Universal Orlando Virtual Lines

Universal’s Approach to Virtual Lines Sets New Standards

Ride lines are the biggest disappointments for the otherwise fun-filled vacations in Orlando. But thanks to all the good efforts towards eliminating the waiting woes from time to time. The Theme parks and Entertainment giants keep addressing the epic issue with different innovative approaches. Currently, what Universal Orlando Resort is offering in this regard is quite commendable.

Universal’s approach to Virtual-Lines perhaps sets the standards for future experiments and development in taking the queue experience to next level. Given the Resort’s upcoming attractions, namely – “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride and “Volcano Bay” Water Park it seems the next-gen queues are no-more queues after all, they are important part of the adventure story. For example guests visiting the Jimmy Fallon ride will sit-back and relax on the couch and enjoy a racy barber shop quartet sing instead of waiting in lines.

At Volcano Bay it’s the most anticipated Tapu Tapu wearable devices (fused to a wristband) that transforms the queue experience altogether. Get a ride time by scanning your device, and go enjoy the rest of the Park without worrying about the lines. The device will alert you when your ride time is ready. Moreover, along with the queue-less experience, Tapu Tapu comes with other interactive features as well.

Virtual lines are the latest development in theme park’s attempt to eliminate waits and incorporates more fun and entertainment instead of looking at someone’s back. Virtual lines empowers you to utilize the waits in the most entertaining and fun format. They are the futures of ride lines – harbingers of a queue less experience that we all love to have.

The previously available ride reservation system have their own limitations. For example the FastPass or Express Pass facilities by Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando help minimize the wait by assigning ride times in advance. But, you have to do the reservations well ahead of time. Also no visitor is allowed to make reservations for more than three rides a day. However, with the new Virtual Lines concept, Universal removes all such restrictions.You don’t have to be an advance planner to book a ride. You can do that at your own convenience. Better still, there is nothing like Wait anymore. It’s a queue-less experience after all.

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

New Universal Ride For Jimmy Fallon Fans

All the Jimmy Fallon fans out there, you can fasten your seat belts, it’s time to take the show for a never-before ride experience. Starting April 6, 2017, the host from NBC’s most popular TV program “The Tonight Show” is inviting you for an amazing wild race that takes you through the familiar landmarks and smell of the New York City pizzeria as well. Once inside Studio 6B it’s all you versus the host – Jimmy Fallon, both racing through the streets and skies of The Big Apple. On-board the ride you go twisting, turning and laughing. You pass through Manhattans and even encounter the deepest subways, hover over the skyscrapers and down into the waters of the East River.

The one of a kind Universal ride attraction – Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is taking you right into the world of The Tonight Show, where you race against the host himself in the streets of New York City. The adventure starts even before the actual ride begins. Guests are greeted with exciting memorabilia, including attractive belongings of the past hosts and famous props of the program. The atmosphere inside is such that you will enjoy every bit of the fun that the laugh-filled late night program has to offer.

The décor of 30 Rock in the waiting area and lobby makes you feel like you are right there on the floors of the unique landmark. Moreover, the wait before entering Studio 6B is quite an entertaining one. In the company of favorite characters from the show such as the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet and Hashtag the Panda it can’t get better. During the wait guests can also try a hand with interactive games based on Jimmy’s popular routines, and enjoy video clips from the show as well.

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon comes in place of the outdated Universal Orlando attraction, namely – Twister: Ride It Out. The new motion simulator ride is seen as another in the line of Universal rides like Harry Potter and Spider-man. It offers an incredible mix of sights, sounds and smell of New York City. The new Fallon’s ride is also the first Universal attraction to offer a virtual line experience. Guest can book return times for the attraction through the official Universal app or at the park’s kiosks.


Jimmy is bringing the Tonight Show out to Universal for the inauguration of his new ride. He is hosting the Show from April 3 through April 6. So get the tickets as soon as you can. You can also visit our universal studios tickets page for discounts on general park admissions.

Disney World Christmas 2016

Christmas in Orlando Is Extra Magical

The holiday season offers the most wonderful opportunity to visit the world famous theme Parks in Orlando. With so many special events, including parades, shows and miles of dazzling lights and decorations around, it makes a tough choice for the guests. Whether it’s Disney World, or Universal or SeaWorld for that matter, every park has its own unique way of celebrating the epic Story. The crowd is big and so is the celebration. Join the festive fun for a memorable holiday experience.

