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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 10 Things to Eat for Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort’s Hotels

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Top 10 Things to Eat for Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort’s Hotels

From the theme parks to the pools and everything in between, there is so much to do at Universal Orlando Resort. One thing is for sure, a great breakfast is essential to checking everything off your to-do list. So before you set sail on the water taxi, or clock in some steps by walking to the theme parks, check out these delicious breakfast options.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Trattoria Del Porto

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel has a twist on the traditional breakfast with an Italian atmosphere. Take in the beautiful views of the Piazza while enjoying a full breakfast buffet or some of their delicious a la carte options! Two of the stand-out dishes at Trattoria Del Porto are the Breakfast Quesadilla and Eggs Beneditto.

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Breakfast Quesadilla – Spinach, Sweet Potato, Onion, Diced Tomato, and Aged Cheddar stuffed in a Tortilla shell. Top it off with two Poached Eggs, Tomato Hollandaise and your choice of Bacon or Sausage.

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Eggs Beneditto – Poached eggs, prosciutto, arugula, ciabatta, tomato hollandaise and potato hash make for one scrumptious dish.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Amatista Cookhouse

Breakfast with a view and Caribbean vibes is what you’ll find at Amatista Cookhouse. You have the option of a lavish breakfast buffet or scrumptious and unique a la carte options. The Latin flair stands out in the Caribbean French Toast and the Egg White and Smoked Turkey Arepa.

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Egg White and Smoked Turkey Arepa – Complete with baby spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes.

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Caribbean French Toast – Caramelized pineapple and toasted coconut for those of you who have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Islands Dining Room

The Polynesian vibes of Royal Pacific are echoed in both the décor of Islands Dining Room as well as many of their dishes. Indulge in a full breakfast buffet or delight in their mouthwatering a la carte options. Whether you believe that calories don’t count on vacation and go with the Tahitian French Toast, or are trying to stick to a healthy meal plan and choose the Paleo Smoked Brisket Hash, you are sure to be delighted!

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Tahitian French Toast a L’Orange – Caramelized bananas with a sweet cinnamon butter (can’t get much better than this!)

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Paleo Smoked Brisket Hash – Slowly smoked beef brisket, sweet potato, onion and peppers, two sunny side up eggs and a side of avocado and tomato-arugula salad.

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando – The Kitchen

Eat like the rock star you truly are at The Kitchen. Feast on a seemingly endless breakfast buffet, complete with guitar waffles, or select from one of the many delectable a la carte options. You can’t go wrong with a dish named after The King himself in “The Elvis” French Toast or go with the tried and true breakfast sandwich, The Remedy.

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“The Elvis” French Toast – Start with baguette slices and smother with a caramel sauce, peanut butter and bananas.

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“The Remedy” – Fuel up with a butter toasted kaiser roll, two eggs over hard, applewood smoked bacon and American cheese.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Bayliner Diner

Whether you’re looking to grab a croissant to go or sit and enjoy the retro commercials while dining on delicious breakfast fare, Bayliner Diner has something for everyone. Bayliner has the breakfast classics down; the Poached Eggs or a Bacon-Egg-Cheese Croissant are just what you need for a jam packed day!

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Poached Eggs on Gouda Swirl – Baby spinach, hollandaise sauce and breakfast potatoes round it out for a hearty dish.

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Bacon-Egg-Cheese Croissant – Add a side of breakfast potatoes for a brunch classic.

The delectable dishes you see here are just a small peek into the bountiful breakfast choices at Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a leisurely breakfast, fit for a king or queen, or to just grab something quick and delicious before heading to the theme parks, we have something for everyone.

*Breakfast at Universal’s on-site hotels is available from 7am – 11am weekly and from 7am-12pm Saturday and Sunday.

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. 

5 Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Universal Orlando Vacation

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5 Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Universal Orlando Vacation

Often when planning a big family/friend vacation to theme parks like Universal Orlando Resort, you want to maximize your trip to see and do everything that is possible.

But sometimes you only have a couple of days, and doing it all too quickly can lead to exhaustion if you don’t plan appropriately. Here are some of the best tips from someone who has experienced it first hand, on how to maximize your Universal Orlando trip.

1. Arrive At Least One Day Ahead

Depending on where you’re flying or driving in from, always try to arrive at least one day ahead. That way you give yourself time to acclimatize, catch up on sleep and keep you at your very best for when it’s time to hit the parks. It also allows you to adjust to the time zone change if there is one.

