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Macklemore, Pitbull, and More Coming to Universal’s Mardi Gras 2019

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From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

The start of a new year is upon us. Time to set those New Year’s resolutions, start planning out your year, and most importantly, get ready for Universal’s Mardi Gras 2019. This year’s event returns Feb. 9 – April 4 to Universal Studios Florida with nightly parades, live concerts on select nights, Cajun food and drinks and beads, beads and more beads!

Let’s dive into the star-studded concert lineup with new and returning fan-favorites. Catch these live performances on select nights at the Music Plaza Stage.

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2019 Concert Lineup

  • February 9 – BUSH
  • February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
  • February 17 – Dan + Shay
  • February 23 – Macklemore
  • March 2 – To be announced
  • March 9 – Becky G
  • March 10 – Sean Paul
  • March 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • March 17 – Ziggy Marley
  • March 23 – NF
  • March 24 – Pitbull
  • March 30 – To be announced
  • March 31 – To be announced

New Nighttime Parade Theme

The nightly parade returns with 12 floats, beads, colorful dancers and stilt performers. This year’s new theme is one of my all-time favorites – Party Animals! You’ll see floats and performers dressed as their spirit animals from all over the world like the arctic, jungle, ocean, swamp and more.

French Quarter Food and Drinks

The French Quarter Courtyard is getting a new culinary twist this year. All food and drinks will be served in tasting sizes. You’ll now be able to enjoy a variety of the New Orleans dishes during your visit.

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To add to the excitement, our culinary team has whipped up new and returning fan-favorite food and drink options. We’re talking beignets, frog legs, crab etouffee, and crawfish! Plus, we’re going to have a signature Mardi Gras cocktail, craft beer and more. Stay tuned to the blog for more mouthwatering details.

French Quarter Entertainment Lineup

You can’t have the French Quarter Courtyard without the beats of the Big Easy. Catch these authentic New Orleans bands performing daily in the French Quarter.

  • February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
  • March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band

Special Ticket and Annual Pass Offers

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This spring we’ve got the perfect way for Florida residents to experience ANY day of Mardi Gras and Universal Orlando thrills and excitement. For a limited time get 3 days for just $159.99 plus tax with a valid promo code from Coca-Cola or Coke Zero Sugar now through April 4, 2019. You can use your three days anytime now through June 30, 2019. That means no blockout dates and you can use them non-consecutively. 

OR you can upgrade to an Annual Pass* to enjoy the parks all year long and our special events like Mardi Gras. Right now – April 4, you get up to six months free with the purchase of any Annual Pass. That’s a whole year now and up to half a year free! 

Plus, Passholders get awesome perks during Mardi Gras like an exclusive parade viewing area, float riding opportunities and more.

*Blockout dates apply for Seasonal Passholders on all concert event nights at Universal Studios Florida. You will still receive access to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Grab your tickets and get ready to party with us at Mardi Gras 2019! Don’t forget to share with #UniversalMardiGras on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Top 10 Things to Do with Kids at Universal Orlando Resort

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At Universal Orlando Resort there is fun for the whole family, which means there is no shortage of activities for the little ones!

Check out these 10 things to do with kids at Universal Orlando Resort:

1. Breakfast at Voodoo Doughnut

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When you’re on vacation, it’s ok to eat sweets for breakfast, right? Then start your day of fun with a stop by Voodoo Doughnuts at Universal CityWalk. There you’ll find the most delicious doughnuts ever – with all the flavors you can think of!

2. A Day of Fun at Universal’s Volcano Bay

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If you want a place to have fun with kids and also relax while they burn some energy, Volcano Bay is the place to be. The park offers a lot of play areas, like Runamukka Reef, where kids of any age can have fun.

3. Flying on a Bike at E.T. Adventure

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This is your chance to show your kids a little bit of your childhood memories! Who hasn’t dreamed of flying through the sky on a bike with E.T.? In this attraction, you get to make that happen with your whole family. And keep an eye on the end of the ride – he has a surprise for you.

4. Dance with Characters at Superstar Parade

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A break during the day for a little fun and dance? Yes, please! See your favorite characters up close in the Superstar Parade, including the cute puppies and cats from The Secret Life of Pets.

5. Burn Some Energy at Fievel’s Playland

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This themed playground inspired by the mouse Fievel Mousekewitz, from An American Tale, is the perfect place for the little ones to burn some extra energy during the day! Here they can run, jump and climb as much as they want.

