Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #60 – HHN, Cabana Bay and Springfield

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Published on July 14, 2013 at 12:41 am with 5 Comments

On the newest episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, we have all the recent Halloween Horror Nights news, as well as more information from behind the scenes at the new Cabana Bay Hotel and Springfield area.

Halloween Horror Nights information has begun to leak out very early this year and we share everything we know on Darren’s new segment “Dead Mans’ Die-Gest”

Many of you, who regularly read Eric Davis’ Orlando park Hopper article’s, will know that Universal Orlando is deep in their continued development of the Resort. They have just opened Transformers The Ride 3D and are making real headway in the construction of the second phase of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the Diagon Alley expansion.

As part of all this construction, Universal are building a fourth onsite hotel, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, join us on this show as we share more details of this new expansion to Universal array of onsite facilities, as well as audio from the media event and some interviews.

Also, the new Springfield area is coming along by leaps and bounds, most of the eateries on “Fast Food Boulevard” are open, but Universal is continuing to theme the area and add even more detail.

Click on the link below and find out even more about the creation of the area, as well as the details of the creation of the food available at such places as Cletus’ Chicken Shack and the infamous Krusty Burger.


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Many of you listeners will have heard us talk about the first ever “Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast Meet”, that will be taking place in Universal Studios Florida on August 23rd 2013. We will be spending time in the park riding rides and sampling food and drink before heading over to the Hard Rock Hotel’s Kitchen Restaurant to take on their new “Kitchen Sink Challenge”.

We’d love you to join us, head over to https://www.facebook.com/unofficialuniversalpodcast#!/events/371271519648774/ or email us at [email protected] to let us know you are coming and to find out more about the event, but we are confirming all the places, so if you want to come along let us know ASAP.

See you there.

About Lee Mallaby

Lee Mallaby runs the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast on the MicePod network. It is the largest and longest running Universal podcast. We invite you to listen in twice a month.

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  • Lee Mallaby

    We’d love to know your feedback on the show.
    Are you excited for the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort?
    What is your favourite food item on FastFood Boulevard?
    What are you hoping for at Halloween Horror Nights this year?

  • KingEric

    I can’t wait for Duff Gardens to be open!

  • TheMackMachine

    Sorry guys, but can you at least let everyone know what the rumors are? You guys are the UNOFFICIAL Universal Orlando Podcast. There’s rumors on almost every show, and if you guys want to put them down, go right ahead. You guys are entitled to your opinions and I would listen to them. Just think twice of what you did, because it can get really bad.

  • Lee Mallaby

    Hi Mack, thanks for getting in touch.
    Yes, we tend to cover a lot of rumours on the podcast, but the rumours I was talking about specifically, garnered a lot of anger on certain forums and also from Universal Orlando themselves and it is something we don’t want to be associated with.
    I hope this makes sense.

    • TheMackMachine

      It does, and it makes me sad how that night ended. It was suppose to be a great day to be a fan of theme parks, and not just Universal. The beginning of the new and improved Rockit cars. The full lineup of the HHN houses. The new photo-experience for Simpsons. The possible return of Kong. It was a lot of great news, and it was all ruined by fans on twitter and other forums for really stupid reasons. It was one of those nights where I wish I wasn’t associated as a theme park nerd, and that is a horrible feeling to have. I wished everyone on these forums and social media just got along and appreciated how lucky they are to have parks like WDW and UOR.

      I know when HTF of Orlando United mentioned this on the forum, he knew there could be consequences (and after all there are members who are on Uni’s “watch list”). So I can understand why you didn’t want to be associated with these rumors, but I’m just upset of how the last couple of weeks have been going.

      Keep up the good work Lee. Have lots of fun next month.