If your flight arrives late at night, I highly recommend giving yourself a buffer day the next day before going to the parks as well. The more time for adjustment and to relax the better—after all, you’re on vacation!

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2. Stay On-Site At One Of Universal Orlando’s Five Hotels

One of the best things about staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels is it gives you early access into the parks. That gives you one whole extra hour for exploring.

At Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal Express access is included in your stay. This is another great benefit of staying on-site.

All of the hotels are also connected by water, shuttle or walking path to the main gates of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure through Universal CityWalk. You can use the complimentary water taxi, shuttle service or walking path as transportation to the parks each day so you don’t have to worry about your car.

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3. Have A Park Map And Plan Out Your Day

Before you arrive, have everyone check out the Universal Orlando website and blog to see which rides and attractions interest them the most. Once you have everyone’s “must sees” and “must do’s,” plan out a mini itinerary for the order of which rides you’ll hit first, which park when, etc.

If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, I definitely recommend visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade first thing in the morning. This will be when they’re the least busy and the ride times will be shortest.

You can also download the official Universal Orlando Mobile app for real-time attraction wait times and as a guide to find your way around the parks and Universal CityWalk. It includes a detailed, interactive map that makes navigating around the parks even easier.

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4. Eat Your Breakfast

Start your day off right with a full belly. Eating before you hit the parks means less time searching for food once you arrive there in the morning. Also, it gives you energy to start your day off right and puts everyone in a good mood!

If you prefer to hit the parks first and like a later breakfast, there are several places in each park and Universal CityWalk to grab an early morning bite. There is a Starbucks in both parks and in Universal CityWalk that have great breakfast snacks. Or you can swing by the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley or Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade for a full, sit-down breakfast. Visit Springfield U.S.A and don’t miss The Simpsons themed food and drinks – the only place where you can grab a Homer-sized helping of donuts at Lard Lad. There are also other great spots throughout the parks to fill up before you start the fun.

You can also start your day off right in an even more exciting way with a Character Breakfast. You’ll dine on an awesome breakfast buffet alongside the Minions and characters from Despicable Me, SpongeBob SquarePants and more. To find out the dates, times and locations for the character breakfasts click here.

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5. Snack And Drink Lots Of Water

Drinking lots of water throughout the day is so important, especially on a hot sunny day. It’ll keep you from getting too tired and cranky as well. If you’re sweating a lot, you might even want to have some sports drinks to help replenish your electrolytes.

To keep you energized, have a couple snacks to enjoy while waiting in line for a ride. There are plenty of refreshing options such as fruit cups, ice cream and maybe even a famous Universal turkey leg—whatever floats your boat.

By following these simple tips, you’ll have the best time at Universal Orlando Resort. If you have any tips to share that help you maximize your time at Universal Orlando, please share them 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. 

Treat Yourself to These Gourmet Candy Apples at Universal Orlando Resort

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Treat Yourselves to These Gourmet Candy Apples at Universal Orlando Resort

One of my favorite fruits to snack on is a crisp apple. So naturally, candy apples rank pretty high on my all-time favorite sweet treats list.

I set out one beautiful, fall day to hunt down the best gourmet candy apples throughout Universal Orlando Resort. Here are my top picks and where to find them:

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Hello Kitty and Friends

These guys are almost too cute to eat! There are seven different apples you can choose from, including Keroppi and Chococat. The other five differ from chocolate coating, sprinkles, chocolate chips or cookie crumbles. But they all sport the iconic Hello Kitty bow.

You can find these apples in the Hello Kitty Shop located outside the streets of Hollywood Boulevard in Universal Studios Florida.

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Despicable Me Minion

I went bananas for this Minion apple when I saw him. He’s our featured character apple with a delicious chocolate coating. You can find this little guy in either the Universal Studios Store or in the San Francisco Candy Shop in Universal Studios.

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Flavors Galore

From unique flavors like Apple Pie to the classics, you can find a variety of flavors that every member of the family will enjoy. Featured above from left to right are the Rocky Road, Apple Pie and Heath apples. I have a deep love for all things marshmallow and chocolate, so the Rocky Road was the perfect one for me.

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Like your apple covered with different toppings? Then you got to try one of below. From left to right you have Cookies and Cream, Milk Chocolate with M&M’s and the classic Caramel with Peanuts.

