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Southern California is home to some of the best theme parks in the country, and in my mind, only rivaled by Orlando! Once we put away the Halloween costumes and portioned out the candy, almost immediately we were surrounded by all things holiday-ish. We’ve been celebrating for over a month now, and some of those celebrations have included our annual visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Having only visited Orlando, Florida twice in our lifetime, we’ve yet to visit the Universal Orlando Resort, but we’re hoping to make a family trip during the holiday season to enjoy the festivities.
Last week, the resort kicked off the holiday season which will run through January 1st, 2013. So what can you expect at the resort? Here is a taste of all there is to do at the Universal Orlando Resort this holiday season:
Grinchmas: Dr. Seuss’ favorite (book) comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Guests can enjoy the live stage show Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular and meet the stars of the show including The Grinch and the Whos from Who-ville.
Additionally, guests can enjoy a special breakfast with the characters…something I think my kids would really enjoy! You can find information about this special activity on the website.
The Macy’s Holiday Parade: Every evening, the streets at Universal Studios Florida are filled with larger-than-life balloons as seen in the famous New York City parade. New to the parade this year is the Nutcracker and Mouse King “trycaloons” – tandem tricycles that appear to be pedaled by whimsical balloon characters from the classic holiday tale. As part of the parade, guests can enjoy holiday characters, floats, and a tree-lighting by Santa Claus.
Mannheim Steamroller: This popular (acclaimed?) musical group will return once again to perform some of your favorite holiday hits on the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios on eight separate nights.
All Holiday entertainment is included is included with park admission to Universal Studios Florida.
Since the resort can understandably be busy during this time of year, guests may want to consider the Universal Express Plus Pass which allows park entry through a separate line to bypass any wait for select attractions. This pass is free when you stay at one of the three on-site hotels (Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay, Royal Pacific Resort) or can be purchased as an add-on to regular tickets for an additional fee.
Families vacationing at the resort may want to consider the Holiday Vacation Package which includes a 3-night stay at a nearby Universal Partner Hotel, 2-day base ticket with 3rd day FREE for both theme parks (one park per day), early park admission to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more. This package begins at $259 per adult.
The holiday activities at the resort don’t end with Christmas. Be sure to check out CityWalk’s New Year‟s Eve celebration which includes music, food, and more.
Win It! One of you will win Four Universal Orlando Resort 1-day, two-park tickets and four (4), 1-day, two-park Express Passes (ARV $720.00). Please note that these tickets can only be used at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida December 11th, 2012 through March 22nd, 2013.
To enter, simply leave me a comment with your favorite holiday memory of visiting the Universal Orlando Resort. If you have never visited the resort, leave a comment with one thing you’d most like to do with your family during the holidays at the resort.
Comments will close on December 16th, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST and a winner will be announced on December 17th, 2012.
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