Universal Studios Mardi Gras parade 2013

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2013

Very soon it will be time for Universal Studios Mardi Gras parade 2013! This year you can celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios with performances by Miami rapper Pitbull, pop star Demi Lovato, Sean Kingston, Lifehouse and other great artists!

This annual event will take place on select nights from February 9 to April 20. Guests can enjoy colorful street performances, dazzling parades, live concerts, and delicious food.

Are you ready to party? Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration brings 14 of music’s biggest names live in concert on the stage! The whole family will enjoy this fun filled event! You can dance along with dozens of street performers, watch the spectacular parade, and eat authentic Cajun food.
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Universal Studios Christmas holiday events 2012

Universal Studios Christmas events and shows 2012

It’s time to find out what’s going on for Universal Studios Christmas holiday events and shows for 2012! As always they have a lot going on at both of their parks. Here’s a summary of the shows and events.
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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2012 haunted houses, shows, times

Universal Studios Halloween horror nights 2012

Alrighty folks, it’s time for my big Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2012 article! This marks the 22nd year of Halloween Horror nights, and it gets better each year, for the most part.

Like last year the nights consist of 3 basic components. The haunted houses, street freaks and the live shows. This year they have 7 haunted houses, 6 areas with different freaks running around and 2 live shows.

Now Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is a special event, which means that a normal theme park ticket does NOT include this. You have to purchase a separate ticket for this. Gates open at 6:30 PM each night.
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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, small kids allowed?

Halloween horror nights

Well it’s almost time for Universal Studios Halloween horror nights! I thought I would discuss the age limits of kids to this event, and what age seems to be too young.

Now officially there is NO age limit in place for Halloween horror nights. You can bring your 2 month old baby to this event if you want to. I have seen people pushing kids around in a stroller that are only 2 to 4 years old.

What Universal Studios does say is that the event may be too intense for young kids and is not recommended for kids under the age of 13. This makes sense to me; I don’t think any kids under 13 should go to this.
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Transformers ride coming to Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios transformers ride

There is a lot of new construction going on over at Universal Studios these days. They have already added or improved new rides and shows this year. Two big areas of the Universal Studios Florida park (the original one) are currently under construction.

The back part of the park where the Jaws ride was is being transformed into the new expanded Harry Potter land. No nobody has officially said that but trust me, it is. 😀

The other section is a big unused sound-stage building almost right in the center of the park. It sits right behind the Shrek 4-D show. Cranes and other heavy equipment can now be seen there working.
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Universal Studios Superstar Parade Youtube video

I’ve been meaning to take a video of Universal Studios new summer parade. But since I still have not I figured I would post a good Youtube video of it here. That way you get to see what it’s all about.

The parade is called Universal Studios Superstar Parade, and it is held at the Universal Orlando park, not Islands of Adventure. It’s not a big or long parade but it is unique.

You can see all the characters from the Despicable Me movie, standing and sitting on some very cool looking floats. Plus SpongeBob Square pants, Dora the explorer and many other popular characters.

So take a peek at the video and see how you like it. My laptop got fried by a lightning strike a few days ago so I’m busy putting all my data back together. But I’ll be back up to speed soon! :)

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe restaurant at Universal Studios review

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Universal Studios

I don’t normally eat out too much, and when I do it’s almost never a place in or around a theme park. But one place I do enjoy going to a lot is the Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant at Universal Studios.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe is a Caribbean restaurant where guests can relax and have a good meal in a fabulous tropical setting. Many people who went here claim that this is the best place to eat at Universal Orlando Citiwalk!

The venue features several themed areas, as well as a tiki bar, a seaplane, and a play area for kids. Guest can spend time with their friends and attend special events in the The Porch of Indecision – the outdoor dining area.
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Universal Studios Men in black alien attack ride review

Universal Studios men in black ride review

With the latest Men In Black movie out a short while ago, I thought I’d do a ride review on the one at Universal Orlando. Men in Black: Alien Attack is one of the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Florida.

While this laser-shooting dark ride may feel dated to some guests, it still has millions of fans worldwide. This thrilling ride is based on the movie with the same name and features 120 different alien species and six-seat vehicles equipped with laser guns and a gaming system that records your score.

This high-tech ride is ideal for those who are not afraid to spin in circles while shooting aliens and monsters. Men in Black: Alien Attack provides some interactive fun for people of all ages.
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Universal Studios new Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel

Cabana Bay Beach hotel resort

Well it looks like Universal Studios will be adding another new hotel resort on their property soon. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel is what it will be called, with 1,800 rooms including 900 family suites.

This will be the fourth hotel Universal Studios has on their Orlando property, all part of the Loews hotels and resorts line. Once built it will become the largest hotel at Universal.

Universal Studios has seen big growth since the opening of their new Harry Potter land. They are currently busy with several new rides and attractions that will make the parks even bigger.
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Rock the universe Christian music festival 2012 at Universal

Rock the Universe music concert at Universal Studios 2012

Rock the Universe, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, will inspire music fans as Universal Studios showcases the best rock performers. This special event takes places annually.

The musical fusion of rock and pop is captured in its finest form at this festival. Guests will enjoy an amazing weekend jam-packed with performances by popular artists, nightly candlelighting ceremonies, and inspiring guest speakers.

One of the festival’s highlights is the Coca-Cola Karaoke where you can sing your favorite Christian rock songs. This year’s sensational lineup features award wining artists like Jeremy Camp, Family Force 5, Robert Pierre, Skillet, and the four-time Grammy-nominated band Newsboys.
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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights tickets out now for 2012!

Universal Studios halloween horror nights tickets for 2012

Very soon I will make a post outlining this years 2012 Universal Studios Halloween Horror nights events. But for now let me just announce that you can already buy tickets for this years horror-fest.

I must say however that the pricing structure seems rather complex. They must make a hell of a lot off this event to put so many different prices and nights together.

Basically they have an all around general admission ticket for the horror nights for $88.99. Then they have tickets good for both a full day in the park plus the nighttime horror nights events.
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Universal Studios Dispicable Me ride opens July 2nd!

Despicable me ride at Universal!

If you loved the animated movie Despicable Me, you’ll be happy to know Universal Studios will be opening a new ride based on it!

Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem ride will have it’s official opening July 2nd. It already is going through a “soft” opening. This is when they let guest on the ride at different times of the day.

It’s a time where they work all the bugs out of the ride and fine tune it. It can be open or closed at any time during the day during the soft opening.
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