Universal Orlando Annual Events

Rock the Universe

Rock, ride, and rejoice at Rock the Universe, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival. Experience two nights of soul-stirring songs from Christian music’s hottest stars and enjoy a candle-lighting Ceremony and a morning worship service.

Overview

Rock the Universe is an event designed for those who enjoy religious festivities. If you enjoy music by Christian artists, worship services, and candle-lighting ceremonies, this event is for you.

Rock the Universe

Live Performances

Enjoy two nights of soul-stirring songs from Christian music’s hottest artists.

FanZone Presented by Coca-Cola

Meet your favorite artists at autograph sessions each night.

Candle-lighting Ceremony

Join a ceremony with a special message and moving music performed live.

Worship Service

Wrap up your weekend with a morning worship service.

Rock the Universe

1. Is Rock the Universe a separately ticketed event?
Yes, Rock the Universe is a separately ticketed event; it is not included with regular theme park admission. In order to attend, you must purchase a ticket specifically for the event.

2. How can I purchase a ticket to attend the event?
When available, tickets can be purchased at universalorlando.com.

3. Where does Rock the Universe take place?
Rock the Universe is held at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

4. What time does the event start?
Guests with a Rock the Universe ticket can enter Universal Studios Florida after 4 pm, and your Rock the Universe ticket will allow you to remain in the park until 1 AM.

5. What will happen if it rains?
The event itself occurs rain or shine; however, it should be noted that the entertainment schedule may change.

6. Can I visit Universal’s Islands of Adventure with a Rock the Universe ticket?
You can only visit Islands of Adventure with a Rock Your Weekend ticket or a Rock Your Weekend park-to-park ticket. A standard one-night and two-night Rock the Universe ticket will only grant you access to the Universal Studios Florida park after 4 pm. Regular theme park tickets are also available for purchase, but they will not allow you to attend the event.

7. Can I visit Universal’s Volcano Bay with a Rock the Universe ticket?
You can only visit Volcano Bay with a 3-park Rock Your Weekend ticket. Regular park tickets are also available for purchase, but they will not allow you to attend the event.

Universal Mardi Gras

Each year, the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street come to Universal Studios Florida for Orlando’s own version of the popular Mardi Gras celebration. During the event, you can savor authentic Cajun cuisine like Jambalaya and Gumbo, a dazzling parade, live musical performances by some of the biggest names in music, and more.

Overview

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is an amazing celebration for the entire family. In addition to the park’s thrilling rides and attractions, you can also look forward to delicious Cajun meals, a fun parade, and musical performances. The Mardi Gras parade is definitely the highlight of the event. The incredibly detailed floats, as well as the fantastic theming, music, lights, and colors, all add up to create a phenomenal parade that’s fun to watch. What’s really great is that you’re joining in on the fun by catching beads by the handful.

Universal Mardi Gras

Parade

Watch a dazzling parade, complete with stunning floats, amazing costumed characters, beads by the handful, and more.

Live Performances

Enjoy live musical performances by some of the biggest names in music.

French Quarter Courtyard

Savor authentic Cajun cuisine and watch performances by bands directly from New Orleans.

Universal Mardi Gras

1. Is Mardi Gras a separately ticketed event?
No, Universal Mardi Gras is included with your regular theme park admission.

2. Where does this event take place?
The Mardi Gras celebration takes place at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

3. Is this event appropriate for children?
The event itself is appropriate for people of all ages; however, it should be noted that some musical artists may use foul language during their performance.

4. Where do the live performances take place?
The main concerts take place at the Music Plaza stage, which is situated between Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. The small venue performances by New Orleans bands takes place at the French Quarter Courtyard in the New York section of the park.

5. Is there seating for any of the live performances?
Seating is not provided, and you are prohibited from bringing folding chairs in the park.

6. Do I need to sign up to watch the main concerts?
It is not required for you to sign up to watch the main concerts at the Music Plaza. You are permitted to wait in designated areas for early entry into the plaza, and you may enter the area at any time if space is available.

