boil with my friends and highly recommend trying it out. *Available on concert event nights
  • Tasting Lanyards: These lanyards are the perfect option if you’re going to come for multiple nights of Mardi Gras, I’m looking at you UOAPs. They allowyou the option to enjoy multiple food and drink options during Mardi Gras event nights for one fixed cost. There is even an exclusive UOAP version of the lanyard.

Click here for more details on pricing, dates/times, and more.

THINGS TO KNOW

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No Extra Cost to Party!

The greatest and most important thing to know about Universal’s Mardi Gras? It’s included with your park admission or Annual Pass* to Universal Studios Florida. There is no extra cost to experience all the fun and excitement, and it makes for a great addition to your family’s spring vacation.

The App Will Be Your Best Friend

Think of the Universal Orlando Mobile App as your personal little robot butler in the palm of your hand. You can set up a virtual wallet, mobile-order food to where you’re waiting for the concert, check ride wait times, the parade and concert start times, and even sign up for float riding via Virtual Line.

Download it now: iPhone or Android

UOAPs Get All the Perks

If you’re not already a Universal Orlando Annual Passholder (UOAP), you might become one after this. UOAPs get the best perks when it comes to Mardi Gras. They get first dibs on float riding, an exclusive viewing area in front of Mel’s Diner, and freebies like a fun-themed button and magnet. *Supplies are limited and first come, first served

Click here to check out all the UOAP perks and more information. 

*Seasonal Passholders are blocked out at Universal Studios Florida on all Mardi Gras concert event nights.

WHAT TO BRING & WEAR

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Deciding what to bring or wear to a theme park can be tricky. The general consensus is to pack light and wear layers, but Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 can be a unique event to think through. Here’s a list I’ve put together throughout my years of attending the event.

  • Small Bag (emphasis on small): There’s no real reason to bring a big bag with you to Mardi Gras, unless you’re traveling with little ones. You want to stay light and nimble to maneuver the concert crowds and catch beads! Try to carry your tickets and cards in a lanyard or sport one of those nifty phone cases with the card slots. If you do need to bring a bag, opt for a fanny pack or small crossbody that can fit into one of the free small lockers.
  • Phone Charger: This will come in handy if you’re sitting around waiting for the concert or parade to start. Plus, you may need it after all the photos you’ve taken and posted on the gram.
  • Check the Weather: Mardi Gras falls in that weird Florida-weather timeframe when the temperature can flux from being hot during the day and chilly at night. Check the weather and consider bringing a light jacket just in case. Also, don’t forget those pesky rain showers that can pop up!
  • Comfy Shoes: Comfortable shoes are kind of a duh when going to a theme park, but you’re going to be doing some quick walking and dodging during Mardi Gras. I also recommend close toed as your feet may get stepped on during the concert.
  • Your Krewe: The best way to experience Mardi Gras is with your friends and family. Grab the krewe and come party with us!

OK, so who’s ready for Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 at Universal Orlando Resort!? Share your excitement and tips in the comments below and don’t forget to share your pics using #UniversalMardiGras. My one guarantee: You’ll have “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” stuck in your head and handfuls of beads you won’t know what to do with at the end of the night.

Check Out the New Menu at Confisco Grille in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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There is a new menu at Confisco Grille in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, full of spices and bold flavors. Located near the front of the park, Confisco Grille is the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy lunch or dinner. It features an eclectic menu, ripe with a variety of dishes inspired from across the globe.

Pork Belly Banh-Mi Sandwich at Confisco Grille

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This hearty sandwich comes with thick cuts of perfectly cooked pork belly and a blend of fresh veggies. I also have a feeling that chile aioli sauce can make anything taste good.

Roasted pork belly, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cucumber topped with a chile aioli on a French baguette.

Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl at Confisco Grille

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This light and refreshing dish is for you if you’re feeling a bit guilty from fried food and ice cream. I can see this becoming a signature dish and it happens to be one of Chef Glus’s favorites.

“The Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl is a good one, with the fresh ingredients yellowfin tuna and buckwheat soba noodles,” says Chef Glus. “You can’t find anything else like this park-wide except for at Confisco.”

Sesame seared yellowfin tuna, soba noodles, green onion, avocado, edamame, cucumber and a wasabi-ponzu dressing.

Hearthstone Baked Chicken Sandwich

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This isn’t your typical chicken sandwich. It’s baked in a wood oven with melted mozzarella cheese and have I mentioned Universal bakes its bread on property? Delicious!

Mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, leaf lettuce, basil aioli, aged balsamic and focaccia baked in a wood oven.

Hummus

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“It’s that same flavorful hummus you could get before but with an elevated presentation,” says Chef Glus. “It makes it more shareable and a more immersive experience for the guest.”

Middle Eastern flavored hummus, kalamata olives, olive oil and charred pita and lavosh for dipping.

Grilled Lamb Meatballs at Confisco Grille

grilled lamb meatballs from Confisco Grille
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Didn’t think you could find lamb in a theme park, did you? These are perfect to share and packed with flavor.

Grilled spiced lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, tomato-cucumber relish, feta cheese and mint chimichurri.

Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs at Confisco Grille

sweet and sour sticky ribs from Confisco Grille
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“We wanted to keep the ribs, but we changed it up a bit going with the sticky pork ribs with the sweet and sour sauce,” he says.

Perfectly cooked with meat falling off the bone and smothered in a sweet and sour sauce that left me licking it off my fingers. AND I can’t forget to mention the bed of creamy and cheesy polenta goodness the ribs are nestled on. The flavors combine to create a tangy party for your taste buds that will leave you wanting more with every bite. Can you tell this was my favorite?

Philippine-inspired smoked pork ribs tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, goat cheese polenta and topped with toasted sesame seeds.

If you’re more of a traditionalist then an adventurer, you can still find classics like the juicy Confisco Burger, sizzling Port of Entry Fajitas, and Trader Wings.

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But even the dishes that you’ve seen before have a new twist, Chef Glus explains. “The menu items we did keep, we changed up the presentation. If you’re going to elevate the food, you need to elevate the overall experience.”

