We're continuing our look at the special events coming to the theme parks this year. From Mardi Gras to Halloween Horror Nights®, we're taking a look at the Universal Orlando® Resort special events for 2015. You'll find the Universal Orlando special events for 2015 listed on our Crowd Calendar, a great tool for planning when to visit. You can find more resource to help you plan your trip in our Orlando Planning Guide.
These special events appear in the order that they are held throughout the year. We don't have dates yet for all of the 2015 events, but we'll be adding them to this page as soon as they become available.
A Celebration of Harry Potter™ (Universal Studios Florida®)
A Celebration of Harry Potter™ takes place at the end of January. The 2016 dates are Jan. 29- 31. Attendees have the chance to join in interview and autograph sessions with film talent, learn the art of dueling, visit a Harry Potter™ expo and more! The event has something for Harry Potter™ fans of all ages. Some of the 2015 film talent in attendance included Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and more! A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is included with regular park admission, although guests who have purchased the specific A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Vacation Package are admitted ahead of regular park guests and are invited to the Exclusive Evening Event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.
Mardi Gras takes place each spring on select nights at Universal Studios starting in February and going through April. Highlights of this family-friendly event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and 16 live concerts, plus authentic New Orleans bands. Major acts of 2015 included Jessie J, Heart, Kelly Clarkson, Barenaked Ladies and The Band Perry. Make sure to come hungry, because there is plenty of Cajun food and drinks to fill you up! Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular park admission. After the fun in the park is done, head over to Universal CityWalk®, where the party continues at seven venues, including Pat O’Briens®, CityWalk’s Mardi Gras headquarters.
Mardi Gras 2016 Concert Lineup has not yet been announced.
French Quarter 2016 Concert Lineup has not yet been announced.
Rock the Universe (Universal Studios Florida)
Some of Christian rock's biggest performers take to the stage at Universal Studios. This year it will be held on Sept. 11 and 12. Switchfoot and Kari Jobe are some of the artists performing at this separately ticketed event that is not included with regular theme park admission.
Rock the Universe 2015 Full Lineup
Halloween Horror Nights® (Universal Studios)*
Universal Orlando's biggest event of the year is held on select nights every fall at Universal Studios. This year the event starts on Sept. 18 and goes through Nov. 1. For horror fans and those of you who just like to be scared, this event is not to be missed. The park is transformed from bubbly theme park into a place of terror, with "scare zones" set up and creatures roaming about. Think you're safe? Ha! You might just find a zombie breathing down your neck. The big lure of the night are the movie set-quality haunted houses that are themed around popular TV shows, classic films and some of your favorite video games. This event is not intended for children and is not included with regular theme park admission. Tickets go on sale a month or so before the event begins, and we do recommend buying tickets in advance as some nights do sell out.
Floats and balloons direct from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City head south for the winter during the Macy's Holiday Parade, which also features the big man himself — Santa! Holidays at Universal Studios Florida® goes from Dec. 4, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016. Macy’s Holiday Parade is included with regular park admission.
For those of you who love the Grinch, there is no finer time to visit Islands of Adventure than December. Seuss Landing is transformed into the wonderful world of Grinchmas with the heartwarming live show, the Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular, featuring some of your favorite Grinch characters and set to music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests can get up close and personal with the Grinch himself for pictures or autographs. Holidays at Universal's Islands of Adventures® goes from Dec. 4, 2015- Jan. 2, 2016. Grinchmas is included with regular park admission.
We wanted to provide you this overview of the Universal Orlando Special Events for 2015, because the parties, festivals and events are some of the best reasons to visit! You will find more resources and tips for planning your Universal Orlando trip inside our Orlando Planning Guide.
*WARNING! EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED.
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