Navigating Universal Studios with Special Needs

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It’s time to look at Universal Studios and how to enjoy your vacation with special needs and disabilities. Universal Studios is quite inclusive and truly is a vacation spot for everyone!

UNIVERSAL WITH MOBILITY ISSUES

Universal Studios incorporates the line queue into most of their attractions storylines, so all line queues, except for Pteranodon Flyers at Islands of Adventure, can accommodate manual wheelchairs. For the full list of requirements and accommodations for Universal’s attractions, visit the Universal Orlando Resort Guide for Rider Safety and Accessibility. It is important to note that no attractions can fit ECVs or motorized wheelchairs EXCEPT the Hogwarts Express.

All shopping and dining locations are wheelchair accessible, and parades and shows all have designated viewing areas. Guest room accessible features include 36″ doors, accessible peepholes, closets with rods at 48″, toilets with grab bars, accessible showers, including roll in showers, adjustable or combination shower head, and/or tub with with seat and hand bar.

UNIVERSAL WITH HEARING DISABILITY

Universal Studios offers American Sign Language Interpreters by request at least 14 days in advance by emailing  SignLanguageServices@universalorlando.com. There is also Open Captioning on many attractions.

UNIVERSAL WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

Large print and braille scripts are available upon request.

UNIVERSAL WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

Visit Guest Services when you arrive, and explain accommodation needs if required. Universal’s goal is to ensure that everyone is able to make well-informed decisions about their ability to safely, comfortably, and conveniently experience each of their
attractions. If you have any questions, please stop by Guest Services inside the main entrance for assistance. Guest Services Coordinators are also available by email and phone seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. until park closing, and make every effort to respond to messages within 24 to 48 hours. If you require an immediate response,
please call 407-224-4233, option 4.

If Guest Services determines you are eligible, you will be issued an Attraction Assistance Pass (AAP). This card contains a barcode for scanning at rides. It folds to fit into the pocket of a lanyard, but be sure to secure your lanyard on wild rides, like the Velocicoaster! Just like at Disney, the return time is not necessarily IMMEDIATE. So if you are looking for immediate access, I recommend staying at a Premier Resort, which includes the Express Pass Unlimited, or just purchase the Express Pass Unlimited.

Ready to book your Universal Studios vacation? Contact me today!!

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2022 Flower and Garden Festival

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Dates Announced for 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

2022 Flower and Garden Festival

Great news for Festival fans! Disney announced TWO Festival starting dates this week, the Festival of the Arts, which runs from January 14, 2022, through February 21, 2022, and the 2022 Flower and Garden Festival! TOPIARY FANS REJOICE! This year’s festival will begin on March 2, 2022, and run for 125 days through July 4, 2022! So many days to see and smell amazing flowers and, of course, TO EAT!!

The Festival will look to honor the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, with an all new entrance topiary, featuring Goofy and a 50th Themed birthday cake! You might find other topiaries, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs near the Germany Pavilion or Lumiere and Cogsworth near France.

There will be a Health Full walk along the Imagination walkway, with tips for staying well, which will be sponsored by AdventHealth. And 18 outdoor kitchens!!! Garden Rocks Concert Series will also be returning to the American Gardens theater.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available! And don’t forget to contact me to book your vacation!

2022 Flower and Garden Festival

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EPCOT Festival of the Arts

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New Year, start of another EPCOT Festival Season! We already know the dates of TWO EPCOT Festivals in 2022! This year’s Festival of the Arts will begin January 14, 2022, and run through February 21, 2022. This celebration of ALL of the Arts will be taking place during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World, so there’s no time like the present!

Disney on Broadway Returns!

Every two weeks, a new pair of performers will perform music from Broadway on Disney musicals at the American Adventure stage.

Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin)

  • January 14
  • January 16 through 17
  • January 20 through 21

Kerry Butler (Beauty and the Beast) and Telly Leung (Aladdin)

  • January 15
  • January 18 through 19
  • January 22 through 23

Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid) and Robert Creighton (Frozen)

  • January 24
  • January 26 through 27
  • January 30 through 31
  • February 3 through 4

Kara Lindsay (Newsies) and Dan DeLuca (Newsies)

  • January 25
  • January 28 through 29
  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

  • February 7
  • February 9 through 10
  • February 13 through 14
  • February 17 through 18

Kissy Simmons (The Lion King) and Michael James Scott (Aladdin)

  • February 8
  • February 11 through 12
  • February 15 through 16
  • February 19 through 20

Special Performance – February 21, 2022

On February 21, give a standing ovation for an extended finale featuring Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Kissy Simmons and Michael James Scott!

Culinary Arts

Eat your way around the world at 15 Food Studios, turning food into EDIBLE ART!

  • The Artists’ Table at the American Adventure – American classics, like Beef Wellington and seared scallops, paired with a great beer or chilled glass of wine
  • The Craftsman’s Courtyard NEW! Near Disney Traders – inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement on the coast of California, enjoy savory seafood and fresh salads
  • Deco Delights near Port of Entry – indulge your sweet tooth with these sweet treats, inspired by the roaring 20s to the bright colors of Miami Beach
  • The Deconstructed Dish near Port of Entry – Try your favorite dishes – like a BLT, French onion soup and key lime pie – deconstructed!
  • The Donut Box Near Test Track – try delicious donuts, which pair wonderfully with a glass of rosé or a coffee cocktail
  • El Artista Hambriento at Mexico – Classic Mexican fare, including carne asada and chocolate tacos
  • Goshiki at Japan – Celebrate the Japanese culinary arts with delectable dishes featuring “the 5 colors” of Japanese cuisine, including sushi donuts and sake
  • Gourmet Landscapes at Canada – These Canadian chefs have foraged for all the finest ingredients so that you can enjoy wild mushroom risotto, beet carpaccio and other farm-fresh delights
  • L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise at France – Savory and sweet French pastries and delicacies, paired with wine – including a black winter truffle croissant and warm brie in a bread bowl, paired with a French wine or frozen martini
  • L’Arte di Mangiare at Italy – Baroque cuisine that looks like Michelangelo created it himself, with rich colors and dramatic flavors, serving up arancini, ravioli and more
  • The Painted Panda at China – Enjoy decorative cuisine inspired by magnificent Chinese art, like General Tso’s chicken shumai or the char siu pork buns, and enjoy refreshing beverages like bubble tea and Chinese-inspired cocktails
  • Pastoral Palate at Germany – food inspired by the rustic settings where Bavarian Folk Art was painted, featuring wild boar cassoulet, a red wine-braised beef short rib, and more
  • Pop Eats Near Port of Entry – Pop Art of the 20th Century, including the colorful almond frangipane cake and the ever-popular Pop’t Art – a sugar cookie with a twist. Plus, enjoy savory dishes like tomato soup with grilled cheese
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina at Morocco – enjoy grilled kebabs, almond phyllo pockets and more, paired with a flavorful hard cider or the chai tea mint mimosa
  • Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina located between Morocco & France – Colombian cuisine inspired by the Disney animated film Encanto – like spicy ajiaco soup or a house-made empanada with chorizo

And don’t forget to take part in the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine! Once you purchase all five dishes, and receive your passport stamps, you will receive your Artist Palette Cookie!!

Visual Arts

Visit some Artful Photo Ops, where you can become part of the art! Cross the Delaware with Washington, practice your Mona Lisa Smile, and Scream! There will be unique art installations all around the World Showcase! You can also visit art galleries and shop for Festival of the Arts MERCH all over World Showcase.

And there will be interactive experiences, too! Head to American Gardens for Animation Academy classes, where you can learn how to draw Disney characters from real animators! Check the EPCOT Park Showtimes and Times Guides for times!

Travel around World Showcase and find the chalk drawings! Or head to World Nature and take part in the massive Paint By Numbers Mural!

The Festival of the Arts is not to be missed! Contact me today to book your vacation to enjoy the Festival of the Arts!

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