Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

It’s Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort!

Christmas week is finally here and I am soooo happy to be able to spend another year with my loved ones. In case you’re a visitor or a central Florida local, I wanted to give you all some alternative holiday options to celebrating this festive occasion. The on-site hotels of Universal Orlando Resort will be offering a variety of holiday happenings for the 2014 season.

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PhotoPass Photos Automatically Linked to MagicBands

Photo: Walt Disney World Co.
Photo: Walt Disney World Co.

New! PhotoPass Photos Automatically Linked to MagicBands: Are you a MagicBand wearer? Well if you are then you’re in for a treat…well it depends on if your definition of a treat is more on the creepy side. On select Walt Disney World Resort attractions, your photos will now be automatically associated with your My Disney Experience account. You don’t have to do anything… that’s kind of the creepy part.

If you’ve worn your MagicBand on one of the participating attractions in the last 45 days, you should be able to find that photo in your account now. If you don’t have a MagicBand you can use the new touch points at Magic Kingdom Park (Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain) and after you ride, simply find your photo on the preview wall and touch your park ticket or Memory Maker card to the touch point.

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Candlelight Processional 2014 Returns to Epcot

Candlelight Processional 2014 Returns to Epcot: Candlelight Processional is one of my favorite ThemePark holiday traditions to do at Walt Disney World. Each guest at Epcot is entertained with the jubilant reciting of the divine Christmas story from November 28th until December 30th. The story is usually told by a celebrity narrator accompanied with a 50-piece orchestra and a magnificent mass choir.

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News Around Universal: Cowfish Soft Open

Happy Thursday Hipsters! It’s time for you News Around Universal Studios.

Cowfish Universal StudiosCowfish Sushi and Burger Bar Soft Opens: This weekend Cowfish unofficially opened its doors at CityWalk! The Cowfish™ is a one-of-a-kind dining experience, thriving on its ability to fuse two niche products seamlessly on the same menu. Fresh, innovative and delicious, the sushi segment of the menu is far beyond what you’re accustomed to. All natural, creative and hearty, the burgers entice with fresh, never frozen, ingredients and bold flavors. Spiked hand-spun milkshakes, premium sakes, craft beers, wine and 10oz exotic martinis round out a huge bar menu that is sure to please.

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Happy Halloween Hipsters!

Happy Halloween Hipsters! I hope each one you guys have a safe and happy haunted holiday. How do you celebrate Halloween? NikkyJ

News Around Universal: Halloween-themed Velvet Sessions

Happy Thursday Hipsters! It’s time for you News Around Universal Studios.

Velvet Sessions Universal Studios

Halloween-themed “Velvet Sessions” event featuring Molly Hatchet Oct 30, 2014: Velvet Bar hosts the city’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of the month. Admission is $50 on-line  for this special event and includes specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward, and valet parking. After the show, our guests can hang out in Velvet Bar.

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Fans Review Halloween Horror Nights

Our friends over at Destinations in Florida say that fan reviews for Halloween Horror Nights has been great!

Words such “awesome,” “epic,” “immersive,” and “thrilling” have been just a few words that guests are using to describe Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24. With terrifying experiences based on the biggest names in horror and pop culture, this year’s event features some of the highest-rated content in Halloween Horror Nights history. See for yourself what guests are saying about this year’s event.

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Goodbye Maelstrom

In case you are not aware the last boat ride of Maelstrom into the wintery mysteries of Norway will take place this Sunday, October 5, 2014. The announcement came as a shocker to most Epcot fans; however, the rumor of its Frozen-themed replacement surfaced on the Internet a few months ago and I can admit that I did not believe it. I swore my friends up and down that there was absolutely NO WAY Disney would close such a classic and replace it with, what I felt was, a temporary cultural fad.

But as I continued to think about it, I realized that Maelstrom was no different from Horizons, World of Motions, or even El Rio Del Tiempo.

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