Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Theme park news: Universal gets 'Exorcist' for Halloween, veterans get price break at Busch Gardens

It may seem early to talk about Halloween, but for horror fans, there's a reason. Universal announced Tuesday that Halloween Horror Nights will welcome The Exorcist as a haunted house this year.

Considered one of the scariest movies in film history, the 1973 story of a possessed child will be an all-new haunted maze for Halloween Horror Nights, which will run for 30 select nights between Sept. 16 and Oct. 31.

Universal previously announced that a house based on the Texas Chain Saw Massacre would be included in the horror show this year at the Orlando theme park.

Michael Aiello, director of creative development at Universal, wrote of the creative challenges in a post on the official Universal Orlando blog, saying the first hurdle will be creating a maze out of a movie that was primarily shot in a single room. And then there's the famous pea soup scene.

"Let's be honest, traversing through a vomit-covered bed is pretty horrifying and disgusting by itself," he wrote. "Now add a possessed girl into the mix!"

Individual tickets are not yet on sale for this event.

Busch Gardens offers veterans ticket deal

Military veterans can take 50 percent off up to six single-day admission tickets to Busch Gardens, a savings of almost $50 per ticket, through the end of May. The offer can be used by active, retired and honorably discharged officers and enlisted personnel. Eligible veterans should visit buschgardenstampa.com to register, using the ID.me verification system. Tickets must be purchased and used by May 31. Regular single-day admission for Busch Gardens is $99, $79 for ages 3-9.

Morimoto restaurant wins design award

If you have seen the Morimoto Asia restaurant at Disney Springs, this news shouldn't be a surprise: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's first pan-Asian restaurant received the Design Built Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects.

In collaboration with STUDIO V Architecture and Patina Restaurant Group, Morimoto Asia's design includes a massive multi-level bar and restaurant with outdoor terraces and 20-foot-long chandeliers and Shanghai-influenced lounges.

"We are so proud to accept this prestigious award as Morimoto Asia is a true work of art," said Robert Consla, vice president of project development at Patina Restaurant Group in a news release.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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Sports on TV/radio for Thursday, June 21

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