Disney has been home to perhaps the most famous of all haunted houses ever with the Haunted Mansion. However, rumors were spiralling last week that Disney were in the final stages of planning a temporary haunted house for this year’s Halloween celebrations.
Rumors said that the house would borrow from the traditional and annual haunted houses of say HHN but would be milder and more child focused. If true this would be the first time that Disney has built such an experience.
The rumors appear to have been based on some form of fact as yesterday Disney announced that at their California Adventure park they would be debuting the Redwood Creek Challenge Trial in answer to this guest demand for something new this Halloween.
Disney describes the new attraction as:
Transformed into a wondrous and ethereal world of Disney villains unlike anything seen before, Redwood Creek will be tricked out in a dreamlike environment. This new experience unfolds in a series of scenes, each creating a hauntingly beautiful dream-space of color, sound, light and shadows, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world.
So being that it’s mostly outdoors but features “haunting scenes” it would indicate that this attraction is some form of hybrid between house and scarezone but with the usual Disney difference.
The new attraction is part of the separately ticketed event named as the Oogie Boogie Bash and is the new name for their nightly Halloween party.
Included with this party are: ‘Villainous’ a new show in the World of Colour space, candy trails, DescenDance party, a frightful parade, character encounters plus the usual Halloween time attractions of decorations, special fireworks and attraction overlays.
April 23 tickets go on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa card holders. April 30 tickets go on sale to the general public.
One of many questions we get on a regular basis here at HHNU is ‘when is Jack coming back?’. The mischievous clown has been appearing on and off at HHN for over 20 years and he is the icon that everybody loves to see.
And every single year we get a little bit of hype that he might be appearing. For example, fans got very excited a few years ago when deep in the website code it had ‘Jack.jpeg’ which was later found to be Jack from The Shining.
But this year we *could* see him guest star for a limited period. That’s if Universal does a repeat of HHN19. That year was the year of The Usher and it was right before the big anniversary year of HHN20.
HHN20 was a big deal and it saw all the past icons (sans Bloody Mary) gather to reveal who their real puppet master was: Fear. But in order to hype up the anniversary event for HHN20 they added a scarezone right at the end of HHN19’s run to act as a preview for the big year to come.
The Scarezone was called Shadows of the Past and it was presented in the Sting Alley. The sets were lightly themed and gallons of dry ice were deployed to hide the shadows lurking in the fog.
These shadows included:
• The Caretaker (2002’s Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear)
• The Director (2003’s Halloween Horror Nights 13)
• Eddie Schmidt (2001’s Halloween Horror Nights XI)
• Terra Queen (2005’s Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror)
• The Gentlemen (2005’s Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror)
• Nightmare (2002’s Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear)
• Jack the Clown (2000’s Halloween Horror Nights X)
• The Usher
• Jason Voorhees (2007’s Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage)
• Alice from Wonderland
Photos are below
It was a great end of season run teaser for the anniversary event coming for their 20th. But that’s not the only time Universal has done this…
HHN25 was also a big anniversary year and it saw the triumphant return of Jack and Chance back together again. That’s why at the very end of HHN24 Universal projected a video on walls in the lines to select houses that teased a Jack like figure lurking in the shadows. The same video was released the day after the end of HHN24 to tease the coming HHN25 via their official YouTube.
So there you have it, with HHN30 right around the corner, who knows if they’ll tease a bit of Jack for HHN29?
And remember this is just history and speculation, nothing is confirmed until Universal confirms it!
Imagine yourself transported back to Ancient Rome where a ruthless emperor reigns and gladiatorial games are put on for bloody entertainment. Add in bloodthirsty creatures and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Nightingales: Blood Pit – an all-new haunted house at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando.
Here’s what you need to know about the next chapter in this fan-favorite original storyline of the nightingales…
Ancient Rome is suffering its worst drought in centuries. The ruthless emperor has declared the gladiatorial games to continue nonstop until the rains return. The gruesome bloodshed of the games is horrifying enough, but then come the creatures.
As the blood soaks into the earth, the nightingales feed on the dead and dying. The nightingales are a grisly race of creatures that have been here since the dawn of time. You may think you’re familiar with their past feeding frenzies, but you haven’t seen them like this. You’ll try to survive alongside the gladiators as the ravenous nightingales tear into their victims and notice that fresh blood has come into their midst…
How do you feel about the Nightingales from HHN21 returning? Let us know in the comments!
This week Universal Orlando has opened a great new ‘haunt’ for us HHN fReAkS to lurk in year round!
