The holidays begin at the Universal Orlando Resort

November 16, 2019, 10:30 PM · The Universal Orlando Resort welcomed the 2019 holiday season this evening with a return of three holiday shows... and a feast of holiday treats.

With plunging temperatures providing a wintery feel around the resort, we started the evening tonight with Chef Ron Cope Jr. talking us through some of the sweets and savory treats (including some grown-up drinks) available at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida this holiday season.

Then we spoke with Universal Orlando Vice President of Entertainment Deborah Buynak about how Universal brought Christmas to life in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Then it was time to for the shows to get started. We went live on our YouTube channel tonight with Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's.

Then we brought you the live musical Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular on our Instagram page.

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It's the holidays at #UniversalOrlando, which means the #Grinch musical is back! #HolidayLikeThis

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And finally, we went on Facebook Live for The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.

The Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort runs daily through January 5, 2020, also including Manheim Steamroller performing on the Music Plaza Stage on tomorrow night, then on November 23, 24, and 30, and December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.

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November 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Had seen Orlando had a cold snap that closed down water parks on Sunday, supposed to warm up a bit but fitting timing for this.

November 18, 2019 at 12:07 PM

At UO with 16 family members - some first timers some have been several times. All loved various decorated areas and Mannheim, Some loved castle show and parade. Fake snow sounds cheezy, but got some of biggest "ooohs and aaaahs". Few of family knew or tried special treats - but lines for even a corn dog stand were horendous and slow. Until polar winds (40s wind chill) after 5PM, Potter areas and IOA were at Spring Break, wall to wall crowd level.

As an accidental Christmas present, my first great Hagrid ride was FIRST ROW.
However, ride stopped for 15 minutes at unicorns near end. When finally unloaded, they allowed us immediate re-ride. RE-RIDE!!!!

Aside: I would love to talk to decision maker for walk-way "choke points" near Hogsmeade bridge and 3-4 areas in Jurassic. Room for only 3-4 people across!!

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