Category Archives: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Announces First Ever Epic Savings Event 72-Hour Sale!

 

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Dreaming of a visit to Hogwarts and Diagon Alley?  Excited to ride big coasters and enjoy the Florida sunshine?  You’re in luck because Universal Orlando has released their BEST OFFER OF THE YEAR for 72 hours only! You can book this offer November 4 through Thursday, November 6, 2014.

For just $119* per adult, per night, you can enjoy admission to both Universal Orlando theme parks AND an onsite stay at Universal’s Cabana Beach Resort. PLUS, you will enjoy BOTH of these incredible offers:

  • FREE Family Suite Upgrade (a $66/night value)
  • 2 FREE Tickets** to see Blue Man Group! ($140 Value)

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Travel dates:

  • November 4-25 2014
  • November 29-December 24 2014
  • January 4-February 12 2014

Resort stay is a minimum 3-night stay, Sun–Thurs only, at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Must be booked during offer period, November 4–6, 2014. New bookings only. No Cancellations/Refunds. Must pre-pay. Hotel stay and Blue Man Group show for Sun–Thurs night only. Not valid for weekends and holidays. Blockout dates apply Dec 25, 2014–Jan 3, 2015.

Theme park admission is a 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with a 3rd Day FREE. Regular cost per ticket: $175.99 Adult/$165.99 Child. Blockout dates apply Dec 26, 2014–Jan 3, 2015.

Hurry, this offer is only valid through Thursday, November 6th!

Contact Us for a Free, No Obligation Quote online, via email at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or 818-519-0777.

Universal Orlando Resort Announces New Military Discount Offer!

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES NEW THEME PARK TICKET OFFER FOR ACTIVE DUTY AND RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY

Universal Orlando Resort celebrated Veterans Day with a special in-park parade featuring its Veteran Network

 

Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel Can Also Upgrade with a Stay at the All-New Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a Discounted Vacation Package

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 24, 2014) – Universal Orlando Resort has revealed an all-new offer exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military. Military personnel can now purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket and receive two complimentary days to experience the extraordinary thrills and heart-warming moments that can only be found at Universal Orlando Resort. Plus, they can also upgrade with a 3-nights stay at the brand-new Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S ALL-NEW MILITARY OFFERS
Buy a 1-Day, Park-to-ParkTicket 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 VacationPackages at Universal’sCabana Bay Beach Resort  OR UPGRADE AND MAKE IT A VACATION PACKAGE:

  • 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, tax inclusive with valid military identification.
  • Package also includes:

–          The 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

Members of the military and their families and friends will experience the trip of a lifetime at Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. A world of excitement and adventure awaits with all-new experiences, including the awe-inspiring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the blockbuster attraction TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Springfield, home of America’s favorite animated family “The Simpsons.”

At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, guests will be transported back to a time of relaxation and endless family fun in this classic, retro-themed resort. Cabana Bay guests can experience incredible amenities throughout the hotel, including a 10-lane bowling alley, retro arcade, Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio, a zero-entry pool and Universal Orlando’s first-ever lazy river.

Contact me for more information, a quick quote or to book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation.  You can reach me on this contact form, via email at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or 818-519-0777.   Let me help you create vacation memories to last a lifetime!

Special Harry Potter Package For Florida Residents!

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Calling all Florida residents!  Love Harry Potter and can’t wait to check out the new Diagon Alley addition?  Have I got a deal for you!  Universal Orlando Resort is offering up a phenomenal package just for Florida Residents!  This package includes:

  • 3-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • Florida Resident 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket^ to Universal Studios Florida® & Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
  • Breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron™ in Universal Studios Florida – one per person
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open
  • Special Themed Welcome Parcel

This package is available for a LIMITED time and must be booked by July 31, 2014.  Contact me TODAY to book this special package at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com before it disappears.

Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando To Open July 8th!

Calling all Harry Potter fans!  Have you been watching the Diagon Alley preview on the Today Show this morning?  It was just announced that Diagon Alley, the new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at Universal Studios Orlando will open July 8th!

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Diagon Alley looks amazing!   Eating at the Leaky Cauldron, shopping where Harry shopped , casting spells with interactive wands, riding through Gringotts Bank…adventure awaits in the world of Harry Potter for Muggles and Wizards alike!

