Marathon of Mayhem Lagoon Shows Debuts at HHN29

The screams featured at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights will come to life in a whole new way with the debut of the nighttime lagoon show, “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem.” Guests will watch as terrifying moments inspired by some of the Halloween classics taking over the event come to life right before their eyes in the Universal Studios Florida lagoon. 

Giant water screens highlighting iconic horror scenes, accented with more than 100 fountains, awesome special effects, pounding electro music, lasers and more will bring this all-new experience to life – creating a larger-than-life mix tape that guests won’t want to miss. Guests will witness a twisted new take on Netflix’s Stranger Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space as they invade the Universal Studios lagoon for “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem,” running on event nights at the world’s premier Halloween event.

Are you excited for this new lagoon show? Let us know in the comments!

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Running Universal Announces Dates!

On the heels of the successful launch of its new mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its next Running Universal program with the JURASSIC WORLD Run. The two-day event begins on Saturday, November 16 with a 5K, along with the all-new 1K Kids’ Raptor Run, and continues on Sunday, November 17 with the first-ever 10K run.

To experience the ultimate “runner’s high,” participants can register with the Play All Day package, which invites JURASSIC WORLD fans to run it, then ride it.

On your mark, get set, go: the JURASSIC WORLD Run takes fitness buffs, runners and walkers alike (of all fitness levels) on 5K and all-new 10K run, both geared towards guests ages 5-years and older, while the all-new Kids’ 1K Raptor Run targets those between the ages of 4-years and 12-years.

All participants will receive a collectable Finisher medal; those who complete the 5K and 10K runs will receive an exclusive Challenge medal. The JURASSIC WORLD Run will conclude at the Universal CityWalk finish line and feature a lively celebration at the 5 Towers Stage.

As part of the event, participants will venture through areas of the new thrill ride, including the iconic JURASSIC WORLD arches. As guests wind their way through the historic movie set backlot, they will also have the unique opportunity to enjoy a series of fun photo ops set up along the way, including JURASSIC film props, and one with Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies.

The JURASSIC WORLD 5K Run begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, followed by the Kids’ 1K Raptor Run at 7:30 a.m.  The program begins at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 17.  

Registration is now open will fill up quickly as space is limited. Click here to register and to learn more about the Standard, VIP and Play All Day packages available.

The JURASSIC WORLD Run continues Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Running Universal” series, which launched with the sold-out Minion Run in May 2019. These unique runs offer participants unprecedented access to sprint their way through Universal Studios Hollywood and parts of Universal Studios’ historic backlot, made famous in more than 8,000 movies and television shows.

Click here to register now!

HHN29 Scarezones Announced!

Guests will navigate five scare zones filled with menacing scare-actors that will stalk their every move: they’ll become prey to zombies as they enter the world of Zombieland, based-on Sony Pictures’ 2009 cult classic hit and its upcoming sequel out on October 18; try to escape horrifying creatures inspired by the popular music of horror icon Rob Zombie; and find themselves in three original nightmares created by the twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team – Anarch-cade, Vanity Ball and Vikings Undead.

• Zombieland: Double Tap: As guests enter the streets of New York, they’ll be thrown into the world of Zombieland where they must escape bloodthirsty zombies or become a midnight snack.

• Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe: Inspired by the heavy metal horror music of Rob Zombie, guests will be surrounded by otherworldly beings, brutal maniacs and menacing machines all while they scream along to Zombie’s haunting lyrics on the streets of San Francisco.

• Anarch-cade: On Avenue of the Stars, guests will enter a sinister 80s-inspired arcade where they only get one life. Their fear will level up as they try to flee a band of neon slashers, highlighted in black lights, with chainsaws.

• Vikings Undead: Brutal, horn-helmeted warriors will rise from the grave and seize Central Park. Guests will become victims of these skeletal fighters and draugr, reanimated corpses who have channeled their vindictive rage into an endless onslaught of gore.

• Vanity Ball: On the streets of Hollywood, guests will quickly discover beauty is pain as they watch artists turn willing participants into horrific living works of art.

Graveyard Games house announced for Orlando

Created by Universal Orlando as an original concept house, Graveyard Games will transport guests to a haunted cemetery where vengeful spirits have been awakened from their graves. As guests venture through the graveyard in the dead of night, the ghastly apparitions will rise from their tombstones, ready to torment any soul who so foolishly disturbs them.  But the graveyard is not meant for the living…and guests will soon realize that no one gets out alive.

Are you excited for this house? Let us know in the comments!

Two Crazy Good & New Items Coming to HHN29

Whilst the fantabulous Jordan Peele’s Us was announced today by Universal, they also snuck out a few hints of what to expect at the event. And whilst they posted the usual awesome selection of “must do’s” that included trying to Stay and Scream and the paid extra experience of Scareactor dining, they also dropped two new discreet items coming to the event. Buckle up as the first one is very interesting!

