Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Universal Orlando Resort

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Universal Orlando Resort

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We’re just a few days away from Valentine’s Day! 

However you choose to celebrate the day, which happens to be over a weekend this year, Universal Orlando Resort has ways to enjoy it any way you want.

I’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day here at Universal Orlando during Mardi Gras and it was a blast! 

A couple of friends and I started our night checking into Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, this is definitely the place to be! It feels like you’ve just stepped foot in the seaside village of Portofino, Italy. From the cobblestone streets, outdoor cafés, authentic wood oven pizza and trimmed hedges, it truly is la dolce vita – the sweet life.

Portofino Bay Hotel

Once we checked into the hotel, we went down to the piazza and enjoyed a glass of wine at one of the outdoor cafés while listening to a performer sing beautiful Italian music from the balcony overhead. We then took a Pedi cab over to the entrance of Universal Studios Florida. You can also take a water taxi, shuttle or even take a moonlit (or sunlit) walk over to the entrance of both parks. To us, the Pedi cab seemed a romantic addition to our evening. 

We walked into Universal Studios Florida to celebrate Mardi Gras and headed straight for my favorite food of all time – beignets. Nutritious … I know.

We then ate some gumbo, danced around the French Quarter to the awesome New Orleans-style bands and caught mounds of beads during the parade, which I fashionably wore around my neck the entire night. 

We continued our party at CityWalk’s Pat O’ Brien’s where we had an amazing dinner and a delicious original Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane. Keep in mind; you must be 21 or older to party in CityWalk after 9 p.m. And, with paid admission to Mardi Gras, you can also enjoy free general admission to five unique clubs and bars at CityWalk. 

Our party ended at 2 a.m. and we made our way back to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel — this time using the relaxing water taxi.

Universal Orlando made it extremely easy to have fun, stay safe and celebrate a fun and memorable Valentine’s Day. 

This year, if you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day here at Universal Orlando Resort, you’ll be able to catch a performance by Barenaked Ladies and, you too, can continue your party over in CityWalk!  

You can also choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day a night early and head over to the beautiful Portofino Bay Hotel for Harbor Nights Romantico. The event is from 6:30-9:00pm on Friday, Feb. 12 and features wine, food and live entertainment on the Harbor Piazza — making for an especially romantic evening. Click here for more details.

I hope you have a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day!

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