Disclosure: While my family and I were able to experience the holidays at Universal Orlando with free passes, all opinions and tips are our own.
Universal Orlando is celebrating the holiday season from now through January 2, 2016. My family and I went last weekend and I wanted to share a few tips from our day!
Check Out The Park Hours
Universal closes at varying times, some days as early as 7:00 p.m. and other days they are open as late as 11:00 p.m. So, if the day you are planning to go is a day that they close at 7:00 p.m., be sure to get there early enough in the day to be able to experience everything you want to. View Universal Orlando Holiday Hours HERE.
Don’t Miss the Macy’s Holiday Parade
For many of us, catching the Macy’s Parade in New York will never happen. And quite frankly, I am okay with that…the crowds always look insane on TV and the weather looks frightful! Thank goodness Universal Orlando has a holiday parade for us to catch right here in Florida! The floats are spectacular (be on the look out for TWO new floats this year: Tom Turkey Balloonicle and Holiday Lights Balloon), the music is festive, the dancers will make you smile, and you get to see Santa himself! Head HERE to see the best places to stand to watch the parade. *Be sure to grab a park guide when you get to Universal to double-check the time of the parade.
Don’t Be a Grinch, Visit Grinchmas
Nothing says Christmas like a green fuzzy guy that hates Christmas! But you all know the story too well, you will indeed be leaving this show feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Catch the show and be on the look out for carolers outside too. Learn more about Grinchmas HERE. *Be sure to grab a park guide when you get to Universal to double-check the times of the performances and I suggest getting in line about 30 minutes early.
Get rolling with MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER
We have been listening to holiday music since the day after Thanksgiving, but nothing beats hearing it live. The best-selling holiday artist of all time returns to Universal Orlando ® Resort. See MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER live on the following dates: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20.
Have a Blue Holiday at The Blues Brothers® Holiday Show
Grab your sunglasses and get ready to rock and roll. Jake and Elwood perform festive favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming To Town,” “Blue Christmas,” and more with snow on Delancey Street in Universal Studios ® at the end of each show. *Be sure to grab a park guide when you get to Universal to double-check the times of the performances
Have a Purple Holiday with A Barney™ Holiday
Join Barney™ and his friends for a magical musical show full of songs at “A Day In The Park With Barney™!” Located inside Universal Studios Florida ® .
Consider Getting Express Passes
Long lines can definitely put a damper on your holiday mood, the Express Pass cuts the lines out of your stay. We had the Express Pass on our visit and it was the perfect way to ensure that we did more fun stuff and spent less time in lines. Learn more about Express Passes HERE.
Don’t forget about all the Universal Orlando favorites around the park too:
- New! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™
- Jurassic park
- TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
- Shrek 4-D
- Revenge of the Mummy®
- And more!
Have you experienced the holidays at Universal Orlando? What was your favorite part?
If you are staying the night, I wanted to let you all know that the celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels. You and your family can 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.
You can follow the holiday fun from Universal Orlando Resort on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram . Use #UniversalHolidays when sharing your holiday visit too. In fact, you can see more pictures from our visit, including some videos on my Instagram page.