Around the Universe: Universal Orlando Resort News, Oct 14, 2014
There are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s Universal Orlando Resort News update features: Halloween Horror Nights 24, One Direction Free Concert, new military discounts and much more!
What’s New This Week?
Universal Orlando Theme Parks
Reminder! Halloween Horror Nights 24 in Progress and Getting Great Reviews: “Awesome,” “epic,” “immersive,” and “thrilling.” – These are just some of the words guests are using to describe Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24. With terrifying experiences based on the biggest names in horror and pop culture, this year’s event features some of the highest-rated content in Halloween Horror Nights history. See for yourself what guests are saying about this year’s event.
Reminder! Halloween Horror Nights Details: The following is the list of haunted houses, street experiences and the shows that are part of Halloween Horror Nights 2014.
The Walking Dead: The End of the Line
This year’s bone-chilling maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights and will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Inside this remote biker bar, chaos reigns as guests discover what lies beneath its neon lit façade — an ancient race of blood thirsty vampires. Based on the hit El Rey Network series, this labyrinth of death will leave guests “drained.”
Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood
Guests will witness the harrowing transformation of Vlad the Impaler to the monstrous Dracula. We know how the story ends, but what terrifying blood drenched journey brought Vlad into the darkness that is Dracula? This is it — every visceral and feral scare will grab guests by the jugular.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
In collaboration with 20th Century Fox, Halloween Horror Nights will pit the Xenomorph species against the predators in an epic battle and you’re caught right in the middle. Follow the journey as these two ancient species fight for survival and dominance in the ultimate battle of Alien vs. Predator.
Travel with Michael Myers as he begins Haddonfield’s historic night of horrors. You will find yourself racing to get ahead of Michael’s murderous knife as he slashes at his victims and you. Guests will be placed in the depths of Michael Meyers’ personal hell as they try and escape his nightmare.
Dollhouse of the Damned
Dollhouse of the Damned will terrify guests with its original characters and visually unsettling environments. Within its decaying walls lay the remnants of an old evil. The devious denizens of the house pull apart and remake the unfortunate souls that stumble through the doorway of the Dollhouse, as they become the Damned that will never escape.
Giggles and Gore Inc.
Evil clowns are not born…they are made. People are stretched, smashed, and eviscerated. Faces are peeled off, voice boxes are torn out, and bodies are stuffed with…other bodies.
Roanoke: Cannibal Colony
Guests will walk into the actual settlement of Roanoke and experience the terror of a community in cannibalistic turmoil. The cannibalistic colonists attack any fresh meat that stumbles near them. Join the colonists in the destruction and carnage by cleansing fire and gnashing of teeth.
Face Off – In the Flesh
The most twisted and gruesome character creations seen on SyFy’s hit show “Face Off,” will be live and In the Flesh. This unique zone will surround you in the macabre visions and nightmares of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists today.
The Purge: Anarchy
“The Purge: Anarchy” scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.”
At first glance, this may seem like a normal ballroom, but guests will be terrified when they see human heads inside oversized candles, appendages dangling in the streets and human faces ripped right from skulls with bloody remains still intact.
Bayou of Blood
The trees are illuminated with candles, voodoo practitioners fill the snake and spider-infested bayou, and the alter is set, as the legendary ‘Mamba’ prepares to flood the bayou with blood.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest stories of the past year with the biggest names in pop culture.
Rocky Horror Picture Show – A Tribute
Let’s do the Time Warp again! Rock out to clips from the classic cult film with your favorite Transvestite, live tribute performers, and audience participants.
New! Halloween Horror Nights Announces The Compound: Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 24 has introduced a new social media experience that gives fans the opportunity to join The Compound and win prizes on each event night. To enter, fans must join The Compound, gather their Recon Squad of friends and RSVP for a Recon Mission on a select event night. On the night of their choosing, fans must execute a number of in-park photo challenges on Twitter or Instagram to complete their mission. Fans who submit the photo of their Recon Squad at Halloween Horror Nights will be entered for a chance to win one of the Halloween Horror Nights nightly giveaways, including Halloween Horror Nights 24 gear. In addition to the giveaways, fans that join The Compound will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including: Tickets to the event on a night of their choosing, the opportunity to transform into a scareactor for a night, the chance to win seats to an exclusive movie screening, 10-disc or 15-disc box sets of “Halloween” and more!