Now, let’s focus on dietary needs for a hot minute. The Universal Orlando Food & Beverage team goes above and beyond to accommodate any request. At Confisco Grille, you’ll find plant-based dishes, gluten-free options, and more.

Want tofu on that Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl? Done. Got a question about if the noodles on the Pad Thai are gluten-free? You can ask your waiter to speak with a chef, who will literally come to your table and answer any questions you may have. Oh, and yes. Those rice noodles on the Pad Thai are gluten-free.

You can find the Confisco Grille full menu online and call (407) 224-FOOD to inquire about dietary accommodations ahead of your visit.

Serving Up Adventure for 20 Years

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First time hearing of Confisco Grille? Then you’ve been missing out. This hidden gem has been hiding out in plain sight since Islands of Adventure opened in 1999. This restaurant has served as a resting spot for all explorers coming through Port of Entry. Their worldwide travels have served as the main inspiration for the menu.

“The story behind Confisco connects to Port of Entry, which is exciting because it gives us a mixture of global cuisines to work with,” says Chef Glus. “There’s Asian influence, Turkish, Mediterranean, Greek, Russian, Polish and more.”

It’s no cakewalk to bring these dishes to life. It takes time for the team to research and bring the concepts to life.

“It took us months of researching all these different flavors and spices,” Chef Glus explains. “Even looking back to the 17th and 18th centuries and seeing how dishes were cooked then — in wood ovens and cazuela pots, which we use to cook here in the restaurant.”

And while you’re enjoying your meal, you can discover the mysterious artifacts and treasures the explorers have left behind in Confisco. You may recognize some of the “confiscated” goods.

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Elevating Your Dining Experience

One of the common themes I hooked into while speaking with Chef Glus was “elevating” Universal’s dining experience. So, my big question. Why now?

“Our guests are asking for this. They want more than just the pretzels and fried food. We’re bringing different dishes and ingredients to the parks that you can’t find anywhere else throughout Universal,” Chef Glus explains.

“We’re looking at ways to elevate the kids menu so there are more diverse and healthy options,” says Chef Glus. “Nowadays we see kids eating what their parents are eating, so why not throw sushi on the kids menu. We’re also focusing on the food carts and bringing in new and healthier options there, too.”

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With 10 years of experience at Universal Orlando Resort (and a short hiatus in local Orlando restaurants), Chef Glus brings both a seasoned and fresh perspective to Universal’s dining. “I love working here and being able to play around the park and do new and different things for our guests to enjoy.”

Keep your eye out for new things to come from Chef Jason Glus and his team in Islands of Adventure.

What Confisco dishes do you recommend or are looking forward to trying? Share in the comments below.

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There are lots of exciting things planned for Universal Orlando Resort in 2020! Check them out here!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 Runs Nightly From February 1- April 2

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Picture it. It’s a late afternoon and the streets of the New York area in Universal Studios Florida are buzzing with activity. Jazzy tunes fill your ears as you enter The French Quarter Courtyard and the spicy smell of Cajun food is in the air. It’s Mardi Gras time, ya’ll. Or, at least it will be in a few more days. Universal’s Mari Gras 2020 kicks off on Saturday, February 1.

If you’re like me, you’re more than ready to indulge in all the festivities of Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 — from the nightly parade, live concerts and, my favorite part, the FOOD. With 25 years of partying it up and bringing the flavors of The Big Easy to Universal Orlando Resort, the culinary team has outdone themselves this year with new dishes, drinks, and more.

New Carnival Around the Universe Tent

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 is getting a brand new food tent that will take us on a journey to the different carnivals globally.

Note: This particular food tent will rotate out the countries every two weeks, providing new options for you try on each visit. You’ll notice which weeks each country will be offered, kicking off with Trinidad & Tobago.

Trinidad & Tobago (Week 1 & 2)

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I’m a sucker for anything with chickpeas and each dish from this food tent was packed with a great citrus and spice flavor. It was my first stop at the tasting and will be my first stop when the event begins. And bonus! These are all plant-based dishes.

  • Grilled Pineapple Trini-Chow (topped with kimchi seasoning and cilantro)
  • Pholourie (fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and tamarind chutney)
  • Chickpea Double (served on spicy bara flatbread with cilantro and mango chutney)

Louisiana Creole (Week 3 & 4)

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If we’re touring the carnivals, then we have to make a pit stop in Louisiana, right? But these aren’t your average Cajun dishes. The Cauliflower Dirty Rice was my second favorite dish (and it’s vegan!).

  • Softshell Crab Slider (softshell crab with organic veggie slaw and a bayou aioli)
  • Cauliflower Dirty Rice (riced cauliflower with plant-based protein crumbles, black eyed peas and Cajun spices)

Brazil (Week 5 & 6)

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Two words: CHEESE BREAD. Or more appropriately, Pao de Quiejo. These little pockets of savory goodness are the perfect snack to grab before the parade or concert.

  • Pao de Quiejo (warm cheese bread served with guava dipping sauce)
  • Sweet Plantains (covered in cinnamon and sugar served with banana poppy seed dipping sauce)

Germany (Week 7 & 8)

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The last stop is Germany! My top pick would be the Sauerbraten. You can’t beat a slow braised beef smothered in sauce.

  • Sauerbraten (slow braised beef with buttered spaetzel, pickled red cabbage and topped with a red wine sauce)
  • Grilled Bratwurst (served on a potato pancake with whole grain mustard, sour cream and chives)
  • Warm Pretzel

TIP: All the Mardi Gras food and drinks are offered in sampling sizes. Pick up the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard, so you can enjoy multiple offerings on any of the event nights. Click here for more details.

New Mardi Gras Drinks

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You’ll need a drink to wash down all that good Cajun chow. This year, there are a bunch of new drinks to pair with your food, along with new souvenir cup designs. A certain number of these specialty drinks will only be available with the purchase of a food item at the location they are served. I’ve done the heavy lifting and outlined them for you below.