You can find all these different flavors and more at the sweet shops in both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

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The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Yes, these do exist and aren’t a figment of your imagination. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium in Universal CityWalk has created the most decadent gourmet apples – perfect for the chocolate lover at heart. You’ve got four to choose from, or if you’re like me, you can indulge in all of them.

Here’s the breakdown for each one (from left to right):

  • The Ultimate Sundae: Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate topped with cherries
  • The Cookies R’ Us: Taking cookies and cream to the next level
  • Ooey Gooey Apple: A cookies and peanut butter party for your mouth
  • The Decadent Apple: Keep it classy with a beautiful mix of chocolate and caramel

Is your sweet tooth tingling yet? As you plan your next visit to Universal Orlando Resort, make sure to add these to your “must-do” list. You won’t be disappointed.

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. 

Halloween Horror Nights 27 Vacation Package On Sale Now

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Halloween Horror Nights 27 Vacation Package On Sale Now

I know — it’s only February. But I’m already mentally preparing myself for a record 34 nights of scares from September 15 – November 4, 2017 at Universal Orlando Resort. That’s right, it’s Halloween Horror Nights time.

You can now book your visit to experience Universal Orlando’s ultimate Halloween event. Trust me when I say that this year’s brand new content will leave you panic-stricken. Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team has been working year round to bring you multiple scare zones, incredibly detailed haunted houses and captivating live shows that are sure to frighten any and all.

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Brace yourself to be immersed into the world of iconic horror films, terrifying hit TV shows and haunting original stories. Beware of “scareactors” who will lurk in the dark and jump at you when you least expect it. And when you need a break from the screams, enjoy some of Universal Studios Florida’s many popular rides and attractions.

Event Dates:

  • Sept. 15-17, 21-24, 29-30
  • Oct. 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-31
  • Nov. 3-4

You can book our new vacation package which combines the nighttime terror of Halloween Horror Nights with daytime thrills of Universal Orlando Resort. You’ll get admission to two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Plus, for a limited time, you can upgrade to add Universal’s Volcano Bay. Volcano Bay is a revolutionary new water theme park filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation that opens May 25.

Halloween Horror Nights 27 Hotel & Ticket Package
Starts at $225 per adult, per night, tax inclusive — Book by April 19 for travel from Sept. 15 – Nov. 4.

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • 2-Park, 3-Day, Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE upgrade to a 3-Park, Park-to-Park ticket, which includes admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay when staying at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel (Offer valid on packages booked by April 19)
  • 1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights (excluding Saturdays)
  • Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event night until 8 p.m.

The Halloween Horror Flex Ticket is also now available for purchase. This ticket allows you to add Halloween Horror Nights admission to your Universal Orlando visit. Options include:

  • Sunday – Friday Flex Ticket ($69.99 per adult + tax): Entitles one (1) guest admission to one (1) 2017 Halloween Horror Nights Event night on any Sunday – Friday event date that is valid for the ticket type.
  • Sunday – Saturday Flex Ticket ($80.99 per adult + tax): Entitles one (1) guest admission to one (1) 2017 Halloween Horror Nights Event night on any Sunday – Saturday event date that is valid for the ticket type.

Here’s a look back at last year’s event to get your adrenaline pumping.

We can help you plan your Universal vacation to experience all the thrills and chills of Halloween Horror Nights. Contact us today!

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. 

New Annual Pass Program at Universal Orlando Offers More Benefits and Flexibility

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Universal Orlando Resort’s annual passholders are some of their most loyal fans so they’re always looking for ways to revamp the UOAP program for them. Universal recently began rolling out a new Annual Pass program at Universal Orlando Resort that includes more benefits, a new pricing structure and an all-new pass.

MORE BENEFITS

There are now even more benefits for Power, Preferred and Premier annual passholders to enjoy:

Premier and Preferred annual passholders now have Early Park Admission to enjoy access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure one hour before the park opens to the public.

And, they have removed summer blockout dates for Power annual passholders – so now you can access both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure ALL SUMMER LONG.

ALL-NEW SEASONAL PASS

Universal also introduced a new pass option, the Seasonal Pass, to the UOAP program that grants access to the parks seasonally throughout the year.  They’ve added it to their lineup to give you more options so you can choose the best Universal Orlando Resort pass for you. Now there is a pass to suit every need – whether you want to visit the parks just a few times throughout the year or every single day.

