Things Just Got HUGE for Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Feel like you’ve been waiting a bit long for the next HHN28 announcement? Well that wait was more than made up for today when Universal Resort Orlando released a laundry list of announcements for this year’s event!

First, let’s start with the addition of the 10th house to HHN28. For the first time in the nearly 3 decade run of the event, the number of houses featured hits double digits! No details on that that 10th house is yet, but when it comes to HHN, more is always better!

Next up, today’s press release confirms the return of Academy of Villains. The performance group that debuted in HHN26 returns again with an all-new show.

We’re still not done. Possibly the biggest news to come out today are the names and descriptions of 3 scarezones featured in HHN28; “Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve”, “Twisted Tradition”, and “The Harvest”

From the Universal Orlando Resort Press release:

“Universal also revealed some of the scare zones guests will encounter at Halloween Horror Nights 2018. As they venture through the park, they’ll be stalked by ravenous punk, material girl and metal head vampires in Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve, come face-to-face with beings of rotted pumpkins and fetid vines who are seeking out human sacrifices in Twisted Tradition, fall victim to foul and decrepit creatures in The Harvest and more.”

And last, but certainly not least, all tickets are now on sale, including all Frequent Fear and Frequent Fear with Express passes!

We’ll have a lot more to talk about later tonight with our instant reaction episode of The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights.

Stay with NEOZAZ and The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights Podcast for all the latest HHN28 news and extended coverage of this year’s event.

For ticket information, please visit the Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Website here.

Trick ‘R Treat to be featured as a maze at HHN28!

Today (or earlier for social media savvy fans) Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood announced their latest addition to Halloween Horror Nights 2018 – “Trick ‘R Treat”!

Returning from its scarezone debut at HHN27, “Trick ‘R Treat” arrives to this years event as an all new maze for 2018!

“Based on the critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite movie, directed by Michael Dougherty, the “Trick ‘r Treat” maze will transport guests to Warren Valley, Ohio on Halloween night to celebrate the holiday’s dark traditions. Recreating some of the anthology’s most iconic scenes, the disturbing new maze invites brave thrill-seekers to become entwined within the secrets of this sleepy suburban town.

Guests will experience some of the film’s most grisly scenes and encounter hauntingly familiar characters. They will meander through Mr. Kreeg’s infamous house, watch as college students viciously transform into bloodthirsty werewolves and dismember the town, as well as come face-to-face with Sam – the spirit of Halloween – who readies to punish those who break the holiday’s tradition.”

Stay tuned to NEOZAZ.com and The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights Podcast for our Instant Reaction to this reveal and our continuing cover of this year’s event.

Is It Beer Yet? One Square Watermelon Please

This time around Matt revisits an old recipe but adds a little twist. And a new first time ever moment for this show. That and more in this episode of “Is It Beer Yet?”.

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First Original House for HHN2018 Revealed!

The first original house coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018 at Universal Orlando Resort has been revealed; “Dead Exposure – Patient Zero!”

Following up from the hit house of 2008’s Halloween Horror Nights 18 “Dead Exposure”, “Dead Exposure – Patient Zero” brings back the terror of the original now set in the middle of Paris 1982.

“The city of lights has gone dark as chaos spreads, unchecked. Hordes of vicious, flesh-eating undead are swarming the streets.

The military is forcing those not affected into quarantine and a vaccination is being given. It’s the only chance to ward off the sickness but there are major side effects… blindness.

You’ll be lost in the darkness as the undead hunt you. An attack can come from anywhere.”

Stay tuned to NEOZAZ.com and The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights Podcast for our Instant Reaction episode about this latest addition to Halloween Horror Nights 28!

To hear details on the original “Dead Exposure” from Halloween Horror Nights 18, check out our episode featuring the houses from that event at: http://neozaz.com/hhn18-part-2/

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 2018, visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/

Stay up on all the latest on Halloween Horror Nights with The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights podcast from NEOZAZ.com.

 

First Look at Universal Orlando’s “Fast & Furious – Supercharged”

Universal Orlando Resort released some first look pics for their latest attraction “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” opening this spring:

From Universal Orlando Resort:

Opening this spring, Fast & Furious – Supercharged will bring one of the world’s hottest film franchises to life in a whole new way. Guests will have the opportunity to actually live the excitement they’ve seen on the big screen in a high-octane ride experience where they’ll become part of the Fast & Furious family.

We’ll be checking this new attraction out along with the rest of the theme park enthusiast community first chance we get and post our special report.

“Stranger Things” is coming to Halloween Horror Nights!

