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Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Three months ago, we reported that Academy of Villains, a theatrical dance company known for its stunt work and “intense” choreography, was in talks to make its second appearance at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Today, we’re happy to make that report official. Universal has just announced that the dance troupe will be a part […]

Zones REVEALED for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

After a dearth of information for what has felt like forever, Universal has finally cast open the floodgates and allowed a veritable torrent of Halloween Horror Nights 2017 revelations to come pouring out – just this week alone, we’ve already gotten the next haunted house (that’s Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, but of course) and […]

A THIRD new theme park land is revealed for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Last month, Disney unveiled a brand-new bar for its continually-under-construction Hollywood Studios: BaseLine Tap House, a “cheerful corner pub specializing in beer and wines from California.” What was so intriguing about the announcement, beyond the continued revitalization of the former movie-studio theme park, was the reference of yet another brand-new land that BaseLine was going […]

In-depth analysis: Last year for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure

Today, Universal announced the unthinkable: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, what has been called the cornerstone of Halloween Horror Nights over the course of its 26-year run, will be canceled following the 2017 season. The magnitude of this development cannot be overstated. Bill and Ted are the only characters to return year after year, […]

Is Indiana Jones Land coming to Animal Kingdom?

Over the past few months, a particular rumor has started to gain traction all across the themed online community, with it seemingly coming to a boil just over the past two weeks. It initially caught our eye, and we’ve been doing our best to monitor it behind the scenes, checking with our sources along the […]

Saw returning to Halloween Horror Nights

In continuing with Universal’s efforts to recruit some of the biggest – and most influential – names in horror, the company has today announced that Saw will be making a return appearance at Halloween Horror Nights this year. The Saw series is one that probably needs no preamble, but in our continued interest of being […]

This new haunt might be Orlando’s most intriguing this Halloween

Blackwood State Park. April 1986. Legends about the so-called Beast of Blackwood – which may or may not be the result of a government-funded experiment – have circulated for some time, prompting five local youths to go “investigate” in what is really a glorified camping trip. They, of course, disappear, and now it’s your turn […]

Star Wars hyper-reality experience coming to Disney

There has been a recent trend in the themed industry to have theme parks couple the real-world experiences they offer with virtual-reality components – think Kraken Unleashed, SeaWorld’s new VR upgrade to its 17-year-old floorless roller coaster, or Universal’s new slew of patents, which includes a virtual window that can wrap around a building or […]

Halloween Horror Nights 2017’s countdown clock reached zero and…

On June 30, after having made just two Halloween Horror Nights announcements (that would be for the first two houses, American Horror Story and The Shining, of course), Universal offered up a rather cryptic video and message: surrender your soul. What, exactly, guests would be sacrificing their spirits for wasn’t known, but the company did […]

9 breathtaking morning photos of Universal’s Volcano Bay

Last month, we had the opportunity to photograph Universal’s Volcano Bay before it opened for the day as part of Universal’s #UOInstaMeet. InstaMeets at Universal Orlando are always a blast. In the past, they’ve allowed us to give you a look at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure after they close for the night […]

Volcano Bay removes almost 30 food choices

Universal’s Volcano Bay has removed roughly 28 menu items from the restaurants across the park, Orlando Informer has learned. Four new items have been introduced to replace the removed items. When it opened in May, Volcano Bay featured far superior food offerings when compared to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. This change begins […]

Ash vs Evil Dead coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal just announced that horror icon Ash Williams will be coming to Halloween Horror Nights for the very first time in a haunted house based on the Ash vs Evil Dead television series. The Evil Dead franchise is a long and beloved one, having started as a trilogy of cult films throughout the 1980s and on […]

4 exciting expansions coming to Orlando theme parks

New attractions (such as next year’s Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida) are exciting, and new theme park lands (like Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) are downright intoxicating, but, for our money, one of the most mesmerizing parts of the Orlando theme parks’ ever-expanding dominance is, well, […]

Will this be the most luxurious hotel at Disney World?

