Universal made the difficult decision today to cancel the HHN events at both Orlando and Hollywood; rumors were already circulating that Hollywood had been striking sets following drone footage of the alleged activities. However, it was formally announced yesterday, they said in a statement:
Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have made the difficult decision to not hold Halloween Horror Nights events this year. Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests, using the enhanced health and safety procedures already in place. Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe.
We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed, too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021.
The levels in Covid in Florida have been steadily increasing over the last few weeks. This comes as Disney World recently opened and instantly garnered international criticism via the press for the decision. Hollywood on the other hand is still closed due to State mandates.
It is very sad that this event should be canceled, especially to the Team Members, Scareactors, seasonal workers, vendors, and fans who dedicate their time every fall (and for many, it is a year-round dedication!) to the event. Whilst it is a decision that Universal wish they never had to take, we know ultimately that is was the right one.
We look forward to 2021 and to see what it brings us.
Keep your eyes on HHNU for any further developments or news and rumors for 2021.