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Universal Orlando
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----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (11/12/19) Universal Orlando Sets Opening Date For Endless Summer Dockside Resort (MORE...)
    (11/6/19) Universal Orlando Posts Halloween Horror Nights 30 Schedule For 2020 (MORE...)
    (10/19/19) Lawsuit Against Universal Orlando Explains Weight Change on Volcano's Bay's Punga Racers (MORE...)
    (10/17/19) Early Epic Character Race Registration and Blue Man Group Discounts (MORE...)


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icon_STOPGeneral Resort News - (11/6/19) Halloween Horror Nights 29 may be over and one for the books, but would you believe that Universal Orlando has already announced the dates for the epic Halloween Horror Nights 30?! That’s right… you’ve been warned and have no reason to miss this epic celebration taking place on select from September 10, 2020 through to October 31st, 2020.
 
    (10/19/19) You may have seen it mentioned here or elsewhere, but over the summer Universal Orlando made another head-scratching change to one of the attractions at Volcanao Bay. Similar to the previous policy change on the Kala and Tai Nui drop pod slides which started out with a 300 pound limit and suddenly dropped down to 200lbs before coming back to up to 275lbs, a new weight limit restriction was placed on the Punga Racers mat racer slide over the summer.
   Previously I don’t believe the slide had a weight limit restriction at all, but suddenly riders who have enjoyed the slide since it opened in 2017 were suddenly banned from riding along with anyone over 150 pounds, effectically making this attraction one for tweens, small kids and only the slimmest of adults.
    Unfortunately, we now know the reason for this sudden change, as a 47-year old / 215 pound tourist visiting from New York who rode it with his daughters on July 11th, 2019 and was described as slamming head-first into “a wall of water” in the shallow splashdown end of the slide, snapping his head back which left him motionless and his entire body numb. According to the lawsuit now filed, he suffered from “severe spinal cord compression” that left him almost paralyzed, and he had to undergo surgery while still in Orlando to remove part of his vertebrae and get a partial spinal fusion between his C3 and C7 vertebrae.
    Compared to other mat racer style slides, I do have to admit that the Punga Racers does stand out as being different from most as the splashdown run at the bottom is shorter than most. Once the lawsuit is settled, I would not be surprised if the slide is modified to increase the length of the run here in order to allow normal sized adults to ride again.
 
    (10/17/19) Universal Orlando reports that “Early Registration” is now available for the resort’s inaugural Epic Character Race 5K and 10K that will take place over Feb. 1-2, 2020 weekend. For all the details on how you can join, click here.
    It is also worth mentioning that Universal Orlando is offering Florida residents special ticket prices to see Blue Man Group shows between Oct. 21st and Jan. 1, 2020. Adult tickets are just $54 and children’s tickets are $29.Click here to find out all the official info.
 
    (9/13/19) Universal Orlando has announced that they will host their first ever “Running Universal” event on February 1st and 2nd, 2020. The event is being called the “Running Universal Epic Character Race 5K and10K” and will allow the racers to run through courses that will travel through the Universal Orlando theme parks surrounded by some of their favorite characters. Registration will begin in October, but you can call up the official details on their website now.

 

2019/2020 - Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - (11/12/19) Universal Orlando has announced that the first guests will be able to check into the new Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites starting on March 17, 2020. By the end of 2020 when the entire resort is complete, the Dockside Inn and Suites will add an additional 2050-rooms to the Universal Orlando Resort.
“With rates starting at just $85 per night, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort combines the quality guests have come to expect from a Universal Orlando hotel with an extra-affordable price point – creating an experience that is unmatched in the Orlando area. Plus, hotel guests receive exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission, complimentary transportation to and from the theme parks and more, creating a complete and seamless vacation experience. Dockside Inn and Suites will become the destination’s eighth property in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co, offering Universal Orlando guests a hotel choice for every style and budget.”
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    (7/4/19) If you follow along with Screamscape on social media, you should have seen various videos of our preview visit to Universal Orlando’s Endless Summer Resort a couple of weeks before it opened to the public posted to our Facebook page and on our IGTV. I’ve reassembled that video footage along with a bunch of photos I took on site into an all new video tour of Universal’s new resort that has room packages priced so low you just can’t go wrong staying there. Given the quality that the Loews Hotels are known for, and the low-price point they are asking for their first value level resort, it would just be crazy to stay anywhere else along I-Drive.
    I kind of think that Universal and Loews are making a point here as well, as the majority of existing resorts on International Drive are old resorts from the 70’s and 80’s who typically haven’t invested much into upgrading their properties over the years. It is safe to say that the opening of the 750+ room Endless Summer Surfside Resort is like a warning shot to the rest of I-Drive, with Phase 1 of the massive Dockside Resort (over 2000 rooms) across the street set to open in March 2020 followed by the rest Dockside by Fall 2020. The message? Time to up your game or prepare to surrender.

