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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!

Are you ready to start planning your Universal Orlando vacation? Contact Siera at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote today! 

Don’t Miss Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras- Florida’s Biggest Party

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Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras—Catch Florida’s Biggest Party.

It all starts with 16 concerts by 16 big name artists over 16 select nights between Feb 7 and Apr 18. Each night, a different headliner gets the party started playing their biggest hits and favorite tunes live on stage. And it just keeps getting better.

Mardi Gras is a Universal Orlando® tradition like no other. Good times and great food are on the menu with boatloads of tasty shrimp, sweet stacks of delicious beignets and so much more. A brilliant parade of wild and wonderful floats toss out a total of over a million beads through the air. Amazing, outrageous performers dance and laugh down the promenade. Jazz music has everyone’s feet tapping and the party is officially underway in classic New Orleans style.

Every night of Mardi Gras is unique a celebration all its own—with its own big-name headliner live in concert and big fun being had by all. Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras happens on select nights Feb 7 through Apr 18. The party’s included with Universal Studios® theme park admission or a Universal Orlando® Annual Pass. For dates and complete concert listings, visit universalorlando.com.

Would you like to attend Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras this year? It’s not too late to plan your visit! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information.

Don’t Miss Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando This Year

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Universal has officially announced the line-up for Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort for 2015 and you won’t want to miss this incredible event! There are more than two months of  live music that is all included with regular park admission! Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras will be held every weekend from February 7 through April 18, 2015. Check out the schedule:

  • February 7, 2015- Olivia Newton-John
  • February 14, 2015-Jessie J
  • February 15, 2015- Barenaked Ladies
  • February 21, 2015- Kelly Clarkson
  • February 28, 2015- Heart
  • March 7, 2015- Trace Adkins
  • March 13, 2015- TBD
  • March 14, 2015- Styx
  • March 15, 2015- American Authors
  • March 20, 2015- Becky G
  • March 21, 2015- Yandel
  • March 22, 2015- The B-52’s
  • March 28, 2015- TBD
  • April 4, 2015- The All-American Rejects
  • April 11, 2015- The Band Perry
  • April 18, 2015- Trey Songz

Don’t miss Florida’s biggest party, Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort! Who are you most excited to see?

If you book a Universal Orlando vacation package with us by February 28, 2015, you will receive a $5 gift card to try Butterbeer on us!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Orlando’s Agency of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Spend the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

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If you are thinking about planning a vacation with your family this year, Universal Orlando offers a variety of events and activities to help you enjoy the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. Along with the exciting attractions in the parks like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can enjoy holiday events like Grinchmas and Macy’s Holiday Parade.The Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will begin on December 6, 2014 and run every day through January 3, 2015.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is home to Grinchmas, a wintery wonderland throughout Seuss Landing. You can enjoy a live retelling of the classic Seuss story in “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” complete with the Whos from Who-ville and an original music score from Manheim Steamroller. You can even meet The Grinch and the Whos!

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade runs down the streets every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons that are used in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This year will feature a new addition, Chloe The Clown “Balloonicle,” that combines a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle that roams the streets of Universal Studios. You can also see colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus.

Mannheim Steamroller, the masters of modern Christmas music, will return to the stage at Universal Studios to spread Christmas cheer. They will perform holiday hits at the Music Plaza stage on December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

All of the incredible holiday entertainment inside the parks—including Mannheim Steamroller—is included with regular Park-to-Park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

If you’ll be around for New Year’s Eve, Universal CityWalk is the place to be! You can enjoy “a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration which includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones—each with their own entertainment and signature drinks—along with six different clubs with live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and Orlando’s largest dance floor.”