6. Meet a Dinosaur

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Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur? Your kids will definitely never forget! At Raptor Encounter you come face-to-face with the velociraptor Blue, from the Jurassic World movies. We guarantee this encounter will result in awesome selfies.

7. Fly Over the Park on a Pteranodon

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Still talking about prehistoric creatures, how about taking your little adventurers for a ride on a Pteranodon? The Pteranodon Flyers ride will take you on a flight under the wings of a dinosaur with a great view from the park as a bonus.

8. Meet Your Favorite Characters

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See your favorite characters come to life at Universal Orlando. Your kids will surely never forget the time they met Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob SquarePants in person.

9. Watch Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration

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This nighttime water and light show will amaze travelers of all ages, especially kids! You will live amazing and fun moments inspired by some of your favorite characters, all coming to life at the Universal Studios Florida lagoon.

10. Chill at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Down time during vacation is just as important. Stay with your family at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and enjoy all the comfort and play areas available. We guarantee your kids will love the pool and the awesome view of Volcano Bay water theme park.

What are your favorite things to do with kids at Universal Orlando? Share in the comments!

How to Add a Day at Universal to Your Disney World Vacation

Many guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels or Orlando area hotels want to spend a day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Orlando Resort. Disney does not provide transportation to Universal Studios from any of the Disney Hotels, so how do you add a day at Universal without a car? The most convenient and affordable way to add a day at Universal to a Disney World vacation is by purchasing a Universal ticket that includes a round-trip shuttle!

We offer a one or two day park to park ticket that includes roundtrip shuttle transfers from any of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. The shuttle transfers are through Quick Transportation. It is an easy process. After you book your ticket, you call at least 24 hours before you are visiting Universal Studios to schedule your pickup time. Then, you are picked up from your hotel for your day at Universal Studios.

Once you are done playing at Universal Studios, you call the same number to schedule your pickup time to head back to your Disney Hotel. The shuttle can run until 2 AM, which means that you can stay and play at CityWalk after your day at Universal Studios and then take the shuttle back to your resort.

The shuttle transfers saves you from $90 on transportation from Disney to Universal Studios. Plus, this ticket is also saving you $10 per person off the regular gates prices.  One more HUGE perk, you do not have to wait in line at the ticket windows.  You walk right up to the electronic kiosks to pick up your tickets.  This can easily save you 30 minutes!

We can even add Universal’s unlimited Express Pass to these tickets to help you enjoy as much as possible during your day at Universal by skipping the line at most attractions! Plus, if you book your tickets by March 14, 2019, you’ll get two days FREE with the purchase of a two day ticket!

Call Siera today at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com to book your day (or two) at Universal Orlando Resort so you can experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Top Ten Things You Must Do at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

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Top Ten Things You Must Do at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

Universal’s Islands of Adventure really is the “choose your own adventure” of theme parks. With so many options, what attractions would you regret skipping? Here are ten things that we think that you must do at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort:

1. Soar above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Make your way through iconic locations inside Hogwarts castle before boarding this exciting attraction. Then join Harry as you come face-to-face with an array of magical creatures.

2. Get up close and personal with a prehistoric predator at Raptor Encounter

If you’re brave enough to step up to this electrified paddock, you’ll find a wild raptor inside for a truly unique photo op.

3. Rage out at 67 mph on The Incredible Hulk Coaster

Volunteer to be a test subject for Dr. Bruce Banner’s research and your Hulk-like powers will propel you faster and faster on this thrill ride.

4. Blast into action on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Swing above the streets, scale skyscrapers, and battle the Sinister Syndicate with Spidey.

5. Indulge in a delicious Butterbeer at Hog’s Head

It’s easy to love this classic treat, enjoyed by Harry and his friends in the films. The Hog’s Head pub provides the perfect cozy spot for sipping and relaxing.

6. Take an 85-foot plunge on Jurassic Park River Adventure

There’s only one way out of trouble when a hungry T. rex stares you down.

7. Learn who rules the jungle on Skull Island: Reign of Kong

This mysterious island contains many treacherous creatures – who is friend and who is foe?

8. Meet Dr. Seuss’s beloved storybook characters at Seuss Landing

The Grinch, Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat in the Hat, and others can be found here surrounded by whimsical scenery.

