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Universal Orlando Invites You to Join the Scariest Nights Ever

The world’s most anticipated Halloween Horror Nights Event is back with an exclusive selection of haunted nights. And like every year, the Event celebrates fear amidst an ever terrifying array of pulse-pounding and hair-raising scare zones, houses, shows and thrill rides. The one of a kind fall Fest is quite intensive by nature. It can put you right in the middle of some of the most disturbing and scariest moments of life. You can hold your breathe as much you like but you can’t escape the screams. Such is the impact the Nights have that they keep haunting you and your senses long after you and your friends had left the parks.

Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Orlando is a unique opportunity to celebrate the Fear with fun and horror experiences like never before. It brings to live some of the biggest names in horror genre, such as the Exorcist, the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the Walking Dead and the all new American Horror Story to name a few. The creepy sights and scenes from blockbusters and popular TV series create a lasting impact on guests every time they returns to celebrate the nation’s premier Halloween Event.

With a total of nine sensational haunted houses, about five bone chilling scar zones, couple of outrageous live shows and many special Halloween attractions and rides, it’s too much to have. So make sure you don’t miss the favorite ones as the evil is even more intense and tempting this time at the 26 Th celebration.

If I were there at the Event this time, then the Exorcist is easily one of my must visit houses. The haunted maze is a unique creation that the Universal creative team has to offer. Based on the horror blockbuster of all time, the Exorcist features as many horrifying scenes recreating the terror with great technical precision.

The American Horror Story is another most important highlights this year – comes to you in the form of an all new and elaborate terror house. It features three seasons of the popular FX series – the Murder House, Freak Show and Hotel. FX Fans will experience the live version for the first time. They will actually step inside the scenes of their favorite TV shows.

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HHN26-live-shows

Halloween Horror Nights 26 also houses some of the most outrageous shows ever. The 2016 Fest brings two of them. And as a true Halloween Horror Nights fan you should not miss either of them. You must attend both – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, and the newest Academy of Villains House of Fear. Again your visit to Horror Nights Fest is not complete without braving the audition of a lifetime with – A Chance in Hell. Your appointment with pure mayhem starts from the moment you join Chance in her bloodiest show ever. While the scar-zones, mazes and shows are the main attractions, the popular rides offer a thrilling break as well.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hocus Pocus Returns to Disney Halloween Party for the Second Time

The Disney World’s Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is one of the most popular attractions of the annual Halloween Event hosted by the Resort. This one of a kind castle stage show is a big hit when it was introduced for the first time at the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2015. And as anticipated, the popular stage show returns for the second time now. It brings to life the spooky story from the 1993 classic cult movie right in the middle of the happiest Halloween Party on earth. Hocus Pocus is one of the most favorite and not to be missed Party highlights for Disney fans during the 2016 Event.

If you are attending the special Magic Kingdom hosted Halloween party this year, be sure to visit the Hocus Pocus stage show. Here we have the Sanderson sisters – busy casting their worst spells on the audience. The evil Sisters are not alone, they are accompanied by other familiar Disney villains, such as Oogie Boogie, Maleficient and Dr. Facilier – as they all gathered to help the Sisters prepare the world’s most fiendish potion ever.

Along with the Hocus Pocus show, there are many other special surprises for the Party guests as well. Some of the must visit fun activities and shows the Event offers include the sensational Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade. This special spooktacular parade features some of the most eerily awesome floats with costumed characters, including villains, pirates and not to forget the Haunted Mansion stars. The Parade is truly one of the star attractions with two pre-parades – one led by the Headless Horseman and his hair-raising ride, and the other is the all new Zootopia Party Patrol, can be only viewed from the Main Street USA.

The breath-taking fireworks show – Happy Hallowishes is another must see attraction during the Party. It features an incredible display of fireworks, including castle projections with Disney Villains fill the sky like never before. Again, it’s never an easy task to find such unique Disney characters and take a life-time picture with them. The rare character meet and greet opportunities at the Halloween Party offer the ultimate characters experiences with the likes of Jack Skellington and Sally, Lady Carlotta from Haunted Mansion and many others.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Also last but not the least, we should not forget the sweet and cute candies. They play important role at the Party too. So make sure your special trick or treat bags are full of those before leaving the Party. The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticked Event. The month long Event runs from September 2, 2016 through October 31, 2016 on select nights at the world famous Magic Kingdom Park.

