Countdown for Universal Orlando’s Transformers Ride Is About to Begin

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Transformers Universal Studios Orlando

The greatest Intergalactic Battle Ride fantasy is joining the list of amazing ride attractions at Universal Studios Orlando soon. Come summer 2013 the Universal resort in Florida will have its newest and most thrilling action-packed ride ever. The blockbuster attraction Transformers: The Ride-3D is slated for a summertime opening and according to the Park officials everything is on track for the grand opening. The much anticipated attraction ride is based on the famous Transformers Brand and is expected to boost the level of adventure rides to newer heights.

It’s time for guests to prepare for the greatest battle ride experience now, where larger- than -life characters – the likes of Autobots and the Decepticons will put you right in the middle of a never ending battle of good and evil. Universal Studios Orlando fans will come face to face with Megatron for the first time and join Optimus Prime and the Autobots in the epic fight to save the World. However, the exact date for the opening still remains undisclosed. While the world awaits Universal’s official announcement for the opening, guests at the Park are already enjoying the sights of some of the famous characters from the movie outside the newly erected Transformers building. Two of the leading characters – Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are making their appearances, meeting and greeting guests at irregular intervals. Moreover, after entertaining visitors for months now, the two famous characters have a new rival in the form of Megatron of late.

The Transformers: The Ride-3D at the Orlando Park is the third of its kind that Universal is opening after it proves to be a big hit in the other Universal parks in Singapore and Hollywood. The thrilling battle ride is same in all the three parks, but Universal Studios Orlando being the latest one in adding the same enjoys the advantage of improvising the ride with superior technologies which others don’t. Park officials believed that the Orlando version will offer a more rich experience than the predecessors. With the use of high-definition 3D integration and 45 feet tall screens, including life-like HD CGI media and more, it is expected to bring the non-stop actions of the films to life.

It’s good to know that Universal is doing well in keeping the excitement alive for the upcoming Ride. The buzz had been around since March when the famous Transformers characters were rolled out for entertainment one after another. Also the Transformers gift shop- the Supply Vault which is officially opened up, welcoming guests for weeks now. With everything is on place and construction walls removed from the high-tech industrial looking Transformers building, fans will be excited to hear that much awaited official opening date for sure.

Where to buy your Discount Universal Halloween Horror Nights Tickets 2012

Discount Halloween Horror Nights Tickets

Why wait in line and pay full price?

The Official Ticket Center ~ If you do not want to wait in lines that can average over an hour to buy your Universal Studios Halloween Horror Night Tickets, then buy them local at The Official Ticket Center. Our office is only 15 minutes from Universal Studios and you can walk in and buy your discount tickets and be out the door in under 2 minutes. Why so many people go to the gates and wait for hours and then pay full price is a mystery. If you would like to buy them in advance thru the internet, you can do this as well and even have them mailed right to your home. If you would like to order them online click this link http://www.officialticketcenter.com/Universal-Studios-Halloween-Horror-Nights-Tickets.aspx

If you would like to go on a peak night (Friday or Saturday) click here  http://www.officialticketcenter.com/Products/Halloween-Horror-Nights-Fri-and-Sat-%28Peak%29__HHN2012-P.aspx

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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2012 Revealed

Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse

Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse

The Official Ticket Center Orlando, FL. ~ Ok, the cats out of the bag on this years Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights theme. Universal Studios has teamed up with the biggest hit of this years TV blockbuster series, “The Walking Dead”. Guests will be immersed into a horrifying world of post apocalyptic zombie carnage as only Universal Studios can do. The creative team who produce Halloween Horror Nights have set the stage so that guests will be walking in the same foot steps as the characters of The Walking Dead Series traveled and experienced. It is said that the park will design movie quality sets and mazes that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights has been a yearly event held at Universal Studios for over 20 years. This event is not for the weak of heart and is a 18 and up event. If you are planning on attending this event and discount Halloween Horror Night tickets, please call our office toll free at 1-877-406-4836 or visit us on the web at www.officialticketcenter.com

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Universal Studios Orlando Unveils More Multi-Platinum Acts Performing at 2012 Summer Concert Series

All-New “Summer Concert Ticket” Offer Provides Access to Headlining Concerts for Discounted Rate

All-New “Summer Concert Ticket” Offer Provides Access to Headlining Concerts for Discounted Rate

Universal Studios Orlando is unveiling even more powerhouse performers that will take the stage at the 2012 Summer Concert Series. Every Saturday night beginning June 9 through July 14, Universal Studio Florida will host one of the hottest concert series around, featuring a star-studded lineup that will appeal to fans of every music genre.