Available in the full 20oz specialty drinks:

  • High Seas Twister (kinda like a rum punch)
  • Blue Voodoo (tasty blue margarita)
  • Carnival Lane (refreshing gin drink with fruit juices)
  • Baby Cakes (vodka drink that tastes like king cake!)
  • Bourbon Street Punch (exclusive to the Bayou Boil)
  • Coconut Water in a Coconut (non-alcoholic and available only during week 1 & 2 of Carnival Around the Universe)
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Available for food & beverage 9oz pairings ONLY:

  • Hoodoo Cold Brew (pecan vodka cold brew – great with beignets)
  • Cajun Bloody Mary (pair with Jambalaya)
  • Pecan Street (vodka caramel drink available only during week 3 & 4 of Carnival Around the Universe and pairs with the Softshell Crab Slider)
  • Girl from Ipanema (gin coconut drink, my personal favorite, available only during week 5 & 6 of Carnival Around the Universe and pairs with the Pao de Quiejo)

The new Float Floats are beverages inspired by some of the literal parade floats, which are themed to the Treasures of the Deep.

Not only are they a tasty way to cool off during a warm evening of bead catching, but they are also perfect for your insta. You can find these over at Schwab’s Pharmacy in the Hollywood section of Universal Studios Florida.

Shipwreck (pineapple soft serve ice cream, chocolate soft serve, pineapple soda, cotton candy and waffle cone flag)

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Sunken City of Atlantis (vanilla soft serve, wild berry soda, mango boba and gummy shark)

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Mardi Gras (pineapple and lime soft serve ice cream, grape soda, blueberry boba and waffle cone flag)

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To round out the above drinks, the Mimosa Bar is returning over at Cafe La Bamba with eight different mimosas, and the King Cake Slushie and Bayou Bog Water are back for the kiddos.

TIP: Schwab’s Pharmacy is located right on the parade route on the Avenue of the Stars in Hollywood. Grab a float as you wait for the parade to start or snap a pic with the themed float it matches! Don’t forget to share your foodie pics with us using #UniversalMardiGras.

Mardi Gras Classics

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You can’t have Mardi Gras without the Cajun classics. Returning to The French Quarter Courtyard are your flavorful favorites like:

  • Beignets
  • King Cake
  • Jambalaya
  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Red Beans & Rice with Shrimp
  • Cajun Twisted Tater
  • Gator Bites
  • Crab Etouffee
  • Shrimp & Andouille Po’ Boy
  • Sausage Po’ Boy
  • Catfish Po’ Boy
  • Chicken & Andouille Po’ Boy

TIP: New to this year are recommended food and drink pairings for the different tents. You can find them on the tent menu boards when you visit and can be used as part of the Tasting Lanyard. I love the combo of beignets and Hoodoo Cold Brew.

Upgrade Your Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020

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The Bayou Boil is hosted over in Battery Park down by the lagoon with a private dining area and bar. It has a limited capacity to allow for a more intimate setting, and you sit family style with other guests allowing you to meet fellow Universal fans! After you’re done eating, you can go do some rides or enjoy the other Mardi Gras festivities before heading over to a private area in front of Cafe La Bamba. In my opinion, this is one of the BEST places to view the parade, as you not only get to see and catch beads when it starts but also when the parade ends.

You’ll be served a huge pan piled high with crawfish, shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya, potatoes, and corn on the cob. The crazy good part? If you manage to clear that pan (good luck), they’ll bring out more! And let’s not forget about the endless beignets and king cake waiting nearby for dessert.

Click here for details on pricing and dates/times for the Bayou Boil.

Two additional ways to upgrade your Mardi Gras festivities are the Feast & Floats Dessert Party and the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard. The dessert party gets you VIP viewing of the Mardi Gras parade and Universal’s Cinematic Celebration, and the tasting lanyard allows you the option to enjoy multiple food and drink options throughout Mardi Gras. Click here for more details on these experiences.

TIP: This tip is for our UOAPs! You get exclusive perks to these add-ons, including discounts, and a Passholder Tasting Lanyard that includes 15 items. Click here for details.

The Party Continues in Universal CityWalk

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The party doesn’t stop after the park closes. CityWalk is getting in on the festivities with fun, new Mardi Gras themed food and drinks. The Toothsome milkshake is quite literally the KING of all milkshakes. I mean, wow.

  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
    • The French Quarter Milkshake (everything king cake in a glass)
  • Voodoo Doughnut
    • Mardi Gras Doughnut (filled with cinnamon sugar bavarian cream)
  • The Cowfish
    • Masquerade Martini (grape vodka with blue curacao and citrus flavors)
  • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
    • Party Gras Drink (vodka and coconut rum with pineapple flavors)
    • Voodoo Doctor Drink (classic margarita with a hint of black raspberry)
  • Pat O’Brien’s
    • Taste of Nola (red beans and rice, crawfish and andouille etouffee and blackened chicken with creole sauce)
  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame
    • Mardi Gras Muffuletta Platter (footlong hot dog with traditional muffuletta dressing)
  • Bread Box
    • Roast Beef Po’boy (shaved roast beef and gravy with toppings)
  • Cinnabon
    • King Cake Bon (classic Cinnabon dressed up in its Mardi Gras best)
  • CityWalk Food & Beverage Carts
    • The Jester Drink (apple whiskey with melon flavors)

TIP: These offerings are available daily Feb. 1 – April 2 in CityWalk. You have plenty of time to grab these outside of the event.

So, be honest, is that your stomach I hear rumbling? Oh, no. It’s mine. Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 can’t get here soon enough, but thankfully it’s right around the corner starting nightly Feb. 1 – April 2 in Universal Studios Florida. What are you getting first? I’m still debating between my fav jambalaya or the Trinidad & Tobago.

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

Heading to Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020? Don’t miss five exciting new things planned for this year!

5 Exciting Things Planned for Universal Orlando Resort in 2020

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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The last few years have brought a lot of growth and change to Universal Orlando Resort. From new ground-breaking attractions and entertainment to new restaurants that are elevating theme-park dining, the parks keep getting bigger and better. Not to mention the opening of new hotels and big game-changers to the theme park industry like Universal’s Volcano Bay and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And, best of all, there’s still so much to look forward to at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

The Bourne Stuntacular – New!

