Rumor: Are Bill & Ted coming back for HHN30?

We’ve been hearing a number of rumors in the last few weeks that Universal might be considering bringing back the bodacious duo for one, final, final goodbye at HHN.  From these speculative rumors we thought we’d look at why this might be the case with 3 reasons to bring them back…

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1. New Movie

In case you’re the only person in the world to not know, Bill & Ted are returning to our screens this August with the third long-awaited instalment of their franchise.  Bill & Ted Face the Music will be seeing the duo face the challenges of growing up whilst also a visitor from the future tells them that one of their songs can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe.  As the franchise will once again be popular and will require lots of marketing, where better to market it then the Halloween event that has kept it going all these long years!

2. Weird Instagram Post

Yesterday on the official Orlando HHN Insta account they posted the following image:

Which is a weird photo to post, not least because Universal no longer has the rights to use the Bill & Ted image as the contract to use them was confirmed by the IP owner as being ended?  So if they’re now using the images of them again, does this mean they have brokered permission to use Bill & Ted once more?  Say perhaps for one last show in this big year….

3. Anniversary Year

HHN30, like HHN16, HHN20 and HHN25 is a big anniversary year for the event and 29 years since the duo were last on the big screen!  It would be a sad anniversary if the time-travelling duo were not present for one final outing at the world’s greatest Halloween event.

Honorable Mention:

The actors who played the duo and the supporting cast of characters nearly all still work for Universal, and as this clip shows, they would all be superb and fitting for a return!

So there you have it, our top 3 reasons why this rumor could be happening!  Would you love to see the duo back or are you happy to leave them in the past?
Let us know in the comments!

Remember: these are just speculative rumors and nothing is confirmed until Universal Orlando confirms otherwise!

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The HHH: Episode 9 – Alfred Hitchcock WORLD EXCLUSIVE Interview Footage plus interview with Hitchcock Interviewer & Expert Sandra Shevey

Join us for more spooky fun as we go all Hitchcockian with some exclusive audio footage never heard before of Alfred Hitchcock, plus we interview Sandra Shevey a renown expert on the good man and possibly the last person to interview him 1-2-1. She also discusses her time with John Lennon and her amazing London tours which can be booked here: sandra_shevey@yahoo.com or visit http://www.alfredhitchcockwalk.wordpress.com

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Rumor: Could the Fool be Coming on April Fools?

We love some statistical analysis when it comes to HHN rumors and none can be more interesting than our current rumor, awesomely sent in by our pal The Web Master; for whom has also started his own podcast which you can find here.

He writes:

I think I’ve discovered something in the numbers again!
First HHN 2019 announcement made was on March 27, which was 163 days before event.
First HHN 2018 announcement made was on April 3rd, which was 164 days before event.

Therefore, if Universal follow this pattern and we apply it to announced dates for HHN30, this would mean the big first announcement will be on April 1st, April Fools Day!

Which surely would be mean one thing…  either some twist is happening to the storyline (because that’s tradition on April Fools Day) or it could mean that Jack could be announced on that day.

Why a Fool?

The online dictionaries provide some EXCELLENT definitions of what a fool can be…

1: a son lacking in judgment or prudence ‘Only a fool would ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet.’
2 : a retainer formerly kept in great households to provide casual entertainment and commonly dressed in motley with cap, bells, and bauble
3 : one who is victimized or made to appear foolish
4 : a deranged person or one lacking in common powers of understanding
5 : one with a marked propensity or fondness for something ‘a dancing fool a fool for candy’
6 : a clown like person

A “deranged” person, someone who is dressed for people’s entertainment, a clown like person; does this remind you of anyone?

Great information The Web Master!  And thank you for sending it in!

So there you have it: Could this be the first big announcement day?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

And remember, nothing is fact until Universal confirms otherwise – this is just a speculative rumor!

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Join us for more spooky fun as we chat to legendary production designer Joe Alves on his extensive Hollywood career of working for both Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock, and how these early engagements informed his work to design JAWS! We also bust the myth that the shark didn’t work! Plus author of Designing JAWS Dennis L Prince joins us to discuss how the book came together.

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Rumor: Why people are saying Billie Eilish is coming to HHN?

We’re not sure where it started, but HHN fans are speculating that Billie Eilish – who won BIG at the Grammy’s last night and for whom has just been given the prestigious gig to write and perform the next James Bond anthem – is possibly coming to HHN30 in some form.

It sounds really far fetched that this brand new global superstar will be coming to our Halloween event, that is, until you look at how this might be coming about.