Magic Kingdom Christmas 2016

Magic Kingdom Christmas 2016

If you are planning to visit Disney World during the Holidays then don’t forget to include the iconic Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. The Castle comes alive with a breath-taking makeover, featuring over 20000 lights during Christmas. With the special night-time show A Frozen Holiday Wish led by Queen Elsa and her friends Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, the Castle transforms into a glittering ice palace – a sight you really don’t want to miss. Another must visit Magic Kingdom offering is the most popular, separately ticketed Event – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here you will experience the Christmas magic with Mickey like no other. The annual Event comes with plenty of Festive offerings such as Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the holly jolly stage show – Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration’, Fireworks and much more.

At Epcot the holly jolly sights of Christmas traditions from around the world is a great fun. Holidays Around the World offers an incredible mix of sights, sounds and flavors of the season from cultures across the globe. The stunning Candlelight Processional, on the other hand takes the popular tradition to new height with awe-inspiring performances from celebrity narrators. Disney’s Hollywood Studios comes with all new Christmas spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Universal Orlando Christmas 2016

Universal Orlando Christmas 2016

At Universal Studios Florida it’s the most amazing ‘Macy’s Holiday Parade’ that brings to life the spirit of the season. The highlight includes sights of amazing balloons and floats, bands, dancers and not to mention the surprising Santa, and the tree lighting ritual. On the other hand, at Islands of Adventure the Grinch is doing his best to ruin the celebrations, coz it’s no Christmas, it’s Grinchmas out there.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas 2016

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas 2016


At SeaWorld the Holiday tradition comes to life amidst a wintry, wet-wonderland. SeaWorld Christmas Celebration comes with special shows and attractions such as the Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice with world-famous skaters, and The Polar Experience. Also not to forget the chances of meeting all new Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and friends.

Blue Man Group VIP Experience

New Enhanced VIP Experience for Blue Man Group Fans

Universal Orlando’s multi-sensory theatrical show – Blue Man Group offers a new enhanced VIP experience for its guests. The unique and exclusive option will allow visitors to take the most unforgettable behind-the-scene tour of the popular show. For the first time guests will be able to visit locations and set areas permitted to the show-members only.

The all-new VIP Experience is the ultimate option to explore the actual backstage works – see and discover the inner secrets in the making of such unique shows every night. It includes special pre-show tour where guests will be acquainted with the history of the Blue Man Group. One can also try a hand with the band’s one of a kind instrument; can get even more intimate by using those fluorescent makeup. The VIP Experience also comes with premium seat options for the performance, complimentary souvenir program and more. One can also enjoy an exclusive after-show meet-and-greet with the Group, including free download from the Group’s latest album.

All Blue Man Group performances come with the new VIP Experience option. Interested guests can book it at an exclusive price of $199 (excluding taxes) for Adult, and $149 (excluding taxes) for children ages 3-9. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Blue Man Group Box Office or at the Universal Orlando Park Gates. Advance reservation can also be done online at our site’s Blue Man Group Tickets section, or by calling us directly at 877-406-4836.

Blue Man Group Show - Universal Orlando

Blue Man Group Show – Universal Orlando

The Blue Man Group is a premier entertainment option that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer. It brings to life the most extraordinary and innovative form of theatrical experience ever. With the best of imagination, art, music and technology, it puts together a show that is beyond expectations. Truly, your visit to Universal Orlando remains incomplete without the unique show. So make sure you include the Blue Man Group in the plan. Be a part of the dance, listen to the pulse-pounding sounds, the unique mix of ecstasy, music and comedy, it’s worth every penny. Truly, the show is one of the best parts of your Orlando trip.

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Universal Orlando Invites You to Join the Scariest Nights Ever

The world’s most anticipated Halloween Horror Nights Event is back with an exclusive selection of haunted nights. And like every year, the Event celebrates fear amidst an ever terrifying array of pulse-pounding and hair-raising scare zones, houses, shows and thrill rides. The one of a kind fall Fest is quite intensive by nature. It can put you right in the middle of some of the most disturbing and scariest moments of life. You can hold your breathe as much you like but you can’t escape the screams. Such is the impact the Nights have that they keep haunting you and your senses long after you and your friends had left the parks.

Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Orlando is a unique opportunity to celebrate the Fear with fun and horror experiences like never before. It brings to live some of the biggest names in horror genre, such as the Exorcist, the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the Walking Dead and the all new American Horror Story to name a few. The creepy sights and scenes from blockbusters and popular TV series create a lasting impact on guests every time they returns to celebrate the nation’s premier Halloween Event.

With a total of nine sensational haunted houses, about five bone chilling scar zones, couple of outrageous live shows and many special Halloween attractions and rides, it’s too much to have. So make sure you don’t miss the favorite ones as the evil is even more intense and tempting this time at the 26 Th celebration.

If I were there at the Event this time, then the Exorcist is easily one of my must visit houses. The haunted maze is a unique creation that the Universal creative team has to offer. Based on the horror blockbuster of all time, the Exorcist features as many horrifying scenes recreating the terror with great technical precision.

The American Horror Story is another most important highlights this year – comes to you in the form of an all new and elaborate terror house. It features three seasons of the popular FX series – the Murder House, Freak Show and Hotel. FX Fans will experience the live version for the first time. They will actually step inside the scenes of their favorite TV shows.

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HHN26-live-shows

Halloween Horror Nights 26 also houses some of the most outrageous shows ever. The 2016 Fest brings two of them. And as a true Halloween Horror Nights fan you should not miss either of them. You must attend both – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, and the newest Academy of Villains House of Fear. Again your visit to Horror Nights Fest is not complete without braving the audition of a lifetime with – A Chance in Hell. Your appointment with pure mayhem starts from the moment you join Chance in her bloodiest show ever. While the scar-zones, mazes and shows are the main attractions, the popular rides offer a thrilling break as well.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story Joins Halloween Horror Nights 2016

The nation’s premier fear fest gets even-more scarier with the inclusion of the newest and most requested maze based on the FX anthology horror series. Popularly known as the American Horror Story, this one of a kind horror production is considered as the most disturbing television shows ever produced. Each of the scenes and shows it presents are intensely terrifying. And what better option it can have than just joining forces with the world’s most intense Halloween Fest ever. The 26th Halloween Horror Nights celebration is already loaded with the best of evils and the inclusion of the all new FX maze definitely takes the chilling experience even further.

American Horror Story is running its sixth Installment this year. But guests at the Event will be able to re-visit scenes from the earlier installments. In fact it brings to life three seasons of its bone chilling terror chapters right in the middle of the biggest Horror event of all times. Whether it’s the Murder House for the doomed residents from Installment -1 or the twisted and terrifying Freak Show from Installment-4, or the haunted Hotel from Installment – 5, it’s a nerve-wrecking, chilling journey in deed.

Your date with the evil intensifies from the moment you enters the all-new American Horror Story maze. And as you proceed you have all the chilling chapters of preceding seasons comes alive before your eyes, and this time they are dead real. First it’s the journey through decades of tortured dead – the doomed residents of Murder House. Next you are in the middle of a sinister show – Freak Show where the murderous and deformed Clown stalks you. And finally, you end up giving yourself to the evil desires of the Countess inside the torture chamber at Hotel Cortez.

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Halloween Horror Nights is the world’s most anticipated fall fest, hosted by the Universal Studios Parks in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles California. Last year it was a monumental success, screaming with the likes of Jack the Clown, and other big names in Horror. And staying true to its ever evolving nature – the 26 th session of the Fest takes the fear even further. Picking up the spooky screams from where it had left last, it continues to tell the story in a whole new sensational environment unlike any other. Packed with plenty of new surprises and new themes and story-lines, HHN 26 welcomes guests to celebrate the evil like never before. Cheers to Halloween Horror Nights and cheers to the Universal’s creative team in conceiving and instilling life to such world-class scary environs, live shows and spine-chilling encounters straight from the scenes and actions of the biggest names in Horror.

Universal Orlando Incredible Hulk Coaster

Universal Orlando’s Hulk Coaster Is Back with New Experiences

It was an awe-inspiring sight for Universal fans at the re-opening of the smash-hit coaster attraction in the Islands of Adventure area of the Universal Orlando Resort. Led by a team of favorite Marvel super-heroes, including Captain America and Spider-man off course, the excited guests had a great time, riding the newly enhanced coaster at the re-launch party. The grand opening marks the end of a year-long separation of the popular coaster that was under extreme renovations since September 2015. Packed with thrilling new features it is even more incredible now.

