Universal Studios, Walt Disney World set to close as Hurricane Ian approaches — KnightNews.com
Both Universal and Disney announced Tuesday that they will be closing their Orlando-based theme parks on both Wednesday Sept. 28 and Thursday Sept. 29. Universal Orlando made the following statement on its website Tuesday afternoon:Universal Orlando Resort, including CityWalk, will close on Sept. 28 & remain fully closed on Sept. 29. pic.twitter.com/nPgsmv6TUv — Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) September 27, 2022Universal Orlando Resort has made the following operational decisions due to Hurricane Ian:Our destination, including CityWalk, will close on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Our Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Florida will be canceled Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29. Both Universal and Disney plan on reopening on Friday Sept. 30 given the conditions from Hurricane Ian’s impact.knightnews.com
Universal announces “1 Day Free With A 2-Park, 2-Day” ticket offer for Florida and Georgia residents
Universal announces "1 Day Free With A 2-Park, 2-Day" ticket offer for Florida and Georgia residents (Universal Orlando Resort)ORLANDO, Fla. —Universal Orlando Resort has announced a new ticket deal for Florida and Georgia residents. Read: Restaurants seeing post-pandemic rebound, but rising costs pose issuesFrom now until Sept. 28, Florida and Georgia residents can get an extra day when they purchase a 2-Park 2-Day ticket at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Read: See what’s arriving at Universal’s new theme parkThe theme park also announced that guests can add a day at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park for an additional $25. Read: Universal Orlando dueling magic wands patent hints at new Harry Potter attractionMore information on ticket deals can be found here. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 17 Universal Studios Movie Summer Tribute Store (TOM REID)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.wftv.com
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
Retro Tribute Store debuts at Universal Orlando — KnightNews.com
Universal Orlando Resort is honoring its most iconic movies in this year’s summer tribute store inside the Universal Studios Florida park. AdvertisementThe tribute store features merchandise from films including “E.T The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jaws” and “Back to the Future.”As you enter the tribute store, guests are immediately brought into what looks like a retro themed movie theater. Your adventure through the movie theater starts in Theater 1, the “E.T.” room. “Back to the Future” is the final classic film to be celebrated for this year’s summer tribute store. Do you think you will check out this year’s tribute store?knightnews.com
Planning a staycation? Universal Orlando offers summer deal on tickets, hotel
ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re planning a staycation this summer, Universal Orlando is trying to sweeten the deal. The tickets are valid at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure at one theme park per day. The tickets are available now through Sept. 30 and are valid for use through March 31, 2023. Universal Orlando is also offering 20% off per night at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort from June 3 through Aug. 13. READ: Monsters Café at Universal Studios closes to make room for new dining experienceFor more information, click here.wftv.com
Maroon 5 to headline Music after Dark event at Universal Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. — Pop band Maroon 5 is set to headline Music After Dark, an intimate fan experience and after-hours event at Universal Orlando Resort later this summer. “We are thrilled to present this extraordinary fan experience with one of the world’s greatest bands at Universal Orlando Resort,” said Scott Zeiger, chief production officer of EBG Presents. “The band’s amazing fans are going to experience Maroon 5 as they bring their stadium and arena world tour performance to the Universal Music Plaza Stage. Everyone is a VIP, with passes to fabulous events and amazing resort accommodations.”READ: Universal Orlando announces dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2022Check-in begins Thursday at select Universal hotels. After being granted access to Islands of Adventure on Friday, Maroon 5 will hit the Universal Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios at 8 p.m.Universal Studios Florida will be open exclusively for Music After Dark guests to enjoy unlimited food, beverages and attractions.wftv.com
SEE: Universal Orlando opens new quiet room for guests with autism
Universal Orlando Resort A new quiet room opened Monday at Universal Studios Florida, the park announced. (wftv.com)ORLANDO, Fla. — A new quiet room opened Monday at Universal Studios Florida, the park announced. The quiet room provides a reprieve for guests who need a quiet, low-simulation place to take a break from the noise and crowds in the parks, Universal said in a Facebook post. The room is located at the front of Universal Studios, next to the Studio Audience Center. READ: Game-changer: Super Nintendo World to open in Universal Studios Hollywood next yearClick here for more information on accessibility at Universal Orlando.wftv.com
Howl O Scream Terrifies Seaworld Orlando For Inaugural Event — KnightNews.com
Howl O Scream has come to Seaworld Orlando for the first time in its 22 year history. The popular Halloween-themed event that began in 1999 at Tampa Bay Florida’s Busch gardens has begun its inaugural year at Seaworld Orlando with its Frightening Sirens that have emerged from the water, luring guests into the dark depths of fear that surround every corner of this year’s event. Scare Zones/ Roaming Haunts:One of the biggest advantages for guests attending this event is Scare actors will reach every part of the event leaving guests no place to hide or feel scare-free. The event will run for 27 nights this fall Thursday through Sunday till Oct. 31. Check the Seaworld Orlando website for prices.knightnews.com
Universal Orlando celebrates their fans with Passholder Appreciation Days
ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando Resort celebrates its most loyal and passionate fans, the Universal Orlando passholder family, this month with special discounts and benefits during Passholder Appreciation Days. Beginning Aug. 16 and running through Sept. 30, Universal Orlando annual passholders can partake in more than 20 limited-time food and beverage menu items. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 10 Universal Passholder Appreciation DaysClick here to take a look at the Passholder Appreciation Days exclusive menu. Passholders can check out the Discover Universal Blog for more information regarding Passholder Appreciation Days this year. Guests who want to become part of the Universal Orlando passholder family can join today with Florida resident annual pass payment options starting as low as $15 per month.wftv.com
Universal Orlando is about to open a cool new roller coaster. A glimpse at their other parks hints at what might come next
Universal has been on a multi-year expansion of its parks, resulting in new attractions nearly every year. Despite the pandemic, leadership remains committed to new...orlandoweekly.com
‘A Day in the Park with Barney’ goes extinct at Universal Orlando
A Day in the Park with Barney show at Universal Orlando. ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando is bidding farewell to everyone’s once favorite purple dinosaur, Barney. The children’s show is located in Universal Studios’ Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone. — Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) February 3, 2021A Day in the Park with Barney had been at Universal Orlando for 25 years. A Day in the Park with Barney at Universal Orlando.
