Universal Studios Orlando Events

Universal Studios Orlando Events

NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change

Monthly Events

Velvet Sessions

On the last Thursday of every month (except November and December), the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel is transformed into an intimate, high-energy entertainment venue for "Velvet Sessions". The event features a different band each month and includes complimentary cocktails (limited selection), butler-served hors d'oeuvres and warm-up music starting at 6:30 pm.  At 8:30 pm, the featured band starts and a cash bar is available.  Complimentary valet parking is available.

Prices:

$29 online, $35 at the door, VIP $50 (In September - $50 online, $55 at the door, VIP $25 more)

*Buy your tickets online and receive early entry at 6 pm, along with free specialty drinks.
** VIP tickets include the benefits of a standard ticket, plus a special viewing area with a private bar serving specialty drinks.

(cover charges subject to change depending on which band is performing. Be sure to check www.velvetsessions.com for details).

 


Harbor Nights Primavera at Portofino Bay Hotel

  • Friday, April 25 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tickets: $45 online or $55 at the door.
  • Reserved seating tickets (with private wine station and passed hors d'oeuvres) are $75 online or $85 at the door
  • Held in the Harbor Piazza in February, March, April, September, October, November, and December
  • For reservations 407-503-1200
  • This wine tasting and jazz event will capture the mood and feeling of the Mediterranean. Guests will enjoy wine, gourmet food, complimentary hand-rolled cigars and live jazz on the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Wantilan Luau

  • Royal Pacific Resort
  • Saturdays, 6:00 pm, (registration begins at 5:30, reservations required by calling 407-503-DINE or clicking here)
  • Adults: $70 (priority seating) or $63 (regular seating)
    Children ages 4-12: $40 (priority seating) or $35 (regular seating)
  • Price includes buffet, gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and Mai Tais

This weekly Hawaiian luau is hosted every Saturday (and Tuesdays seasonally).  While watching hula and fire dancers, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with such island foods as a pit-roasted pig, fire-grilled beef with mushroom, fresh Pacific fish, tropical fruits, and desserts. Children will have their own special buffet with salad, cheese pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken fingers and macaroni & cheese. 

August

wine riffs

August 8, 2014 6:30pm

Hard Rock Hotel

Elizabeth Delouise-Gant of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars hosts this evening. A five-course dinner from the hotel's chefs is paired with wines and music.

$125 per person, tax and gratuity not included.  Adults ages 21 and older only.  For reservations and information, call 407-503-2405.

September

Rock the Universe 2014

September 5 & 6, 2014: 4 pm - 1 am

Join other fans to experience one of the biggest Christian rock concerts in the world!  Pay one price and see some of the biggest names in Christian music today!

 

Friday, September 5, 2014 Saturday, September 6, 2014
Third Day Switchfoot
Newsboys Lecrae
Jeremy Camp TobyMac

 

**Bands in bold are headlining acts.

 


Halloween Horror Nights - SEPTEMBER 19-20, 25-28 2014
OCTOBER 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 2014, NOVEMBER 1 2014

Face your deepest fears in the flesh, or what's left of it, as Halloween Horror Nights 24 invades Universal Orlando.

 

October

 

Halloween Horror Nights - SEPTEMBER 19-20, 25-28 2014
OCTOBER 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 2014, NOVEMBER 1 2014


 

November

Halloween Horror Nights - SEPTEMBER 19-20, 25-28 2014
OCTOBER 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 2014, NOVEMBER 1 2014

 


"ICE" at Gaylord Palms - November 2014 - January 2015

Using two million pounds of ice, this Gaylord Palms Resort special ticket exhibit will be transformed into the North Pole featuring an arctic forest, a Christmas carnival with a life-size carousel, Santa's ornament room and even his reindeer!  One of the attractions favorite scenes is an unforgettable Life-sized Nativity made completely of clear ice. Frozen within these unique sculptures are twinkling lights that create an ever-changing luminescence.  "Ice" exhibit's most popular attraction, the incredible slides carved from ice, are longer than ever.

 


Thanksgiving at Universal - November 27, 2014

Specific details aren't out yet, but there are normally special dinners held at each of the hotels.

 

December

Holiday Events at Universal Orlando - December 2014 - January 2015

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ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

  • Seuss Landing at Island of Adventure is transformed into Grinchmas with authentic move props and colorful decorations.  Visitors can even meet the Grinch in his "lair" and take a walk through the Whoville Wonky Tree Lot. 

  • Make sure to see the musical stage show of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"!
    Check the park map for show times.

 

Breakfast with the Grinch and Friends!

 

 

The Grinch is inviting you to breakfast! Treat your family to a special Grinchmas Character Breakfast (separate fee applies) at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Watch the Video here

You’ll enjoy an all-inclusive buffet at Confisco Grille where you’ll dine with The Grinch and many more of your favorite Seuss characters, including a Who or two. Plus, you’ll get express access to The Cat In The Hat ride with your Character Breakfast receipt!

With limited seating and select dates, these breakfasts are sure to fill up fast.

