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Who loves to save during the holidays? I think everybody does, right?! It’s the best time of year to save big on purchases, including on Orlando theme park tickets. Universal Orlando Resort is doing their part to help families save their hard earned cash with a limited time, budget-friendly ticket sale featuring three days for the price of two. Whether you like to park hop, visit one park per day, or want to add on other attractions to your ticket, the savings are available. For a total breakdown of Universal Orlando Resort ticket deals, read on.

Single Park Admission: Ticket valid for either Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios. However, you can only attend 1 park per day selected, which is of your choice.

The best value for single park admission start at 2-day tickets, with 3rd day free. Tickets are only $135.99, which is a $30 savings from gate price. Want to spend four days at the park? This ticket type also has a $20 savings, and is on sale for only $155.99.

Park-to-Park Admission: Ticket valid for both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios with ability to visit either park on the same day. Hop from park-to-park and see all Universal has to offer.

Two-Day, 3-Day and 4-Day Universal Park-to-Park tickets have a savings of $20-30 per ticket as well. Spend two days park hopping, with the third day free for the low price of $175.99 – a $30 savings. Want to add more days to play? Four-day tickets are $195.99.

If you’d like to add Universal Orlando’s waterpark – Wet ‘n Wild – to your ticket purchase, the 3-day Unlimited Park-to-Park ticket is your best value. For $199.99, which is $20 cheaper than gate price, you can enjoy unlimited admissions to BOTH Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, as well as, Wet ‘n Wild for 14 consecutive days. If park hopping isn’t your thing, you can purchase a single park 2-day ticket with 3rd day free for $171.74. This ticket allows entry to Wet ‘n Wild and to either Universal Studios Florida OR Islands of Adventure for 3 days.

All 3rd day free tickets must be used between January 4 and June 20, 2015.

For more information on Universal Orlando Resort packages, as well as Disney World ticket bundles, be sure to visit Reserve Orlando.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Have you conquered the theme parks of Orlando?  Are you searching for your next vacation location?  If so, check out Reserve Direct’s newest destination site – Reserve New York City.  To cater to those who dream of taking a bite out of the Big Apple Reserve Direct has launched an all new website dedicated to New York City, New York. The city that never sleeps is a prime vacation destination for many reasons. You can combine the theatrics of Broadway with historic sites, cultural excursions and sightseeing in places like Central Park.

ReserveNewYorkCityIf you’re planning a trip to New York City book with Reserve New York City to find great deals on all your vacation needs. From discounts on Broadway shows, hotels and tours to inside information on things to do and places to go, we aim to be your one-stop shop for all things New York. There are thousands of things to do and sights to see in New York. A new of the must-see attractions include:

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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • NYC Sightseeing Bus Tours
  • New York Harbor Tours
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • Statue of Liberty
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Les Miserables
  • The Lion King
  • Wicked
  • American Museum of Natural History

 

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Frozen fever has taken over Disney World Orlando! If you’ve got a case, the only cure is to visit the most magical (and now wintry!) place on earth. Join Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff for merriment in the Magic Kingdom this holiday season.

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Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

PThe highlight of Frozen being featured at the Magic Kingdom is the all-new show “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” Each night at 6:15pm, your favorite Frozen characters travel to Arendelle and you’re invited on the journey. Get swept up in the spirit of the season as you watch handsome Kristoff, loveable snowman Olaf and sisters Anna and Elsa waltz across the Castle Forecourt stage. It all culminates in Queen Elsa using her powers to transforms the castle into a sparkling, icy masterpiece.

Of course, Frozen fever overtook Disney World earlier in the year with Frozen Summer Fun and special meet and greets with Anna and Elsa taking place. Arendelle’s royal couple were greeting guests in the Norway pavilion’s Prinsess Plass (Princess Home). Due to high demand, you can now meet and greet Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall. As the experience is extremely popular, Disney has made Fastpass+ reservation available as far as six months in advance. If you attend the Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’ll also spot the Frozen characters as they join the procession along with a flurry of ice cutters and skiers from the faraway kingdom of Arendelle.

