Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018 is gearing up to be one of the best.

Along with an incredible line-up to the concert list on select nights the new merchandise is giving a musical feel.

Musical notes can be found on the front of the Unisex T-Shirt, surrounding “Mardi Gras Universal Orlando”. The new skull design for 2018 rocks the back of the T-shirt in a shiny finish.

Mardi Gras Merchandise - Front of Shirt Tie

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The skull itself is crafted by musical inspiration. A guitar neck creates the bridge of the nose which goes into a guitar pick. A turn-table is in place of the eyes with piano keys in place of teeth.

You can also find the skull design on this year’s souvenir shot glass and bottle opener.

Mardi Gras Merch - Skull ShotGlass

The lanyard for Mardi Gras 2018, gives a festive graffiti look in colors and design. Crowns, music notes, glimpses of the skull, and even trumpets are displayed across the black lanyard canvas.

Mardi Gras Merch - Lanyard

When it comes to Mardi Gras and merchandise for this high-energy event, one thing can’t be left out – BEADS!

This year, there are beads by the dozens.

If you’re moody like me, we’ve got you covered—happy face on one side, sad face on the other.

Mardi Gras Merchandise - Happy Face Beads
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Sad Face Beads
 If you’re one of the lucky ones to find the baby in the King Cake, you can totally sport your royalty. (Yes, there are babies on the beads in the center.)

Mardi Gras Merchandise - It's Good to Be KingQueen Beads

Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando’s biggest party – Mardi Gras. Grab your new gear, eat a beignet, and join the festive parade every night.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is bound to be a time you will never forget – you won’t want to miss this.

Mardi Gras Merchandise - Bottle Opener
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Heart Saints
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Sugar Skull
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Crown Bead
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Masks
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Upcoming Orlando Theme Park Attractions 2018

For Orlando theme park guests it’s a whole new list of anticipations in 2018. At SeaWorld Orlando the upcoming Infinity Falls promises to take guests on a never before river ride adventure. Come spring, guests at Universal Studios Florida Park will be hijacked for a high-octane experience with the likes of Dom, Letty, Hobbs and the rest of Fast & Furious crew. Again Legoland Florida is offering the first V-R coaster for kids, featuring the wildest Lego race ever imagined. Last but not the least Disney World is all set to shrink guests to the size of a toy with its blockbuster 2018 project – Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.

The new Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride attraction is opening at the Universal Studios Florida section of the popular Resort. The ride will take you on a pulse pounding action where you will meet up with the Fast & Furious gang. During the adventure you have to stay with the unbreakable team that will help you escape dangers during the wild chase. The new standalone attraction promises a longer and more furious and immersive ride experience, featuring vehicles with 120 mph ride speed, and high definition 3-D projections.

The Infinity Falls river raft ride at SeaWorld Orlando promises a thrilling journey of discovery. Amidst soaking fountains and waterfalls, roaring rapids and tallest drop, the newest ride will put you through the wildest wet experiences ever. Guests will board a round shape, eight-seater blue and green ride vehicle as they navigate through turbulent waters of Infinity Falls that ends with a pulse pounding 40 foot drop. At LEGOLAND Florida it’s another wildest Lego race waiting to take your kid’s V-R coaster experience to next level. The Great Lego Race is seen as the first V-R roller coaster initiative with the kids in mind. The wild virtual race pits guests against Lego speedsters.

When it comes to Walt Disney World – the Toy Story Land is one of the most anticipated 2018 attractions to look for at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A great opportunity for fans to experience the world of toys. The new land will shrink guests down to the size of a toy and put you in Andy’s backyard. The new attraction features the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and the spinning ride – Alien Swirling Saucers ride. Toy Story Land also include a quick-food restaurant and the popular Toy Story Mania 4-D shooting ride.

You can book your discount Sea world, Disney World or universal studios tickets from Officialticketcenter.com in advance and save more on upcoming trips to your favorite theme parks in Orlando, Florida.

Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras Celebration 2018

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 – Florida’s Biggest Springtime Fun Event

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration offers the biggest party experience ever. Every year, the popular springtime event brings to you the best of fun and excitement of the Big Easy, featuring a unique family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans celebration. Universal Studios Florida is filled with a host of special attractions and shows during the event. From dazzling parades to delicious Cajun cuisine and live music concerts it’s truly an unforgettable springtime fun for all. Mardi Gras 2018 promises another season of exciting party experience with an amazing theme of floats, foods and great concert line-up. Starting February 3 to April 7, 2018, every night it’ll be the biggest bash to look for in Florida.
Universal’s Mardi Gras parade is one of the most elaborate and colourful parade show the Event has to offer. The dazzling parade features new floats and fun activities every year. For the 2018 parade, the Event includes a massive mix of six brand-new floats to the processional. Each float is designed with a celestial theme, dedicated to the Zodiac such as Taurus, Scorpius, Virgo, Orion, Andromeda and Orphiuchus. Moreover, guests have the chance to dance along with the outrageous street performers, and go collecting beads as they come flying through the air in countless numbers.