Blue Man Group may leave Orlando for good — has Universal outgrown them?
click to enlarge Image via Universal OrlandoBlue Man Group at Universal Orlandoclick to enlarge Image via Universal OrlandoBlue Man Group at Universal OrlandoGuy Laliberte, once a struggling street artist, was now a billionaire. The empty studios allowed Universal to bring in its answer to Cirque du Soleil.The Blue Man Group opened in the space, rebranded as the Sharp Aquos Theater, in 2007. Six days before Blue Man Group's debut, Universal announced it would be opening a new land dedicated to the Harry Potter film franchise. “Blue Man Group was seen as a way for Cirque to diversify, as they knew their core business had hit a plateau. The Blue Man Group theater, rarely filled to capacity, could now be better used as expanded space in the crowd theme parks.orlandoweekly.com
Orlando Fringe best exemplified the ingenuity shown by our artists in this pandemic year
Under the leadership of executive director Alauna McMillen and producer Lindsay Taylor, Orlando Fringe hosted nearly two solid weeks of daily streaming content, providing a financial lifeline for festival performers whose livelihoods were on lockdown. Most importantly, Orlando Fringe, with some assistance from the Federal Paycheck Protection Program, managed to both stay solvent, and also keep the majority of its staff employed [full disclosure: including this writer's spouse]. Carrying the banner for in-person entertainment at the Winter Mini-Fest will be Unhappy Accident, an original site-specific satire of television's late "happy little trees" painter Bob Ross. The remaining in-person performances at Winter Mini-Fest will actually be part of Kids Fringe, held only on Saturday, Jan. 9. As a longtime Fringe follower, I can't think of a better way to finally blow off 2020 and welcome in a brighter new year.orlandoweekly.com
Super Nintendo World is delayed but that's not stopping Universal from selling Mario-themed merch and food
click image Image via Nintendo | Universal Studios Japanclick image Image via Nintendo | Universal Studios Japanclick image Image via Nintendo | Universal Studios Japanclick image Image via Nintendo | Universal Studios Japany of the Universal lands other than Japan's will also have a Mario Café and Store. However, Universal may replicate the concept at those resorts if the preview center is a success, either for Super Nintendo World or other upcoming attractions. On Universal Studios Japan’s website, it also mentions that soft drinks will be available. Leaked documents confirm it was originally slated to replace Kids Zone at Universal Studios Florida before being moved to Epic Universe. Some have speculated that Universal may look at moving Super Nintendo World back to Universal Studios Florida if Epic Universe’s delay continues.It’s unclear if anorlandoweekly.com
Volcano Bay announces monthslong closure for maintenance
ORLANDO, Fla. – Months after reopening from its coronavirus closure, Universal’s Volcano Bay water park will once again close its gates. Only this time, it’s a planned closure. Volcano Bay will begin a seasonal closure on Nov. 2, with a current planned reopening timeframe of on or before March 1, the theme park said. “We will use the seasonal closure to conduct annual maintenance on several attractions and areas of the park at the same time,” the park said in a news release. “We are working with guests who have purchased tickets to visit Volcano Bay during this timeframe.”The theme park will also contact Universal Orlando Annual Passholders affected by this update.
