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The Dr. Phillips CenterJake Shimabukuro is a master ukulele player and composer best known for reimagining the possibilities of the four-stringed instrument. Shimabukuro’s artistry has captured the hearts of music lovers worldwide, leading him to play at festivals like Bonnaroo, fill venues at the Sydney Opera House, and even perform for Queen Elizabeth II. On Friday, March 26, the breakthrough musician will take the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida.

Shimabukuro’s Story

Though Shimabukuro’s been rocking out with a ukulele since he was four years old, the Hawaii native gained international recognition at age 30 when a video of him playing the Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral in 2006. Since then, he’s released many other ukulele covers along with original songs, chart-topping albums, and scores for the Japanese movies Hula Girls and Sideways.

In addition to creating his own songs, the acclaimed virtuoso has collaborated with a wide range of music legends, including Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler, and Yo-Yo Ma.

A Snapshot of the Shimabukuro Show

Donned “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele” by Guitar Player magazine, Shimabukuro creates music with quick and complex finger work rather than traditional strums on his four-stringed instrument. This music style allows him to play a unique set of notes beyond a ukulele’s traditional chords.

Taking his signature playing to the next step, Shimabukuro also merges a range of music genres into his songs with help from a sound-altering pedalboard. From rock and blues to jazz and classical, tuning in to how he blends the unexpected harmonies is part of the performance fun. Furthermore, since Shimabukuro released his latest album, Trio, fans can expect to hear his latest songs, along with classic covers, at his upcoming show.

Shimabukuro’s Orlando performance at the Dr. Phillips Center marks the second stop in his 10-city national tour. On Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., his music will fill the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, an intimate venue best known for its abstract art ceilings, glowing balconies, and top-notch acoustics. Tickets begin at $49.50.

Enjoy a Restful Evening

After the show curtains close, end your perfect night with a comfortable and relaxing stay at the Rosen Inn. Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn provides convenient access to all Orlando has to offer, including the Dr. Phillips Center.

In addition, our enhanced safety features help promote a clean, safe environment for guests and staff. We’ve installed clear protective borders in the front desk area, added more hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel and placed socially distant floor markers within the common areas. Read all the details on our Rosen’s Total Commitment page.

To book your retreat with affordable luxury, amenities, and all the comforts of home, call today at 407-996-4444 or click “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page.

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.

A Standout in Stand-Up

Like many others dreaming of a career in show business, Ben Bailey left his small-town home for the West Coast with hopes of being discovered. It wasn’t long before he began to separate from the pack. Early success as a stand-up comedian on the Sunset Strip prepared him for a return to the East Coast, where he began making his rounds through comedy clubs in New York City. The crowds there loved him, just as they did in Montreal, Chicago, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and his other stops around the world.

Bailey’s knack for charming audiences while on tour made him a natural fit for the hit TV game show, “Cash Cab.” Traveling the streets of New York City, he turned the ordinary act of hailing a taxi into the opportunity of a lifetime for unsuspecting passengers. With Bailey in the driver’s seat, the series saw great success on The Discovery Channel, BRAVO, and even The Game Show Network, winning six Daytime Emmy Awards.

A Legend in the Limelight

Throughout his career, Ben Bailey has proved he’s as versatile as he is funny. His two specials on Comedy Central and his Netflix special, “Road Rage and Accidental Ornithology” are the beginning of a long list of high-profile gigs. You may have spotted him in a handful of commercials or alongside other big names in TV and radio. Bailey’s popularity earned him airtime on many shows such as “Last Call with Carson Daly,” “The Late Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Today,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “Rachel Ray.”

His hosting career includes “Who’s Still Standing,” “Best in the Business,” and “After the Catch,” in addition to his popular podcast, “Tall But True.” But that’s not all. Bailey added acting to his repertoire with appearances in the well-known comedies and dramas below.

  • “30 Rock”
  • “Parenthood”
  • “Law and Order”
  • “One Life to Live”
  • “Bad Parents”
  • “Don’t Shoot the Pharmacist”
  • “Bad Meat”

On the Road Again

Bailey will always have a connection to comedy. He continues to spread laughter with live stand-up tours, including his recent special “Ben Bailey Live & Uncensored.” He’s an act as well-rounded as they come, and you never know what he’ll do next. Don’t miss your chance to see him on tour when his rescheduled show, “Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey: Live In Concert” pulls up to the Hard Rock Live Orlando in March.

