Halloween Horror Nights was cancelled on October 6th and 7th for Hurricane Matthew to keep the team and cast safe. A rumor has been floating around lately that two dates would be added to the calendar, and we are happy to announce that it has officially been confirmed!
Universal Orlando Kept Their Promise!
Upon initial announcement of HHN26, UO gave a promise of 30 nights of terror for guests, as well as 30 nights of work for its staff, house attendants, and performers. Upon cancellation of October 6th and 7th, that promise was essentially broken, leaving Fear Pass holders with two lost opportunities to attend, and all cast and team with two days without work or pay.
UO Resort was kind enough to validate Frequent Fear and Frequent Fear Plus passholders for that following Saturday, 10/8, to make up for the two lost days. However, an issue arose when Ultimate Fear Pass holders (valid for all 30 event nights) began complaining that they weren’t being compensated for their two lost nights, yet the lower rung passholders received an extra day to attend that they wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
The Official Announcement
Today Universal Orlando let the cat out of the bag and announced the two extra nights being added to the HHN event calendar.
This may not come as surprise to some, as the rumor of this has been making its rounds since last Wednesday October 12.
Possible Resulting Issues
Many performers and team members assigned to Halloween Horror Nights planned to be over and done with the event after Oct 31, and have already planned to return to their normal sleep schedules, work routines, or even hometowns. This essentially means that November 4th and 5th will be missing a few actors here and there. If you have a favorite scene in a house or a favorite character in a scarezone, the actors unfortunately may not be there for you to enjoy one last time.
Food and merchandise may be affected as well, in a few possible ways. The supply of the popular “blood sucker” Jell-O booze beverage may run thin, and the dates in which the merchandise is discounted may move to the last two dates rather than what was previously the last weekend of October. Merchandise is typically discounted on the last day or so of the event, an effort by UO to get rid of the remaining supply. Those planning to attend Oct 31 in hopes of going on shopping spree may be in for paying more than they anticipated if this is the case.
Despite these potential set backs, there’s no reason not to rejoice! Our favorite Halloween event is sticking with us for longer than we anticipated! These new dates being after Halloween, it may not be too crowded, either!
Will you be attending the two new dates? Let us know in the comments!
Photo by Travis Terrell