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A ~Froggy~ Festive Guide to Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort

by Mommy Frog on November 16, 2021 3957 Orlando

Universal Orlando Christmas - PinterestWhat better way to bring together minions, ogres, toys and more than during Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort? Even the Grinch can't resist the cheer. After all, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year (right?!)! During the holiday season, Grinchmas and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spread holiday cheer throughout Seuss Landing, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Much of the main entertainment returns year after year, but we always notice new details in the decor to keep things fresh.

Last year, with COVID-19 health and safety measures in place, things were modified slightly to account for limited capacity and social distancing. (If you're interested to learn the precautions in place at Universal Orlando right now, hop over to our full reopening guide for more details.) Among the modified holiday offerings was Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's, which turned into a walk-through experience in 2020 rather than a full parade. We're hoppy to report that the parade and all of the normal Universal Orlando holiday offerings came back this year! It is truly a season to celebrate.

The Universal Orlando Christmas events are included with regular Universal Orlando admission. A lot hoppens around the resort, so click one of the links below to skip to that section or read the entire article if you're as thorough as Santa checking his list twice.

Christmas in The Wizarding World | Holiday Events in the Parks | Festive Food | Holidays at the Hotels | New Year's Eve | Which Ticket Should You Get?

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Christmas - Hogsmeade at Night

You know that feeling you get when you watch a "Harry Potter" movie with your family while drinking hot cocoa on a snowy winter night? That's the feeling you'll get when you see Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal Orlando goes all out with the level of detail. Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida both feature festive Christmas decorations — including garland and lights — along the buildings and streets of the Wizarding World.

Be sure to take a closer look at the decorations outside of each storefront! For instance, Madam Malkin's in Diagon Alley sports pink ribbon bows that match the color of Hermione's Yule Ball dress in the display window. The London waterfront is also decked out in traditional Christmas lights and garland as if you've magically been transported to the city itself. We highly recommend visiting during the day so you can notice all of the small details and returning at night to see everything lit up!

Universal Orlando Christmas - Celestina Warbeck

Our fellow froggies, the Frog Choir, perform special concerts in Hogsmeade with Christmas songs straight from the spell books, as well as muggle holiday tunes such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Inside Diagon Alley, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees get in the holiday spirit with a special show. Listen for four original songs, including the super-catchy "My Baby Gave Me a Hippogriff for Christmas." These shows tend to not draw crowds until they've already started. Every view is good, but even if you only arrive five minutes early, you can still sit down on the ground right next to the stage.

The true showstopper of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the projection-mapping show on Hogwarts Castle. "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle" is eight minutes long and plays intermittently from dusk until park close each night. Muggles and wizards alike will be absolutely dazzled to see the castle come alive! There are breathtaking scenes with Hogwarts students dancing at the Yule Ball, Arthur Weasley's flying Ford Anglia plowing into snowmen and more! Even if you aren't a fan of the usual Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show, we recommend catching the Christmas show. It's gorgeous and really captures the unique holiday fun that you see in the "Harry Potter" films. We're so hoppy it returned this year!

Universal Orlando Christmas - Magic of Christmas

If you're planning to see all of the holiday festivities in both parks on one day, get a viewing spot for the Holiday Parade in Universal Studios right on the streets of Hollywood! That's where the parade starts, so by the time the last float passes you, you'll have just enough time to speed-hop over and catch the fireworks in Islands of Adventure before the park closes. We arrived at the holding area in Hogsmeade at 6:30 p.m. and caught the show 10 minutes later.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s & More Universal Orlando Resort Holiday Festivities

Universal Orlando Christmas - King Julien in the Universal's Holiday ParadeThe highlight of Christmas at Universal Orlando (for us, at least!) is Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's. You can catch some of your favorite Universal characters making holiday mischief, including the minions, Shrek and more. And of course, jolly ol' Santa typically makes an appearance at the parade's finale to light up the Christmas tree. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. nightly, except for Dec. 2 when it will begin at 5 p.m.