Disney World Annual Passholder programe

Is Disney World’s Annual Pass Still a Favorite Among Those Who Love It Most?

It’s true that the Disney World’s annual passholder program plays an important role every year – pulling the crowd, mostly the locals to the world’s most magical parks in Florida. While the annual passes are packed with many great discounts and offers, they are instrumental in taking the popularity of the parks’ important annual events to next level as well. However, the new developments and recent changes to the passholder program have made things a bit murkier for those who love to have it most. In deed we have a section of the crowd who thinks that the good old pass is diluted with new and unexpected changes today.

The price hike over the past few years and the increasing blockout dates, including other new and not so welcoming changes to the program is taking away the excitements from an otherwise special and popular annual pass program that keeps you coming back again and again. Still for some the price hike is of least concerned as compared to the unique fun and entertainment the Resort promises. But there are others who thinks the hike is a bit aggressive in nature and the blockout dates add up to the wounds.

It’s quite unfortunate to hear things such as – fans of Disney World are reluctant to renew their annual passes, or they are more content with a downgraded version of their passes or like to cancel it altogether. And worst still, some Disney loyal even prefer a Universal Orlando pass over the Disney one. Not that the Universal’s annual passholder programs are cheaper. They are highly prices as well, but comparatively cheaper and offer benefits to parties and premier events such as Halloween Horror Nights.

Though there is no official revelation for the 2016 annual passholder program changes as of yet, speculations suggest a more bleak future ahead. The advent of more blockout dates in upcoming days will definitely make the annual pass program a tough choice to choose from. Off course like every year the change in price and other new implementations are a part of the business and will be always there.

On the other hand, if the speculations are to be believed than it’s quite unfortunate for the fans. But then, Disney is a champion in pulling and retaining its beloved crowd unlike any other. The fact that its annual pass program is hitting a section of guests doesn’t really tells the whole story. We know Disney has an emotional bond with the passholders, and it cannot but only works towards strengthening that unique attachment.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story Joins Halloween Horror Nights 2016

The nation’s premier fear fest gets even-more scarier with the inclusion of the newest and most requested maze based on the FX anthology horror series. Popularly known as the American Horror Story, this one of a kind horror production is considered as the most disturbing television shows ever produced. Each of the scenes and shows it presents are intensely terrifying. And what better option it can have than just joining forces with the world’s most intense Halloween Fest ever. The 26th Halloween Horror Nights celebration is already loaded with the best of evils and the inclusion of the all new FX maze definitely takes the chilling experience even further.

American Horror Story is running its sixth Installment this year. But guests at the Event will be able to re-visit scenes from the earlier installments. In fact it brings to life three seasons of its bone chilling terror chapters right in the middle of the biggest Horror event of all times. Whether it’s the Murder House for the doomed residents from Installment -1 or the twisted and terrifying Freak Show from Installment-4, or the haunted Hotel from Installment – 5, it’s a nerve-wrecking, chilling journey in deed.

Your date with the evil intensifies from the moment you enters the all-new American Horror Story maze. And as you proceed you have all the chilling chapters of preceding seasons comes alive before your eyes, and this time they are dead real. First it’s the journey through decades of tortured dead – the doomed residents of Murder House. Next you are in the middle of a sinister show – Freak Show where the murderous and deformed Clown stalks you. And finally, you end up giving yourself to the evil desires of the Countess inside the torture chamber at Hotel Cortez.

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Halloween Horror Nights is the world’s most anticipated fall fest, hosted by the Universal Studios Parks in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles California. Last year it was a monumental success, screaming with the likes of Jack the Clown, and other big names in Horror. And staying true to its ever evolving nature – the 26 th session of the Fest takes the fear even further. Picking up the spooky screams from where it had left last, it continues to tell the story in a whole new sensational environment unlike any other. Packed with plenty of new surprises and new themes and story-lines, HHN 26 welcomes guests to celebrate the evil like never before. Cheers to Halloween Horror Nights and cheers to the Universal’s creative team in conceiving and instilling life to such world-class scary environs, live shows and spine-chilling encounters straight from the scenes and actions of the biggest names in Horror.

Universal Orlando Incredible Hulk Coaster

Universal Orlando’s Hulk Coaster Is Back with New Experiences

It was an awe-inspiring sight for Universal fans at the re-opening of the smash-hit coaster attraction in the Islands of Adventure area of the Universal Orlando Resort. Led by a team of favorite Marvel super-heroes, including Captain America and Spider-man off course, the excited guests had a great time, riding the newly enhanced coaster at the re-launch party. The grand opening marks the end of a year-long separation of the popular coaster that was under extreme renovations since September 2015. Packed with thrilling new features it is even more incredible now.