This year, music lovers can expect live performances from classic rock to chart-topping country hits, from mainstream hip hop to soulful R&B. Newly announced performers include Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Famer Al Green, who’s recorded timeless hits like “Let’s Stay Together” and “I’m Still in Love with You;” country star Josh Turner, who has topped the U.S. country charts with singles like “All Over Me” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance;” and Grammy award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, who has collaborated with other hit-makers like Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z.

These new additions join previously announced musical acts, including the cast of Nickelodeon’s hit TV series, “Victorious,” on June 9, and rock bands ZZ Top and 3 Doors Down on June 16. The full Summer Concert Series lineup is below, and the final musical act will be announced at a later date.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 2012 LINEUP

Date &  Headliner

June 9   Cast of Nickelodeon’s Hit TV Series, “Victorious”

June 16  3 Doors Down & ZZ Top

June 23  Josh Turner

June 30  Al Green

July 7   Lupe Fiasco

July 14  TBD

Access to all Summer Concert Series performances is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. For guests that specifically want to enjoy the concerts, Universal Orlando is offering an all-new ticket that provides one-time access to Universal Studios after 7 p.m. – exclusively for the Summer Concert Series. Available online, the “Summer Concert Ticket” is priced at $59.99 plus tax and will go on sale beginning May 15.

The Summer Concert Series gives guests the opportunity to top off their day of theme park thrills with a headlining concert. By day, guests can enjoy some of the most popular entertainment experiences in the world– including the all-new Universal’s Superstar Parade, a daily parade that features elaborately themed floats that tower above guests, hundreds of energetic street performers and spectacular music and dance performances. By night, park guests can rock out to a live performance by a multi-platinum artist at the Music Plaza, a venue illuminated by the colorful LED lights of Universal Studios’ most rockin’ coaster, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

For more information about the Summer Concert Series, visit www.officialticketcenter.com or click here for discount Universal Studios tickets.

Universal Studios Orlando Superstar Parade and Cinematic Spectacular Now Open

Universal's Superstar Parade Now Open

Universal's Superstar Parade Now Open

Orlando, Fla. (May 8, 2012) – Universal’s Superstar Parade and Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories officially opens today at Universal Orlando Resort – bringing two brand-new kinds of entertainment experiences to Universal’s guests.

The new experiences are the latest in Universal Orlando’s “Year to be Here” – during which Universal is creating more new entertainment experiences across its entire destination than any other year in its history.  The year began with a newly enhanced Blue Man Group Show at Universal CityWalk, continued with the high-tech re-launch of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and will continue with the launch of the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction at Universal Studios Florida this summer.

Universal’s Superstar Parade brings an entirely new form of entertainment to Universal Studios that combines wildly creative floats with hundreds of performers to create whole new levels of fun and excitement. Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories is a nighttime show that unfolds across Universal Studios’ central lagoon, taking guests on a journey filled with powerful movie moments – stirring both emotion and imagination.

“We are creating special moments for the entire family,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort.  “You can laugh and dance with your children and their favorite characters and then be completely moved as you watch the most powerful tribute to film you could imagine – all in the same day.”