It’s Your Turn to Tour Orlando

While in Orlando to see Ben Bailey live in concert, take a tour of your own with a getaway at Rosen Inn on International Drive. With affordable comfort, luxurious amenities, and convenient access to all the famous dining, shopping, and entertainment Orlando is known for, the Rosen Inn is the perfect place to stay.

Our hotel has also implemented recent upgrades to ensure a safe and healthy visit for you and your party. New enhancements include plexiglass borders at our front desk, additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel, socially distant floor markers within the common areas, more frequently sanitized touchpoints, and the use of EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectants in all guestrooms. Read all about the latest health and safety protocol on our Rosen’s Total Commitment page.

To book your Orlando vacation, call Rosen Inn today at 407-996-4444 or click “Check Room Availability” at the top of this page.

The Plaza Live Front PorchOne of Orlando’s longest-running concert halls, The Plaza Live is a historic venue that regularly hosts familiar acts, unique shows, and noteworthy performances from artists in all areas of entertainment. Here’s a look at some of the energetic live acts heading to The Plaza Live this February.

The Driver Era

Formed by bothers Ross and Rocky Lynch, The Driver Era is a young alternative rock duo embarking on their first world tour in support of their debut album, X. Released in 2019, the album features charming tracks, “A Kiss” and “Forever Always.” Fans may recognize Ross Lynch from his roles on the Disney Channel’s “Austin and Ally” and “Teen Beach.” The singer and actor currently stars in Netflix’s “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” Originally scheduled to perform Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the band of brothers is now set to arrive at The Plaza Live Orlando on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 8 p.m. Tickets to see The Driver Era start at $24.

Dabin: Into the Wild Tour

Fans of electronic dance music are in for a treat as Dabin brings his Into the Wild Tour to The Plaza Live Orlando on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 8 p.m. The JUNO nominated instrumentalist, music producer, and EDM festival staple will perform sonic stories from his 2019 sophomore album, Wild Youth. Dabin will also be accompanied by opening acts and frequent collaborators Nurko and Last Heroes. Tickets to experience Dabin live start at $23.

End Your Orlando Night Out at The Rosen Inn

If you plan on visiting The Plaza Live in Orlando this February, then book a room at the Rosen Inn. Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn provides affordable luxury, amenities, and convenient access to all Orlando has to offer. As a member of the Rosen Hotel & Resort group, we are also dedicated to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety for the wellbeing of our guests and associates.

Our total commitment includes new hotel features including clear protective borders at our front desk, more frequently cleaned common areas and touch points, hand sanitizer dispensers and social distancing floor markers throughout the hotel, and the use of hospital-grade, EPA-approved disinfectants in all guestrooms.

Enjoy a relaxing Orlando vacation with all the comforts of home by calling the Rosen Inn today at 407-996-4444 or by clicking “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page. We hope to see you soon!

A year of delays and closures has not stopped Orlando theme parks from developing and building amazing new attractions that Central Florida visitors and locals alike can look forward to. Whether it’s in the cozy, town-like atmosphere of Disney Springs, the epic worlds of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, or the aquatic majesty of Sea World: Orlando is preparing to unleash the escape you’ve been craving.

New Attractions Coming to Orlando Theme Parks

Here are three exciting, must-see Orlando attractions in the works for 2021:

  1. Ice Breaker Coaster. SeaWorld Orlando has quite the collection of unique rollercoasters, from the classic Journey to Atlantis to the prone-position Manta. Spring of 2021 welcomes yet another unique coaster to SeaWorld Orlando’s ranks with the Ice Breaker Coaster — the park’s first multi-directional rollercoaster with various launch angles that hosts a staggeringly steep one-hundred-degree drop.
  2. Jurassic World Velocicoaster. Coming to Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, this evolved rollercoaster plans to deliver a heart-pumping, Velociraptor-themed experience based on the massively popular Jurassic Park film series. Riders can expect to twist and soar through the raptor paddock on this ride billed as “a new species of rollercoaster.” Guests can look forward to this prehistoric adrenaline rush to open by summer of 2021.
  3. Cirque du Soleil, “Drawn to Life.” The beloved, high-flying, musical stage productions of Cirque du Soleil are back at Disney Springs with a new original story that celebrates the beautiful history of Disney animation. “Drawn to Life” follows a young girl who taps into her childhood Disney memories for future inspiration. With aerial stunts and gorgeous music, this new collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and Disney Imagineering is sure to please the entire family. Currently, the opening date for this show’s debut is yet to be determined.

