More details added for epic HHN panel at Peacock Live

We recently reported on the new Universal fan event to rival D23. The new event is named Peacock Live and you can read all about that here.

We also informed you all of the great experiences coming to this new event. The panels and experiences will be presented on the famous Universal backlot one Hollywood and will give guests an unforgettable day of thrills and surprises!

That’s why we had to tell you all about a once-in-a-lifetime HHN panel will be presented on March 28 with HHN designers from the four corners of the globe from Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore!

The panel will include such HHN luminaries as Charles Gray from Orlando, Dan Perez from Japan, Gemma Lafraucheur from Singapore and the ghoulish John Murdy from HHN in Hollywood. It will also mark the first time that creatives from all 4 Universal theme parks that do HHN will be together on one stage at the same time! And just to be extra awesome, former HHN creative director Mike Aiello will also be moderating the HHN goodness!

If you’d like to attend you can get your tickets here!

Let us know in the comments if you will be attending!

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Is Universal Trying to Bring Doctor Who to HHN or the Wider Resort?

It’s a bold question but is Universal trying to bring Doctor Who to HHN?  We thought we would investigate to see if we can dig an answer up…

It’s all about licensing these days.  Whether you’re a Funko pop provider or a lunch box maker, licensing other peoples IPs for your product is a very lengthy and complex process, often taking years, even decades to complete.

Both The Exorcist and The Shining for their part in years’ past HHN both took many years of negotiation, sign-off, approval and design before the owners of these properties allowed their characters, sets and stories to be used for HHN.  Pepper into the mix the duration it took for Harry Potter to come to IOA or even how long Avatar took before it *finally* opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

But why Doctor Who?

The British TV series has been airing in the UK and around since 1963 with well over a dozen different actors taking on the eponymous character.  It has a following in the US and UK, though I would speculate that it is not in the same leagues as other big sci-fi fandoms such as Trek or Wars; however, it is a known brand and is well-liked, if not well followed.

We also know that many of the higher-ups at Universal love this property.  Former Head Honcho of HHN Mike Aiello expressed his love for the show on the ScareZone Podcast back in 2016, you can listen here.  When asked which show would be very, very hard to bring to HHN but one you would love to see, he answered: Doctor Who.

We do also know that the BBC, who own the rights to the time-travelling show, are not so easy to obtain permission from.  We recently reached out to the BBC and they told us:

The producer shall be in control of licensing the rights in their content which are primarily and directly designed to generate secondary commercial revenues, subject to:

a) a period of exclusivity in favour of the BBC which is sufficient for the BBC to deliver its audience promise;

AKA, the BBC would want to test the water first with the use of their characters and shows in their own uses first.  Which would suggest that they would want to see their own theme parks and experiences developed first before they ever reach out and license these to other companies.  To my knowledge, there aren’t any current running theme park productions out there but that doesn’t mean they’re not being worked on.  The rumored “Disneyland of Kent” is rumored to contain BBC properties but its construction has been long delayed.

b) certain provisions to protect the value of the BBC’s licence, reputation, and the investment it has made into the content and the content’s brand; and

Typical with all licensing agreements as they would want to protect their brand and ensure it is not exploited in an inappropriate manner.  This is settled by very long design meetings to ensure that every last detail is ironed out before it is released.

c) an appropriate share of revenue payable to the BBC.

Finances to be agreed etc.

d) the BBC recognises that other stakeholders (for example the producer itself and any commercial distributors) may have invested in the content.

Fairly standard wording for any contract, to ensure “open-book” and collaborative working is inspired.

When we reached out to the BBC they neither confirmed nor denied whether any attempts from Universal, NBC, or Comcast have been made to obtain the rights to the show.  However, in the UK, if you are not satisfied with the response, you can launch a “Freedom of Information Request” and should you provide the information needed to obtain such a request, you can obtain information from any organization that is publically run, such as the BBC.

We did this, waited a number of weeks and this was the response:

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As you can see, they said such matters are handled with the number of profit-making subsidiaries as listed above.  The one that would handle such negotiations (should they exist) would be BBC Studios Ltd, and as they are a private company they are not subject to this informational releasing law.  That being said, it gives us no confirmation as to whether any discussions have ever been held but it does show us that such programs are routinely being explored for future use at prestigious outlets such as Universal.  The company accounts for the period show that:

“various BBC owned properties are being discussed for licensing of experiential events and attractions.”

