It’s time for the Frog Family’s weekly roundup of Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs.
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This week’s highlights:
With less than a month away from the first Halloween Horror Nights of the season, Universal Orlando revealed its final haunted house for this year’s terrifying event. Resident Evil joins the likes of Cabin in the Woods, La Llorona and Evil Dead. There’s a reason this event is consistently named Best Halloween Event by Amusement Today, and we’re very excited to be able to offer discounted tickets for the event this year. We recommend the Universal 2-Day Park to Park with Halloween Horror Nights® Combo Ticket, so you can spend a couple of days hop-hop-hopping between the parks and then hitting up Halloween Horror Nights.
In case you’re wondering, construction for the Walking Dead “street experiences” has begun. Iconic set pieces from all three seasons of the show will be on display on the streets of Universal — along with plenty of walkers to unnerve and terrorize you.
Among the many reasons we like September (as outlined in our monthly lookahead on the best days to visit the parks) is that it ushers in all of the Halloween hoopla, and the Disney Parks Blog just revealed that a new “villainy” version of Celebrate the Magic is set to begin Sunday. Sea witch Ursula, Maleficient and other villains will figure prominently in the nightly castle projection show.
- Of course with all of the Halloween hoopla comes Halloween merchandise. And there is a new crop of Walt Disney World Resort holiday gifts and souvenirs, like a Mickey-faced pumpkin antenna topper or an ornament set inspired by the graveyard scene in the Haunted Mansion.
If you’re at Disney World this Labor Day Weekend, you should definitely stop by Raglan Road for the Great Irish Hooley! The celebration, which starts today, includes authentic Irish eats, drinks and dancing for the whole family.
The Orlando Sentinel’s Dwayne Bevil ranked Orlando’s top attractions for 2013 based on factors like fun, ingenuity and uniqueness. Did your favorite attraction make his list?
For those of you who are still wondering about Disney Infinity and whether it’s worth the $74.99 price tag, most of the reviews have been positive. Those of you who have already bought it, what do you think?
- You’ve got just a few more days left to enter our Undercover Tourist of the Month contest for August. Tell us what you think about the Orlando theme parks, and you could win a $250 credit!
- On account of our earlier update this week on Princess Fairytale Hall and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom, Undercover Tourist customer Mike Pagano sent us this photo of the coming roller coaster that he took on Sunday. Looks like construction is progressing nicely!
That’s all for this week. Until next week, happy planning!