It’s hard to imagine in the middle of a hot summer, but next month, the gateway to the Underworld will once again creak open as the biggest, longest and most intense Halloween event once again takes over the streets of Universal Orlando Resort. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. For 2015, the event will take place for a record-breaking 30 nights from September 18 until November 1.
The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Guests will encounter twice as many than in previous years, who will terrify guests throughout highly-themed scare zones in the park.
Of course, the main attraction are the haunted houses, and the 25th anniversary will take those to new heights as well, featuring nine of the spookiest, most frightening mazes of death to grace the studios from Hell! Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.
Unlike Howl-O-Scream in Tampa, the fright masters in Orlando have been slow to reveal the themes of their houses for this year. Sure, there have been plenty of rumors, as well as an official looking map that is circulating all over the interwebs. Let’s take a look at what we know so far.
Many of the early announcements have focused on attractions that are directly tied to productions from Universal Pictures. One of the first of these is a house designed by the twisted minds behind Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, who have teamed up with Focus Features and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to create all-new mazes based on the chilling Insidious film franchise.
Here’s a video sneak peek of what’s in store for guests entering the world of Insidious!
At both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando, event goers will be transported into some of the most sinister scenes from all three films. Guests will investigate unexplained phenomena in the Lambert family’s eerie Victorian home and find themselves at the ghastly séance that unleashes chaos and horror. They’ll journey into “The Further” – a supernatural realm that houses tormented spirits – and face deadly ghosts and demons like the Woman in Black and Red-Faced Demon who will stop at nothing to infiltrate the world of the living.
Longtime fans of the even will remember several years ago when Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees and A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger each had their own area in which to terrify innocent parkgoers. This year, two of the most feared icons in horror film history will be unleashed at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 in he ultimate battle of evil vs. evil as witnessed in Freddy vs. Jason.
Here’s a quick look at what’s in store for visitors to Elm Street and Camp Crystal Lake!
Guests will weave through Elm Street and straight into Freddy Krueger’s nightmares, visit Camp Crystal Lake and come face-to-face with the hockey-masked killer, Jason Voorhees, witness iconic kills – and become the next target, and fight to survive the terrifying showdown between the two titans of terror.
This fall, guests can visit Universal Orlando’s theme parks by day and become victims of their own horror film by night at Halloween Horror Nights 25. You can buy single-night event tickets, add event admission to your theme park ticket or get access to 18 nights of the event for less than the price of a one-night ticket. Guests can also book a special vacation package starting at $165 per adult, per night, tax inclusive that includes three-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, 1-night ticket to Halloween Horror Nights 25, 2-day Park-to-Park ticket, Early Park Admission and more.
Additional details about Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
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