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What's on at Universal Orlando Resort

Your guide to what's coming up at Universal Orlando

A holiday to Universal Orlando Resort is exciting enough as it is, but wait until you see the parks come to life during a holiday celebration or a special event!

With live performances, specialist attractions, and even more themed fun, you might want to consider planning your trip to Orlando around one of Universal's spectacular events. So we're here to tell you what's happening, when it's happening, and how you can get involved.


Starfish Creature at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

10 Terrifying Haunted Houses


Fear cannot be contained as you make your way through haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror, with a few twisted creations. You better watch your back!

Universal Halloween Horror Nights Park Entrance

Live entertainment and exhilerating rides

Don't worry, your favourite rides will still be open during the event - if only to make you scream in a different way! Or take a break from the scares to witness the themed entertainment, food and drink.

Scarecrow at Halloween Horror Nights

5 Sinister Scare Zones


Don't even start to think you can relax here, you'll be caught dead. Scaractors are on the prowl within these scare zones to bring you a fright throughout.

#Named Best Halloween Event by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for 14 years (2006, 2008-2018, 2021–2022).


Next up: Christmas at Universal

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's

However You Holiday, You Do Yule

Dec '24

It's the most wonderful time of the year, so why not spend it at one of the most wonderful places too, and Universal Orlando Resort does the holidays BIG TIME!. Scream, laugh and shout your jingle bells off with celebrations throughout Universal Studios, Islands of Aventure, and of course CityWalk. 

It's the biggest, loudest, most amazing festive celebration of the season.

Even more excitement

You're never too far from celebrations, excitement and events at Universal Orlando Resort. So what else do we have on the horizon?

Mardi Gras cocktail

Mardi Gras

Feb - Apr '25

Excite all your senses at Universal Mardi Gras International Flavors of Carnaval - It’s a Grooveable Feast where the parade is raging, and the food doesn’t stop at Cajun. From exciting dishes (and drinks!) from all over the globe, rocking floats in the streets, and live concerts*, it's time to get your beads on, eat up, and rock out.

Let’s Get this Mardi Started!


Hard Rock Live®

All year round

Whilst there's some great seasonal celebrations at Universal Orlando, if you're here in between there's still fantastic entertainment on offer. The superstars. The legends. The icons. They all take the stage at Hard Rock LIVE®. So check the schedule in advance and see which big names in comedy and music are on show during your visit!

*These events are separately ticketed and available for purchase in-resort.

Where to stay

Stay on-site to enjoy these Universal Orlando events to their fullest, with complimentary transportation to the parks, Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay, and other exclusive benefits!

Plus, save up to 30% on your Universal hotel when you stay for 7 nights or more before 31 Dec '25!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort has exclusive benefits only for Virgin Atlantic Holidays customers;

  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Exclusive late check-out available until 1:00pm
  • Two complimentary inflatable rubber rings per room
  • Complimentary welcome drink

Valid for travel up until 31 Dec '24

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites

  • Great value resort
  • 2 bedroom suites that sleep up to 6 people
  • 2 resort style swimming rooms
7 nights from £731pp
Hard Rock Hotel®, Universal Orlando Resort™

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

  • Free Universal Express Unlimited ride access**
  • Premier Resort
  • Within walking distance of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, plus Universal CityWalk
7 nights from £1566pp
Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Universal's Aventura Hotel


  • Within walking distance of Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • Suites available that sleep up to 5 people
  • Rooftop bar
7 nights from £878pp

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Halloween Horror Nights 

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Prices, dates, times, attractions, entertainment, and/or experience details are subject to availability, changes and/or cancellation without notice. Parks/attractions/entertainment, or access to events may close or be unavailable due to capacity and benefits are subject to change without notice. Free self-parking after midnight on all Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Free self-parking available after 6PM for all guests on non-Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Other restrictions may apply.


Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2024 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.