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Universal U Select Theme Park Tickets

Hogsmeade Roofline at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Hogsmeade Roofline at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando announced a new ticket pricing structure called "U Select", in time for the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It follows a similar idea introduced by Walt Disney World in 2005, the Disney "Magic Your Way" ticket system and the idea is to encourage guests to visit the Universal parks for more than just a couple of days.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2019

Voodoo float at Universal Mardi Gras
Voodoo float at Universal Mardi Gras

In 2019, Universal Studios Florida are celebrating their 24th annual Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) with a nighttime New Orleans style Mardi Gras parade, live music, authentic Cajun cuisine and lots of beads (over 1.8 million!!) spread over nearly eight weeks.

This year, Mardi Gras celebrations run daily over 55 consecutive nights from February 4 to April 4. On select nights there are concerts at the Music Plaza stage mostly on a Saturday with the occasional Sunday.

A range of New Orleans bands also perform daily in the French Quarter.

Admission is included in the standard single day ticket or annual pass to Universal Studios Florida.

Epcot Garden Rocks Concert Line Up for 2019

Jose Feliciano [Bart Cabanier,  http://www.flickr.com/photos/djbuck]
Jose Feliciano [Bart Cabanier, http://www.flickr.com/photos/djbuck]

Each year as part of the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, there are a series of live concerts. In previous years they were only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays each week but for 2019 they are on every evening of the 90 day festival.

The concerts take place at the open-air American Gardens Theatre next to the American Adventure in the World Showcase at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm each evening at the far side of the lagoon.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018

Ocean Spray® Cranberry Bog Display [© Walt Disney World]
Ocean Spray® Cranberry Bog Display [© Walt Disney World]

One of Epcot’s biggest annual festivals is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. In 2018 the 23rd Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival offers a range of activities for the whole family and runs for 75 consecutive days from August 30 to November 12, 2018 (the same number of days as last year).

It ran for 62 days in 2016 and 53 days in 2015.

Admission is included in the standard Epcot admission ticket.

There are around 34 international food and wine marketplaces plus special exhibits featuring fabulous cuisine and wine, culinary demonstrations and gourmet dining experiences, book signings, seminars and shops selling everything to do with food and cooking.

Each year this event attracts over 1 million visitors and is reputedly the largest food and wine festival in the world.

Busch Gardens Real Music Series Line Up for 2019

Peter Noone & Hermans Hermits
Peter Noone & Hermans Hermits

Busch Gardens’s “Real Music Series” concerts include everything from swing, blues, jazz, country, disco and rock ’n roll all the way to pop plus dance and acrobats.

For 2019, the Real Music Series concerts give you 60 days of music (48 days in 2018) from nine different top line acts. New this year is Ballroom With a Twist featuring dancers from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol.

Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up for 2018

Night Ranger at Eat to the Beat [© Walt Disney World]
Night Ranger at Eat to the Beat [© Walt Disney World]

Each year as part of the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, there are a series of live Eat to the Beat concerts each evening.

The concerts take place at the open-air American Gardens Theatre at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm.

Admission is included in the standard Epcot admission ticket.

The first concert is on August 30 and they run every night until November 12, 2018, a record breaking 75 nights and 32 artists.

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