Universal Orlando Resort set to host Independence Day celebration on July 4
ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando Resort will host an Independence Day celebration featuring special entertainment at Universal Studios Florida. The activities are included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. The festivities kick off July 4 at 5 p.m. at the red, white and blue-themed Music Plaza. Read: Pups Pub: Full liquor dog park & sports bar set to open in downtown OrlandoThe night will culminate with a special pyrotechnics show, which can be seen throughout the park. Guest can also check out Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration, a nighttime show that combines pyrotechnics, water, music and lights to pay tribute to beloved characters from Universal attractions and some of the world’s biggest films.wftv.com
Brightline’s International Drive, Universal stop secured by new funding, company officials say
VIDEO: Brightline’s International Drive, Universal stop secured by new funding, company officials say The long battle between Brightline and Universal Studios about the fate of the company’s Central Florida service appears to have ended. “The Sunshine Corridor is a comprehensive, ambitious transportation solution for Central Florida. It represents the missing link in Brightline’s plan to connect Orlando and Tampa with modern, eco-friendly, intercity passenger rail,” Brightline CEO Michael Reininger said in the release. — Brightline (@GoBrightline) June 1, 2022READ: Central Florida church leaders gather to address recent deadly shootingsThe outcome is seen as a win for all interested parties. Brightline service between OIA and South Florida is on track to begin in 2023.wftv.com
‘Doctor Strange 2’ conjures up biggest opening of 2022
Summer Movie Preview This image released by Marvel Studios shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in a scene from "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." (Marvel Studios via AP) (Uncredited)The summer movie season is off to a blockbuster start thanks to " Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness." In total, “Doctor Strange 2” has already made $450 million. "Doctor Strange 2" picks up several months after the events of "No Way Home," and brings in Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff, who became even more popular thanks to the recent Disney+ series "WandaVision." Part of that is due to the fact that many multiplexes chose to pack their theaters with wall-to-wall "Doctor Strange" screenings.wftv.com
Movies love a comeback story. This summer, it's their turn.
But it really feels like we’ve turned a corner,” said Jim Orr, the head of domestic distribution for Universal Pictures. Expectations are particularly high for "Top Gun: Maverick," which Paramount Pictures will release on May 27 after two years of pandemic postponements. Before the pandemic, the summer movie season could reliably produce over $4 billion in ticket sales, or about 40% of the year's grosses according to Comscore. The ticketing service Fandango surveyed more than 6,000 ticket-buyers recently and 83% said they planned to see three or more movies on the big screen this summer. Netflix has a massive 35+ film summer slate, including the spy thriller “The Gray Man” (July 22), directed by the Russo brothers and starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans and “Spiderhead” (June 17), with Chris Hemsworth.wftv.com
Movies love a comeback story. This summer, it's their turn.
Hollywood is bringing out some of its biggest and most reliable players for the 2022 summer movie season, which unofficially kicks off this weekend with the help of Marvel and Disney’s “Doctor Strange and the Multitverse of Madness” and runs through the end of August.
