72 Hour EPIC Savings from Universal Orlando Resort!

Get ready for an amazing offer from Universal Orlando Resort! Don’t put off your visit to Diagon Alley any longer. You only have 72 hours to book this EPIC offer. Are you ready for the details? For 72-hours only—November 4 – … Continue reading

September is Passholder Appreciation Month at Universal Orlando!

For Floridians, summer doesn’t really end when school starts—it continues until sometime into November when the pool becomes too cold to enjoy, and you suddenly realize that flip-flops are not proper “Fall” fashion. Of course, when two layers is all … Continue reading

Mark Your Calendars! Twitter Party Alert 9/23 Universal Orlando

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Mark your calendars for a Universal Orlando Resort Travel Tuesday Twitter Party hosted by ME! September 23 at 9pm, I will be live tweeting about all things Universal Orlando Resort. And as a added bonus there will be prizes during the party.

I will be chatting about the 4 on-site hotels and benefits of staying at Universal, ticket options, dining plan, attractions and more!

Hope you can make it!

Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Resorts Announce New Resort Opening in 2016

Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Will Feature 1,000 Rooms and Suites – Casual Feel Built Around a Lagoon and Towering Waterfall ORLANDO, Fla. (September 9, 2014) When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire … Continue reading

Look No Further For Central Orlando Discounts on Family Travel

Who the heck can keep up with the discounts that come through your in-box everyday from some of your favorite vacation destinations? I know I can’t, and I see them everyday! Here is the most current list of all the discounts around Central FL for Fall/Winter 2014!

Disney Discounts

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Walt Disney World® Resort
● Save up to 30% off Disney Resort Hotels: Do you want to bring the kids to Disney World for a getaway through fall? You still have time to save up to 30% off Disney Resort Hotels through November 25, 2014.
● Active/Retired Military Rates: For US active and retired military, save money on tickets and resort accommodations through October 2015.
● Florida Resident & Annual Passholder Rates: Florida Residents and Annual Passholders can take advantage of great rates on rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels up to 35% off through September 24, 2014.
● RunDisney Group Rates: Are you a runner? Do you want to run a race with Mickey Mouse? Join our VIP runners at Destinations in Florida for some of the favorite races including Tower of Terror, Disney Marathon, and Disney Princess Run. These exclusive rates are only with our agency.

Disneyland® Resort
● Save up to 20% off Disneyland® Resorts: For a limited time, you can save up to 20% off your hotel accommodations through September 27, 2014.
● Retired Military Rates: For US active and retired military, save money on tickets and resort accommodations through October 2015.
● Book a Package for as Little as $89 Per Person/Per Day: Stay right down the road from the Disney Magic at a Good Neighbor Hotel from now through November 21 for as little as $89 per person/per day.
● 3rd, 4th or 5th Night Free at Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels: Visit Anaheim during select nights through December 2014. Stay at a select Disney Good Neighbor Hotels and enjoy a 3rd night, 4th night or 5th night free. Contact your favorite Destinations in Florida/Destinations to Explore agent for details.

Disney Cruise Line®

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● New! Canadian Residents Save up to 20% Off: From November 2014-January 2015, Canadian Residents can save up to 20% off Disney Cruise prices on select cruises.
● Special Rates for Florida Residents and US Military: Take advantage of special deals for Florida Residents and active/retired United States Military.

Universal Orlando Resort Discounts

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● Florida Resident Halloween Horror Nights Package: Are you ready to scream? You can now book a HHN Package at special savings, just for Florida Residents.
● Halloween Horror Nights Packages: For non-Florida Residents, you can still save money with a special HHN Package from $459 per adult at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort most Sun-Thurs September 19-November 1, 2014.
● Halloween Horror Nights Tickets: Pre-order your HHN tickets to save money and lock in your favorite date. These are now available as stand alone tickets or they can be added to any Universal Orlando package.
● Cabana Bay Beach Resort Florida Resident Deal: Florida Residents can experience this new hotel from just $79 per night plus tax.
● Universal 1-Day or 2-Day Pass with Shuttle Transportation for 2014: Take a day away from the Disney World Parks to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Book a 1-Day or 2-Day Pass to Universal Studios with shuttle transportation included in the ticket.
● “Take 2” Transfer: If you do not want to rent a car during your Orlando vacation, take advantage of the new “Take 2” Transfer ticket for only $39 per person. This transfer includes transportation from a Disney Resort hotel to Universal Orlando Resort for a Universal Studios vacation. After your Universal vacation, the transportation takes you back to the Orlando International Airport.

Sea World Discounts
● Eat for Free During Your Vacation: Book a Sea World Package at one of the partner hotels and get the All Day Dining Deal for FREE!
● Kids Free at Sea World: Book your Sea World Package and kids play for free. You will receive one free child ticket (ages 3-9) for every paid adult.