Incredible Hulk Coaster Reopens

Incredible Hulk Coaster Reopens

The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is back with a series of new accommodations, featuring newly designed ride vehicles, new tracks, exclusive ride score, original story-line, a fully re-vamped queue and more. Unlike the previous Hulk rides that take guests through large purple tubes, the revamped machine includes seven distinct inversions, taking riders from 0-40 mph in 2 seconds with a top speed of 67 mph. But the signature ‘Roar’ is still an important part of the ride.

The new Entrance has the towering figure himself to welcome visitors. With the colossal Hulk holding up pieces of the original ride tracks it becomes quite an exciting entry for guests. Once entered and inside the completely re-designed queue you become a part of the all new and original story-line. You will notice that the new queue area is in fact a state-of-the-art military research compound, which is under the control of General Ross.

Incredible Hulk Coaster Gama Core

Incredible Hulk Coaster Gama Core

Like in the story – the General is busy conducting his highly questionable experiments and guests are subjected to intense radiations inside the massive Gamma Core. And guess what….the change is happening. The next thing you know is the massive transformation of your body. It seems the perilous Hulk-a-fication process had done the damage once again – this time it’s you in place of the original hero.

Finally, you will board the newly designed, hi-tech ride vehicles and blast away into a roaring adventure journey, endowed with super-human strength. During the ride, you will enjoy a brand new audio experience with an original ride score by none other than Patrick Stump. You charge ahead like a rocket against an amazing stretch of coaster tracks and special-effects. And the ability to fly like a rocket, out and over the Marvel Super Hero Island with the strength and power of the majestic Hulk, together with newly enhanced features and familiar roars is quite an exciting prospect that should not be missed.

Orlando Theme Park Offers

Orlando Theme Parks Desperate to Attract Guests Following a Slow Summer

For the Orlando Theme Parks – summer 2016 is unexpectedly on the quieter side in terms of attendance. Defying convention, the level of visit stands at a surprising low this time. What should have been the busiest season, turns into a lazy and slow summer with the parks struggling to bring back their usual crowd. Not just Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort, it is happening with almost all the central Florida parks during 2016 so far.

May be it’s the high prices on theme park tickets or lack of other special vacation deals and offers that keep the crowd away. May be there are other global factors such as the low percentage of International travel, etc. that could have contributed to this unusual downturn.

However, the slowness is seen as a perfect opportunity for the budget-minded tourist, and guests holding off their Orlando theme park trips due to high prices, and lack of suitable offers. Truly, the parks are more desperate now. They are throwing the best offers, both in terms of prices and special fun and entertainment options to attract the crowd they always wanted to have.

Indeed we have some serious consumer-friendly opportunities to capitalize on before the end of this summer. Lifting the block out dates for annual pass-holders can boost the visit level by huge margins. And Universal Orlando is doing that with immediate effect. The Resort is lifting all summer block out dates for its lowest tier – Power passes. On the other hand, although not announced yet, Disney World pass holders also have all the good chances of getting relieve from their summer-time block out dates as well. Disney had already done this before when it surprises fans by lifting its block out restrictions during the spring break earlier.

Theme parks hate slow season and they will go against all odds to spice up situations. During such period, one can expect some surprising offers unlike the regular holiday deals. The Orlando theme parks have gone even further in this regard – giving away their most unique offerings to survive a lazy summer set-back. From heavy discounted ticket offers and special price cuts on stays – be it at the Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World for that matter, it’s in fact a very tempting time to re-visit the world famous Florida attractions.

Summer Soak Party 2016

Summer Soak Party 2016

Moreover, if the advent of those newest ride attractions and shows aren’t sufficient enough to convince you, then the parks have opened up dozens of special time-bound events to attract guests such as the newly announced 2016 “Summer Soak Party” by SeaWorld Orlando. So it doesn’t matter whether the all new Kong attraction at the Islands of Adventure or the latest Epcot ride inspires you or not. It can be one of those special limited-time events that forms the most attractive reason for your next visit.

The changes to theme park dining experiences with fresh menus and discounted dining packages also plays important role in encouraging more visitors to the parks. The in-park dining deals this summer are quite an attraction for fans, such as the recently launched special deal by Universal Studios on Coca-Cola Freestyle mugs for the annual pass-holders or the recent developments on Disney World’s dining offers, including changes to popular menus, and coming up of new restaurants and more.