If you are planning a Universal Orlando vacation, you can save up to 30% off one of the four on-site hotels. Plus, you can take advantage of great perks like early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and complimentary transportation to the parks. You will also receive complimentary unlimited express passes if you stay at one of the deluxe on-site hotels.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Orlando’s agency of the year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Get Your Third Day Free at Universal Orlando Resort

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You can now get a third day free at Universal Orlando Resort! Universal has brought back their popular third day free offer for both United States and Canada residents which gives guests a third day FREE with the purchase of a two day theme park ticket. You can use this extra day for more time in the casting spells in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, causing mayhem with the minions, or battle with Transformers in Universal Orlando’s two amazing theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

The new offer that includes the third day free at Universal Orlando with the purchase of a two day ticket includes:

  • Three days’ access to both Universal Orlando theme parks
  • Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk
  • The opportunity to upgrade with the purchase of a combo ticket to experience either Orlando’s premier waterpark Wet n’ Wild or the Blue Man Group show, featuring incredible live performances and music
  • Available for purchase through June 7, 2015
  • Tickets are valid for 14 days from the first use – must be used in full by June 20, 2015
  • Block out dates apply December 26, 2014 – January 3, 2015

OR you can take advantage of the third day free at Universal Orlando with a vacation package. Make it a special vacation by adding a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package starting at $425 per adult, tax inclusive. The vacation package also includes:

  • 2-Day, Park-to-Park with 3rd Day Free ticket offer
  • 3-nights stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens

There are also special vacation package rates available at Universal Orlando’s additional resort hotels Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and Hard Rock Hotel as well as select Universal Partner Hotels.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Orlando’s agency of the year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

New 2014 Military Discount at Universal Orlando

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© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

There is a new 2014 military discount at Universal Orlando. This brand new offer is exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military. Military personnel are able to purchase a one day park to park ticket and receive two days for free! Plus, you can even add a three night stay at Universal’s newest resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package.

Check out the details of the 2014 military discount at Universal Orlando:

Buy a 1-Day, Park-to-Park Ticket and Get 2 Days FREE

  • Active duty and retired members of the military and their families can receive two days FREE with the purchase of a 1-day, park-to-park ticket with valid military identification.
  • Admission is valid for up to 14 days from first use
  • Tickets are available for pick up until November 30, 2014 and must be redeemed by December 14, 2014

Special Military Vacation Packages at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

  • Active duty and retired military personnel can make it a special vacation by adding a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package starting at $269 per adult
  • 1-Day, Park-to-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free ticket offer
  • 3-nights stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens
  • Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk
  • Special military package rates are also available at Universal Orlando’s additional resort hotels Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and select Universal Partner Hotels

Universal Orlando Resort offers a great vacation experience for every member of the family with exciting attractions such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and more!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Orlando’s agency of the year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no oblgiation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information.

Universal Orlando 72 Hours Epic Savings Event November 4-6

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For just three days, there is a Universal Orlando 72 Hours Epic Savings Event from November 4-6, 2014. You can take advantage of Universal Orlando’s best offer of the year with incredible savings on an amazing vacation at Universal Orlando Resort!

You can save on a getaway at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Plus, you will receive the following FREE perks:

  • A Third Day FREE with the purchase of a 2-Day Park to Park Ticket
  • A FREE Family Suite Upgrade so you can stretch out with handy amenities and space for up to 6
  • Two FREE Blue Man Group Tickets to add even more fun

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If you haven’t visited the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, now is the time to plan your trip! You can ride Hogwarts Express, drink a butterbeer, and escape to Gringotts Bank with Harry and the gang.

Don’t forget, the Universal Orlando 72 hours epic savings event ends on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
The Universal Orlando 72 Hours Epic Savings Event is available for travel from November 4, 2014 through November 25, 2014, November 29, 2014 through December 24, 2014, and January 4, 2015 through February 12, 2015. There is a minimum three night stay required, Sunday through Thursday only. This offer must be paid in full at the time of booking.
Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Orlando’s Agency of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Reuqest your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando: Jan 30- Feb 1, 2015

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The Universal Orlando Resort is hosting the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” from January 30- February 1, 2015 featuring incredible experiences at both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. A Celebration of Harry Potter vacation packages will be available including exclusive benefits such as Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent. All three days will be full of incredible experiences – including the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and more.

The Celebration of Harry Potter vacation package includes:

  • 3-Night hotel accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park admission ticket to Universal Studios Florida® & Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
  • Exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ & Diagon Alley™, including light desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer™
  • Exclusive film talent Q&A session and reserved section for discussions and demonstrations
  • Special Guest access to A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open.
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ (one per person)
  • Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
  • Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk®

These vacation packages will be available beginning August 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm EST. Packages will be limited and sell out quickly so start planning your trip today!

Would you like to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort? We can help! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. Plus, if you book with us, you’ll receive a free butter beer!