Universal Studios offers an All-New Harry Potter Christmas Experience!

For the first time Universal Orlando Resort is including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in their resort-wide Holiday events!

Both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will feature uniquely themed Christmas decorations and all-new entertainment created exclusively for the holiday season.

Diagon Alley will be featuring a new holiday performance by Celestina Warbeck and Banshees.

Hogsmeade’s holiday celebration features a new holiday performance by the Frog Choir.

And at night during the holidays, Hogwarts Castle will illuminate with “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle”, a projection mapping experience taking place on the iconic castle.

The new holiday themed entertainment begins November 18th and runs until January 6th.

Stay tuned to NEOZAZ for an upcoming first hand report of these new exciting additions along with the all-new Macy’s Parade, Grinchmas, and all the traditional favorites from Universal Studios Holiday celebration.

I’ll be Back. Errr, wait…

We usually don’t report attraction closing on our posts here at NEOZAZ.com, but this one is a biggie – at least to me personally.

Today Universal Orlando Resort announced they will be closing the “Terminator 2: 3-D” attraction at their Universal Studios Park.

The attraction opening in 1996 and was one of the first attraction I experienced in my first visit to Universal Studios.

The venue has been home to many friends and people close to me over the years. It’s an attraction I’ve enjoyed time and time again during its 20 plus year run.

It’s not a huge surprise to see it closing, but it still gave me a slightly more emotional reaction than I expect when I read the announcement. Though the irony that the closer of this ride is announced with “Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D” playing in theaters did make me chuckle.

It won’t take long for the disappointment to subside and excitement for a new attraction to arrive to Universal Studio to take over. But until then, I’ll be headed to the park to take at least one more trip through time with Terminator 2: 3D

The Attraction closes Sunday, October 8th.

Addendum: Alternate titles for this article pre-posting “I Won’t Back” and “Hasta La Vista, Baby”.

4 Original Houses announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Today Universal Orlando Resort revealed the last set of attractions for their highly anticipated annual event “Halloween Horror Nights” 2017.

This reveal highlights the four original maze attractions for this year’s event:

“Scarecrow: The Reaping”

At a long-abandoned Depression-era farm, vengeance takes root, and the only harvest that will be reaped is you..

“Hive”

The crumbling house on 19 Hemingway Lane harbors a nest of bloodthirsty vampires. If you awaken them, you will face a savage, bestial hunger.

“Dead Waters”

Enter a pestilent swamp that oozes evil, the hellish realm of the Voodoo Queen. If you fail to escape, you’re in for a gut-wrenching sacrifice.

“The Fallen”

You’re about to be caught in the crossfire of the eternal war of light versus dark and no one will be saved.

For more details and videos about these 4 original mazes, visit the Universal Orlando Blog post at: https://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/hhn2017-original-content-houses/

This announcement completes the line up for Halloween Horror Nights 2017. The event features 9 mazes, 5 scarezones, and 2 shows:

Mazes:
The Shining
Saw: The Games of Jigsaw
American Horror Story: Volume 2
Horrors of Blumhouse
Ash vs. Evil Dead
The Fallen
Scarecrow: The Reaping
The Hive

Scarezones:
The Purge
Trick ‘R Treat
Festival of the Deadliest
Invasion!
Altars of Horror

Shows:
Academy of Villains: Afterlife
Bill & Teds Excellent Halloween Adventure

Stay tuned for an instant reaction for these 4 original houses on The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights podcast soon.

Tickets and vacation packages for Halloween Horror Nights 27, are now on sale!

Universal Orlando Resort unveiled all ticket and vacation packages with this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event.

Ticket offering start with single night admission to the event and range all the way to “Ultimate Frequent Fear + Express”

For ticket information visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/tickets.php

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 27, 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.

The Horrors of Blumhouse are coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2017!

As we edge closer to opening night of “Halloween Horror Nights 2017”, Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood revealed another addition to this year’s lineup.

“The Horror of Blumhouse” maze will appear at both park events this year featuring the films of modern horror film producer Jason Blum.

The Halloween Horror Nights Orlando maze will feature the films “Insidious”, “Sinister”, and “The Purge”.

The Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood maze will feature the films “The Purge”, “Sinister” and soon to be released “Happy Death Day”.

Tickets and vacation packages for Halloween Horror Nights 27, are now on sale!

Universal Orlando Resort unveiled all ticket and vacation packages with this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event.