The Horror Store has just opened in the old Terminator gift store on Hollywood Blvd. And it is a must do for HHN fans as woven into the decorations of the building are not only excellent props and set pieces from Universal Monster movies but also cameos from past HHN houses, including HHN Bear! Here’s the pictures:
Let us know in the comments if you’ll be dropping some 💰💰 here!
So yesterday we had word that Warner Bros will not be holding their annual Halloween event Horror Made Here in 2019. They also suggested that it is likely to return in the future, possibly for 2020.
Fans immediately started speculating that this decision by Warner’s to not use their vast horror library this year *could* mean that Universal could use them for HHN. We’ll surely find out over the next few months as and when Universal announce their upcoming houses.
But for fans that can’t wait to dive into some horror goodness, it was announced last week that a special new form of horror attraction has opened up in LA.
I Like Scary Movies has opened this month and it exclusively contains a number of Warner Bros movies! Here’s what the site says:
I Like Scary Movies is the experience that all scary movie fans have been dreaming of! A groundbreaking immersive art installation that is a true celebration of some of the most beloved horror films. This is a unique opportunity for fans to interact and enjoy the films that they love in a completely new way with amazing photo opportunities to share with their friends.
Come play with us! We will take you back to THE SHINING™, where you can “sink” into the infamous carpet from the Overlook hotel. Then wander through Beetlejuice’s graveyard on your way to the Netherworld Waiting Room. Feel the fear as you enter Freddy’s boiler room from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET™. Revisit THE LOST BOYS™ on your way to Pennywise’s lair. After all, we all float down here. When you visit I Like Scary Movies, you enter a multisensory experience where you can see, hear, feel and smell the environment. Don’t miss out on the first stop of our tour, opening April 2019 in Los Angeles!
Rather than recreate the movies like for like or staff them with scareactors, the attraction provides a series of reimaginings of famous scenes for guests to explore.
So this begs the question, if this attraction can use Warner Bros properties then why can’t Universal use them for HHN29?
Possibly great news has hit the HHNU offices this afternoon. After weeks of chasing their PR team at Warner Bro’s they have finally confirmed that they are NOT doing their own Halloween event this year as they are “taking a break”.
So why is this good news? Well if Warner aren’t using their properties could Universal step in and use them under license?
Possibly properties are well known, from Freddy and Jason to Pennywise the Clown or even the Joker!
So could these come to HHN29? Well Murdy posted a very cryptic clue last week:
An IP holder that no one thinks is on, say like Warner Bros….? Now there’s some interesting speculation!
Remember, these are just rumors until Universal confirms!
There’s been two dates that have emerged as possible dates for the next HHN update, these are:
Thursday April 11th
Sunday April 14th
The latter of which has come to prominence direct from Universal as John and Chris from the Hollywood HHN are hosting a panel at Monster Palooza:
In past years they have used the panel to announce characters or scarezones but nothing too significant. So you never know what they might present! If you want to be there in the audience tickets can be purchased here.
The other date comes from our old pal the Ifrit who tweeted for the first time in a while this morning. The two messages were pretty mysterious and nonsensical as ever BUT if you took the first letter of each line it spelled out ‘Four Eleven’, so April 11?
So there you have it, two possible dates for your diary!
Let us know in the comments if you think these are possible update days!
Universal has been running a deal for new passholders on the new 2-park, 3-park seasonal annual passes where you get an extra 6 months for free.
The end date for this offer is April 4th!
Getting your hands on this pass opens up a whole new world to the new passholder, including being one of the first to experience new attractions such as Hagrid’s new coaster.
With benefits including Universal Express usage after 4pm, early park admission, free self-parking, invites to exclusive passholder events, a passholder only lounge, resort discounts, UOAP only merchandise, UOAP badges, appreciation days, special events, special discounts on separately ticketed events and even discounted Halloween Horror Nights tickets!
What with other new attractions such as the new nightly show at Hogwarts Castle and The Today Show Cafe coming soon, passholder are sure to be offered sneak peaks first!
Universal Studios Hollywood unveils a first look of its eagerly awaited mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” as anticipation grows for its grand opening this summer.
Leaping from the silver screen to the theme park, “Jurassic World—The Ride” will immerse guests into newly themed environments and breathe new life into dimensional animatronic dinosaurs, including some all-new fan favorites featured in the Jurassic World films from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
This ambitious ride is being reimagined under the direction of the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., the brand stewards at Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.
The state-of-the-art attraction will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Jurassic World. It will feature additional new dinosaurs from the film, lush scenic design, and ground-breaking technology that has yet to be experienced within a theme park.
The aesthetics of “Jurassic World—The Ride” will be dramatically enhanced, welcoming guests to a reimagined space reflective of the Jurassic World films. A fresh, new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic pillars illuminated with billowing flames will support a prominent “Jurassic World” marquee logo.
