Universal’s on-site hotels kick off the 2012 holiday season with Thanksgiving Celebrations
The on-site hotels at Universal Orlando — Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort — are featuring a new lineup of Thanksgiving celebrations for 2012. From a new, one-of-a-kind outdoor dinner event with Pilgrims and Native Americans, plus holiday buffets to a tree-lighting luau, beer dinner, and Holiday Harbor Nights, the resorts will glisten with holiday decorations and the spirit of the season.
Beer Dinner in Jake’s American Bar – Royal Pacific Resort
Royal Pacific Resort hosts a special beer dinner on Wednesday, November 21 to kick off the holiday weekend. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal, paired with select Kona beers. For reservations, call 407-503-3200.
All-new Celebration of the first Thanksgiving feast – Portofino Bay Hotel
Portofino Bay Hotel will offer two seatings harbor side on Thanksgiving evening, at 5:30 and 8:30pm, for a new outdoor celebration of the first Thanksgiving feast. Pilgrims and Native Americans will entertain, while a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey and all the trimmings is served. Storytelling, crafts, face painters, traditional drumming and dancing will keep children entertained. For reservations and more information, call 407-503-1200.
Thanksgiving Day buffets
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Trattoria del Porto
A champagne buffet will be served from 11:00am – 8:00pm on Thanksgiving Day, featuring smoked salmon, chilled seafood, pasta station, herb-basted turkey, smoked beef brisket, seared scallops and slow-braised pork, plus a signature dessert station. Entertainment will include a strolling musician, Universal Orlando characters, face painter and balloon twister.
For dining reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online through OpenTable: http://bit.ly/OTPTDP
Hard Rock Hotel – The Kitchen restaurant
A Thanksgiving Day buffet will be offered from 11:00am – 4:00pm and 5:00 – 10:00pm, featuring a chilled shellfish bar, sage and butter-basted turkey, smoked ham, oak-smoked prime rib roast and cedar plank salmon, plus traditional side dishes, salads, soup and desserts. Entertainment will feature Universal Orlando characters, magic man, face painter and a balloon artist.
For dining reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online through OpenTable: http://bit.ly/OTHKIT
Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Islands Dining Room
A champagne buffet will be served from 11:00am – 8:00pm on Thanksgiving Day, featuring smoked seafood, iced raw bar, sushi, stir fry and omelet stations, maple-brined roasted Carolina turkey, prime rib of beef, pan-seared red drum and stuffed squab, along with freshly baked breads, pastries, cakes and pies. Entertainment will feature Universal Orlando characters, face painter, balloon twister and hula dancers.
For dining reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book on-line through OpenTable: http://bit.ly/OTRIDR
Portofino Bay Hotel will host Holiday Harbor Nights, a wine and food event on the Harbor Piazza, featuring holiday jazz and the grand illumination of Portofino’s Christmas tree. Advance tickets are available at: http://loewshotels.tix.com.
Royal Pacific Resort will host a special tree-lighting Wantilan Luau, featuring a traditional Polynesian buffet, live entertainment, hula dancers and a fire knife dancer. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or reserve online.
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