More Details on “Chance in Hell” Scarezone

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A few sources of ours have recently given us additional details about Chance’s scarezone, and it is finally time to pass this information onto you guys!

Will Chance actually be in her scarezone?

There has been much talk on whether or not the character of Chance herself will be in her scarezone as well as her house, and for various reasons, many people are saying she won’t. We are happy to inform you today that she will be there! Not only will she be there, but she will have her own main stage in the center of her scarezone!

A few days ago we showed you the 4 new stages that have appeared between Minion Mayhem and Shrek 4-D for “Chance in Hell” (shown above), but our reliable sources have informed us that there is a larger, fifth stage stored backstage that will be hauled out on a trailer nightly for event nights. This stage will host Chance herself, giving us ominous speeches and killing innocents! Indeed, Chance will have her own, mini-show of sorts, in the center of her scarezone, very close to the entrance of the park.

Some people ask why the Chance scarezone is not located near her house, but this additional information helps it all make sense. The large event logo dangling above the scarezone can be seen all the way from the main gates, making it the first thing people see when they enter the park, and now on top of this, one of the first characters guests will see is Chance herself.

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This year will truly have a grand entrance that encompasses the entire events overall theme.

So what about the other 4 stages?!

We are glad you asked. A few months back, this blueprint for one of the stages made it to the public eye, before the stages ever showed up:

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For a long while, it was assumed that the bloody figure on this stage would be an actor or actress, that would scream at guests and declare their loyalty to Chance. This, as we have learned, is not the case. Nay, it is actually a lot cooler than that…..

That bloody figure is actually a dead body, with marionette strings attached to their limbs. Yes, you read that right. The four stages on either side of the street will have bloody corpse puppets! They will be made to dance and jig with the strings attached to their decomposing wrists, ankles, and elbows! Whether there will be an actor above the stage maneuvering the strings remains to be seen, but we became very excited to learn this!

Scarezones in this location over the past few years have been a bit bare and lacking in scares (i.e Scary Tales: Screampunk, and MASKerade: Unstitched)

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Tin Man, Snow White, Prince Charming, and Knight in Shining Armor at HHN25’s “Scary Tales: Screampunk”
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HHN24’s “MASKerade: Unstitched”

Will “Chance in Hell” breathe new life into this scare zone location? We are hoping so, but we won’t know for sure until Sept 16th!

Scarezone update 8/25!

Another update on the progress of scarezone decoration for you guys…..

We visited the park today to check out the scarezone props and set pieces as the days grow closer and closer to opening night. There isn’t much pulp to this article today, mostly photos. Enjoy!

Dead Man’s Wharf is Getting Very Decorated

The boat that we showed you guys a week ago is getting a crazy makeover and it is looking fantastic!

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In addition to all the new nautical decorations added to the shipwreck, they have also added barrels, nets, a lifeboat, crab traps, and lobster traps to the other end of the scarezone. Note that some of the pieces are covered in tarps. This means that under those tarps are dead bodies and gorey remains that can’t be shown to day guests due to their graphic nature.

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A Chance in Hell gets Stages

Evidence of the “A chance in Hell” scarezone are finally starting to pop up, currently in the form of four stages with red velvet curtains and a large dangling theater proscenium above. There are three stages on the Shrek 4-D side, and one on the Minion Mayhem side. We speculate that Chance herself may stand on one of these stages during the event. The proscenium is the same design as that of the logo for this year’s event.

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Survive Or Die: Apocalypse Recieves More Details

Lots more scrap metal, grapevines, and nets have been added throughout the Manhattan area for this scarezone, but the most notable is the decrepit car that we showed you guys a bit of last week. It now has even more vegetation in it, and even has a tree growing out of it’s moonroof!

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Besides the car receiving further treatment, many details have been added here and there to the two watchtowers and oxygen machine tower, like gas masks, amongst other things.