Other Orlando Discounts
● Air Tour Over Orlando: The air tour over Orlando’s theme parks is a great way to get amazing aerial views of Orlando’s most famous attractions. Piloted by an FAA-certified pilot, the flight offers you perfect views of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, the Wide World of Sports Complex and more from 1,100 feet. This tour starts from $64!
● See Oldest City in the United States with a St. Augustine Day Trip: Enjoy a day in America’s oldest town, Saint Augustine. On this day trip from Orlando, head east to the picturesque Atlantic-coast town, where you can wander the cobbled streets and enjoy a meal in one of the many promenade cafes. St Augustine is a unique city filled with colonial Spanish neighborhoods, magnificent buildings and a wonderful, old-time charm. Prices from $64!

And don’t forget to contact your favorite travel agent (ahem) when you are ready for a FREE no obligation quote. I can be reached at 443-424-0181 or just shoot me an email at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Celebration of Harry Potter returns in 2015

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event at Universal Orlando– a special event for fans celebrating the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter. Beginning January 30, 2015, fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences – including the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and more. Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale August 21, 2014 and will include exclusive benefits such as access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Full vacation package details are below.

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All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:
◾Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)
◾Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits of the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
◾Enjoy special discussions regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter franchise
◾Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket.
◾And much more!

While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and annual passholders, only guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package or annual passholder package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved seating for select events. Packages are limited and will go on sale at 1 EST on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Packages for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” at Universal Orlando Resort:

All packages are LIMITED so please do not delay in requesting a quote!

Cabana Bay Beach Resort (24)On-Site Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $219 per adult per night, tax inclusive
◾3-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando Resort’s all-new retro-themed moderate & value priced hotel
◾3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
◾Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
◾Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
◾Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
◾Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
◾Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
◾Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
◾Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
◾Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk

Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access

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On-Site Deluxe Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $285 per adult per night, tax inclusive
◾3-night on-site hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s spectacular deluxe on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort
◾3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
◾Complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks for all three days – a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day
◾Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
◾Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
◾Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
◾Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
◾Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
◾Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
◾Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
◾Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk

Universal Partner Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $185 per adult per night, tax inclusive
◾3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel near Universal Orlando
◾3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
◾Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
◾Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
◾Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
◾Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
◾Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
◾Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
◾Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
◾Free scheduled transportation between the hotel and Universal Orlando Resort

Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access

Are you ready to celebrate all things Harry Potter? These package WILL SELL out! Contact me today for a quote, don’t delay. I will be quoting on Aug 21 as soon as packages open for booking. jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com

What’s new around the Universe?

There are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s Universal Orlando Resort News update features: Halloween Horror Nights 24 updates, Rock the Universe Christian Music Festival, live concerts and events and more!

What’s New This Week?

Halloween Horror Nights Alen Vs. Predator

New! “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” house coming to Halloween Horror Nights 24: You will find yourself caught in the middle of the epic battle between the Aliens and Predators as you visit one of Weyland-Yutani’s secret facilities to assist with a critical situation. This Central American bio-weapons research facility houses several divisions that deal in extra-terrestrial technologies, specifically the Alien xenomorph species. Recently received surveillance shows the facility has been compromised by the Yautja—commonly known as Predators—who are relentlessly hunting the Aliens AND any thing in their path.

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New! Rock the Universe Tickets on Sale Now: Rock the Universe is Florida’s biggest Christian Music Festival. It’s an entire weekend of great music, real faith, best friends, fist-pumping rock, praise songs, autographs, shouts of joy, lifted hands and lifted hearts—and you can be a part of every second of it, from the very first scream to the final amen. Grab your friends and join thousands of other believers for a weekend of soul-stirring concerts from some of Christian rock’s brightest. In-between the concerts, scream and spin and laugh on action-packed rides in Universal Studios. This year’s event is September 5-6, 2014. Tickets start at $41 per day.

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New! Power Pass Summer Blockout Dates Reduced: This summer’s blockout dates for Universal Studios Florida were originally noted to continue through August 14, but Universal has lifted the blockout starting August 1. You can now experience Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express earlier than planned.

Reminder! Changes to Park Operating Hours: August 1 through August 16, Universal Islands of Adventure will open at 8:00am to the general public (7:00am for Early Park Admission), while Universal Studios Florida will open at 9:00am to the general public (8:00am for Early Park Admission). Due to the differences in opening times, the Hogwarts Express will not be available until 8:00am, and from 8:00am to 9:00am, it will only be available to guests with Early Park Admission (and park-to-park tickets, as always). Universal CityWalk operating hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., 365 days a year.

Reminder! Diagon Alley is OPEN! July 8th marked the official grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando welcomed thousands of excited guests into the spectacularly themed land for the very first time with confetti, fireworks and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members.