9. Get soaked on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

Slosh your way through twists and turns – and a 65-foot drop.

10. Experience the otherworldly cuisine of Mythos

The Lost Continent’s award-winning, full-service restaurant offers modern cuisine with Mediterranean, Asian, and American-inspired dishes.

What are your favorite things that you must do at Islands of Adventure experiences? Tell us in the comments below!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Six Blue Man Group Experiences Not to Miss at Universal Orlando Resort

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For over 10 years, Blue Man Group Orlando has delivered electrifying music, interactive art and hilarious hijinks in their nightly show in Universal CityWalk.

Get your marshmallows ready – here are the top six Blue Man Group experiences at Universal Orlando Resort that you won’t want to miss:

1. Dare to GIF in Full Color

In the lobby of the Blue Man Group theater, you’ll find a photo kiosk where you can create a personalized GIF. Plan out your three poses and smile for the camera, and you’ll end up with a GIF ready to share on social media. Make sure you tag @bluemangroup and add in #BlueManORL!

2. See Your Name on the Big Screen

We know there’s nothing quite like seeing your name on the big screen. The theater features LED screens that are ready to host your name just before each performance (feel free to nominate a friend to be featured, as well!). After you’ve booked your tickets, email the Blue Man Group Box Office at least 48 hours before the show to see if a spot is available.

3. Dinner Date with the Blue Men

Didn’t check out a CityWalk restaurant before the show? Maybe you’ll be the lucky audience member chosen to dine onstage with the Blue Men. No one can be sure of what’s in store once their dinner guest is seated, but laughs are always guaranteed.

4. Get Ready to Get Messy

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If you’re looking to make the most of your Blue Man Group experience, look no further than the “Poncho Section.” Located in the four rows closest to the stage, this section ensures that you’ll be up close for all the action.

Blue Man Group uses over 50 gallons of vibrant paint and 32 pounds of Jell-O each week, so you’ll be thankful for the complimentary ponchos by the time the show is over.

5. The Ultimate Dance Party

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Sometimes, you just need to shake your booty. Or your “dance captain” or “sit biscuit” or “wiggle cloud”. Whatever you want to call it, the Blue Men are ready to help you move it.

Blue Man Group throws the ultimate dance party in the show’s encore, complete with thundering music, fog machines, toilet-paper streamers and larger-than-life glowing inflatable balls.

6. Get Up Close and Personal with a Blue Man

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With Blue Man Group’s VIP Experience you’ll enjoy some seriously special treatment that takes you you behind the scenes. First, take a pre-show tour before enjoying the performance from the best seats in the house. After the show, you’ll get an exclusive meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with a Blue Man, so you can bring home truly unique photographs and autographs (signed in blue paint, of course).

What are your favorite Blue Man Group experiences at Universal Orlando Resort? Share it with us in the comments below!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Seven Ways to Have a Stress Free Universal Orlando Vacation

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Planning a vacation should be fun and easy, right? After all of the planning for a vacation, you probably want to know how to relax. Spending your hard-earned vacation at a theme park doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips for a stress free Universal Orlando Resort vacation.

  1. Stay on property to get free transportation to and from the parks: Don’t mess with traffic. Start the day off right with a leisurely ride on a Universal Orlando shuttle bus or water taxi and arrive right at the front gates.
  2. Stay on property and go to the resort for some pool time in the afternoon: Tired of walking? Feeling a little exhausted? Nothing a nap by the pool and a refreshing drink can’t fix!
  3. Plan a day at Universal’s Volcano Bay: The vibes at Universal Orlando’s new water theme park will always be chill. Grab a Private Cabana or float down the Kopiko Wai Winding River as you indulge in the ultimate forms of relaxation.
  4. Head for indoor attractions to enjoy air conditioning and seating: When your feet are tired and the Florida sun is a little too much, there is plenty to do indoors while you cool off. Try lounging in the lobby of Universal Studios Florida’s Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon or exploring the Discovery Center in Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s Jurassic Park.
  5. Pack a towel you can wet and put on your neck: You’d be surprised at how much your entire body cools down with this trick.
  6. Use The Official Universal Orlando Resort App to plan your day: Find wait times, ride information and more on this app while exploring on-the-go. You can even reserve a spot in our Virtual Line for the all-new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  7. Take a photo of your parking spot on your smartphone: Don’t stress over the prospect of walking for hours at the end of the day in search of your car. Simply keep a record of where it is on your phone. There is also a handy Parking Reminder section of the Universal Orlando Resort App where you can record your spot.

