Ghostbusters Confirmed for HHN29

For the first time ever, Sony Pictures’ classic film, Ghostbusters, is coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood – bringing the most memorable scenes, characters and supernatural spirits from one of pop culture’s most iconic films to life in immersive mazes based off the 1984 classic at the nation’s premier Halloween events, starting this September.

Ghostbusters has entertained generations with its comedic yet frightening tale of four paranormal investigators on their quest to eradicate supernatural threats from creating chaos throughout New York City. As the film marks its milestone 35th anniversary, guests will have the unique opportunity to live the action and terrifying scares they have seen in the hit film when it comes to life at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood.

In each maze, guests will follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters – Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston – as they venture through artfully recreated scenes from the film, including the firehouse, New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer, as an army of ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms attack from every corner.  As they delve deeper into the maze, guests will come face-to-face with an array of paranormal creatures, from the voracious Slimer to the all-powerful Gozer the Gozerian and in its ultimate destructor form – the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, to brave the demonic spirits and survive the night.

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” begins Friday, September 6 in Orlando and on Friday, September 13 in Hollywood. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” and to purchase select tickets at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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HHN Hollywood Announces New Scarezones!

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Fallen Angelz

Explore crypts packed with restless ghouls and escape angry skeletons that have taken over Main Street. If you think the aged statues are creepy, wait until you encounter the wraith who will be literally watching over you. You can also spread your own demonic wings while you’re here, but be sure not to antagonize the Angel of Death.

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Spirits & Demons of the East

Sacred antiquities have just been shipped over from the Far East, and they didn’t come alone. Many of these artifacts were stolen from ancient temples and carry angry spirits with them. Now the spirits roam New York Street, looking to exact vengeance on anyone who would dare steal such sacred relics. Be careful out there, these powerful demons can look like anything – even innocent school children.

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Christmas in Hell

You’ll likely feel a faint sense of relief as you exit the Holidayz in Hell maze, but it won’t last long. Navigate through the Christmas trees littering French Street and make your way through our twisted takes on many holiday traditions. A giant nutcracker may be looking for a skull or two to clamp down on. The Winter Witch and Jack Frost himself will be celebrating as well, and they may not take too kindly to you interrupting their festivities. And just when you think it’s over, beware of the New Year’s Baby. He’s… cranky.

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ToXXXic Tunnel

Yes, if you wish to experience the mazes on our Metro Lots, you’ll have to get through the tunnel once again. This time, the warped and cartoonish members of a demonic custom car club have taken over, and they don’t plan on letting you get very far on foot.

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All Hallow’s Evil
 
Halloween isn’t the only holiday that happens this time of year. The Celtic festival of Hop-tu-Naa is celebrated on October 31st as well. There’s also All Saints’ Day, followed by All Souls’ Day, and of course Mexico’s Dia de Muertos; all of which share this season with the centuries old Gaelic festival of Samhain. Samhain celebrates our transition into the “darker” months at the end of the harvest season. The souls of the dead are thought to return home on this night, and are welcomed with costumes and bonfires. Some say the costumes were actually intended to protect oneself from these otherworldly beings. Here’s hoping they’re relatively peaceful during your visit…

So there’s your sneak peek at what you can expect from this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” Scare Zones. We covered pretty much everything, but there may still be a couple surprises in store for you. If we told you what to expect at every turn, it would be much harder to sneak up on you, you know? We can’t wait to see you and yours at HHN…and don’t forget to watch your back!

Which zone are you most looking forward to?  Let us know in the comments!

HHN Hollywood to Offer Special Fan Preview!

Universal Studios Hollywood Jump Starts Halloween Horror Nights on Thursday, September 12, Offering Guests an Exclusive First Look Preview Before It Officially Opens on Friday, September 13!

Universal Studios Hollywood will be offering fans of HHN an exclusive first look at by inviting them to experience L.A.’s scariest and most intense Halloween event on Thursday, September 12, one day before it officially opens on Friday, September 13.