Incredible Hulk Coaster Reopens

Incredible Hulk Coaster Reopens

The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is back with a series of new accommodations, featuring newly designed ride vehicles, new tracks, exclusive ride score, original story-line, a fully re-vamped queue and more. Unlike the previous Hulk rides that take guests through large purple tubes, the revamped machine includes seven distinct inversions, taking riders from 0-40 mph in 2 seconds with a top speed of 67 mph. But the signature ‘Roar’ is still an important part of the ride.

The new Entrance has the towering figure himself to welcome visitors. With the colossal Hulk holding up pieces of the original ride tracks it becomes quite an exciting entry for guests. Once entered and inside the completely re-designed queue you become a part of the all new and original story-line. You will notice that the new queue area is in fact a state-of-the-art military research compound, which is under the control of General Ross.

Incredible Hulk Coaster Gama Core

Incredible Hulk Coaster Gama Core

Like in the story – the General is busy conducting his highly questionable experiments and guests are subjected to intense radiations inside the massive Gamma Core. And guess what….the change is happening. The next thing you know is the massive transformation of your body. It seems the perilous Hulk-a-fication process had done the damage once again – this time it’s you in place of the original hero.

Finally, you will board the newly designed, hi-tech ride vehicles and blast away into a roaring adventure journey, endowed with super-human strength. During the ride, you will enjoy a brand new audio experience with an original ride score by none other than Patrick Stump. You charge ahead like a rocket against an amazing stretch of coaster tracks and special-effects. And the ability to fly like a rocket, out and over the Marvel Super Hero Island with the strength and power of the majestic Hulk, together with newly enhanced features and familiar roars is quite an exciting prospect that should not be missed.

Orlando Theme Park Offers

Orlando Theme Parks Desperate to Attract Guests Following a Slow Summer

For the Orlando Theme Parks – summer 2016 is unexpectedly on the quieter side in terms of attendance. Defying convention, the level of visit stands at a surprising low this time. What should have been the busiest season, turns into a lazy and slow summer with the parks struggling to bring back their usual crowd. Not just Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort, it is happening with almost all the central Florida parks during 2016 so far.

May be it’s the high prices on theme park tickets or lack of other special vacation deals and offers that keep the crowd away. May be there are other global factors such as the low percentage of International travel, etc. that could have contributed to this unusual downturn.

However, the slowness is seen as a perfect opportunity for the budget-minded tourist, and guests holding off their Orlando theme park trips due to high prices, and lack of suitable offers. Truly, the parks are more desperate now. They are throwing the best offers, both in terms of prices and special fun and entertainment options to attract the crowd they always wanted to have.

Indeed we have some serious consumer-friendly opportunities to capitalize on before the end of this summer. Lifting the block out dates for annual pass-holders can boost the visit level by huge margins. And Universal Orlando is doing that with immediate effect. The Resort is lifting all summer block out dates for its lowest tier – Power passes. On the other hand, although not announced yet, Disney World pass holders also have all the good chances of getting relieve from their summer-time block out dates as well. Disney had already done this before when it surprises fans by lifting its block out restrictions during the spring break earlier.

Theme parks hate slow season and they will go against all odds to spice up situations. During such period, one can expect some surprising offers unlike the regular holiday deals. The Orlando theme parks have gone even further in this regard – giving away their most unique offerings to survive a lazy summer set-back. From heavy discounted ticket offers and special price cuts on stays – be it at the Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World for that matter, it’s in fact a very tempting time to re-visit the world famous Florida attractions.

Summer Soak Party 2016

Summer Soak Party 2016

Moreover, if the advent of those newest ride attractions and shows aren’t sufficient enough to convince you, then the parks have opened up dozens of special time-bound events to attract guests such as the newly announced 2016 “Summer Soak Party” by SeaWorld Orlando. So it doesn’t matter whether the all new Kong attraction at the Islands of Adventure or the latest Epcot ride inspires you or not. It can be one of those special limited-time events that forms the most attractive reason for your next visit.

The changes to theme park dining experiences with fresh menus and discounted dining packages also plays important role in encouraging more visitors to the parks. The in-park dining deals this summer are quite an attraction for fans, such as the recently launched special deal by Universal Studios on Coca-Cola Freestyle mugs for the annual pass-holders or the recent developments on Disney World’s dining offers, including changes to popular menus, and coming up of new restaurants and more.