Ladies and gentleman, we introduce to you, the S’mores Fries! These sickly sweet must try confections will be exclusively sold in the KidZone area at one of the pizza fries locations.

They will be a mixture of marshmallows, sweet potato fries, chocolate, whipped cream, and Graham cracker crumbs. Making your choice between the staple pizza fries or new s’mores fries just that bit harder!

The other cool new edition will be for UOAPs only and will be cool new button that will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, though Universal have yet to announce where these buttons will be available from.

So two cool new items and confirmation of pizza fries’ return! Let us know in the comments if you’ll be going after these new additions!

Jordan Peele’s Us Comes to Both US HHNs!

The reality unearthed in Universal Pictures’ global horror film blockbuster, Us, from visionary Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele, becomes perilously tethered to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort in all-new terrifying “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes, debuting this September.

Featuring the unnerving labyrinth of underground tunnels that stretch from coast to coast below America, to the disorienting and the ominous uprising of “The Tethered”— doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country—the “Us” maze will place guests at the heart of this living nightmare where they quickly realize they are their own worst enemy.

The journey begins circa 1986 as guests follow in the footsteps of the young girl they first meet as Adelaide Wilson as she innocently ventures through a mirror funhouse at the Santa Cruz boardwalk and has a fateful and traumatic encounter with her tethered doppelgänger, an event that will forever alter both of their lives.  The harrowing experience will then transition to present day, thrusting guests into the chaos of “The Tethered” uprising as they emerge from their tunnels to murder their privileged doubles in a nationwide coordinated act of rebellion. 

“It’s very exciting to know that fans of Us will get to experience firsthand the terror of being stalked and tormented by ‘The Tethered.’ It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to create a monster that would scare people on Halloween, so having ‘The Tethered’ join such esteemed company is a dream come true,” said Jordan Peele. 

“Jordan Peele has put his indelible stamp on a new genre of psychological horror films with the Academy Award®-winning movie, Get Out and the critically-acclaimed film, Us,” said John Murdy, Executive Producer, “Halloween Horror Nights,” Universal Studios Hollywood.  “And, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with him and his talented team to bring his unique vision for Us to life as a ‘living horror movie’ as part of ‘Halloween Horror Nights.’”

“The idea that ‘we are our own worst enemy’ and the visuals around that notion are what made the story of Us so compelling, personal and exciting for our design team to translate,” said Michael Aiello, Sr. Director of Entertainment Creative for Universal Orlando Resort. “Surrounding our guests in that horrific world of duality Jordan Peele created is a perfect fit for Universal’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights.’”

Are you excited for Jordan Peele’s Us coming to HHN? Let us know in the comments!

Concept Drawings: David S Pumpkins Ride!?

Universal has today filed two weird patents for two new tower type rides. One which could feature a number of interactive props that may self determine the outcome of the ride and the other features a number of rooms in one giant tower that guests would experience as they assent the proposed tower; which reminds us of that famous Saturday Night Live sketch of David S. Pumpkins!

The interactive tower ride option features four towers with ride vehicles that interact with projections and special effects that create an “immersive environment with which the riders may interact with each other.” There are also options within the attraction for some form of scoring system which might indicate the ride being themed to a game, say perhaps Nintendo?

The second patent includes a number of rooms stacked on top of one another where the ride’s vehicles are able to go in and out of the rooms whilst being able to also rotate and twist, with the options to also ascend and descend the tower throughout the experience. The attraction would also be designed to enable a number of different vehicles the ability to negotiate the towers and perhaps different routes thus giving guests a different experience on each ride.

Ascending a tower up and down whilst visiting different rooms sure does sound like David S Pumpkins and pumpkins is a NBC property after all! But building a whole attraction outta just this concept would be sheer bonkers!

The likely theming of the two potential rides might come to fruition at the new park that was just announced called Epic Universe. But like most patents, they may not even see the light of day and never be actually used!

Any questions?

Would you like these rides to come to Universal in any of their parks? Let’s us know in the comments which IPs you think would most benefit from these designs!

Creepshow Comes to HHN Hollywood!

Creepshow will scare the creep out of guests when this this all-new HHN maze, inspired by the 1982 cult classic movie and Shudder’s all-original anthology series, debuts as part of Universal Studios Hollywood’s wildly popular nighttime event, kicking off on Friday, September 13.

The original Creepshow movie, created by legendary director George Romero, and the all-new series, debuting on Shudder’s streaming service, reimagined by acclaimed make-up artist, director and executive producer, Greg Nicotero, invites “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to step into the anthology’s comic book pages to experience five terrible tales of terror guided by The Creep, the skeletal namesake of the comic book.