If you want a prime spot for Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's in front of the tree, get in place at least an hour early on busy nights. This is especially true on weekends. Our favorite spot is usually across the street from the tree next to The Mummy ride. From this spot, you can watch as Santa lights the tree. However this year, we grabbed a table outside of Mel's Drive-In facing TRANSFORMERS and Battery Park 45 minutes before the parade started. It's at the very end of the parade route so while the first float will take about half an hour to reach you, it's a great place to sit down and relax if you want to rest your feet after a long day!

Holiday Tree Hunt 

Universal Orlando Christmas - Seuss Landing TreeHop along on a holiday-themed scavenger hunt to find 15 decorated holiday trees around Universal CityWalk, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida! Purchase a Holiday Tree Hunt brochure for $10 from select retailers in order to redeem a special holiday ornament (even if you don't get every single location stamped) from either the Park Plaza Holiday Shop, Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe or Universal Studios Store CityWalk. However, you don't need the brochure if you simply want to see them! Uniquely themed trees can be found in the following locations:

  • Universal Studios Store - Universal Studios Florida
  • Silver Screen Collectibles
  • Five & Dime
  • SpongeBob StorePants
  • MIB Gear
  • San Francisco Candy Factory
  • Islands of Adventure Trading Company
  • Comic Book Store
  • Toon Extra
  • Jurassic Outfitters
  • All Hallows Eve Boutique
  • Cats, Hats and Things
  • Universal Studios Store - Universal CityWalk
  • Universal Legacy Store
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Universal Orlando Christmas - Santa's WorkshopHoliday Tribute Store

If you're a Halloween fan, you've likely heard of the Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida, notorious for its spooky-good decor and props. Well, in 2020, the Tribute Store decked its halls for the holidays for the first time, and this year, the Holiday Tribute Store has returned with four festively themed rooms! Enter Santa’s Workshop during the busy season and see who made the Naughty and Nice Lists. Check out what Universal's very own Earl the Squirrel is up to in a delightfully nut-scented Christmas Curios Museum & Emporium. (This room is also where you'll find some festive holiday treats like whoopie pies and gingerbread cookies ... but we can't imagine not being drawn to the fresh-roasted nuts in here.) Pay a visit to the Grinch’s Lair hidden away inside the peaks of Mt. Crumpit. Lastly, dance the night away at the formal wizard winter celebration, the Yule Ball, where you can purchase all of your merry merchandise.

Mannheim Steamroller Concerts

Universal Orlando Christmas - Snowflakes

Mannheim Steamroller has brought the festive sounds of modern Christmas to Universal Studios Florida for 13 years. These concerts usually take place at 7 p.m. on select Saturdays and Sundays at the Music Plaza Stage. While the concerts did not take place in 2020, the band is returning in 2021! The concert dates this year are Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12.

Arrive early if you want a sit-down spot in front of the stage. However, you can easily hear the music beyond the concert area, so if you're content with catching a few tunes, stroll by when you have time. (Note that Seasonal Passholders are blocked out of Universal Studios Florida on concert dates.)

Grinchmas at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Christmas - Mulberry Street Store

It wouldn't be Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort without Grinchmas! Seuss Landing is the most spectacularly decorated of them all, with so many baubles and tinsel wrapped around just about everything. At night, the two white trees near the entrance of Seuss Landing shine bright in many different colors and animations, including the Grinch and Max the dog, so definitely do not miss those dancing lights before you leave!

Universal Orlando Christmas - Whoville Citizens

The green sourpuss himself is returning to Universal's Islands of Adventure for holiday fun! The green guy brings his signature snark during a special meet and greet at the All The Books You Can Read store. Meanwhile, Whoville citizens are usually out and about, walking through the land on stilts or strolling through The Street of the Lifted Lorax. All of them will hoppily pose for photos with you!

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular was not on the schedule for 2020 but it's back for 2021! In this whoot of a show, talented performers bring the Seuss favorite to life through song and dance. If you'd like to attend, plan to be in line at least 30 minutes ahead of showtime, even if there aren't huge crowds. You do need to walk a fair distance to the new theater where it will take place (a space that was previously occupied by Blue Man Group). While definitely a tadpole-centric show, it's still a blast for any fans of the Grinch, who spits out hilarious one-liners. (And OMG ... Max is played by an adorable, live dog. What a good boy!)