Universal’s Superstar Parade
The streets of Universal Studios will transform into a theme-park-wide performance stage as today’s most beloved stories and characters bring new adventure and excitement to guests everywhere.  Universal’s Superstar Parade is one of the largest entertainment experiences the theme park has ever created and will make its way through the streets of Universal Studios every day.  It will feature elaborately themed floats that tower above guests, hundreds of energetic street performers and spectacular music and dance performances.  Unforgettable moments include Gru, his daughters and Vector from the blockbuster animated adventure Despicable Me dancing to “Boogie Fever,” Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob arriving in his pineapple home from under the sea with his friends from Bikini Bottom, E.B. from the hit comedy Hop playing the drums and acrobatic performances by characters from Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! Throughout the day, guests will be able to sing and dance with their favorite characters from the parade during special performances at select locations.

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories
The new show is a tribute to Universal’s 100 years of film-making history, highlighting some of the most fun, dramatic, awe-inspiring moments from Universal Pictures’ most iconic films. These moments are shown in crystal-clear clarity on huge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios Lagoon, surrounded by colorful fountains and pyrotechnics, all against an incredible musical score and a powerful narration by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. The show will take guests on a journey of epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good versus evil and triumph – all against a backdrop of light, sound and special effects.

Everyone can remember powerful film moments such as Elliott and E.T. riding across the moon in E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, the heroic struggle of the crew from Apollo 13 or the terror of watching the famed shower scene in Psycho. Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular captures these moments – and so many more.  Other iconic films featured in the show include American Pie, The Bourne Ultimatum, Jurassic Park, Scent of a Woman, The Mummy, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Fast and the Furious.

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories and Universal’s Superstar Parade will run year-round except during annual and special events. For more information about both experiences visit http://www.officialticketcenter.com/universal-studios-tickets.aspx

Universal Orlando Announces Grand Opening for New Superstar Parade and Cinematic Spectacular

Universal Orlando Resorts

Universal Orlando Resorts

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories will present some of the world’s best and most popular films in an innovative, high-tech symphony of imagery, light, sound and special effects.  The show highlights some of the most fun, dramatic, awe-inspiring moments from nearly 200 films – representing approximately 300 Academy Award nominations and 100 Academy Award winners.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille honoree Morgan Freeman, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular celebrates Universal Pictures’ most iconic films. Their most powerful moments will be shown in crystal-clear clarity on cutting-edge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios lagoon — surrounded by colorful, dramatically synchronized fountains and pyrotechnics and all against a powerful musical score.  The experience will take guests on an emotional journey through epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good vs. evil and triumph. The new show will run year-round except during annual and special events.

Universal’s Superstar Parade will offer an entirely new form of interactive entertainment that will give guests and entire families the opportunity to join in the fun.  Some of today’s most beloved characters and stories will bring new adventure to the streets of Universal Studios Orlando during the parade, an all-new show experience that features larger-than-life floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of energetic street performers. Guests will get to sing and dance along with their favorite characters including the minions from the blockbuster animated feature Despicable Me, E.B. from the hit comedy, Hop, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora & Diego. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy performances and character meet-and-greets prior to the parade at select locations throughout the day.

About Universal Orlando Resort There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure:  Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Coming this summer:  Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S NEWLY-ENHANCED BLUE MAN GROUP SHOW

Blue Man Tickets Orlando

Entertainment Like Never Before

Enhanced Show Features New Stage, New Technology, New Music and
New Experiences

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2012) – Universal Orlando’s Blue Man Group show is taking its unique and captivating brand of live entertainment to another level – complete with a new show environment, new music, new technology and new experiences.

Opening to the public on Friday, February 24, the show will take guests on an incredible journey where they’ll join the Blue Men as they discover, engage and explore the world’s obsession with cutting-edge technology.  New sections include Blue Men interacting with “GiPads” (think Gigantic iPads), a funny and perceptive look at contemporary modes of communication; and a pulsating new finale featuring an original Blue Man Group music score that will have guests jumping to their feet.

“The heart of our show is, and always has been, the Blue Man, and his inquisitive, wide-eyed take on the world,” said Chris Wink, who co-founded Blue Man Group with Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman. “Our team of artists at Blue Man Productions has created fun, even astounding new visual aspects of the show, and our music team has given us a great new sound. We are really excited to incorporate these elements into the show at Universal Orlando Resort “

“This show will take one of Universal Orlando’s most popular experiences to a whole new level,” said Alice Norsworthy, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Universal Orlando Resort.  “It’s the perfect complement to the incredible entertainment we offer at our destination.”