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First Signs of Vamp ’55 Scarezone Finally Appear

Banners for the parade in this scarezone have shown their face. The parade is for a local High School celebrating pride for their school and sports team, “The Suns.” Although they are literally the only thing added for the Vampire scarezone on Hollywood Boulevard, it’s more than nothing.

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Do you like how the scarezones are shaping up? Let us know in the comments here and on our Facebook page!

Scarezone Construction updates + Tix now at Publix!

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Last week we gave you guys a bit of a peek into the construction of the “Survive or Die: Apocalyspe” scarezone (check it out here) and now there’s even more to show you!

Overview

The “Survive or Die: Apocalyspe” scarezone takes guests to a war torn and dilapidated Manhatten cityscape, many years past the apparent end of times. The planet no longer has any trees or other forms of vegetation besides grapes (more on these grapes soon)

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The statue of Lew R Wasserman has been overrun by grapevines!

A tribe of armageddon surviviors have their hands on one of the last remaining oxygen generating machines, which provides their established camp with clean air to breathe. Of course though, with the challenge to survive presented to all that are still on the worse for wear planet, scavenging survivors want that machine and the oxygen it provides for their own survival. Are you a friend of the town, or foe? Will you join the survivors and share their oxygen, or betray them and try to take the machine and oxygen supply for yourself?

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The Watchtower

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Last week, we showed you guys the beginning stages of one of the watchtowers the survivors will use to protect their precious oxygen generator from intruders, and now it looks nearly complete. It’s essentially a tower surrounded by barbed, chain link fence. The bottom level of the watchtower has lots of garabage in it, which the survivors use for scrap to craft other tools.

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Amongst much of the scrap, a bike can be found.

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Amongst the garbage is something to take note of: a garbage can full of empty glass bottles. This is where the grapes come in. Being that it is the apocalypse, water is quite difficult to come by, but luckily for the survivors, grapes and the vines they grow on seem to be thriving in this new world. Survivors harvest these grapes for their juices for hydration, as well as face paint and other various uses one might have for grapes. They even make wine out of it!

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The aforementioned pail full of bottles can be seen here

The Oxygen Machine

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The camp’s most precious possession, the Oxygen Generator, is located near the center of the Manhattan area, perched atop a second watchtower. It has tubes on either end, one for intake and one for output, and a storage compartment for emergency use oxygen underneath it’s main engines.

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Just like the watchtower, it is surrounded by a protective barrier of barbed chain link fence. Similarly, there is scrap junk underneath on it’s first level as well. Outside of the tower is a cart, much like that which a homeless man would have, with additional garbage on it, and a pet crate that contains rats.

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The Car

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One of the more interesting set pieces in this scarezone is a full size, mangled and decrepit BMW Sedan.

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Much like the statue of Lew R Wasserman, the vehicle has been taken over by grapevines, which have distorted the car with it’s uninhibited growth.

The Tunnels

We showed you guys photos of the tunnels last week, but we have since had the chance to check them out for ourselves, and we must say, they have low clearance!

A Bit of Dead Man’s Wharf, too

On top of all the Survive or Die updates, we were also able to check out the fantastic looking shipwreck in the San Francisco scarezone “Dead Man’s Wharf!”

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The boat is smack dab in the middle of the promenade for all guests to see. It is covered in barnacles and rot, as if it has been under the sea for quite sometime and recently recovered from it’s watery grave.

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The front of the boat is wrecked open, seemingly from whatever if crashed into, eventually causing it’s sinking.

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BONUS NEWS: Tickets are now on sale at your nearby Publix Supermarket!

As we mentioned in our guide to buying your tickets to this year’s HHN (check it out here) tickets at Florida and Georgia resident discounted prices become available at Publix Supermarkets in special displays, and they have finally arrived!

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Visit your local Publix store now to take advantage of you Florida resident prices without having to make a visit all the way to Universal Orlando! Please be aware, proof of Florida or Georgia residency is required.

Are you excited to see the event come together? Let us know in the comments!

 

The Twisted Tales Of Fx’s Critically Acclaimed “American Horror Story” Franchise Comes To Life At HHN

 

One of the most horrifying and wickedly gruesome shows in television history is bleeding off the screen and into your nightmares.