My Universal Photos Program

What’s New with My Universal Photos

The Universal Orlando’s photo program (Universal Photo Connect, until July 11, 2016) has always been a tough experience. Visitors opting for the service are often subjected to a difficult time collecting, viewing and sharing photos of their happiest moments at the Universal Orlando Parks. It’s sad that unlike the more advance Disney PhotoPass service, the Universal’s photo program is quite a lacklustre affair for the user.

With such bizarre features, including short expiration times, not so friendly online system, and unexpected pricing models to name a few, there is only one conclusion to this – terminate the Program… and so did the Resort. Thanks to Universal Orlando as it finds its own special version of PhotoPass Memory Maker with the all new My Universal Photos program now.

With My Universal Photos guests can have either of the two different photo capturing services. First, is the 1-day Photo Package that includes one day of unlimited digital downloads of your pictures taken during the park day, and also include a themed lanyard and discounts of other photo products in the parks. This special photo package is exclusively made available for online purchase only, and is offered at $69.99 if booked in advanced.

Universal Photos

universal-photos

The 3-Day Photo package, on the other hand will facilitate you with the best of all the photo capturing features, downloading and discount services for three consecutive days, including a 4×6 print and a 5×7 or 8×10 print photo for free, and additional discounts of photo prints in the parks. The three day Package comes to you at $89.99 if purchased in advance.

The special lanyard on either of the package includes a card that needs to be scanned every time a park-photographer takes a picture. It can be also scanned once you had done with an attraction that has on-ride photo options like the one at the Harry Potter ride or at the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman for that matter. Moreover, when it comes to most memorable photo locations the Resort offers plenty of those. Truly, whether it’s Universal Studios Florida or the Islands of Adventure section of the Resort, photo op locations galore for Universal Orlando fans.

Given its popularity and importance as a record breaking theme park in Orlando, the launch of My Universal Photos is definitely a competitive move on part of Universal. The new photo program is quite similar to that of Disney’s PhotoPass system now. It has scope to reach out for more by adding a better option for the annual pass-holders as well. And I hope like Disney, Universal will be having its own version of expanded Memory Maker option for the pass-holders in the recent future.

rivers of light - disney animal kingdom

Animal Kingdom’s New Rivers of Light Is Still to See Its Day of Light

The nights at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park are getting brighter with premium nighttime events and activities, but the sensational light show – Rivers of Light is yet to see its dawn. We have an ever-increasing number of Animal Kingdom lovers waiting to celebrate this specially -themed nighttime light show by Disney. Given the follow ups since the first announcement, the all new, one of a kind, exclusive nighttime spectacular is supposed to make theme park headlines about its grand opening by now. However, destiny suggests otherwise.

Today fans are more desperate to know the future of this yet to be launched nighttime attraction. Not that the imagineers are not serious about the project (ever since the first announcement is made) or in handling the preparations for its opening for that matter. But who knows the fate is already scripted. At present the launch of this attraction is confined to some unavoidable delays – might be some technical difficulties, or other internal issues, we don’t know what exactly the cause of this indefinite delay. As theme park lover it hurts to face such unfortunate situations in life. Truly, we have a favorite attraction being postponed until further notice, and sadly there is no new launch date announced as of yet.

When it comes to pending projects, Disney is the one with a long list of unfortunate attractions – future plans and expansions that had been announced with great anticipation only to be cancelled and lost later with nothing to be heard about it. They are history now and moreover, it’s seen that the poor attractions are being wiped out/vanished from the pages of the company’s website as well. Which is not the case with Rivers of Light though. Despite being elusive about its opening, it’s very much there, gracing the official Disney website page dedicated to it. Despite the fear, I hope Rivers of Light will come and definitely light up the skies of Animal Kingdom at night soon.

rivers of light - asian tiger

rivers of light – asian tiger

Rivers of Light is the highlight of the new 2016 summer offerings by Disney World Animal Kingdom. The company had revealed that Rivers of Light will be located at the Discovery River in the Asia section of the Park. The new nighttime show is based on an ancient lantern festival headed by two awe-inspiring storytellers. Beside the storytellers, there will be four animal spirits as well – an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, Great Horned Owl and an African Elephant that keeps returning at different stages during the show to guide you on your journey through the Rivers of Light.