Here’s what dissolving Disney’s Reedy Creek could mean for taxpayers
More than 50 years later, the possible dissolution of the government that came from it, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, is equally unprecedented. READ: DeSantis: Florida lawmakers to consider ending Disney’s self-governing power during special sessionFor Disney, the main effect is more red tape. Reedy Creek employees and infrastructure would likely be absorbed by the counties, which would become responsible for things like sewer and road maintenance. Reedy Creek historically operates at a loss of approximately $5 to $10 million per year, per its financial reports. Reedy Creek, he said, was not created during a special session.wftv.com
Disney ‘earmarks’ 80 acres of its land for affordable housing development
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Walt Disney World has announced it will donate 80 acres of land for affordable housing to more than a thousand people in Central Florida. READ: Disney looks to expand solar power production with two new solar arrays“We’re excited to share we’re earmarking 80 acres of our land to create a new affordable housing development right here in Central Florida,” Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle said. The affordable housing crisis is something a lot of people in Orange County are fighting against. While Disney’s development plans are still in early planning stages in terms of income caps and construction dates, it’s something Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said can only benefit the area. READ: Walt Disney World announces opening date for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind“We want to move the needle,” Demings said.wftv.com
How to score a free tree in Osceola County
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The University of Florida IFAS Extension Osceola County is inviting residents to “Celebrate Nature” by planting trees around Osceola County. Trees Osceola (UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County)Read: Northern lights 2022: 10 photos of aurora borealis sightings in parts of USAny Osceola County resident who attends a free one-hour Zoom class will get a free tree. More information about the program and how to register can be found here. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Universal Orlando announces dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2022
ORLANDO, Fla. — Spring just sprung, but it’s never too early to start getting scared for Halloween. Universal Orlando Resort on Thursday announced that Halloween Horror Nights will officially return for select nights Sept. 2 through Oct. 31. READ: Game-changer: Super Nintendo World to open in Universal Studios Hollywood next yearits time to summon your scream squad https://t.co/E5MsMj6NY0 pic.twitter.com/yHggEMUzaT — Halloween Horror Nights (@HorrorNightsORL) March 24, 2022This year’s annual fright fest will include 10 haunted houses, five scare zones, two live shows, themed food and drink, rides and attractions and theme merchandise, according to Universal’s website. SEE: Universal Orlando opens new quiet room for guests with autismSingle-night tickets are already on sale starting from $73.99 per person. READ: Popular Vegas attraction AREA15 announces Orlando locationClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Every song he made: Sting sells music catalog to Universal
Sting-Music Catalog British musician Sting performs during his concert in Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, on July 2, 2019. Universal said Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, that its music-publishing arm bought the catalog, including “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne" and “Fields of Gold.” Financial terms were not disclosed. Universal said Thursday that its music-publishing arm bought the catalog, including “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne" and “Fields of Gold.” Financial terms were not disclosed. Prices are rarely disclosed, but music industry experts put Springsteen's sale to Sony Music Entertainment in December at $550 million and Dylan's deal the same month with Universal Music Publishing Group at between $300 million and $500 million. In statement issued by Universal Music Group, Sting said he wants his work used to connect with longtime fans in new ways and “to introduce my songs to new audiences, musicians and generations.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Hundreds of artists gather for 47th annual Mount Dora Arts Festival this weekend
MOUNT DORA, Fla. — The 47th annual Mount Dora Arts Festival is underway this weekend. READ: 9 things to do this weekend: Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mardi Gras at Universal and moreThe event was scaled back last year because of the pandemic, with only half as many artists as normal. This year, organizers said about 275 artists are involved. READ: USDA sets new rules for school lunchesThe festival will also feature food trucks and entertainment. Officials said bicycles, skateboards, and pets - except for certified service dogs - are not allowed past the festival entrance.wftv.com
Universal announces new opening plan for Epic Universe theme park after pandemic delay
Universal announces new opening plan for Epic Universe theme park after pandemic delayORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida theme park options are once again set to get more “epic.”Universal is now set to fully open its third Central Florida theme park by the summer of 2025. READ: Universal Orlando Resort resumes construction on Epic Universe, resort’s fourth theme parkComcast leaders discussed the opening of Epic Universe during an earnings call on Thursday. Epic Universe will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more, according to Universal. WATCH: Universal pauses construction on new Epic Universe theme parkThe park will be located a few miles from Universal Orlando’s current theme parks. “Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts, said when the project was announced.wftv.com
Universal workers must be vaccinated or get weekly testing
