I know that most blogs that you read from Our Laughing Place Travel are Disney oriented. I’ve decided, since we can help travelers with Universal Studios, as well, that I would write about the park’s great holiday happenings.
Unlike Disney World, Universal’s Halloween extravaganza is not for children and those looking for a “Not So Scary” event. “Halloween Horror Nights 24” takes place at Universal Studios and is not for the faint at heart! It consists of 8 haunted houses. I’m sure you will recognize some of the house names, such as Halloween, Walking Dead: End of the Line, Alien vs. Preditor, From Dusk til Dawn and Dracula. These attractions pretty much let you know what to expect behind the doors. However, some of the haunts are not so easily determined. In one house, Dollhouse of the Damned, you will be chased and mentally tortured by soulless dolls. If your greatest fear is clowns, you will want to stay clear of Giggles and Gore.
As you walk along the paths from house to house, you will be haunted throughout the streets, too. Universal has four themed streets. The Purge, Face Off, Bayou of Blood and MASKerade. They are all to have you running and screaming for mercy! I would pack a pair of extra pants!
Of course, what would Universal be without rides. They have chosen some of their most heat pounding to be open for the event. Transformers 3-D, Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men In Black, Despicable ME, and The Simpson Ride will all be open throughout the night.
Halloween Horror Nights run selected nights September 19 – November 1. The party starts at 6:30p and ends as late as 2:00am, some nights. You will need a separate ticket for the event.
Now, on to some less frightening events and my personal favorite time of year, Christmas! Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure kick off it’s season on December 6. The adventures run through January 3. You can celebrate the holidays with the one of the most popular Thanksgiving pastimes, the Macy’s Holiday Parade. The excitement fills the streets with floats, bands and of course, Santa Clause!
On select evenings in December, the best selling holiday artists, Mannheim Steamroller, will be holding live performances. This is a must see event!
One of our family traditions is watching The Grinch. Islands of Adventure transforms Seuss Landing into the whimsical world of Grinchmas. Every nook and cranny is filled with special Dr. Seuss touches. Be sure not to miss the retelling of the classic tale starring The Grinch and the Whos from Whoville. You can meet the Grinch and shake his fuzzy hand and maybe he will smile that beautiful, yellow toothed smile for a photo with you! Wouldn’t it be nice to see “his heart grow 3 sizes that day?”
If you have little ones, they will love the Barney holiday show. A Barney Holiday is a magical show with Barney and his friends sharing songs at A Day in the Park with Barney. Another great family show is The Blues Brothers Holiday Show. Grab your sunglasses and get ready to rock! Jake and Elwood perform favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Blue Christmas”. Enjoy the show while it snows on Delancy Street!
If you would like to attend any of these great events, let one of your favorite OLP Travel Agents help you with your plans. We can tell you about specials and packages that will be perfect for your family.