Thursday, October 28, 2021

Halloween at the Parks


Halloween is in full swing at Central Florida’s theme parks, and with it comes spooky seasonal events and plenty of frightful fun for everyone. Here are the latest updates for all your favorite theme parks.

Walt Disney World

Submitted Photos | Bier Fest is on now through Sept. 8 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge held its grand opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29, introducing a brand-new era of imagination and storytelling to the Disney Parks. Travelers can now take the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon, dine on galactic fare, and choose where their loyalties lie – with the Resistance, or with the First Order.

NBA Experience, the brand-new destination on Disney Springs’ West Side at Walt Disney World Resort, is now officially open. At this new destination, guests can enter the world of professional basketball and learn what it’s like to be an NBA or WNBA player. The venue offers 13 basketball-related activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors.

The 24th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off this month, bringing with it plenty of eats, treats, and beats to dance along to around the World Showcase. You can take a bite out of this annual food fest now through Nov. 23.

Walt Disney World launched a new ticket option for guests visiting this fall, called the “Mid-Day Magic Ticket.” With this new ticket type, guests can enter one theme park per day after 12 p.m. starting at just $88 per day. This offers guests a more affordable way to visit the parks, in exchange for missing out on the morning rush to rope drop.

Another new ticket option was revealed this month, the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pass. This Party Pass includes admission to all Halloween party nights except for Thursday, Oct. 31. The pass costs $299 for guests ages 10 and up, and $284 for guests ages 3-9. You can purchase it at any Walt Disney World ticket window.

Three sweet new additions were announced for Disney Springs this month. The first of the new offerings is a food truck called “Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet,” which offers a variety of cookie dough flavors served in unique ways. The other new additions are Sunshine Churro carts and a brand-new Ample Hills Creamery location.

The replacement for Bongos Cuban Cafe was revealed this month, and now Disney Springs guests can look forward to Beatrix, a Chicago-based restaurant that offers “healthful comfort food.”

The 24th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off this month.

Universal Orlando Resort

The suspense has finally come to an end – Universal Orlando finally announced its fourth theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe. The new park will be located on a 750-acre site near the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, specifically south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard. It will also feature its own entertainment district, restaurants, hotels and shops.

The rest of the lineup for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights was announced this month, with haunted houses based on films like Jordan Peele’s “Us” and Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses,” an original house called “Graveyard Games,” five themed scare zones, and an all-new Academy of Villains dance show.

One exciting Horror Nights reveal that many didn’t see coming was for a new lagoon show, “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem.” A first for the event, this show will perform on select nights from Sept. 6 – Nov. 2 at Universal Studios Florida, transforming the lagoon with a spectacle of neon and synthesizers alongside scenes from fan-favorite horror films and cult classics.

Universal is celebrating its passholders now through Sept. 30 for its annual Passholders Appreciation Days, packed with plenty of secret menu items, early park admission perks, discounted rates on select hotel stays, and even more benefits. Passholders can find a variety of menu items just for them across the entire resort.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Bier Fest is alive and well at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, happening now through Sept. 8. Guests can enjoy brews from over 40 international breweries, new pub-inspired food, and plenty of live entertainment. There are also samples available at the park’s Garden Gate Café!

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Brittani Tuttle is a writer with Attractions Magazine, the only publication that covers all the major theme parks and attractions worldwide. In addition to the magazine, there is “The Attractions Show” online, an email newsletter, podcast, app and more. For more information email and visit her blog:


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