1. She already works with Universal

Since 2018 she has been tied to Universal’s Music Group.  She was signed at the tender age of just 16 and within 3 years she is now a global superstar with a string of highly popular hits.  Therefore, depending on her contract terms, she could easily employ her music mastery for other companies within the Universal empire.

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2. Her Music is Popular and Would Fit HHN

Her song “Bury a Friend” imparticular has been cited as a possible use for HHN.  Murdy from HHN Hollywood also mentioned in a tweet in 2019 that he loved her work and that a “collaboration” would be “very interesting”.

3. Not Just Houses…

Her style of music and her performances could easily be worked into an epic Lagoon Show.  Last year’s debut of “Marathon of Mayhem” was incredibly popular and her music worked to fountains, fireworks, projections and lasers would be amazing if possible.

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4. She’s a HUGE HHN Fan!

We have it on good authority that she ADORES HHN and is a regular visitor to the Hollywood edition of the event.  Having a quick google search it can be said she has been to HHN in 2019 and 2018 on various RIP Tours, even once with HHN Super Fan – Demi Lovato!

5. HHN has Experience of Working with Musicians

Whether it’s Slash, Ozzy, Zombie or Alice Cooper, HHN has worked with some of the biggest names of Rock to provide music for houses, create their own houses and other attractions at the seasonal event.  Therefore, working with a musician that is already on your books (par say) should be relatively easy for them?

So there you have it, this is what the interwebs have been discussing all week on certain HHN corners.  Do we believe it?  Well, we’d say it’s FAR into the rumor category for now! 

Let’s just hope that an announcement is forthcoming soon so we have something more concrete to discuss!  But what do you think?  Let us know in the comments!

REMEMBER: THIS IS JUST RUMOR UNTIL UNIVERSAL SAYS OTHERWISE!

This article was provided by Brian at Skywalking Adventures!

Rumor: Bill & Ted Returning?

Speculation is reaching a fever pitch that the bodacious duo of dudes Bill & Ted might return for the 30th anniversary of HHN this September.  As you will recall, Bill & Ted gave their last Excellent Halloween Adventure Show in 2017 with a “farewell tour” bringing classic characters from their lengthly past back for one final show.

“Dudes, you’re history”! was the final cry on the final night, but speculation has been rife that a potential return of the dudes could be on the cards for HHN30, let us explain…

A Movie…

Bill & Ted have a glorious new movie being released in 2020, in fact, it is being released just days before HHN30 on August 21.  Bill & Ted Face the Music, starring the original duo of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will see the pair back for one further “triumphant” instalment of their classic time-travelling franchise.  And what better way is there for the movie to be cross-marketed but with a tie-in with the sure to be a huge year of HHN30.  After all, the pair is perhaps as well known for being at HHN as they are for their movies from 30 years ago, therefore their presence runs deep in the DNA of the HHN event.

Unofficial Fan Meetups…

In 2017 and again in 2018 a group of fans met up to have their own Bill & Ted fest in Orlando.  Missing the show at the event so much, they decided to hold their own gathering to celebrate the news that the old franchise was once again releasing a new movie for 2020.  If anything, this is where the rumors for HHN30 began!  Check out this interesting article by our pal Seth Kubersky on why HHN30 makes sense for a return of the popular show.

Surveys…

On both exit surveys from 2019 (where people with clipboards ask your opinion about the event as you exit the turnstiles) and from a number of select online surveys, Universal has apparently been asking the public about whether they felt Bill & Ted was missed at the event in HHN29.  So why would they potentially be asking this question?

Licensing…

The production company for the new movie have already licensed their image, story, logo etc to a whole swathe of upcoming products.  Announced and/or rumored products for 2020 with the duo include Bill & Ted’s Riff in Time board game, Wyld Stallyns apparel line, special edition Funko Pops, pins, and more!  Universal never formally announced the reason behind the dropping of the duo (though many conspiracy theories abound, though the B&T creators confirmed it was not their decision – see below), but if it was due to licensing it would suggest that with such an increase in openings for B&T licenses, might Universal be able to negotiate a licensed return for HHN30?

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Movements…

Firmly in the rumor portion of this article is that apparently Operations staff have been told to plan around not using the Fear Factor Show Stage for any dancing performances for the Academy of Villains this year and that a rumored temporary stage is to be fitted in the park somewhere.  There’s no confirmation that AoV are even returning, it’s all just rumors that are popping up on a number of fan forums.  So if true, the stage would be free for B&T use or even for something else…

So there you have it.  It’s just speculation at this point.  Some people would love to have B&T back whereas others feel the event has moved on and doesn’t require them anymore. 