7. About how early should I arrive to watch a performance in the Music Plaza?
Lines can begin to form as soon as the park opens, especially for popular musical artists. If you wish to receive front row or near the front for a well-known artist and do not mind waiting in tight crowds or skipping the theme park attractions, you should consider waiting as soon as you arrive at the park. If you would like to watch a performance in the Music Plaza area and do not mind where you are located, we recommend waiting about 3-4 hours in advance. If you’d prefer not to wait but wish to see a performance, we advise watching at the benches of Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe.

8. Where should I watch the Mardi Gras parade?
Although all areas located along the parade route provide great views of the parade, we recommend viewing the parade near Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe. This area will not only allow you to enjoy the parade, but it will also provide a direct view of the main concerts, which begin shortly after the parade.

9. What will happen if it rains?
The event itself occurs rain or shine; however, it should be noted that some experiences may be delayed or canceled.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Horrifying monsters, mutants, and maniacs come alive at Universal Studios Florida You can explore terrifying haunted houses, make your way through scare zones where creatures lurk around every turn, experience thrilling rides and attractions, and more.

Overview

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event is continuously rated the nation’s best Halloween event, and there’s a solid reason as to why. The event truly immerses you into the horror genre with highly detailed atmospheres and truly frightening experiences. You can walk directly into some of your favorite horror films and come face-to-face with iconic creatures. Halloween Horror Nights is a horror enthusiast’s paradise.

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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Houses & Shows

Experience haunted houses that place you into original environments and iconic horror films.

Scare Zones

Navigate your way through monster-infested streets.

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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

1. Is Halloween Horror Nights a separately ticketed event?
Yes, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event; it is not included with regular theme park admission. In order to attend, you must purchase a ticket specifically for the event.

2. Where does the event take place?
Halloween Horror Nights takes place at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

3. How can I purchase a ticket to attend the event?
When available, tickets can be purchased at orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com.

4. Is this event appropriate for children?
This event may not be suitable for children because of its mature content. Halloween Horror Nights is intended to be a frightening event, so it may be too intense for some children. Additionally, some content may be inappropriate.

5. Is there an age restriction for this event?
Although Universal recommends guests be at least 13 years of age to attend, they will not deny access to anyone under that age limit.

6. What is included with my ticket?
Your Halloween Horror Nights ticket includes access to all houses, shows, and scare zones at the Halloween Horror Nights event. Select special experiences, should they be available, may be an additional cost, however.

7. What time does the event start and end?
Halloween Horror Nights officially begins at 6:30 PM. Closing times will vary based on your visit. You can view the exact times for your visit on our Halloween Horror Nights planning guide under the “Event Dates” tab.

8. What will happen if it rains?
The event itself occurs rain or shine; however, it should be noted that the scare zones will not feature scare actors and outdoor shows may be canceled. Additionally, should flooding occur in any houses, they may be closed indefinitely.

9. Can I dress up for the event?
Universal Orlando prohibits masks and costumes in the park.

10. Am I permitted to take photos and videos?
According to Universal’s policies, you are permitted to take photos at the event, but you may not use flash photography in the houses. Additionally, while you can record videos in the park, you cannot do so in the houses.

11. What is Halloween Horror Nights Express?
Halloween Horror Nights Express is the event’s express line system. The pass allows guests to wait in a separate line at all houses and open attractions for significantly shorter wait times.

12. Can I visit Universal’s Islands of Adventure or Universal’s Volcano Bay with a Halloween Horror Nights ticket?
A standard Halloween Horror Nights ticket will only grant you access to the event. You cannot visit Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, or Universal Studios Florida (during daytime hours) with the ticket. There are tickets available that will grant you access to these parks, however.

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Holidays at Universal Orlando

The magic of the holiday season comes alive as Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure transform into a winter wonderland. Both parks are adorned with festive decorations and host special festive entertainment. Plus, all on-site hotels join in on the holiday fun.

