Being a Haunted House Attendant is not for the faint of heart!

Being a Haunted House Attendant is not for the faint of heart! It takes a special kind of person to manage the operational flow and safety of Universal’s haunted houses, bringing to life the chilling stories and frightful visions of the most notorious creators of horror. 

Do you have what it takes to provide an experience that reaches beyond our Guests’ worst nightmares?

If so, Universal is hiring now! So if you missed out on being a scareactor but wanna get in on the HHN fun as an attendant, this could be your chance.

Apply here at their official jobs site.

Could you be an attendant inside the haunted houses? Let us know in the comments!

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Scareactors & Actors(!) are Being Recruited for HHN29!

We all know that Universal recruits 1000s of scareactors every year to terrify the đŸ’© outta of us but what we don’t often see are adverts for actual actors with “speaking parts”. Normally we would always see ads being run for actors in the Bill and Ted Show but that has sadly been removed from future HHNs, so normally we don’t get specific casting calls.

So it was strange when we were forwarded the below info that shows that Universal are actively trying to recruit some VERY specific actors.

They are trying to recruit:

  • A tall and slender woman with a New York accent
  • A tall woman
  • A tall robust man with a strong accent who must be bald
  • A tall man who can do improv and host
  • A very tall and thin man

The first and third categories are VERY specific and are surely guessable with further investigation; especially if the rumored houses and zones come to fruition!

But what it does tell us is that there must surely be either another show taking place (other than the dance show) or a number of mini shows contained within the various zones. And as much as we’d like to see Bill and Ted come back we just can’t see it (unfortunately).

And if you’re an actor you could always apply!

So there you have it, some very interesting castings are going on! Who do you think these could be? Let us know in the comments!

Rumor: Is Universal Trying to Buy the Halloween & Scream Franchises?

The beIN Media Group who owns 50% of Miramax is allegedly looking to sell their stake in a deal that would value the studio founded in 70s by the Weinstein Brothers at $650 million, according to a report first published in the Wall Street Journal.

Variety also reported on the possible sale and said that all attempts for confirmation from the company were ignored.

Miramax with its 700 plus film library is known worldwide for its variety of different movies including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and Halloween; most of which were made when they were under the Disney banner. It was 2016 that the Studio was sold by its private equity owners for a reported $1 billion to the beIN Media Group.

Shortly after acquisition, the company began maximising its company value by pushing various movies into production including Halloween, Bad Santa 2, Whitney, and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Scream folds into this issue by the fact that the rights to the franchise reside with Miramax and Dimension Films/Lantern. Apparently a third series to the Scream TV show has been produced but not released due to a problem with the deal with Netflix.

Rumor has it via Bloody Disgusting that Universal/Comcast may seek to acquire the shares and add the franchises to their existing film franchise library. Tying all the rights together under one studio would make the production of these franchises much easier and could lead to a greater output of horror movies or even a cross-over movie (but that’s just me spitballing!).

So there you have it, a great rumor to brighten up your midweek! Would you love to see these titans of horror at Universal and would a cross-over movie even work? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Rumor: It ain’t Monsters!

News hit us last night that the former Terminator building, which has been having a huge amount of construction work undertaken to it, has finally received walls around the guest facing areas. This installation of hoarding is now making many fans speculate that the new show/experience will open very soon!

We found online permits here that showed the construction works were really ramping up a notch and that completion can’t be far off. This also compounded with speculation that the attraction could have been themed to The Universal Monsters, however we now believe this is very unlikely.

We received the following email from a Team Member who wished to remain anonymous:

I don’t know what’s going in that building but I’ve been told that there will be cars and technology displays

So if he’s right it’s very unlikely to be Monsters. It could however be a number of possible franchises from the Fast and Furious to the original rumor of Jason Bourne.For right now we’re just have to wait for an official announcement! What would you like to see as an attraction in this building? Let us know in the comments!

Remember: Nothing is official until Universal announces it, these are just rumors!

HHN29 Tickets Are Now Available!

Prepare to be totally terrified


On the heels of last year’s immensely popular event, the ‘80s will return with a vengeance to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. All-new horrifying experiences inspired by some of the biggest frights of the era will invade the world’s premier Halloween event – offering no escape from the decade that just won’t die. Guests will face 10 elaborately themed haunted houses based on everything from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Universal Pictures’ legendary “Universal Monsters,” plus other cinematic greats and crazed cult favorites, to original abominations created by the twisted minds of Universal’s Entertainment team. They’ll navigate five sinister scare zones throughout the park, each filled with menacing scareactors. And when they need a break from the scares, guests can enjoy Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions.

More details about this year’s event will be revealed soon.