Mistletoe Pines

Universal Orlando Christmas - Mistletoe Pines

Brand new to Universal Orlando this year is Mistletoe Pines Village, a holiday hub right in the center of CityWalk where you'll find sweets, treats and merch galore! You can even get a caricature drawing done here or purchase a custom photo holiday ornament. We absolutely loved ending our night sitting by the water with a cut of minty fresh Candy Cane Fudge and a cup of delicious Nutty Nog!

Festive Food and Drinks at the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Christmas - Hot Butterbeer

Drinking Butterbeer is a must-do whenever you visit the Universal parks (did you know there are six different versions?). While you can now get hot Butterbeer year-round, there's no better time to enjoy a delicious cup of it than when the temperature starts dropping. Think more along the lines of hot chocolate (but butterscotch) rather than a carbonated cream soda, which is what the classic, cold Butterbeer tastes like. You can find it inside The Leaky Cauldron, Three Broomsticks, Hog's Head Pub and the Hopping Pot.

Universal Orlando Christmas - Coca Bombs

All around Universal Orlando Resort — and in addition to what you'll find at the Tribute Store and Mistletoe Pines — there are specially-themed holiday food and beverages! Try some gloriously green goodies at the food stand outside the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular and Hop on Pop in Seuss Landing or grab something a little heartier at the food truck in either Production Central or San Francisco. Our favorite food and drinks were tucked away in Battery Park. We loved the Holiday Leftovers Pressed Sandwich on artisan cranberry bread filled with turkey and brie cheese and the Cookies and Milk pictured below (with a cookies-and-cream straw)!

Universal Orlando Christmas - Milk and Cookies

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Universal Orlando Christmas - Cabana Bay Beach Resort Christmas Tree

Any time of year, we absolutely love staying on-site at Universal's fabulous resort hotels, but especially during the holidays. Expect all of the Universal Orlando hotels to be decked out for the holidays, and look out for tree and menorah lightings. Plus enjoy all the trimmings at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The hotels even offer specially ticketed buffets. Some of the hotel holiday celebrations include holiday crafts, parties with face painters and balloon artists and even bowling.

Universal Orlando Christmas - Loews Royal Pacific Resort

If you want to experience the Universal Christmas events during the busiest times, we highly recommend purchasing Universal Express Passes no matter where you stay. You can save money when you purchase this add-on to theme park admission for regular Universal Express (which gives you access one time per participating ride) or Universal Express Unlimited. If you stay on-site at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort, you'll receive the Unlimited Express benefit for all of your party for your entire length of stay. Watch out for the expected busiest days using our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar. We recommend purchasing Universal Express the week of Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and on weekends. We cannot underestimate this benefit!

If you can't shell out for the Universal Express hotels, jump over to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach ResortUniversal's Endless Summer - Surfside Inn and Suites or Universal's Endless Summer - Dockside Inn and Suites. While they don't offer Unlimited Express, these hotels (and all of Universal's hotels) offer one-hour early admission to a select park. If you stay on-site, you can get a hop on experiencing Christmas in the Wizarding World's holiday magic! What's even more magical is to book your Universal Orlando hotel room at a discount, so hop to it!

New Year's Eve at Universal Orlando Resort

If you're looking for something to do when the clock strikes midnight, Universal Orlando usually offers several different ways to ring in the new year.

Over at Universal Studios Florida, we danced the last night of 2019 away at the Music Plaza Stage at the Holiday Parade Character dance party. There was a live band and DJ, along with confetti and pyrotechnics at midnight. We also watched Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Central Park, where there was a second character dance party location. At midnight, fireworks, along with a fountain and light special effects, lit up the sky.

In the past, Universal CityWalk hosted its annual EVE event for adult frogs 21 and older. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Leap and I dined, drank and danced as we celebrated the new year. This separately ticketed event included unlimited cuisine, access to five clubs and an outdoor dance floor, one drink ticket and one glass of champagne at midnight.

As of Nov. 2021, there's no word that either of the events will be returning, but we do know that this year, Universal Orlando resorts will offer several special celebrations on Dec. 31. All of the hotels will be offering a special New Year's Eve or New Year's Day meal. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be hosting a New Year's Eve Spectacular that will include face painting, a balloon artist and a live DJ. This event is complimentary for Cabana Bay Beach guests only. Portofino Bay and the Hard Rock Hotel will also be hosting their own parties, starting at 8 p.m. on the Piazza and 6 p.m. in the lobby, respectively.