Opening Spring 2020

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It’s all there in the name, folks. STUNTS. And I’m not just talking your typical flying-through-a-glass-door stunt. This live-action show is putting you right smack dab in the middle of the action you’ve seen from Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne films. I recently got a download on the details and from what I’ve heard and seen glances of, this show is going to make you say things like, “Wait! How’d they do that?” Read more here and stay tuned for more details.

Running Universal – New!

5K & 10K – Feb. 1 & 2, 2020

Does your ultimate exercise routine involve running alongside a Minion? Then get ready for Universal’s first-ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K. You’ll run through the parks with your favorite characters and finish with a really cool medal and bragging rights. Bananas are encouraged. Register now!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites – New!

Opening March 17, 2020

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No need to fret about where to stay for your upcoming Orlando vacay. I’ve got the perfect place for you and your family. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites is bringing a relaxing shore vibe to Universal Orlando this spring, complete with 2-Bedroom suites at a value that fits your family budget. Book your stay today.

Universal’s Mardi Gras – 25 Years of Partying

Every Night Feb. 1 – April 2, 2020

Twenty-five years of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida makes for one heck of a bead collection. We’re celebrating with live performances by chart-topping artists, a nightly parade themed to Treasures of the Deep, new Cajun dishes, live entertainment in the French Quarter Courtyard, and — of course — BEADS!

Halloween Horror Nights – 30 Years of Horror

Select Nights Sept. 10 – Nov. 1, 2020

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Ah, Halloween Horror Nights. Just when we think you can’t get any better, you prove us wrong.The horror, scares, and fear you inflict on both your diehard fans and unsuspecting first-time victims grows on a more grand scale with every passing year. 2020 marks the 30 years of the world’s premier Halloween event, and I can’t wait to see what — or who’s — lurking in the shadows.

What’s Ahead…

Wow! Let’s all take a minute and absorb those celebrations and new experiences to check out at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020. It’s going to be a busy year. BUT I’m not stopping there and neither is Universal Orlando! There’s even more in store for you like:

We’ll see you at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

Top 4 Reasons You Need to Book the New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dreaming of a Harry Potter vacation since the moment you opened your first book. I’d picture myself walking through Platform 9¾ with fellow witches and wizards. Never in my wildest dreams did I actually think I would be able to ride the Hogwarts Express or stand beneath the towering and enchanting Hogwarts castle.

Now, you have the chance to experience all this and more. Universal Orlando Resort has a ‘you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package with all-new exclusive offerings. This vacation package is so incredible that my fellow Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss these details and the top four reasons that the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package is perfect for your next visit.

1. Special Themed Keepsake Box

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This brand-new customized, special themed keepsake box is a perfect collectible for any Potter fan-family. Not only is this exclusive to this vacation package, but when you see the special items contained inside, you’ll see why this will kick-off the vacation of your dreams.

What makes this exclusive to this vacation package?

  • A red, unique special themed keepsake box, exclusive to this vacation package with gold lettering that includes:
    • A personalized vacation welcome letter
    • Set of (3) luggage tags, featuring:
      • Harry Potter
      • Ron Weasley
      • Hermione Granger
    • Hogwarts Railways Lanyard —one for everyone in the family
    • Travel planning guide that includes: fun facts, information about Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, including each lands’ unique dining options, shops and rides

2. Three Words: Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio

Have you ever dreamed of being a part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? You know, really picture yourself here. Well, Shutterbutton’s at Universal Orlando Resort is making this fantasy a reality. Wear your favorite Harry Potter-themed outfits, house colors and other wizarding gear and this magical shop will place you in your favorite Wizarding World sights and scenes!

Why is this so unique??

  • Only this vacation package will unlock an exclusive background
  • Vacation package guest(s) will now receive a complimentary 8” x 10” photo

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Enjoy (12) iconic scenes from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley
  • Bring your wizarding world props like wands, merchandise, hats, etc
    • Don’t worry if you don’t have a robe because you’ll be able to borrow robes there
  • (5) guests are allowed per session
  • Reservations are required

3. The Details: Vacation Package & Breakfast

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So, what exactly is included in this vacation package? It was carefully created by Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations to help fans make the most of immersing themselves in the wizarding world. Take it from me, this curated package offers exclusive experiences and convenience – making it something you truly something you can’t miss on your vacation.

What’s included?

  • Hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel
  • Admission to all (3) Universal Orlando theme parks:
    • Universal Studios Florida
      • In this park, you’ll roam the streets of London before entering Diagon Alley
    • Universal’s Islands of Adventure
      • This park is where you’ll enter the snow-capped village of Hogsmeade and get to experience the awe-inspiring Hogwarts castle
    • Universal’s Volcano Bay
      • Relax in Waturi Beach and enjoy the towering views of the Krakatau volcano

Fun Fact: With your park-to-park passes, you’re able to ride the Hogwarts Express between the lands at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay (and select attractions)
    • Get access 1-hour before the park officially opens
  • Breakfast at an iconic eatery from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Special-themed keepsake box with a personalized welcome letter, travel planning guide, luggage tags and lanyards
  • Shutterbutton’s experience that unlocks an exclusive background and a complimentary 8” x 10” photo
  • Access to select venues at Universal’s CityWalk

4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lands: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need convincing to why you need this vacation package in your life. However, if you need reminding, I wanted to list out some of the must-have whimsical experiences offered at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  • Relish in the picturesque views of Hogsmeade, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Head into the Forbidden Forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
    • Spiral and dive past Hagrid’s hut on Flight of the Hippogriff
    • Go on a journey with Harry Potter and his friends on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Explore the familiar corridors and passageways of Hogwarts castle
    • Board the Hogwarts Express and travel to Diagon Alley
  • Follow in Harry’s footsteps through Diagon Alley, located at Universal Studios Florida
    • Witness a wand choose its wizard at Ollivanders
    • Ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
    • View unforgettable shows at Carkitt Market
    • Walk through the brick barrier in King’s Cross Station and onto Platform 9¾ to board the Hogwarts Express
    • Savor the delectable taste of Butterbeer

We know you’ll want to spend your entire vacation at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; however, remember that you’ll be able to enjoy other parts of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. There’s so much to do in our parks that I’m sure you’ll have a blast.