Need even more of a Frozen fix? After experiencing the Magic Kingdom, head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts Olaf at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Snowground. Build a snowman, throw a few snow balls, and then attend the super popular For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Frozen Sing-A-Long Celebration. Queen Elsa and Princess Anna join in belting out all of your favorite Frozen songs, including “Let it Go.” Over at Epcot you can tour Norway’s Stave Church replica to view a gallery of Norwegian artifacts that inspired the film. Everywhere you look, except maybe the Animal Kingdom, Disney World Theme Parks have been bitten by the Frozen bug.

Join the celebration and make Frozen a part of your holiday plans.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

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Check out these Orlando events happening January 2015:

January 1-3:  Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort including great events like Grinchmas, Macy’s Holiday Parade, and holiday concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

January 1-4:  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios become aglow in light during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Presented at the Disney Park every holiday season since 1995, this stunning light show adds an extra dose of festive fun to any Disney World vacation.

January 7-11:  Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Events include the Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, Family Fun Run 5K, runDisney Kids Races, Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo, Pasta in the Park Party, and the Cool Down Party. For more information and to sign up, visit their website.

January 5 – March 6:  Real Music Concert Series at Busch Gardens
This longest running concert series returns Wednesdays through Saturday’s beginning in January. Listen to live music that will span the decades from the 1930s-1970s. Concerts are held each day at 11:30am, 1pm, and 3:30pm. Concerts are included with regular Busch Gardens admission, but reservation tickets are required to guarantee a seat.

January 24-30: Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities
This multi-day, multi-disciplinary event celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality, and the contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and world culture.

Disney World caters to food enthusiasts with unique restaurants throughout their theme parks and resort. At Downtown Disney two new restaurants are slated to open at in summer 2015, as part of the transition into Disney Springs.

Iron Chef fans will be familiar with the chef helming one restaurant specifically. Chef Morimoto will open Morimoto Asia, the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian restaurant. Located at The Landing, which is the center of Disney Springs, the 36-foot tall, two story establishment will feature a variety of areas to explore include exhibition kitchens, waterside seating, cocktail lounge, long bar, grand hall and open terraces. Of course, the food will be the main highlight of Morimoto Asia. Focused on flavors from throughout the continent, Morimoto plans to expand the cuisine horizons of Disney diners. Special exhibition kitchens add to the eclectic food options, which will showcase Asian traditions like street-food stalls, Peking duck and dim sum.

The other restaurant opening at Disney Springs, also at The Landing, is The Boathouse. Dining here will be an experience, as guided boat tours will take visitors on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs. Want to add romance to the evening? Choose the Captain’s tour aboard The Venezia, an Italian-style water taxi where you can share a champagne toast and chocolate loved ones with your sweetheart. Have the entire family with you? Go on the Amphicar ride that land from land and enter the water with a splash!

At the Boathouse, which is located waterfront, there will be three themed bars including The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, which is located over water. Nautically inspired both inside and out, The Boathouse even has boats docked outside from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. In addition, live entertainment, daily flag ceremonies, and bugle song performances will make the atmosphere one of nostalgia yet, bringing to life the charm of a waterfront town center.

The redesign of Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney will is set to be themed as a place honoring turn-of-the century lakeside towns that dotted the Florida landscape.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Orlando is a top holiday destination and for good reason.  All of the theme parks put on festive celebrations creating an atmosphere of jolly good times.  In fact, the sunny spot is transformed into a winter wonderland with magical snowfalls, special shows and appearance by Santa.  Want to learn more about Christmas in Orlando?  Read about our top five things to do in Orlando during Christmas.

1) Magic Kingdom:  No Disney World Theme Park celebrates Christmas better than the Magic Kingdom.  Main Street is decked out with garland, lights, a glowing Christmas tree and characters in holiday garb, while Cinderella’s Castle twinkles with a draping over its towers and turrets of over 200,000 lights.  Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular and special holiday parades are other highlights.  For even more fun at the Magic Kingdom, you can attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Hot cocoa and cookies are served and you can see snow showers on Main Street, along with holiday fireworks and a parade led by Santa Claus. 

2) Epcot:  One of the more sacred holiday events in Orlando can be found at Epcot.  The Candlelight Processional is a traditional retelling of the Christmas story, complete with a 50 piece orchestra, celebrity narrator and choir.  You can also enjoy celebrations from across the globe at Epcot’s Holidays Around the World event.  Storytellers, meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a nightly presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” add to the fun.

