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Around the Universe – Discounts and News for October 2021

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October is upon us and we just have one question: where did 2021 go? In this edition of Around the Universe, we look at Halloween at Universal Orlando, Rock the Universe 2022, discounts, and refurbishment news at Universal Orlando!

Halloween Horror Nights 30

(photo by Michael Carelli)

Halloween Horror Nights 30 continues throughout October with ten houses, five scare zones, two shows, and dozens of food and beverage options. Only 24 event days remain so go as soon as you can – wait, no! Before you go arm yourself with our HHN30 planning guide (part 1 and part 2) and our HHN30 review.

Halloween Horror Nights runs on select nights through October 31, 2021.

Other Halloween Activities

(photo by Michael Carelli)

One of the unexpectedly fun additions to last year’s daytime Halloween offering was the Scarecrow Stalk, a scavenger hunt to find several themed scarecrows around the parks and CityWalk. The Scarecrow Stalk returns this year in a modified format: for $10 plus tax guests can find fun scarecrows themed to Universal Studios movies, attractions, and shops. Each stop is a stamp on the guide and a pack of candy and if guests complete the whole stalk they receive a special Scarecrow Stalk candy bar.

While there is no end date given for the Scarecrow Stalk we expect it to end October 31, 2021, along with Halloween Horror Nights.

dark arts show

After a year break due to COVID-19, the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle nighttime experience returns to Islands of Adventure. Guests will fight off Death Eaters in Hogsmeade, watch as a shopkeep narrowly escapes the group, and witness a projection mapping show on Hogwarts castle featuring the most terrifying specters and beasts.

Shows run from dusk until the park closes nightly until October 31, 2021, in Islands of Adventure.

Rock the Universe 2022

Rock the Universe

Florida’s biggest Christian music festival returns to Universal Studios Florida from January 28-29, 2022. Performers include Casting Crowns, for KING & COUNTRY, Matthew West, and more. The event runs from 4:00 pm till 1:00 am on event nights. Tickets start at $73.99 per person plus tax for a one-night event ticket and up to $174.99 for admission to the event, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure from January 28 through 30.


  • Florida Residents – Save $65 on Two-Park, Three-Day theme park admission
  • Florida Residents – Universal Endless Summer resort rates as low as $84 plus tax per night, on select nights, through December 23, 2021
  • All Guests – 30% off 4 Day/4 Night or up to $200 off vacation packages
  • All Guests – Halloween Horror Nights tickets starting at $70.99
  • All Guests – Universal Endless Summer resort rates as low as $88 plus tax per night, on select nights, through December 23, 2021

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
  • Poseidon’s Fury

The following attractions are closed for refurbishment:

  • Caro-Seuss-el
  • The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

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

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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