(AP Photo/John Raoux, File) (John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — (AP) — Starting next month, workers at Universal Orlando's theme parks will have to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing in order to comply with federal guidelines, company officials said Wednesday. A majority of workers already are vaccinated. Under federal regulations that took effect Monday, companies with 100 or more employees must require workers to be vaccinated or mandate unvaccinated employees to undergo weekly COVID testing. Workers at Universal’s theme parks must be fully vaccinated by Feb. 9 or be required to take a test every week, Universal officials said in a statement. They said the company initially will provide free, onsite testing.wftv.com
Universal Orlando will soon require team members to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests
ORLANDO, Fla. — Workers at Universal Orlando Resort will soon be required to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. Team members who refuse a vaccine and opt to do weekly testing will need to wear a mask. The policy also states that if workers start exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they will be asked to stay home and get tested. READ: Coronavirus: Pfizer’s omicron vaccine will be ready in March, CEO saysAs for other Central Florida theme parks, Walt Disney World paused its COVID-19 vaccine rules for cast members in late November after Gov. About 90% of active Florida-based cast members were fully vaccinated.wftv.com
‘Spider-Man’ stays at No. 1 in 4th weekend
Film Review - Spider-Man: No Way Home This image released by Sony Pictures shows Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Tom Holland in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home." (Sony Pictures via AP) (Uncredited)The glamorous spies of “The 355” were no competition for the movie theater’s reigning webslinger. Spider-Man’s box office dominance continued in its fourth weekend in theaters, adding another $33 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. With $668.8 million in North American ticket sales to date, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is now the sixth highest grossing release of all time domestically. “Studios want to protect their crown jewels and give them the greatest shot at success in movie theaters.wftv.com
‘Spider-Man’ surpasses $1B globally in second weekend
Film Review - Spider-Man: No Way Home This image released by Sony Pictures shows Tom Holland, left, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home." According to studio estimates Sunday "Spider-Man" added $81.5 million over the three-day weekend, down 69% from its first weekend. With $587.1 million from 61 overseas markets, “Spider-Man" has grossed $1.05 billion globally, making it the highest earner of the pandemic. Universal’s “Sing 2” came in second place with an estimated $23.8 million, while Warner Bros.' “The Matrix Resurrections” grossed $12 million to take third place. Since its release Wednesday, it’s made $41 million ($1.6 million of that came from Thanksgiving weekend showings) from North America and $65 million worldwide.wftv.com
You can meet Earl the Squirrel at Universal Orlando this holiday season
Earl the Squirrel Earl the Squirrel has debuted at Universal Orlando Resort just in time for the holidays. (Universal Orlando Resort/Universal Orlando Resort)ORLANDO, Fla. — You can now meet a fuzzy new friend for the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. Earl the Squirrel, inspired by a mischievous squirrel from a real-life Universal tale, will be available to meet and greet guests on select days beginning Saturday through Jan. 2 at Universal Studios. READ: Christmas festivities return to Universal Orlando this year including Grinchmas, holiday paradeEarl the Squirrel Earl the Squirrel has debuted at Universal Orlando Resort just in time for the holidays. (Universal Orlando Resort/Universal Orlando Resort)Guests can also get their hands on new Earl the Squirrel merchandise with a dedicated room in this year’s Holiday Tribute Store, Earl the Squirrel’s Christmas Curios Museum and Emporium.wftv.com
Looking for work? Security company seeks to hire 300 people
ORLANDO, Fla. — Security company Allied Universal said it seeks to hire more than 300 security guards in Orlando, Melbourne and Maitland. See a map below:That event will aim to fill 200 openings. The company said it will also hold an event to hire 50 airport security personnel from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the company’s regional offices in Orlando. A third hiring event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the company’s regional offices in Melbourne. See a map below:That event seeks to fill 50 security openings.wftv.com
Universal gives behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World VelociCoaster
ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando Resort is giving people an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at their ambitious new roller coaster: Jurassic World VelociCoaster. READ: 9 things to do around Central Florida to get in the holiday spirit“The Making of Jurassic World VelociCoaster” special is streaming now on Peacock. It gives viewers a glimpse into the three-year development of “the apex predator of roller coasters.”TV personality and Universal theme park fan Mario Lopez narrates the special. READ: Universal’s Holiday Tour: What to expect from this year’s celebrationSee a preview of the special below:VelociCoaster opened last summer in Islands of Adventure to rave reviews from thrill-seekers. It catapults guests through 4,700 feet of track, 155 feet in the air at 70 MPH, a series of high-speed launches, a 360-inversion inches above the lagoon and more.wftv.com
Buy a day, get a second day free ticket for Universal Orlando returns for Florida residents
ORLANDO, Fla. — A popular ticket deal is returning to Universal Orlando Resort just in time for the holidays.
The “buy a day, get a second day free” ticket can be used any two days through Feb. 44 with limited blockout days, Universal announced this week.