Here’s a quick overview of each of Universal’s Annual Passes and the new Seasonal Pass:

ALL-NEW! Seasonal Pass

  • One year of park-to-park admission (blockout dates apply)
  • Discounts on Universal Orlando’s separately-ticketed events – Halloween Horror Nights and Rock the Universe
  • Discounts on Blue Man Group tickets, on-site hotel stays, multi-day theme park tickets purchased at the Front Gate, and more

Power Annual Pass

  • One year of park-to-park admission with fewer blockout dates and access to concerts at Universal Studios Florida
    • NEW! Blockout dates have been removed for summer dates – so you can access both theme parks all summer long!
  • NEW! $10 self-parking – that’s 50% off the regular price
  • Discounts on Universal Orlando’s separately-ticketed events – Halloween Horror Nights and Rock the Universe
  • Discounts on Blue Man Group tickets, on-site hotel stays, multi-day theme park tickets purchased at the Front Gate, and more

Preferred Annual Pass

  • One year of park-to-park admission with NO blockout dates
  • NEW! Early Park Admission to enjoy the parks one hour before opening (blockout dates apply)
  • Free self-parking; $10 preferred parking
  • Discounts on Universal Orlando’s separately-ticketed events – Halloween Horror Nights and Rock the Universe
  • Discounts on merchandise, restaurants, Blue Man Group tickets, on-site hotel stays, multi-day theme park tickets purchased at the Front Gate, and more

Premier Annual Pass

  • One year of park-to-park admission with NO blockout dates
  • NEW! Early Park Admission to enjoy the parks one hour before opening  all year long – no blockout dates
  • Complimentary valet and preferred parking
  • Universal Express access to bypass the regular lines at participating rides and attractions after 4 p.m.
  • Free Halloween Horror Nights ticket on select event nights
  • Discounts on Universal Orlando’s separately-ticketed events – Halloween Horror Nights and Rock the Universe
  • Discounts on merchandise, restaurants, Blue Man Group tickets, on-site hotel stays, multi-day theme park tickets purchased at the Front Gate, and more

Visit the Annual Pass page for more information and pricing for each pass and to see the complete list of benefits and entitlements. And stay tuned to the Universal Orlando blog for the scoop on more updates coming to the UOAP program.

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. 

Experience Immersive Paranormal Virtual Reality at Halloween Horror Nights 26

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You will have the opportunity to experience a cutting-edge, terrifying virtual reality at Halloween Horror Nights 26 at Universal Orlando Resort. “The Repository” seamlessly blends custom virtual reality technology with immersive real-life storytelling bringing guests into the next dimension of horror experiences.

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Throughout this heart-pounding, psychological journey, guests’ most personal and intimate fears will be tested as they encounter real-life characters in highly themed physical environments, while working together in teams of four to uncover a paranormal mystery told through the use of the cutting-edge technology.

All of this is set in a centuries old warehouse where paranormal and supernatural artifacts have been collected and stored for hundreds of years. Recently though, the secretive organization behind this practice has installed state-of-the-art technology that allows spectral transportation into paranormal realms.

Until now, the supernatural has infiltrated our world on occasions labeled “hauntings.” Now, and for the first time ever, you will be sent across the SDP (spectral dark portal) directly into those terrifying environments.

“The Repository” can be purchased as an upgrade from your Halloween Horror Nights admission for $49.99 plus tax, per person. It will be available to guests during all Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning September 29 and running through October 31.

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can purchase tickets beginning August 16. Tickets for the general public will be on sale beginning August 23. Halloween Horror Nights admission is required.

Get ready for The Repository, a paranormal virtual reality at Halloween Horror Nights, because the door will soon be open to a mind-blowing paranormal experience like no other.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios 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. 

How to Get From Disney to Universal Orlando Resort

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With the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, many guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels or Orlando area hotels want to spend a day at Universal Orlando Resort. Disney does not provide transportation to Universal Studios from the Disney Hotels, so how do you get from Disney to Universal Studios? The most convenient and affordable way to get from Disney to Universal 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 shuttle transfers from any of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. The shuttle transfers are on board Mears Transportation. It is an easy process. Once you book your ticket, you call about 24 hours before you are visiting Universal Studios to schedule your pickup time. Then, you are picked up outside 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!