 

A Variety of Orlando Attractions for All

From beautifully artistic and acrobatic productions to adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters, 2021 is shaping up to bring exciting, can’t-miss Orlando attractions for you and the entire family to enjoy. Let the Rosen Inn be your home away from home while you enjoy all the exciting attractions Orlando has to offer.

Stay Close to Exciting Orlando Attractions at the Rosen Inn

Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn provides affordable luxury, amenities, and convenient access to all of Orlando current and upcoming attractions. We are also dedicated to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety for the wellbeing of our guests and associates. Our total commitment includes new hotel features that help create a healthy space for guests and staff, such as clear protective borders between you and our front desk, more frequently cleaned common areas and touch points, additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel, the use of hospital-grade disinfectants in all guestrooms, and floor markers to help everyone maintain proper social distancing in common areas.

Enjoy a relaxing and safe Orlando vacation with all the comforts of home by calling the Rosen Inn today at 407-996-4444 or by clicking “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page. We hope to see you soon!

Universal Orlando Resort Globe

Central Florida is home to some of the world’s most famous theme parks and beaches — creating a difficult dilemma for tourists. Fortunately, Universal Orlando offers Orlando visitors the best of both worlds by combining the excitement of a theme park with the scenic paradise of a beach. The result is a tropical-themed water park that is perfect for beating the famous Florida heat: Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay.

Following a brief closure due to the winter season and pandemic concerns, the Polynesian-inspired attraction has its sights set on a tentative March 2021 reopening so visitors and native Floridians alike can once again enjoy some refreshing fun in the sun.

Volcano Bay’s Vibrant Villages

Volcano Bay is made up of four villages, all centered around its namesake volcano, Krakatau. Each village offers a different style of fun to keep the whole family happy:

  • The mighty volcano itself, Krakatau houses some of the parks most thrilling rides. This includes the Krakatau Aqua Coaster that plunges riders through its majestic waterfall. It is also home to the Ko’okiri Body Plunge, the tallest drop capsule slide in the world.
  • Wave Village. In the sunbathing area of the park, you can relax by the park’s center wave pool, Waturi Beach, and the Puka Uli Lagoon for peak serenity.
  • River Village. Try not to fall asleep on the delightfully lazy Kopiko Wai Winding River. This village is also home to Tot Tiki Reef, the toddler play area.
  • Rainforest Village. This village includes more rides for thrill seekers such as high-speed raft rides that put multiple riders through exciting drops, turns, and banks.

Safely Soak Up Sun and Fun at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando has been hard at work to improve safety measures for the health and peace of mind of Volcano Bay guests. In accordance with CDC guidelines, measures will be taken to enhance sanitization procedures and implement proper distance spacing and screening. The Rosen Inn also operates within these guidelines, making it the perfect place to stay after a day spent soaking up the sun at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay.

Enjoy a Restful Stay After Visiting Volcano Bay

As a Universal Partner Hotel, the Rosen Inn provides complimentary shuttle service to Universal Orlando theme parks, including Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay. Located on International Drive and within walking distance to Universal Orlando, our Rosen Hotel and Resort offers affordable luxury, amenities, and comfort. We are also dedicated to the highest standards of cleanliness for the well-being and safety of our guests and staff.

Our total commitment to your safety and wellbeing includes new hotel features that help maintain a healthy atmosphere such multiple hand sanitizer dispensers, social distancing floor markers, more frequently cleaned common areas, clear protective borders at our front desks, and the use of hospital-grade, EPA-approved disinfectants in all guestrooms.

