Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend is one of the largest horror conventions in this country, and it returns to the DoubleTree by Hilton at Universal Studios the weekend of October 24-26.
The event features an impressive line-up of celebrities from the realms of horror, science fiction and fantasy. This year will include appearances by current and past “The Walking Dead” cast members Melissa McBride (Carol) who will appear Saturday and Sunday only; Chandler Riggs (Carl), who will appear on Saturday only; and Michael Rooker (Merle), who also starred in the number one movie of the summer, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The DoubleTree by Hilton lodging brand announced it has opened a new Orlando location near the University of Central Florida main campus on August 13.
Located at 12125 High Tech Ave, this hotel underwent an multi-million dollar eight-month conversion process from the former Holiday Inn that occupied the spot. The six-story building features 246 renovated rooms with an updated exterior and lobby as well.
The guest rooms and suites are equipped with an ergonomic desk, Serta Perfect Sleeper beds and contemporary electronic door locks, along with DoubleTree by Hilton brand exclusives, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee choices from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and CITRON body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn.
Guests can enjoy a complimentary 24-hour fitness center, a large outdoor swimming pool, a complimentary 24-hour business center, and complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel.
It is also home to the upscale Mingos Restaurant & Lounge in the Orlando area. Executive chef Luis J. Negron, originally from the downtown location, is shaping the menu, which will offer popular steak and seafood dishes prepared with a creative flair and using locally-sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood brought in daily by local day boats.
For more information, or to make a reservation, visit orlandoeastucfarea.doubletree.com or call 407-275-9000.