Thursday, August 27, 2015

Universal Orlando News Roundup

Universal's Media Relations Team has been working overtime again this year with a whole bunch of announcements the past two weeks. Lets quickly cover them.

The Incredible Hulk Upgrades

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Visitors to Marvel Superhero Island know that the aesthetic hails from the 90s and needs a a refresh. As rumored, Universal has confirmed The Incredible Hulk coaster will go down for refurbishment and upgrade September 8th. More details will be shared soon, but we expect upgrades to control software, queue line and show building replacement, and a change to a modern visual style.

Fast & Furious Supercharged

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August 24th Universal prematurely announced Fast & Furious on their blog, but made it official the next day. Disaster! will close September 8th and Beetlejuice will close later this year for a new attraction based on the Fast & Furious franchise. Earlier this year Universal Studios Hollywood opened a new finally to their tram tour using Fast & Furious characters to mixed reactions. It's not clear what, if any, aspects of the USH finally will transfer over to this new attraction.

Halloween Horror Nights 25

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The dam of Halloween Horror Nights news finally burst August 27th as the complete house, show, and scare zone line up was revealed.

Press Release from Universal Orlando
• The return of the fan-favorite 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 favorite and feared icon Jack the Clown.

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