With a plethora of different ticket and vacation packages on sale now, guests can experience this year’s Halloween Horror Nights their own way by customizing their visit. Guests can save up to $53 on a Halloween Horror Nights single night ticket when booking online and experience more horror each night with a multi-day ticket. Florida resident vacation packages are also available and include accommodations at Universal’s newest hotel – Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – one-night admission ticket to Halloween Horror Nights, tickets to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and more. Plus, guests can upgrade their experience with the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass and more.

Halloween Horror Nights runs on select nights from September 6 to November 2 at Universal Studios Florida. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com

Which Onsite Resort Hotel is Best for HHN?

It’s a question we get asked a lot around this time of year. Many people are booking their Spooky Fall vacations and want to know which resort is best for stays during HHN. So here’s what we think:

Universal Orlando features six official on-site hotels totaling up to 6,200 rooms. All six hotels are located in close proximity to the Universal Orlando theme parks with guests offered free water taxi or shuttle bus service to the theme parks. The hotels are sorted into three categories which are all based on perks, luxury and price, they are: premier hotels, preferred hotels and prime value hotels.

Premier Hotels:

The Portofino is considered the most expensive and luxurious hotel onsite. It offers a spacious and relaxing styled resort that has all the amenities and perks you’d expect with any 5 star hotel. Sitting next to this hotel and slightly closer to the Studios Park is the Hard Rock Hotel. This is a popular resort as it is the closest hotel to the Studios. The resort is well appointed and provides a great number of features including their unique sandy beach pool and rock n’ roll ethos.

Portofino – Style 10, Price 5, Proximity 7, Features 10

Hard Rock – Style 10, Price 7, Proximity 10, Features 9

Preferred Hotels:

The Royal Pacific built during the formation of when the single studios park turned into a resort has a great South Seas theme and is packed with great features including some really great eating establishments. The other hotel in this category is the relatively new comer Sapphire Falls which opened in 2016.

Royal Pacific – Style 9, Price 7, Proximity 5, Features 8

Sapphire Falls – Style 10, Price 8, Proximity 5, Features 9

Prime Value:

The monstrous Cabana Bay might be the furthest from the horror but it is definitely a popular option with HHN fans who appreciate the great theming and all the great features of this 1950s styled resort. The newly opened Aventura also occupies this category and what it lacks in onsite amenities it makes up for in the view and that spectacular bar right at the top of its tower.

Cabana Bay – Style 9, Price 9, Proximity 2, Features 8

Aventura – Style 9, Price 8, Proximity 3, Features 6

Others

Two more hotels are coming online soon with Surfside Inn and Suites, which will open on June 27, 2019, and Dockside Inn and Suites, which will open in 2020. Both will be located on the old Wet n’ Wild grounds making them the furthest away from the parks but they will be the most cost effective in price. If location is no issue but price is, there are also a number of International Drive hotels which are “within walking distance” and that offer shuttles to the parks. Prior to Universal building their own hotels, many of these in this area would be approved by Universal and sold through their main site for HHN guests. However due to demand, they still undertake this process and you can book Universal Partner Hotels for select HHN packages.

Score recap

Hard Rock – 36/40 *Winner*

Portofino – 32/40

Sapphire Falls – 32/40

Royal Pacific – 30/40

Cabana Bay – 28/40

Aventura – 26/40

With its close proximity to HHN, great availability and reasonable price we highly recommend Hard Rock Hotel for any stays during HHN. And if last year is anything to go by, some nights sold out ahead of time! So be quick and plan ahead if you want to stay here on a HHN night.

Packages for Hard Rock, Royal Pacific and Portofino currently include:

  • Stay in the heart of the horror and enjoy complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk.
  • Be among the first to scream with special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event night until 8:00pm.
  • FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. That’s a value of $1295 per person, per day. Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay or for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort.
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel.
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card

For more information on booking a HHN vacation package speak to your Travel Agent or click here to go to the official HHN site.

So there you have it, we highly recommend Hard Rock but where’s your hotel of choice for HHN? Let us know in the comments!

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong Reprise Their Roles for Universal Hollywood’s New Jurassic World Ride

Stars of the Jurassic World films Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, bringing their characters from the silver screen to Universal Studios Hollywood’s much anticipated mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” opening this summer.

This marks the first time the cast will appear as their iconic characters outside of the JURASSIC WORLD films for a theme park attraction.  As part of original content created exclusively for the new ride, Owen, Claire and Dr. Wu will shed light on their interactions with the dinosaurs along with facts and information about the imposing prehistoric creatures that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

This spectacular new ride will feature an original storyline that will take guests on a breathtaking excursion through the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, JURASSIC WORLD.  It will soar to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus in her natural habitat. 

For the first time, JURASSIC WORLD fans will have the chance to see this impressive creature and become immersed within her massive Aquarium Observatory.  Appearing to span over 60 feet in length and tipping the scales at over 30K pounds through stunning state-of-the-art visual effects, the Mosasaurus is a sight to behold as she moves just inches away from guests throughout her glass enclosure filled with the equivalent of 3.5 million gallons of water.

