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Halloween Horror Nights Begin at Universal Orlando Resort

Not many people can say that they use phrases like “chainsaw attack” and “blood-thirsty fiends” on a regular basis. For Universal Orlando creative team, it’s just another day at the office.

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For more than a year, the team has been racking their brains to find the most vicious and unexpected ways to scare the living daylights out of guests at Halloween Horror Nights 25. This event is in their blood, and it’s become part of Universal Orlando’s heritage with a rich, 25-year history.

It’s hard to believe that this started in 1991 as a three-night event with only one haunted house. The event grew year after year, evolving into the award-winning event you visit today. In fact, we’re excited to report that HHN has just been named the “Nation’s Best Halloween Event” by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for the eighth consecutive year – quite the prestigious accolade!

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This year, the team has given it all they’ve got to provide the best Halloween Horror Nights experience ever. They’ve created more haunted houses than ever in history – increasing the house lineup to nine. They’re based on everything from classic horror films to hit TV shows to disturbing stories that our team has dreamed up.

Since it’s the 25th year of Halloween Horror Nights, Unievrsal brought back some of guest’s favorite original characters and storylines in brand-new ways. For example, guests have seen a few different incarnations of The Body Collectors and the patients at Shadybrook Asylum, but this year, these two epic Halloween Horror Nights forces unite to create utter horror for guests entering Body Collectors: Recollections.

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The street experience follows suit, and they’ve got record-breaking numbers of scareactors lurking in the shadows. They’ve got five elaborately-themed scare zones celebrating Horror Nights history – from past event icons to the twisted characters in Scary Tales to the most memorable, movie inspired monsters. And did we mention the phrase, “chainsaw attack,” earlier? Yeah…watch out for that…!

Of course, we wouldn’t be doing justice to the event if we didn’t talk about Jack. Universal’s first-ever original icon is returning to celebrate in a deadly way. He first appeared in the year 2000 and has made numerous returns to the event. Originally, he was meant to just be part of the marketing materials, but during the first weekend of Halloween Horror Nights X, guests were asking where Jack was. Universal knew that they had to bring him to life—and an icon was born.

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Ever since his last appearance at Horror Nights in 2010, fans have been demanding his return—and return he has. You’ll see things you never have before from Jack—if you live to tell the tale!

This year is particularly special to Universal’s team. It feels amazing to look back and honor the scares and smiles we’ve delivered to guests through the years. Pick a night and come enjoy the mayhem!


How I Survived My Very First Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

I have never been much of a haunted house fan, but when I got a chance to experience Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, I was both excited and a little bit nervous.  To be honest, I was a LOT nervous.

How I Survived My Very First Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

In the interest of full disclosure, I was personally invited to a VIP Event by Universal Orlando and I was treated to an incredible evening of food, drink, and more than my fair share of chills and thrills.

Once we arrived at Universal Orlando we were escorted to a VIP staging area where we joined our other intrepid adventurers until it was time for us to venture out into the park and survive not only the houses themselves, but also the street walkers.

This year, the entire park was transformed into a not-so-living nightmare from AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Dozens of zombies walked all over spooking and scaring passers by who were often not paying enough attention to see them coming.

How I Survived My Very First Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

And then we arrived at our first house, based on the movie The Evil Dead movie re-make, where we were encouraged to “relive ‘The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience’ as gruesome Deadites tried to possess our souls.”  It was terrifying and amazing all in the same breath.

Next was  The Cabin in the Woods house where several of our nightmares came to life.  I was a fan of this movie and actually looked forward to this house…with much trepidation.  And it was incredible.  The last half of the house was based on the Control Room – the last 5 minutes of this house are not to be missed…if you can keep your eyes open that is.

My next favorite house was based on the the classic horror film “American Werewolf in London”.  Universal actually brought in some of the original creature creators from the movie and you can tell.  The werewolves are unbelievable.  They are scary, but at the same time, beautiful.  They were very life-like and much more malevolent that you would expect.

How I Survived My Very First Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Next came the house based on the movie Resident Evil and like the title states, evil resided in this house.  It was a mix of creepy monsters and killer sci-fi.  My favorite section was about 1/2 way through the house.  The Resident Evil movie franchise is based off the video games of the same name.  One of the sub-rooms in the house simulated the game player pressing pause.  It was terrific!  There was so much going on in all these houses that you could not see it all, and in this house there was a ton going on!

