Universal Studios Hollywood Offering Exclusive First Look at Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood Offering Exclusive First Look at Halloween Horror Nights

PHOTO: Netflix’s Stranger Things returns to Halloween Horror Nights. (photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort)

Universal Studios Hollywood offers fans an exclusive first look at “Halloween Horror Nights,” inviting them to experience L.A.’s scariest and most intense Halloween event on Thursday, September 12, one day before it officially opens on Friday, September 13.

Top headlines for this first-ever “Halloween Horror Nights” Fan Preview include a chance to be among the first to explore this year’s 10 terrifying new mazes, bragging rights to be among the first to post on social media, special themed photo ops with scare-actors, DJ music performances, plus receive a special commemorative credential, in addition to possibly seeing favorite celebrities attending the event’s red carpet premiere which takes place that same evening.

A limited number of must-have tickets will be sold for the Fan Preview Night, adding to its exclusivity. Preview night tickets along with select tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” are available for purchase here. Advance purchase is recommended as tickets for all nights will sell out. More information is available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Dates for “Halloween Horror Nights” are: September 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31, and November 1-3, 2019.

The following highlight the various ticket options currently available for purchase:

—Fan Preview Night General Admission ticket

—Fan Preview Night Universal Express ticket: includes bonus experiences such as access to all-new horror-themed panel presentation and express access to all mazes and the Jabbawockeez show

—Fan Preview Night + Frequent Fear Pass: enjoy Fan Preview Night plus up to 25 select nights

—Ultimate Fear Pass: enjoy up to 32 nights of scares, including a ticket to Fan Preview Night

—Frequent Fear Pass: visit up to 25 select nights

—September Pass: visit up to 11 event nights throughout the month of September

Additional tickets will be available soon, including the premium R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket and the must-have Universal Express.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon:

—“Stranger Things,” based on season 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller

— “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters, and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre.

— “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations

— “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series

—The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”

Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor to include a trip to Universal during your next trip

New Global Marketplaces, ESPN Tailgate Tasting and Entertainment Surprises Add to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Fun Aug. 29-Nov. 23

New Global Marketplaces, ESPN Tailgate Tasting and Entertainment Surprises Add to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Fun Aug. 29-Nov. 23

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Counting down to Aug. 29 and the launch of the 24th Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, we have more exciting news about sips, bites and entertainment on tap for this longer-than-ever, 87-day event!

Starting with sips, you can check out the new Appleseed Orchard Marketplace which will offer a unique variety of craft brews, ciders, wines and lite bites. This new marketplace will be located next to Le Cellier Steakhouse in World Showcase. As we shared earlier, the “O Canada!” film will be refreshed with new footage and a projection-system upgrade for a visually-enhanced experience. While this behind-the-scenes work is in progress, the theater will transform to an all-new festival destination offering a cool respite.

At the Appleseed Orchard Marketplace, you will be able to pair apple-inspired beers, ciders and cocktails like the Apple Blossom Sky while nibbling on Charcuterie and Cheese. Brews, ciders and wines will be offered individually or as flights. And the kid-friendly Frozen Apple Pie drink will inspire a chill stroll to the next stop.

More sweet and savory treats will debut at the brand-new The Alps Marketplace, where you can conjure a snow-capped setting while dipping into a dish of Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes paired with a refreshing Frozen Rosé. 

Also new this year, families can enjoy Emile’s Fromage Montage where you can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. You can purchase any five cheese dishes from the official Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport and collect a stamp for each cheese dish purchased. Once you have collected all five stamps, you can bring the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary specialty cheesecake unique to the EpcotInternational Food & Wine Festival. 

And you can pair football mania with festival fun, no grills or picnic baskets required. Bookings start today for the new Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football, available select Sundays starting Sept. 8 – Nov. 17. The 45-minute program will pair gridiron grub with a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams playing each Monday night. Even better, you will learn how to prepare the dishes for their next tailgate party!

Disney told you previously about the anticipated week-long expansion of the Disney du Jour Dance Party, with weekend Radio Disney artist appearances. Sundays through Thursdays, a DJ will lead the interactive fun. Fridays and Saturdays will feature performances by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country artists and appearances from a few of your favorite Disney characters. You can catch headliners Meg Donnelly (“With U,” Disney Channel’s Zombies) Aug. 30-31, Jenna Raine (“A Letter to Me”) Sept. 13-14, Sky Katz (“Like This,” Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home) Oct. 11-12 and JAGMAC (“Like a Band”) Oct. 18-19 – they’ll want to dance the night away with family and friends! 

And more NEW acts are joining the roster for the festival’s longest-ever Eat to the Beat Concert Series, returning this year from Aug. 29 – Nov. 19.  

