We Got To Throw Beads From A Mardi Gras Float at Universal Orlando! Here’s What It Was Like

One really cool about living in Central Florida is that you can sometimes take advantage of what Orlando-area theme parks have to offer. Case in point: Joe and I have been Universal Orlando annual passholders since around 2009 or so. Besides the fact that we can go to the parks pretty much whenever we want, we also occasionally have some access to some benefits and experiences that people who are “just visiting” might not get. One of those opportunities is potentially being able to throw beads from one of the floats at Universal Studios Florida’s (USF) Mardi Gras parade.
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Disney’s 2019 DVC Moonlight Magic Event at WDW’s Magic Kingdom (Compared to 2017 & 2018)

One of multiple “arms” of the Walt Disney Company is that of Disney Vacation Club (DVC). It’s essentially a time share wherein people buy points that they can use to stay at Disney properties at what would be a lesser rate than if one paid cash.

DVC membership can potentially cost much, much less when one purchases points on the secondary market (as opposed to buying them directly from Disney). So to make buying DVC points from Disney have a higher perceived value, one thing they’ve been doing are these member-only, after-dark events called “Moonlight Magic” at the various Disney theme parks. Running since 2016, they’re a perk that’s only open to those who’ve purchased points directly from Disney and not from the secondary market.

Joe’s been a DVC member since its inception in the early 1990s (the running joke was that I married him for his DVC points and now for his hotel points LOL) and because we live so close to WDW, we’ve been able to attend several Moonlight Magic events, including the ones at Magic Kingdom (MK) in 2017, 2018 and now 2019. So it’s been interesting to see how the events there have evolved.

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When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To Walt Disney World?

Some people are limited in when they can go on vacation. They may be in a profession where they’re not allowed to go away during specific times of the year (such as accountants during the weeks leading up to Tax Day), or they might have kids who can only go out of town when school isn’t in session.

If you’re lucky enough in that you don’t have those kinds of limitations on when you can go away, you may still want to go at the “best” time.

Let’s say you want to go to WDW…when IS the best time of year to go? Well, that’s kind of a loaded question because it really depends on what you consider to be “best”…is that based on the weather? The crowds? The holidays and special events? The cheapest time of year? Hmmm…let’s look at all of the options…

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We Went To Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Holiday Event at Islands of Adventure!

Living in Central Florida can have its disadvantages (yes, really!), but it certainly has its advantages, too. One of the latter is having annual passes to both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando, and living close enough to both parks to be able to take advantage of their special opportunities for pass holders, even when they announce them sort of “last minute.” Such was the case Universal Orlando Annual Passholder holiday event, with sign ups that began only about a week and a half ahead of time.

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I Attended The Universal Orlando “Stranger Things Day” Haunted House Special Daytime Event!

It was a very pleasant surprise when I saw a link to Universal Orlando’s blog on my Facebook feed last week, which brought me to this:

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I checked my calendar and fortunately, I was able to go. And I did :-). Here’s what I saw…

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