My Universal Photos Program

What’s New with My Universal Photos

The Universal Orlando’s photo program (Universal Photo Connect, until July 11, 2016) has always been a tough experience. Visitors opting for the service are often subjected to a difficult time collecting, viewing and sharing photos of their happiest moments at the Universal Orlando Parks. It’s sad that unlike the more advance Disney PhotoPass service, the Universal’s photo program is quite a lacklustre affair for the user.

With such bizarre features, including short expiration times, not so friendly online system, and unexpected pricing models to name a few, there is only one conclusion to this – terminate the Program… and so did the Resort. Thanks to Universal Orlando as it finds its own special version of PhotoPass Memory Maker with the all new My Universal Photos program now.

With My Universal Photos guests can have either of the two different photo capturing services. First, is the 1-day Photo Package that includes one day of unlimited digital downloads of your pictures taken during the park day, and also include a themed lanyard and discounts of other photo products in the parks. This special photo package is exclusively made available for online purchase only, and is offered at $69.99 if booked in advanced.

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The 3-Day Photo package, on the other hand will facilitate you with the best of all the photo capturing features, downloading and discount services for three consecutive days, including a 4×6 print and a 5×7 or 8×10 print photo for free, and additional discounts of photo prints in the parks. The three day Package comes to you at $89.99 if purchased in advance.

The special lanyard on either of the package includes a card that needs to be scanned every time a park-photographer takes a picture. It can be also scanned once you had done with an attraction that has on-ride photo options like the one at the Harry Potter ride or at the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman for that matter. Moreover, when it comes to most memorable photo locations the Resort offers plenty of those. Truly, whether it’s Universal Studios Florida or the Islands of Adventure section of the Resort, photo op locations galore for Universal Orlando fans.

Given its popularity and importance as a record breaking theme park in Orlando, the launch of My Universal Photos is definitely a competitive move on part of Universal. The new photo program is quite similar to that of Disney’s PhotoPass system now. It has scope to reach out for more by adding a better option for the annual pass-holders as well. And I hope like Disney, Universal will be having its own version of expanded Memory Maker option for the pass-holders in the recent future.

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Universal Orlando: Volcano Bay Tickets on Sale Soon

Universal Orlando’s newest water-park offering – the Volcano Bay is yet to make its official debut, but for guests visiting the place next summer it’s time to collect the tickets already. The Resort is all set to bring out the tickets for visitors, traveling on dates starting June 2017. There will be a special 3-park Explorer ticket as well, offering access to Volcano Bay and the two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure).

Often referred to as Universal Orlando’s third theme park, Volcano Bay features a total of 18 exclusive attractions in four themed areas, spread over 28 acres of lush, tropical oasis. Named after the colossal volcano Krakatau, the first of the themed area is home to the towering 200 ft. tall Volcano itself and features first of its kind marquee attraction (detail and specification on this is yet to come). Also to be seen three body slides with surprise drops by the rear of the Volcano. It also houses the world’s only water slide experience that enables fans to travel through a pool filled with guests. The Ko’okiri Body Plunge that offers you an exhilarating 70 degree drop, 125 foot down through the volcano and guest pool.

Volcano Bay - Wave Pool

Volcano Bay – Wave Pool

Located at the base of the Volcano is the next themed area – Wave Village, features a multi-directional wave pool with sand beach namely the Waturi Beach with one or two story cabanas. Besides the leisure pool Reef makes a great view for guests wanted to stay away from the waves but don’t want to miss those crazy actions down the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

Again the serene river portion of the Park is where the third themed area, namely the River Village is located. It features the Kopiko Wai Winding River that passes through the Volcano caves with breath-taking water effects and night-time display of lights. With play area such as Tot Tiki Reef, including tslides and kid-size volcano, this is one area that will attract families most.

Finally, with thrills such as Maku, the area under Rainforest Village is another exciting break for adventure ride lovers at Volcano Bay. Maku is North America’s first ever – saucer ride attraction that has rafting fans go speeding around three saucer – shaped curves. Rainforest Village also offers other rafting alternatives to guests such as the Puihi – the muOhlti-passenger raft ride with zero gravity drop. For the fearless few, TeAwa The Fearless River offers the perfect setting to keep the thrill get going. And once done with the rides and adventures just make your way over to Puka Uli Lagoon for a relaxing break.