Universal announces another round of layoffs as coronavirus limits theme park attendance
ORLANDO, Fla. Another round of Universal employees are now without work as the company announces a second set of layoffs amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Company officials confirmed the second round of layoffs in a statement on Friday, just weeks after announcing its first set of job cuts due to financial hardships brought on by the virus. Universal Studios Florida, Universals Islands of Adventure and Universals Volcano Bay all closed in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the layoffs, Universal has also had to temporarily halt construction on its fourth Central Florida theme park: Epic Universe. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
CANCELED: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando will not be happening this year
Following the theme of 2020 and numerous canceled events, Universal announced Friday that its major tourist attractor Halloween Horror Nights will not be happening this year. According to a news release, Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests. Scareactors prowl through the streets of Universal Studios preying on those who are unsuspecting of a quick fright. Universal Studios Florida, Universals Islands of Adventure and Universals Volcano Bay all closed in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo: Universal Orlando ResortTo keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Universal Orlando lays off theme park employees
ORLANDO, Fla. Weeks after opening for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck Central Florida, Universal Orlando announced that it would need to lay off some of its theme park employees. Most recently, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our Parks & Resorts workforce across multiple locations and business units. Universal Studios Florida, Universals Islands of Adventure and Universals Volcano Bay all closed in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19. Already, Universal has had to temporarily halt construction on its fourth Central Florida theme park: Epic Universe. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Universal Orlando to reopen its parks starting in June
ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando got the go-ahead Friday to open all three of its Central Florida parks starting June 5. John Sprouls, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Universal Parks & Resorts, presented Universal’s reopening plan to Orange County’s economic recovery task force Thursday. On a new section of its website dedicated to providing responses about the reopening, Universal Orlando listed these safety measures:Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter Universal CityWalk or the theme parks. “We want to invite guests back to our theme parks in a cautious and thoughtful way,” said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer for Universal Parks & Resorts.
Coronavirus pandemic pauses construction of Orlando's Epic Universe theme park
click to enlarge Photo via Universal Studios FloridaUniversal is halting construction on Orlando's newest theme park, Epic Universe, due to the coronavirus pandemic.On a conference call Thursday, Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts announced Universal Orlando Resort will pause construction on the project. It was to open in 2023, becoming the Orlando area's first new theme park since 1999, when Universal opened Islands of Adventure (unless you count Holy Land Experience opening in 2002). "Nonetheless, we've decided to pause construction of Orlando's fourth gate or epic universe at this early stage. He mentioned that if parks remain closed through June the company would lose "roughly $500 million. "Universal Orlando was closed on March 15 to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and is expected to remain closed at least until May 31.orlandoweekly.com
Halloween Horror Nights still likely to happen this year, but massive changes are in the works
"This feels very much like an attempt to pull in a young demo as much as a mainstream demo." He also noted that the focus on more original concepts could also pay off for Universal. "Of course, no HHN celebration is complete without the amazing original houses they bring every year. Kenny Marcellis of the theme parks and pop culture-focused podcast Grim Grinning Hosts is a Halloween Horror Nights superfan who regularly discusses the latest rumors on multiple podcasts . The difference is it was very mainstream in the Rock scene with performers like Slash, from Guns N Roses, or Alice Cooper," saidorlandoweekly.com
Universal Orlando's Epic Universe could get its own themed hotel, to compete with Disney's Star Wars
Even prior to the Star Wars opening, Disney is reportedly already looking at other film and television franchises that they could be used for a similar concept. First reported by theme park news and rumor site Screamscape , and then confirmed by others, the speculative Universal project would be built into the new Epic Universe park, and themed to the Wizarding World. Unlike Star Wars, the Wizarding World exists parallel to the "real world," with those in the know able to traverse the two simultaneously. Universal, and the rest of the themed entertainment industry, will be closely watching the Star Wars hotel to see its success and issues. Even if Epic Universes Wizarding World hotel isnt realized, with Universal kicking the tires on the concept and others already embracing themed hotels, its safe to say the Galactic Starcruiser wont be the last multi-day experience-driven hotel.orlandoweekly.com
Universal Orlando tries to remove its accidental, early release of a new Jason Bourne stunt show from the Internet
See it a few times to really take it all in. Brace yourself for The Bourne Stuntacular. At that time, a number of alternatives , ranging from "SING" to "Pitch Perfect," were still in the running for the replacement show.By May of 2018, it was clear that Universal was moving forward with a stunt show, either themed to Jason Bourne or James Bond. A few months later, in August, when Universal Orlando closed its long-running Sinbad stunt show at Islands of Adventure, a timeline for the new Universal Studios Florida stunt show was already set , with a late 2019 opening likely. As one user on Twitter put it, they pulled their stories because of media events plain and simple.orlandoweekly.com
7 must-do rides at Universal Studios -- even if you hate roller coasters
ORLANDO, Fla. - Universal Studios is known for being thrilling. After visiting Universal Studios in Orlando, I found a new selection of rides that were thrilling and exciting, but also safe for those who hate coasters. We're going over the top seven rides at Universal Studios for those of us who do not like roller coasters. "Transformers": The Ride 3D at Universal Studios FloridaPrepare to "roll out" as N.E.S.T invites new recruits to help the Autobots save the world. Men in Black Alien Attack at Universal Studios FloridaAgent J is looking for "scrubs" to help with a small alien invasion: 120 different kinds of aliens, to be exact.
Halloween Horror Nights dates released for 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – Halloween Horror Nights will return to Universal Orlando Resort for its 24th year on September 19. On 28 select nights from September 19 through November 1, guests will explore eight haunted houses, navigate multiple street experiences with "scareactors," enjoy two live shows and experience many of Universal Studios Florida's rides and attractions. Event nights are on:September 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and 28October 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31November 1Visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com for updates on ticket packages.