Universal Orlando Resort has released an amazing deal on tickets!
Right now, Universal is offering a buy 2 days, get 2 days FREE promo ticket!
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You can even upgrade to a 3-park ticket to include Volcano Bay for only $35!
This promo is only available through January 18, 2023. Tickets must be used by March 3, 2023. Certain black-out dates apply.
Contact me today to take advantage of this great Universal Orlando offer!
BIG changes are coming to Walt Disney World! Beginning Thursday, February 17, 2022, face coverings will become optional for fully vaccinated guests.
Face coverings will still be required for anyone ages 2+ on Disney transportation, including buses, Monorail, and Skyliner transportation.
Universal Orlando removed the face covering requirements for fully vaccinated guests on February 12, 2022.
Refer to the Operations and Safety updates from both Disney and Universal for the most updated information. Contact me with any questions!
Fairy Tale Concierge is giving away a Universal Orlando vacation, and the contest is LIVE!
Enter the vacation giveaway here.
As I shared earlier, Fairy Tale Concierge is giving away a 3 night, 3 day Universal Orlando vacation for one lucky winner. That winner will get to bring along 3 travel buddies, so make sure you share this with all of your friends!
The contest will be open until March 11, 2022. No purchase necessary. Good luck!
More details have been released about Fairy Tale Concierge's Universal Orlando Giveaway!
The contest will go live Sunday, February 13. To be eligible, you must be following my social media channels. That means that you'll need to follow my Facebook and/or Instagram page in order to win.
There is NO purchase necessary to enter. The contest rules will be posted on February 21 with the contest entry form.
Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is back, and this year it's louder, spicier and better than ever!
From February 5-April 24, guests will experience star-studded live concerts, a spectacular Mardi Gras parade, and savory cuisine. What could be better? This dynamic event is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Florida!
What can you expect at Florida’s biggest party?
Concert Series Lineup
2/5 - Sugar Ray
2/12 - Diana Ross
2/19 - Barenaked Ladies
2/20 - Styx
2/26 - Jon Pardi
3/6 - Marshmello
3/12 - Lee Brice
3/13 - Becky G
3/18 - Khalid
3/19 - Seal
3/20 - Gavin DeGraw
3/25 - The Revivalists
3/26 - Jimmie Allen
3/27 - Jason Derulo
In addition to the concert series, brass bands straight from Bourbon Street will perform daily throughout the park.
Mardi Gras Parade
This year’s original parade theme, “Planet Mardi Gras,” comes to life in six incredibly-detailed floats, inviting guests to catch beads by the handful. These new floats will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats – such as the iconic Jester and nearly 50-foot long King Gator – and wind through the streets of Universal Studios Florida on select dates.
Savory Worldwide Flavors
Take your taste buds on a journey with a Crawfish Boil and Beignets from New Orleans, Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa from Southeast Asia, Vegan Samosa from India, and Salchipapas from Central America. The best way to experience these flavors and much more is with the specialty “Mardi Gras Food and Beverage” card, which will be available for purchase in-park.
Mardi Gras-inspired cuisine will also be featured at select CityWalk and Universal Orlando hotel locations.
Universal Orlando Giveaway
Fairy Tale Concierge is at it again! We're giving away another Universal Orlando vacation!
One very lucky winner will receive a 3 day, 3 night Universal Orlando vacation for up to 4 people! Better yet, you'll get to use the advisor of your choosing (hint, hint!) to plan the whole thing!
Details about this incredible giveaway will be posted soon! In the meantime, make sure that you're following my Facebook and Instagram pages for giveaway information as soon as it's posted!
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The darker side of the Wizarding World will return nightly to Universal Orlando Resort beginning Saturday, September 18th!
This breathtaking show uses projection mapping, special effects, and lighting to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.
As darkness falls in Hogsmeade, the all-consuming Dark Arts will be unleashed as ominous green light and fog floods the village. Death Eaters will appear and lurk amongst guests with complete disregard of wizarding laws.
Soon after, guests will witness sinister creatures and villains – such as Dementors, Aragog, Mountain Trolls, Thestrals and more – cloak Hogwarts castle in a display of light, music and special effects. Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravely face the visage of the powerful Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort. Then, find a moment of hope hidden in the darkness as the Patronus spell – one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the Wizarding World – is cast.
“Darks Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will run nightly with showtimes from dusk until park close this fall beginning September 18 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Click here for more information or to book your tickets.
Weekly Travel News Roundup!
Nothing like kicking off a holiday weekend with some major news from Universal Orlando and Disneyland, plus more details about the Disney Wish!
Speaking of the holiday weekend, I'm running a 15% off special on everything in my Etsy shop, Dani's Travel Templates through Monday. My email subscribers always get 40% and that deal is combinable with the holiday special! (YES, that means you can save up to 55% off right now!) To join my email list, scroll down and enter your email!
Universal Orlando Resort
Updated Safety Guidelines
Beginning May 29, 2021, face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests, indoors or outdoors. Please note that while they do not require proof of vaccination, those who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear face coverings while indoors. As always, please follow directions from team members.