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What hacks do you like to use for a stress free Universal Orlando Resort vacation? Tell us in the comments below!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 12 Toys and Tricks to Find at Weasleys Wizard Wheezes

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley has many shops that long-time Harry Potter fans dream of visiting.

Most fans know the name of this infamous store; but for those who don’t, allow me to introduce you to Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: the joke shop founded by Fred and George Weasley. These unpredictable twins had a lifelong dream of opening a place to share their fun creations with all witches and wizards.

Some of the products are widely known, but there are many that the common Muggle may not be familiar with. Take a look at this list of 12 popular items you can find at this one-of-a-kind shop!

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 1. Fever Fudge, Puking Pastilles, U-No-Poo, Fainting Fancies and Nosebleed Nougat

This range of sweets has been useful in getting students out of class for years at Hogwarts. Each sweet will give the user a different symptom such as fever, vomit, unconsciousness, or a nosebleed. You can pick the one you want to try or experience a variety of them with the Skiving Snackbox.

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2. Screaming Yo-yo

The name definitely shrieks for itself with this magical toy. Its distracting screams can be heard from across the room!

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3. Decoy Detonator

This popular item is typically used to create a diversion in a time of need. You’ve actually seen it in action before in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 1. Once dropped, there’s no way to catch it!

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4. Love Potion

This powerful brew doesn’t need much of an explanation. Give it to the person you desire and see the magic happen yourself.

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5. Chattering Teeth

Wind it up and the conversation will never stop!

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6. Extendable Ear

Looking to eavesdrop? Get an Extendable Ear to listen to any quiet conversation from up to 12 feet away. Make sure your cat doesn’t eat it though… Yes, we’re talking about you, Crookshanks.

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7. Boxing Telescope

I wouldn’t suggest taking a peek through this telescope. The Boxing Telescope is said to land a punch on whoever squeezes it, but we would never confirm or deny it.

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8. Pink Elephant

This may look easy, but it only took twenty tries. Keep you and your friends easily entertained by seeing how many attempts it takes to perfectly flip this toy to land on its feet.

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9. Duck on Bike

There’s an assortment of Muggle toys inside the shop as a tribute to the twins’ father, Arthur. He was fascinated with Muggle artifacts, so there are a few vintage toys you can get like the Duck on Bike, Elephant on Bike and Robot Lilliput.

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10. Pygmy Puff

These furry little creatures are one of the Weasleys’ most popular bestsellers. They come in different shades of pink and purple, can be found in three different sizes and you may even get one that purrs! There’s also a fun naming ceremony for each Pygmy Puff that gets adopted.  The giant bell in the store is rung to announce the adoption and the new owner gets to tell everyone the name they chose.

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11. Fanged Flyer

This type of Frisbee is just as fun as any other… as long as it is used with caution. The Fanged Flyer gets upset when you pet its teeth, which is why the handler’s glove is included with your purchase.

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12. Cycling Dolores Umbridge

Last, but certainly not least, is the toy everyone loves to hate. Turn it on and watch her go!

These items (and many more) can all be found in Weasleys Wizard Wheezes at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.

Which item from Weasleys Wizard Wheezes is a must-have for you during your next visit? Let us know in the comments!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Five Best Desserts at Universal Orlando Resort

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The Orlando theme parks are known to offer the latest dessert crazes and biggest, most Instagram-worthy treats. You know, the kind of desserts that are so outrageous you can’t help but pause to get a perfect picture no matter how deliciously tempting it looks. Even though it’s hard to choose just five, here are the best desserts at Universal Orlando Resort.

Pick a special occasion — a birthday, an anniversary, or just being on vacation — are get ready. These treats from Universal Orlando Resort are indulgent with a capital “I”, so invite your friends to dig in as these are made for sharing!

THE BIG CANNOLI

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Where To Find It: Vivo Italian Kitchen, Universal CityWalk

What Makes It Epic: The Big Cannoli is an Italian dessert of epic proportions — over a foot long cannoli shell filled with two pounds of cannoli cream! It’s topped with white and dark chocolate shavings and is best when shared with friends as it easily serves four or more.