Engaging queue-line videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride set the tone for the adventure ahead, as guests learn more about these imposing prehistoric inhabitants that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.
And the daring expedition begins.
Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering just an arm’s length away from visitors. Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey. When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new behemoth dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.
Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the most beloved and deadly Velociraptor from the Jurassic World franchise, and her beta Raptors will engage guests in daring face-to-face encounters.
In addition, a new interactive “Dino Play” area will incorporate educational components within an inspired space where children of all ages can partake in excavations and investigate giant dinosaur fossils.
With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun throughout the year for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.
But normal people fReAkS like you and I aren’t the only ones that have been flocking to these events but also celebrities have been too. From members of Marvel’s Avengers to rock n’ roll royalty have all been delighting in the horrah.
What HHN fans might not realize is that many of these celebs are actually super fans of HHN and are often spotted year after year attending the event. So for today’s article we thought we’d look into which celebs are actual Super Secret HHN fReAkS!!
Penn & Teller
The magical duo have been involved with HHN since the very beginning of event (they appeared in Hollywood’s first year) and they’re also rumored to be HUGE HHN fans of both coasts! But it wasn’t until 2012’s Penn & Teller: New(kd) Las Vegas 3-D that the duo not only designed their own house but starred within it as scareactors for select nights. I have vivid memories of guests walking through that house only to double-triple-quadruple-take that they had just been literally scared by the actual masters of magic. Back in 2016 HHNU broke the news that the duo were spotted in Orlando on business trips and many speculated that they might have been discussing working with Universal, alas nothing has yet come of this news. 🤞
This native floridian and mega pop sensation has been visiting our Orlando event since she was a kid, and although she now resides in the City of Angels (where she has been visiting Hollywood’s event in the last couple of years too!), she always takes time out of her busy schedule to visit her home state and enjoy some east coast scares.
And as you can see below, she visits very regularly!
The current face regular cover model for Vogue is an internationally renowned model but what many don’t know about her is that she adores Universal Orlando and HHN.
In a recent interview talking about her passions for Vogue she said:
“Flo-ri-dah baby! I think I’m going again this year. First things first, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios – best thing ever. If I could recommend one holiday to go on this is it. Basically, me and my sister went to all the theme parks last October for two weeks and my brother came for one. Universal Horror Nights is this big thing around Halloween – they have like 10 haunted houses. There’s a Stranger Things one, there was a Saw one the year before – very scary actually – and a Michael Myers one. We got express tickets and went five nights in a row, to every house and backstage tour. I went from the Fashion Month where, I think, I did something like 39 shows that season, and literally didn’t have one break. So I went straight to Florida once it finished. Honestly, it was my best decision ever, I just forgot about everything!”
The coolest of cool Hollywood actor has done what many HHN fReAkS have aspired to become because he is not only a super fan but he has also been an actual scareactor!
I’m told that he has appeared twice as a scareactor but in researching this article I could only find information on his appearance in Hollywood’s The Shining maze. I seem to remember that he possible appeared in the This is the End maze but does anyone know?
As with Penn and Teller, Blum holds the title of working with Universal to develop a number of mazes. From my notes I can see how he personally has been attending the Hollywood event for over a decade.
Starting in 2011 he helped bring Insidious to both coasts, plus many others ever since with no less than two houses on both coasts since 2017 featuring his company’s name. HHN’s John Murdy said of Blum in 2011:
“To bring the paranormal world of ‘Insidious’ to life, we’re collaborating with the film’s director James Wan, writer/co-star Leigh Whannell and producer Jason Blum, who all happen to be huge fans of our Halloween event!”
The man, the myth, the legend, has been visiting HHN in Hollywood for years. He has helped design mazes and last year he helped score a maze! The Universal Monsters Maze was widely haled as one of the best mazes Hollywood has ever built.
Here’s a trailer for this amazing maze:
The global pop star has been spotted many times at HHN (mostly in Hollywood) and he normally attends with a large entourage which over the years have included Selena Gomez and Kourtney Kardashian; who themselves are huge respective fans of HHN. Here’s a sneaky picture of him enjoying a rest between mazes in 2013:
Interesting although she’s the only Avenger on this list she isn’t the only Avenger to attend HHN. This Avenger or Guardian of the Galaxy has a special mention as she has visited the event without fail every year for more than a decade. She loves the horrah and apparently she is also super nice should you bump into her during the event.
So there you have it, the biggest HHN Super Fans! Let us know in the comments which celebs you think should be on this list and who you’ve spotted at HHN!