Several of the signature moments that have made Blue Man Group one of today’s best-loved theatrical productions will remain in the show, although in most cases, they have also been updated.  And as always, the production will fuse innovative theatrical spectacle with improvisation and vaudeville-inspired comedy, art, science and irresistible music performed by the Blue Man Group live band.

“Many of our audience’s favorite pieces, including ‘Paint Drumming’ and ‘Gum Balls/Marshmallows’ will continue to be a part of the production – and yes, the first few rows will still need to wear ponchos,” added Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group co-founder. “But we have developed some brand new elements of the show that provide a larger-than-life, rousing, interactive experience that I hope will really speak to all cultures and give some of our most devoted fans a new reason to check us out again.”

For more information about Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort – or to purchase tickets – visit http://www.officialticketcenter.com/blue-man-group.aspx

Universal Orlando ~ Holidays Event Returns

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Holiday Evented at Universal Orlando Resorts

There’s no better place to enjoy the Holidays with your family this year than at Universal Orlando Resort. It’s the only place you can come face-to-face with The Grinch and the Whos from Whoville, watch a cheerful holiday parade filled with big, colorful Macy’s balloons and sing along to the classic sounds of the season as you stroll through a holiday-trimmed theme park with your loved ones.

The Holidays fanfare runs from December 3, 2011 through January 1, 2012, offering guests incredible entertainment themed for the season at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

At Islands of Adventure, adults and children alike will be entertained when the popular Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is brought to life in Grinchmas. Guests can see the heartwarming live stage show, “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular,” starring The Grinch and the Whos from Whoville with an original recorded musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet The Grinch and the Whos, and on select dates, purchase a spot at a special character breakfast with the mean, green one himself.

At Universal Studios, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of partnership with Universal Orlando by filling the streets every evening with some of the same iconic elements seen winding through New York City each year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The beloved event features colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats – including one specially-designed to commemorate the 10-year milestone – a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus and dozens of larger-than-life balloons. The Macy’s Holiday Parade also welcomes select park guests to participate in the procession as real balloon-handlers guiding the helium giants, a truly unique and exclusive experience to Universal Orlando.

Returning this year with more concerts than ever before is Mannheim Steamroller – the masters of Christmas music with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide. The acclaimed musical group will take to the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios six times this year to play their memorable holiday hits for guests, performing on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

Also at Universal Studios, guests can enjoy special holiday-themed versions of their favorite shows, and nightly a capella holiday music in the nearby Holiday Village, which is filled with hand-blown glass ornaments, caramel apples, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and a cupcake decorating location.

Universal CityWalk Entertainment and Venue Calendar – October 2011

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Update

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Update

UNIVERSAL CITYWALK CALENDAR AND VENUE ENTERTAINMENT

OCTOBER 2011

For more information, guests may call The Official Ticket Center Guest Services at (407) 396-9020

Venues subject to $7 coverage charge or CityWalk Party Pass

21 and up are welcome

**SPECIAL EVENTS**

Late Night at Margaritaville
Nightly ~ 11:00pm – 2:00am
Inside the Restaurant
– Live Band and No Cover
– Drink Specials, including $3 domestic drafts, $4 wells and $5 Who’s To Blame margaritas

Pat O’Brien’s Party on the Patio
Friday and Saturday Nights During Halloween Horror Nights ~ 9:00pm – 2:00 am
– Drink specials all night long
– Live entertainment on the Flaming Fountain Stage
– Includes admission to the Dueling Pianos Bar and the Locals Bar
– Free admission with today’s Halloween Horror Nights ticket stub or CityWalk Party Pass; All others: admission is $7
– Must be 21 and up after 9pm

**RESTAURANTS AND CLUBS**

Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
Legendary Thursdays ~ 4pm – close
– 1/2 off select appetizers
– Heineken and Appleton Run and Pinnacle Vodka drink specials

