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Encounter The Mighty Legend Himself In Skull Island: Reign Of Kong

We’ve shared with you the incredible story, the revolutionary ride vehicle and the unimaginable creatures that await you in the multidimensional attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal Orlando Resort. And now, we’re going to let you in on a little secret…

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Actually, a three-story tall secret. That’s right – this summer, we will astound you with the most visceral encounter with King Kong ever.

As you near the finale of your heart-pounding expedition, you’ll be so close to the legendary beast that you can feel his breath sweep across your skin and his thunderous roar reverberate through every bone in your body. You’re in his territory now.

 

But is he our friend or our foe? You’ll have to come ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong for yourself to find out.

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Stay tuned for more updates for all the latest Reign of Kong news.


The Incredible Hulk Coaster Enhancements Revealed

The Incredible Hulk Coaster is roaring back to life in late summer with thrilling enhancements that will make one of the world’s best roller coasters even better.

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For the first time ever, we’re revealing details about what guests will experience, including:

  • A totally new ride vehicle that features a sleek, modern design and powerful audio system that blares an exclusive, original ride score by Patrick Stump, front man for internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy
  •  A new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience that places guests inside a perilous scientific experiment led by the nefarious villain, General Thaddeus Ross
  • An immense new attraction entrance featuring The Hulk himself

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Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Unveils All-New Guest Room Design Inspired by a Luxury Island Paradise

Inspired by the adventurous spirit and exotic destinations of the Golden Age of Travel, designers have completed the renovation of guest rooms at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

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The new look captures the tranquil serenity and bold heritage that embodies the spirit of the islands. With its on-site location at Universal Orlando Resort, the hotel offers guests a modern sense of adventure, filled with the magic and excitement of two world-class theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

“Our new rooms are vibrant and luxurious, evoking the romance of traveling to the South Pacific” says Complex Managing Director Barb Bowden. “Combined with an extensive upgrade and renovation to the bathrooms, it is an entirely new room product for our guests to experience.”

 

The guest rooms reflect the magic that exotic destinations in the South Pacific cast over traveler’s hearts at the turn of the 20thcentury, as well as today. The color palette was inspired by the islands, with sandy neutrals punctuated with hints of turquoise and tangerine reminiscent of sand, water and flowers.  Gray and charcoal accents tie back to the lava and harder elements of the islands. Custom furniture pieces make use of leather strapping details, metal corner guards, buckles and rivets, all elements found in vintage luggage, steamer trunks and majestic steamships. A focal point in the new rooms is the accent wall, where a custom graphic creates an art moment showcasing the flora, fauna and native motifs of the South Seas.

Guests staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando receive an exclusive package of theme park benefits at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (theme park admission required) and Early Park Admission.  The 1,000-room hotel is located a short walk, complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus ride away from both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. Guests also enjoy exceptional cuisine in a variety of restaurants and lounges, complimentary Wi-Fi, a weekly luau dinner and show and a lagoon-style swimming pool with private cabanas.


For The First Time Ever The Exorcist Coming To Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights”

For the first time ever, supernatural thriller, The Exorcist, will take possession of “Halloween Horror Nights” in all-new horrifying mazes opening at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort beginning this September.

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The twisted minds behind the nation’s best, most intense Halloween events will bring to life one of the scariest and most nightmare-inducing horror films in history.

At Universal Studios Florida, guests will see, hear, feel – and even smell – every iconic levitating, head-spinning, vomit-wrenching, skin-crawling moment from the film. They’ll be paralyzed with fear as they witness the power of the supernatural, scream uncontrollably as they become part of Regan MacNeil’s possession and run in terror as they try to escape the horrific battle between innocence and evil.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Exorcist” maze will resonate as a real life interpretation of the demonic film, daring “Halloween Horror Nights’” guests to live the nightmare experienced by a tortured Regan and her determined mother.  The maze will recreate some of the film’s most haunting scenes, ushering guests into its unparalleled terror as if their very souls were possessed by the devil.

