Universal Orlando is a major theme park complex located at 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819. It consists of two parks, a water theme park and a night time venue CityWalk Visitors can expect dining, shopping, and experiences based on the film industry. Several themed special events are hosted throughout the year.
Universal Studios of Florida
has rides for all ages from your favorite movies and TV shows. Experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley, 3D Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and The 3D Transformer ride.
Universal’s Island of Adventure
showcases comics, timeless tales and blockbuster movies with thrills like Jurassic Park. At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade, experience The Forbidden Journey at Hogwarts. The queue takes you on a journey through familiar halls and classrooms and ends with the thrilling adventure of soaring above Hogwarts with Harry Potter.
Special Note: You must have tickets for both parks to ride Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
Universal’s Volcano Bay
is a water theme park based on a centuries old pacific isle that is inhabited by the Waturi Islanders who are responsible for all the fun and adventures in the park. Click here to read more.
A Celebration of Harry Potter
Harry Potter fans can celebrate in this annual three-day weekend with Q&A panels, special demonstrations, exhibits, and photo-ops. Actors from the films have made appearances in the past. You will need a pass to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Island of Adventure to experience it all. This annual event is held during the last weekend of January.
On weekend evenings, each spring, the streets of Universal Studios Florida transforms into a New Orleans style Mardi Gras celebration. Performers on large floats throw beads to the crowd in a spectacular parade. A performance at the Music Plaza stage follows the parade. Dates and venues are announced in January of each year. This annual event is included in your park ticket admission.
Rock The Universe
This special ticketed two-night event is held annually in September in the Universal Studios Florida park. Christain rock performers take to the stage for an uplifting experience. A Sunday morning worship service and a candle lighting ceremony also take place over the weekend.
Halloween Horror Nights
This special ticketed event is held annually from mid-September to early November. The streets of Universal Studios Florida become nightmarish and haunted. Monsters and other scary creatures roam through haunted houses and scare zones from some of the most horrifying movies. Many of the rides remain open. This event is not recommended for those under 13.
Holidays at Universal Orlando
The holidays have several special events that are held from November through January brings two new experiences to the parks.
NEW- Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Experience Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley decked out for the Christmas holidays, along with special holiday-themed entertainment. Be sure to see the spectacular lights at Hogwarts Castle after sundown. This event is included with your park passes, however, you will need passes for both Universal Studio’s Florida and Universal’s Island of Adventure.
NEW- Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s
Also, new this season is a re-imagined parade that will replace the long-running Macy’s Holiday Parade. The Minions, Shrek Madagascar and even Santa himself will make appearances. The parade will take place at Univeral Studios Florida.
Experience a live retelling in Who-ville of the tale at Seuss Landing at Universal’s Island of Adventure. Music is provided by Mannheim Steamroller.
On select nights, Mannheim Steamroller will perform at Universal Studios Florida. Their blend of classical Christmas music mixed with elements of rock will make it a night to remember.
See more about CityWalk on our Nightlife in Orlando page.