In a press release announcing the ticket unveiling, Universal Orlando also confirmed this year’s event will include 9 NEW Mazes, 5 ScareZones, and 2 live shows.

Ticket offering start with single night admission to the event and range all the way to “Ultimate Frequent Fear + Express”

For ticket information visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/tickets.php

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 27, 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.

Scare zones and Shows announced for Halloween Horror Nights 27!

With less than a month until the gates to Halloween Horror Nights 27 open details on this year’s event are starting to roll in a frightening pace.

Today Universal Orlando Resort revealed the theme of this year’s scare zones and announced the second show for Halloween Horror Nights 27.

This year’s scare zones feature:

“Trick ‘r Treat” – Inspired by Michael Dougherty’s film.

“Guests will be thrust into the traditions of Halloween with an authentic showcase to celebrate the haunted holiday. Sam will be lurking in the shadows to strictly enforce the rules of Halloween – and those who disobey will pay the price…”

“The Purge” – Based on “The Purge” movie franchise.

“This gory “scare zone” will feature the return of fan-favorite characters from the film saga and the notorious victim auction whose bidders want nothing more than to exercise their right to Purge.”

“INVASION!” – Aliens highlight this intriguing scare zone.

“Guests will become the grotesque human experiments of fearless alien scientists who continue to plan the preeminent destruction of planet Earth.”

“Altars of Horror” – A compliment to many of the marquee maze in this year’s event.

“Guests will come face-to-face with some of the most horrifying characters found in this year’s assemblage of haunted mazes – based on iconic horror films and terrifying hit TV shows.”

The confirmation of the return of the “Roaming Hordes” has also been included in this morning’s announcement. This year, the hordes have a unified theme:

“Unhappy with how popular culture has made clowns scary, this grotesque gang of gigglers has risen from the grave, determined to show the world that if you want scary clowns, they’re going to make sure you get your worst nightmare.”

In addition to these scare zones and the roaming hordes, Universal Orlando also announced the return of “Academy of Villains” with their all new show “Academy of Villains: Afterlife”, which promises to incorporated elements from additional scare zone “Festival of the Deadliest”.

Halloween Horror Nights 27 will also feature the 26th and final edition of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.”

With the reveal of the scare zones, could the finale reveal of HHN27 be following closely behind?

If and when it does, we’ll have an instant reaction to the entirely line of HHN27 on The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights podcast right on NEOZAZ.com!

Bill and Ted to say “Farewell” to Halloween Horror Nights

After 26 years of entertaining crowds with relentless jabs at and parodies of the year’s pop culture highlights, the popular stage show “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” will wrap up their epic run at Halloween Horror Nights 27.

“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” has been a staple of the annual Halloween Horror Nights event for Universal Orlando since 1992 debuting at “Halloween Horror Nights II”.

The show featured the time traveling, air guitar playing duo Bill and Ted from the “Bill and Ted” movie franchise. Through the use of (often in the form of having been stolen) their time traveling phone booth, each year Bill and Ted would come at odds with a super villain surrounded by evil doers from that year’s Movies, TV, and Music trends.

An equally popular and parodied set of heroes would inevitably appear from the pop culture realm to assist Bill and Ted to over throw the villains and achieve the ultimate victory – a high energy song and dance finale.

I’ve been enjoying “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” since 1999’s “Halloween Horror Nights IX” and it was my first Halloween Horror Nights attraction ever.  It’s had its ups and downs, some years stronger than others, and the pop culture is flying farther and farther over my head – but, it’s been a part of my “Halloween Horror Nights” experience since my very first visit and it’s going to be a little difficult to imagine the event without Bill and Ted.

But that being said, I am a believer in the idea that “change is good” and I’ve no doubt the creative team behind Halloween Horror Nights did not make this decision lightly and have something in the works that’s going to blow me away!

So rather than lament on this being Bill and Ted’s last year at “Halloween Horror Nights”, I’m going join in celebrating what Bill and Ted brought to the event.  I’m excited to go to that one last party, have fun with the crowds, laugh at the parodies, and with enjoy Bill and Ted’s adventure one more time!

Party on, dudes!

For a run down and details of each Bill and Ted show since “Halloween Horror Nights 2”, check out “The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights” podcast where each year’s show is recapped in detail.

Tickets and vacation packages for Halloween Horror Nights 27, are now on sale!

Universal Orlando Resort unveiled all ticket and vacation packages with this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event.