Which Ticket Should You Get During Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort?

Universal Orlando Christmas - Toys

With so much hoppening at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure during the holidays, you may be wondering, "Which ticket should I get?" We're very big fans of the Park-to-Park option. With the two parks so close together, it's easy to hop back and forth. The Park-to-Park option offers maximum flexibility to enjoy it all. And it's the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express. So if you want to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World at Hogsmeade and then hop right over to extend the merry in Diagon Alley, you'll need the Park-to-Park ticket.

If you need some palm trees and sun with your Christmas vacation, you'll need to find it poolside this season. Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park is usually open in the winter. Don't let the time of year trick you. It's still plenty warm in sunny Florida (especially for you snowbirds) and the hotel pools are heated. (Check out all of our discount Universal Orlando ticket options, and don't froget, we offer discounts on the Universal Orlando hotels too!)

Ready for Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort this holiday season? Pick the best dates to visit using our Orlando Crowd Calendar. Check out our Orlando planning timeline for a stress-free family vacation during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort and other destinations. And be sure to add Universal Express Passes onto your tickets to skip the lines!

Related: Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 25, 2019 at 7:59 p.m. Angie Wheeler Says...

Would love to visit at Christmas. What a wonderful way to make lasting memories!

Nov 25, 2019 at 7:46 p.m. Erintx7 Says...

This is so helpful!! Our last Universal trip was really early in Dec and we didn’t take advantage of all of the festivities!! This is awesome’

Nov 25, 2019 at 7:16 p.m. Korliss Datcher Says...

We've never been to Universal for Christmas, only Disney. I really want to visit Whoville though! It's so cute!

Nov 25, 2019 at 7:04 p.m. Krystin Godfrey Says...

Our family just decided to last minute visit Orlando for the holidays! We are for sure park hopping at Disney but this post is giving me the Universal itch!

Nov 25, 2019 at 7:03 p.m. Bethany Says...

I’ve never been to Universal during the holidays, how fun that would be!!

Nov 25, 2019 at 6:59 p.m. Sarah S. Says...

The projection show on the castle was amazing. Definitely head to later shows if you are crowd averse. We saw the second show on a weekday and it was super crowded, however the next show had virtually no one lined up to see it. We would have seen a later show, but with two young kids we were trying to get an early-ish night.

Nov 25, 2019 at 6:43 p.m. Toni Says...

I would love to go!!! See all the Harry Potter stuff and bring the Grinch an onion!!!

Nov 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Becky B. Says...

Wow, I didn't think the Wizarding World of Harry Potter could get any more magical! This looks amazing.

Nov 25, 2019 at 6:12 p.m. Staci Duck Says...

This is an excellent giveaway. My children and spouse don’t vacation much at all and before their grown this would be an amazing gift to give them before they get into Highschool.

Nov 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. HeyIt'sMe Says...

One special family is going to have an extra super-duper very Merry Christmas this year!!

Nov 25, 2019 at 5:52 p.m. Trisha Says...

Compared to Disneyworld, how busy is Universal between Christmas and New Years?

Nov 25, 2019 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trisha!

The two tend to be pretty comparable in terms of crowds. Both will see elevated crowds for the holidays :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 25, 2019 at 5:23 p.m. Barbara W Says...

I am 75, I hope I can get here before I die.

Nov 25, 2019 at 5:18 p.m. Joanna Salvador Says...

We’d love to go to Orlando. My son has never been there.

Nov 25, 2019 at 5:10 p.m. Lenny Apa Says...

This would be a dream come true!

Nov 25, 2019 at 5:06 p.m. Leyna Ortiz Says...

This looks like a lot of fun!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. Carrie Manabat Says...

Can't wait for some hot butterbeer!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. Millie Says...

This is super cool!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. Suzanne Tedeschi Says...

My last vacation was when I was 8, I am 40 now!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. Joey Mac Says...

Would love to visit Orlando for the Holidays!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:28 p.m. Susanne ODonnell Says...

I last went to universal 10 years ago... i am overdue.

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. Anne H Says...