Ready to take a trip to Disney for the Food & Wine Festival? Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor today!

Summer Shines Even Brighter at Disneyland Resort with Return of Main Street Electrical Parade

Summer Shines Even Brighter at Disneyland Resort with Return of Main Street Electrical Parade

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If you didn’t think summer at the Disneyland® Resort could get any better, you may want to sit down for this. An all-time fan favorite, a “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination” is coming back to Disneyland Park for a limited-time encore engagement! That’s right, the Main Street Electrical Parade, along with its half-million sparkling lights and “electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds” will once again create magical summer memories for Guests of all ages.

This limited-time encore engagement is set to begin on Aug. 2 with nightly performances through Sept. 30, 2019.

Disneyland Resort is the destination to visit this summer! You can explore new adventures along Pixar Pier and enjoy spectacular entertainment like “Tale of the Lion King” in Disney California Adventure park. Admire the beautifully refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle and experience a whole new land – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park.

To book your next vacation to Disneyland, contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor Today.

Pixar Pals Parking Structure Opens at Disneyland Resort June 30

Pixar Pals Parking Structure Opens at Disneyland Resort June 30

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Last year, Disney announced plans to build another parking structure adjacent to Mickey & Friends. The new structure, called Pixar Pals, features familiar friends from Disney and Pixar films such as “Coco,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Inside Out.”

Today, Disney announced that Pixar Pals will be open for Guest parking beginning June 30 – months ahead of schedule!

Pixar Pals will add more than 5,000 parking spaces to the west side of the Disneyland® Resort. With additional entry lanes and a new electronic inventory system, the new parking structure will expedite Guest parking and reduce traffic around the resort. 

Additionally, Disney began installing the Magic Way Pedestrian Bridge, which is set to be completed by mid-September. This new bridge will connect visitors from Pixar Pals—over Magic Way—to the rest of the resort, allowing Guests the option to stroll through the Downtown Disney® District to the theme parks’ Main Entrance. By eliminating the foot traffic crossing the street at Disneyland Drive and Magic Way, the new bridge provides convenience, enhances safety, and improves traffic circulation.

These parking and transportation enhancements—along with other existing parking options throughout the resort area—are designed to improve parking and traffic flow to continue to enhance the overall guest experience at the DisneylandResort.

Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor to plan your next Disneyland Trip.

New Barbecue Restaurant Featuring Craft Brews to Debut at The American Adventure in Epcot Later this Year

New Barbecue Restaurant Featuring Craft Brews to Debut at The American Adventure in Epcot Later this Year

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Disney announced that a new fast-casual barbecue restaurant featuring craft brews on tap will debut at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot® later this year. 

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will take the place of Liberty Inn, which will close July 8 to make way for this mouth-watering experience in World Showcase. 

The new location will be a modern barbecue smokehouse, with all the accompanying sights, sounds, smells and flavors you will love – including a large smoker preparing fine food every day right on the pavilion’s promenade. There will also be a redesigned patio for your Clients to enjoy.

Many more details to come, so stay tuned for updates on what is sure to be a new favorite spot to find some tasty and tangy bites at Epcot

Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor today to plan your next trip.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Opens Aug 6th

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Opens Aug 6th

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is expanding its royal services. Today Disney announced that on Aug. 6, 2019, the boutique doors will officially open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and starting today, reservations are open for this new location.

Just like the other existing locations at Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort, young Guests age 3-12 can experience enchanting transformations like no other, leaving the boutique as an elegant princess or a gallant knight. With a wave of a magic wand and a few special surprises, Fairy Godmothers-in-Training will help make  fairytale dreams  come true. A variety of magical makeovers are available and may include hairstyling, nail polish, accessories, gowns and more, depending on the package Guests choose. 

Also on Aug. 6, 2019, all of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations will introduce the new Carriage package, which includes a specially-themed T-shirt. They will also begin offering four new stylish hairstyles with customizable options and an expanded assortment of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique-inspired products, including a spirit jersey available in adult and youth sizes, Minnie Ear headband, MagicBand and other accessories to enjoy, all of which can be purchased separately from any of the packages.

And if booking at the new location at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, what better way to celebrate than by dining at 1900 Park Fare, where your Clients can enjoy delightful breakfast and dinner buffets hosted by beloved Disney characters. Another great experience the resort offers is Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party, where young princesses and princes age 3-9 are regaled with music, dancing, storytelling and a special visit from a Disney princess.

Reservations are strongly encouraged for this experience as appointment times fill up quickly. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance and can be booked through the online reservation system at DisneyWorld.com and Disneyland.com or by phone at (407) WDW-STYLE.

Contact Your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor for more information.