In a press release announcing the ticket unveiling, Universal Orlando also confirmed this year’s event will include 9 NEW Mazes, 5 ScareZones, and 2 live shows.

Ticket offering start with single night admission to the event and range all the way to “Ultimate Frequent Fear + Express”

For ticket information visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/tickets.php

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 27, 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.

“Saw” is returning to Halloween Horror Nights!

Universal Studios treated us to another maze reveal earlier today – the Lionsgate Blockbuster Horror Franchise is returning to “Halloween Horror Nights” with “Saw: The Games of Jigsaw”!

The maze will appear at both Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood for their annual haunt event and will help usher in the new chapter to the “Saw” franchise, “Jigsaw” opening in theater October 27th.

Look for our Instant Reaction episode of The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights podcast podcast on this new addition to HHN27 soon!

Tickets and vacation packages for Halloween Horror Nights 27, are now on sale!

Universal Orlando Resort unveiled all ticket and vacation packages with this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event.

In a press release announcing the ticket unveiling, Universal Orlando also confirmed this year’s event will include 9 NEW Mazes, 5 ScareZones, and 2 live shows.

Ticket offering start with single night admission to the event and range all the way to “Ultimate Frequent Fear + Express”

For ticket information visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/tickets.php

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 27, 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.

Is It Beer Yet? Trabopaline!

“Trabopaline!”

In this episode we feature the beer created for our on going Simpsons coverage called “Trabopaline!”

“Trabopaline!” is an American Wheat with a heavy amarillo hop addition.

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Ash vs Evil Dead coming to Halloween Horror Nights!

Today we got another glimpse into Halloween Horror Nights 27 as both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood announced the addition of “Ash vs Evil Dead” to their annual haunt event.

“The ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ maze will transport guests into the town of Elk Grove, Mich., where they will encounter Deadites – people or objects possessed by evil demons – that have been unwittingly unleashed by Ash Williams – again.  Throughout the maze, guests will come face-to-face with disturbing characters and iconic comedic and gory scenes from seasons 1 and 2 as they desperately try to escape all things evil…before it’s too late.”

Tickets and vacation packages for Halloween Horror Nights 27, are now on sale!

Universal Orlando Resort unveiled all ticket and vacation packages with this years Halloween Horror Nights event.

In a press release announcing the ticket unveiling, Universal Orlando also confirmed this year’s event will include 9 NEW Mazes, 5 ScareZones, and 2 live shows.

Ticket offering start with single night admission to the event and range all the way to “Ultimate Frequent Fear + Express”

For ticket information visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/tickets.php

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 27, visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Wants Your Soul!

The Halloween Horror Nights Orlando made a new and intriguing addition to their website today: an opportunity to surrender your soul!

Visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/soul-collector/index.php clicked the “I surrender graphic under the countdown timer and enter you information for get Soul Collector Benefits like a possible item to identify yourself as a member of the Elite Soul Collectors, an opportunity to be a part of the Soul Collector Social Media Up and “other rewards”.

For ticket information visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/tickets.php

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 27, visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/

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

Halloween Horror Nights 27 Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets and vacation packages for the greatest Halloween event in the world, Halloween Horror Nights 27, are now on sale!

Universal Orlando Resort unveiled all ticket and vacation packages with this years Halloween Horror Nights event.

In a press release announcing the ticket unveiling, Universal Orlando also confirmed this year’s event will include 9 NEW Mazes, 5 ScareZones, and 2 live shows.

Ticket offering start with single night admission to the event and range all the way to “Ultimate Frequent Fear + Express”

For ticket information visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/tickets.php

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 27, visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/

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

“The Shining” is coming to HHN27!

The 1980 classic Stanley Krubrick film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining” is making its long awaited and much anticipated debut at Halloween Horror Nights 27!

In a dual announcement, Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood both announced a new Maze for both park’s annual Halloween Horror Nights event featuring the iconic film.

HHN Show Director Charles Gray described a main story element of this Maze in a blog post released on Universal Orlando’s blog earlier today:

We cast the Overlook Hotel as the aggressor and view it as if you have the “shining.” Our goal is to have you constantly doing a double take and give you that, “Did I just see that?” feeling.

Halloween Horror Nights 27 begins September 15th and runs select nights through November 4th.

For more details on the event visit: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/

Stay with NEOZAZ for complete coverage of HHN27 announcements, coverage for HHN27, and the new season of our HHN focused series “The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights.”