So, tell us in the comments, what’s your favorite part of The Newly Enhanced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package? Can’t wait to see you here!

Ready to start planning your Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation? This post will help you choose the best resort for your visit!

Enjoy Nightlife, Shopping, Dining, and More at Universal CityWalk

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Any time you visit the parks at Universal Orlando Resort, you first walk through the streets that is Universal CityWalk. It’s a pretty cool area to visit before, during or even after your theme park experience.

This is an entertainment complex that features dining, entertainment and shopping. It is the cherry on top of the perfect day in-park. To help you plan out your visit, take a look at all the offerings.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT:

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Looking for a day of fun or a day or night out? Here are some entertainment experiences fit for kids of any age.

Universal Cinemark: Catch new releases on big screens with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems that put on an incredible show. Enjoy the ultimate in comfort with stadium seating and NEW upgraded seating which includes over-sized luxury plush recliners with extendable footrests and cup holders. When you’re feeling hungry, the concession stands are stocked with sweet snacks, hot food like pizza, hot dogs and nachos as well as a bar.

Reserved seating now available! Secure your seats online.

NEW enhanced experiences:

  • Newly installed XD viewing experience is enhanced with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen and a complete surround sound package providing an extreme digital experience (supports RealD 3D)

Find out more about the New Enhanced Movie Experience at Universal Cinemark.

  • Blue Man Group: This is famed worldwide for being an incredible entertainment experience that checks all the boxes. With comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all in one, this is a show you’ll never forget. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
  • Hollywood Drive-in Golf: 50s sci-fi meets horror flick fun on two interactive 18-hole mini-golf courses. Pick your poison with either The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders from Planet Putt. Discover all the fun.
  • Hard Rock Live: Prepare to be impressed with the 3,000-seat auditorium boasts state-of-the-art audio, lighting, video, and a full bar and concession stand. It’s time to see the latest for who is playing.

TIP: Take advantage of the CityWalk Meal & Movie Deal where you can enjoy a lunch/dinner at one of the most popular restaurants PLUS a movie at Universal Cinemark.

ADULT NIGHTLIFE:

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Talk about a night out with friends, family or loved ones. There are options from clubs to piano bars or karaoke. All locations has a cover.

  • CityWalk’s Rising Star: It’s time for your big break at Rising Star, our own karaoke club. And imagine how you would sound on stage with a live band behind you. This is a sing-along experience you’ll never forget. Learn more here.
  • Pat O’Brien’s: Is this New Orleans or CityWalk? You tell us. This boisterous establishment feels like it’s in the middle of the action on Bourbon Street. Laugh with the dueling pianos as you indulge in authentic cajun cookin’. See the experience
  • the groove: Take your plans to the next level with this multi-level dance club with nightly DJs boasting the latest in sound and special effects. You’ll never be thirsty with several uniquely themed full-service bars. Here’s all the details you need.
  • Bob-Marley- A tribute to freedom: The chillest place in town, these Bob Marley-inspired digs feature Artifacts, photos, and video clips from his storied career that surround you in the open-air veranda and courtyard. Don’t forget to read about the tribute to Universal CityWalk.
  • Red Coconut Club: Step into old Havana and soak up the Cuban flair. This ultra-lavish lounge has two levels of music and dancing, topped with intimate dining upstairs and an outdoor patio. Learn more here.

TIP: Take advantage of The CityWalk Party Pass, which entitles one guest admission to Rising Star, Red Coconut Club, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, the groove and Pat O’Briens on one select day. And there’s opportunity to enhance your time with the VIP upgrade at the groove, Red Coconut Club and CityWalk’s Rising Star. It provides an exclusive seating area, dedicated server and express entry.

FULL SERVICE DINING:

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For when you want an immersive and unique dining experience. These restaurants are available for more than just dinner:

  • NEW Bigfire: Now Open. Inspired by the cozy nostalgia of cooking over a fire. Open fire cooking is king, where elevated American fare like steaks and freshwater cuisine are given the fiery touch with pairings of different woods, flavoring your meal with smoky goodness. Experience s’mores in a whole new way as graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows are prepared tableside.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Dine in an enchanted Steampunk eatery and enjoy savory classic dishes like steak and seafood, as well as an all-day brunch menu featuring crepes and quiches. Save room for their one-of-a-kind desserts. See the full menu here.
    • (No reservations needed.)
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew: This unique sports-dining experience is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Kick back with a cold one with over 100 bottles and drafts to choose from while you watch games on 100 high-definition screens. And this isn’t your typical bar food; a mix of tasty classics and new creations are on the
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar: If you didn’t think sushi went with burgers, you’ve never been here. Experience unique burgers or dive into some sushi. Keep them separate or embrace the spirit of Burgushi, a cutting-edge fusion of sandwiches made with sushi stuff, and sushi built with burger stuff. See it to believe it here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)

Or Visit podium to add your number of guests.

  • VIVO Italian Kitchen: Indulge in the Italian cuisine of your dreams at this restaurant where traditional flavor meets modern aesthetic. Watch as hand-tossed pizzas emerge from the oven and as chefs make fresh bread, sauce, mozzarella, and pasta before your eyes. Experience the full menu here.
    • No reservations needed.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Amp up your dining experience at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe. You can see the very suit Elvis wore in the film Viva Las Vegas view hand-painted Beatles posters, and more. But in between drooling over rock memorabilia, drool over this rockin’ menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call (407) 351-7625.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Live one of your favorite movies at this dining spot. All kinds of shrimp are served here along with a host of Southern favorites, from award-winning baby back ribs to fried chicken, fresh fish dishes, and homemade desserts. Check out the full menu.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: Relax in the tropical oasis, and try not to be alarmed at the eruption of the margarita-filled volcano at The Volcano Bar. Take a bite of the tropics with items like Grilled Fish Tacos and a Cheeseburger in Paradise. There are 10 variations of margaritas and a host of frozen concoctions on deck. See the spread here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Treat your tastebuds to your favorite latin flavors including the famed tableside guacamole that is the perfect pairing to warm chips and a cold cerveza. The fiesta vibes come to life with live Mariachi music on select nights. See the menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)

QUICK SERVICE DINING:

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You have to eat, and you have to eat now. These are the restaurants for you.