And this was just the half way point.  Time for a much needed break.

After a relaxing respite from the ghosts and ghoulies,  it was time to head over to the back side of the park to experience AMC’s The Walking Dead, Urban Legends: La Llorona, AfterLife, and Havoc 2: Derailed.  These houses were smaller but still packed quite a scary punch.

My favorite house of these four was Afterlife.  They incorporated a 3-D element into this house and was less scary than it was really funky-cool.  There were several elements that were just incredible to look at…but there were also some truly scary moments as well.

How I Survived My Very First Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

After these houses we enjoyed another break while we waited for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure where we were invited to “party on” as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

While this type of event might not be for everyone, it is an experience that you should at least attempt.  The houses are not a horrific as you might think, so if you are worried that you can’t handle it, you might be selling yourself a little short.  But remember that all of the rides and attractions are still running throughout the park, so you can still enjoy your night at Universal Orlando even if you don’t enjoy the haunted houses.

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Face Your Deepest Fears At Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando

For 27 select nights beginning September 20, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights returns as the nation’s best and most intense Halloween event. Guests will confront extreme Halloween entertainment that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

Face Your Deepest Fears At Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights is Universal Orlando’s annual Halloween party, and it is one of the most popular events in Orlando. Especially if you’re a fan of horror films, this is a ‘don’t miss’ event for those looking for something a little edgier than Disney. For 25 nights this fall, Universal Studios Florida will be home to all-new haunted houses, street experiences, hundreds of frightening “scareactors” and live shows. Guests will be immersed in the horrors of years’ past and introduced to brand-new frights.

These are usually temporary structures set up specifically for the event (although, in the past, certain attractions have been converted into haunted houses for the event). Each of the houses is themed differently. As you walk through the attraction, any number of things or people are likely to jump out at you. Don’t worry, they won’t ever touch you, but they come pretty close. Instead of the scare zones of the past, this year there will be street experiences – the horror will come to you.  Everywhere you go, you will encounter The Legions of Horror, creatures who have escaped from an ancient buried cemetery.

The 2013 Haunted Houses

Resident Evil: Escape from Racoon City – Raccoon City is overrun with Umbrella Corporation’s most terrifying experiments, and the only option is complete destruction. You’ll need to duck and dodge Lickers, Hunters, and Nemesis himself if you want any chance of escaping Capcom’s video game terrors before missiles send everything back to hell.

An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London -Based on the John Landis horror classic, you’ll travel to the Slaughtered Lamb, experience the gruesome wolf attack on the moors and live the chaos of Piccadilly Circus. Beware the moon because tonight it brings only death.

The Walking Dead –Walk in the footsteps of the survivors as Season 3 of AMC’s horror hit relentlessly attacks you from all sides. Stay alert—walkers could trap you anywhere along your journey from the town of Woodbury to the claustrophobic confines of the derelict prison.

Face Your Deepest Fears At Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando

Havoc 2: Derailed -Hang on tight aboard a militaristic train convoy that’s secretly transporting the “Dogs of War” — a genetically engineered super-soldier outfit. These bloodthirsty maniacs are bent on mayhem and destruction, with their sights set on twisting the metal of a speeding train. This is Havoc!

Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance-Serial killer Bobby “The Blade” is about to meet Ole’ Sparky. 2000 volts are going to send him to a horrific realm of pain. His victims have waited an eternity for vengeance. They’re bound to turn Bobby’s afterlife into an unimaginable, infernal torment.

Urban Legends: La Llorona -She is known as the weeping woman. Her legend is one of tragedy… and of murder. She drowned her children in the cold, watery depths and now torments all who hear her with icy, mournful cries. Forced to walk the earth for eternity, she seeks others to share her pain and suffering, now and forever.

Evil Dead -Relive “The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience” as gruesome Deadites try to possess your soul. There is nowhere to hide as every creaking floorboard and tangled vine is just waiting to pull you down, making you one with the Evil Dead.

Face Your Deepest Fears At Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando

The Cabin in the Woods – Experience a live recreation of the film that ripped the horror genre inside out. Beneath the cabin’s rustic appearance lies a secret facility that unleashes terrifying beings that you thought only existed in nightmares.