Overview

Universal Orlando’s holiday festivities have drastically improved over the years. From the magical parade and decked out streets to the live musical performances and holiday shows, there’s so much for families to enjoy at the resort.

Holidays at Universal Orlando

Holiday Parade

Towering balloons and decorated floats parade down the streets of Universal Studios Florida.

Mannheim Steamroller

Watch live performances at Universal Studios Florida on select nights by a top holiday artist.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and the London waterfront transform with festive decorations and offer limited time treats and special entertainment. Plus, as the stars begin to shine, Hogwarts comes alive with projections that wrap around the castle.

Grinchmas

As winter arrives, Seuss Landing decorates for the Who-lidays and puts on a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale, starring The Grinch.

On-Site Hotels

All of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels deck out for the holiday season with glamorous Christmas trees, garland, and more. In addition to this, the properties host special activities, including a Hanukkah celebration.

Holidays at Universal Orlando

1. Is the holiday celebration a separately ticketed event?
No, Universal’s holiday celebration is included with your regular theme park admission.

2. Is Mannheim Steamroller an additional charge?
No, Mannheim Steamroller is included with your theme park admission.

3. Where does the event take place?
The holiday celebration takes place at the Universal Studios Florida park and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Guests can also enjoy additional experiences at Universal’s on-site hotels.

4. Do all of the areas in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure have holiday offerings?
Not all areas necessarily feature holiday offerings. For example, in Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Seuss Landing are the only areas that feature holiday experiences.

5. Where does Mannheim Steamroller perform?
Mannheim Steamroller performs on select days at the Music Plaza stage, which is situated between Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

6. Do I need to sign up to watch Mannheim Steamroller?
It is not required for you to sign up to watch the performance at the Music Plaza.

7. Where should I watch the holiday parade?
Although all areas located along the parade route provide great views of the parade, we recommend viewing the parade near Revenge of the Mummy or Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. These areas will allow you to better view the tree lighting ceremony.

8. Are there any areas with exclusive holiday food?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may serve holiday food taken straight from the Harry Potter series.

9. What will happen if it rains?
The event itself occurs rain or shine; however, it should be noted that some experiences may be delayed or canceled.

EVE at Universal CityWalk

Experience EVE at Universal CityWalk, an electrifying New Year’s Eve celebration. During the event, enjoy signature drinks, revel in clubs with live music, savor gourmet cuisine, and rock out on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor. As the clock hits midnight, watch a pyrotechnics display that lights up the entire sky.

Overview

EVE at Universal CityWalk is a grand way to end the year for those who enjoy parties. This grand celebration includes unlimited food, a massive dance floor, drinks, a DJ, and fireworks. All these elements make it an electrifying event.

EVE at Universal CityWalk

Pyrotechnics Display

Fireworks light up the night sky as the new year begins.

Clubs

Party all night long at multiple nightclubs found at Universal CityWalk.

Outdoor Dance Floor

Dance the night away on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor.

Unlimited Cuisine

Savor gourmet dishes, including ribs, jumbo shrimp, and custom desserts.

EVE at Universal CityWalk

1. Is EVE a separately ticketed event?
Yes, EVE is a separately ticket event. Your theme park admission will not grant you access to the event.

2. How can I purchase a ticket to attend the event?
When available, tickets can be purchased at universalorlando.com.

3. Is there an age restriction for this event?
Yes, EVE has an age restriction. You must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid photo ID to attend the event.

4. What is included with my ticket?
Your EVE ticket includes access to all experiences listed for the event. It should be noted that beverages are not included.

5. Can I visit any of the parks with an EVE ticket?
An EVE ticket will only grant you access to the event. You cannot visit Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or Volcano Bay with the ticket. You will have to purchase a theme park ticket to enter the parks.

NOTE: This information is subject to change. Additional experiences may be featured at these events. Special events may be held at the resort that are not displayed on this page. Select photos on this page are the property of Universal Parks & Resorts.

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