Today we got our first official announcement about the attractions at the 2018 Halloween Horror Nights Event – The Netfilx hit series “Stranger Things” debuts at HHN as an all new maze!

“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. “

“Stranger Things” will appear at Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore for the 2018 season.

Keep following NEOZAZ for an instant reaction episode of “The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights” podcast coming shortly and for all of the latest of Halloween Horror Nights.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando runs select nights Sept14rh through Nov 3rd.

More information and tickets can be found on the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando website at: https://orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com/

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Official Dates and a Limited Time Ticket Offer!

Today Universal Resort Orlando announced a special ticket offer the 2018 Halloween Horror Nights Event – “Buy a Night, Get a 2nd Night Free”.

These special offer tickets are good for Sunday through Friday during the run of the event.

The ticket price on this offer is $77.99 per adult plus tax and can be purchased now: https://orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com/index.php

Along with this special offer announcement, the dates for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights have been confirmed – HHN28 will run select nights from September 14 to November 3 2018:

Sept 14-16, 20-23, 28-30
Oct 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 31
Nov. 1-3

NEOZAZ will keep following this event throughout the year with The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights podcast and share news are it comes.

Special Interview – Inside Mardi Gras with Blake Braswell – Universal Orlando Resort

In this special episode we get an inside look at what it takes to throw Florida’s Biggest Party!

Show Director for Universal Orlando Resort gives us the details on putting together Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando in this special interview!

From more information on Universal Orlando Resorts Mardi Gras Celebration, visit: https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events/mardi-gras/index.html

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A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle!

The 2018 edition of Universal Orlando Resort’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” started this weekend and an opening night of special announcements, live orchestra performances, and celebrity appearances was capped off with a special showing of the newest addition of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle”.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” is latest Harry Potter theme 3D Projection Mapped experience added the Universal Orlando Harry Potter experience. And Friday night we took part in an early presentation of the show.

The show features the houses of Hogwarts opening with a narration by the Hogwarts Sorting Hat.

The lights go dim briefly as you conceptually try on The Sorting Hat and houses are presented in projections on the Hogwarts Castle.

First house featured is Ravenclaw (and Matt’s house apparently, as he learned this weekend. More on that later). Blue and bronze lights surround Hogwarts accompanied of course by imagery of the Eagle.

Next, Hufflepuff. Yellow, black and silver cover the castle leading up to the reveal of the Badger.

Our viewing crowd favorite, Slytherin, is next with eerie green lights and sliver highlights with plenty of Serpents.

The final house, and home to the saga title character, Gyffindor with scarlet and gold lights and the Lion wrapping then entire structure.

Hogwarts and the four houses close out the show in a grand finally complete with pyrotechnics.

It’s hard not to compare “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” with 2017’s holiday show “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle”, the holiday show set a very high bar for nighttime entertainment at Hogsmeade. As a comparison to the Christmas show, “Nighttime Lights” falls just a touch short. However, that is when comparing the two.

Looking at “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” alone, it’s a fun, colorful, entertaining show and a must see for Harry Potter fans. It’s a great edition to not only the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but the to the ever increasing night time entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. I enjoyed from both a technical and new, and slowly learning Harry Potter fan perspective as well.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” is scheduled run through February 2018 at Universal Resort Orlando with more dates expected to be added in the future. For more details, see our article covering the original announcement of the edition to Hogsmeade here.

Our report on “A Celebration of Harry Potter” 2018 continues with a special podcast episode wrap up by Matt and Shelby as they discuss the event from two very different perspectives. Look for that episode soon right here on NEOZAZ.com!

Is It Beer Yet – EOL Pale Ale

In this episode Matt brews his very last beer…on his current brewing set up. Before retiring the old and configuring the new, Matt goes out on an attempt to brew the elusive Pale Ale he’s wanted to get right since starting this hobby.

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Voodoo Doughnut Coming to Universal Orlando Resort!

As someone that’s taken a ridiculous amount of time searching out doughnuts in nearly every town I’ve visited, I’m beyond excited to read the news that the legendary “Voodoo Doughnut” is coming to Universal City Walk at Universal Orlando Resort this spring!

“Since their Portland, Oregon origins, Shannon and Pogson have continued to spread their unique flavors with several new locations including a few more in Oregon and shops in Denver, Colorado; Austin, Texas and CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood. The new location at Universal Orlando will be the first location east of the Mississippi. The shop will feature the same eclectic pink theming and irreverent names that can be found in current Voodoo Doughnut locations. It will be located next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew, just steps away from the iconic Universal Globe and Universal Studios Florida entrance.”

