Get Ready for Jurassic World Redux at Universal

Now that Diagon Alley is firmly ensconced in Universal Orlando, attention is being turned to Jurassic Park ahead of the sequel planned for summer 2015.

According to Behind the Thrills, trailers for the film will be released during football games on Thanksgiving.

The new film picks up several years after the original film. InGen, which was destroyed, has become one of the many holdings of Masrani Global Corporation, which has rebuilt both it and Jurassic Park. There’s also a viral site where visitors can become interns at InGen. Read More…

Orlando’s International Drive Reaches for the Sky

The sky-high attractions along International Drive keep on coming and thrill seekers will be in their glory!

Just announced is the Sky Flyer, a 420-foot swinging thrill ride that will be part of the new Vue at 360, currently Kings Plaza. According to Orlando My Way:

The ride will nearly match the height of the Orlando Eye and will take 24 people up in the air at once for a three- to four-minute experience, which includes a 360-degree view of Orlando. It is scheduled to open in 2016. The ride will top out at 40 mph. Read More…

Harry Potter Celebration Update

More details are being released about the 2015 Harry Potter Celebration, featuring cast members from the films.

The event will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Universal Orlando. Of course, the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida will heighten the excitement. Read More…

Is Universal Dissing J.K. Rowling?

Is it possible that Universal Orlando is biting the creative hand that feeds it?
Among the many “Easter eggs” (hidden tidbits to amuse the fanboy population) in the new Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios Florida is this album cover in the Record Shop window near the Leicester Square tube station, part of the London facade that masks Diagon Alley from mere muggles.

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Busch Gardens’ Falcon’s Fury Now Open

The much-ballyhooed Falcon’s Fury has finally opened at Busch Gardens Tampa. Falcon’s Fury, which is part of the new Pantopia, was originally scheduled to open in May. However, testing revealed problems that led to replacement of many of the cables used in the rise and fall by the manufacturer. Read More…

Encore for Harry Potter Celebration

The Celebration of Harry Potter held last year at Universal Orlando was such a success that it bears repeating.

Universal Orlando has announced that the second Celebration will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2015. Next year, of course, Potter fans will have the benefit of exploring Diagon Alley. Included in general admission will be “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, Q&A sessions with film talent, and visits to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Read More…

The Halloween Horror Continues

Universal Orlando keeps adding to its Halloween Horror Nights line-up.

Face Off and AVP: Alien vs. Predator are the two most recent entries to this year’s festival of fright. And Dracula Untold is the newest house.

Based on the Syfy series, Face-Off is the theme for the first scare zone. The television series features make-up artists competing to create gruesome characters and the scare zone will include 10 that are inspired by the show. They will lurk throughout a farmland area and castle ruins.

AVP: Alien vs. Predator, one of the eight houses, will immerse guests in a battle scene from the well-known film series. They will visit one of Weyland-Yutani’s secret facilities, watch a Predator rip apart its victim, enter a room where lifeless bodies have just given birth to Aliens… well, you get the idea.

Here’s a preview clip:

The newest house, Dracula Untold comes with the caveat: “Your demise could come from bloodthirsty vampires or the attacking Turks as you attempt to survive the terrifying journey that turned the one-time hero into Dracula.”

The terror begins Sept. 19 and runs through Nov. 1. Click here for ticket information and details.




Next at Universal Orlando: King Kong?

King Kong at Universal Orlando

Image from Legendary Entertainment

The announcement of Legendary Entertainment’s movie based on King Kong’s Skull Island birthplace has fueled speculation about a like attraction at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.

In true Universal fashion, mum’s the word although bloggers such as Robert Niles of have been speculating about plans for months. Construction is already underway on the site in question, which runs from Toon Lagoon to the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Read More…

Busch Gardens Sets Plans for Howl-O-Scream

Busch Gardens, Howl-O-Scream

Prepare to get scared at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream. (From Busch Garden)

Not to be outdone by Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Busch Gardens has announced plans for its annual scarefest.

For 18 nights, guests can get scared out of their wits throughout 300 acres of terror-filled fun. The park’s rides, including Falcon’s Fury, can be experienced in the dark; the brave can sit through a live show and rub elbows with roaming creatures along the streets.

The preview will kick off Howl-O-Scream on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will run Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2 to Nov. 1, as well as Sunday, Oct. 19.

Tickets are $35 to $42, depending on date and membership plan.


‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Joins Universal’s Halloween Repertoire

It may be the middle of the summer and everyone is agog over the opening of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, but Universal Orlando is forging ahead on its plans for Halloween Horror Nights 24.

Universal Orlando has announced that “From Dusk Till Dawn” will be a featured house at this year’s annual scare-fest.

Here’s the video with the announcement:

Be warned. There will be snakes “everywhere.”

“From Dusk Till Dawn” is the second attraction scheduled for this year. In June, Universal announced that “The Walking Dead” will return to Halloween Horror Nights for the third time.

Halloween Horror Nights 24 will take place on select nights from Sept. 19 through Nov. 1. Click here for ticket information.