Here are the prices for these Universal Orlando Resort ticket & transfer combos:

2-Day Park-to-Park theme park ticket with Round Trip Transportation

$284.69 per adult/$274.04 per child (ages 3-9), including tax

1-Day Park-to-Park theme park ticket with Round Trip Transportation

$190.28 per adult/$184.95 per child (ages 3-9), including tax

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!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando or Disney World 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. 

Rock the Universe 2016 Coming to Universal Orlando in September

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Rock the Universe 2016

Universal Orlando Resort’s Rock the Universe is an all-in-one destination for a weekend of music and thrills. On September 9 and 10, 2016, some of Christian music’s biggest names like Lecrae and Skillet will perform on the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida. The action won’t stop between sets as you’ll be able to enjoy rides like Revenge of the Mummy and Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket throughout the event.

Here’s the full concert line-up for this year’s Rock the Universe:

Friday, September 9

  • Skillet
  • Matt Maher
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Rend Collective
  • KB
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Finding Favour
  • DJ Promote

Saturday, September 10

  • Lecrae
  • Colton Dixon
  • TobyMac
  • Family Force 5
  • Andy Mineo
  • NF
  • I Am They
  • DJ Promote

If you’re looking for autographs and opportunities to interact with your favorite artists, the Coca-Cola Fan Zone will provide you with additional live music and the new Electronic Dance Music with DJ Promote. Also, Saturday night’s candle lighting ceremony is set to unite crowds with a shared meaningful experience. Guests can expect to connect with others and be inspired by great music all weekend long.

Tickets for this event will go on-sale soon. Stay tuned to the blog for updates on Rock the Universe 2016 at Universal Orlando Resort.

Would you like to attend Rock the Universe or plan a Universal Orlando Resort vacation? Contact Siera at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

The Incredible Hulk Coaster Relaunches Summer 2016

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster Relaunches Summer 2016

A new story.

A new ride vehicle.

A new queue experience.

A new entrance.

The only things you’ll recognize when The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure re-opens in late summer are the world-famous twists and turns of the ride track.

This fan favorite is undergoing thrilling, new enhancements that will make it feel more immersive and high-tech – but will still have the same “Incredible” personality that makes it one of America’s most popular coasters. For the first time ever, we’re sharing details about the revamped coaster.

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Massive New Marquee

From the moment you walk up to the beloved coaster, you’ll see the huge changes that were made to the attraction. As you enter the ride, you’ll pass underneath a towering figure of The Hulk, using his colossal strength to hold up pieces of the coaster’s track. And fun fact, these track pieces were salvaged from the original ride.

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New, Original Storyline

General Thaddeus Ross is calling for volunteers for a new experiment. Your only warning is that you’ll be subjected to high levels of gamma radiation through a process called Hulk-a-fication – a potentially life-altering process first introduced by Dr. Bruce Banner.

The end result is said to give subjects magnificent strength and a forceful amount of energy. Will you emerge as the military’s next super soldier…or something else entirely?

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Completely Redesigned Queue

Your part of the story begins the moment you enter the building – which has been redesigned as a state-of-the-art military research compound, commanded by General Ross.

Inside, General Ross is conducting an array of questionable, bio-radiological experiments. You’ll pass by laboratories containing high-tech equipment his team uses to execute his mysterious tests.

Next, you’ll arrive at the Gamma core – an intense energy source that sends pulsing waves of radiation upward to fuel General Ross’s experiment. Not to worry – a thick pane of glass will protect you from direct exposure to the radioactive core. ?

As you move along, you’ll witness the transformation of your predecessors as they undergo the perilous Hulk-a-fication process.

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Finally, you’ll be rushed to a loading platform, sparking with electric bursts as the Gamma accelerator powers up to blast you with superhuman strength. Prepare for the ride of your life…

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Totally New Ride Vehicle

From there, you’ll step into an entirely new ride vehicle. The changes start with its sleek, modern new look. Once on board, you’ll discover a brand new, in-seat audio system that booms an original ride score created by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.

The next thing you know, you’re rocketing through a new launch tunnel, packed with amazing special effects, as you’re propelled out over Marvel Super Hero Island with super-human force.

It’s the ride you love, but not like you’ve ever known it before. Stay tuned here for all the details. And I’ll see you in late summer on The Incredible Hulk Coaster!

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