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Around the Universe – Discounts and News for July 2022

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This month we cover the latest Halloween Horror Nights announcements, UOAP days returns, Universal announces new attractions, plus updates on construction around the resort. So grill up a hot dog, open a cold beverage, and catch up on all the happenings at Universal Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights Announcements

It will be double trouble as two new haunted houses were announced for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.

First up is Halloween, a totally new haunted house based on the 1978 classic horror movie. Step into the movie and cross into Haddonfield, Illinois where Michael Myers is out on his murder spree. Guests will be stalked by this massive killer throughout the house as we relive iconic moments from the movies.

Our double feature for the evening is The Horrors of Blumhouse, featuring two spine-tingling movies from the horror house. Freaky tells the tale of a switcheroo between a teenager and serial killer (get it, like Freaky Friday) and her quest to reclaim her body. Black Phone tells the tale of The Grabber, a serial killer who abducts kids and places them in his basement. Join his latest victim as we find our escape.

Halloween Horror Nights returns September 2 through October 31, 2022. Single-day tickets, Express Pass, and tours are now on sale.

Universal’s Great Movie Escape

Get ready to escape some classic films in Universal’s Great Movie Escape. Located in CityWalk near Antojitos, these new escape room attraction features challenges based on the Back to the Future and Jurassic World films. While details have not been announced, we are expecting pricing around $40-60 per person with the experience lasting around an hour. Universal’s Great Movie Escape opens this fall.

Wantilan Luau

Are you sad that Disney’s Polynesian Luau has closed? Universal has your back, the Wantilan Luau at Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort has reopened after the COVID-19 shutdowns. Offered every Saturday, tickets start at $89 per adult and $39 per child (plus tax) and include food and entertainment. Tickets are purchased online only. Registration opens at 5:30 pm and seating starts at 6:00 pm.

Epic Update

Construction is flying at the future site of Universal’s Epic Universe. The new park will feature worlds based on Nintendo, Universal’s classic film monsters, Harry Potter, and How to Train Your Dragon. Additionally, three hotels are planned around the new park – two value resorts and one premier resort.

In the center of the park is a celestial-themed hub. Here you will find several shops, restaurants, and attractions that lead to the other themed lands. The “outer space” theme is more in line with From the Earth to the Moon than Buck Rodgers or Star Trek.

There will be two attractions in the hub. The first is a family-friendly carousel, the second a high-intensity dueling roller coaster. At the back of the park is the premier hotel rumored to be named Grand Helios Hotel.

Super Nintendo World is the farthest along of the four lands, with foundations laid and major buildings going up. We also have our first signs of ride installation with the Donky Kong coaster track!

Across the park is Harry Potter, which is rumored to be themed to the Ministry of Magic. Two attractions are rumored in this area – a stage show about magical beasts and a dark ride about defending the Ministry from attack.

Universal’s Classic Monsters land’s major E-Ticket is going up. Similar to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, this dark ride will use Kuka robotic arms to take guests through Frankenstein’s castle.

Backstage work continues too, with warehouses and offices going up. These facilities will support Epic Universe and the rest of Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal’s Epic Universe opens in summer of 2025.


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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.

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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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