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    House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    This was announced last week, but I hadn't seen it on here yet. Universal is closing up shop on the year round House of Horrors attraction after this year's Halloween Horror Nights.

    From Inside Universal:

    Update – July 26, 2014 – Inside Universal has confirmed that Universal’s House of Horrors will close permanently on September 1, 2014. The attraction will be replaced by a venue with dining, shopping and entertainment options.
    It will house the FaceOff: Live in the Flesh maze this year for Halloween Horror Nights, and won't return. This is one of my favorite attractions at Universal, and it's always a must-do for me, so I am pretty sad to see it go. I just hope they can put all the props from the queue area somewhere accessible for guests. There is some pretty neat stuff in there..

    One other thing that will leave with the attraction is the great hiding spot at the exit that the HHN actors use. I try to always stop by and watch them scare the life out of people as they unknowingly exit the maze. Bad times.

    If you are a fan of the House of Horrors, you can visit it one last time (in it's original form) before September 1st.

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    Inside Universal » Unofficial Universal Studios Hollywood News Guide » House of Horrors Will Close on September 1

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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    Very disappointing indeed, it was always fun to walk through.
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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    no matter what, the faade will finally get a overhaul with the soundstage aswell which works due to The park wanting to make more cohesive theming around the parks upper lot due to the boy wizard.
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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    Since the biggest problem with USH is their already under-sized roster of attractions, the decision to replace an attraction with more shopping and dining seems questionable at best...

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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    ^I think with Harry Potter in the near future, not to mention the new Fast and Furious tram attraction in the more immediate future, that's not really going to be a problem in the greater scheme of things.
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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    Still disappointed as an attraction clearly tied to a big part of Universal's film history at the same time as being one I always enjoyed visiting is being axed for more stores - never will see that as a 'positive' change, even if Hogsmeade coming is a fantastic thing.
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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    This is horrible news to me! Mistake!

    Knott's, build a haunted house with non-Universal versions of monsters, and hire some of the impressive talents who haunted Universal's House of Horrors.

    I'm excited about Harry Potter, but I'd be even more excited if a permanent, $300 million Horrorland with a much more elaborate House of Horrors were coming. It's a better fit with Universal.

    I irresponsibly let my brave, then 7-year-old talk me into escorting her through this and the monsters
    (who do this year round, unlike the wonderful monsters who work at Knott's Scary Farm and other Halloween events for 6 weeks a year), all knew to modify their scariness--but not their enthusiasm--so that my daughter loved it and went through it a second time right after we exited.

    Poor monsters! Could they become princesses at Disneyland? Or train robbers at Knott's?

    This isn't really fair, but it reminded me of Paul Pressler & Michael Eisner ending the Main Street Electrical ("...Forever!") as a way to get a bump in attendance without opening anything.




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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    I'm conflicted.

    I'm a longtime Haunt fan and have worked in most aspects of maze construction, operations and management over the years. House of Horrors was a kinda neat little mini-maze during the off-season, a way to show someone what a really amazing set looked like stripped of the talent for the most part.

    Noone cared.

    I mean it. Ever check lines in relation to the rest of the park? Usually, if the HoH was sporting more than a fifteen minute wait (and those were rare) you could look to the nearest restroom to find a similar or longer wait.

    Even - as the snarkier set loves to point out - with as few attractions as they have, this can not hold gate. It just can't. During the day, people generally don't seem to care. At Horror Nights, this is usually the maze that's jammed solid during the first hour or so when it's the very first maze you run into then it's another dead spot the rest of the night.

    I'll miss it, a little bit. I'm pretty sure the props etc. will go into Uni storage (they seem to keep EVERYTHING, must be a film studio thing) and it'll be a little sad to not have any attractions left in the upper lot entry area. I'm hopeful that this leaving will give USH the flexibility to create a full, coherent entry way to do justice to the more fully themed areas they've taken to building in recent years.
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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by JesterMn View Post
    ^I think with Harry Potter in the near future, not to mention the new Fast and Furious tram attraction in the more immediate future, that's not really going to be a problem in the greater scheme of things.
    I am also looking forward to HP and FF, but in terms of attraction count, we are not actually gaining anything from them. Let me explain...

    I don't really consider FF a new attraction as it is just being grafted onto the already existing tram tour, so the tour just becomes the same ride with a different ending. No doubt it will be lovely, but I would be going on the tour anyway.
    When HoH goes down, we will be at -1 on the attraction roster, and when HP finally opens (about a year and a half later, I might add), we will simply be back to where we are now in numbers.

    No doubt that it will be spectacular, but instead of doing the HoH from say 11:00 to 11:15 and then going off to do something else (maybe the Simpsons from 11:15 to 12:00), I will be standing in the HP line from 11:00 to 12:00 before getting to change the scenery as it were.

    Thus, the reality is that by exchanging the one for the other I will have time to do about 1 attraction less than before during a day in the park...

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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    ^I mean, you can split hairs about this all day. You can be sure USH will certainly be counting FF as a new attraction. But granted, you have a point.

    Still, you can also argue that they added that new spinner ride outside Despicable Me if you are desperate for an attraction count.

    At the end of the day, though, it's not necessarily about the number of attractions, but the quality of them. With the direction they are now going, the quality is going to be quite good.

    And I think BogLurch^^ makes a lot of great points. I personally enjoy HoH very much, and will miss it personally, but let's face it... it rarely has a line. In terms of the general GP, I don't think it's going to be terribly missed, and a retail/food area would frankly be much more trafficked and bring in more income. I'm disappointed, but I can see why they'd do it, and it does make good business sense.
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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    Or how about a $200 million Monsterland with a much improved House of Horrors that is rated PG11 till 1pm, is closed for two hours, then is rated PG15 after 3pm? Please.

    Universal needs more real estate for this. Public domain some of those homes on the hill and that
    stupid (I don't golf) golf course below.

    There are sometimes no lines at WDW's Peoplemover and Carousel of Progress, so should they be closed? (Don't even THINK about writing "Yes." ) Should Van Gogh have stopped painting because there were no lines to buy his paintings? (No.) Should Michael Bay be allowed to continue making movies because %$1?*ing people buy tickets to his movies? (No.)

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    If Universal does kill the monsters... Now that U Hollywood is closing its House of Horrors, should Knotts. . .
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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    I enjoyed the maze during HHN except for the loud music. I always liked the classic monsters. I was at HHN Orlando in 2009 and the mazes for the classic monsters and reboots was quite good. I really wish they would go back to acknowledging their classic monsters instead of 50 million walking dead mazes and the horror movie de jour maze.

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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    Maybe they'll put the monster's cafe? That would be pretty awesome.

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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by BlAcKoUt510 View Post
    Maybe they'll put the monster's cafe? That would be pretty awesome.
    I hope something like this happens, but I'm not setting my hopes too high.

    I would be more than happy with a museum of sorts. It could be a selection of some of the cool props and costumes from their iconic horror films. Knott's has that little Haunt museum - I geeked out pretty hard with the Elvira stuff they have. I would imagine a full-fledged horror based museum would do alright.

    I am biased though..

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    Re: House of Horrors at USH Closing September 1st, 2014

    this news is bitter sweet

    On one hand , it may mean 7 actual mazes for HHN and not a lackluster overlay (they've only now started to get good IMO). On the other hand, I really loved this attraction and im really sad to see it go...especially for more retail and dining. Hopefully, if the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe goes well, we may see another attraction in the future

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