Universal Orlando Resort: Sunshine, Simpsons and Zombies! #hhn23

by Carrie with Children with 17 comments

Did you hear a lot of screaming this past Friday night?  If so, it was just me at Universal Orlando Resort.  My husband and I had an overnight date night (no kids!) to  go to Halloween Horror Nights 23.

The event, held select nights in September and October,  is suggested for those ages 13 and up and I can definitely understand why –  it is SCARY and incredibly real!  The themed haunted houses will leave you terrified – zombies roam throughout the park too. In fact, I even saw some with chainsaws!

Universal Studios Orlando Entrance Halloween Horror Nights 23

I’ve never screamed so much and I held on to my husband for dear life the entire night.  At one point, as we made our way through the park – a zombie was literally breathing down my neck!  It was a pretty surreal experience.  If you go, spend a little extra for the Express pass to cut down on your wait times.  Also, check out An American Werewolf in London haunted house – it is incredible and most say it’s the best one at the park – I agree!   (Stay tuned for an upcoming post with my tips on navigating Halloween Horror Nights!)

Our Visit to Springfield, U.S.A.

My husband is a huge fan of The Simpsons, so I knew we’d have to stop in and see the new Simpsons area of Universal Studios Orlando.  And wow, it didn’t disappoint.  We had a blast checking it all out.  From the Duff Beer Gardens, to the Kwik-E-Mart and Moe’s Tavern – it was so life-like, everything was just as you’d see it on television. The area featured tons of spots for great pictures too, here’s me with Milhouse hanging out at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Milhouse at the KwikEMart

If you are hungry, check out Fast Food Blvd in Springfield.  You can order a Krusty burger, a Flaming Moe drink (non-alcoholic!) and even get dinner from The Frying Dutchman. We shared a Chicken and Waffles sandwich from Cletus’ Chicken Shack and sat in Moe’s Tavern.  I loved watching people’s faces as they entered the building for the first time.  It was television come to life!

Moes Tavern at Universal Studios Orlando

Loews Royal Pacific Resort 

During our visit to the Universal Orlando Resort, we stayed on-site at the beautiful Loews Royal Pacific Resort.  This was our second stay at the property and I just love it.  The tropical theme throughout the resort is relaxing and the staff is fantastic.  And the pool – ah, just look at that picture.  It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.  (Thanks for providing complimentary sunscreen too!)

After our night out at Halloween Horror Nights, we rode the ferry boat back to the resort and grabbed some late night snacks at Jake’s American Bar where we caught up on all the sports of the day.  The next morning – the breakfast buffet at the Islands Dining Room was calling my name!

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Pool

I love traveling with my girls, but every now and then it’s nice to get away for some adult time.  I can’t tell you how strange it felt to do things on my own schedule and even better, stay out after dark!  Ha!  Sometimes it’s the little things in life!

Have you visited Universal Orlando Resort? 


** My husband and I were guests of Universal Orlando Resort.  Tickets and accommodations were provided.  Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. ** 


  • Melissa

    This sounds like so much fun! It would be a great date night for me and my husband. We are hoping to go next year. I would be so scared!

    • Carrie with Children

      We had such a fantastic time! Halloween Horror Nights was SO scary – oh my gosh!

  • Kerri O

    How fun! We’ve never been, but need to. My oldest would LOVE the Simpsons part, lol.

    • Carrie with Children

      The Simpsons area was so great – it really felt like we were in the middle of Springfield. If you go, be sure and visit the Kwik-E-Mart, tons of great souvenirs too!

  • Daisy

    We haven’t visited yet, but I think that my son is old enough that it would be fun to go!

    • Carrie with Children

      We took our girls for the first time last year and they loved it! They have a great Animals on Stage show that our girls really enjoyed – tons of great kids activities too.

  • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles

    We haven’t been to Universal Orlando but it looks like a blast. Except that I’d probably be too big of a chicken to go to the Halloween Horror Nights!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading, Jessica! It was really a fun night out. Halloween Horror Nights was so real – I’m surprised I didn’t have nightmares!

  • Shop with Me Mama

    Oh my goodness I would love to visit there! Love your pictures!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading! We had such a fun time – it was nice to getaway.. even with the zombies! 🙂

  • Ashley

    Haha, my favorite picture is of you on the bench slurping your big gulp. Sounds like it was a great escape for your and your husband, it’s nice to just relax and have some fun.

    • Carrie with Children

      I love that picture too, Ashley! Milhouse is my favorite! It was a fun night away and we definitely had fun!

  • Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife)

    I’d love to go! Sounds like you had a lot of snuggle time! I love the idea of chatting at a bar about sports with no worry about bedtime! Also love the picture of you on the bench! Too funny!

    • Carrie with Children

      Yes! It felt so strange to be out after dark and actually be able to relax at dinner and not worry about bedtime! Thanks for reading!

  • michelle

    I would love a getaway date night with the hubby! it’s so important to relax, reconnect and decompress..together!

    • Carrie with Children

      Totally agree with you, Michelle! It was nice to get away and enjoy one another’s company.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    As you may remember, I was there with my daughter a little over a year ago. I didn’t get to sip drinks with Milhouse though. That photo made me smile!

    PS. FB msg me your flight days/times. I need to book air and thought I’d see when your times were.