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Celebration of Harry Potter Packages, Now Available for Universal Orlando

Celebration of Harry Potter:  January 29-31, 2016

Weather you have grown up reading the Harry Potter books, are a new fan or are just curious about all the hype, the Celebration of Harry Potter packages at Universal Orlando are not to be missed.  They include exclusive, Harry Potter, opportunities that you may not otherwise be able to experience.  Some of the fan favorites are film talent Q&A sessions, special panels and demonstrations, A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo and more…

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A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.

If you are interested in one of the packages below, don’t delay in booking.  The Premium Celebration vacation packages have already sold out.

My name is Melissa and I am a huge Harry Potter fan.  I have traveled on the Hogwart’s express and survived Gringott’s Bank; I am also a travel agent with Main Street Adventures.  Booking your Universal package through me costs nothing extra over booking directly through Universal and you get my planning assistance and recommendations, from personal experience, at no added cost. It all starts with a free quote:
http://www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

LIMITED QUANTITY · WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY
ON SALE NOW

CELEBRATION VACATION PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 3-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park Admission Ticket^ to both Universal Orlando theme parks
  • Exclusive Evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ with desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer™ – one per person (Friday)
  • Special themed Welcome Parcel§ – one per package
  • Special Guest access to the A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo (Friday-Sunday)
  • Special Guest access to select Panels and Demonstrations (Saturday-Sunday)
  • Exclusive Talent Q&A session with select Harry Potter™ film talent
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Hogsmeade™ – one per person
  • Commemorative Merchandise Elements from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ – one per person
  • Access to select Live Entertainment^^ at Universal CityWalk®
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Prime Value On-Site Resort Hotel
STARTING FROM $ 235 *
per adult, per night
tax inclusive
Lowe’s Royal Pacific Resort
Preferred On-Site Resort Hotel
STARTING FROM $ 305 **
per adult, per night
tax inclusive
Lowe’s Portofino Bay Resort
Premier On-Site Resort Hotel
STARTING FROM $ 319 **
per adult, per night
tax inclusive
Universal Partner Hotels
STARTING FROM $ 199 ****
per adult, per night
tax inclusive

LIMITED QUANTITY · WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY
ON SALE NOW

ANNUAL PASSHOLDER CELEBRATION VACATION PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 3-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • Exclusive Evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ with desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer™ – one per person (Friday)
  • Special themed Welcome Parcel§ – one per package
  • Special Guest access to the A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo (Friday-Sunday)
  • Special Guest access to select Panels and Demonstrations (Saturday-Sunday)
  • Exclusive Talent Q&A session with select Harry Potter™ film talent
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Hogsmeade™ – one per person
  • Commemorative Merchandise Elements from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ – one per person
  • Access to select Live Entertainment^^ at Universal CityWalk®A Valid Annual Pass^ is required at time of booking and travel.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Prime Value On-Site  Resort Hotel
STARTING FROM $ 165 *
per adult, per night
tax inclusive
Lowe’s Royal Pacific Resort
Preferred On-Site Resort Hotel
STARTING FROM $ 235 **
per adult, per night
tax inclusive
Lowe’s Portofino Bay Resort
Premier On-Site Resort Hotel
STARTING FROM $ 245 **
per adult, per night
tax inclusive
Universal Partner Hotels
STARTING FROM $ 129 ****
per adult, per night
tax inclusive

ON SALE NOW

INCLUDES ACCESS TO:

  • Universal Studios Florida® & Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
  • Film talent Q&A sessions
  • Panels and Demonstrations
  • A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo
3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket
LESS THAN $69 PER DAY

Thank you for reading!
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Our Family Review

When Universal opened Diagon Alley and Cabana Bay Beach Resort, in the same year, we knew we had to schedule another visit.  It has been long overdue that Universal Orlando have a value priced resort as part of their vacation packages.  We were thrilled to be able to try it out and October was the perfect time of year for us to visit.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

When we pulled into the drive, we were greeted by the bright, tropical sign that was aligned with the retro-theme of the resort.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Lobby

The lobby is saturated in color and refreshing with well arranged seating and palm trees that grow in the very center.

Although Cabana Bay offers family suites complete with kitchenettes, we opted for a standard room, for our family of 4, on this visit.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort, standard room

The retro style rooms were spacious and bright.  The floor to ceiling windows had views of either the parking lot of the pool for an extra cost.  There was plenty of space for luggage and even one of the largest closets I have seen in the value class of resorts.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort, standard room

The bathrooms allowed plenty of space with the sink on the outside to better accommodate families on a busy schedule.  It is always nice to be able to have one family member in the shower & another able to brush their teeth.

Of course we were hungry after we arrived so we decided to try out the Bayliner Diner.  There were multiple food choices and even refillable drink mugs available.  There was a plethora of indoor seating as well as comfortable outdoor seating, somewhat near the pool with the lazy river.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Bayliner Diner
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Bayliner Diner

Now for our very favorite part of this resort….  the swimming pools.

