Countdown to Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream Tampa, and Disney Updates: Your weekly theme-park recap (July 26 – August 1, 2021)


Here’s the Orlando theme park news you need to know for the week of July 26.

1. 33 days from 30

We are just about a month out from Halloween Horror Nights 30, and decorations are going up all around Universal Studios Florida. This week saw further development in the New York section of the park, with scaffolding and signage put up. Although there weren’t any house announcements this week, all signs seem to point to HHN 30 living up to the hype. Beetlejuice, Haunting of Hill House, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives have already been announced for this year’s record-breaking 42-night run.

Don’t want to miss out? We don’t blame you! Check out the details here.

2. The Bride of Frankenstein Lives…again…. at Five and Dime

If you’re thinking, this is old news, look closer. Just two weeks after Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives was announced, a second commemorative shirt was put out at the Five and Dime. You can purchase this shirt now and add to your Halloween Horror Nights collection – the original Bride of Frankenstein shirt, along with those released for Jack the Clown and Beetlejuice, are all available at the Five and Dime.

3. Trouble on the Bayou

Howl-O-Scream Tampa announced two houses this week. For Howl-O-Scream 2021, Tampa Bay has promised a total of five houses, with three of them being all-new mazes. Death Water Bayou: Blood Moon is a returning house, in which werewolves are on the prowl for their next kill. Cell Block: Zombies is an all-new house with an interesting concept. Guests will wander through Purgatory Penitentiary, where your sentence only starts in the afterlife.

Will you make it out? Join in on the haunts this fall starting September 10.

Disney Fab 50 character sculptures
Disney Fab 50 character sculptures

4. Fab 50

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, Walt Disney World is releasing 50 new character statues throughout the parks. The identities of those characters are being revealed more and more! The original party of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip and Dale will officially be joined by Dante (Coco), Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King), Winnie the Pooh and Piglet (The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh), Edna Mode (The Incredibles), Joe Gardner (Soul) and Figment (the EPCOT mascot). The golden statues will be distributed throughout all four parks for guests to enjoy, starting October 1.

Read the details here.

5. Ears, Wands, and Masks

Following CDC recommendations, Walt Disney World is now requiring guests to wear masks at all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. The safety guidelines at Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando have been updated to reflect that they now encourage all guests to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

That’s it for this week’s news! See you at the parks.


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About Aryn Bordelon

Aryn Bordelon grew up eating rice and kimchi in the Panhandle and was indoctrinated with a love of Florida theme parks from a young age. A long-time follower of OI, she has spent years attending the parks in a variety of ways, from repeatedly attending Halloween Horror Nights to racing (and placing) at Universal Running events alongside her husband, Ian.