Islands of Fear takes over Universal Orlando this fall

ORLANDO -- Beginning Oct. 4, Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure will be renamed "Islands of Fear" when the theme park becomes the new venue for the popular Halloween Horror Nights.

For the past 11 years, the fright nights were staged at Universal Studios Florida. This year's events are to be held Oct. 4 and 5, 10 to 13, 16 to 20, 23 to 27 and Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

"We see an opportunity to expand upon Halloween Horror Nights' popularity by creating an even more intense and unnerving Halloweeen experience," Bob Gault, president and chief operating officer of Universal Orlando said, describing the layouy of Islands of Adventure as "a scare-maker's dream come true."

For example, half dinosaur/half humans will stalk guests at Jurassic Park Island, while darkened corridors of the Lost Continent will have lost souls and demons. In addition, thrill rides will operate after dark.

Existing day tickets will be upgraded for an additional $21.15 after clients arrive. For an adult, defined as 10 and older, the total cost would be $74.10 including tax. Younger children pay the same $21.15 add-on, but park officials do not recommend bringing them to Horror Nights.

Tickets also can be ordered through Universal Studios Vacations. Call (877) 2-FRIGHT or check the Web site

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