The battle lines have been drawn in Central Florida. Comcast’s Universal Orlando announced earlier this week that it’s opening the Volcano Bay water park on May 25, just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the subsequent summertime crowds.
Archive for Universal Studios
Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, returns September 9 and 10 with live performances by some of today’s most compelling artists in Christian music.
Rock the Universe offers fans a unique opportunity to see their favorite faith-based artists in the heart of Universal Studios Florida. This year’s line-up features Billboard Music Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated rock band Skillet; two-time GRAMMY-award winner and Billboard Top 200 regular Lecrae; and Christian hip-hop legend TobyMac, who has sold more than ten million albums and has won seven GRAMMY awards since the start of his music career. See the full talent line-up below.
ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2016 LINE-UP
Friday, September 9
Saturday, September 10
|Rend Collective||Family Force 5|
|Matt Maher||Colton Dixon|
|Finding Favour||I Am They|
|DJ Promote||DJ Promote|
Guests will be greeted with rock, hip-hop, and gospel sounds in an unforgettable atmosphere that only Rock the Universe can provide. The festival also features the Fan Zone with more live music, electronic dance music with DJ Promote, autograph sessions with performing acts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a Saturday night candle lighting ceremony and access to Universal Studios Florida’s thrilling attractions – like Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – and more.
For more details about Rock the Universe 2016, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.
Comcast is once again bumping its theme park prices higher — only this time it’s for annual pass holders for its resort in Florida.
Ahead of the big unveiling of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Tom Felton (a.k.a. Draco Malfoy) offered fans a tour of the park’s new location.
Muggles wanting to visit Universal Studios Hollywood’s new “Harry Potter” land may have to throw down more galleons.
The battle for theme-park supremacy in Central Florida is getting more intense. Universal Orlando parent Comcast confirmed a major land purchase on Wednesday during its quarterly earnings call.
Disney is seeing Comcast close the gap in popularity. It’s been happening ever since Comcast opened the first phase of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010, raising the bar even higher a few years later with the ambitious Diagon Alley expansion of 2014.
Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration. On select nights Feb. 6 through April 16, guests can top off their day in the theme parks with a family-friendly version of the famed “N’awlins” celebration at Universal Studios Florida – featuring delicious Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and 14 nights of exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music.
This year’s star-studded concert lineup features a diverse array of talent with something for everyone to enjoy. Headliners include rock band Fall Out Boy, teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes, GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes and legendary entertainer Diana Ross. For the complete line-up, see below.
This year’s Mardi Gras parade features 12 vibrant floats, including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world – Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival. All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947. Plus, guests can visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.
The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. Guests can take advantage of a vacation package including the all-new Cabana Bay Beach Resort starting from $149 per adult, per night, tax inclusive. The package includes 3-night on-site hotel accommodations, a 2-day Park-to-Park ticket, Early Park Admission and more. For more information on this vacation package and Mardi Gras, visitwww.universalorlando.com/mardigras.
2016 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP
February 6- Hunter Hayes
February 13- Diana Ross
February 14- Barenaked Ladies
February 20- Nate Ruess
February 27- Fall Out Boy
March 5- Kool & the Gang
March 12- The Fray
March 13- Adam Lambert
March 19- Shawn Mendes
March 20- 3 Doors Down
March 26- REO Speedwagon
April 2- T-Pain
April 9- Jessie J
April 16- Yandel
Running daily through Jan. 2, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience one-of-a-kind holiday traditions at Universal Orlando Resort. All park guests will have the opportunity to:
•Marvel at the iconic larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. This year, enjoy two all-new balloons exclusive to Universal Orlando’s parade, Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle, and Holiday Lights Balloon, as they dazzle guests while floating through the air.
•Rejoice with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experiences include a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring the Whos from Who-ville. Guests will also have the opportunity to dine with the Grinch and Friends during a delicious breakfast within Seuss Landing.
•Sing along to holiday classics with performances by the masters of modern Christmas music—Mannheim Steamroller—at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida. Performance nights are Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.
The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels, where guests will relish in the spirit of the season with holiday buffets and dining events, tree-lighting ceremonies, special music performances, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, holiday poolside “dive-in” movies and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Eve at Universal CityWalk
It’s never too early to plan how you’ll ring in the New Year. At Universal’s CityWalk, guests can experience 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 access to six different clubs with live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and Orlando’s largest dance floor. Information about Eve event tickets will be released at a later date.
For more information on the Holidays at Universal Orlando, ticket offers and vacation packages, visitwww.UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.
Riding a wave of record attendance and new attractions, Universal Studios Hollywood has nearly doubled the price of its top annual pass – and added blackout dates.