The holidays have taken over the Universal Orlando Resort, now through January 5th. Guests can enjoy specialty food and beverage options at Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk throughout the holiday season.
Whether you’re gathering with friends and family for a complete holiday meal or grabbing a quick bite between rides, guests will relish the flavors of the season. From returning favorites like Hot Butterbeer, to new classics like the Voodoo Doughnut’s Stuffed Santa Suit doughnut set, and even full feasts, the holidays have never been yummier. See the full list of this year’s holiday offerings below, along with photos!
At Universal Orlando Resort, traditional holiday cuisine is taken to the next level with festive food and exclusive entertainment experiences that every true foodie should have on their wish list. From comforting classics to contemporary favorites, there’s options to savor around every jolly corner.
Sweet Treats and Festive Beverages
Hot Butterbeer – a seasonal, toasty version of the popular beverage in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Grinchmas chocolate cupcakes in Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, decorated to look like the mean, green one himself – The Grinch
Voodoo Doughnut’s Stuffed Santa Suit doughnut set, which are yeast doughnuts dipped in Vanilla icing – one filled with Bavarian & white chocolate topped with Coconut and one filled with peppermint chocolate cream
Festive holiday pastries, such as an Apple Strudel on a stick, Christmas tree eclairs and holiday “wreaths” located in the San Francisco Bakery and TODAY Cafe in Universal Studios Florida and Croissant Moon Bakery in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
The non-alcoholic Frozen Eggnog or the Instagram-worthy Frozen Candy Cane beverages located at the production central veranda and Gramercy pizza in Universal Studios Florida
Alcoholic Holiday Cocktails
And for guests who want to sip as well as savor, they can delight in specialty cocktails throughout both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure that bring out the unique flavors of the season, such as the Apple Pie on the Rocks (pictured,) Apple Cider Irish Mule, Cranberry Margarita (pictured,) and more.
There’s also cocktails signature to Universal CityWalk’s nightlife venues, including the “Gingerbread Mon’” at Bob Marley’s, the “Snow Globe” at Pat O’ Brien’s, the “Mistletoe Cocktail from Rising Star (pictured above,) and a variety of seasonal mixed drink offerings throughout the entertainment complex.
Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party
This year, Universal Orlando will offer an all-new “Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party” experience on select nights starting November 16 through December 15, which will give guests and dessert lovers alike something to cheer about.
Guests will have access to exclusive viewing areas for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and the Mannheim Steamroller concert performance along with all-you-care-to-enjoy seasonal desserts, savory bites, sparkling wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages in the heart of Universal Studios Florida. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3 – 9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.
Traditional Holiday Feasts
A traditional Holidays meal of a mixed green salad, herb-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, roasted potatoes, sautéed & steamed vegetables and a flaky-crusted apple pie located at Classic Monsters Café in Universal Studios and Thunder Falls Terrace in Islands of Adventure
Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet
For guests who especially enjoy Holidays gourmet and are visiting December 22 to December 30, they can sink their teeth into the “Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet” at Universal Studios Florida – providing them with access to exclusive viewing areas for both Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. Guests can indulge in all-you-care-to-enjoy Holidays cuisine, specialty desserts and sparkling wine throughout the evening featuring savory and sweet holiday favorites. Tickets for adults are $64.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3 – 9) are $44.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.
Additional Holiday Meals Around the Resort
You can find unique holiday foods elsewhere around the resort, including the “Not Your Normal Leftover Holiday Sandwich” from Bread Box in CityWalk.
The Universal Orlando Resort Hotels will also be offering holiday and seasonal dishes for guests to enjoy – including special buffets for guests visiting during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit the official website.
For more information on Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort and to purchase tickets to either the “Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party” or “Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet,” visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/holidays or contact our travel partner for special offers.
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