7. Universal details how guests impacted by Hurricane Matthew can use Halloween Horror Nights Tickets

Image: Universal Orlando Resort

Though we've talked a lot about how Hurricane Matthew impacted Walt Disney World, all other Orlando theme parks closed in response to this impending storm, with Universal Orlando Resort cancelling Halloween Horror Nights on both Thursday October 6 and Friday October 7 in response to this storm. If you purchased a ticket to attend this event, here's are your options: 

  • Halloween Horror Nights tickets purchased and dated only for Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 will be honored on any Halloween Horror Nights 26 event night through October 31.
  • Guests with Halloween Horror Nights multi-day tickets should use the dates printed on their ticket.
  • Halloween Horror Nights Express Passes purchased and dated only for Thursday October 6 and Friday, October 7 will be honored on any single Halloween Horror Nights 26 event night through October 31. These Express Pass will have to be exchanged at Express podiums at Universal Studios Florida or at Guest Services locations.

8. Universal Orlando's Hard Rock Hotel introduces new Hard Rock Heals Suite

Image: Hard Rock

In honor of the launch of the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, Universal Orlando's Hard Rock Hotel will be offering guests the chance to stay in the limited-time Hard Rock Heals Suite. Between now and November 12, guests can stay in this special room that  is outfitted with an iPad featuring guided meditations and Hard Rock’s “Healing at the Speed of Sound” playlist. In addition, 15% of room revenue will be donated to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. 

9. Harbor Nights returns to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

Image: Loews Portofino Bay

Harbor Nights, a wine, food and live music event at Loews Portofino Bay, is designed to capture the romantic ambiance of the Mediterranean under the twinkling lights of the hotel's Harbor Piazza and will take place Friday, October 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 PM. General admission for this experience will cost $53.25 per person, and menu items include seared Atlantic salmon, three-cheese baked manicotti, triple chocolate gelato and more. You can purchase tickets here and view a full menu here

10. SeaWorld revamps menu to be more socially conscious

Image: SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld has announced a number of initiatives designed to make their menu more socially conscious, and will be taking the following steps in the near future:

  • Using only eggs coming from cage-free chickens by the end of 2017
  • Buying all pork cuts from suppliers with humane farming practices by the end of 2017
  • Expanding menus to include more plant-based options. 

The policies will affect all 12 parks owned by SeaWorld, including Busch Gardens Tampa and fulfills goals established with the Humane Society of the United States earlier this year, according to SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby. 

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