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Please Stop Pretending That Pete Davidson Isn’t Hot
UniversalBefore I knew what Pete Davidson looked like, I knew he was hot. A couple relatives of mine encountered the comedian during a visit to New York, soon after he’d been announced as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. They were ecstatic—and the headline was that he was hot. Over the years, Davidson’s hotness has crescendoed from a gentle simmer—“He’s so cute!”—to a full-blown, lollipop-sucking boil. It’s an irresistible combination: His look might scream dirtbag chic, but the bleached hanews.yahoo.com
Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo to star in ‘Wicked’ movie
Wicked role: Ariana Grande will play the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the movie version of "Wicked." (Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo are going to be a wicked combination. >> Read more trending newsGrande and Erivo will be playing the main roles in Universal’s musical adaptation of “Wicked,” Variety reported Thursday. Grande will portray Glinda the Good Witch, while Erivo will play Elphaba, who is destined to become the Wicked Witch of the West, the website reported. Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics, and Winnie Holzman wrote the book for the play, according to The Hollywood Reporter.wftv.com
Universal’s Holiday Tour: What to expect from this year’s celebration
ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal’s Holiday Tour is returning to Universal Orlando Resort in less than two weeks. Theme park officials said the guided tour of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, which features holiday treats, shopping and live performances, will run from Nov. 13 through Jan. 2. READ: Christmas festivities return to Universal Orlando this year including Grinchmas, holiday parade• Take advantage of a reserved viewing area for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, where more than 30 balloons and floats, and hundreds of performers take to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. • Receive a Universal’s Holiday Tree Hunt brochure to participate in a merry quest to find 15 holiday trees throughout various merchandise locations within the theme parks and Universal CityWalk. READ: Orlando to announce ‘major rock show’ coming to Camping World StadiumClick here for more information and to make a Universal’s Holiday Tour reservation.wftv.com
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ opens 2nd to ‘Shang-Chi’ at box office
With little in the way of high-profile competition this weekend, “Dear Evan Hansen’s” $7.3 million was enough to land it in second place. Directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Steven Levenson, “Dear Evan Hansen” is about a high school student with social anxiety disorder. “We are tremendously proud of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and everything about it,” said Universal’s head of distribution Jim Orr. But "Dear Evan Hansen" cost significantly less — $28 million vs. $95 million — in addition to the fact that "Cats" launched to worse reviews in a pre-pandemic environment. Justin Paul and Benj Pasek were the songwriting duo behind both "The Greatest Showman" and "Dear Evan Hansen."wftv.com
9 things to do this weekend: Movie night in Cocoa, Repticon goes to Kissimmee & more
ORLANDO, Fla. — Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are nine things to do in Central Florida. Thank you to all who joined us for Opening Night at @EnzianTheater! There’s lots more to come! Check out the full #GPFF2021 schedule here: https://t.co/hehiHjjHmA #peacefilmfest #filmfestival #filmmakers pic.twitter.com/jQ5mP0IBmL — Global Peace Film Festival (@PeaceFilmFest) September 22, 2021READ: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights kicks off: Here are 9 things to knownow until oct 31 — Halloween Horror Nights (@HorrorNightsORL) September 16, 2021READ: SeaWorld Orlando prepares for return of ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ event©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
9 things to do this weekend: Florida Puerto Rican Parade, Marketplace at Avalon opens and more
ORLANDO, Fla. — Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are nine things to do in Central Florida. READ: Grand opening date set for Marketplace at Avalon ParkREAD: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights kicks off: Here are 9 things to knowREAD: SeaWorld Orlando prepares for return of ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ event©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Rock the Universe returns to Universal Orlando next year
Rock the Universe Rock the Universe returns to Universal Orlando Resort in 2022. (Univers/Universal Orlando Resort)ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s biggest Christian music festival is set to return to Universal Orlando Resort next year. The weekend-long event, happening Jan. 28-30, will feature some of Christian music’s top artists, powerful worship experiences and thrilling theme park attractions. Rock the Universe attendees will also be able to enjoy worship experiences throughout the weekend. READ: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights kicks off: Here are 9 things to knowClick here for more information.wftv.com
9 things to do this weekend: Halloween Horror Nights returns, Disney on Ice comes to Amway Center
Here are nine things happening in Central Florida. Halloween Horror Nights officially kicks off at Universal Orlando Resort on Friday night and runs select nights through Oct. 31. READ: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights starts this weekend: Here are 9 things to knowExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 14 Universal unveils special menu for HHN 2021 Graveyard Cupcake (NBCUniversal)Disney on Ice is coming to the Amway Center this weekend. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 1:15p.m. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is included with admission.wftv.com