“I’ve partnered with Universal Studios Hollywood and ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ for years and it’s a thrill to bring ‘Creepshow’ to life for the fans as part of this year’s iconic event,” said Greg Nicotero. “I consider myself honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside George Romero and many other groundbreaking filmmakers who have inspired me.  So to be able to create a television show based on the Creepshow movie, and then see it come to life as a ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze is a great way to pay tribute to this legendary filmmaker and introduce this incredible anthology series to a fans old and new.”

“We’re thrilled to bring this beloved horror classic to ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ as well as introduce our fans to the upcoming Shudder series,” said John Murdy, Executive Producer, “Halloween Horror Nights.”  We’ve had a long association with Greg Nicotero as part of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and getting the opportunity to again work with his talented special effects team at KNB FX brings a whole other level of authenticity to this incredible maze experience.”

Capturing the essence of the original film that touted, “the most fun you’ll have getting scared,” to Shudder’s assertion that “a new generation of horror has risen from the dead,” the five frightening fables featured in the maze include:

·       “Father’s Day” – Years ago Nathan Grantham, the cruel patriarch of the wealthy Grantham family, was murdered by his long-suffering daughter on Father’s Day. Now Nathan’s maggot-infested corpse has risen from the grave to take revenge on his inheritors…and finally claim his Father’s Day cake.

 

·       “The Crate” – An unlucky janitor finds a long-forgotten shipping crate under the stairs of a science hall in a small east coast college. Little does he know, the crate contains a ravenous beast that’s been hibernating for over a hundred years…and it’s just woken up.

 

·       “They’re Creeping Up On You” – Eccentric billionaire Upson Pratt lives in a hermetically sealed “germ proof” penthouse apartment in Manhattan but he still has a bug problem. When a citywide blackout cuts his power, Mr. Pratt’s pest problem is about to get a whole lot worse.

 

·       “Gray Matter” – Ritchie Grenadine, an alcoholic former factory worker, unknowingly ingests a strange mutagen after guzzling a can of cheap beer. Now an alien fungus has taken over his rundown apartment and his body…creating in him an insatiable hunger that can’t be quenched by his favorite ale.

 

·       “Bad Wolf Down” – The surviving members of a decimated American army platoon in the North of France during World War II are holed up in a small village jail awaiting the German army to overwhelm them. The clever lot, however, have an ace up their sleeve that the German’s won’t expect; the men are all werewolves and tonight is a full moon.

Let us know in the comments if you’re going to HHN Hollywood and if you are excited for Creepshow!

Rumor: Dracula Dark Ride Coming to Universal Orlando Resort?

As rumored by us in February of this year, the rumored Universal Monsters portion of the new theme park currently in development may have revealed its first E-Ticket ride!

With thanks to our pal Alecia Stella again, she has managed to locate leaked documents that show a large ride that appears to be themed around Dracula’s Castle. Via a video on her own site she suggests that a leaked document shows that a ride based around these classic characters is to be built at the new park.

To see the supposed leaked images and hear her fantastic commentary follow the link here. According to her video, the ride’s design predates the Forbidden Journey and was originally designed around Van Helsing!

Also, it is HEAVILY rumored that this week Universal will finally announce what’s going to be in that new park that they are currently building! Keep your eyes peeled for a BIG announcement this week!

And finally, if you want to dig deep into the history of these characters then you need to read our guide here.

So there you have it. Would you love to see a Universal Monsters dark ride at Universal Orlando? Let us know in the comments!

Killer Klowns Confirmed for BOTH Coasts!!

Mazes based on the cult 1980s film favorite, the “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” will be appeared at both Orlando and Hollywood HHNs.

The mazes will transport guests to the sleepy small town of Crescent Cove, taken over by a pack of murderous clown-like creatures. Guests will be lured by the sweet smell of cotton candy and ice-cream and find themselves in an otherworldly circus tent where they’ll come face-to-face with the crazed klowns and their sinister, side-splitting antics. As they make their way through the Big Top Space Ship, guests will witness diabolical klowns making cotton candy cocoons from unsuspecting victims and will realize the joke’s on them as they are next to become the gooey snack.

From one shrieking klown to the next, the mazes will lead guests through the doomed community of Crescent Cove to an eerie amusement park closed for the season. Trapped in a terrifying funhouse full of killer klowns, guests will be left screaming as there’s no stopping this twisted three-ring circus.

From the highly successful scarezone of last year to a full house on both coasts, fans are surely in for an amazing ride with the Klowns!

Do you love the Klowns and are you excited? Let us know in the comments!