This looks so fun!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. Star (Cher) Evers Says...

I wanna go back!!! Yessszzz!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. Roxanne King Says...

This is awesome!!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. Rthorne Says...

Would live to go for the holidays!

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. Kerry D Says...

You are such a great source of information! It's been 22 years since the last time I went to Universal! You have made me want to change that. :)

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. Marijke Says...

You guys are always my go-to source for all things fun!

Nov 25, 2019 at 3:55 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Hogwarts at Christmas is definitely one of my bucket list items!

Nov 25, 2019 at 3:54 p.m. Michelle Says...

Coming next year for halloween but christmas looks magical!

Nov 25, 2019 at 3:51 p.m. Michael DeFren Says...

looks like a blast, id love to go

Nov 25, 2019 at 3:45 p.m. Jessica Lear Says...

I would love the chance to take in Christmas time at Universal. All the decorations would make the trip so much more magical.

Nov 1, 2019 at 12:57 a.m. Steve Says...

hi im in orlando for 2 days in december and doing mvmcp and was wondering if i should do universal the other day or do another disney park for what does everyone suggest thanks

Oct 22, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. Lori Says...

Christmas is so magical along with Disney, going to Disney would be the best present ever !????

Oct 19, 2019 at 12:54 a.m. Andrea Says...

Going to Orlando for only three days (December 8,9,10). Can only do Universal for one day. Plan to do park to park tickets. Which day do you recommend? Will the Macy’s parade be on those days? Thanks so much.

Oct 21, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

The parade will be going on every day during the holidays, so you're all set in that regard on any day you choose! It should be slightly less busy on Monday and Tuesday, according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd suggest hopping to the park on Tuesday. Have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 14, 2019 at 8:08 p.m. Claire Says...

We are due to come back to "Harry Potter World" as my daughter calls it in Dec (1-3rd). When I look on the calendar it has the closing time as 7pm for each day. Is this likely to change? Will we still be able to have some night-time magic and lights up near the castle. Sunset appears to happen at 5:30ish in Dec.

Any thoughts? thank you in advance!

Oct 15, 2019 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire!

We don't anticipate that the closing time will change, but as you mentioned, sunset is much earlier in December, so you shouldn't miss out on the nighttime experience at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 1, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. Shawn Says...

Hello we are going Dec 23 through Dec 27 and would like to know if there are any holiday dessert party during that time.

Oct 1, 2019 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawn!

Right now, the only holiday dessert party we know of is the Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party, but it’s only select nights from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15, so it'll take place before your trip. We'll keep our eyes and ears open for news!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 30, 2019 at 6:32 p.m. Says...

Is there special meal options for Christmas Day? We are hoping for something special to sit and enjoy a holiday meals together.

Oct 1, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

There’s a separately ticketed Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet on evenings from Dec. 22 to 30. If you’re staying at a Universal Orlando resort, you can also check out the offerings here. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 27, 2019 at 7:01 p.m. HoffFam Says...

Hello, we are a family of 4 (kids are 14 and 19) and will be there NY Eve. What are some options that don't require a ticket to celebrate at midnight? Staying at Portofino. Thank you!

Sep 30, 2019 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The New Year's Eve celebrations inside Universal Studios Florida is included with regular park admission — these include party zones with music and dancing that lead up to midnight. There's also an option of celebrating at Universal CityWalk. There will be a ticketed event called EVE going on, but some of the restaurants remain open to the public.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 27, 2019 at 4:34 p.m. Lori Says...

We will be staying at Universal's Endless Summer Resort Surfside.. I will be with my two sons 21 and 19.. What do you suggest we see on Christmas Day.. any special events?

Sep 30, 2019 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

That's so exciting! We'd suggest catching the Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s - it's super festive and fun! If any of you are Harry Potter fans, then we'd highly recommend checking out the The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle projection show, along with shows by the Frog Choir at Hogsmeade and Celestina Warbeck at Diagon Alley (they both sing seasonal songs!). We're not entirely sure about events or activities at the resort itself since this will be its first holiday season, but usually all of the Universal hotels have decorations and/or festivities.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 11, 2019 at 8:41 p.m. Says...

