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Schedule of Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2021 and 2022

by Mommy Frog on September 16, 2021 1572 Orlando   Video

Universal Orlando Events - PinterestWhen it comes to putting on spectacular events, Universal Orlando Resort doesn't hold back. Universal Studios Florida has long been home to one of the nation's premier events — Halloween Horror Nights (which returned in 2021 — with a few extra screams and scares for its 30th anniversary!).

If scary isn't your style, you'll find other year-round, family-friendly Universal Orlando events such as Mardi Gras and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Our frog family leaps at the chance to experience as many of the annual events as we can, and we know yours will too!

We wanted to provide you this complete guide to Universal Orlando Events in 2021 and 2022 because the Universal Studios concerts, parties, festivals and events are some of the best reasons to visit! You will find more resources and tips for planning your Universal Orlando Resort trip inside our Orlando Planning Guide. You'll also find all of the Universal Orlando events listed on our Crowd Calendar, which is the easiest way to see the best times to visit. Note: These Universal Orlando Resort events appear in the order that they are held throughout the year. We don't yet have confirmed dates for all of the events, but we'll be adding them to this page as soon as they become available!

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2021 and Beyond

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 

Halloween Horror Nights 30 (Universal Studios Florida) — Select Dates Sept. 3 to Oct. 31, 2021

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Jack Attack

The biggest Universal Studios Florida event of the year is held on select nights every fall. For horror fans, and those of you who just like to be scared, Halloween Horror Nights is not to be missed! The park is transformed from a bubbly theme park into a place of terror. "Scare zones" are set up while creatures roam about. Think you're safe? Ha! You might just find a zombie breathing down your neck. The big lure of the night is the movie set-quality haunted houses themed around popular TV shows, classic and current films and sometimes even video games. Halloween Horror Nights returned in 2021 in a big way for its 30th anniversary!

This event is not intended for children and is a separately ticketed event. In fact, you'll probably need our Halloween Horror Nights guide just to make it through the night. Tickets go on sale a few months before the event begins, and we highly recommend buying tickets in advance!

Prepare yourself for Halloween Horror Nights with walkthroughs of some of the haunted houses on our YouTube channel — with more on the way. Check out our favorite house of this year's event below!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle — Starting Sept. 18, 2021

Universal Orlando Events - Dark Arts

The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle projection show has been summoned to Universal's Islands of Adventure once again. The show made its first (dark) mark in 2019. As darkness falls, Death Eaters (followers of the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort), infiltrate the streets of Hogsmeade as green light and fog permeate the village, right before the images of dark creatures and Voldemort himself cloak the castle walls. The showtimes run nightly from dusk until the park closes.

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort — Nov. 13, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure)

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Hogsmeade at Night

Holiday wishes do come true! Muggles are able to experience Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley trimmed with festive holiday decorations. Even the shops of the Wizarding World are trimmed! There are holiday-themed food and drinks, as well as entertainment.

The highlight of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a holiday show taking place on Hogwarts Castle. This incredible experience uses mapped-projection technology to "cast a spell" onto the castle and features iconic moments from the films. Check out our video of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2020!

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's (Universal Studios Florida) 

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Universal's Holiday Experience Featuring Macy's Balloons

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's debuted at Universal Studios Florida in 2017. A re-imagining of the park's long-running Macy's Holiday Parade, this extravaganza features Dreamworks favorites. During the parade, guests see the Minions, Shrek, "Madagascar" characters and more. Santa also attends so he can light up the New York Christmas tree! While the parade was replaced by Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons and Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration in 2020, we're hoppy to announce the Holiday Parade — featuring its iconic larger-than-life balloons and your favorite Illumination and DreamWorks Animation characters — will be returning in 2021!

Grinchmas (Universal's Islands of Adventure) 

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Whoville Citizens

For those of you who love the Grinch, there is no finer time to visit Universal's Islands of Adventure than during Grinchmas. Seuss Landing is transformed into the wonderful world of Grinchmas with the heartwarming live show, "Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular." The show features some of your favorite Grinch characters. It's also set to music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. While the show did not take place in 2020, performances will be resuming in 2021! Guests can also get up close and personal with the Grinch himself for pictures or autographs at All The Books You Can Read Bookstore.

