We bring you a lot of stories. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. So in case you missed anything from our feed, we have rounded up all our stories in one place to get the news at a glance. Here is your Weekly Recap for November 7 – November 13, 2022.
Universal Orlando Resort
- As Universal Orlando Resort continues to get ready for the holiday, starting this Saturday, November 12 and running daily through January 1, 2023, Universal Orlando Resort presents its destination-wide Holidays celebration, including new and fan-favorite holiday-inspired menu offerings and two unique popcorn buckets inspired by Dr. Seuss’s the Grinch and “Despicable Me.”
- Ollivander’s Wand Shop in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter offers a wide variety of interactive wands for witches and wizards to choose from (or have the wand choose you in the wand ceremony). But a little owl told us that the 13 wand types currently available will be retiring next month, with brand new interactive wands debuting December 5.
- We’re back at the Universal Orlando Resort for another busy day in the parks. Halloween Horror Nights is over and the fog is gone, so it’s time to get back out into the sunlight and see what’s new in a photo report from November 2.
- Universal Orlando Resort closed the theme parks and CityWalk due to Tropical Storm Nicole.
- As Tropical Storm Nicole (briefly Hurricane Nicole) leaves Central Florida behind, Universal Orlando Resort underwent a phased reopening.
- The merriest time of the year is almost here, and Universal Orlando Resort has released most of the menus for festive foods.
- Universal Orlando Resort’s fall garage sale is returning next week after being absent last year.
- Universal Orlando Resort has announced their 2022 holiday perks for Annual Passholders, including a free decal, exclusive menu items, extended lounge hours, and more.
- The Holiday Tree Hunt has returned to the Universal Orlando Resort for the 2022 season, so grab a map at one of the participating gift shops and get to hunting.
Universal Studios Florida
- Transformers fans can collect new medallion coins from a machine in the Supply Vault next to Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Florida.
- Bone Chillin’, the last remnant of the Universal Studios Classic Monsters Café, is now permanently closed.
- This year’s holiday tribute store will have a classic department store theme, and the first details have been added to the façade.
- Crews have added more details to the J. Stein & Co façade at Universal Studios Florida for this year’s Holiday Tribute Store.
- The large spinning Classic Monster statues have been removed from the Monsters Café Bon Chillin’ beverage stand at Universal Studios Florida.
- The Holiday Tribute Department Store is now open! The third annual Holiday Tribute Store is now open for the season at Universal Studios Florida. See our full, detailed photo and video tour here.
- Earl the Squirrel is a celebrity at Universal Orlando Resort during the holidays, and we spotted him out and about for a meet and greet!
- Looking at the work on the upcoming Minion’s Villain-Con attraction, we can see more supports have been added to the front.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- Carry your favorite flavor of popcorn in this new Minion Christmas popcorn bucket from Universal Orlando Resort.
- Our hearts grew three sizes when we saw the new Grinch popcorn bucket available at Universal Orlando Resort for the holidays.
- Guests hoping to meet the Grinch at Universal’s Islands of Adventure this year will need to utilize the virtual line system.
- Happy holidays, UOAPs! New Universal Orlando Annual Passholder merchandise is now available, plus a free car decal.
- Universal’s Volcano Bay closed due to Tropical Storm Nicole on Wednesday, November 9.
Universal Studios Hollywood
- Halloween Horror Nights wrapped up the 2022 season at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 31, but a recent report revealed that a Scareactor was assaulted and injured by a guest.
- Animal Actors, the Special Effects Show, and the Production Central store will be permanently closing on January 8, 2023, at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Entertainment and Media
- U.K. actor Leslie Phillips, best known to younger generations as the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films, has died at age 98.
That’s it for today; we hope you enjoyed this Weekly Recap. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you next Sunday!