Around the Universe: Universal Orlando Resort News, September 16, 2014

There are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.”  This week’s Universal Orlando Resort News update features: the announcement of a new Universal resort, Halloween Horror Nights 24 map reveal, new Beedle the Bard show in Diagon Alley and much more!

What’s New This Week?


Universal Orlando Theme Parks

New! Halloween Horror Nights Map: The 2014 Halloween Horror Nights 24 Map has surfaced online. Excitement is building as the first night of the event is in just 10 days! Thanks go to Orlando Informer for finding and publishing the map.

New! A New Tale of Beedle the Bard Debuts at Diagon Alley: Though originally described in the June press release, it wasn’t until this week that “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” debuted in Carkitt Market in Diagon Alley. During this show three witches and a knight meet in their attempt to reach the Fountain in an enchanted garden. This show is in addition to The Tale of the Three Brothers – featured in the seventh film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” – in which three wizard brothers come face to face with Death.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

New! Free Wifi Rollout Complete:  Universal has completed its rollout of complimentary Wi-Fi access in the theme parks and Universal CityWalk. As a reminder, earlier this year Loews introduced complimentary in-room wifi for all registered guests with two levels of service. The Premium Wireless will be complimentary for up to 4 devices in the room which will be optimal for surfing the web and checking email – 512kb. There will be an option to upgrade to Premium Plus for $14.95 per day up to 8 devices – 3meg. This will be optimal for streaming music, entertainment, VPN and Large file transfers. Complimentary Premium Wi-Fi in the common areas will continue as normal.

Reminder! Meet the Boxtrolls at Universal Studios: From the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman comes a story of a young orphan boy named Eggs raised by a new breed of family called The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures!  Click here for our spoiler-free review of THE BOXTROLLS. For a limited time, you can get your picture taken with some of the fun loving Boxtroll characters themselves! The Boxtrolls make daily appearances at the Character Party Zone located just outside The Horror Make-Up Show in Universal Studios. Check your park map for that day’s schedule, but they’re usually out there at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm through September 26.

Boxtrolls at Universal Studios Florida

Reminder! Annual Passholder Early Park Admission in September: On weekdays in September (Monday thru Friday), Universal Annual Passholders have access to Early Park Admission at Universal Studios Florida for The Wizarding World or Harry Potter – Diagon Alley!

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

New! Universal and Loews Hotels Announce New Hotel Coming to Universal Orlando in 2016: When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall. The new hotel will become the fifth on-site resort hotel and its 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites, will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200.

Universal Orlando Resort - Sapphire Falls Hotel

Reminder! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Exclusive Vacation Package Dates Extended: Experience all the magic and excitement with this exclusive vacation package including admission to both Universal Orlando theme parks, hotel accommodations, Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme parks open, breakfast at the Three Broomsticks and the new Leaky Cauldron, receive an Owl Post Welcome Gift and more! Purchase now through December 10, 2014 with select travel through December 18, 2014. Prices starting from $109 per adult, per night, tax inclusive.

Universal CityWalk

Reminder! Retro Futura Tour at Hard Rock Live: See the Retro Futura Tour Wednesday, Sept 10 at Hard Rock Live. This show features Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, China Crisis, Ultravox’s Midgeure & Katrina of Katrina and the Waves. Tickets are $45 First 2 Rows and Balcony Tables, $35 Reserved Main Floor & Lower Balcony or $30 Upper Balcony $27.50 GA Standing Perimeter. Doors open at 7:00pm. More info: 407-351-LIVE (5483).

New! Dance, Dream & Inspire Fundraiser at Hard Rock Live: See the third annual Dance, Dream & Inspire fundraiser for foster children Sept 13 at Hard Rock Live. Eight pairs of ballroom dancers (think “Dancing with the Stars” as performed by local celebrities coached by their classically trained partners) will be judged on routines ranging from salsa to swing and tap to tango. WFTV Channel 9 anchor Jorge Estevez – who won last year’s competition – will emcee along with Orlando attorney Diana Tennis. Tickets are $17. The celebrity dance lineup includes:

  • Randy Ross, marketing director, Orlando Museum of Art
  • Amy Fields, foundation manager, Fields Auto Group
  • Beth Batten, director of licensing, Community Based Care of Central Florida
  • Debbie Platz, general counsel, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando
  • Dennis Salvagio (aka “The Fat Guy” at the Orlando Magic games), local attorney
  • Mikael Audebert, president, MBA Orlando; CEO, Converge Orlando
  • Monique Yeager, vice president of marketing, Tijuana Flats
  • Nancy Alvarez, anchor, WFTV Channel 9

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Closures and Refurbishments

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • None

Universal Studios

  • Fear Factor Live: Closed for seasonal maintenance
  • Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 9/10 & 9/11 No shows scheduled

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