JANUARY

Rock the Universe (Universal Studios Florida) — Jan. 28 to 29, 2022

A separately ticketed special event, Rock the Universe is Florida's biggest Christian music festival. Universal moved the dates of this event from September to February for 2019, and it will once again return January 2022 (the 2021 event was canceled). Universal Studios Florida closes at 6 p.m. for the event, but guests with concert tickets are able to enter the park starting at 4 p.m. The 2022 Friday lineup includes performances from Matthew West, for KING & COUNTRY, Rhett Walker, Jordan Feliz and Riley Clemmons, and the Saturday lineup includes performances from Casting Crowns, Zach Williams, We the Kingdom, Big Daddy Weave, Cory Asbury of Bethel Music and Social Club Misfits.

FEBRUARY - MAY

Running Universal (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure) 

Universal Orlando Resort hosted its first-ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend in 2020. We ran through the theme parks, met our favorite characters along the way and earned a toadally awesome medal! Check out our review of the first race weekend at Universal Orlando. No future races have been announced quite yet, but we're hopful there are more to come in 2022!

Mardi Gras (Universal Studios Florida) — Feb. 5 to April 24, 2022

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Family with Matching Outfits

This Universal Orlando rite of passage takes place each spring on select dates at Universal Studios. Highlights of this family-friendly event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and live concerts. With flashy floats created by Kern Studios, the company that has created Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans since 1947, this event is as authentic as it gets (while still remaining kid-friendly)! You can check out authentic New Orleans bands. Plus there are Universal Studios concerts from big names in rock, pop, country and more! There is always plenty of Cajun food and drinks to fill you up too. Check out our tips for Mardi Gras at Universal Studios so you can start planning for next year's event (if you haven't already hopped there this year!). The 2021 event was extended twice so that the good times could keep rollin'!

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular park admission. See all of the partying for yourself!

JUNE - AUGUST

Fourth of July Celebration (Universal Studios Florida) — July 2022

Universal Orlando Events - Fourth of July Celebration

We celebrated Fourth of July at Universal Studios Florida with our favorite Universal characters in 2019. Festivities kicked off at the Music Plaza at 5 p.m. with DJ M-Squared spinning top tunes and live music from Raydio. Characters and stilt walkers joined the dance party and showed off their moves. The pyrotechnics display took place over the Music Plaza once the sun went down. We even got food and drinks delivered right to us on the lawn from the Classic Monster Cafe across the way! We ended the night by watching Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Central Park. Similar Fourth of July festivities didn't hoppen in 2021, but we'll keep an eye out in case this event returns in 2022!

Are you planning on hopping to Universal Orlando Resort this year? Which Universal Orlando events in 2021 and beyond are you most looking forward to attending? Stop by the comments to tell us below!

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Survival Guide

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

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jul 5, 2021 at 6:33 p.m. Kathryn Says...

When do you think universal will release their blockout dates for 2022?

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Jun 23, 2021 at 2:19 p.m. Dawn Says...

Any news on July 4th plans ? We are going that week and hoping they are doing something.

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Jun 23, 2021 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn!

We haven't heard of any official Fourth of July plans yet, but we'll keep you updated in case we do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2021 at 10:03 p.m. Faith Fowlet Says...

How do I get tickets for Rock the Universe?

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Jun 14, 2021 at 5:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Faith!

We still don't know any details about Rock the Universe in 2022 yet, but keep this guide bookmarked — we'll be sure to update once we know more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2021 at 1:33 p.m. Jennifer Trujillo Says...

Why can i not purchase tickets on December 31st? This date is blocked out.

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May 5, 2021 at 1:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

We were just able to book for that date, so we recommend trying again. If you continue to run into trouble, call us at 1-800-846-1302 with any questions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 15, 2020 at 12:46 a.m. ANDRIA JAYNE Aspinwall Says...