But what do you think?  Will they ever return?  Will you welcome that?  Let us know in the comments!

REMEMBER: EVERYTHING IS RUMOR UNTIL UNIVERSAL SAYS OTHERWISE

Eleven Vacations at Orlando HHN!

Universal Orlando Resort recently hosted Emmy Award-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown, known for her role as Eleven in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” at Halloween Horror Nights – the world’s premier Halloween event. Millie ventured through the wildly-popular “Stranger Things” maze, experiencing the horrors around every turn – including facing the horrifying Mind Flayer in Hopper’s cabin. “It was so cool and just like being on set. It was absolutely terrifying and a must-see,” said Brown after experiencing the totally-frightening maze.

In the “Stranger Things” mazes at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, guests go further into the chilling world of the Upside Down as they experience the most terrifying moments of seasons 2 & 3 of the hit Netflix series, face snarling Demodogs, scream through iconic scenes and more.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

“Halloween Horror Nights” runs on select nights through Nov. 2 in Orlando and select nights through Nov. 3 in Hollywood. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

HHN 2020 is in full pre-production

It’s hard to believe as the terrors of HHN29 are among us right now that somewhere in some dark and secret corner of each US Universal backlot there lurks a small team already currently working away to design the horror for next year.

It was John Murdy from the Hollywood version of HHN who recently tweeted this exciting news, that HHN 2020 is currently being prepared:

Even early meetings are taking place:

This should be no surprise to anyone as often HHN discussions and preparatory meetings are very fluid with some IPs taking years to secure the rights to.  However, we just wanted to give you this little heads up that the horrah truly never sleeps!  But for the time being, let’s enjoy the weeks we have left at the most fantastic year that is HHN29!

 

Is there a new Stranger Things attraction coming to HHN29?

A news story recently broke on TPU that a new secret temporary attraction is coming to HHN29.  The article reports that the space between where the old Terminator attraction used to dump guests out and the Monsters gift store will be used for this new attraction.  And if you can remember the space we mean, you will know that the area is not very large!

 

Universal appears to be going all in this year with Stranger Things with the cool 80s vibe, dedicated house to season 2 (plus a bit of season 3), a selfie pop up in Cabana Bay Resort and various re-themed eateries around the park.  That is why it was a surprise to learn of yet another addition to the lineup so far into the event’s current run.

The article alleges that the attraction will be some form of spooky echo chamber where guests will be able to talk and even have conversations with various characters from the Stranger Things world.  Weird right?  Apparently, it works off of a new in-development Microsoft system that is similar to Amazon’s Alexa, where you will be able to hold basic conversations with a select number of characters.  There will also apparently be special effects, fog machines and strobe lighting.

At this time we don’t have much to go but be sure that as soon as we here more things about this new attraction we will report them here!  Hopefully we will know more tonight at HHN!

Have you seen this addition lurking in the Monsters Store?  Let us know in the comments if you have and be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

House of a 1000 Corpses Returns to HHN!

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort take guests on a relentless tour through multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie’s twisted “House of 1000 Corpses,” inspired by Lionsgate’s 2003 cult classic horror film, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event, beginning in September.

The terrifying “House of 1000 Corpses” mazes bring to life the movie’s offbeat roadside tourist attraction, Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, and introduces guests to some of the country’s most infamous serial killers, including Dr. Satan, a demented surgeon who has gone mad.

Without a moment to catch their breath, guests will venture to the chaotic home of the Firefly family, a sadistic clan of psychotic killers, where the psychosis deepens and the depraved thrive. It is a chilling journey into the netherworld of terror that weaves its way through a cavernous network of dark tunnels within the bowels of the house.  Populated by the degenerate victims of Dr. Satan’s debauched operations, legions of tortured creatures shuffle about as Dr. Satan continues his twisted medical practice, eagerly awaiting a new installment of victims.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror movies, television shows and original stories come to life season after season. The terror bleeds to the streets of the parks with highly-themed scare zones, littered with menacing scare-actors lunging from every darkened corner to torment, terrify and scare “Halloween Horror Nights” guests.

Fun fact: the original maze for House of a 1000 Corpses was actually a haunted house in Hollywood BEFORE it was a movie! They just used the same sets! Read more about that HERE.

So are you excited for this new house?  Let us know in the comments!