To plan your fun and safe Orlando vacation, call the Rosen Inn today at 407-996-4444 or click “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Located outside of Orlando in Clermont, Florida, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is rolling out some much-needed fun and excitement with the return of their Winter Music Series. With fine local wine tastings, a smorgasbord of food vendors, and live music, fun, and games, the event offers guests the opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry every Saturday afternoon in January 2021. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ BBQ and Blues Festival 2020

Winter Music Series Performances

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ Winter Music Series is scheduled to feature live music from local bands and artists. Lakeridge has both an outdoor stage on their shaded back lawn and an indoor stage within their Wine & Cheese Bar. While the artist lineup for January’s live music event is not currently finalized, all music and entertainment performances at both the Wine & Cheese Bar and outdoor stage will occur every Saturday between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

A Variety of Food and Alcohol

Thirsty guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and come hungry to the Winter Music Series. Local food vendors will be there to serve delectable selections outside. An outdoor food court will offer tasty cuisine ranging from American, Greek, seafood, BBQ, and other options such as wraps and salads. For dessert, ice cream and funnel cake will be available to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Wine Tours and Tastings

While the festival takes place, winery tours will be running every 15–20 minutes. After a brief video presentation on the history of Lakeridge Winery, a tour guide will show guests how grapes are grown, gathered, and turned into wine. The tour culminates with a breathtaking with view of the vineyards and a free wine tasting. Adults over 21 will be allowed to taste 6 to 8 different types of award-winning wines ranging from dry to sweet.

The Perfect Place in Orlando to Unwind

After taking in the entertaining sights, sounds, and sips of Lakeridge Winery’s Winter Music Series, retreat to the affordable comfort of Rosen Inn. Located on International Drive, Rosen Inn is conveniently close to everything Central Florida has to offer. Rest assured knowing we are committed to ensuring you and your party a safe and healthy stay while in Orlando. New cleanliness measures we have implemented include clear borders between our guests and check-in staff, hand sanitizer stations and social distancing floor markers placed throughout the hotel, and the use of EPA-approved, hospital grade disinfectants in every guestroom.

Be sure to reserve your room with us today by calling 407-996-4444 or clicking “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page.

A holiday celebration that lasts as long as the holiday season, Holidays at Universal Orlando™ returns to Central Florida from November 14, 2020, to January 3, 2021. Experience Christmas in the worlds of Hogwarts™ and Who-ville. From yuletide-themed activities and décor to seasonal food and drinks, here’s a look at this year’s merrymaking for you to enjoy.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

Get in the holiday and Harry Potter spirit at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Decorated with classic garland, gorgeous wreaths, and a few stray owl feathers, each shop in Hogsmeade™ will have its own Christmas flair and special holiday merchandise. Listen to a live Celestina Warbeck performance, grab a limited-time-only cup of warm butterbeer, and claim a prime viewing spot for the seasonal nighttime show: The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle.

Universal’s Holiday Parade

Big balloons, tons of presents, and a little Minion mischief — there’s so much to see at the Universal Holiday Parade. Luckily, there are also a lot of great viewing spots to snag around the park. When you find Santa Clause amongst your family’s favorite characters and floats, you’ll know it’s time for the spectacular tree-lighting ceremony.

Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular

Steal Christmas back from the Grinch™ at the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular. Head over to Seuss Landing™ to meet the grumpy mastermind and the jovial residents of Who-ville. While you’re there, snack on Seuss-inspired food and drinks and take your family to one of the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular shows, which retell the classic holiday story live on stage.

Tis the Season to Book Your Stay

Spend as much time as possible at the parks — not on the road — when you book with the Rosen Inn. Right on International Drive, the Rosen Inn is a convenient, comfortable, and clean stay for you, friends, and family. Our total commitment to guests and associates includes updated features and safety measures such as clear protective borders at front desks as well as floor markers that measure proper social distance in the lobby and near cashiers. We’ve also upgraded our cleaning procedures and now use hospital-grade, EPA-approved disinfectant in common areas, on high touch points like door handles, and in the guestrooms.

Furthermore, we’ve installed additional hand sanitizing stations throughout our hotel to provide everyone on-site with easy accessibility. Reserve your room at the Rosen Inn by calling today at 407-996-4444 or by clicking “Check Room Availability” above.