New! New Theme Park Ticket Offer for Active Duty and Retired Members of the Military: Eligible service members can purchase a 1-Day Park-to-Park Ticket and get 2 days FREE. That is three days enjoying both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida for the price of one. This special military offer is valid for purchase by active duty, reservist military and retired military service members, Department of Defense employees and/or spouses with valid military photo ID. Eligible service members may purchase up to 6 tickets with this offer. This offer is available for purchase now through November 30, 2014, and tickets must be used in full by December 14, 2014. Tickets are activated at either Universal Orlando theme park, with the eligible service member required to be present with a valid military photo ID to activate the ticket. Admission is valid for up to 14 days from first use. In addition, active duty and retired military personnel can make it a special vacation or long weekend by adding a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package.
New! One Direction Free Concert November 17 2014 and One Direction Vacation Packages: One Direction is going to be at Universal Orlando Resort on Monday, November 17 2014 for a special performance for NBC’s TODAY! FREE public viewing will be available throughout Universal CityWalk and no admission is required to attend! You read that correctly, One Direction free concert! Now, if you really want to dial up your visit to see 1D, head into Universal Studios Florida (admission required) and hitch a ride on a specially themed “Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit” roller coaster featuring music from One Direction. Then, hang around for a special One Direction version of the ”Universal Cinematic Spectacular” nighttime show. Oh, and to top it all off, the swanky new Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel will also feature One Direction theming – including specially recorded wake-up calls from the Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis themselves. More info.
New! Photo Connect Package Price Increase: The prices of Photo Connect Packages have increased. Most packages have increased by $10. For example, the in-park purchase price of the 3-day package is now $69.95. the largest increase comes on the Annual Passholder package which has increased from $59.95 to $99.95.
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
New! Halloween-themed “Velvet Sessions” event featuring Molly Hatchet Oct 30, 2014: Velvet Bar hosts the city’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of the month. Admission is $50 on-line for this special event and includes specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward, and valet parking**. After the show, our guests can hang out in Velvet Bar.
New! Harbor Nights La Dolce Vita 2014 Oct 17 at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: Harbor Nights Harbor Nights La Dolce Vita 2014is a wine tasting and jazz event designed to capture the ambiance of the Mediterranean. Enjoy select wines and sparkling wines, gourmet cuisine along with a selection of coffee-infused fare. Harbor Nights takes place under the twinkling lights of the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. General admission: $45 in advance/$55 at the door. VIP/reserved tickets: $75 online only (reserved seating includes private wine station, passed hors d’oeuvres, plus all the benefits of a regular Harbor Nights ticket!) For more information and reservations, call 407-503-1200.
New! Harbor Piazza Starbucks Now Open: A new Starbucks location is now open on the Piazza. This location serves Starbucks Reserve coffees, brewed with the exclusive Clover brewing system found only in select Starbucks stores, as well as a selection of hand-crafted beverages.
Reminder! Universal and Loews Hotels Announce New Hotel Coming to Universal Orlando in 2016: When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall. The new hotel will become the fifth on-site resort hotel and its 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites, will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200. More info.
New! NASCAR Sports Grille to Close Nov 1: On September 27, 2014, Universal posted an update on its Facebook Page indicating that NASCAR Sports Grille will permanently close November 1. It will remain open for lunch or dinner until Nov 1. No replacement has been announced yet.
New! Foster the People to Play Hard Rock Live Oct 18: Foster The People’s much-buzzed-about live show shouldn’t be missed—Los Angeles Times praised their live set as “convincing and invigorating” while Rolling Stone named them one of the “Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2014.” Tickets are $65 for balcony tables, $60 for lower balcony, $55 upper balcony and $39.50 general admission. Doors open at 8:00pm. More info: 407-351-LIVE (5483).
New! Earth, Wind & Fire to Play Hard Rock Live Oct 19: Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop,rock, Latin, African and gospel. They are one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the twentieth century. Tickets are $127 for first two rows and for balcony tables, $77 reserved main floor and lower balcony, $67 upper balcony and $39.50 general admission. Doors open at 8:00pm. More info: 407-351-LIVE (5483).
Closures and Refurbishments
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Fear Factor Live: Closed for seasonal maintenance
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular®: No shows currently scheduled. Check back following Halloween Horror Nights (event runs through November 1, 2014).