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Welcome to Rosen Inn’s Orlando Travel Tips blogs. This is where you’ll find blogs on upcoming events in Orlando, the latest news about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, and just about anything else that’s on our minds.

Easter Eggs and Hidden Gems at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is a treasure trove of hidden gems, offering guests a chance to uncover the magic beyond the surface.  From subtle nods to iconic figures to secret menus and interactive experiences, the park is rich with easter eggs waiting to be uncovered.  

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Must-Ride Roller Coasters at Universal Islands of Adventure

Here’s how we’d tackle Universal Islands of Adventure with our cannot-miss list of rides.  

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Bite into Shōgun Orlando’s Dish of the Month This April

If you didn’t have dinner plans for your April vacation in Orlando before, you certainly do now. The smells of sizzling meat and veggies on an authentic teppanyaki grill are calling your name, and they’re coming from Shōgun Japanese Steakhouse on International Drive.

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St. Patrick's Day at Universal Orlando Resort 

St. Patrick's Day spent at Universal Orlando Resort is an annual celebration that transforms the theme park into a lively Irish haven.  

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Live Orlando Sporting Events in March

The clock runs down to its last seconds. The ball is in the air. It’s good and your team scores. The crowds go wild!  

If you’re looking for this type of excitement during your time in Orlando, here are the top sporting events you should visit this month while in the City Beautiful.  

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Reservations for 1: Planning a Solo Vacation in Orlando

The good thing about vacationing alone is you decide what to do, when and where, and for how long. Plus you get the bed all to yourself. Traveling solo can be fun — especially if you know how to do it right.

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SeaWorld’s Mardi Gras Returns in 2024

Mardi Gras, a globally celebrated carnival, finds its vibrant home at SeaWorld Orlando in February 2024. 

The aquatic theme park proudly presents its extraordinary New Orlean’s inspired festivities—a fusion of culture and color that promises an unforgettable experience. 

Let the good times roll in a celebration that marries the depths of the ocean with the exuberance of a traditional Mardi Gras party. 

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Let the Good Times Roll at Universal’s Mardi Gras

The annual Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando Resort starts this month, February 3. This event strives to make it feel like an all-park party, from the decorations, street performers, delicious foods, to the full-on parade float complete with tons of beads.  

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5 Ways to Build a Healthy Heart During Vacation

February is American Heart Month, and we’re all about finding different ways to ensure our hearts remain at their healthiest.

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Rejoice at Universal Studios’ Rock the Universe 2024  

Get ready to rejoice once more at Rock the Universe, an annual Christian-rock concert held at Universal Studios Florida. 

Fans of this event are gearing up for an unforgettable weekend of worship at Florida’s largest Christian music festival taking place January 26 and 27, 2024.  

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Ice Skating in Orlando

Whether you glide on ice with strength and grace or waddle awkwardly about like a penguin, there is no doubt about it – ice skating is fun. If you were worried you might miss out on ice skating while vacationing in sunny Florida, fear not. It may be warm outside but there are plenty of indoor and outdoor opportunities for ice skating in Orlando. Check out some of our favorite spots to enjoy this classic winter pastime all year long.

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Christmas Events happening at Universal Studios Florida

At Universal Orlando Resort, Christmas festivities are done a bit differently. 

It’s truly incomparable to anything else you can experience in the area –. Whether you’re hanging out with the Grinch in the afternoon, or reveling in a first-hand Hogwarts Holiday after sundown, unconventional Christmas is in this year– and it’s going to be epic.

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November Events at Hard Rock Live Orlando

November is all about good music and laughs at Hard Rock Live Orlando. With a variety of shows planned throughout each week, there’s definitely something for everyone.

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Skip New York for Macy's Day Parade in Orlando

Every year since 1924, people have tuned in to their TVs from all over the nation, joining millions of others in the streets of Manhattan to watch the seasonal spectacle that is The Macy’s Day Parade. 

While watching the parade from the comfort of your couch on Thanksgiving Day may be tradition, there’s another, more accessible way to see it thanks to Universal Orlando Resort. 

Trade in the freezing temperatures and unbearable crowds for palm trees and thrill rides at Universal Studios Florida, where Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s brings an excerpt of the famous New York City show straight to Production Central.  

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4 Ways to Find the Perfect Halloween Costume in Orlando

The spooky season is almost here — do you have your Halloween costume yet?

Here are four tips for putting together an unforgettable Halloween costume during your Orlando vacation.

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Your Hotel for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Orlando is one of the world’s best Halloween events for those looking for thrills and frights. This year, the annual event runs on select nights from Friday, September 1, to Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

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4 Family Fun Tricks & Treats You Can’t Beat

Halloween is one of those holidays that is best celebrated as a family, but when you’ve got little ones who are still figuring out their feelings about the world, it can be tough. 

Events like Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights may be too gruesome and gory for younger kids to handle, and even ordinary haunted houses can seem too scary.

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Everything We Know About Universal’s Epic Universe

Universal Orlando’s fourth project Universal Epic Universe is underway and theme park enthusiasts are starting to get excited. 

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Harry P. Leu Gardens Joins in Orlando’s Love for Halloween

Orlando knows how to celebrate Halloween in many freakishly different ways ranging from horrifying haunts to family-friendly festivals.  

 

But what about an event that is both frightening and family-friendly? Harry P. Leu Gardens responded with an inventive experience appropriate for both children and adults.

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A Taste of the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

If you’re headed to Walt Disney World this summer or fall, bring your appetite. From July 27 to November 18, 2023, the International Food & Wine Festival will bring worldly cuisine, live music, and family-friendly activities to EPCOT.  

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4 Big Differences Between Japanese and Western Sushi

Sushi has been around for a long time — likely since the fourth century.  