Could the good Doctor be one of them?

Only time will tell whether we will ever see the Timelord make an appearance at HHN or even Universal Orlando Resort.  What with Comcast’s dedication to using their own properties, it might be that such IPs are never realized in the future of Universal Orlando but should any discussions be found or even leaked we will be sure to let you know first!

We’re always on the case, though for this fan speculation we will mark it into the very, very, very unlikely category!

Would you like to see this BBC property or any other BBC property at Univeral Orlando?  Let us know in the comments!

Remember: all speculations (such as this) and rumor are just that and nothing is confirmed until Universal says officially.

Universal accidentally announces first house for 2020

Universal Studios in Hollywood have accidentally-on-purpose announced their first maze/house for 2020.

In a press release for the upcoming closure of their full-time The Walking Dead attraction they announced that the TV show would return this fall as a maze for HHN Hollywood. Here’s the sentence buried in the text:

“We look forward to the return of ‘The Walking Dead’ as a focal point in our slate of Halloween Horror Nights mazes this fall.”

This has to be the first time this has happened? And as hilarious as it may sound, it does give fans of the show something to look forward to even though the full-time attraction is going away!

Going to HHN Hollywood this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

The original story can be read here.

U.K. HHN Tickets NOW on SALE with SPECIAL OFFER

It can be said that in recent times tickets for HHN have weirdly gone on sale in the U.K. first long before any other country – including the very country that hosts both Orlando and Hollywood HHNs! Here’s the details:

What’s on sale?

The tickets for British guests are now on sale here.

What are they selling?

Currently they have the BOGO offer on their site which has been popular with a number guests.

BOGO: £70 per person, buy one night and get a second free (excludes Saturdays)

Single Night Admission: £70 per person and it excludes Saturdays

Frequent Fear Plus: £84 per person and allows unlimited access to HHN on the following nights:

September 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30

October 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

November 1.

Why does this happen?

Nobody knows for sure but typically British people vacation for longer and they often plan well in advance of their travel days, so offering these tickets early should drive sales.

Why is this significant?

Because it shows the BOGO and Frequent Fear passes are back but the main reason that this is interesting is (other than if you’re British you can buy your tickets now!) because it means the US tickets will go on sale soon!

So there you have it, if you’re British go get your tickets now!

Is Mardi Gras becoming a version of HHN?

Disney runs seasonal events all year long at Epcot. The success of their International Food and Wine Festival over the last 20 years has seen their event not only be extended into neighboring months but also with all new festivals being added in the spring and Christmas periods which are almost like diet versions of their huge popular fall festival.

So it was only a matter of time that Universal would take it’s popular event and extend it into the neighboring months of September and October. With HHN30 running from Sept 10 through Saturday, October 31. What was a three night event in 1990 is now a 39 night by 2020!

Whereas Epcot has just repackaged their Food and Wine Festival and held it at different times throughout the year, it would be quite different to do that with HHN and near impossible.

That’s why it was not so surprising that Mardi Gras this year at Universal Orlando has gone a little bit HHNish…

Running from Feb 1 to Apr 2, the event is now in its 25th edition at the park.

And not only are there parades, live music, speciality foods and beverages, VIP experiences but also a Tribute Store which is, to be fair, a little bit spooky!

The Tribute Store became a regular fixture at HHN in 2015 and it will now debut at Mardi Gras selling a range of themed merch for party goers. See below!

All these experiences and add-ons are very similar to HHN but without a haunted house thrown in we can categorically say that this event is NOT like HHN and it should be experienced!

The event changes each week with different experiences, live acts and foods appearing each week.

Be sure to check Universal’s official site to get your tickets to this exclusive party. So throw me some beads and I’ll see you in the Mardi Gras fog!

Will you be going to Mardi Gras this year? Let us know in the comments!

The Halloween Half Hour: Episode 7 – BBC/Netflix’s Dracula with Series Actor Tim Ingall

Join us for more spooky fun as we get all bloodthirsty and deep dive into the brand new adaptation of Dracula with actor Tim Ingall who plays Krasnaya Rubashka in episode 2!