Hi, we have booked for November 21 and are doing universal, discovery cove SeaWorld, bush gardens and aquatica, and was wondering would we need to book the days, hoping by then it will be better. Thankyou

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Nov 17, 2020 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andria!

We'd book your reservation ASAP for Discovery Cove, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens as things are filling up quickly for the holiday season :) Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2020 at 5:31 p.m. Sharon Coulton Says...

My family and I had to reschedue our holiday and coming to Orlando 19th April 2021 for 21 days and have Universal 3 park Explorer tickets. Do we need to pre book the dates we wish to visit the parks like we have had to do with Disney.

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Jul 27, 2020 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon!

No reservation is necessary to enter Universal Orlando at this time. Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 18, 2020 at 11:05 p.m. Chris Halle Says...

We’ll be coming to Universal for the 1st time Tuesday March 2nd. Is any thing good happening on that date also we would like to see 2 parks there. Pricing please? Not sure to buy online or at the gate.

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Feb 23, 2020 at 10:18 p.m. Angela Steward Says...

Awesome! Universal is Me and My sons FAVORITE theme park! You will not be disappointed! We have been going almost every year for the past 15 years and it never gets old! We will actually be there the first week in March too!!! Have an awesome time!!!

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Feb 21, 2020 at 12:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Mardi Gras will be going on at that time! You can find all of our Universal Orlando Resort tickets and pricing here; we'd recommend a 2-day park-to-park ticket so that you're able to hop back and forth between the parks :) Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 9, 2020 at 4:15 a.m. Ryan Salter Says...

Have you heard anything if they have a celebration planned for the 10th anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

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Jan 13, 2020 at 9:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan!

We haven't just yet, unfortunately ... we definitely have our fingers and toes crossed! If we hear anything, we'll be sure to update you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 28, 2019 at 8:45 p.m. Sara Smith Says...

Why are early 2019 events posted still? You had my hopes up that Steve Miller Band would be performing while I was going to be vacationing. Very disappointing.

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Dec 30, 2019 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

Since 2020's Mardi Gras lineup hasn't been announced just yet, we left 2019's lineup up under "2019 Lineup" so that others who haven't attended before might get a sense for the artists available at Mardi Gras in previous years. We'll be sure to update accordingly once 2020's lineup is announced!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2019 at 12:32 a.m. Andrea Says...

Have you heard any rumblings about the Harry Potter Celebration for 2020?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea,

As far as official confirmation goes, we have not heard one way or the other (haven't heard any rumblings either). But unfortunately, its return seems unlikely — Rock the Universe is confirmed for the last weekend of January, which is when A Celebration of Harry Potter usually takes place. However, if we hear anything different, we'll update here!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. Anthony Says...

We will be there from November 8th through November 11th. It looks like this is in between Halloween and Christmas shows. Will there be any nighttime shows on our visit?

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Aug 27, 2019 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anthony!

That's correct. However, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration runs on select nights. Right now, it’s not showing dates in Nov. but keep checking the schedule of events to see if any dates pop up during your trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 8, 2019 at 4:53 a.m. ev mabrouk Says...

love universal

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Jul 8, 2019 at 4:30 a.m. Manthark Says...

We would love to check out universal, minions are a big hit in our house!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:48 a.m. RLK Says...

I can't wait to bring my grand kids back to a park.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:31 a.m. AS Says...

I would so love to visit any of these parks!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:12 a.m. Cassandra D Says...

I really like the different events.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:03 a.m. KC Says...

My little sister passed away in Feb. She loved theme parks so much. I wish I had brought her to Universal for the Harry Potter Christmas celebration.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:44 a.m. Newbie@47 Says...

Thanks for the info

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:39 a.m. Lawrence Alworth Says...

Universal has alot of good activities

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:34 a.m. Virginia Alworth Says...

So great to know what's going on at Universal

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:25 a.m. Vanessa Garza Says...

Can’t wait to finally take my kids. Enter to win

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:20 a.m. Jen W Says...