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that paperwork has been filed to build a brand-new hotel at Walt Disney World Resort, near Epcot (on the corner of Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4, to be exact), with the name of JW Marriott at Bonnet Creek. The news is notable not only for the fact that the […]

Dragon Challenge closing for a new Harry Potter ride

Confirming at long last what everyone has suspected for the past two-and-a-half years, Universal has today announced that Dragon Challenge will be closing down on Tuesday, September 5 in order to make room for a brand-new Harry Potter attraction. Although Universal didn’t offer much in the way of specifics for the replacement ride, it did […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Last weekend, Disney blew the socks off the theming world when it made a huge bevy of announcements at its biennial D23 Expo, ranging from Tron Lightcycle Power Run’s arrival at Magic Kingdom to a Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot. But the biggest one, in terms of its game-changing potential, has to be […]

15 new additions to Disney World by 2021

In 2012, Comcast – which had just finished purchasing NBCUniversal the year before – made what is a now-legendary announcement: it was going to spend $500 million a year on both of its American theme park locations, opening up at least one new attraction, restaurant, and/or hotel each and every year. Although we have yet […]

Toy Story Land arriving in summer 2018 at Hollywood Studios

Yes, we might have known all about Toy Story Land’s three attractions, its placement on the Hollywood Studios map, and a general timeframe for its opening (2018), but that still left quite a bit in the dark. What would the area’s various dining and character meet-‘n-greet experiences be like? What would happen to the next-door […]

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Zones REVEALED for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

After a dearth of information for what has felt like forever, Universal has finally cast open the floodgates and allowed a veritable torrent of Halloween Horror Nights 2017 revelations to come pouring out – just this week alone, we’ve already gotten the next haunted house (that’s Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, but of course) and […]

In-depth analysis: Last year for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure

Today, Universal announced the unthinkable: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, what has been called the cornerstone of Halloween Horror Nights over the course of its 26-year run, will be canceled following the 2017 season. The magnitude of this development cannot be overstated. Bill and Ted are the only characters to return year after year, […]

Is Indiana Jones Land coming to Animal Kingdom?

Over the past few months, a particular rumor has started to gain traction all across the themed online community, with it seemingly coming to a boil just over the past two weeks. It initially caught our eye, and we’ve been doing our best to monitor it behind the scenes, checking with our sources along the […]

Star Wars hyper-reality experience coming to Disney

There has been a recent trend in the themed industry to have theme parks couple the real-world experiences they offer with virtual-reality components – think Kraken Unleashed, SeaWorld’s new VR upgrade to its 17-year-old floorless roller coaster, or Universal’s new slew of patents, which includes a virtual window that can wrap around a building or […]

Ash vs Evil Dead coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal just announced that horror icon Ash Williams will be coming to Halloween Horror Nights for the very first time in a haunted house based on the Ash vs Evil Dead television series. The Evil Dead franchise is a long and beloved one, having started as a trilogy of cult films throughout the 1980s and on […]

4 exciting expansions coming to Orlando theme parks

New attractions (such as next year’s Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida) are exciting, and new theme park lands (like Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) are downright intoxicating, but, for our money, one of the most mesmerizing parts of the Orlando theme parks’ ever-expanding dominance is, well, […]

Dragon Challenge closing for a new Harry Potter ride

Confirming at long last what everyone has suspected for the past two-and-a-half years, Universal has today announced that Dragon Challenge will be closing down on Tuesday, September 5 in order to make room for a brand-new Harry Potter attraction. Although Universal didn’t offer much in the way of specifics for the replacement ride, it did […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Last weekend, Disney blew the socks off the theming world when it made a huge bevy of announcements at its biennial D23 Expo, ranging from Tron Lightcycle Power Run’s arrival at Magic Kingdom to a Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot. But the biggest one, in terms of its game-changing potential, has to be […]

15 new additions to Disney World by 2021

In 2012, Comcast – which had just finished purchasing NBCUniversal the year before – made what is a now-legendary announcement: it was going to spend $500 million a year on both of its American theme park locations, opening up at least one new attraction, restaurant, and/or hotel each and every year. Although we have yet […]