Volcano Bay - Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando: Volcano Bay Tickets on Sale Soon

Universal Orlando’s newest water-park offering – the Volcano Bay is yet to make its official debut, but for guests visiting the place next summer it’s time to collect the tickets already. The Resort is all set to bring out the tickets for visitors, traveling on dates starting June 2017. There will be a special 3-park Explorer ticket as well, offering access to Volcano Bay and the two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure).

Often referred to as Universal Orlando’s third theme park, Volcano Bay features a total of 18 exclusive attractions in four themed areas, spread over 28 acres of lush, tropical oasis. Named after the colossal volcano Krakatau, the first of the themed area is home to the towering 200 ft. tall Volcano itself and features first of its kind marquee attraction (detail and specification on this is yet to come). Also to be seen three body slides with surprise drops by the rear of the Volcano. It also houses the world’s only water slide experience that enables fans to travel through a pool filled with guests. The Ko’okiri Body Plunge that offers you an exhilarating 70 degree drop, 125 foot down through the volcano and guest pool.

Volcano Bay - Wave Pool

Volcano Bay – Wave Pool

Located at the base of the Volcano is the next themed area – Wave Village, features a multi-directional wave pool with sand beach namely the Waturi Beach with one or two story cabanas. Besides the leisure pool Reef makes a great view for guests wanted to stay away from the waves but don’t want to miss those crazy actions down the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

Again the serene river portion of the Park is where the third themed area, namely the River Village is located. It features the Kopiko Wai Winding River that passes through the Volcano caves with breath-taking water effects and night-time display of lights. With play area such as Tot Tiki Reef, including tslides and kid-size volcano, this is one area that will attract families most.

Finally, with thrills such as Maku, the area under Rainforest Village is another exciting break for adventure ride lovers at Volcano Bay. Maku is North America’s first ever – saucer ride attraction that has rafting fans go speeding around three saucer – shaped curves. Rainforest Village also offers other rafting alternatives to guests such as the Puihi – the muOhlti-passenger raft ride with zero gravity drop. For the fearless few, TeAwa The Fearless River offers the perfect setting to keep the thrill get going. And once done with the rides and adventures just make your way over to Puka Uli Lagoon for a relaxing break.

Mako ride

The Mako Ride –Thrill Seekers Newest Pride

So you think you fear the shark, you don’t have to do that again. For now it’s time to conquer the underwater monster once and for all. Again, if you are a fan of it and love to admire the sea monster, then there is no better way to do that, other than visiting the SeaWorld Orlando Resort this summer. Thanks to the premier marine Resort, in creating such a unique ride experience right in the heart of the most exclusive section of the Park – I mean the area dedicated to the sharks, namely the Shark Wreck Reef.

shark wreck reef

shark wreck reef

Ride enthusiasts might have come across other bigger hyper-coasters in different parts of the country, but in Orlando Mako is the new hero in town. While it flaunts all the features of a true hyper-coaster, it’s certainly the fastest, tallest and longest attraction of its kind in Orlando till date. We know that the Orlando Parks never stop bringing in the best of thrills. There has never been a dull moment for thrill seekers. But the opportunity to get acquainted with such extremes of a ride in all departments – be it in height, speed and miles of daring tracks, including ample air-time, all in one single shark inspired coaster attraction. With Mako being officially launched now the much needed void of a super hyper-coaster is filled.

As the name suggest, the new SeaWorld Orlando ride is a true incarnation of the apex predator himself. Like the Mako shark the riders on-board the new coaster will conquer the oceans of the SeaWorld, surging through the waters, going up to a never-ending height of 200 ft. and down into the depth with a deadly drop at a killer speed of 73 mph. Truly, when thrill comes in such merciless designs, the result is an insane ride experience.

Almost 3 exhilarating minutes of speed, plenty of air-times, and goose bumps, the new ride is a test of senses. The sight of the huge coaster structure itself is enough to pump up your heartbeats. You may board the ride vehicle with your friends but nothing will prepare you for the most anticipated moments ahead. As it slowly start crawling up and up to a spine-shivering peak you might want to hold those precious breaths before that insane drop leaves you breathless for several minutes even after you and your friends have left the site.

shark conservation info

shark conservation info


During the ride the floating sensation is immensely felt by the riders. If you are a fan of speed and airtime Mako is just the right shot for you. And don’t forget at the helm of all this hair-raising and heart pumping initiative it’s the growing concern about the sharks and their struggling existence today.