Street Experiences – AMC’S The Walking Dead

Face Your Deepest Fears At Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando

AMC’s The Walking Dead has overtaken the streets of Universal Studios. From Atlanta to the forests and into Woodbury, you’ll have to fight your way through some of the most iconic locations in the show if you want to survive the night.

  • The Fall of Atlanta – The smell of death is in the air as you make your way past an iconic tank, sandbag barriers, and decayed rotting corpses on your journey through this decimated city. But be warned—the city’s not empty.
  • Woodlands – Tread carefully through these woods, as you never know who you might encounter. Lurking deep in the hidden depths are unforgettable scenes and characters from Seasons 1, 2 and 3.
  • Survivor’s Camp – There’s no one telling ghost stories at this derelict campsite, but there are plenty of undead. Will you dare to go closer to the eerily abandoned RV? Keep your wits about you or you might become a ghost story yourself.
  • The Farm – Something’s burning and it’s not a Sunday roast. Gasoline fumes ignite your senses as you encounter the smoldering remains of a singed country farm. See and smell the putrid barn, the red tractor, and more as you learn what’s causing that horrifying stench.
  • Clear – Turn around and live—proceed and face your fate. Stick together as you head down this street, because the spiked barriers are there for a reason. If you refuse to heed the spray-painted warnings, you’re in for a terrifying walk that will feel like an eternity.

Live Shows

Face Your Deepest Fears At Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure – Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute – Let’s do the Time Warp again! Rock out to clips from the classic cult film with your favorite Transylvanians, live tribute performers, and audience participants.

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5 Killer Ways to Scare Up Some Chills at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

5 Killer Ways to Scare Up Some Chills at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

The scariest time of year is fast approaching and Universal Orlando has something wicked up its sleeve just for you!  So here are 5 ways you can bury yourself in all the fun.  But beware… there is something out there!

On select nights September 20 – November 2, your worst nightmares will take shape as Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights. See if you can survive all-new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows, and more.    Halloween Horror Nights annually draws hundreds of thousands of horror fans from around the globe to this one-of-a-kind event. 

1.  2 or 3 or  4-Day Base Ticket + Stay & Scream Upgrade

Save when you purchase your Halloween Horror Nights with your regular daytime park ticket! (Does not have to be used on the same day)

Enjoy one (1) guest admission to EITHER Universal Studios Florida® OR Islands of Adventure® theme park per day. Ticket is valid for any four (4) calendar days during a fourteen (14) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. PLUS, one (1) guest admission to Halloween Horror Nights 23 at Universal Orlando on your selected date.

Restrictions Apply:

  • The above Admission Media is non-refundable, non-transferable, and must be used by the same person on all days.
  • Halloween Horror Nights tickets are date specific.
  • Your tickets may not be copied, transferred, or resold.
  • Unauthorized duplication or sale of this ticket may prevent your admittance into either of the Universal theme parks.
  • Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.

Not valid with any other specials, promotions or discounts. Parking fee not included. General single-day admission tickets, Multi-Day tickets, Annual Passes, Orlando FlexTickets and Complimentary Passes are not valid for Halloween Horror Nights admission. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Prices, dates, times, attractions and entertainment subject to availability and to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. 

2.  Halloween Horror Nights General Admission

On select nights from September 20 and November 2, your worst nightmare will take shape when Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights®.

Try to survive terrifying haunted houses, shocking scare zones and outrageous live shows all while being stalked at every turn by savage creatures. Test your courage even further on Orlando’s most cutting-edge rides including Revenge of the Mummy®, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit® and more.

There’s no better way to “end” your day at Universal Orlando.

Get one (1) admission to Halloween Horror Nights 23 at Universal Orlando®. Halloween Horror Nights event dates are as follows:September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, October 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, November 1 & 2.

  • Ticket is valid for one (1) admission on your selected date only.
  • Event date selection is required when purchasing tickets.
  • Tickets often sell out in advance, so it’s recommended to get your tickets as early as possible.
  • Gates open at 6:30pm each night. 

5 Killer Ways to Scare Up Some Chills at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

3.  Frequent Fear Pass

Get up to 15 nights for less than the price of one!

Get admission to Halloween Horror Nights EVERY Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday event nights plus the first weekend (September 20 & 21) when you purchase a Frequent Fear Pass.

Frequent Fear Pass Valid Dates: September 20, 21, 26, 29, October 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27 & 31, 2013.

