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!

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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.

Rumor: Universal’s New Park to Have Classic Monsters Themed Escape Room?

The online news outlets were awash last week when Universal finally announced that it is building a new theme park up near the Orange County Convention Center.  The only problem with the announcement was that Universal gave almost no details on what will be contained within the new “ultra themed and highly detailed” park.

One “world” or land within the park that we have been speculating and discussing for months is the rumored addition of a Classic Monsters section, complete with Dracula’s Castle and a year-round haunted house type experience.

Adding to this rumor this week, Jim Hill on his very popular Disney Dish Podcast released a tidbit of information he had supposedly heard about this very land.  The idea goes that as Universal are forced to build their park up near the Convention Center, that they are going to use this location to its absolute best advantage by ensuring that the busy convention attendees (and their lucrative expense accounts!) have something to do in the evenings when the shows are over each night.

The idea that he heard was that Universal is playing with the intention of installing an upcharge experience within the Universal Monsters section of the park where guests could pay extra for a highly themed, one-of-a-kind Escape Room experience.  Such experiences have been prevalent as of late with over a dozen opening up in the wider Orlando area, and one was even rumored as far back as November last year to be opening in City Walk!  Here’s the trademarked name:

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So there you have two exciting Escape Rooms are rumored to be coming!  Do you like these attractions?  Would you pay extra for them?  Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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!

Top 5 Must Watch List for HHN29

HHN29 is right around the corner!  It won’t be long before we are running from demented klowns and be chased by chainsaw handling wackos. So in the spirit (get it) of getting ready for the horrah, we thought we’d put together a list of everything you need to get prepared for HHN29!  So here goes fReAkS… (click the descriptions for links to the items)

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The Klowns are back! And this time they are in a house, so stream their movie now to see what candy floss delights you are in for now!

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Everybody on the planet has watched Stranger Things and they should as it is absolutely awesome! But do you know the backstories or how the show came to be? Find out the why’s and how’s in their official behind-the-scenes stories, right here.

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We all know the origins of the Universal Monsters right? Wrong! The monsters aren’t just torturing ghouls from a movie backlot, they have rich lores steeped in history and tradition. Christopher Ripley travelled the world to uncover their history, a copy of which can keep you in good stead and ensure you see the monster for the trees!

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Exactly, how Universal is going to pull off this smash blockbuster hit is unknown. But be sure to stream this iconic movie now so you can catch up on all the fantastic effects before seeing them in person for real!

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Creepshow is only appearing at HHN Hollywood, however grabbing yourself a copy of the original text is highly recommended for anyone heading out West! That is, assuming you have seen the movie!

So there you have it, our best list of items you need to survive HHN29!  Let us know in the comments wat preparations you are undertaking to ensure you get the most out of this exciting event!

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!

The Award-Winning Unofficial Guide to HHN is OUT NOW!

The award winning and best selling guide to HHN has been released!

Description:

Stakes? Check. Silver bullets? Check. Survival guide? If you’re brave enough to attend Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, you better believe you’ll need a survival guide. Complete with a detailed history of the event, this book is all that stands between you and them. For over 29 years, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights has been the pinnacle of holiday events in Orlando. You won’t find Mickey there (he’s too scared!), but you will find the bloodiest, goriest, most intense thrills of your life. Christopher Ripley pulls back the shroud and tells the history of every HHN event, from the earliest Fright Nights to what to expect in 2020 and beyond!

The fear-filled coverage includes:
* Walkthroughs of every house and scarezone in HHN history
* Backstories of HHN icons like Jack the Clown and icons-that-never-were like Nathaniel Crowe
* Survival tips, crowd levels, maps and wait time graphs, and other tools for making the most of this year’s HHN
* Behind-the-scenes commentary from HHN notables Mike Aiello, James-Michael Roddy, Jason Surrell and event co-creator Julie Zimmerman
* A rundown of houses that never saw the light of day
* Lots of “Fun Fear Facts” about little-known HHN moments

Reviews:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: The Story &Guide by Christopher Ripley is a colorful story, constructed around the historic and highly attended Horror Night (Halloween Party) in Orlando. And this is nonfiction, neither is it your run-of-the-mill Halloween story. It is a powerful guide to one of the most attended events in the history of Orlando, a guide that offers a vivid andengaging history of the event,looking back at its twenty-seven-yearhistory. This book is written forfans of Halloween Parties, especiallythose who are keen on witnessingthe goriest, scariest, bloodiest, andmost thrilling experiences of themost horrific night of the year. In this book, the author walks readersthrough the significant moments ofthe event, including the scare zonesin HHN history, back stories oficons of the event, survival tips, maps, graphs and a lot more.

From the very first page, the readerknows they are not dealing with anamateur. Christopher Ripley writes inan excellent and professionalstyle and the words flow with theconfidence of someone who knows thesubject matter intimately. The bookis punctuated with entertainingillustrations and images, and readerswill also enjoy the referencesthat are so neatly integrated into thenarrative. Halloween HorrorNights Unofficial: The Story & Guide had me intrigued and mesmerized. Apart from the author’s storytellingskills, he has a knackfor arresting the reader’s attention with hispopular, conversationalstyle. This book is as entertaining as it isinformative and afteryou’re done reading, you’ll want to be part of theexciting event.

🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 Awarded for Expert Writing for the “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial” at the 2018 Readers’ FavoriteAwards in the Non-Fiction – Music/Entertainment genre

🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial was Awarded at the Halloween Book Festival Awards 2017 for the General Non-Fiction Category for Horror Writing

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