Halloween Horror Nights is back at Universal Orlando Resort for its 30th year. Face your wildest nightmares as you experience terrifying haunted houses, sinister scare zones, outrageous entertainment, and some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions. Watch as your favorite creatures from movies, shows, and folklore come to life. Don’t forget to bring a friend or two because there’s one thing to remember at Halloween Horror Nights, never go alone. Select nights Sept. 3 – Oct. 31.
Driving all the way to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras may not make much sense, especially if you have a family. Instead, visit Universal Mardi Gras where the celebrations are equally vibrant and fun for the entire family. The best part is that you can party with other families every night from February 1 through April 2 without having to buy an extra ticket other than an entry pass to Universal Studios of Florida.
Mardi Gras Parades
First thing that may come to mind about this long holiday are the parades of colorful floats and marching bands. At Universal, Mardi Gras is celebrated nightly with parades, stilt walkers, dancers, and street performers. Of course there will be tons of confetti and beads thrown. Since this is a family friendly event, all you have to do to get beads is smile!
If you or a family member are hearing or viewing impaired, there’s a special area for ADA viewing to the far left of the stage near Rip Roaring Rocket’s entrance. If you or a family member are in a wheelchair, feel free to park on the concrete walkway on either side of the technician’s booth.
Fun Fact: Kearn Studios, who makes the Mardi Gras floats for Universal, also makes the floats for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras Fun for the Little Ones
Little tots and small ones in the family are invited to watch the festivities from the Little Jester’s parade viewing area. You’ll find it in front of the Brown Derby Hat. Here you can secure an unobstructed viewing spot an hour before the parade.
Locating the French Quarter Courtyard
If you’ve been to Universal Studios before, you know there’s no section for New Orleans. That’s where theme park magic comes in play. From February 1 through April 2, Universal transforms its New York location into the French Quarter Courtyard—the epicenter of Mardi Gras celebrations.
Beignets and Cajun Food
Now that we know where the French Quarter Courtyard is located, you know where to go for some authentic beignets, jambalaya, and other famous Cajun/Creole cuisine. Mardi Gras isn’t the same without the flavors of New Orleans!
The Sounds of Mardi Gras
After food and floats, Mardi Gras is also extremely well known for the music. Throughout the parade and in special concerts, this celebration is made complete by the unique music of Louisiana Jazz, blues, and Zydeco bands straight from New Orleans. You will not want to miss this unique experience. But of course Universal has to top itself to make Mardi Gras unforgettable, so they’ve invited famous musical acts to play at the Music Plaza Stage during Mardi Gras. The stage is right by Rip Roaring Rocket. The concert line-up includes top acts such as ROOTS, TLC, and Marshmello. Keep track of Theme Park Events for updates on concerts and other special Mardi Gras events at Universal Studios.
Rosen Inn, Closest Rosen Hotel to Universal Studios
By visiting Orlando and Universal Studios, you wisely chose a way for the family to enjoy Mardi Gras. Make another wise decision by staying at Rosen Inn. We’re the closest Rosen hotel to Universal Studios—only a mile and a half away! Many of our guests even walk to the theme park—it’s that close. Closer still is the Check Availability button in the top right corner. Click it to start your next Orlando vacation.
In preparation for Spring Break, we’re summing up exactly what sets us apart from other area hotels and laying down the facts. If you’re considering Rosen Inn, you know value, comfort, and convenience of location are all a shoo-in.
1.When Harris Rosen purchase the Rosen Inn, it was named International Inn and only had 251 guestrooms. A building expansion in 1979 brought Rosen Inn to 315 guestrooms.
2. Want to enjoy a great dinner and drinks? Our new Shogun Sakura Sushi bar, located next to the International Pub, serves freshly made sushi. The two places combined hosts TWO happy hours: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shogun Sakura and 10 p.m. to close at International Pub.
3. No need to travel far from the hotel for late night snacks and emergency needs. Our Lite Bite Mini-Market & Deli is open 24/7. Purchase can be made at the front desk after midnight.
4. Spring break in Orlando should include a trip to a theme park. At Rosen Inn, you can drive the 2-mile distance to Universal Orlando® Resort in less than 10 minutes or you can walk the paved way in just over 30 min, that is, if you haven’t already booked a seat on our complimentary shuttle service to the theme park.
5.During Spring Break, sleep is for the weak. However, did you know Rosen Inn features Simmons Beautyrest® pillow top mattresses? After a long day of fun at the theme parks, it’s hard to resist our comfy and cozy beds to recoup from the fun-filled day.
Each New Year, we resolve to improve by adopting a healthier lifestyle, but sometimes our best intentions are hard to keep while on vacation. This year, don’t let vacation be the excuse that lets you slide on improving your body, mind, and spirit. Keep your fitness resolution by sticking to these helpful tips.
Our property is less than a five minute drive from Universal Orlando® Resort, but why drive when you can walk? Sidewalks and crosswalks connect you to the theme parks and keeps your family safe from bustling traffic. The walk takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Don’t forget your favorite wearable fitness tracker while visiting the parks. The latest editions of iPhone and Android have fitness tracking software, so keep your smartphone on you. By tracking your steps and calories burned, you’ll have a better understanding of your fitness levels on a daily basis.
Is a relaxing day at the hotel in store for you? Check out our 24-hour fitness center to meet your recommended 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. Swimming is also, without doubt, an effective way to burn calories. Swimming in our seasonally-heated swimming pool will relax joints and muscles worn out from high-impact theme park activities and still is an effective form of fitness training.
At Rosen Inn, we care about your health and want your resolutions to be successful.
Cheers to your health!
Great place to stay
Great location, clean rooms, friendly staff and lovely breakfast. So affordable and beds are super comfy! Would definitely go back. Perfect for going to Universal, we were able to walk everyday. Staff were so helpful and pleasant. Cleaners came everyday and were very nice also.
Excellent stay, clean, close to Universal
The room was comfortable and super clean, check-in was fast and so was the check out. Friendly and smiley attendants and very knowledgeable of the area. Location, location, location: the room was very quiet and you are just by International Drive. Best price and experience in Orlando so far.