We are planning on spending dec31st at universal studios and planning on staying for fireworks to see the new year in. We have a 15and 14 year old are we able to stay around city walk

Sep 13, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, you should be able to bring the tadpoles! A small section will be sectioned off for the New Year's Eve event, EVE. Bars that don't regularly allow patrons under 21 will still have those restrictions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 25, 2019 at 8:02 p.m. Proud papa Says...

Which hotels offers best view of the castle and all of its holiday decor ?

Aug 27, 2019 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Unfortunately, none of the Universal hotels are close enough to see the Wizarding World's holiday decor that specifically. The best vantage point outside of the parks would be from Aventura's rooftop. You can just make out the castle and the rooftops of Hogsmeade, but it's still a stretch. The best viewing spot will be within Islands of Adventure itself.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 5, 2019 at 1:20 p.m. Gail M Says...

We are going to Universal Dec. 23-27 and I bought the five-day park-to-park Express pass. Will there still be lines? How long do you typically end up waiting with the Express pass? Any easy app to show what's available (like the Disney app)? Taking my older in-laws and worried about standing around.

Jul 10, 2019 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail!

Yes, there will still be lines at that time. With Express Pass, lines are generally more like fifteen minutes or so (similar to Disney's FastPass). You can download the Universal app to see wait times (for regular lines) as well as a map, similar to Disney World's :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 6, 2019 at 8:42 a.m. Clare Stocks Says...

Hi there, we are visiting from 15th to 29th December 2019 - extended family of 8, teenagers/parents/grandparents! Planning on staying in a villa and having 14 day tickets to Universal Parks.

We stayed at Universal in the summer and had the hotel fast pass tickets - it will be very costly for 8 of us as separate tickets. Do you think we will manage to see and do all the rides on the standard ticket?

All help, comments and advice most welcome :-)

May 6, 2019 at 4:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clare!

Yes, 14 days should be plenty to do and see everything on a standard ticket. Have a frogtastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 15, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. Sara Says...

Hi! If I were to visit next Christmas do they offer room discounts the week of Dec 31 - 3? We would want to get the express pass benefits too from staying on property

Jan 16, 2019 at 6:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

We offer discounted rates on hotel rooms year-round, but typically these dates are filled so easily that they are not often part of promotional offers.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 19, 2018 at 4:11 a.m. Marilyn Jane Miller Says...

We are visiting a few days after Christmas. Will Hogwarts be still in Christmas mode?

Dec 19, 2018 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilyn!

Yes, the festive fun at Hogwarts continues through Jan. 5 :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 4, 2018 at midnight Tim Says...

Me & my gf plan on visiting Universal Studios the Friday before Christmas. We only have one day, would you recommend the Express Pass & is one day enough time to do Universal Studios & Islands of Adventures? Thanks!

Dec 3, 2018 at 6:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that it will be quite busy, so we would recommend the Express pass ... especially if you're only visiting for one day. You should be able to knock out much of what you want to do if you stay the full day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 26, 2018 at 5:57 a.m. Adam Joseph Says...

Universal Orlando is our favorite. We have been to the place many a time. So, this holiday season we were planning to visit a differentplace. But my kids are so much excited about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that we can’t overrule their choice and ended booking Orlando airlines ticket with Cheapfaremart.

Nov 20, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. Debbie Says...

Great story

Nov 20, 2018 at 6:59 a.m. CheapFareMart Says...

Great article and very much informative. I love the show at projection-mapping show on Hogwarts Castle.

Nov 1, 2018 at 11:03 a.m. David Smith Says...

If you want to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and have unlimited fun at the Universal Studios Florida while watching all your favorite characters then this is the blog you can’t miss reading out on. This piece also tells you how to make the most of the Christmas celebrations while you stay at a luxurious yet reasonably priced hotel to catch all the action at the Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Oct 30, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. Denise Lawson Says...

We plan on attending the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We have park to park tickets and I'm going to add the express pass as well. We have been to Universal before, but not at Christmas. Do the shows and Hogwarts light show tend to get more of less crowded toward the end of the evening?

Oct 30, 2018 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise!

Yes! Crowds will most certainly die down after the first few showings of the nighttime Christmas Hogwarts show ... which runs almost constantly (at about 15-minute intervals) after the sun sets :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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