American Horror Story, FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series that has terrorized viewers for five suspenseful installments, will come to life at “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, beginning Friday, September 16.

Three chapters of American Horror Story will haunt the nation’s best, most intense Halloween event in all-new frightening mazes. Guests will embark on a terrifying journey to become the next doomed residents of Murder House from Installment 1, tortured performers in the disturbing and twisted Freak Show from Installment 4, and victims of the otherworldly, death-dealing Hotel from Installment 5.

For the first time ever, guests will venture through Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking horror anthology, encountering a plethora of iconic scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to their very core. Twisted scenes from Murder House will unleash the evil spirits that possess the Harmon estate, spiraling guests through decades of the tortured dead who previously resided there. In Freak Show, guests will join a troupe of biological misfits in a sinister sideshow where they’ll be stalked by the murderous and deformed Twisty the Clown. Finally, guests will succumb to the warped desires of The Countess after checking in to the haunted Hotel Cortez, conceived from the beginning as a torture chamber for its customers.

“American Horror Story is one of the most disturbing television shows ever produced, and with such perverse storylines unfolding with each installment, Halloween Horror Nights is undoubtedly the only place that could create a living version of the nightmares that Ryan Murphy dreams up,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “Plus, as a fan favorite, ‘American Horror Story’ has been the number one requested maze from our guests and we’re excited to let them know that we listened to them and are bringing ‘American Horror Story’ to life.”

“‘American Horror Story’ is engaging for so many reasons, one of them being the fantastic way each installment of the series reveals completely new characters and stories for its viewers,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort. “It’s that constant evolution that makes this popular series a perfect fit for Halloween Horror Nights – and we can’t wait for our guests to experience some of the horror they’ve seen on the show.”

“20th Century Fox Consumer Products is thrilled to team once again with Universal Studios to premiere visionary Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series, ‘American Horror Story’ through an all-new Halloween Horror Night maze,” said Greg Lombardo, SVP of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. “The attraction – which showcases multiple chapters from the acclaimed FX anthology – offers a chilling live-action thrill and simultaneously complements the series highly anticipated premiere on September 14th.”

Captivating – and shocking – viewers since its debut in 2011, “American Horror Story” has won 13 Emmys, two Golden Globes, four Critics’ Choice Awards and one People’s Choice Award. “American Horror Story” 6 begins September 14 on FX.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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Scarezones receive artwork +Construction begins!

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Just a bit of an update for you guys…..

Scarezones Get Their Banners and Locations

Along with slight name changes, the scarezones now have their banners that will be used in the maps as well as other printed media. Along with that, we have a pretty solid idea of where the scarezones will be located. Check them out below!

Survive or Die: Apocalyspe, located in the large Manhattan area (surrounding Mummy ride)

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Name change: Subtitle “Apocalypse” added

Lair of the Banshees, located in Central Park (forested area by Animal Actor’s stage)

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Name change: Banshee’s Lair -> Lair of the Banshees

Dead Man’s Wharf, in San Francisco Area (former location of “Disaster”)

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Vamp ’55, located on Hollywood Boulevard (Terminator 2 3D)

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Slight name change: Vamp 1955 -> Vamp ’55

Chance In Hell, between Shrek and Minion Mayhem.

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Scarezone Construction has Officially Begun

Besides the stage that is still currently going up for the Academy of Villians: House of Fear show, scarezone pieces are beginning to pop up in the Manhattan area for the “Survive or Die: Apocalyspe” zone, including these tunnels that guests will walk through:

The rest of the constructs that are coming up we cannot determine beyond any doubts what they could be used for at this time. We can speculate, though, that these may end up becoming watch towers of sorts, used by survivors of the apocalyspe to watch over their makeshift town for unwanted intruders and guard their oxygen machine.

Tomorrow, August 17th, marks 30 days until HHN26 kicks off, and things are really going to begin to speed up. Stick with us at HHN Unofficial for further updates!

