inline imageUniversal Orlando Resort Reveals the Final Details of this year's Halloween Horror Nights 25

Fan-favourite stories and characters from the event’s 25 year history to make monstrous return, including 2013’s top-rated house: ‘An American Werewolf In London’

This year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will celebrate 25 years of scares, screams and terror by bringing back some of the most iconic and blood-curdling stories from event history. This year’s event will feature nine disturbingly-real haunted houses, including one of the highest-rated houses ever: An American Werewolf In London. Guests will also relive their favourite sinister stories from Universal’s Entertainment Team in horrific new ways. Here’s what to expect at this year’s event:

  • The return of the fan-favourite house, based on John Landis’s critically-acclaimed horror film – An American Werewolf in London – a fiercely-immersive experience that pays homage to one of the greatest lycanthropic stories ever told. This year, the wolves are more ferocious and hungry for human flesh… and their pack has expanded.
  • All-new, original houses based on the best and most iconic stories from years past, including ghastly scenes from RUN: Blood, Sweat, and Fears; Asylum in Wonderland 3D; Body Collectors: Recollections and Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem.
  • More “scareactors” than ever before in five spine-chilling new scare zones, including the escaped inmates from Psychoscareapy – Unleashed, appearances from past event icons including The Caretaker, The Storyteller, The Director, and The Usher in ICONS – HHN and more.
  • Two outrageous live shows, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and The Carnage Returns# – featuring the favourite and feared icon Jack the Clown.

For a detailed listing of each experience featured at this year’s event click here.

On select nights from September 18th until November 1st, guests can visit Universal Orlando’s theme parks by day and by night: becoming victims of their own horror film at Halloween Horror Nights 25. For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 25 visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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inline imageOne of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida’s most action-packed ride experiences. Universal Orlando Resort announced that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join its incredible line-up of attractions in 2017 – continuing the unprecedented growth of the destination.

Guests will experience a high-octane journey that fuses an original storyline and incredible ride technology with everything that fans love about the films: popular characters, exhilarating environments, nonstop action and, of course, high-speed cars.

Led by film stars Vin Diesel (Dom Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty) and Tyrese Gibson (Roman), guests will feel like part of the “Fast family” as they embark on a thrilling new Fast & Furious adventure. They will be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films, explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team and even get to check out some of the supercharged cars they’ve seen on the big screen. Then, guests will board specially-designed vehicles and take off on an adrenaline-pumping ride with their favourite stars from the films.

Fast & Furious is Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing film franchise of all time. Since the release of the first film in 2001, the Fast & Furious series has become a cultural phenomenon. Together, all seven installments have grossed nearly $3.9 billion at the worldwide box office. The most recent film, Furious 7, was released in April and became the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time, with more than $1.5 billion in global box office. In addition, Universal Studios Hollywood introduced its own Fast & Furious – Supercharged this summer, which serves as the grand finale to its world famous Studio Tour.

Fast & Furious: Supercharged will replace ‘Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue’ and ‘Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Starring You!’ at Universal Studios Florida. Disaster will close on September 8, 2015 and Beetlejuice will close later this year to make way for the new attraction.

More details about Universal Orlando’s Fast & Furious attraction will be released in the future. Stay tuned to www.universalorlando.co.uk for more information.

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inline imageDisney have now changed the closing date for the refurbishment of Blizzard Beach from the originally scheduled 25th October 2015. Bringing the closing date forward to the 4th October 2015.

The reopening date is still set at 3rd January 2016. The day that Typhoon Lagoon closes for refurbishment.

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This year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park debuts September 15 (on select dates through November 1), and a new Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package is part of the fun.



This premium offering includes viewing a Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from the reserved location in the center flag pole area of Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace where you have a cool view of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.



Tables are laden with goodies such as Halloween-themed chocolate-dipped strawberries, adorable ghost meringues, candy corn panna cotta, peanut butter-chocolate pretzel “witch fingers,” spiced pumpkin cheesecake brownies, peanut butter “spider” whoopie pies, seasonal fruits and cheeses, hot chocolate, signature lemonades and Halloween specialties, and coffee and tea. Little ones will love mummy cupcakes, candy corn cupcakes and “worm and dirt pots.”



Have a toast with family and friends with sparkling cider! And a skull mug filled with candy is your very own trick-or-treat takeaway.

Cost is $69, $39 ages 3 to 11. For reservations visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE. The standard Wishes Dessert Party will not take place on nights the premium HalloWishes package is offered.

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It was been a very busy day for Disney Parks and Resorts. Bob Iger announced the genuinely mind-blowing news that two state-of-the-art, 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands will be constructed at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. And that was before the presentation exclusively devoted to Disney Parks and Resorts.