Cabana Bay has 2 large swimming pools.  Both have their advantages.  The pool nearest the Bayliner Diner includes a lazy river area and offers movies by the pool at night.  The water in the lazy river is warm & a joy to float, play & relax in.  You can purchase large float tubes to float in, but we preferred to be down more under the water than floating on top of it.  The other pool has a water slide, splash pad and even private cabanas for rent.  The water slide is fun for all ages.  We stood at the bottom of the slide to greet the kiddos when they got to the bottom.  You will get wet by the waterfall at the bottom of the slide.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort, sand by the pool
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, relaxing, sandy area by the pool.

Each pool had plenty of seating to relax in the sun, with the softest sand I have ever sunk my feet into at a resort pool area.  Both pools had a zero entry area where the kids enjoyed wading out for some splash time.  Life jackets are provided for your kids free of charge.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Lazy River
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Lazy River
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Lazy River
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Lazy River
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Water Slide
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Water Slide

Cabana Bay has so much to do inside the resort.  After arriving by plane, we easily spent the last half of our day with the entertainment provided at the resort.  Not only do they have a large fitness club and game room, they also have a bowling alley.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Galaxy Bowl
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Galaxy Bowl
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Galaxy Bowl
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Galaxy Bowl

When it was time to visit the theme parks, the quickest way to get there, from Cabana Bay, was by bus.  The buses ran constantly from a single stop at Cabana Bay to a single stop at Universal’s City Walk.  From there you walk through City Walk to either of the park entrances.  We never had to wait long for a bus to arrive and many times they were lined up waiting to be loaded.  One advantage of staying in Cabana Bay, along with the other Universal Resorts, is that we were allowed entry into one theme park an hour before the general public.  This is a great time to ride those attractions that will have long wait times later on in the day.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Retro Style Beach Bus
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Retro Style Beach Bus

We very much enjoyed our stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort and will definitely stay here again in the future.  The kids are looking forward to what they have declared “the funnest pools in the Universal Resorts”.  For more pictures visit my pinterest gallery:  https://www.pinterest.com/PixieAdventures/universal-cabana-bay-beach-resort/

A few more details:
Check in time: 4:00pm – If you arrive earlier, you may store your luggage with the bell desk
Check out time: 11:00am – You can request a later check out or store your luggage with the bell desk.
Parking fees, for people staying at Cabana Bay, are $12+tax  a night, per car.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Map
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Map

 

My name is Melissa and I am a travel agent with Main Street Adventures.  It costs nothing extra to book your next trip through me and you will get all of my planning experience at no additional cost to you.  Visit my website or email me for a free, no obligation quote.  Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com http://www.PixieDustAdventures.com

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Diagon Alley to open in Universal Orlando Summer 2014

With a few Harry Potter fans in my house, the opening of Diagon Alley in the summer of 2014 is highly anticipated.

Hogsmeade is currently open in the Islands of Adventure Universal Theme Park and Diagon Alley will be completed in the summer of 2014 along with the new 1950’s Beach Themed Resort, Cabana Bay.

The new Cabana Bay Resort will include 900 family suites and 900 guest rooms. With a bowling alley, 2 pools & even a lazy river your family will be constantly entertained at this new resort.

Once the new Diagon Alley part of Universal theme park is opened, guests with a park hopper pass will be able to ride the Hogwart’s Express between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.  The Hogwart’s Express will run from Kings Cross Station, platform 9 3/4 and from the Hogsmead Station.  The train promises to be just like the film in every detail.

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Diagon Alley will have wondrous new shops, restaurants and even include Nocturn Alley from the dark side of Harry Potter.  If you are brave enough to enter Nocturn Alley, you can purchase things like your very own Death Eater Mask.

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes Shop in Diagon Alley
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes Shop in Diagon Alley

I can say from personal experience that the dining experience at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade was authentic and reflective of what I would have pictured it to be.  Now  you will be able to dine at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley.  I can’t wait to try it out.

The Leaky Cauldrin
The Leaky Cauldron

Perhaps one of the largest, most popular attractions in the new Diagon Alley will be Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringots bank.  This new attraction will delight and thrill park guests in a multi sensory experience.  Perhaps this new attraction will spread out the crowds from the popular Forbidden Journey ride in Hogsmeade.

Harry Potter Escape from Gringots ride inside the goblin run bank.
Harry Potter Escape from Gringots ride inside the goblin run bank.
Harry Potter Escape from Gringots ride inside the goblin run bank.
Harry Potter Escape from Gringots ride inside the goblin run bank.

whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is defiantly worth a visit for any family.  If you are not a fan when you arrive, you will likely be a fan when you leave.

Contact me to help you book your next trip to Universal Orlando.  If you book a trip at one of their resorts you not only get a front of the line pass but also early admission into Hogsmeade.
email me for your free, no obligation Universal Orlando Quote:
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com
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by Melissa Mathies