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Around the Universe – Discounts and News for August 2022

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Start off The Weeknd with some new ticket deals for Florida and Georgia residents, Halloween Horror Nights news, construction updates, and more in this month’s Around the Universe!

The Weeknd Comes to Halloween Horror Nights

Find out what lies inside The Weeknd’s mind in After Hours Nightmare, a new haunted house coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Taking place inside The Weeknd’s head, guests will encounter the creatures and terrifying visions depicted in the chart-topping album, After Hours.

Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Passes are now available. These tickets are valid for multiple event days and are an excellent option for locals, guests who wish to spread their visit over multiple days, or horror super fans. Single-day tickets, multi-day tickets, Express Pass, and add-ons are available through Touring Plans Travel agents or on Universal’s website. Book through Touring Plans and receive a one-year free subscription to Touring Plans’ for wait times and personalized itineraries.

Rock the Universe 2023 Announced

Celebrate faith, fun, and fellowship as Rock the Universe returns on January 27 – 29, 2023. This three-day event kicks off with musical performances and ends with a Sunday worship. Musical acts have not yet been announced. Tickets and packages will go on sale later this year.

Construction Updates

Halloween Horror Nights scare zone construction in pedestrian areas has begun. Lighting, staging, and platforms have popped up throughout Central Park, New York, and San Francisco areas of Universal Studios Florida. Large wall props are also in Hollywood for their ghosts and spirits scare zone.

Work continues on Revenge of the Mummy as the popular attraction heads towards a much-anticipated reopening. The exterior area ramps and picture area have received upgrades. We are expecting reopening is imminent.

Demolition of the old Monsters Cafe has sped up with sections of the restaurant’s walls removed, theming dismantled, and the interior gutted. Universal has teased Minions replacing Shrek 4D and Monsters Cafe, they have not officially confirmed the new additions.

Back at Epic Universe for an Epic Update! Work is progressing on all lands and the hub at the moment.

The first trackwork for Mario Kart has shown up, this concrete curve is part of the final Rainbow Road section of the upcoming ride.

Supports for the eventual Yoshi’s Adventure attrition are now installed. This family ride will take guests on a ride through the land to find hidden Yoshi eggs.

An ariel overview of the center of the park taken from the direction the new Premier hotel faces. Note the restaurant location with prime seating for the fountain show.

One of the central hub attractions will be a family-friendly carousel themed to constellations that overlook a lake. Rumors suggest the new ride will offer accessibility options such as lowering seats.

Next to the carousel will be a large manmade lagoon that will feature a supposed nighttime fountain show that will be visible from the hotel and surrounding dining areas.

The main show building in what is presumed to be the Universal Monsters land is quickly progressing. This huge show building will be for Frankenstein’s laboratory, with the ride inside being similar to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Next to the show building is a pleasant surprise: the area formerly designated for the indoor theater is now planned for a family spinning coaster. Concrete footers for the coaster have been sighted.

Finally in the Harry Potter land, the massive show building for the Ministry of Magic interior areas and attraction is going up. This building is massive as it will feature the iconic Ministry of Magic atrium from the movies.

Universal’s Epic Universe is expected to open by summer 2025.


Florida and Georgia’s residents are able to receive a free 3rd park day when purchasing a 2-day, 2-park ticket from now till September 28, 2022. For $25 more guests are able to add on Volcano Bay to make it a 3-park ticket. Tickets must be used by December 15, 2022.

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 for refurbishment:

For the most up-to-date listing of refurbishments refer to the Universal Orlando website.

Contact the travel agents at TouringPlans Travel Agency who can book you a Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line vacation. All quotes are free, and if you decide to purchase through us, you will get a free year subscription to the TouringPlans Line app for Universal Orlando.

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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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