View the horror for yourself:

 

Revered as one of the scariest movies of all-time, The Exorcist earned its place in history as the first horror film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.  Directed by William Friedkin, the film also established itself as leading influence in pop culture horror, affecting a multitude of subsequent films since its terrifying debut in 1973.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.


Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration Concludes This Weekend With A Performance By Yandel

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration concludes this Saturday, April 16, with a performance by Latin superstar Yandel.

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A Puerto Rican native, Yandel debuted almost twenty years ago as a part of the highly successful reggaetón duo, Wisin & Yandel. His solo career soared in 2013 with his second solo album, De Líder a Leyenda, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and No. 9 on the Top Rap Albums. His most recent album, Dangerous, released in 2015, hit No.1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums.

Prior to the concert, guests can also enjoy mouthwatering Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands in the French Quarter Courtyard and a dazzling parade, featuring 12 vibrant floats – including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world: Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

Leatherface and His Lethal Chain Saw to Invade Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26

Flashes of a familiar facemask blur the line between reality and film.  The roar of a chain saw inside a darkened, deteriorating farmhouse is deafening.  You are being hunted.  Moving past the rotting remains of other victims, you find your escape blocked by an immovable force. A force that has only one purpose – complete and total destruction.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Comes to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

This year, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” – one of the greatest horror films ever made – will come to life as an all-new maze at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26.

You will walk through the iconic Texas farmhouse and experience Leatherface’s kills from the 1974 slasher film. You will desperately try to escape as the violent roar of his chain saw surrounds you.  You will hear the cries – and see what remains – of Leatherface’s other victims. And you will come face-to-face with Leatherface himself.

The film follows a group of friends on a roadtrip to visit a family homestead. When they seek assistance at a house nearby, they become the prey of a cannibalistic family.

 

“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is the first in a horrifying list of mazes to be revealed at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26. Additional details about the event will be revealed soon.

Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16 to October 31. Guests can book a special vacation package that combines the spine-tingling chills of Halloween Horror Nights, with the daytime thrills of Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, and a stay at Universal Orlando Resort’s newest on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. For more information and additional ticket offers, click the image below.


Guests Can Now Meet Hello Kitty Herself At Universal Orlando

Guests can now enter the super cute world of Hello Kitty at the new Hello Kitty Shop Featuring Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Orlando Resort.

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The new retail experience, located inside Universal Studios Florida, features an array of specialty merchandise – including items exclusive to Universal Orlando – and the opportunity to meet Hello Kitty herself.

As soon as guests walk under the shop’s rainbow gateway, they’ll be instantly transported into the colorful world of Hello Kitty. The store is divided into four, unique sections:

  • Hello Kitty Town, where guests can walk through Hello Kitty’s community and find products from some of her famous friends
  • Hello Kitty Sweet Yummy Shop, a section full of Hello Kitty merchandise and sweet treats including Keroppi S’more Fudge, Hello Kitty Chocolate Cupcakes topped with a candy bow and Strawberry Rainbow Fudge
  • Hello Kitty Lounge, an area where guests can pick up their favorite lounging merchandise like fuzzy robes, colorful slippers and an assortment of Hello Kitty plush
  • Hello Kitty at the Movies, showcasing Hello Kitty with a classic movie theatre backdrop

The Unimaginable Creatures Of Skull Island: Reign Of Kong

Massive winged beasts that hunt from the skies. Serpentine predators that burrow through the earth and attack from below. Giant insects that infest the jungles. These are just a few of the deadly creatures you’ll encounter on Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

 

When you embark this summer at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you won’t be alone. Here you’ll come face to face with unimaginable creatures that prowl this mysterious and foreboding world.

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These carnivorous arachnids move throughout the swampy underworld of the island’s dark caverns, foraging for dead or injured creatures. The six-legged scavenger uses its crab-like claws to crush its prey before feasting on the remains.

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The giant, slug-like Carnictis lacks eyes or facial features. But its gaping, oozing mouth—ringed with sharp, jagged teeth—is a distinguishing feature that allows this slow but relentless creature to feed on dead and wounded beings that have succumbed to the wretched, murky chasms of the island.

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One of the largest and most aggressive cave-dwelling inhabitants on the island, the Decarnocimex will attack anything smaller or weaker that dares to cross its path. These vicious insects tear apart their prey with their razor-sharp mandibles and two-bladed forearms.