Top headlines for this first-ever HHN Fan Preview include a chance to be among the first to explore this year’s 10 terrifying new mazes (a record for Hollywood!), bragging rights to be among the first to post on social media, special themed photo ops with scareactors, DJ music performances, plus receive a special commemorative credential, in addition to possibly seeing favorite celebrities attending the event’s red carpet premiere which takes place that same evening.

A limited number of must-have tickets will be sold for the Fan Preview Night, adding to its exclusivity.  Advance purchase is recommended as tickets for all nights will sell out. More information is available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Dates for Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights are: September 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31, and November 1-3, 2019.

The following highlight the various ticket options currently available for purchase:

  •         Fan Preview Night General Admission ticket
  •         Fan Preview Night Universal Express ticket: includes bonus experiences such as access to all-new horror-themed panel presentation and express access to all mazes and the Jabbawockeez show
  •         Fan Preview Night + Frequent Fear Pass: enjoy Fan Preview Night plus up to 25 select nights
  •         Ultimate Fear Pass:  enjoy up to 32 nights of scares, including a ticket to Fan Preview Night
  •         Frequent Fear Pass: visit up to 25 select nights
  •         September Pass: visit up to 11 event nights throughout the month of September

Fan Preview Night General Admission includes:

  • Access to all the new Halloween Horror Nights mazes, scare zones and attractions
  • Exclusive themed photo-ops with scareactors
  • DJ music performances
  • Commemorative Fan Preview Night credential
  • New specially themed food, drinks and merchandise available for purchase

Fan Preview Night Universal Express includes:

Everything with General Admission ticket plus the following exclusive items:

  • Panel Presentation with John Murdy and Chris Williams – the Creators of Halloween Horror Nights
  • One-time express access to each maze and attraction, as well as priority seating for the Jabbawockeez live show

Additional tickets will be available soon, including the premium R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket and the must-have Universal Express.

The following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon:

  •         “Stranger Things,” based on season 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller
  •         “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters, and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre.
  •         “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations
  •         “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series
  •         The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for Halloween Horror Nights

Preview night tickets along with select tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” are available for purchase here.

Will you be attending the fan preview?  Let us know in the comments!

“Leaked Set” Photos Are Not What They Seem…

There’s be a buzz around the internet of late that one of the most iconic movies from the 1980s is possibly due a treatment for HHN.  Such news has been met with great fan chatter about the potential move.  Chatter that was added to this past week when supposed “leaked set” photos were appearing around the interwebs.

However we can reveal that these photos have NOTHING to do with Halloween Horror Nights and are just a delicious coincidence.

Here’s the video to show the mix-up:

So there you have it, they might not be for HHN but keep your eyes peeled here for more news and rumors as we get them!

JUST REVEALED: YETI: TERROR OF THE YUKON IS THE NEXT ORIGINAL HAUNTED HOUSE COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Today, Universal Orlando Resort revealed Yeti: Terror of the Yukon as the next original content haunted house coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2019 – the world’s premier Halloween event.

Spawned by the twisted minds behind Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, Yeti: Terror of the Yukon will transport guests to an isolated logging camp in a remote part of Canada that’s all but uninhabitable. As they venture through the camp, they will quickly discover they are not alone and now must flee from a tribe of Yeti, beasts as brutal as the winter. If the cold doesn’t get them, the Yeti will…

On select nights from September 6 to November 2, the most terrifying names in horror will take over Universal Studios Florida, as the sun sets on days filled with thrills and the night awakens with a frightening chill for Halloween Horror Nights. Guests will face 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses, five scare zones and live entertainment as well as enjoy Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions. All tickets and vacation packages are now on sale. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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

Universal Hollywood to Open New Tiki Bar Themed to Jurassic World

Costa Rican-inspired cuisine and flavorful Tiki cocktails served at Jurassic Café and all-new tropical Isla Nu-bar add to the dynamic guest experience as part of Universal Studios Hollywood’s new mega attraction opening this summer, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” based on the JURASSIC WORLD blockbuster films.

            Along with an array of souvenir collectible, limited edition and one-of-a-kind dimensional dinosaur sculptures from the Jurassic Outfitters store, guests can savor a piece of this exciting thrill ride even after they’ve gone home.

