Everyone enjoys Universal Orlando Resort’s three amazing theme parks during the day. But did you know how much entertainment there is to do—right at your on-site hotel—when you return from a day of big fun?
Well, I was fortunate enough to experience a wide array of nighttime entertainment that allowed me to continue the fun into the wee hours of the morning!
Where else can you enjoy a beautiful sunset, 17 floors up, with your favorite friends and family? Only at Universal’s Aventura Hotel! This rooftop bar features delicious signature drinks and scrumptious small plates that will be the perfect complement to your breathtaking views of not only Universal Orlando Resort’s three amazing theme parks, but the Orlando skyline. After a long day in the parks, this is the absolute perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the view.
If you’re staying at Lowe’s Portofino Bay Hotel—or even just venture over to take in the re-creation of the famed seaside village of Portofino, Italy—you simply cannot miss Musica della Notte. What could be more romantic than looking across the lagoon with that special someone, while you’re serenaded by the live classically trained opera singers? This performance takes place every night at sunset in the Harbor Piazza, weather permitting.
If you want to experience more than your average hotel lobby bar, you’ve got to hit Strong Water Tavern. This crown jewel is essential for rum lovers, with its selection of more than 100 different types of rum. This also makes it perfect for anyone looking to try something new and delicious. Don’t worry if you need some help on where to start. You can be hooked up with your very own personal “Rum Captain,” who will assist you in creating the perfect rum flight for your palette! Pair your new favorite drinks with a few Caribbean-style tapas, and you’ll agree that Strong Water Tavern is an experience that can’t be missed.
Friday night is party night, and there’s no party like Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort! You’ll get to experience the rich sounds and delightful tastes of the Caribbean islands’ best cuisine, signature drinks (don’t miss the Rum Punch!) and live music. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet with plenty of song, dance, beautiful costumes, and my favorite…the limbo!
When you’re in the mood to ROCK, there’s only one place to go and that’s the Hard Rock Hotel for the award-winning Velvet Sessions. Nearly every month, the hotel lobby is transformed into the party you’ve been looking for, featuring live music from some of the most legendary acts in rock n’ roll history. Before the show, enjoy rockin’ drinks and fabulous finger foods while jamming with other music lovers—it’s all included with your Velvet Sessions ticket. You can even upgrade to a VIP experience and really party like a rock star at Orlando’s biggest rock ‘n roll cocktail party.
We all love Cabana Bay’s retro theme. But did you know that it extends beyond the classic cars and groovy decor? If you want to re-live your bowling league days (like me), then Galaxy Bowl is the place for you! Gather up everyone in your party and head over to this 50s-themed bowling alley that will transport you back in time for an unforgettable bowling experience. Chow down on all of the tasty foods from the full menu and enjoy your favorite drinks, served however you’d like—even in a bowling pin! Galaxy Bowl can be fun for the whole family, a friend’s night out, or just you and that special someone. Grab your shoes, fill your belly, and get ready to knock ‘em down!
And if you’re looking for a trip to the other side of the globe, I’ve got the ticket for you—the Wantilan Luau. Turn up the excitement on your Saturday night with hula and fire dancers while you enjoy a tropical all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with pit-roasted pig. Throw in the live music and casual outdoor environment, and you’ll be instantly transported straight to the South Pacific for a true island party.
So yeah, there’s so much to do at the theme parks. But stay with Universal and you’re steps away from all kinds of nighttime entertainment options.
If you’ve stayed with us, what’s your favorite hotel activity? Let us know in the comments below.