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Reminder! Halloween Horror Nights Announcements Released: Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando® Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights®, the nation’s premier Halloween event. Select nights Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, you can explore eight terrifying haunted houses, multiple street experiences, two outrageous live shows, and many of your favorite rides and attractions. You’ll be completely immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror including: The Purge: Anarchy, Syfy’s Face Off, From Dusk Till Dawn, Alien vs. Predator and AMC’s The Walking Dead. More announcements to come.

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Wine Riffs Event at Hard Rock Hotel: Wine Riffs featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars will take place Friday, August 8 at 6:30pm at The Kitchen. Listen to Elizabeth Delouise-Gant tell the stories of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, taste the culinary pairings from our chefs and feel the emotions of the soundtrack that tie them all together. Five Course Dinner + Pairings: $125 + tax and gratuity.

New! Florida Resident and Annual Passholder Discount at Cabana Bay Beach Resort: Experience Universal Orlando® for less at the retro-themed Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, now open. This moderate and value priced property offers guests their choice of family suites complete with kitchenettes, or standard rooms, plus a wealth of recreation. With two huge pools, a lazy river, bowling alley, and more, it’s unforgettable family fun at a great value, right in the heart of Universal Orlando’s theme parks and non-stop nightlife. Special Summer Savings for Florida Residents and Annual Passholders – Rates Starting From $79 for Travel July 26 – August 31, 2014. Must Book by Aug 16, 2014.

Reminder! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ Exclusive Vacation Package Dates Extended: Experience all the magic and excitement with this exclusive vacation package including admission to both Universal Orlando® theme parks, hotel accommodations, Early Park Admission? to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open, breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ and the new Leaky Cauldron™, receive an Owl Post Welcome Gift and more! Purchase now – December 10, 2014 with select travel through December 18, 2014. Prices starting from $109 per adult, per night, tax inclusive.

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New! DJ Ideal Appears Saturday, Aug 16 at the groove: He’s a fixture at Miami Mansion and has spun private events for Jay-Z and Beyonce, Usher and Eminem, and he’s in Orlando for one night only. Don’t miss it! Admission $7 per person. VIP Table Service available. Call 407-224-2166 for details.

Reminder! K92.3 All Star Jam with Big & Rich to Perform at Hard Rock Live Aug 15: Some of the most popular acts in country music right now will gather under one roof for what’s sure to be a night of incredible music. The K92.3 All-Star Jam takes over the Hard Rock Live Orlando stage, on Friday, August 15th 2014, featuring performances by Big & Rich, Chase Rice and Jamie Lynn Spears! $65 Reserved Balcony $39 GA Standing Floor. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE.

Reminder! The Wayans Brothers to Perform at Hard Rock Live Aug 16: The prodigiously talented Wayans Brothers are getting together for a 2014 tour! Keenan Ivory, Shawn, Marlon and Damon are heading out on what’s been called a sketch comedy/stand-up hybrid. They will appear at the Hard Rock Live Orlando stage, on Saturday, August 16th 2014. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $75.50 First 2 Rows and Balcony Tables $65.50 Advance $72.50 Day of Show. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE.

Reminder! Classic Albums Live Featuring Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at Hard Rock Live Aug 22: Classic Albums Live is a group of studio musicians and vocalists that perform the albums LIVE using the instrumentation used on the original recording…cut for cut…note for note. August 22, 2014. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $25 Advance, $30 Day of Show for Reserved Seating and $15 Advance, $20 Day of Show GA Standing Perimeter. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE.

Reminder! CityWalk Expansion Plans: Hot Dog Hall Hall of Fame opened most recently to join Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, Menchie’s, Breadbox and VIVO Italian Kitchen as the latest establishments to open as part of the expansion to Universal CityWalk. The CowFish will open later this year.

Closures and Refurbishments

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Pack your bags and head to Diagon Alley!

It’s the day all Muggles have been waiting for! Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort is finally open to the public. This immersive theme park area is like none ever built and you really MUST see it to believe it. When you climb aboard the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade Village and head to Diagon Alley I can promise, you will dance like Dumbledore.

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What are you waiting for? Pack your bags! You only have 23 days left to book the exclusive Harry Potter Vacation Package! Packages start at $135 per adult per night for the on-site hotels! Contact me today for a quote 443-424-0181 or jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com

The exclusive Harry Potter vacation package includes:

•4-Night Hotel Accommodations
•3-Day Park-to-Park Tickets
•*Early Park Admission* to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open
•Breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron™ in Universal Studios Florida® – one per person
•Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure® – one per person
•Special themed Welcome Parcel
◦Souvenir owl plush
◦Welcome letter
Offer is valid for travel dates 6/29-12/31/2014