With wonderful, state-of-the-art stages that have hosted a variety of elite acts and performances, the Dr. Phillips Center is Orlando’s undisputed home for world-class performing arts. Join them this December for a celebration of dance, song, and Christmas magic with must-see ballet events. The Dr. Phillips Center September Performances

Classic Ballets for the Whole Family

With three ballet performances to choose from, there is plenty of captivating holiday spirit for you and your family to enjoy during your stay in The City Beautiful. Here are details on the amazing ballets that are available to witness throughout December at Dr. Phillips Center:

  1. The Nutcracker. The timeless and beloved holiday ballet is scheduled to run this season Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 13, 2020. Watch and listen as the imaginative staging and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score transport you to the magical land inside Clara’s dreams. Can she and the Nutcracker navigate through a winter wonderland of dancing candy to defeat the meddlesome Mouse King? Early booking is recommended. Show times may vary.
  2. The Nutcracker – A Family Show. A shortened version of the whimsical winter tale, this show is best for families with little ones who might not be able to sit through the entire full-length Nutcracker production. A limited run of two dates: Saturday, December 5, and Saturday, December 12, 2020, are scheduled at this time.
  3. Sleeping Beauty. Based on the classic fairy tale of true love, witness the enchanting world of Sleeping Beauty come to life as the good fairies and Prince Desiree fight to counter the curse of a jealous fairy that leaves Princess Aurora in an eternal slumber. This performance is available for one day only, Monday, December 21, 2020, with two showtimes at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

No matter which showing you choose to see, you can be certain that the grand atmosphere of the Dr. Phillips Center will set the stage for a fantastic, heartwarming spectacle that will thrill the entire family both young and old.

Stay Close to The Holiday Magic at Rosen Inn

While in Orlando this holiday, stay at the Rosen Inn. Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn provides affordable luxury, amenities, and convenient access to all Orlando has to offer, including the renowned Dr. Phillips Center. We are also dedicated to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety for the well-being of our guests and associates.

Our total commitment includes new hotel features that help create a healthy space for guests and staff, such as clear protective borders between you and our front desk staff, more frequently cleaned common areas and touch points, more hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel, cleaning the guestrooms and around the hotel with hospital-grade disinfectants, as well as floor markers to help everyone maintain proper social distancing in common areas.

Enjoy a relaxing Orlando vacation with all the comforts of home by calling the Rosen Inn today at 407-996-4444 or by clicking “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page.

For fans of great barbecue and live music, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ BBQ and Blues Festival 2020 is the place to be. Over the course of three days, guests will be able to experience a wide range of fun and exciting activities, all while sampling some of the best barbecue and delicious foods that the surrounding Central Florida area has to offer. Here’s a sampling of what guests can expect at Lakeridge’s annual BBQ and Blues Festival. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ BBQ and Blues Festival 2020

BBQ and Blues Festival Details

Tickets for the BBQ and Blues Festival 2020 are $10 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. The weekend event will be held from Friday, October 9, until Sunday, October 11, 2020. Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 9 and 10, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 11.

BBQ and Blues Festival Highlights

  • Festival Food Court – Throughout the course of the festival, a wide selection of food and drink options will be sold. In addition to a variety of mouthwatering barbecue, options will include seafood, salads/wraps, and international cuisine such as Mexican, Greek, and American. Snacks including kettle corn, pretzels, and Twistee Treat ice cream will also be available.

 

  • Beer and Wine Bar – Drink-wise, guests will be able to enjoy a variety of beers, soft drinks, wine slushies, and Lakeridge’s wide selection of wines.

 

  • Cheese and Wine Bar – Throughout the course of the festival at Lakeridge’s upstairs Cheese and Wine Bar, guests will be able to purchase cheese spreads that pair perfectly with their wines and available beers. Enjoy these thoughtful pairings in the calm ambiance of the upstairs bar overlooking the rolling vineyard while listening to intimate performances by talented musicians.

 

  • Live Music – Over the course of the three-day event, some of the best blues bands from the surrounding area will perform live outside on the mainstage and upstairs in the Cheese and Wine Bar. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and set up near the mainstage to experience the to-be-determined bands in action.

 

  • Fun Festival Activities – Guests can also expect to experience fun game stations and an arts show in addition to all of the previously mentioned festivities. The large field will serve as the perfect place for attendees to participate in free and fun games such as corn hole and browse artwork from local artists.