3) Universal Orlando Resort – Islands of Adventure:  This Universal Orlando theme park presents to beloved holiday-themed events – Grinchmas and the Macy’s Holiday Parade.  Seuss Landing transforms into Whoville for the season, where you can meet The Grinch and Whoville residents, watch them perform in a live musical show and dance around the Whoville tree.  You can even get your picture taken with The Grinch – a definite keepsake.  If you can’t make the actual Macy’s Parade the one at Universal takes to the streets daily with real balloons from the famous New York City Parade, dancers and more.
4) Gaylord Palms Resort:  The ICE! event at Gaylord Palms changes this Florida-themed resort into a haven for holiday fun.  Master ice sculptors create a wonderland made completely of ice. Frosty the Snowman and his friends will be featured in a colorfully frozen retelling of the original Christmas classic.  More than 2 million pounds of hand-carved sculptures and icy recreations make this 9 degree event a true winter wonderland.   There’s even four ice slides designed to let you truly experience the fun of an ICE! 

5) SeaWorld Orlando:  With sea-worthy shows and memorable attractions, a visit to SeaWorld Orlando during the holiday season dives into the reason for the season.  During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration take in Christmas themed shows such as “O Wondrous Night,” “Shamu Christmas Miracles,” and “Elmo’s Christmas Wish” then embark on the Polar Express Experience where you’re invited to a multisensory experience simulating the train ride from the beloved holiday book and movie.  Once you arrive in the North Pole you can meet Santa as well as beluga whales, walruses and polar bears.  Make time to stroll through the “Sea of Trees” too.  It’s a wintry wonderland of holiday trees that sparkles to music and lights up the waterfront.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

MAY_09 068When one vacations in Orlando, Florida feeling blue is out of the question. The sunny skies, palm trees and laid back atmosphere simply leave no room for the blues. The Universal Orlando Resort, however, knows a little blue is just the ticket when it comes to entertaining the masses. Famous for their thrilling rides at Islands of Adventure and behind-the-scenes fun at Universal Studios, this Orlando theme park excels at providing quality amusement. CityWalk, their outdoor entertainment complex featuring restaurants, clubs, movies, music, shops and dancing, also offers plenty of ways to entertain, including the Blue Man Group. They provide all the blue one needs while vacationing in Orlando.

Attending a Blue Man Group Orlando show is an amazing experience for a number of reasons. When I arrived at the massive Universal Orlando Resort complex, I quickly headed towards CityWalk and thoroughly enjoyed the sights and sounds that surrounded me. Because CityWalk has so many things to do, I decided to take part in some pre-show festivities at the Hard Rock Café, which is located very near to the Blue Man Theater. I’ve been to several Hard Rock Cafes, and this one is definitely one of my favorites. The rock ‘n roll memorabilia, rotating pink Cadillac and attention to good music created an atmosphere perfect for relaxing and enjoying the company of good friends.

As my 7pm show time drew near, I made my way to the theater and easily found my seats, which were close enough to see all the action and nuances, but not close enough to have to wear a poncho. The first couple of rows of seats require patrons to wear ponchos as things can get pretty messy, pretty quickly when paint, food and blue men are on the stage. Before the show began, my fellow audience members and I took part in what I can only call “Mass Simon Says,” as phrases are scrolled on a digital screen and the audience is prompted to repeat them. The hilarity ensues when thephrases become pointed at certain audience members, and moreover, signals the high amount of interactivity this show requires from guests. Throughout every segment, I felt a part of the show as opposed to feeling like I was watching a show.

The energetic mix of music, comedy and multimedia theatrics during the Blue Man Group Show create a unique production that leaves an undeniable impression, and yet, it also leaves you at a loss for words as to how to explain the show to others. How do you explain how simple nuanced facial expressions can make an entire audience howl with laughter? Or how a girl plucked from the audience to dine on stage with the Blue Men could make a simple scenario one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen? Furthermore, how can one possibly put into words how gleefully fun it is to have rolls of toilet paper move over your head as you get covered in mounds of tissue? And to describe the musical elements of the show, would be bordering on the absurd, as there are simply no words to express what my eyes witnessed.