  • Gates open at 6:30pm each night.
  • Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable.
  • Frequent Fear Pass is NOT VALID for admission on the following nights: September 27, 28, October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 &November 1, 2, 2013 

4.  2-Day Park to Park with Halloween Horror Nights Combo

Enjoy one (1) guest admission to BOTH Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme parks on the same day. Ticket is valid for the theme parks for any two (2) calendar days during a fourteen (14) consecutive day period which includes the first day the non-event portion of the ticket is used. The HHN portion of this ticket entitles one (1) guest admission to HHN during one (1) of the following 2013 Event Dates which fall within the fourteen (14) consecutive day period: September 20, 26, 27, 29 October 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 31 or November 1.

Note: This ticket not valid for any Saturday HHN Events Dates: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 or November 2.

The 2-Day Park to Park with Halloween Horror Nights® Combo Ticket entitles one (1) guest admission to BOTHUniversal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme parks on the same day. Ticket is valid for the theme parks for any two (2) calendar days during a fourteen (14) consecutive day period which includes the first day the non-event portion of the ticket is used. This ticket includes daily admission to the paid entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk® (“CityWalk”) during the same fourteen (14) consecutive day period. The HHN portion of this ticket entitles one (1) guest admission to HHN during one (1) of the following 2013 Event Dates which fall within the fourteen (14) consecutive day period: September 20, 26, 27, 29 October 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 31 or November 1.

NOTE: This ticket is not valid for any Saturday HHN Events Dates: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 or November 2. 

  • Tickets often sell out in advance, so it’s recommended to get your tickets as early as possible.

5.  Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass

  • Pass is not valid for admission to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando®. A separate event ticket for Halloween Horror Nights must be purchasedfor entry.Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass is valid for one (1) night express access on your selected date only.Restrictions Apply:
    • Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass allows you to bypass the regular lines at all haunted houses, plus participating rides and attractions.
    • Each Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass allows one entry to participating Express attraction, per guest./li>
    • Halloween Horror Nights Express Passes are limited. Advance purchase is recommended, because passes may sell out before the night of the event.
    • Halloween Horror Nights Express is only good during the event. Passes are not valid at Universal’s Islands of Adventure® or Universal Studios Florida® during regular operating hours.
    • The Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass is not valid for admission to the Halloween Horror Nights event. A separate event ticket for Halloween Horror Nights must be purchased for entry.
    • The HHN Event begins at 6:30 pm and closing times may vary.
    • Pass is valid for use on your selected date only. (Please make sure to purchase your express pass for the same date as your event ticket).
    • Your ticket may not be copied, transferred, or resold.
    • Tickets/passes are non-refundable, non-tranferable.

    There are no costumes, make-up or masks allowed at this event. Guests wearing costumes will be turned away at the front gate.

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What Evil Has Taken Root at Universal Orlando Resort This Fall?

Unexplained things are happening in the woods. Horrible things. Crucial evidence has been discovered exposing the evil that has taken root at Universal Orlando Resort.

What Evil Has Taken Root at Universal Orlando Resort This Fall?
Soon, the nation’s premier Halloween event will be here—with even more nights of bloodcurdling fear this year. Try to survive all-new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences and outrageous live shows.

What Evil Has Taken Root at Universal Orlando Resort This Fall?On select nights September 20 – November 2, your worst nightmares will take shape as Universal Studios Florida theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights. See if you can survive all-new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows, and more. There’s no better way to end your day at Universal Orlando than with the winner of Amusement Today’s “Best Halloween Event” Golden Ticket award.

Halloween Horror Nights annually draws hundreds of thousands of horror fans from around the globe to this one-of-a-kind event. Tony Timpone, Editor of Fangoria Magazine, said, “After visiting scream parks across the U.S. for the last 20 years, I can easily say the Universal’s is the best in the business… Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween experience.”

What Evil Has Taken Root at Universal Orlando Resort This Fall?

Event Hours:
6:30pm – 12am : Sept. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, Oct. 3, 16, 23 & 31, Nov. 1 & 2.
6:30pm – 1am : Oct. 6, 10, 13 & 17
6:30pm – 2am : Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 & 27

The event features all new horrifying haunted houses, intense street experiences and an all-new ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” containing parodies from TV, movies, music and more. Plus, many rides and attractions will be open during select hours. This is a separately ticketed event and not included with regular admission.

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And See If You Can Survive Halloween Horror Nights…

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