 

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ BBQ and Blues Festival 2020

Wind Down at Rosen Inn

Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn is the perfect place to relax after an exciting and engaging day spent at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ BBQ and Blues Festival. Our affordable and luxurious rooms and amenities provide guests with the perfect opportunity to relax in comfort after experiencing an enjoyable and belly-filling day at one of the best festivals that Central Florida has to offer.

Given current travel concerns, we’ve taken extra precautions to ensure the safety of our guests and associates. We have implemented new cleaning procedures that utilize hospital-grade disinfectants to clean rooms and commonly touched surfaces. We also installed clear protective borders at the front desk, hand sanitizing stations around the hotel, and floor stickers that are properly spaced to promote social distancing.

After planning your visit to the Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ BBQ and Blues Festival, you can plan your stay at the Rosen Inn by clicking “Check Room Availability” above or by giving us a call at 407-996-4444.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureIn early June 2020, all Universal Orlando Resort theme parks reopened after being closed nearly three months due to the pandemic and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its guests and staff. Their care for their guests and staff hasn’t abated since opening. Rather, they’ve implemented many changes to the general operations of each parks to continue to comply with the latest Centers for Disease Control standards. This includes helping maintain social distance, requiring guests to wear masks, and adding hand sanitizers throughout the park to help guests maintain good hygiene practices.

With these cautionary procedures in place, guests have felt comfortable enough to return and spend an exciting and engaging day experiencing some of the best attractions Orlando has to offer. Finally, we can get back to some fun which includes one of the most popular and thrilling attractions to ever open at Universal Orlando Resort: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

Facts About Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Located in the Hogsmeade area of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, the attraction opened in June 2019 as a replacement for the dueling, inverted roller coaster attraction, Dragon Challenge. A highly themed experience, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure takes riders on an immersive journey through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with detailed set pieces and life-like animatronics. Here are six interesting facts about this impressively immersive rollercoaster.

  1. At almost a mile long, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the lengthiest roller coaster track in the state of Florida.
  2. The coaster includes a 17 foot “free-fall vertical drop,” the first of its kind in the United States.
  3. Riders are launched a record breaking seven times throughout the course of the coaster.
  4. Riders can expect to be launched vertically 65 feet “at a more than 70-degree angle” then fall back down facing upward.
  5. Ride vehicles can reach up to 50 mph during the course of the coaster.
  6. Costing about $300 million to manufacture, it has now taken the top spot on the list of highest costing roller coasters of all time.

Operational Adjustments for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure 

Now that the Harry Potter-themed rollercoaster has reopened, fans want to know if there are any limitations on ride capacity that could increase wait-times for the popular ride. Some of Universal Orlando’s operational changes and safety guidelines that will impact Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure include:

  1. Guests who wish to ride this coaster will have to reserve a specific ride time in a virtual que through the official Universal Orlando app.
  2. Ground markings placed throughout the park will remind guests to stand at least six feet away from other parties.
  3. Guests are expected to use hand sanitizer dispensers before riding the coaster.
  4. Face masks and coverings must be worn at all times throughout the park and on all attractions.
  5. Attractions now have limited ride capacity and staggered seating to promote social distancing between parties.
  6. Staff sanitizes and cleans vehicle seats and restraints between each ride to promote a healthy experience for guests.

A Safe Place to Stay in Orlando

Stay within walking distance to the Wizarding World by booking your room at the Rosen Inn, a Universal Partner Hotel. Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn provides affordable luxury, amenities, and convenient access to all Orlando has to offer. Like Universal, we are also dedicated to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety for the well-being of our guests and associates.

Our total commitment includes new hotel features that include enhanced cleaning procedures. We now use hospital-grade disinfectants to clean rooms and commonly touched surface areas. Clear plexiglass protects our desk staff members and guests by creating a border between them, hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the hotel, and floor markers help remind guests to keep proper social distances from each other.

Our guests’ and associates’ safety is always our top priority. We’re continuing to adopt further upgrades to create a more contactless experience for our guest. Some of our hotels have remote check-in and check-out processes. We’re also slowly shifting to a more cashless operation. Stay tuned for future developments as we continue to change to meet the demands of today.

Let’s get back to your vacation for now. After planning your visit to any of the Universal theme parks, be sure to plan your stay at the Rosen Inn by clicking “Check Room Availability” above or by giving us a call at 407-996-4444. We’d be happy to serve you again.

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