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Around the Universe – Discounts and News for July 2021

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Murderous clowns, Chinese food, and annual passholder celebrations this month at Universal Orlando! Plus we cover the current discounts and updates to COVID-19 closures.

Halloween Horror Nights 30 Tickets Now on Sale

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere. Fan-favorite “icon” Jack is back for Halloween Horror Nights 2021 in all his forms. Inspired by all our fears of clowns and carnivals, Jack brings chaos to the houses, streets, and shows of HHN.

“To get real geeky and complex, I look at 30 as sort of a comic book annual. It’s a collection of everything you love about Halloween Horror Nights and celebrating all these original characters and stories.” – Michael Aiello, Senior Director of Creative Entertainment

Single-day tickets, Express Pass, and tours are now available for purchase online. Single-day tickets range from $70.99 to $99.99, Express Pass $69.99 to $129.99.

Stay tuned for more Halloween Horror Nights news, including announcements of houses, shows, scare zones, and Frequent Fear Pass.

Bend the Bao

Bao about that? Universal quietly debuted a new Chinese counter service restaurant, replacing Fusion Sushi Bistro. The menu focuses on the fusion bao concept with kimchee fried chicken, duck, pork belly, veggie, and other options. Two bao buns cost $11.99 and additional bao can be purchased for $4.49 each. UOAP discounts accepted.

Bend the Bao is now open on the second floor of CityWalk next to Cinemark Theater.

Passholder Appreciation Days

Returning August 16 through September 30, 2021, Universal Orlando Passholder Appreciation Days offers passholders exclusive discounts, perks, merchandise, events, and more. Details on this year’s festivities are forthcoming but in prior years the event offered exclusive nighttime access to the parks, dedicated UOAP entrances to the parks, and even exclusive food items.

Parades & Attractions Reopen

This past week Universal reopened Storm Force Acceleration, the tea-cups like ride in Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure. The attraction originally closed in August 2020 due to budget cuts. The attraction is open daily with the park.

Over in Universal Studios Florida, the Universal’s Superstar Parade has returned! The parade features characters from Despicable Me, Spongebob Squarepants, The Secret Life of Pets, and more. The parade closed in March 2020 with the resort due to COVID-19. Since park reopening floats would occasionally come out by Mel’s Dine-In counter service for photos but the parade was not run. Superstar Parade runs daily at 5:00 p.m.


  • Annual Pass – 30% off day-of purchases of Express Pass (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure only)
  • Annual Pass – 10% off day-of purchases of premium seating and cabana rentals at Volcano Bay
  • 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


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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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