Surfside Inn & Suites Now Reopened!
As I had previously reported, Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn & Suites has resumed operations!
Disneyland Reopening Announcement
It's official! Beginning June 15, 2021, Disneyland Resort will welcome guests from outside the state of California! The State of California strongly recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the theme parks. In addition, all Guests will be required to wear an approved face covering throughout their visit. Additionally, the booking window for theme park reservations has expanded out to 120 days, allowing guests even more time to plan their return to the resort!
Opening June 4th is the all-new land, Avenger's Campus! It will allow guests to join the action with the Avengers like Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow and more; sling webs on the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man; taste-test food and drinks and become part of a bigger universe. The virtual queue system will be used for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. Similar to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, virtual queue enrollment times will be twice daily, at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. To learn how the system will work, Guests can visit the WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure page.
New Jungle Cruise Experience
Jungle Cruise will reopen July 16, 2021 at Disneyland park, with an updated experience that welcomes new characters from around the world plus even more of the humor, wildlife and skipper heart that makes this classic attraction a favorite.
Disney Cruise Line
Worlds of Marvel
Aboard the Disney Wish, guests will be able to dine at Worlds of Marvel. This is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where guests will play an interactive role in an Avengers mission that unfolds all around. This upscale-restaurant-meets-technology-showcase will up the ante on the traditional “dinner and a show” concept. Worlds of Marvel will take families on a flavorful tour of the real and fictional settings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with dishes inspired by legendary locales like African Wakanda, Eastern European Sokovia and the Avengers’ home base of New York City.
There were some MAJOR announcements made by Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort yesterday! Both parks have relaxed their face covering policy, effective today. (5/15/21) In addition, temperature checks are no longer happening before park entry. You can check out some of the information listed on their websites below.
As you can see, face coverings are still required in queues, on rides, and in any indoor areas. Please also take extra precautions by using hand sanitizer and distancing when possible to keep your family safe and healthy!
With the constantly changing requirements, continue to check Walt Disney World's "Know Before You Go" and Universal's reopening guidelines frequently so that you're as prepared as possible.
Of course, I've been in contact with my currently booked clients who are in the parks or are traveling in the next few weeks, as these vacations are most directly impacted at this time. To be added to my client list, contact me!
Weekly Travel News Roundup
My, oh my....what a week it's been! Promotions, Halloween events, restaurant reopenings, those E P I C details announced about the Disney Wish, and more! Plus, we've learned more about Universal's jaw-dropping VelociCoaster. Remember, to book a vacation to these destinations and more, be sure to contact me!
Walt Disney World
Disney After Hours "Boo-Bash" Announced!
Disney has announced a new Halloween-themed Disney After Hours event coming this fall to Magic Kingdom: Disney After Hours BOO BASH!
This specially ticketed event will take place on select nights, Aug. 10-Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Festivities will include Halloween-themed cavalcades, character sightings, performances by the Cadaver Dans, décor, lighting, music, treat stops (with plenty of candy) and so much more! Plus tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. without the need for a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation!
This event is open to a limited number of guests after normal park operating hours. The experience offers low wait times at more than 20 attractions! Tickets will go on sale next month, with an early purchase window available to guests at select on-site Disney Resort hotels!
Disney Room Offer
As I mentioned earlier this week, there is a new room-only offer available! Save up to 25% for stays most nights July 11-September 29th. More details about that promotion can be read on my Disney World promotions page or in this post.
Galactic Starcruiser Coming 2022
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will take Guests to a galaxy far, far away for an all-immersive, two-night vacation experience that goes beyond anything Disney has ever created before...including a brand new (and mind-blowing!!) lightsaber. Guests who experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be the first to see it in action. Check out the video of the new lightsaber and get more details here!
Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Disney is celebrating the cultures, experiences, and contributions of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) cast and communities. A World of Voices, Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Walt Disney World will share the creativity and contributions of some incredible cast members through experiences, entertainment, and food and beverage offerings. Special experiences will be featured at all 4 parks, at Disney Springs, and at Disney Resort hotels.
More Dining Options Returning
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Wish Details
Disney Cruise Line unveiled a ton of details about the Disney Wish, which will set sail on her maiden voyage June 9, 2022. In case you missed it, read all about what the Disney Wish will offer!
Paradise Pier Reopening
As Disneyland continues the phased reopening of its hotels, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen and welcome back guests starting June 15, 2021! As a reminder, only California residents are able to make reservations at this time.
More Dining Options Available
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is reopening popular dining locations Napa Rose and Storytellers Cafe AND will be open to non-hotel guests as well! These restaurants will begin allowing guests May 28.
Universal Orlando Resort
Previews have started for VelociCoaster, the new jaw-dropping coaster at Islands of Adventure. Annual Passholders, team members, and some select media guests have been able to ride the coaster and from what I hear, it's a nonstop thrill from start to finish! I've been hearing amazing things about the queue line, too. VelociCoaster opens to the public on June 10th.