  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Calling all hot dog connoisseurs! Come chow down on the nation’s most iconic franks, from sauerkraut New York dog and poppy-seed buns to Chicago to authentic Milwaukee bratwurst. Check out the full menu.
  • Panda Express: Get the quick Asian-inspired meals you know and love at this quick service location. Check out the full menu.
  • Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar: Sushi—done fast. This is your destination for made-to-order sushi, sashimi and temaki hand rolls. You’ll also find bento boxes, beef skewers, dumplings, and specialty fruit-infused sakes for a convenient meal on-the-go. See the options here.
  • Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches: Experience the sandwich of your dreams. Get your fix with classics like roast beef, chicken salad, pastrami, patty melts, and more. Add soups, salads, sides and sweet treats (even Twinkies) for an easy and quick meal.
  • Red Oven Pizza Bakery: If you’re craving authentic Italian pizza, it’s waiting for you here. Choice from a menu or create a personalized pie that will be baked in a 900° stone-lined oven and cooked in less than 90 seconds. Enjoy the option to dine in or carry out. Check it the menu here.
  • Lone Palm Airport: If you thought you saw Jimmy Buffet’s seaplane in the middle of Universal CityWalk, you were right. It’s actually a waterfront tiki bar where you can get your favorite tropical drinks.
  • Burger King: Yep, there’s a Burger King too, for when you just want a burger and fries—fast. In case you need the menu, check it out here.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Oh yeah, sometimes you just need a fat burrito. Create something great with more than 20 incredibly fresh ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak and organic tofu to make burritos, tacos, salads, nachos, burrito bowls, and quesadillas. See it all here.

DESSERT & TREATS:

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Hope you saved room for dessert, because you can’t miss these sweet stops.

  • Voodoo Doughnut: The giant, weird and mouth-watering doughnuts you’ve heard about. Indulge in over 50 types of doughnuts! Get funky with options like the Memphis Mafia and the Bacon Maple Bar. See the whole array here.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Experience ultimate indulgence in gourmet chocolates and one-of-a-kind desserts, ranging from artisanal milkshakes to sumptuous sundaes.
  • Cinnabon: When you need comfort food, you need cinnamon rolls. Cure your craving morning, day or night with these warm and gooey deliciousness.
  • Starbucks: There’s no better place to stop on your way into the parks than with a cup of coffee in your hands.
  • Cold Stone Creamery: On your way out of the parks, make a pit stop at this ice cream shop for the pinnacle of ice creams, smoothies, cakes, and shakes. Check out all the options here.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Get your custom ice cream on. Create something just for you with lots of yogurt and topping options at this location.
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: You know when you smell pretzels and have to have one? Yeah, us too. Thank goodness there’s one near NBC Sport Grill and Brew.
  • Dippin’ Dots: There’s even a spot to grab everyone’s favorite tiny ice cream.

SHOPPING

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You’ve dined at an incredible restaurant next door and now you’ve dashed over for some much needed retail therapy. It’s time to experience the crazy variety of shopping that CityWalk has to offer.

  • Universal Studios Store: Sometimes you just need a good souvenir. Or twenty. All of the cool collectables you could ever want from Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are waiting for you here.
  • Quiet Flight Surf Shop: Time to grab some gnarly gear. Stock up on surf-inspired clothing from beach brands like Quiet Flight, Billabong, Vans, Quicksilver, Volcom, Roxy, Ray-Ban, and more.TIP: Get the perfect Instagram shot outside the shop with the huge wave and share it with #ReadyForUniversal.
  • Fresh Produce: You’ll love this cute boutique that stocks lifestyle essentials like beachy apparel and swimwear, vibrant accessories, and adorable homewares. Treat yourself to a bag from Vera Bradley or comfortable footwear from Crocs.
  • The Island Clothing Co.: Step into island time with coastal clothes from The Island Clothing Co. Your favorite brands like Tommy Bahama, Quicksilver, Honolua Surf Co. are all in-store.
  • Rock Shop: Located right off the Hard Rock Cafe lobby, the Rock Shop sells logo and music-themed apparel, accessories, and souvenirs including an array of world famous City Tees and collectible pins.
  • Fossil: You’ll love Fossil’s high-quality leather and accessories like watches, purses and more!
  • P!Q: Find wacky gifts and playful toys for kids of all ages at this funky shop.
  • Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company: Oh yeah—Universal CityWalk has it all. Even a tattoo shop. Founded and inspired by Carey Hart’s passion, you’ll find perfectly clean tattoo stations to and rockin’ tattoo artists.

Whew. What a guide! Next stop, NBC Sports Grill & Brew. Meet you there at 5 ‘o clock sharp. Also, don’t forget to share your perfect day / night at Universal CityWalk in the comments below.

How to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel for Your Family

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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You’ve told your kid(s) they’re finally going on a Universal Orlando Resort vacation and they are psyched. There’s real palpable excitement! Certainly, this is no small feat. Pride rushes through your veins because this is what a parenting win feels like.