The truly amazing thing about the Blue Man Group Show in Orlando Florida is that afterwards you feel like you just watched something special. You can’t quite put it into words, but you know you liked what you saw and even more, you can’t wipe the silly grin from your face that’s been plastered there for the past two hours.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Join the merriment of Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney. The Orlando, Florida holiday celebration features live entertainment, festive décor, memorable photo opportunities and much, much more. All of the excitement happens November 14 through December 29, 2014.

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Downtown Disney bring the magic of the holidays to revelers with dazzling lights, a grand Christmas tree and plenty of festive cheer. Of course, live entertainment adds to the spirit of the season. You can look forward to performances including:

  • Holiday Carolers
  • Latin, Jazz and Pop performances of cherished holiday songs
  • Costumed Stilt Walkers and Street Performers
  • Holiday Dance Party with DJ

 

Santa Claus will also be visiting Downtown Disney to share holiday wish lists and take photos. Santa Claus will appear at his chalet in the Downtown Disney Marketplace every day through December 24. From December 25-29, Santa Goofy will be on hand much to the delight of children.

Of course, when you visit Downtown Disney bring your Christmas shopping lists as there are various specialty shops where you can find the perfect gift to put under the tree. Some of the stores at Downtown Disney include World of Disney, Lego Imagination Center, Orlando Harley-Davidson and Once Upon a Toy Store.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

RD_CalendarCheck out these Orlando events happening December 2014:

December 1-19:  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This special Magic Kingdom festival is filled with fireworks, a holiday parade, cookies and cocoa, snow fall on Main Street USA, and more. Held 7pm-midnight on select nights. Special ticket rates apply.

December 1-31:  Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Fridays-Sundays guests can experience special entertainment, festive treats, holiday shopping, and beautiful Christmas decorations during Christmas Town. A separate ticket is required.

December 1-29:  Festival of the Seasons
Downtown Disney will have live entertainment, festive decorations, and Santa Claus during the holiday season.

December 1-30:  Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional
Candlelight Processional is held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot. Special guests narrate the event, including Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Gary Sinese, and more.

December 1-31:  Christmas Bricktacular
The second annual Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland Florida takes place every weekend in December. View the 30’ tall Lego Christmas tree, do some holiday shopping, and enjoy the holiday decorations and music.

December 1-31:  SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Experience SeaWorld’s winter wonderland with a Sea of Trees, carols, ice skaters, and a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience.

December 1 – January 3:  Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort including great events like Grinchmas, Macy’s Holiday Parade, and holiday concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

December 1 – January 4:  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most amazing Christmas light shows in the country. The lights display is included with regular admission to the theme park.

December 31: New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND
On New Year’s Eve, December 31, LEGOLAND Florida hosts a family themed Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party. Kids can rock out in Miniland USA with a live DJ Dance Party, then watch the grand finale featuring a live-action show, an impressive LEGO fireworks display, and a chance to watch the BRICK Drop at just the right time for kids, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7pm (Eastern Standard Time).

December 31:  New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld
A musical celebration and fireworks show will ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party at DisneyQuest
Downtown Disney will have its own NYE celebration at DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park. Get access to all the attractions and video games, plus there will be a DJ dance party, countdown, confetti, and food at FoodQuest.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios become aglow in light during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Presented at the Disney Park every holiday season since 1995, this stunning light show adds an extra dose of festive fun to any Disney World Christmas vacation.

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The show, which will be featured November 7, 2014, through January 4, 2015, is presented approximately every 10 minutes. Lights dance to holiday music, “snow” falls from the sky and the entire Streets of America portion of the park becomes alive with the holiday spirit. Grab a cup of cocoa and stroll the streets as you gaze at over 4 million twinkling lights, complete with heralded angels flying overhead.

Interestingly enough, this fantastic holiday display got its start in Arkansas. Jennings Osborne began creating amazing holiday light displays with his family , and it soon grew o millions of lights and elaborate displays to which people from all over the state came to see. Displeased with the traffic it was causing, the local residents intervened legally and just when it looked as if the display would come to an end, Disney World stepped up to share this holiday magic with people from across the country. Still to this day, around 80% of the lights on display originate from the original Osborne displays.

Make the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights a part of your Disney World holiday traditions.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.