Here are just some of the things that were discussed in the 90-minute-long presentation:

More Star Wars

The two Star Wars-themed lands are the biggest galactic additions to the Disney theme park, but they’re not the only interstellar adventures coming to the parks. In the next few months, a number of new Star Wars-related additions will be appearing at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. There will be a new location added to Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, based off of characters and locations from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jedi Training Academy will allow younger fans to feel the Force, with new scenarios based on Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels. Additionally, later this year the Star Wars Launch Bay, an all-new interactive experience, will come to the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Tomorrowland at Disneyland. There will be photo opportunities, previews of new games, artifacts from the films and testimonials from the filmmakers. (Upstairs in the same building in Disneyland will be an updated Superheroes HQ, featuring your favorite Marvel characters.) And the Season of the Force, based in part on the phenomenally successful Star Wars Weekends, will be a seasonal part of both domestic parks beginning in early 2016, with exclusive food, drinks, merchandise and entertainment. At Disneyland, Space Mountain will be transformed into Hyperspace Mountain, with new effects and music. And at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will experience a nightly fireworks show set to the classic Star Wars music.

Toy Story Land
One of the amazing aspects of the parks presentation was the assertion that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going from a “park that took you behind the scenes, to putting you in them.” To that end, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is about to expand massively with an 11-acre Toy Story Land. This land includes a super-long family-friendly roller coaster, where guests climb aboard a Slinky Dog ride vehicle and coast through a toy-filled adventure. The land will also feature an alien saucers attraction, where “The Claw” looms over and defines your fate. And this is in addition to the already-announced new track for Toy Story Mania!, the popular 3D attraction.

Soarin’ Around the World
Soaring Over the Horizon is a new version of the popular attraction, set to open at Shanghai Disneyland next year. But fret not; today it was announced that the attraction, called Soarin’ Over the World here, will arrive in 2016 at both EPCOT and Disney California Adventure. Both attractions have been getting rejuvenated in recent months, receiving an upgrade in both sound and picture quality (with laser projection replacing the old 70 mm format), so when Soarin’ Around the World finally opens, it will be spectacular.

Iron Man Experience
In Hong Kong Disneyland, the Iron Man Experience is coming. The complex is designed after the Stark Expo, the World’s Fair-esque technological showcase that Tony’s dark, Howard Stark, oversaw many years ago. After checking out some of the history and technology of the Stark dynasty, you climb aboard a ride vehicle designed like the Iron Wing (a nifty vehicle made with Stark tech). Once you get into your Iron Wing, you’re supposed to take a leisurely tour of the new Stark Tower in Hong Kong but, of course, trouble finds you in the form of Hydra. From there, you’ve got to battle your way out and return to the Expo safely. And if the ride footage (created with the help of the wizards at Industrial Light & Magic) we saw is any indication, it’s going to be a wild ride!

Frozen Ever After
There wasn’t a lot shown from Frozen Ever After, the Frozen-themed attraction that will occupy the former space of the Maelstrom at EPCOT. They flashed a photo of the Sven animatronic figure, which looks insanely adorable, while work continues on the expansive building adjacent to the Norway pavilion. It was announced that Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will be helping with the soundtrack for the, bringing magical continuity to the franchise. When this opens next year, this is going to be a next level dark ride attraction for kids of all ages.

Nighttime Fun at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A lot of this D23 Expo has been focused on how amazing the model for the Avatar-themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, now formally named Pandora: The World of Avatar, really looks. And it does. It is stunning. And Avatar director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau were on hand to discuss just how immersive this experience will be, and give an official name for the flight attraction, now called Flight of Passage. (Imagineer Joe Rohde said that together, “Our combined goal is to feel that it’s real.”) We cannot wait to visit the richly detailed world of Pandora. But that isn’t the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, especially since the part is going to be open into the night now. There will be an extended Kilimanjaro Safaris, magically suspended in a perpetual dusk, set to open next spring, that will feature new African wild dogs and hyenas. There’s also the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular (“a celebration of life itself,” per Rohde’s description) with cascading water, dancing fountains, live performers, and insane projections (during the panel they showed a test where a barge traveled along the water, projecting a bear running across the surface). Disney’s Animal Kingdom promises to transform into an entirely different park at night.

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At the tail end of the live action presentation at the D23 Expo this afternoon, Bob Iger took the stage for a special announcement that wasn’t specifically tied to any upcoming film. Instead, he made the kind of seismic announcement that will be talked about for the rest of the D23 Expo: that a massive, highly immersive Star Wars-themed land will soon be headed to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. That’s right: not one, but two Star Wars-themed lands.


Here’s what was announced in the panel: a pair of 14-acre lands that will feature creatures, characters and vehicles pulled from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as the older films. Iger teased a Mos Eisley-style cantina, as well as the two signature attractions: one that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the Resistance and the First Order and the other that allows you pilot the most famous ship in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. The lands will be located in both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. This is very, very exciting news indeed.


“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” Iger told the ecstatic crowd, who had already been primed by a wonderful moment with man Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members, including the legendary Harrison Ford. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”


Star Wars first appeared in the parks with the Star Tours attraction in 1987 and has been a presence ever since, with everything from the Jedi Training Academy to the revolutionary revamp of Star Tours, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues (which opened in 2011). This marks a truly historic culmination of nearly 30 years of creative partnership and will undoubtedly become a destination for Star Wars fans the galaxy over.

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inline imageAlthough work has already started on the project and many people have seen the construction hoardings, Disney have announced at D23Expo the name of the new restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience "World Famous Jungle Cuisine" in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

The Jungle Skipper Canteen is currently under construction and will open its doors in late 2015.

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