 

AHS Set to Become the New TWD

Yep, you read that right, American Horror Story (yet to be announced by Universal) will soon take-up the place left by the departing zombie franchise and be welcomed back to HHN on an annual basis.  You also heard it here first!

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For those who have not seen the series it is an anthology based horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as a horror collection series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own beginning, middle, and end.  Some plot elements are loosely inspired by true events.

So what’s happening?  We’re hearing that an announcement could be any day, in fact, as you’re reading this they’ve probably announced it.  ScareZone also has this trouble with getting announcements out!  The reason behind the lack of announcement on AHS is the fact that internally, the marketing department wanted to do a joint announcement on the 5th or 12th September with the Network announcing the new season of the show.  What with everyone questioning why the house has not been announced, leads us to think that the house will probably be announced any day now.  This limbo in announcements has effectively lead the house to become one of the best / worst kept secrets in the event’s history!

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So what’ll be in the house?  The house will feature all the best scares from three different seasons.  The seasons will be: 1, 4 and 5.  Season One was called ‘Murder House’ and was released in 2011.  The story takes place in the present day and follows the Harmon family who move from Boston to Los Angeles and soon meet the former residents of their new home.

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Season Four was ‘Freak Show’ (2014 – 15) which was about the quiet town of Jupiter, Florida and follows a struggling freak show led by Elsa Mars.  Decades have passed since the public has looked upon freak shows as a form of entertainment, but Elsa dreams of finding a home for her “monsters”, as well as her own fame.   The image of this season has been teased by us, other sites and HHN’s own Twitter handle.

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The other season to feature will be Season Five’s ‘Hotel’ (2015 – 16).  Set in Los Angeles in the haunted, retro Hotel Cortez which was built to become a torture chamber for the customers by the founder James Patrick March. The wardens of the hotel include the 111-year-old vampire, Elizabeth Johnson, and the front sinister desk clerk and manager, Iris.

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So what’s next?  Next year’s HHN27 will feature seasons 2, 3 and 6. ‘The Asylum’ (2012 – 2013), ‘The Coven’ (2013 – 2014) and the new unnamed Season 6, which will air this Fall.  Season Six is rumoured to be called ‘The Lost Colony’.  Whether these three seasons will be collected together in one house, multiple houses or on the streets is unknown.

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The Walking Dead is set to leave this year’s HHN after an impressive record breaking five year run at the event.  From the information we have found it appears AHS is set to be with HHN for at least this and next year, with a future potential for more houses after this, effectively making AHS the new TWD!

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So who is excited about AHS finally coming to HHN?

HUGE Dedicated HHN Store Returns for #HHN26

That’s right folks, a dedicated HHN store will return for Halloween Horror Nights this year.  Introduced last year in the former Aftermath store inside the Twister attraction, the store was an immediate hit, selling out of many of its lines.

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The house which served as part museum of props from past HHNs to specialist store selling all manner of HHN goods, was popular with fans of the event and the general pubic alike.   It sold general HHN merch such as hoodies, tees and shot glasses but mixed it up with the sale of props and limited edition items.

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So what’s happening this year I hear you cry?  Well, HHN is going bigger and better than ever before!  Could you expect any less from them?

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The new store will be located here inside the Macy’s Store.  Which has had a number of different uses over the years…

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The store was originally used to house the The Screen Test Home Video Adventure which would take willing park guests and transform them into their own episode of Star Trek, featuring all the classic Trek actors.  In 1996 it was replaced by The Islands of Adventure Preview Center.  

This now empty space will be transformed into another amazing entry into HHN lore, again will feature a wide selection of props and sets whilst selling what is rumored to be the biggest ever selection of HHN merchandise. 

Expect props, one of a kind pieces, limited edition items, lithographs, posters; plus the usual t-shirts, shot glasses, hoodies, vinyls, masks, cups, mugs etc.

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Are you excited for the new store?  Will you be buying lots of new merchandise?  Do you collect the tees?  Let us know in the comments!