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These are the largest flying predators on the island, with wingspans up to 10 feet. They live in colonies within the island’s interior caverns and are easily provoked. Spearing victims with lethal talons, they use large carnivorous fangs to penetrate anything—or anyone—caught in their jaws of death.

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The V. Rex is the largest, most intimidating dinosaur that roams the island’s dense jungles. Despite its large, bulky head and tough leathery skin, it’s an agile predator, changing direction at high speeds and ripping into its prey with razor-sharp teeth.

Are you ready to face them all?


Universal Orlando Debuts Revolutionary Ride Vehicle for “Skull Island: Reign of Kong”

Your mission is to explore a treacherous island teeming with creatures of unknown origin. You will face ominous terrain, impenetrable jungles – and surprises beyond your imagination. A traditional off-road vehicle will not do. Your expedition will require something more…colossal.

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This summer, Universal Orlando Resort will bring the thrilling next generation of the King Kong legend to life in Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Everything about the new attraction will be massive. And Universal Orlando needed an entirely new – and revolutionary – way to transport guests into the middle of the adventure.

Guests will board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will do what no other Universal ride vehicle can do and take them where no other vehicle can go.

The 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough, jungle road through unpredictable terrain. The front and back axles that support the vehicle’s 45-inch wheels can be steered individually, allowing the vehicle to take sharp turns and pull off complicated maneuvers. It will be one of the most immersive and realistic ride experiences on Earth – all within one of the most immersive and realistic theme park experiences ever created.

As guests board their expedition vehicle, they will meet one of the five guides who will be their driver – each with a distinct personality.

  • Becky Callahan: The loose-cannon cowgirl who isn’t fazed by the dangers awaiting her on Skull Island.
  • Will Denham: The fresh-faced, adventure-seeking younger cousin of famed movie director Carl Denham.
  • Jinks Costanza: A hardened New York City ex-con who is wary of the island’s mysteries.
  • Kalana: A mystical descendant of the natives who first settled on the island.
  • Charles “Doc” Jordan: A PhD student in paleontology who took time off from his studies to explore the world.

Check out this video to get a taste of what’s in store for guests of Skull Island: Reign of Kong!


New Restaurant Brings Incredible Chocolate, Deliciously Expansive Menu and Stunning Atmosphere to Universal CityWalk

The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal CityWalk may be the most spectacularly delicious example yet of what happens when the Universal Creative team that designs theme park attractions comes together with the culinary team that creates blockbuster food and beverage experiences.

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Set to open later this year, The Toothsome Chocolate Factory will be a full-service restaurant that brings together a specially created and expansive menu plus an incredible array of gourmet-level chocolates and desserts – all in a highly themed, unique environment that can only be found at Universal CityWalk.

The restaurant will be located near the entrance to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, and visible around the entire CityWalk lagoon.  Welcome to the 19th century inspired, Steampunk-era chocolate factory, complete with towering smokestacks, tanks and antique piping.  Inside, a mix of brass, dark wood and gadgetry – along with staff who will look and act the part – will complete the Steampunk feel.

This unique experience will be punctuated by the food that will completely enrapture you.  The menu features a wide variety of unexpected, yet familiar dishes – from all-day-brunch crepes and quiches to unique takes on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, scrumptious salads and so much more. The number of options will leave you speechless. And the desserts and specialty items will be beyond the imagination.

The artisan milkshake collection will include shakes with names such as Chocolate x5 – mixed with chocolate spirals, chocolate chunks, chocolate ice cream and more – along with Bacon Brittle, Espresso Buzzzz, Red Velvet and Key Lime Pie.

The sundaes include S’mores – with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow cream, graham crackers and more – Salted Caramel Flan, Chocolate Brownie Bark – and more.

Guests will also be able to watch chocolate creations being prepared – and purchase them from the restaurant’s retail shop to take home and enjoy.

The new restaurant will be the latest in a progression of incredibly popular dining concepts that have opened at Universal CityWalk over the past couple years – nine new concepts in two years, to be exact.