My kids and I are dying to go to Universal! We really hope to someday soon. ????Thank you for the tips!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:12 a.m. Sokha Nop Says...

The best one out there

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Jul 8, 2019 at 1:31 a.m. Deanna Says...

Grateful for the information!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:55 a.m. Jocelyn C. Says...

Thanks for the info!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:12 a.m. Megan h Says...

Universal has so many events planned out. I would love to see it for Christmas ????

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:04 a.m. Bridget Says...

Can’t wait to visit again!! Favorite place on earth ????

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:03 a.m. Elizabeth Miller Says...

What I would not give to be at pretty much any of the events but the Christmas looks amazing. My daughter has been wanting to go to Universal for 3 years now and we keep trying but something has got in the way each year. At turning 14 the end of this month, I have to make it happen soon so she can have all the memories of it.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:49 p.m. brandy trover Says...

I would love to do all three parks! Wow amazing

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:39 p.m. Delores Harris Says...

So much info to wade through, you have it laid out for ease of use. thanks

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:28 p.m. Jose Vasquez Says...

Ive been wanting to go to universal for a long time now, I cant wait to visit!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:25 p.m. Latosha Foreman Says...

I love undercover tourist

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:03 p.m. Katie Greve Says...

So much fun! Can’t wait to go!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:55 p.m. Elizabeth Parks Scott Says...

Thanks! Wondering if a 4 and 6 year old boy can accomplish a park hopper at Universal and Islands of adventure. Im also thinking they are too young for Volcano Bay?

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Jul 10, 2019 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

It really depends on what you're going for (hitting all attractions? Just the big ticket attractions?) and the time of year (you can see more about crowd expectations here). If it’s slow season or you have Express Passes, you could probably get all your high priority attractions done. But if you want to see and do everything and it’s busy (without Express Passes), it might be tougher. We'd instead recommend doing one park one day and the other the next if that's the case. Most attractions at Volcano Bay have height requirements of 42 or 48 inches, so that’s something to keep in mind if your tadpole is not tall enough.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:37 p.m. Elizabeth Guillen Says...

I hope to visit one day!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:04 p.m. donna porter Says...

I have not been to Orlando in over 20 years. I had so much fun but I must say that Universal Studios and Sea World were the best that I visited. I would love to take my hubby on a wonderful vacation to Orlando. He is 58 and never been to Orlando and I know he would love all the attractions!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 8:36 p.m. Kelly Says...

Great things to add to our to do list for our honeymoon vacay!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 8:07 p.m. Sarah Says...

We just went to universal for my 30th birthday! We loved it and hope to take the kids soon!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 7:57 p.m. Lisa Haye Says...

Wow...I LOVE the information about Mardi Gras in Universal Studios!! Sounds like fun! :)

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Jul 7, 2019 at 7:21 p.m. Lanell Says...

Would love to take a family vacation to Universal!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. Tiffany M Says...

Fingers crossed! I’ve been dying to go!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:48 p.m. Andrew Logan Says...

Travelling March next year. What’s the best thing to do with a 6 year old

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:27 p.m. Jen Morgans Says...

I love Undercover Tourist. We are planning our 3rd trip to Disneyworld and 1st trip to Universal in April 2020. I'm ordering all our tickets through you and possibly a couple nights at Royal Pacific!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:04 p.m. Sarah Mayer Says...

Wow, there is so much to see and do here! I'd love to check out the Wizarding World of HP.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:57 p.m. Laura Barker Says...

Amazing prize!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:57 p.m. DorieSue Walker Says...

I can't wait to go-to Harry Potter world

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. StephanieB Says...

My daughter and I read the Harry Potter series to each other every night! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be such a magical experience for us during our Christmas festivities. And my youngest daughter would really get a kick out of breakfast with the Grinch!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:13 p.m. Katherine Minthorne Says...

Christmas at universal would be great!!!!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:08 p.m. Lisa Carr Says...

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter sounds perfect!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 4:42 p.m. Teri Says...

Excited to take my son for the first time to Disney and Universal!!!

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