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Around the Universe – Discounts and News for October 2022

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This week Around the Universe features a brand new street show, construction updates for projects around the resort, the latest discounts, and all the refurbishment news you need for your next trip.

Chef José Andrés helps make food in the documentary We Feed People.

Hurricane Ian

Florida has been hit by one of the most destructive storms in the state’s history. The Cast and Team Members who make our vacations fun and unforgettable are now in need of our help. If you have ever saved some money or time waiting in a queue from Touring Plans please consider donating to one of these charities:

Updates to Universal Orlando’s operations can be found online.

Halloween Horror Nights

scarecrow (photo by Michael Carelli)

Halloween Horror Nights has begun! This year’s event features 10 houses, 5 scare zones, and 2 two shows now through October 31. Explore the mind of The Weeknd in After Hours Nightmare! Gasp at beetles the size of a Beetle in Bugs Eaten Alive! Run from Michael Myer’s in Halloween! Feel the shiver of ghosts at a frozen fishing village in Dead Man’s Pier. Double header The Horrors of Blumhouse recreates the movies Freaky and Black Phone. Read Joe’s review of the event!

Halloween Horror Nights 31 occurs on select dates now through October 31. Tickets are on sale online and at our Touring Plans Travel Agency.

Universal Studios Florida Debuts ¡Vamos! – Báilalo Street Show

Universal debuted a new high-energy dance show at Universal Studios Florida – ¡Vamos! – Báilalo. Taking place in the New York section of the park next to Louie’s, ¡Vamos! combines choreographed pair dancing, colorful costumes, and high-energy music similar to West Side Story‘s America sequence. We really love the diverse performers in the show and think Universal has a hit on its hands.

¡Vamos! runs for approximately 12 minutes throughout the day at set show times. Check the Universal Orlando app for show times.

Construction Updates (ft. Epic Update)

Walls are down around Universal’s Great Movie Escape. This new escape room is highly anticipated but no opening timeframe has been given.

Construction continues at the new Minion mini-land at Universal Studios Florida. Joining Minion Mayhem will be a new Minion interactive shooting attraction and a Minion Cafe. We are expecting these additions to open in Summer 2023.

Cabana Bay is installing a new milkshake counter! Located at the far end of the Bayliner Diner, this new location will serve treats of all delights (as long as it’s ice cream, of course). An opening date has not been announced.

Down the street from the main campus will be Universal’s third theme park – Epic Universe. Friend of the blog Alicia Stella created this great video recapping the latest developments at Universal’s newest park.

Roller coaster track installation continues at the Donkey Kong mine cart coaster located in the Super Nintendo World section of the park.

@TommyHawkins has done a yeoman’s work by merging site plans with construction photographs to add definition and context.

Epic Universe opens in the summer of 2025.


  • Annual Pass – Passholder rates for hotel rooms are now open through Fall 2022
  • Florida & Georgia Residents – Buy a 2-day, 2-park ticket and get one day free. Add on Volcano Bay for $25.
  • Florida Residents – $114 per night at Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • All Guests – Buy a 2-day, 2-park ticket and get two days free. Add on Volcano Bay for $35.
  • All Guests – 30% off 5-day vacation packages
  • All Guests – 20% off 2-bedroom suites at Endless Summer, minimum 4-night stay

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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