We also have our spooky news roundup and discuss what horror-filled Christmas presents we received.

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy.

Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is apart of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com

This episode is also sponsored by Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast today at https://anchor.fm/app

Apple podcast link HERE

Other podcast apps including Spotify HERE

The Halloween Half Hour: Episode 6 – The Scream Queen Linnea Quigley

Join us for more spooky fun as we welcome horror icon and the original Queen of Scream Linnea Quigley.

We also have our spooky news roundup and a deep dive into the horror movies we’ve enjoyed this year.

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy.

Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is apart of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com.

This episode is also sponsored by Anchor.

Apple podcast link HERE

Other podcast apps including Spotify HERE

HHN30 Dates Confirmed

The World’s Premier Halloween Event Returns for Select Nights September 10 – October 31, 2020

On the heels of this year’s wildly-popular event, Universal Orlando Resort has revealed the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2020 – the 30th anniversary of the world’s premier Halloween event.  All-new scares, plus reimagined haunts inspired by the past, will invade Universal Studios Florida for 39 select nights from Thursday, September 10 – Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Guests visiting Universal Orlando’s world-class vacation destination select nights in September and October will be able to experience all of the horrors that await – including 10 brand-new haunted houses, five bone-chilling scare zones, live entertainment and more.

What began as a three-day event in Orlando in 1991 has become the world’s premier Halloween event – Halloween Horror Nights.  Each fall, as the sun sets on days filled with thrills and the night awakens with a frightening chill, the most terrifying names in horror and pop culture take over Universal Studios Florida – forcing guests to come face-to-face with what scares them most. Elaborately-themed haunted houses based on everything from cinematic greats and cult favorites to original abominations created by the twisted minds behind the event come to life – each filled with so much detail, they rival movie sets.  Hordes of menacing scareactors prey upon guests in various scare zones throughout the streets of the park.  And when guests need a break from the screams, they can enjoy live shows and Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions.

Halloween Horror Nights has grown into a global phenomenon and can also be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore each fall. Details and dates for those events will be revealed in the months ahead.

More information about Halloween Horror Nights 2020 at Universal Orlando – including experiences, tickets and offers – will be revealed next year.

Will you be going to HHN30? Let us know in the comments!

Cocktails and Screams is now open!

After months of heightened speculation and waiting, the coffin has finally opened and Orlando’s newest lounge bar is here!

Cocktails and Screams recently commenced taking patrons from places unknown and the ghouls are raving about it!

Starting yesterday October 5th the bar is now fully open at 39 West Palm Street. Containing a whole host of amazing monster movie props, pinball machines, and true horrific Instagramable set pieces, the bar is the new go to space for all the haunt freaks out there!

The menu is like something from Outer Space, imagine Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar but pimped out by Rob Zombie or Vincent Price. You simple have to try it this haunt season!

Are you going? Let us know in the comments!

Photos by Cocktails and Screams

Beetlejuice arrives at HHN Hollywood for special event

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, like totally, time travels to the 1980s with Throwback Thursdays in celebration of the decade’s bad to the bone darker side featured in a host of all-new terrifying mazes.

From classic 1980s movies such as Ghostbusters, Creepshow and Killer Klowns from Outer Space to contemporary shows and films inspired by the decade, including “Stranger Things” and Us, there is something totally gnarly about this era that comes to life during “Halloween Horror Nights.”

            Highlights of Throwback Thursdays include a not-so-friendly welcome from Chucky himself, live tribute band and DJ dance party hosted by Beetlejuice, classic ‘80s music videos and songs played throughout the event as well as themed food that will have guests spazzing and saying, Eat my Shorts!

To help guests capture the spirit of the ‘80s, they are invited to sport their finest decade-worthy attire trends, from leg warmers and high waisted jeans to scrunchie hair ties, fanny packs and shoulder pads.

Throwback Thursdays will take place every Thursday night during “Halloween Horror Nights” and is included as part of admission to the event.  All dates are: September 19-22, 26-29; October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31; and November 1-3, 2019.

Tickets are available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.