But it wasn’t until the 1960s that sushi took off in California, and it would take another two decades for it to catch on across the United States. To give the dish broader appeal, the first generation of American sushi chefs made some changes. Gradually, chefs across the Western Hemisphere followed suit.  

Here are four ways in which Western sushi differs from traditional Japanese sushi.   

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Independence Day Fireworks in Orlando

When it comes to fireworks celebrations, Central Florida shines bright. Almost every night the skies light up with multiple firework displays at world-famous theme parks. On July 4th you can expect even more dazzling displays as Orlando celebrates America’s independence. Check out our list of the many firework shows in Orlando for Independence Day.

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EPCOT Unveils New Parking Lot Names in 2023

Earlier this year, EPCOT debuted new names for its parking lots. While it’s a small change, it has caused a lot of excitement. Here’s what you need to know about EPCOT’s parking lot rebrand before you hit the road for Walt Disney World Resort. 

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4th of July Celebrations in Kissimmee

No Fourth of July celebration is truly complete without fireworks. Luckily, there are fireworks throughout the Kissimmee, Florida area on Independence Day 2023. Many of these celebrations are free.

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Pet Friendly Hotel in Orlando

Posted On: April 22, 2022

They’re family. Sometimes you get along with them better than your blood relatives and other human beings. They get you and they complete you. I’m talking about our beloved pets.

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Ranking 6 Orlando Water Rides: How Wet Do You Get?

Summer is here, the season of longer days, cookouts, and blockbuster movies. But it’s also the season of sweltering heat, especially in Orlando. Luckily, the city’s world-famous theme parks are home to many refreshing and reinvigorating water rides. We’ve ranked them by how wet you’ll get, from a small splash to a super soaking.

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Orlando’s Must-Have Souvenirs

When visiting Orlando, one can spot dozens of souvenir shops all along International Drive, within theme parks, and inside hotels. Walls lined with plushy Mickey Mouse dolls, racks of Spider-Man tees, buckets of decorative pens for autograph books, magnets…

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Orlando’s Best Barbecue

Anyone even remotely familiar with American barbecue as a cuisine knows that there are several distinct regional styles. The competition between these regions for the best barbecue has been and always will be intense. Traditionally, barbecue hotspots have been places like Texas, St. Louis, Kentucky, Alabama, and the Carolinas. As the city of Orlando grows in size, so too does its presence in the world of barbecue, with several new entries to the local scene over the past few years.

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Taco Bell Cantina Coming to Orlando

The fast food innovators at Taco Bell have come up with another exciting creation, and it’s come to Orlando as of late September. This time, it’s not a unique menu item like the Crunchwrap or Doritos® Locos Tacos, but a new restaurant concept: Taco Bell Cantina.

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Kids Eat Free at These 7 Tasty Orlando Restaurants

It’s no secret that family vacations can get expensive. Once your flights to Orlando, hotel, and theme park tickets are all booked, there’s still the matter of meals. The average family of four spends about $132 on food per day during vacation per Credit Donkey’s 2022 review of vacation costs — and that’s not counting snacks for the kids or any unique cocktails you may want to try.

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The Lost Rides of Universal Studios™

Universal Studios™ Orlando is nearly three decades old, and in that time, many things have changed. Only two attractions from the park’s opening remain, which are E.T. Adventure and  The Lost Rides of Universal StudiosUniversal’s Horror Make Up Show.

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Country Kicks Cancer with Walker Hayes at Orlando Amphitheater

This October, country music stars will come together in Orlando at the inaugural Country Kicks Cancer benefit concert. The show raises money and awareness about cancer so we can one day give it the boot.

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Bad Bunny Brings the Heat to Camping World Stadium in August 2022

The “Bad Bunny: World’s Hottest Tour” will kick off in Orlando on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Camping World Stadium.

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Hard Rock Live Orlando Concerts in July 2022

Hard Rock Live Orlando, located in Universal CityWalk, has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment. From homegrown musical talent to some of the world’s top drag performers, the venue’s July 2022 lineup has something for everyone.

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Night of A Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village

In its debut year 2020 (during the pandemic, nonetheless), the event brought in 92,000 guests and quickly captured the number one spot on USA Today’s list of the “Best Things to Do in December in Orlando.”

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Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey at Hard Rock Live Orlando

Hard Rock Live OrlandoHousehold name and “C­­ash Cab” star Ben Bailey is coming to the Hard Rock Live Orlando on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Buckle up for an evening that will have you laughing so hard that you’ll want to pump the brakes just to catch your breath.

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Chris Tucker at Hard Rock Live Orlando

Posted On: June 15, 2020

One of the most successful comedic entertainers in the world — whose films have, to date, collectively grossed over one billion dollars in box office sales worldwide — is returning to his roots by stepping back into stand-up comedy. On Saturday, July 25, at 8 p.m., actor and comedian Chris Tucker is scheduled to take the stage at Hard Rock Live Orlando with a set that is sure to knock the laughs out of everyone.

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Family-Friendly Independence Day Fun at Legoland Florida

If your kids (and you) love LEGOs, there’s only one place to be this Independence Day: Red, White & Boom at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The event features LEGOLAND’s biggest fireworks display of the year, plus many other hands on activities. Red, White & Boom is family-friendly celebration of Americana. Even the youngest family members will be able to join in the celebration as well as ride many of rides in LEGOLAND.

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The Orlando Watersports Complex

A Central Florida favorite since the early 2000s, The Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) is a watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wake skating, knee boarding, and waterskiing – with a twist. Guests can be towed by suspended cables or by top-of-the-line Correct Craft boats. Now nearly 20 years old, OWC is well-established as a venue for riders of all levels. Whether you’re wanting to try watersports for the first time or you’re a seasoned professional, OWC has you covered.

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