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It’s not too late to book your visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to see the new Diagon Alley addition and ride the Hogwarts Express between Hogsmeade and London.  Univeral has an amazing vacation pacakge available, but it must be booked by July 31, 2014!  (Valid for travel 6/29/14-12/31/14)  This EXCLUSIVE vacation package includes:

  • 4-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket^
  • Breakfast at the Leaky CauldronTM in Universal Studios Florida® – one per person
  • Breakfast at the Three BroomsticksTM in Universal’s Islands of Adventure® – one per person
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM one hour before the theme parks open
  • Special themed Welcome Parcel§
    • Souvenir owl post
    • Welcome letter

So, what are you waiting for?  Feel like a wizard in the splendor of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new Diagon Alley!  Contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or 818-519-0777 to book your Harry Potter Experience at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando!

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Expanding in 2014!

 

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The Adventure Continues: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is Coming to Universal Orlando Resort

‘London’ and Diagon Alley Will Come to Life at Universal Orlando in 2014 • World’s First Centrally Themed, Multi-Park Experience

Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.

Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.

And – just like in the books and films – guests will be able to travel between ‘London’ and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express.

Work on the new area is already underway. When complete, it will feature shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the fiction and films.

More details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be released over time.  If you’d like to be in the know on the the new Harry Potter expansion, or would like to book your trip to Universal vacation, contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com today!

Universal Orlando is expanding in 2014–new hotel and new attractions opening.

This will be a great year to Vacation Like you Mean It!!

First about the hotel

Photo: Book your retro stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort for 2014! Low rates now. And there wil be great new attractions :)

Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be opening in Early 2014. This will be a “value” priced hotel and will still offer all of the great perks and amenities you get when staying on-site at Universal Resorts. If you love the Retro Era of the 50′s and 60′s this is the resort for you! It will also boast the LARGEST pool in Central FL.

Splash back to the 1950’s and 60’s for endless family fun at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, opening early 2014. From the moment you arrive, you will be taken back to the iconic beach resorts of the era. Go for a swim or relax in the lazy river, grab a burger and a milkshake or take the family for a game or two at the bowling alley.

GUEST ROOMS (all rooms are non-smoking)

Courtyard Family Suite

Courtyard Family Suite Poolside

Tower Family Suite

Tower Family Suite Poolside

Standard Room

Poolside Room

Total Number of Rooms 1800

50% Connecting.

All rooms feature two queen beds.

Standard Rooms accommodate up to 4.

Family Suites can accommodate up to 6 and also include 1 full-size pull-out sofa.

*No Rollaways will be available.

 

FAMILY SUITE IN-ROOM AMENITIES

  • Two (2) 40” flat panel television with HD channels and On demand in-room movies (fees apply)
    • One in bedroom and one in living room
  • Kitchenette
    • Mini Refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Small Sink
    • Cuisinart Double Coffee Pod Brewer
    • 4 disposable coffee cups
    • 6 disposable plastic glasses
    • Individually Wrapped Plastic flatware
    • Plastic ice bucket with liner
    • Bar Counter with 2 stools
    • Wired Internet Access at bar (fees apply)
    • Electrical outlets, phone jack and data port
    • Charging station at bar
  • Living Room
    • Sofa which pulls out into Full-size bed
  • Bedroom
    • Two queen size beds
  • Bathrooms HVAC controls connected to Smart Room technology, allowing guests to set desired temperature
    • Three compartment, four fixture bathroom wall mounted hairdryer
      • Compartment one contains tub/shower combination containing a retractable clothesline and single, vanity sink
      • Compartment two contains a sink and vanity
      • Compartment three contains the toilet
  • Iron, ironing board
  • In-room safe large enough for laptop and camera
  • In-room wireless high-speed internet access (fees apply – complimentary wireless high-speed internet access in public areas)
  • Two telephones – single line and voice mail

STANDARD ROOMS IN-ROOM AMENITIES

  • One (1) 40” flat panel television with HD channels and On demand in-room movies (fees apply)
  • Cuisinart Single Coffee Pod Brewer
  • 2 disposable coffee cups
  • 4 disposable plastic glasses
  • Small cooling unit for food and beverage
  • HVAC controls connected to Smart Room technology, allowing guests to set desired temperature
  • Small dining table with two chairs2 Queen Size beds
  • Wall Mounted Hairdryer
  • Iron, ironing board
  • In-room safe large enough for laptop and camera
  • In-room wireless high-speed internet access (fees apply – complimentary wireless high-speed internet access in public areas)
  • One telephone – single line and voice mail