Universal Creative collaborated with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to bring the Mosasaurus to life and to capture the realism of her underwater environment using a combination of spectacular visual effects and cutting-edge technologies, including the use of motion parallax, a technique that shifts the guest’s perspective of the Mosasaurus as she moves throughout the tank.

The team also employed a series of lighting enhancements allowing the aquarium to intuitively shift from day to night, as well as visual changes to the environment during inclement weather, thus creating a variety of visual scenarios guests can experience based on when they experience the ride.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” captures the essence of the blockbuster movie and comes to life in collaboration with the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award¼-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

When “Jurassic World—The Ride” opens this summer, guests will be welcomed to a dramatically reimagined space reflective of the hit films.  A fresh entry statement, stonework landscaping, and a contemporary redesign of the iconic JURASSIC WORLD gates, illuminated with billowing flames, will create the framework for the all new aesthetics.

Once guests pass through the queue, they will board specially designed rafts that will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation and traverse new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering at just an arm’s length away.  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 ferocious 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 beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD franchise, 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 explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

Funko Releases New Universal Monsters Figures

Funko have announced that coming this year will be two series of original Funko ‘Mystery Minis’ based on the classic Universal Monsters.

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Fans will be able to add Frankenstein, Frankenstein holding a flower, The Mummy, The Invisible Man wrapped up, The Invisible Man, Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula,
Dracula holding a candle, The Creature, The Mole People, Phantom, Dracula and a variation of The Invisible Man with a rarity rating of between 1/6 to 1/72!

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Walgreens are also getting in on the fun by releasing a special Black and White version exclusive to their stores!

Pre-order NOW here.

Will you be adding these to your haunting collection?  Let us know in the comments!

Rumor: Full-time Stranger Things Attraction Coming?

Stranger Things made its haunted house debut last year at Halloween Horror Nights and with that a whole heap of attendance records were believed to have been smashed. So that’s why this recent posting caught our eye…

It was recently found online via the US Trademarks Office that the IP owners have filed their franchise for ‘amusement park services’.

It’s not uncommon for IP holders to register their brands for scores of different potential purposes, from dental products to advertising boards; you wanna be ready if someone with a case load of cash comes calling and wants your IP on their product!

But it is interesting that the term used would suggest something more than just a temporary haunted house. It was also interesting that last year it was this very house that reopened during the day. Was this to celebrate ‘Stranger Things Day’ or was it test to show interest and capability for a daytime attraction?

Thanks for the heads up from our buddies Alicia Stella and Scott Walker. For more rumors go listen to her latest episode of Orlando Park Stop!

So there you have it! This certainly is interesting! Would you like a daytime Stranger Things attraction? Let us know in the comments!

Both Coasts Announce Universal Monsters Houses

Universal have today announced that two individual houses of epic proportions are to be presented at HHN this year. Orlando are to receive a refreshed version of the hit maze from Hollywood’s 2018 season with Universal Monsters. Hollywood on the other hand are going in deeper with a retelling and modern update of the classic 1943 movie Frankenstein meets the Wolfman!

Orlando’s event has announced:

At Universal Orlando Resort, guests will be hunted by every single grisly monster from the anthology, including Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein, in the all-new experience, “Universal Monsters.” Each sinister environment will bleed from one to the next as guests press through the darkened realms of horrifying creatures. Guests will face bloody terrors in Dracula’s castle and flee from what is behind the cryptic howls of the grim forest. They’ll run from the horrifying manmade monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, and fall prey to an ancient Egyptian curse as they are pursued by the evil Mummy. Guests will try to escape the mysterious Creature lurking in the Black Lagoon, or become victims of other horrors waiting in the shadows.

And Hollywood’s…

On the heels of last year’s successful “Universal Monsters” experience, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce an all-new horrifying maze, “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” that delves deeper into the Universal Monsters’ lore. Loosely based on Universal’s 1943 horror movie of the same name, this reimagined tale for the 21st century takes guests on a terrifying journey that bears witness to a deadly confrontation between these two horror icons and the epic battle that rages between them. Guests will follow in the footsteps of the Frankenstein Monster, lured by exotic music towards a nearby gypsy camp while desperately seeking sanctuary from a mob of angry villagers determined to destroy him. It is within the gypsy encampment that the Frankenstein Monster meets The Wolf Man and where the madness begins as guests are led along a path of destruction through the murky Moors, to a creepy cemetery and into the smoldering ruins of Castle Frankenstein and its icy cellars beneath.

Musician Slash will also develop a brand new score for the Hollywood maze and Orlando are yet to say whether they will reuse Slash’s soundtrack from last year or whether they will be creating an entirely new one for their house.

As our social media channels have been on melt down today, it would appear everyone is VERY excited for these new attractions! Us at HHNU literally can’t wait!

Let us know in the comments if you are really excited too!