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights starts this weekend: Here are 9 things to know
Halloween Horror Nights Universal Orlando announced this week that it will hire 2,000 people ahead of its annual Halloween Horror Nights event. Halloween Horror Nights officially kicks off at Universal Orlando Resort on Friday night and runs select nights through Oct. 31. READ: Jack the Clown returns for Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, tickets now on saleIn preparation for the big event, we’ve compiled a list of 9 things you need to know first:1. READ: Halloween Horror Nights announces house featuring ‘most menacing’ original charactersREAD: Halloween Horror Nights announces house featuring ‘most menacing’ original characters3. This year, Halloween Horror Nights will offer two live shows as well: “Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory” and “Halloween Nightmare Fuel.”READ: It’s showtime!wftv.com
9 things to do this weekend: Orlando Boat Show, Central Florida Home & Garden Expo & more
ORLANDO, Fla. — Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are nine things to do in Central Florida. READ: Universal unveils special menu for HHN 2021READ: NASA says weather down to 40% go for overnight SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch at KSCREAD: Disney releases full menu for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Video: Insider’s look at new Super Nintendo Park at Universal Stuidos Japan
After several delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, “Super Nintendo World” at Universal Studios Japan is now open. The amusement park is a bigger-than-life-size replica of the company’s most famous games, featuring characters like Mario, Luigi and Yoshi. CNN’s Selina Wang got an insider’s look at the new park, showing how guests enter through the warp pipe. The opening comes as the global theme park industry is struggling and theme parks are reopening in a patchwork around the world. There are plans to open Super Nintendo World in other parts of the world, including Orlando, where the opening has reportedly been delayed until 2025.
Central Florida schools react to decision to stop publication of 6 Dr. Seuss books
The decision of Dr. Seuss Enterprises to stop publishing six of its books due to racist and insensitive imagery has school districts in Central Florida, as well as Universal Orlando, reevaluating their own uses of the Dr. Seuss titles. The book “If I Ran the Zoo” is among the Dr. Seuss titles featured at Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. AdSeveral Central Florida school districts issued statements about the publisher’s decision:“Books written by Dr. Seuss will remain in school libraries in Marion County Public Schools. Many of our schools take part in “Read Across America Day,” some tie the celebrations with Dr. Seuss more than others. Orange County Public SchoolsThe Orange County Library system also released a statement:
Universal Orlando building new flagship store in CityWalk
Universal confirms new flagship store is coming soonORLANDO, Fla – For months, guests visiting Universal Orlando have been wondering what construction crews were building in the heart of CityWalk. Universal confirmed Friday that it’s in the process of building an all-new store. [TRENDING: All Florida Publix locations now offer vaccine | John Morgan settles beef with Arby’s | Last chance to go to space]“Universal Orlando Resort will soon debut an all-new flagship Universal Studios Store in the heart of Universal CityWalk. PHOTOS: New Universal Studios Store Confirmed, Concept Art Releasedhttps://t.co/XVKNCstWSn pic.twitter.com/PanZ7Obnpm — Universal Parks News Today (@UniNewsToday) February 26, 2021Last year, Universal closed Island Clothing Co., Fossil and P!Q to make room for this new location. Universal has an official store right now next to Big Fire restaurant in CityWalk.
Universal Orlando goes international with upcoming Mardi Gras event
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando Resort is set to begin its upcoming Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval on Feb. 6. AdSome flavors include dishes from Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and other regions including the home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans. Members of Universal’s culinary team said they’re bringing the Mardi Gras savory delights to select menus at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando resort hotels. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 17 Mardi Gras Food and Beverage OfferingsClick here to see the menu of food options available. Passholders can also pick-up a free Mardi Gras themed magnet and button at the passholder lounge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during operating hours.
Universal’s Volcano Bay to reopen after months-long closure
ORLANDO, Fla. – If late February sounds like a good time to head to a water park you’re in luck, Universal’s Volcano Bay is set to reopen later this month after closing for three months. AdUniversal’s Volcano Bay will begin welcoming guests again on Feb. 27, hopefully in time for Florida to emerge from its recent cold snap. The water park, along with other Universal Orlando Resort theme parks, closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic and began a phased reopening in early June. When Volcano Bay reopens health and safety measures will remain in place similar to the measures when it reopened last summer. Guests will be required to have their temperature checked and limited capacity at the park is still in place.