JUMBO PINEAPPLE DOUGHNUT

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Where To Find It: Islands Dining Room, Loews Royal Pacific Resort

What Makes It Epic: Universal Orlando is known for giant donuts. This single homemade donut is easily large enough to feed four people and is filled with pineapple cream and coconut ice cream.

7-LAYER KITCHEN SINK CAKE

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Where To Find It: The Kitchen, Hard Rock Hotel

What Makes It Epic: Imagine all of your favorite desserts layered on top of one another, and that’s what you get with the Kitchen Sink Cake. Starting with chocolate walnut brownie on the bottom, then layered with peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie, pecan pie, New York cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, and topped with vanilla cake. Then, the whole thing is covered in chocolate icing, chocolate cake crumbles, and chocolate chips. You’ll be challenged to fit all seven layers of dessert on one fork!

BUTTERBEER ICE-CREAM

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Where To Find It: Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, Universal Studios Florida

What Makes It Epic: It tastes like the ultimate combination of vanilla and butterscotch swirled to perfection. Treat yourself to a fun spin on this beloved flavor with Butterbeer ice-cream in Diagon Alley.

RED VELVET MILKSHAKE

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Where To Find It: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, Universal CityWalk

What Makes It Epic: Have your cake and sip it too! This vanilla ice cream and raspberry milkshake has not one, but two red velvet cupcakes. One whole cupcake is blended inside like a sweet hidden surprise while the other proudly sits on top, making this one of the most Instagram-worthy milkshakes you’ll ever see.

What are you waiting for? Head to Universal Orlando Resort to try one of these amazing desserts.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 8 Reasons Why You Need to Ride Hogwarts Express Both Directions

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Straight from the pages and silver screen, Universal Orlando Resort is the only place where you can actually ride the famous Hogwarts Express. From The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley and back again, traveling between Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida aboard Hogwarts Express is a must-see attraction unto itself.

There are hundreds of reasons to choose the Hogwarts Express as your mode of transportation, but we are sharing with you the top eight reasons today:

1. First and foremost, the aesthetics of the stations and attraction are true to the movies and books, so you’ll feel like you’ve actually been dropped into the story.

2. Each station offers unique opportunities for epic photos to share with your friends and family.

3. Not to mention, the architecture is totally stunning.

4. And remember, the Hogwarts Express is the best way to stay immersed in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when traveling between the two lands.

5. At King’s Cross Station, you’ll find yourself at Platform 9 ¾. You can even walk through the iconic wall; but I’m leaving that bit out because it’s so much better when you experience it for yourself!

6. When traveling from London to Hogsmeade, be sure to look out for a number of cameos from your favorite characters, like this fly-by of Hagrid and his magical motorcycle.

7. And from Hogsmeade to London the story and cameos are completely different, so look out for moments like this one with Fred and George *casually* plugging their Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes store in Diagon Alley.

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8. Finally, riding the Hogwarts Express both ways allows you the opportunity to experience both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, which is a true one-of-a-kind experience that you can only get here.

Of course, there’s much more mind-blowing stuff to see and do on the Hogwarts Express. What’s your favorite part of riding!?

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Complete Guide to the Best Food at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

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Complete Guide to the Best Food at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal’s Volcano Bay—Universal Orlando’s third theme park, is home to the fabled Waturi tribe and their entire realm is centered around the colossal 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano with cascading waterfalls. Here, travelers are transported to the idyllic South Pacific where adventures await at every corner – they can shoot down the epic aqua coaster through the insides of the breathtaking Krakatau volcano, or ride one of the many thrilling, wild water slides and rides.

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Volcano Bay is also home to four dining spots: Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social ClubWhakawaiwai EatsBambu and The Feasting Frog, along with two full bars to quench your thirst – Dancing Dragons Boat Bar and the Kunuku Boat Bar.

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Sure, there are the usual staples of family favorites here—burgers, corn dogs, nachos and chicken tenders (although even those often have a tropical twist). But the Food and Beverage team for Volcano Bay have amped up the notches on the foodie meter here. They’ve added distinctive touches to the menu of over 60 different island-inspired dishes and over 12 signature cocktails.

Here are some of the best dishes to eat and drinks to drink at Volcano Bay so far:

Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken

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Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken, served with french fries, sweet plantains and cucumber mango basil slaw. This lovely fried chicken has just a touch of sweetness from the coconut flavors, transporting your taste buds to an island in the South Pacific.