 
    (3/22/19) Universal Orlando has confirmed that Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites will officially open on June 27th, 2019. The second phase, Endless Summer - Dockside Inn & Suites were also announced to open in May 2020. You can check out the brief preview video of the resort below.

 

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    (1/11/19) While Universal hasn’t even opened the “Surfside Inn” side of their new Endless Summer Resort, Universal did just send out an email to their mailing lists that included details about how to be on the first guests to stay at the Dockside Inn and Suites side (phase 2) ‘before anyone else’. According to the website, available dates for the Dockside Inn will start May 1, 2020.
 
    (11/13/18) Universal Orlando has released the first images showing off how the guest rooms inside the Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites will look when the new resort opens in Summer 2019.
    “From the vibrant color scheme to warm wood tones, guests will step into the free-spirited lifestyle of surf culture at Universal Orlando’s first-ever Value category hotel. Surfside Inn and Suites will include 750 guest rooms and 2 Bedroom Suites all boasting bright and beachy design elements. The 2 Bedroom Suites sleep up to six and include three queen-sized beds, a separate bedroom and a kitchenette area, making them the perfect home base for Orlando family vacations. With rates starting at less than $100 per night, Surfside Inn and Suites will introduce extra affordability to guests’ Universal Orlando vacations without sacrificing exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission and resort-wide transportation.”
   
    (4/6/18) Universal Orlando has officially announced the names and timelines for the new resort properties to be built on the site of the former Wet 'n Wild waterpark. The overall site for both resorts will carry a single theme and be called "Universal's Endless Summer Resort". Like all the other Universal Orlando Resorts, this will be another partnership with Loews Hotels, with the resorts broken into two sides... the Surfside Inn and Suites, which will open first in Summer 2019 to be followed by the Dockside Inn and Suites in 2020.
    The resorts will offer "a relaxed and easy vibe", featuring plenty of surf and beach style themeing. Best of all, these two resorts will launch an all-new "Value" level hotel for Universal Orlando, with rooms starting as low as $73 a night. About half the rooms on the property will be 2 Bedroom Suites, which will start at $111 a night. Like the other Universal Orlando Resorts, free shuttle transportation to Universal Orlando is included as well as Early Park Admission perks.

    (11/9/17) Universal Orlando has confirmed their plans to add two more hotels to their resort line-up… this time just outside the existing resort on the former site of the Wet ‘n Wild waterpark at the intersection of International Drive and Universal Blvd. The good news is that these hotels, while slightly off-site, will be high-value options for families looking to visit Orlando with room-rates starting at less than $100 per night.
   Between the two hotels, there will be a combined 2,800 new rooms (including 1,450 2-bedroom suites) along with complimentary transportation from the resort to the Universal Orlando theme parks and Citywalk. One hotel will offer 2,050 rooms while the other will just be 750 rooms, and between the two there will be three pools, two food courts, coffee bars, fitness rooms and more when they begin to open in Summer 2019.
   “Brought to life by the same Universal Creative team behind the incredibly-themed Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, these all-new options will be destinations unto themselves. Guests will enjoy the sun, surf and sand with a laid-back coastal feel. Towering exterior murals with vibrant and natural colors will set a free-spirited and beachy tone, inviting guests to hang loose throughout their stay.”

 

Future Expansion Site / 3rd Theme Park - (8/3/19) Universal’s EPIC UNIVERSE was announced as the name of their next theme park coming to Orlando. All information and history about the rumors and development of this project have now been moved to an official EPIC UNIVERSE page for future reporting. Head on over and check out our complete breakdown about what was announced and what we think we know about this new park based on all concept artwork compared to the various rumors. (CLICK  HERE FOR ALL THE NEWS ON EPIC UNIVERSE)

 

 

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Universal Orlando
Orlando, Florida

Abbreviation: UO
Opened: 1990
www.universalorlando.com

Tickets: as of 4/18/19
Prices range depending on if you visit in Value season, Regular or a Peak Day
1-Day/1-Park: $115-$135
Discounts available for Multi-Day and Online Advanced Purchases.
Parking: $25.00


Open: Year Round

Note: The Universal Orlando resort consists of two theme parks, one waterpark, four hotels and the Citywalk retail and entertainment zone.

Fun Fact: It was named Universal Studios Escape for one year.



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