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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:09 pm
by harper83087
Hey all, I did a search on the interwebs and on this thread and couldn't find my answer so i'll go ahead and ask. I'm heading to USO and IOA in may and looking at tickets. I'm going with a friend who lives in FL. Would she be able to buy me a ticket at the resident price or will they check my ID at the gate? I'm fine paying full price if have to but I'd like to save some money as i'm sure everybody does :).

Thanks in Advance

Harper

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:15 pm
by robbalvey
harper83087 wrote:I'm going with a friend who lives in FL. Would she be able to buy me a ticket at the resident price or will they check my ID at the gate?

Florida resident rates are for Florida residents. You can take your chances and hope they don't ask for your ID, but in many cases they will. And if they do, and you aren't from Florida, you will have to go to Guest Relations and upgrade your ticket. This can be time consuming especially when just getting to the park.

So really it's up to you how much the difference is and how much frustration you may or may not want to have to put with if they check your ID and there is a long line at GR in the morning.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:28 pm
by harper83087
robbalvey wrote:
harper83087 wrote:I'm going with a friend who lives in FL. Would she be able to buy me a ticket at the resident price or will they check my ID at the gate?

Florida resident rates are for Florida residents. You can take your chances and hope they don't ask for your ID, but in many cases they will. And if they do, and you aren't from Florida, you will have to go to Guest Relations and upgrade your ticket. This can be time consuming especially when just getting to the park.

So really it's up to you how much the difference is and how much frustration you may or may not want to have to put with if they check your ID and there is a long line at GR in the morning.



That's what i figured, just wanted to verify before buying. Thanks Robb!

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:23 pm
by jedimaster1227
The Universal Orlando Resort has shared a new look at their first ever rooftop bar and grill debuting at Universal's Aventura Hotel!

Last time I gave you a peek into some of the exterior design details of Universal’s Aventura Hotel. But now I’m going to take you all the way to the top (17 floors up to be exact) to give you a sneak peek at the rooftop bar and grill, Bar 17 Bistro.

While designing Aventura, we very quickly realized how special the rooftop bar and grill would be. So I want to share some insider secrets to get you even more excited about sipping on cocktails while taking in views of our incredible theme parks!

Bar 17 Bistro will open in the evenings, so guests can soak in our beautiful Florida sunsets. When the bar is open, there will be a dedicated elevator in the lobby to take you directly to the rooftop. Since Bar 17 Bistro will be open to all Universal Orlando guests (not just those staying at Aventura) and locals, we wanted to make it easy and convenient to get there.

The same contemporary design and style used throughout the hotel will carry into the design of the rooftop venue. When you step off of the elevator and into Bar 17 Bistro, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived at the city’s newest hotspot with sky-high views of Orlando like you’ve never seen before.

Bar 17 Bistro will offer breathtaking views of all that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer. You’ll see all three theme parks, our other resort hotels, and even the downtown Orlando skyline. My personal favorite view is the one of Universal’s Volcano Bay, especially at night. Seeing the blue lava erupting out of Krakatau is stunning!

The sunset views from Bar17 Bistro are especially gorgeous. I already have my favorite photo locations picked out. (Have to get the perfect shot for Instagram!)

Let’s not forget about what truly matters though – the food and drinks. Bar 17 Bistro will offer an assortment of small plates that range from unique options like Bao Bun dishes inspired by global destinations, to classic favorites like nachos, sliders, and salads.

And you’ll definitely be excited for the cocktails that are designed to pair with the international flavors on the menu. We partnered with an expert mixologist and bar consultant who also helped create our drink menu at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort’s Strong Water Tavern – so you know these drinks will be amazing!

Universal’s Aventura Hotel will open August 2018, but I suggest booking your stay now because the rooms will fill up fast. Plus, if you reserve your room before June 15th, you’ll receive a free $50 hotel dining credit on a stay of four to six nights. Or if you want to enjoy more food and drinks at Bar 17 Bistro, book a seven-night stay and receive a free $100 dining credit.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:27 pm
by jedimaster1227
https://blog.universalorlando.com/visiting-us/dates-and-ticket-offer-hhn2018/

Get ready to scream! Starting today, you’re able to purchase a limited-time ticket offer and vacation package for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, which runs select nights from Sept. 14 through Nov. 3. Some of the most terrifying names in horror – both from the past and present – will come to life to haunt you in nine brand-new mazes based on hit TV-shows and haunting original stories. You’ll also encounter nightmarish creatures as you walk through five sinister scare zones. And if you need to escape the frightening chills, you can enjoy rides and attractions throughout the night in Universal Studios Florida.

For a limited time, you can take advantage of the Halloween Horror Nights flex ticket offer, which gives you a second night (Sunday – Friday) of scares when you purchase before June 6.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Flex Ticket Offer
  • Entitles one (1) guest admission to two (2) 2018 Halloween Horror Nights event nights on any Sunday – Friday event date that is valid for ticket type. Available for online purchase only
However, that’s not all you can take advantage of today. Make a vacation out of your Halloween Horror Nights visit by booking a vacation package that allows you to stay in the heart of the horror with a 4-night hotel stay. This package also includes the limited time Flex Ticket offer and more.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Hotel and Ticket Package
Book by Nov. 2 for travel from Sept. 14 – Nov. 3

  • 4-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Or you can also stay at one of our other on-site hotels, including Universal’s Aventura Hotel opening in August
  • 3-Park, 4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • 1-night admission ticket to Halloween Horror Nights, plus get 1 extra night free of your choosing (Sunday – Friday). Offer valid on packages booked by 6/6/18
  • Early Park Admission one hour before the theme parks open to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event night until 8 p.m.
And if that doesn’t get you excited about Halloween Horror Nights, this might — you can now add a RIP tour or an Unmasking the Horror tour to your package for an additional cost. I know, insane.


Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:22 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ Well alright, Happy Easter to that! :b :br

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:03 am
by jedimaster1227
Universal Orlando has sent us a press release announcing that Stranger Things is coming to Halloween Horror Nights this year for Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore's event!

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For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

The parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down, that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.

Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore will be authentic representations of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Halloween Horror Nights begins Friday, September 14 in Hollywood and Orlando and on Friday, September 28 in Singapore. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. Select tickets and vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Singapore, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:24 am
by Hilltopper39
Oh yes, this might actually get me to attend the event again for a change.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:40 am
by SharkTums
Great to see something different (like not Walking Dead or Purge!) and a great property! I really hope they pull out all the stops and make this special.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:44 am
by Hilltopper39
Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.


It's interesting that they specifically state that the maze will be focused on season one, if I were a betting man I'd bet that they've secured the rights to this property for a couple of years.