Universal Studios Florida Is Turning 30


Universal Orlando Resort – Universal Studios Florida has been inspiring guests to “ride the movies”. This year the original component that has grown into Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Florida is turning 30.

We have no doubt that this Anniversary year will bring some new and exciting announcements, merchandise and maybe even an official name for the “jurassic Park” coaster. But for now here is what we know for sure to kick off 2020 and 30 years of Universal Studios Florida. 



The UOAP Lounge

For Passholders for starters the UOAP Lounge Presented by Coca-Cola® is staying open.

  • Hours: 11 am–4 pm
  • Location: Studio Styles in Universal Studios Florida

The Lounge has been extended for another year! All Passholders can stop in to relax, charge your phone and cool off with refreshing Coca-Cola beverages. Plus, experience the Arctic Coke Cooler, which crystalizes 20 oz. Coca-Cola beverages for even cooler, crisper, ice-cold refreshment. My favorite is the Sprite.


January’s Button Marks the 30th Year of a Park Icon

Available Jan. 1–31, 2020
What better way to pay homage to Universal Studios Florida’s original eating machine.

Kick off 2020 with the next free button in the UOAP series. If you aren’t familiar with the Passholder exclusive pins, look for our upcoming article on one of our newest collecting addictions. 

Pick-up Locations:

  • UOAP Lounge in Universal Studios Florida from 11 am–4 pm
  • Toon Extra in Universal’s Islands of Adventure during normal operating hours

One button per Passholder while supplies last. 

Running Universal

Don’t miss your chance to make history as Running Universal presents the inaugural Epic Character Race 5K and 10K coming to Universal Orlando Resort.

  • February 1-2, 2020.

Take home brag-worthy swag as you join your favorite characters from Illumination’s Minions, Jurassic World, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, Transformers and more.

Culinary Delites

The Today Cafe

2020 will sure to be one for more culinary delites. TODAY Cafe at Universal Studios Florida has seasonal dishes inspired by a TODAY personality. We are hopeful to get more vegan options from “personalities” as the cafe rotates menus.

Monsters Cafe

Jackfruit Monsters Cafe Sign

We could not be happier to see more and more vegan options showing up on menus throughout the parks. At Monster Cafe,  The Mummy Combo and Platter, both containing a slow cooked jackfruit sandwich have made the outside menu board. 

This is just one small example of more culinary options coming to Universal Orlando Resort. To keep up on the latest Vegan options at the parks and resorts you gotta join Universal Orlando Vegans.  Stephen, Shelby and I do our best to keep the lists current and share the latest vegan eats, and there are PLENTY!

The Bourne Stuntacular


Spring 2020, Universal Studios Florida debuts a live-action stunt show The Bourne Spectacular. Through a “cutting-edge fusion of stagecraft and film”, you’ll follow Jason Bourne across three continents as sinister characters pursue him, hoping to bring him in. You don’t just watch it. You feel it. See it a few times to really take it all in.

Brace yourself for what’s next. Brace yourself for The Bourne Stuntacular.


Universal's Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

Another NEW value Resort is coming in 2020. Soak up the scenes of a cool, calm coastal retreat with plenty of two-bedroom family suites that sleep six.

  • Opening March 17, 2020  

Exclusive benefits like Early Park Admission* (theme park admission required) and complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and CityWalk™. It’s like experiencing  the coast of Florida, inspired by sand, sea and breathtaking sunsets, while being in the middle of the action.

All this on top of their annual events like Mardi Gras, Grinchmas, Rock The Universe and of course Halloween Horror Nights.

With 2020 and a 30 year Birthday, along with a new park taking shape, Universal Studios Florida and the whole Universal Orlando Resort will be an exciting destination for many years to come!

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Mike Blue is The Social Introvert – An introvert with some, and extrovert with many. Mike’s been collecting toys of his childhood and wondering Central Florida for over 35 years. He holds his certification in Plant-Based nutrition, loves exploring the small towns of Florida, and is the most approached unapproachable man on the planet….and he likes that! 

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