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.
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:
- Florida Disaster Fund
- Red Cross
- Convoy of Hope
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
- World Central Kitchen
Updates to Universal Orlando’s operations can be found online.
Halloween Horror Nights
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!
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.
So, how long have work walls been down in front of Universal’s Great Movie Escape? pic.twitter.com/3XSL9hAoE0
— Alicia Stella (@AliciaStella) September 27, 2022
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.
Sounds like the mischievous Minions are hard at work building something. pic.twitter.com/LhXXfFz7IA
— Alicia Stella (@AliciaStella) September 27, 2022
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.
Aerial look at Donkey Kong in Epic Universe.
1 Impressive swoop of track. Track is at side of a vehicle so there is illusion of hopping over gaps like in the game.
2 Excavation for a water feature has rain water from strong storm last night
3 Track ready to be placed pic.twitter.com/OE0Gxxid5s
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) September 16, 2022
@TommyHawkins has done a yeoman’s work by merging site plans with construction photographs to add definition and context.
— Tommy Hawkins (@tommyhawkins) September 26, 2022
So @bioreconstruct suspicion was absolutely in the correct with this angled section, but we believe it is in fact the exit. Looking closely you can see the floo network entry/exit area, route shown #epicuniverse https://t.co/eaWobhDx6E pic.twitter.com/evyH5N6RPG
— Tommy Hawkins (@tommyhawkins) September 17, 2022
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
Refurbishments and Closures
Universal has not announced a reopening date for the theme parks and CityWalk at the time of publishing. No announcement about closed attractions, either. Visit the Universal Orlando website for the complete list of closed attractions.
The following attractions are closed for refurbishment:
- One Fish, Two Fish – October 24 through 26
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.