2014 dates not yet announced

 

Dec 7-25, 2013 (8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am)

Dec 16-30, 2013 (7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am)

Dec 31, 2013 (8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am)

Prices

Children (ages 3-9):
$10.99 plus tax & gratuity, per person

Adults:
$24.99 plus tax & gratuity, per person

 


Call (407) 224-4012 to reserve your space today!

 

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"ICE" at Gaylord Palms - November 2014 - January 2015

Using two million pounds of ice, this Gaylord Palms Resort special ticket exhibit will be transformed into the North Pole featuring an arctic forest, a Christmas carnival with a life-size carousel, Santa's ornament room and even his reindeer!  One of the attractions favorite scenes is an unforgettable Life-sized Nativity made completely of clear ice. Frozen within these unique sculptures are twinkling lights that create an ever-changing luminescence.  "Ice"exhibit's most popular attraction, the incredible slides carved from ice, are longer than ever.


New Year's at Universal Orlando

The on-site hotels will have special dinners planned.  CityWalk clubs will have parties and a midnight celebration.  More details will be added as the date gets closer. 

January

A Celebration of Harry Potter - January 30-February 1, 2015

 

Fans of the boy wizard will love this three-day event celebrating everything Harry Potter.  There will be Q&A sessions with select cast members and filmmakers, a Harry Potter Expo, and of course, the chance to visit Diagon Alley, ride the Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

 

An Exclusive Event Package - on sale 8/21/14 at noon EST

  • 3-night hotel accommodations
  • 3-day park-to-park admission ticket to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, including light desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer
  • Exclusive film talent Q&A sesson and reserved section for discussions and demonstrations
  • Special Guest access to A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo
  • Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme parks open
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (one per person)
  • Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
  • Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk

February

Harbor Nights Romantico - This will be held in February 2015

Wine tasting and jazz event on the Harbor Piazza of the Portofino Bay Hotel.

 


Universal Orlando Mardi Gras  - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, the event was held Select nights February 8 – May 31.

Mardi Gras - Universal Studios Orlando
This event held annually at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL blends the best of New Orleans with some of the best names in music for a rockin’ good time. 

Mardi Gras features live bands straight from the heart of New Orleans, a parade, authentic Louisiana cuisine and one special performing artist celebration. Really a great time!

2014 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule

 

 

March

 

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras  -2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, the event was held Select nights February 8 – May 31.



This event held annually at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL blends the best of New Orleans with some of the best names in music for a rockin’ good time. 

Mardi Gras features live bands straight from the heart of New Orleans, a parade, authentic Louisiana cuisine and one special performing artist celebration. Really a great time!

2014 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule

April

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras  - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, the event was held Select nights February 8 – May 31.



This event held annually at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL blends the best of New Orleans with some of the best names in music for a rockin’ good time. 

Mardi Gras features live bands straight from the heart of New Orleans, a parade, authentic Louisiana cuisine and one special performing artist celebration. Really a great time!

2014 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule

 


Universal Grad Bash - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, the event was held April 4, 11, 25, 26, and May 2


Join the graduation party at Universal Orlando - party at both parks from 7 pm - 2 am! Enjoy live concerts, street entertainment, dance parties and karaoke!

Some of the entertainment will include:

Ne-Yo: 4/4/14 and 4/11/14

Trey Songz: 4/25, 4/26, and 5/2/14

 


Easter - April 5, 2015

There will be special dinners at the onsite hotels, as well as select restaurants at CityWalk.


Harbor Nights Primavera - This will be held in April 2015

6:30-9:00pm

Reserved seating tickets (with private wine station and passed hors d'oeuvres) are $75 online or $85 at the door

This wine tasting and jazz event will capture the mood and feeling of the Mediterranean. Guests will enjoy wine, gourmet food, complimentary hand-rolled cigars and live jazz on the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

May

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras  - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, the event was held Select nights February 8 – May 31.

This event held annually at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL blends the best of New Orleans with some of the best names in music for a rockin’ good time. 

Mardi Gras features live bands straight from the heart of New Orleans, a parade, authentic Louisiana cuisine and one special performing artist celebration. Really a great time!

2014 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule


Universal Grad Bash - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this was held April 4, 11, 25, 26, and May 2)


Join the graduation party at Universal Orlando - party at both parks from 7 pm - 2 am! Enjoy live concerts, street entertainment, dance parties and karaoke!

Some of the entertainment will include:

Ne-Yo: 4/4/14 and 4/11/14

Trey Songz: 4/25, 4/26, and 5/2/14


Mother's Day Dining Events

May 10, 2015

Details not yet announced, but there are typically special brunches held at the on-site hotels.


Gradventure - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this was held May 9 and 16)


Graduation party for middle schoolers! Tickets will include entrance to both parks at 4:00 pm and vouchers for dinner.  Guests will celebrate with DJs, dance parties, karaoke, photo ops, street entertainment and dinner.

 

June

There are currently no special events scheduled for June.  Please check the monthly events.

 

July

4th of July Celebration

July 4th, 2015

Universal Orlando will add a special patriotic ending with fireworks to their evening show "Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular". 

Universal officials have said that the fireworks will not be able to be viewed from Islands of Adventure or Universal CityWalk.

 

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