Universal Wraps Up Summer With More Monster Mania

Written by Fievel Hitchcock. Posted in Features, Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, Southern California Parks, Universal Hollywood

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Published on August 18, 2012 at 12:01 am with 2 Comments

Summer is wrapping up early this year as most Los Angeles schools were back in session on August 14th. That means that Universal can shift gears and begin working in earnest on the next major season, Halloween.

Universal’s House of Horrors will close on Monday, August 20 in order to receive a brand new Halloween Horror Nights overlay called Universal Monsters Remixed. The attraction will be closed to daytime guests until the overlay is removed sometime after Halloween Horror Nights.

To help guests beat the heat, Universal Studios has opened up the Globe Theater as a relaxing cool zone. The air-conditioned building is filled with chairs and tables where guests can cool down, rest up and watch a movie before heading back into the park.

Despite the attendance drop from the back to school crowd, Transformers is still in high demand.

What a difference a few days make. The new extended queue is now empty. Just a few days ago, it was packed with guests. But you can still expect the ride to command hour plus waits for the time being.

Guests visiting Universal Studios with an electric wheelchair/scooter/etc will find a new convenience at the disabled loading area. Power outlets have been installed so the chairs can recharge while guests are on the 45+ minute long tour. Such a simple but brilliant addition.

While on the tour, we can clearly spot construction work continuing on Stage 28 (the home of the classic  Phantom of the Opera stage). The set is said to be haunted.

Many of the broken effects we previously reported on the earthquake portion of the Studio Tour and Jaws have been restored and look fantastic.

 

Oh no, we’re trapped in an earthquake!

Oh no, we’re being attacked by a Great White Shark on the Murder She Wrote set!

Toward the end of the tour, we find the huge outdoor green seen set at Falls Lake has been drained.

Ready for a new production to move in.

LOWER LOT:
N.E.S.T. themed trashcans are popping up near Transformers.

New Optimus Prime 32oz sippers now available. Like all sippers sold at USH, they can be refilled for $1 whenever you visit.

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
The full maze line up has finally been revealed!  This year features a pretty interesting mix. You’ll find classic monsters, old school horror, popular franchises and an encore of last year’s top maze.

La Llorona: La Cazadora de Ninos (Shrek 4D extended queue)
This was easily the most impressive maze from last years line up.  Edgy, scary and atmospheric, this Latin spin on Halloween really surprised us.  Of all the mazes, this is the one we would have picked to return. And lucky for us, it is!

The Walking Dead: Dead Inside (Wild West Arena)
The popular AMC television series makes its debut with, not only a maze, but a staring role in the Terror Tram as well.  We told you the zombie apocalypse was coming. Run for your lives!

Universal’s announcement

A bit of concept art. Don’t open, Dead inside!

Construction in the former Wild West arena for the Walking Dead maze.

Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D (T2:3D extended queue)
It may sound like there is another returning maze this year with Alice Cooper. But it’s actually a brand new maze which is based upon the Rock legend.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is the Law
(Jurassic Park the Ride extended queue)
Universal tackles another iconic horror classic with this maze dedicated to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Welcome to Silent Hill
(The Revenge of the Mummy the Ride extended queue)
A new maze based on the Silent Hill franchise will be in the lower lot.

Here are a couple of shots of the construction area for Silent Hill

Universal Monsters Remix
(House of Horrors)
They are finally getting clever with the permanent House of Horrors space and amping up the scares using the original Universal Monsters.  If you want to enjoy the House of Horrors in its less scary current form, do so before August 20th.  The attraction will be closed to day guests through the end of Halloween Horror Nights.

We are thrilled to see the class monsters play a major role this year.

Terror Tram Invaded by The Walking Dead
(Universal Back Lot)
More ZOMBIES!?!?!  The Waling Dead will be part of the Terror Tram as well.  The theme fits the Terror Tram nicely. You’ll travel by tram to the backlot and then, they’ll dump you our near the Psycho house to fend for yourself!

There’s a lot going on right now at Universal Studios Hollywood. Did you get a chance to visit this Summer? Looking forward to the scary season waiting for you just around the corner?

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About Fievel Hitchcock

Fievel Hitchcock is MiceChat's Universal Studios Hollywood insider. He's so frequently at the park that he considers the commissary to the stars his kitchen. Fievel update's MiceChat's In The Parks columns on all things Universal Hollywood.

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  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    The covered wheelchair parking and charging station is a brilliant and thoughtful addition. I’m so impressed with the recent upgrades at Universal. The park management has been top notch lately.

    Can’t wait for Halloween. Love the zombies, but it’s the classic monsters which have me most excited.

    Thank you for the update F!an

    • disneyland255

      I agree on the charging station. Never thought of it before, but so glad they did. What a HUGE convenience to the guest. Wonder if other parks will follow suit.