More dinosaur statues arrive at Universal’s Jurassic World Velocicoaster
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal continues to make progress on its new ride the Jurassic World: Velocicoaster. This past weekend, guests begin noticing construction crews installing additional statues of the prehistoric predators. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 14 Jurassic World: VelocicoasterGuests may remember that this is not the first sight of the iconic dinosaurs at the attraction. Aerial views now show those statues near the roller coaster tracks. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 2 Jurassic World: Velocicoaster night testingUntil that time comes, fans visiting Islands of Adventure are getting the opportunity to see the ride testing, which seems to be happening more often.
Universal Orlando offers families limited time Black Friday deal with up to 40% off
ORLANDO, Fla – Usually Black Friday is packed with deals on TVs, clothing and stocking stuffers, but now families can grab a discounted vacation package from Universal Orlando Resort. The theme park is set to offer its best vacation package ever on Friday. The entire deal is valued at $2,154 but Universal said families that book can save as much as $1,292, based on a family of four. The incredible deal is limited in quantities and Universal stresses it will sell out fast. Universal is also offering Florida residents a limited time offer, which includes savings up to $100 on select annual passes until Dec. 17.
Trees, treats and a squirrel named Earl: A detailed look inside Universal’s holiday tribute store
Outside façade of Universal's Holiday tribute store (WKMG-TV)The tribute store will take guests into four highly-immersive themed rooms to purchase merchandise including T-shirts, ornaments, stockings, drink ware and more. Entrance to Universal's Holiday tribute store (WKMG-TV)Hidden treasures plucked straight from the North Pole litter a workbench, sparking a first impression. Universal's Holiday tribute store (WKMG-TV)“What we’ve noticed just in the last few days, is some people are using it for Christmas cards. But a squirrel caused a power outage in our tree.”Earl's Tree Farm inside Universal Holiday Tribute Store (WKMG-TV)Just like that Earl the squirrel was born, and this year the holiday tribute store is celebrating the local legend with his own room. The holiday tribute store is part of Universal Orlando’s holiday celebrations which run through Jan. 3.
Universal theme park revenue down 80% as pandemic continues
ORLANDO, Fla. – In a quarterly earnings call, the CEO of Comcast called Universal’s theme parks the “single biggest drag” of the quarter. “While it will take some time for the parks to return to historical levels, we’ve made substantial progress,” CEO Brian Roberts said. “Universal Orlando and Osaka are operating at limited but growing attendance. I am very excited for next year’s launch of our frankly incredible new theme park in Beijing.”Comcast reported that Universal’s theme parks brought in $311 million during the third quarter, which runs from July through September. Dr. Duncan Dickson, a retired professor at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, sees the upcoming hurdles for Universal Orlando.
’Puppet Theater: Captive Audience’ house coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights
ORLANDO, Fla – The creative and twisted minds behind Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights announced Tuesday an all-new haunted house for 2021, “Puppet Theater: Captive Audience.”The original house will transport guests into the horrifying and gory scenes of San Francisco’s Grandeur Theater in the turn of the century in the 1900′s. “They all start losing their mind and the puppet troupe start taking the patrons, cutting them up, and turning them into puppets” Gray described. The house is one of several already being planned for the 2021 event by the team at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando is currently offering fall and Halloween activities through Nov. 1, which include two haunted houses, scavenger hunts and a Halloween Horror Nights tribute store. Guests can start planning their fall 2021 visit to Halloween Horror Nights and enjoy other seasonal experiences across the destination by clicking here.
James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ pushed again, to 2021
The release of the James Bond film “No Time To Die” has been delayed again, this time to 2021, because of the effects of COVID-19 on the theatrical business. “No Time To Die” was originally supposed to open in April 2020 but was pushed back to Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 20 in the U.S. The Walt Disney Co. last week delayed the planned 2020 releases of a handful of major movies until 2021. They include Marvel’s “Black Widow” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” Universal delayed “Candyman” to next year. Some major releases are still planned for 2020.