Now, the task of picking the right hotel begins. Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about Universal Orlando Resort hotels to help you decide which spectacular Universal Orlando Resort hotel is right for your whole family. And rest assured that there’s a hotel for every budget and family style, so you’ll have hotel benefits to fit your every need. 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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No passport needed to enjoy this Mediterranean themed hotel! As soon as you arrive, you’ll be transported to the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Kids and parents can enjoy the charming piazza surrounded by a colorful harbor where water taxis ferry guests back and forth to the theme parks. Here at Portofino Bay Hotel, you’ll find three enticing pools and incredible restaurants, from a casual pizzeria to a family-style restaurant with delicious Italian favorites and strolling musicians that serenade you tableside. You can even book a Despicable Me Kids’ Suite that sleeps up to five guests. The kids’ rooms capture the excitement of Gru’s Laboratory as you’ll sleep like Margo, Edith and Agnes in custom missile beds with Minion-inspired bedding. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits and Amenities:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal theme parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools and Dive-In Movies
      • The Beach Pool, the ideal place for the family to spend the day together as it features a Roman aqueduct-themed water slide, sandy beach, adjacent children’s pool, poolside activities, two Jacuzzis and three colorful beach cabanas.
      • The Villa Pool is a bit more relaxing with additional amenities, including private cabana rentals and upgraded lounge chairs. 
      • The Hillside Pool is located by the east wing and offers a quiet place to relax by the water. 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Campo Portofino 
      • You can drop off your children to enjoy a night full of games, movies,  arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.  $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A stunning and charming re-creation of Portofino, Italy 
    • Nine unique dining locations
    • Despicable Me Kids’ Suites
      • This suite lets parents have privacy in a beautiful master bedroom while the kids have fun in this connected and themed room that opens only from the parents’ room.

Hard Rock Hotel

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Have you ever wanted to live like a rockstar? You can experience it first-hand when you stay at this laid-back hotel with show-stopping service. Your kids will also thank you for having their very own stage in a Future Rock Star Kids’ Suite. See the full breakdown below:  

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation:
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Enjoy a large zero entry pool featuring an underwater sound system, water slide, two hot tubs,  sand beach and volleyball court along with poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Camp Lil’ Rock 
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • It’s as if you’re staying in a rock star’s mansion
    • Enjoy the Sound of Your Stay program where you can choose from a menu of 20 different Fender guitars that can be delivered to your room or a Crosley turntable with 10 iconic vinyl records.
    • Velvet Sessions and Velvet Unplugged – live concerts in the hotel lobby
    • Future Rock Star Suites
      • Parents can treat their kids to a Future Rock Star Suite, featuring a King bedroom plus an attached themed bedroom where kids can step on stage to perform under the lights.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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This is a South Seas paradise. As you enter this resort, you’ll find tropical wonders and carefree fun. Similarly, your kids will be transported to another jaw-dropping world when they walk into the Jurassic World Kids’ Suites. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Lagoon style swimming pool, poolside activities and kids’ splash zone and Dive-In Movies
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: The Mariner’s Club
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • The spirit of ‘aloha’ is everywhere
    • Weekly Wantilan Luau 
      • Join us on Saturday nights for this weekly dinner show that features a Polynesian-inspired buffet. You’ll get to enjoy a scrumptious dinner,  live music, hula and fire dances to make you feel like you’re at an island celebration 
    • Torch lighting ceremony on select nights with a welcome dance, fire dancers and more
    • Jurassic World Kids’ Suites 
    • Despicable Me Character Breakfast 
      • Every Saturday morning, guests can fill up on breakfast favorites including pancakes, bacon,  scrambled eggs and more. Here, you’ll enjoy communal seating and get to meet some of your favorite Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and the Minions. 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Are you ready for an escape to a Caribbean paradise? Get inspired by cascading waterfalls over lush tropical grounds. This hotel will have you easing into island time with the calming sounds of steel drums. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Preferred Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Preferred hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • The pool is the largest of all of our hotel pools, with a water slide and sandy beach area,  This spells fun and relaxation, as does the hot tub, children’s play area, fire pit, poolside activities, Dive-In Movies and more
    • Game Room
    • Kids’ Suites
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A Caribbean-inspired island retreat
    • Largest pool across all hotels 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Little ones will love this vibrant and retro-themed resort. Did you know there are two massive pools, a lazy river and a bowling alley? This resort also offers family suites that sleep up to six, featuring a separate living area with privacy partition and kitchenette, plus a compartmentalized bathroom.  The kitchenettes offer a mini refrigerator, microwave and sink. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room 
    • Dive-In Movies
    • Resort Kids Camp – Guests have access to this at Universal Orlando Resort hotels. Please call for information and reservations. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • Family suites that sleep up to six and some offer Volcano Bay view rooms
    • Two huge pools, a lazy river, and poolside activities 
    • Galaxy Bowl –the hotel’s very own 10-lane bowling alley and full-service restaurant 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

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This modern and sleek hotel offers a cool escape for a great price. Aventura’s rooftop offers views of all three Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.  It’s perfect for kids who love technology as many of the room features are controlled by a tablet. It even has a virtual reality game room. If you’re looking for more space, this hotel offers kids’ suites that sleep up to five guests, allowing your little ones to go to sleep while others can relax in a separate area.  See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Pool, poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A tech-savvy hotel
    • Virtual reality game room
    • Bar 17 Bistro 
      • This rooftop bar and grille not only has delicious international flavors but also showcases a beautiful 360 view of our three amazing theme parks and Orlando

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites

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Starting this summer, Universal Orlando is adding extra-affordable options for your vacation. The vibe at these two new value hotels is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf and beach theme woven throughout. These hotels offer standard rooms and  2-Bedroom suites that sleep up to six, making it a perfect spot for families of any size. Surfside Inn and Suites is the first hotel of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, NOW OPEN. Dockside Inn and Suites will open in March 2020. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Two Value Hotels
  • Easy Transportation
    • Free shuttle bus transportation to Universal CityWalk and Volcano Bay
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools across both hotels 
    • Game Room
    • Pizza delivery to the room
  • What’s the biggest difference?
    • Our newest and most affordable Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
    • 2-bedroom-suites that sleep up to six 
    • This hotel was designed and created by the same people who bring our world-class theme parks to life

Parents, which Universal Orlando Resort hotel are you most looking forward to staying at? Let us know in the comments below! 