Borrowing its name from the fictitious Central American island in the JURASSIC WORLD movies, the stand-alone, open-air Isla Nu-bar, complete with a thatched roof, serves up tropical-themed Tiki cocktails in three collectible cups:  Etched Tiki, Bamboo-styled Tiki and Tiki God.

Whether blended or made-to-order with fresh juices, every aromatic blended drink is adorned with a pineapple leaf and edible orchid flower.  Flavorable beverages include Tropical Margarita, Piña Colada and Painkiller, along with island cocktails such as Tiki Tai, Bird of Paradise, Ti Peach, Rum Runner and Mai Tai.

With Universal Studios Hollywood’s Executive Chef Marie Grimm at the helm, the new Jurassic Café caters to a selection of Costa Rican-themed cuisine, inspired by the location of the JURASSIC WORLD movies.  Mouth-watering menu items include Sweet Corn Cakes with Slow Roasted Mojo Pork or Spicy Mojo Jackfruit, Citrus Glazed Chicken, Fresh Roasted Red Snapper and Isla Burger. Tempting starters include savory Chorizo and Potato Empanadas, Crispy Lettuce Leaf Roll with Shrimp, Tropical Fruit Salad and Pomegranate Guacamole with plantain chips.  All entrees will be accompanied by fresh green papaya salad and Costa Rica’s national dish, Gallo Pinto – traditional rice and beans.

The Jurassic Outfitters store will feature a variety of collectable merchandise to commemorate the ride’s opening, including a selection of exclusive items. From limited edition t-shirts and hats to drinkware, pins, amber stones and jewelry, Jurassic Outfitters will offer keepsake merchandise for every member of the family.

The shop will also carry a variety of custom-made, high-end collectible dinosaur sculptures and maquettes. These incredibly crafted statement pieces replicate the Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus, Styracosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus and Triceratops and range in price up to $1,000.

In addition to experiencing the exhilaration of the new thrill ride, guests will have the opportunity to become immortalized in one of the ride’s momentous scenes as they plunge down its treacherous 84-foot waterfall with the introduction of slo-mo video capture offered exclusively at “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  The iconic moment will be available for purchase and received digitally for riders to share via their social media platforms so they assure their friends that they indeed survived the vicious dinosaurs. Keepsake digital images will also be available for purchase.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” features 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.  The ride also features the stars of the JURASSIC WORLD films – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu.

The mega attraction captures the essence of the blockbuster movies and comes to life in collaboration with the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-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.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com

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!

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

We all know that Universal recruits 1000s of scareactors every year to terrify the 💩 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!

Introducing the Upside Down Whopper

We all remember last year when Stranger Things debuted at HHN28 and not only could you visit the world of Hawkins but you could also eat a series of different topped Eggo’s.  As it was this very year that Universal really stepped up the food offerings at HHN with the debut of over 20 different food options, with most of them themed to Stranger Things.

But skip forward to 2019 and it’s not just Universal that getting in on the themed food fad, but now Burger King is also having some fun trolling us all with a new specially themed Whopper: The Upside Down Whopper.

Working in partnership with Coca-Cola and Netflix, select BK restruants across the US will be swopping their classic Whopper Sandwiches literally upside down in an attempt to draw some publicity for the show’s third season.

BK foodies can find the Stranger Things themed burger at the following resturants: Miami, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Philly, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., and New York starting Friday June 21.   They will also be offering special Stranger Things themed t-shirts, crowns, ketchup packets, and pins!

Season 3 of the hit show will begin airing exclusively on Netflix on July 4 and from what we’re hearing the season will also be represented at the end of the forthcoming HHN houses this September!

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Islands of Adventure reaches capacity in first hour for Motorbike Adventure opening

 

You read that right, within the first hour of Islands of Adventure opening, the park reached maximum capacity. Guests were told no more were allowed inside the park at 9AM.

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This of course is due to the opening of Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike Adventure, which is now currently sitting at a 12 hour wait time!

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This comes as no surprise to any Universal/Harry Potter attraction veterans, as we’ve seen huge crowds like these before for grand opening HP attractions, but maximum capacity reached within an hour is a new one!