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Around the Universe – Discounts and News for August 2021

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This month Universal reveals a killer Annual Passholder room rate, Halloween Horror Night announces two new haunted houses, and construction for HHN’s scare zone begins.

Halloween Horror Nights 30

Halloween Horror Nights announcements have resumed after a spookily quiet summer. This year expect 10 haunted houses based on original concepts and popular intellectual properties. In addition to the previously announced Beetlejuice house will be two IP houses: Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Bride of Frankenstein Lives.

Based on the 1974 iconic movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre takes guests through the Sawyer house as they try and escape Leatherface. Initial insider buzz on this house is very high and we expect this to be one of the most visually stunning houses Halloween Horror Nights has ever done.

Universal took their original Bride of Frankenstein movie and created a sequel in this haunted house. After the (spoilers) death of Frankenstein, The Bride takes matters into her own hands and attempts to revive him using the blood of Dracula’s brides. This house opened for a brief time in 2020 to rave reviews and we are excited to experience this house again.

Scare zone construction has begun in the Central Park and New York sections of Universal.  Over the next month, Universal will build more stages, install more props, and erect new lighting for the zones. If you are visiting during the day do not worry, during the day these scare zones are innocuous.

In a fun bit of cross-marketing, Universal is releasing limited edition t-shirts for each of the HHN major announcements. Currently, shirts for Haunting of Hill House, Jack the Clown, Bride of Frankenstein Lives, and Beetlejuice are available. Quantities are limited, but the shirts are also available online.

Halloween Horror Nights 30 runs on select nights September 3 through October 31. Single-day tickets and Universal Express Pass are now on sale. Stay tuned to TouringPlans for haunted house, scare zone, show, and ticket announcements.

Rock the Universe 2022 Announced

Universal’s Christian music festival, Rock the Universe, returns January 28 & 29, 2022. This separately ticketed event features bands, DJs, and Universal Studios Flordia attractions for guests to enjoy. Ticket prices and details have not yet been announced.


Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can book an unheard-of hotel discount: $69 per night plus tax for a standard room or $84 per night plus tax for 2-room suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Surfside and Dockside resort. Quantities are limited, book now.

  • UOAP Holder – $69 per night plus tax at Universal’s Endless Summer Surfside and Dockside hotels
  • Florida Residents – Save $65 on Two-Park, Three-Day theme park admission
  • All Guests – Save up to $600 on vacation packages

For more deals, including discounts on vacation packages, visit the Universal Orlando website or book your Universal vacation with the TouringPlans Travel Agency.

Refurbishments and Closures

The following attractions are closed due to COVID-19. At this time there are no dates for reopening unless otherwise listed.

  • Curious George Goes to Town
  • Fear Factor Live
  • Jurassic Discovery Center
  • Me Ship, The Olive
  • Poseidon’s Fury

The following attractions are closed for refurbishment:

  • None

Which news are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.

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Joseph Matt

Joe covers theme parks through the lens of his quality engineering day job. He has over five years of writing experience at Touring Plans and has gone on dozens of trips to Orlando over his life. When not at amusement parks you can find Joe at breweries, enjoying live theater, playing video games, and cooking.

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