FOOD & BEVERAGE OUTLETS

  • Bayliner Diner – Food Court offering quick-service, casual dining consisting of different meal food stations, all serving quality, efficient and familiar, family-friendly food selections. An additional center piece station will offer salads, yogurt and candy by weight. Splits of wine and individual servings of beer will be available in the grab and go; limited selection available at the bar.
  • Station 1: grill (burgers, shakes, chicken sandwiches)
  • Station 2: international (seasonal selections)
  • Station 3: pizza/pasta
  • Station 4: bakery
  • Center Station (salad, candy, frozen yogurt)
  • Open daily 6:00 am* – 11:00 pm*
  • Hideaway Bar & Grill – Tropical bar and grill located by the south courtyard pool (lazy river), featuring a simple grill menu with 5 – 6 options and a full bar serving signature frozen and non-frozen drinks, smoothies, wine by the glass, bottle & draft beer ; walk-up service. Entertainment includes music and recreation staff that will host activities such as hula hoop contests and bingo throughout the day.
  • Atomic Tonic – Poolside resort casual bar located by the north courtyard pool (dive tower) featuring a full bar serving signature frozen and non-frozen drinks, smoothies, wine by the glass, bottle & draft beer and limited prepackaged snacks; walk-up service. Entertainment includes music and recreation staff that will host activities such as hula hoop contests.  Also ping pong, and volleyball equipment will be available.
  • Swizzle Lounge – Resort casual lobby bar that provides window views of the north courtyard, moderate bar options with no food service.
  • Coffee Shoppe – might be a Starbucks, TBD. Coffee Shoppe located in the lobby offering quick service items such as Panini’s, sandwiches and yogurt parfaits. Social Media and internet connectivity to be incorporated into design.
  • Limited Room Service allows guests to eat in the privacy of their room. Limited pizza and side item room delivery service will be available

RECREATION & AMENITIES 

  • North Courtyard Pool – Located at the north courtyard (exterior family suites), this pool will feature an iconic dive tower feature with water slide and 17 Cabanas available for rental.  Stop by the ‘Atomic Tonic’ for a quick snack or signature frozen drink.
  • South Courtyard Pool – Located at the south courtyard (interior tower), this pool will feature a lazy river surrounded by botanical gardens. Stop by the ‘Hideaway Bar & Grill’ for a burger and draft beer.
  • Game-O-Rama – is the game room
  • Galaxy Bowl – Bowling Alley with 10 lanes
  • The Cabana Bay Beach Resort Fitness Center
    • The Cabana Bay Beach Resort Fitness Center is complimentary to guests and will feature aspects of Jack LaLanne* era (*still to be finalized).  The fitness center will offer all equipment needed for a cardio- vascular workout routine:LaLanne merchandise will be available for purchase in the bowling alley
      • Treadmills
      • Bicycles (up-right and recumbent)
      • Elliptical machine
      • Variable resistance weight machines
      • Stretching area
    • Locker rooms with showers are provided for changing for resort facility use, on pre-arrival and post-departure day.
    • Restrooms are provided for men and women
    • Water fountain available
  • Universal Orlando Resort Store –Offers sundries, guest necessities, newspapers, magazines, etc., as well as Universal and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort logo merchandise.
  • Staff will offer a variety of activities geared to attract and involve youth. Activities include:Recreation Activities will be available from 10:00 AM* – 10:00 PM*, *hours will adjust seasonally.
    • Hula Hoop Contest
    • Bingo
    • Poolside Movies
    • Ping Pong
  • Universal Orlando Attraction Ticket Center A Destination Universal Ticket Desk and Kiosk will be located in the main building to assist guests with Universal information, purchasing tickets to Universal theme parks and other area attractions as well as  retrieving pre-purchased tickets.

And now for the 2014 Expansion

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Universal is not so secretly expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it is slated to open in 2014, well part of it will be at least. This will certainly be an exciting addition for Wizards and Muggles!

Are you ready to explore all that Universal has to offer?  Contact me today at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com for a quick quote for you Universal Orlando vacation!