Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Celebrate the Season with All-New Holiday Festivities, Special Events and Dining

Holiday dining and activities press release


ORLANDO, FL – (December 1, 2011) – The three on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort will offer guests and local residents a chance to savor the season and celebrate the holiday spirit.  Holiday buffets, special menus, wine and food events, appearances by Santa, a New Year’s Eve luau and brand new Holiday in the Harbor festivities will highlight this holiday season.

New: Holiday in the Harbor at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

All-new Holiday in the Harbor festivities at the Italian-themed Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will feature dining packages in Trattoria del Porto and Mama Della’s Ristorante that include a horse and carriage ride around the hotel’s picturesque harbor and a professional family portrait printed on a tile by Family Art Photography.  Dinner package guests can also enjoy all the other complimentary festivities on the harbor including the nightly grand illumination of the Portofino Christmas tree, holiday carolers, acrobatic elves, storytelling by the tree and a children’s activity area in Babbo Natale’s Sweet Shop, where kids can write letters to the Santa Claus.

Holiday in the Harbor dinner packages, which include carriage rides and family portraits are offered on the evenings of December 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24.  For Holiday in the Harbor dining reservations, call 407-503-1200 or book your reservation on-line through OpenTable for Mama Della’s Ristorante or Trattoria del Porto.

Christmas Dining

Special holiday buffets will be offered on Christmas Day at Trattoria del Porto (view menu) at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Islands Dining Room (view menu) at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, featuring an array of culinary delights, entertainment, children’s activities and more.  The Kitchen (view menu) at Hard Rock Hotel will feature special prix fixe menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, in addition to their a la carte menu of New American cuisine.  For Christmas dining reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book your reservation on-line through OpenTable for Trattoria del Porto, Islands Dining Room or The Kitchen.

New Year’s Eve Special Events and Dining

Live From Loews . . . New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza

A brand new event will fill the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel to ring in 2012.  Live from Loews New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza is a ticketed event, featuring gourmet food, wine and champagne, live jazz by Johnny Cool and the Mobster Swing Band, dancing and a midnight celebration, all in a special reserved seating area on the hotel’s picturesque outdoor Harbor Piazza.  Tickets are available on-line at http://loewshotels.tix.com.

New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau

Loews Royal Pacific Resort rings in 2012 with a special New Year’s Eve version of the Wantilan Luau, with seating at 6:00 pm.  This family-friendly event features a traditional Polynesian luau, hula dancers, fire knife dancer and New Year’s party favors.  Reservations can be made on-line through OpenTable for the Wantilan Luau.

Buffets and Celebrations

All three on-site hotels will also offer New Year’s Eve buffets. Hard Rock Hotel will offer a holiday buffet in The Kitchen restaurant (view menu), followed by a lobby party from 8:00 pm – 1:00 am, with a DJ, balloon drop, confetti cannons and champagne toast.

Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort features an Around-the-World buffet, with American, Italian, French and Asian cuisine from 5:00 – 11:00 pm (view menu), with face painters, balloon artists, hula dancers and islands music.

Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will serve a New Year’s Eve champagne buffet from 5:30 – 11:00 pm, featuring an array of Italian and American specialties (view menu), plus strolling musicians, a children’s holiday craft table, Universal Orlando characters, face painter and balloon artist.

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book your reservation on-line through OpenTable for The KitchenIslands Dining Room or Trattoria del Porto.

For more information, visit universalorlando.com/hotelevents.

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About Loews Hotels and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando: As part of a joint venture with Universal Parks and Resorts and Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Loews Hotels co-owns and manages three distinctively themed on-site hotels located at Universal Orlando Resort. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a re-creation of the famed Mediterranean seaside village of Portofino, Italy and offers the utmost in European style and elegance. Loews Royal Pacific Resort transports guests to the tropical enchantment of the South Pacific with a serene orchid garden, sparkling waterfalls and exquisite wood carvings. Hard Rock Hotel features a sweeping California mission-style façade, a palm-lined swimming pool and authentic rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. All three hotels are AAA Four Diamond-rated resorts.

About Universal Orlando Resort: There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation – but there is only one Universal Orlando Resort. It is a completely separate destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you are part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. You can be courageous, be outrageous – and be extraordinary.


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