New Drinks and Food at Halloween Horror Nights 2019 at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Chow down on new and returning fan-favorites at Halloween Horror Nights 2019, including bites and drinks inspired by Netflix’s Strangers Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters and other spooky fun.

Netflix’s Stranger Things Food & Drink

Starcourt Mall

Location: Tents outside Monsters Cafe and Finnegan’s

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

Get a taste of the Starcourt Mall with a variety of dishes inspired by iconic mall dining. Enjoy Grilled Street Corn and Nachos Queso Fundidio from Ole Amigo. Grab a bento box with an Orange Chicken Bao Bun, Szechuan Beef Pot Stickers and fried Wonton Chips, complete with ginger soy dipping sauce from the Imperial Panda. Or head over to Hawkins Heroes for a Turkey or Veggie Hero.

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

You can also grab dessert with chocolate dipped bacon on a stick and Pumpkin Patch Mini Donuts.

Merrill’s Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts

Location: Tents outside Finnegan’s

Eleven pumpkin mini donuts on a bed of cookie crumbles topped with a frosting drizzle.

Triple Decker Extravaganza

Location: San Francisco Bakery

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

It’s back! A stack of delicious waffles, whipped cream and candy that was featured from Season 2 of Stranger Things.

Voodoo Doughnut

Location: Universal CityWalk

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

These make for the perfect snack before or after the event at Voodoo Doughnut in Universal CityWalk. Choose from either the “Run” or Waffle doughnuts filled with Maple Bavarian Cream.

Syrup & Waffles

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

This drink inspired by Netflix’s Stranger Things returns with the same delicious maple flavors and tiny waffles on top.

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Popcorn

Location: Popcorn Carts

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

The perfect snack to fuel you on the go – a popcorn bucket inspired by the containment unit for ghosts for the proton pack from Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters.

More New Eats & Treats

S’mores Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

The yin to Pizza Fries yang. S’mores Fries are here featuring sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and cracker crumbs.

Returning Favs

Pizza Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

THEY’RE BACK.

Twisted Taters

Those mouth-watering potato swirls with your choice of sour cream & chive, garlic parmesan, seasoned salt, or salt & vinegar.

Candy Corn

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

That classic Halloween candy in a sweet slushie.

Signature Drinks

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There are four signature drinks this year inspired by classic 80s beverages, plus four souvenir cups to collect. The souvenir cups will be a staggered release with a new one becoming available on a weekly basis. Prove you’re the ultimate HHN fan and come back to collect them all! *Souvenir cups are available in limited quantities.

  • Blood Pit – Vodka, blood orange sour, peach schnapps and orange juice.
  • Twilight Gateway – Tequila, watermelon schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine.
  • Vampires Curse – Spiced rum, fruit punch and sour mix.
  • Saturn – Gin, Falernum liqueur, passion fruit puree and sour mix.

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 runs at Universal Studios Florida now through November 2. Click here for the details on this year’s haunted houses, scare zones and shows. Don’t forget that Universal’s newest hotel, Endless Summer, is now open to make your Halloween Horror Nights 2019 getaway more affordable than every!

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
*Must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.

Four Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Orlando

Halloween is one of our favorite times of year. From family friendly trick or treating to terrifying haunted houses, there is something for everyone to enjoy for Halloween in Orlando.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, sweets and delightful treats—all while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you with special fireworks, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. Best of all: since this event is “not-so-scary,” children of every age can enjoy the fun! 

  • Disney’s Not So Scary Spooktacular Fireworks: Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” serves as the host of this all-new nighttime extravaganza, with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks filling the sky above Magic Kingdom Park
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular: Winifred, Mary and Sarah visit the mortal world for an all-new adventure, with a plan to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard.
  • “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” which happens twice nightly and features favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, along with the Disney villains and a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the spot for all of the young partygoers to get their groove on with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina
  • Trick-or-Treat throughout the park
  • Exclusive Character Meet and Greets

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort

The World’s Premier Halloween Event

Universal Orlando takes fear to the max. This year, the 80s return with a vengeance with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, 5 pulse-pounding scare zones and outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that just won’t die.

  • Haunted Houses: Make your way through 10 totally terrifying haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror, plus Universal’s own twisted creations.
  • Scare Zones: Scareactors will prowl the streets of Universal Studios Florida which will be transformed into 5 pulse-pounding scare zones.
  • Entertainment: Catch outrageous live entertainment that will have you crying out for more.
  • Attractions: Experience some of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions which will be open during the event.

Halloween Spooktacular at Sea World Orlando

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, and more in this family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs weekends from late September through October and is included in park admission.

  • Trick-or-Treating: Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun – Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites.
  • Trick-or-Treating Bags: Please join in the efforts to protect our seas by bringing a reusable bag or Halloween bucket from home for treats. There will also be an assortment of reusable bags, for $0.99 and up, at select locations. 
  • Pet’s Ahoy Halloween: A special Halloween version of this side-splitting show features surprise twists, and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end. Dogs and cats, ducks and doves, potbellied pigs and a few surprise animal guest stars will show you just what SeaWorld Orlando’s encouragement-based training techniques can accomplish.
  • Halloween Dance Party: Children join under-the-sea friends for a Halloween Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air.
  • Mermaid Grotto: This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with bubbles floating overhead and colorful sea-themed characters. Plus, have the opportunity to meet a mermaid.

Brick or Treat at LeogLand Florida Resort

You can celebrate the spookiest time of the year every weekend in October at LegoLand Florida with trick-or-treating, exclusive character meet and greets and spooktacular treats at LegoLand Florida.

  • Brick-or-Treat Trail: Kids can journey through the themed trail with their very own Brick-or-Treat bag to pick up lots of scrumptious candy!
  • LEGO Halloween Characters: Meet Halloween exclusive LEGO characters, including Lord Vampyre, Rockin’ Frankenstein, and more!
  • Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt: Set out on the Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt to find the LEGO Candy Corn!
  • The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular: On every Brick-or-Treat night, watch fireworks transform into LEGO bricks at our fireworks spectacular about the tale of Pirate Cove!

Are you planning to celebrate Halloween in Orlando?