Ladies Night ~ Sundays, 9pm – close
– No cover for ladies until midnight
– 2 for 1 drink specials until midnight: Hypnotiq, Bacardi, Grey Goose and Red Stripe

Entertainment
Mystik NRG ~ Monday – Friday
Chain Reaction ~ Saturday & Sunday

CityWalk’s Rising Star
Entertainment
Karaoke with Live Band & Backup Singers ~ Tuesday – Saturday
Karaoke with Backup Singers ~ Sunday & Monday

Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando
Happy Hour ~ Daily: 5pm – 8pm

the groove
80s Night – Every Thursday from 9pm to close
– Free admission until 10pm
– $7 cover after 10pm; 21 and up for admission
– Russian Standard & Pinnacle Vodka drink specials

Entertainment
DJs ~ nightly

Hard Rock Live
Purchase tickets at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or by calling 407-351-LIVE

October 8th ~ The Script with Hot Chelle Rae
October 11th ~ Peter Frampton – Peter Frampton Comes Alive 35th Anniversary Tour
October 13th ~ Adele
October 14th ~ John Oliver *Mature Content*
October 20th ~ Hard Rock Live & Foundation present Bassnectar with Amp Live
October 23rd ~ Dream Theater with Trivium

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
Happy Hour at Lone Palm ~ Monday – Friday from 3pm to 5pm

Entertainment
Blue Stone Circle ~ Tuesday – Saturday
Hypersona ~ Sunday & Monday
Guitar Hero at Lone Palm ~ Daily
Live Guitar Soloist on the Porch of Indecision ~ Daily
Interactive DJ on the Porch of Indecision ~ Friday & Saturday

Latin Quarter
Happy Hour ~ Sunday – Friday 5pm – 7pm

Ladies Night Every Thursday ~ 10pm – 2am
Complimentary admission and drink specials all night long

Entertainment
Alejandro Kartal ~ Nightly on the patio
DJ Leony ~ Thursday – Saturday

NASCAR Sports Grille
– HHN Tailgate specials, daily beer and drink specials
– Showing all NFL, College Football, MLB games and UFC fights
– $1.95 Coors Light pilsner refills during all college football games
– 5 for $15 buckets of Miller Light and Coors Light during all NFL games
– Retail shop with the latest in NASCAR, NFL and College Football merchandise

NBA City
All sports, all the time!
Happy Hour daily ~ 4pm – 7pm

– Ask our servers for our daily drink specials

Pat O’Brien’s Orlando
2 for Tuesdays ~ 4pm – 10pm
2 for 1 Hurricanes; 2 for 1 domestic drafts and specialty drinks

Entertainment
World Famous Dueling Piano Players ~ Nightly

Red Coconut Club
Nightly Happy Hour
Sunday – Thursday: 8pm – 10pm; Friday and Saturday: 6pm – 9pm

Ladies Night every Thursday ~ 8pm – close
Ladies receive complimentary admission and drink specials all evening

Hospitality Tuesdays ~ Tuesdays 10pm – close
Free admission for members of the hospitality industry all evening with your ID or hospitality pay stub
Free parking after 10pm
$2 domestic beers, $3 premium cocktails

Entertainment
Herb Williams Band ~ Thursday – Saturday
DJs ~ Nightly

AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX

October 14th ~ The Thing

**Dates and times subject to change

Making the Most of Your Orlando Vacation With Kids

Navigating the theme parks without stress

Navigating the theme parks without stress

Many people plan years in advance for their Orlando vacation and many only see a few mentionable things. Their biggest mistake people make is to try and cram as much into their days as possible and then wonder why they need a vacation from their vacation at the end of their trip. Many even go as far as to say that they didn’t have a good time on their much needed getaway. My advice is to research as much as possible and make the right choice for you and your family. Think about who is in your party and what special needs they may require. What I mean is, do you have little ones or is it just adults coming. If you have children, then think about nap times and dragging them all around the theme parks. This is the biggest cause of stress to the traveling parents that I have witnessed in my years in the theme park business. Continue reading