The Mardi Gras parade is about 20 minutes in length from beginning till end. It starts from right next to the Horror Make-Up Show theatre, follows all the way around the Universal Studios Florida Park, and finally ends at where it begins. The parade start time also varies on specific event nights, such as for the 2018 Event it starts at 5:15 pm on February 6, 2018. Again at 6:45 pm on February 4, 5, 7-9, 11-15; at 7:15 pm on February 16, 19-23, 25-28, March 1, 2, 5-9; and at 7:45 pm on February 3, 10, 17, 18, 24, March 3, 4, 10-31, April 1-7.

Fifth Harmony - Universal Orlando's Mardi gras 2018 concert line-up

Fifth Harmony – Universal Orlando’s Mardi gras 2018 concert line-up

When it comes to Mardi Gras concert line-up, it’s easily the most exciting part of the annual springtime celebration. Enjoying the concert with such big names in music is a rare treat for everyone. The 2018 line-up is sure to put the Music Plaza stage on fire. With hard hitting music performers such as Sean Paul, The Beach Boys, Fifth Harmony, Macklemore and many others it will be a blast. The concerts usually starts at about 8:30 pm shortly after the parade wraps up.

There is no seating options or special, VIP access to watch the concerts. It’s specially standing, Universal Music Plaza is an open area and you can watch the show from wherever you find a space to stand. Given the crowd on special nights, it’s advisable to get there earlier, about two to six hours prior to the start of the concert if possible. In addition to the parade and Concerts the annual event also includes mouth-watering Cajun cuisine with original New Orleans bands at the French Quarter Courtyard. Don’t miss the biggest bash in Florida this time. The entry is absolutely free, included with your general Universal studios tickets.

Mickeys Very Merry

What’s In Store for the 2017 Holidays at the Orlando Theme Parks

At the Central Florida theme parks, it’s never too early to celebrate the special end-of-year occasions. The 2017 Holiday season starts in November itself, promises a much bigger and merrier holiday experience for all. Also this year we have a host of new and extended attractions, including special offers and packages to look for.

Universal Orlando Holidays 2017

Universal Orlando Holidays 2017

At the Universal Orlando Resort the most notable holiday highlights include Christmas in Hogsmeade. For the first time Potter fans will have a different and extended experience of their favorite attraction altogether. The one-of-a-kind, special holiday shows and decors across the two Potter properties (Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Diagon Alley) between the two Universal Orlando parks will surely add to the excitements and cheers. For theme park parade lovers, there is something exciting as well. The Universal Orlando’s holiday parade comes with new experiences, including new and self-propelled floats, not-seen before balloons from Macy’s and more. If you haven’t done the reservations yet then hurry! Get your discount universal studios tickets at the earliest and be a part of the celebrations.

Disney World Holidays 2017

Disney World Holidays 2017

The holiday decorations and shows takes the Holiday experience even further at the Walt Disney World Resort. For example, the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will adorn a completely new holiday look and feel during the 2017 holidays. Also new to this year is the Sunset Season’s Greetings that brings to life the billboards and facades, including the Hollywood Tower Hotel (Twilight Zone Tower of Terror), on Sunset Boulevard. At the Epcot it’s the new name – The Epcot International Festival of Holidays replacing the old Holidays Around the World. The Park will also feature 15 Holiday Kitchens with special festive menus. At Magic Kingdom things get even more magical with exclusive parades, fireworks, deserts and meeting and greeting with favorite characters. Magic Kingdom is also host to the most popular Christmas party – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. . If you haven’t done the reservations yet then hurry! Get your discount Disney world tickets soon and join the most amazing holiday celebration ever.

SeaWorld Orlando has exciting offers for the 2017 holidays as well. The line-up includes attractions such as Dinner with Rudolph and the all-new encounter with Santa at Wild Arctic. Guests will experience a never-before ride to the top of the world where they will meet the most famous resident of the Arctic – Santa Claus. SeaWorld also enhances its special holiday package to include hotel stays, including the park admissions and signature show seating. You can find the best admission offers on your discount sea world tickets with the Officialticketcenter.com

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.

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.



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.