Universal Orlando Resort is in the process of creating a new universe, consisting of five different worlds, which is set to debut in 2025. Universal Epic Universe will feature Celestial Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic, How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk, Dark Universe, and Super Nintendo World. Each world will have its own dining, shopping, and attractions. Read on to find out more about what will surely be your new go-to vacation spot.
According to a Universal representative, the Harry Potter world will be “where guests will discover a different era of the wizarding world in an all-new land that blends 1920s wizarding Paris from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts films with the iconic British Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter series.” As for Super Nintendo World, it already exists in both Japan and California, both of which serve as the blueprint for Orlando’s version. Of course, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach will all be featured. The representative spoke about How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk saying, “Guests can soar with dragons in a colorful world filled with Viking adventures based on the wildly popular How to Train Your Dragon film franchise.”
The upcoming Dark Universe may not be for the faint of heart, as Universal teases it’s “where guests encounter everything from the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein to the shadowy landscape where monsters roam in a world of myth and mystery.” As for Celestial Park, it’s slated to be the center of the entire Epic Universe, with gardens that will serve as portals to each world. Guests will be able to “wander through lush living gardens nestled along shimmering waters surrounded by stunning architecture inspired by astronomical and mythological elements.” Celestial Park will also feature roller coasters, a carousel, a wet-play area, fountain shows, and restaurants.
We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for 2025!
Taking a family trip to Disney World or Disneyland is a dream come true for many children and parents alike. Meeting beloved characters, experiencing thrilling rides, and immersing oneself in the Disney world is undeniably appealing. However, the cost of such a magical adventure can quickly add up, leaving families grappling with financial strain. Let’s look at some expert-approved tips and tricks to help you plan a budget-friendly Disney vacation.
Stay at a Non-Disney Hotel
Consider staying off-property or in a non-Disney-owned hotel to save more than 50% on your accommodation costs. Many hotels near Disneyland and Disney World offer convenient amenities and proximity without the hefty price tag. You may also opt for accommodations with kitchens to prepare some meals in-room, saving you a significant chunk of your food budget. Bring refillable water bottles and snacks from home to avoid the high prices of bottled water and park food. This simple step not only saves you money but also contributes to a greener environment.
Shop Around for Discount Park Admission
Research and purchase three-day or longer tickets online for better rates. Check with organizations like AAA, Costco Travel, or even your employer for potential discounts. Opt for single-park entry passes to save money, especially if you’re traveling with young children who might prefer to spend a full day exploring a single park. Explore other entertainment options, such as resort activities, mini-golf, horseback riding, and Disney Springs.
Consider Transportation Alternatives
Evaluate transportation options like ride-shares, especially if your resort doesn’t offer transportation or isn’t within walking distance of the parks. Factor in gas, parking fees, and rental costs before making your decision. Gift cards can also be used to cover various expenses during your trip, from meals to merchandise, helping you stick to your budget.
Visit During Off-Peak Seasons
Traveling during peak seasons can drive up costs for flights, hotels, and park admission. Consider planning your trip during off-peak times, such as January, early May, or mid-August, to enjoy lower prices and fewer crowds. Booking your vacation package well in advance can shield you from potential price increases. If promotions are offered after your booking, they can often be applied to your existing package.
Earn Rewards for Your Trip
Consider using a Disney Rewards credit card to accumulate points on everyday purchases. These points can be redeemed for Disney gift cards, helping offset the cost of your vacation. With these tips, we hope you keep your pockets happy; after all, you’re in the happiest place in the world!