Hawaiian Ribs

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If there’s one dish you must try at Volcano Bay, it’s these smoked Hawaiian ribs. Sticky and sweet, these are slow smoked honey glazed ribs served with french fries, sweet plantains and a cucumber mango basil slaw.

Burgers at Volcano Bay

There’s quite a few burgers here, all served on a King’s Hawaiian Roll bun for that island flavor and sweet kick. From bacon to Szechuan glazed pork belly, there’s something for everyone. One of the most popular burgers is the vegetarian friendly Quinoa Edamame Burger.

Quinoa Edamame Burger

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Volcano Bay should just call it the umami burger, because it is packed with umami flavors from the roasted shiitake mushrooms to the crispy, crunchy quinoa edamame “burger” patty.

Reka Burger

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The Reka Burger has Pepper Jack cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, topped with bread and butter pickles and BBQ sauce, on a King’s Hawaiian Roll, served with fries

Belly Burger

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Belly Burger – Szechuan-glazed pork belly, caramelized onions, topped with fresh cucumber basil slaw, lettuce, and tomato, served with fries.

Bacon Cheeseburger

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Who doesn’t love a classic? Bacon Cheeseburger with two slices of crispy bacon, American cheese, lettuce and tomato, served with fries.

Jerk Mahi Sandwich

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For those seafood lovers, the fresh and succulent jerk seasoned mahi mahi sandwich is the perfect choice, served with a cucumber mango basil slaw, lettuce, tomato and Sriracha mayo on coconut bread with a side of vegetable chips.

Hawaiian Longboard Pizza

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The pizzas here aren’t your typical round pizzas found at the corner. The ones served on the island of Volcano Bay are “longboard” pizzas, served in the shape of an elliptical surfboard. Ride the flavor waves with the Hawaiian Longboard Pizza, topped with sweet caramelized pineapple, savory diced ham, and spicy pickled jalapeños.

Jerk Shrimp Mac & Cheese

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This savory and satisfying Jerk Shrimp Mac and Cheese features Jamaican jerk-spiced, pan-seared shrimp tossed with pasta shells in a creamy, white cheddar cheese sauce. It’s so good, you might be tempted to just dive in and devour the whole thing yourself. It’s probably best to share.

Poke Poke Bowl

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Succulent, fresh Ahi Tuna, tossed in soy honey vinaigrette and served with plantain chips. With origins in Hawaii, the poke tuna is all the rage right now. The sweet and sour soy-honey vinaigrette sauce makes this tuna dish pop with flavor.

Loaded Nachos

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A family favorite, these Loaded Nachos come topped with chili, melted cheese, jalapenos and a drizzle of sour cream. Don’t forget the napkins!

Round out this foodie adventure with some of the finest desserts to be found in all the seven seas.

Waturi Fusion Ice Cream Cone

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Made up of swirls of banana, blue raspberry, strawberry, and orange ice cream flavors, this colorful dessert is a treat for both your eyes and your taste buds.

Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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This delicious chocolate cake is topped with a sweet ring of pineapple.

Chocolate Lava Cake

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With molten chocolate filling oozing out of its chocolate core at the very first bite, there is absolutely no better dessert to try at Volcano Bay than the Chocolate Lava Cake.

No trip to an island paradise is complete – for adults over the age of 21, of course – without a visit to the local Tiki Bar.

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Guests at Volcano Bay have the blessings of not one but two Boat Bars – Dancing Dragons and Kunuku. These island oases are shaped out of outrigger ships that let you sail away to distant shores with their festive rum and vodka cocktails and libations. Try one of Volcano Bay’s many creative concoctions to freshen up in between water rides.

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The Guavaruma made with Mt. Gay rum, Passoa, Sprite, fresh guava juice, and fresh pineapple juice is a spritzy, sweet treat perfect.

For craft beer lovers, Volcano Bay’s very own specialty microbrew – the Volcano Blossom – is a light pilsner beer certain to please with tropical fruit flavors.

Don’t miss out on any of these dishes on your journey to the island paradise of Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay. And as with any foodie locale, the menu shifts to feature new flavors and surprises to keep guests happy. Some dishes may change with the seasons, so keep an eye out for what’s new when you visit.

Until the next water ride adventure, grab an island dish, pull up a beach chair, sip on a cocktail with a tiki umbrella in it, and enjoy the island life on Volcano Bay.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

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