Visit NEOZAZ for more details as they come and a very likely probable for-sure first hand report (followed by a second, and a third, and a…)

New Night Show Coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Today Universal Orlando Resort announced a new exciting addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” projection mapping experience!

For the first time ever at Islands of Adventures’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, guests will be able to experience an all-new show at Hogwarts Castle.

“As night falls in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, state-of-the-art projection mapping, coupled with special effects and lighting, will wrap Hogwarts castle in a dazzling display celebrating the four houses of Hogwarts – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. Guests will watch in awe as the spirit and iconic elements of each house are brought to life on the majestic castle – all set to incredible music based on the original scores from the Harry Potter films. “

Starting January 31st “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will run select nights throughout the year.

Park guests can preview the new experience on January 27 and 28 during “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018”

“The Nighttime Lights At Hogwarts Castle” is scheduled to run Jan 31 – Feb 5 and Feb 7 – Feb 12. It will run continuously each evening starting at dusk.

With the recent success of the Christmas editions to Hogsmeade including a holiday themed 3D projection show on Hogwarts, it’s not surprised to learn of this new edition to Universal’s Nighttime entertainment lineup but an exciting addition nonetheless.

For more on the “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 Event”, please visit the Celebration of Harry Potter area of Universal Resort Orlando’s website here.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2018 Line Up Announced!

Florida’s biggest party is about to get underway at Universal Orlando Resort’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration Event!

Today Universal Orlando Resort released details on this year’s Mardi Gras, including most of their concert line up for the event.

Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore, international recording artist Sean Paul, and multiplatinum chart-toppers Fifth Harmony highlight the huge line up of music acts at this year’s celebration.

Along with the concert series, a nightly parade of 12 hand-crafted floats highlights the event – with 6 new celestial themed floats debuting this year.

Along with the music and parade the French Quarter Courtyard offers food and drinks only available during this event celebration.

Stay tuned with NEOZAZ for more coverage of this annual event included a firsthand report during the celebration.

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios begins February 3rd and runs nightly to April 7th 2018. All Mardi Gras events are included with daily admission, no separate ticket is required to attend Mardi Gras.

From more information on Universal Orlando Resorts Mardi Gras Celebration, visit: https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events/mardi-gras/index.html

2018 Mardi Gras Headliners:

Feb 3. – Sean Paul
Feb 10. – The Beach Boys
Feb. 17 – Kelsea Ballerini
Feb. 18 – Andy Grammer
Feb. 24 – Macklemore
Mar. 3 – 311
Mar. 4 – Phillip Phillips
Mar. 10 – TBA
Mar. 11 – Fitz and the Tantrums
Mar. 17 – Foreigner
Mar. 18 – Fifth Harmony
Mar. 24 – TBA
Mar. 25 – BUSH

Is It Beer Yet? Christmas Special

In this episode Matt goes through the process of creating the first ever NEOZAZ Christmas Ale – “Feliz ZAZidad”

Opening music by “Nick55”, learn more about the Legend of Nick 55 here in our annual Nick 55 Holiday Episode.

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Holidays at Universal Orlando with Mike Aiello

In this special episode we welcome back Senior Director of Entertainment – Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort Mike Aiello to learn more about the exciting new additions to the Holiday Celebration at Universal Orlando Resort.

From the stunning projection show on Hogwarts to the amazing new Parade, Mike give us an amazing inside look at the new additions and what it took to make the Holidays at Universal Orlando bigger and better than ever before!

The Holiday Celebration has now started at Universal Orlando Resort and runs through January 6h, 2018.

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Universal Studios Brings an All-new Parade this Holiday!

Today Universal Orlando Resort released details on their all-new Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s!

This year’s all-new parade will feature 15 intricately-detailed floats featuring characters from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions”, DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” and “Shrek”, iconic holiday elements and of course Santa’s Sleigh.

This year’s parade wouldn’t be complete without the iconic balloons associated with both Macy’s and Universal’s Holiday celebration, and this year the parade will feature 16 of these larger-than-life-balloons with 13 of them created exclusively for Universal by Macy’s! Some of the balloons created for this parade include Bob for “Minions”, the Dronkeys and Gingy from “Shrek” and King Julien from “Madagascar”.

More than 100 colorful choreographed holiday performers and characters join the parade as the event makes this way through the streets of Universal Studios to an all-new music score and snow!!

Universal’s Holiday celebration begins November 18th and run until January 6th.

Stay tuned to NEOZAZ for an upcoming first hand report of this all-new parade along with the new holiday celebration events at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.