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Adds a Relaxing Option to Their New Park

With the opening of Universal Orlando’s much anticipated third Park, Volcano Bay, just over a month away, new exciting details are rolling in nearly every day!

Today’s news caught our eye immediately – details and pricing on the Private Cabanas and Premium seating.

Along with nearly 20 new and innovative water rides, Volcano bay also offers a way to relax and take a break from all the excitement with their Private Cabanas and Premium Seating.

Private Cabana Rentals – “Volcano Bay Cabanas allow guests to escape to their own private paradise with options including single units with seating for up to six guests and family units with seating for up to sixteen guests.”

Cabanas also include concierge service with exclusive menu items, a fruit and snack basket, bottled water, complimentary locker and towel service and more.

Pricing for Single Cabana Units starts at $159.99

Pricing for Family Quite Cabanas starts at $299.99

Premium Seating – “Volcano Bay Premium Seating allows guests to choose and reserve the location of their seats throughout the park.”

Premium seating included 2 padded loungers, and adjustable umbrella, and built-in locker storage.
Pricing for Premium Seating starts at $29.99

We’re incredibly excited about this new park and already anticipate a Cabana rental being included in our annual HHN NEOZAZ weekend.

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Opens May 25th, and NEOZAZ will be there to cover all the details of this exciting new addition!

To learn more about Volcano Bay, visit the park page on Universal Orlando’s website here.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is now open!

The latest addition to Universal Orlando Resorts world class line up of attractions is now open – “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon™”!

This new high paced thrill ride introduces an all-new queuing system with “Virtual Line™”.

The new system allows you to choose return time and then wait in the lineless queuing area up until it’s time to Ride.

Some of the NEOZAZ staff experienced the ride and waiting system during the ride’s soft open last month. This new concept in queuing is not only unique, but it is a literal game changer the way we’ll experience these new generations of attractions.

Race Through New York is Starring Jimmy Fallon™ is now open and full operational at Universal Orlando Resorts Universal Studios.

FX’s American Horror Story Returns to Halloween Horror Nights!

Today, Universal Orlando Resort made their first official announcement for Halloween Horror Nights 27, and it’s a big one: American Horror Story returns to Halloween Horror Nights!

Halloween Horror Night will once again spotlight this critically acclaimed and award winning series in an all new maze!

This year’s maze features 3 installments of the the hit show “Asylum”, “Coven” and “Roanoke”!

From the Universal Orlando Press release: “In Asylum, guests will travel through the decades of the notorious Briarcliff – evading Dr. Arden’s grotesque human ‘Rasper’ experiments and coming face to ‘face’ with the serial killer, Bloody Face. In Coven, New Orleans aesthetics will surround guests as they’re drawn into the bloody rivalry between the descendants of the Salem witches, the voodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Laveau, and the sadistic Madame Delphine LaLaurie. And finally, guests will relive the horrific story of the Millers in Roanoke – where they’ll be at the mercy of Piggy Man, the grisly Polk family and the ghosts of the blood moon”

Sr. Director of Entertainment Creative for Universal Orlando Resort Michael Aiello adds “We are thrilled to bring the incredible storytelling and iconic characters of ‘American Horror Story’ back to Halloween Horror Nights for a second year. Last year, ‘American Horror Story’ was the highest guest-rated haunted house in Halloween Horror Nights history – and we can’t wait to immerse our guests in all-new horrors from the show.”

Halloween Horror Nights 27 begins September 15th and runs 34 select nights through November 4th.

For additional details on Halloween Horror Nights, visit: www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

Stay tuned to NEOZAZ.com and The Catacombs of Halloween Horror Nights for more information and our instant reaction on this and all HHN news!

Universal’s Volcano Bay Story revealed!

Today Universal Orlando Resort released the story of their third theme park, Volcano Bay!

From the press release:

“Volcano Bay is a tropical paradise formed by myth and discovered by legend. It was discovered by the Waturi islanders with the help of a mystical fish who was destined to guide them to a new home.”

More details and stunning images from this new eagerly anticipated park are presented by Vice President and Executive Art Director for Universal Create Dale Mason in the following video:

Volcano Bay opens Mays 25th and promises to set new heights and experiences for theme park visitors.

Keep an eye on NEOZAZ for future details on Volcano Bay as their released and for our future special report covering the opening of this exciting new park!