The Fray And Adam Lambert Perform This Weekend At Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras Celebration

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras continues this weekend with two electrifying musical acts: The Fray on Saturday, March 12, and Adam Lambert on Sunday, March 13.

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Since forming in 2002, The Fray has earned four GRAMMY nominations and sold more than 4 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide. The band is best known for their hit singles “You Found Me,” “How to Save a Life” and “Over My Head (Cable Car).” In 2012, The Fray released their third album, Scars & Stories, that charted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200.

 Adam Lambert’s vocal career began in 2009 with the release of his debut album, For Your Entertainment, which included the GRAMMY-nominated single, “Whataya Want from Me.” In 2015, he released his third album, The Original High, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200. Alongside his solo career, Lambert has collaborated with rock band Queen as lead vocalist since 2011, culminating in a successful world-wide tour from 2014 to 2016.

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration continues on select nights through April 16.  Along with live concerts by some of today’s hottest artists, guests can also enjoy mouthwatering Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands in the French Quarter Courtyard and a dazzling parade, featuring 12 vibrant floats – including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world: Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

Check out the other amazing concerts for Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras!

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Mardi Gras is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida.


5 Reasons To Party With Us During Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration has only just begun. There are still plenty of nights for you to join us for this incredible party now through April 16.

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From delicious Cajun food to catching handfuls of beads during the colorful parade, Show Director Jason Horne has the top five reasons why you should come to Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras.

 

All of the Mardi Gras festivities from the parade to the live concerts are included with your Universal Studios Florida admission. So grab your tickets and join the party!


Universal Orlando Reveals Details of Next Blockbuster Attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Soon, you will be transported to an island shrouded in mystery and legend.  It is a lost world where adventure – and the unimaginable – will challenge you in unforgettable ways.

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When it opens this summer at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong will bring the next generation of the King Kong legend to life.  You will be thrust into an exotic world filled with the menacing, the intense – and the wildly entertaining.  A powerful storyline, a stunning 3D experience, innovative technology – and the unexpected – will pull you into one of Universal Orlando’s most massive adventures yet.  This is a multi-dimensional experience filled with surprise – all wrapped into what will be one of the longest Universal ride experiences ever created.

More first-ever details will be released soon.  But today, Universal Orlando unveils details about the incredible journey guests will experience.

The adventure begins as you set out to explore an island rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin –and the legend of a beast still undiscovered.  You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure.

Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine – and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.    

You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island.  Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting.  And then – you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend.  The temple’s massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves.

Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader – and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity.  Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence – bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine.  It is Kong.  But is he friend or foe?

More details about “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” will be revealed soon.


Rock Out with Fall Out Boy This Weekend at Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration

GRAMMY-nominated alternative rock band Fall Out Boy is set to perform this Saturday, February 27, at Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration.

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Since the release of their multi-platinum breakthrough album From Under The Cork Tree in 2005, Fall Out Boy has continued to be one of rock music’s biggest-selling bands. The band is best-known for its hit singles “Irresistible,” “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance.” The group’s sixth studio album, AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 while the album’s first two singles “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman” have been certified 4x and 2x platinum, respectively.

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration continues on select nights through April 16.  Along with live concerts by some of today’s hottest artists, guests can also enjoy mouthwatering Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands in the French Quarter Courtyard and a dazzling parade, featuring 12 vibrant floats – including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world: Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

Nate Ruess to Perform This Weekend At Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration continues this Saturday, February 20, as singer-songwriter Nate Ruess takes the stage.

Ruess is the lead singer of the indie pop band FUN. and The Format. FUN.’s 2012 album Some Nights sold more than one million copies, earned the band two GRAMMY awards and led to three hit singles, including the chart-topping “We Are Young.” In 2015, Ruess released his debut solo album Grand Romantic, which included the hit singles “Nothing Without Love” and “Grand Romantic.”

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration continues on select nights through April 16.  Along with live concerts by some of today’s hottest artists, guests can also enjoy mouthwatering Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands in the French Quarter Courtyard and a dazzling parade, featuring 12 vibrant floats – including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world: Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

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