Halloween Horror Nights Returns to Universal Orlando… Sort of
Universal Orlando has confirmed that they will be bringing two Halloween Horror Nights (kind of) to their Orlando theme parks. Orlando had previously announced that they would be canceling the popular scream fest due to concerns over the current pandemic.
Universal has now confirmed that Halloween Horror Nights fans will in fact get a chance to get their scare on.
Two haunted houses will open to guests as a seasonal experience test on Sept. 19 and 20. These will be daytime events.
Included with daytime admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, guests can experience two terrifying haunted houses: Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives. Universal described the two houses as follows:
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
The innocent traditions of the tooth fairy hide a darker ritual. All children must give up their baby teeth to the goblinesque tooth fairies or pay a gruesome price. Step into an old manor that has been overrun by yellow-clawed fiends who extract teeth by force. It’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
“We belong dead.” The last words of Frankenstein’s monster on that fateful night when his Bride rejected him. But his end was her beginning. Now the Bride is stepping out of the shadows to bring him back. And there’s nothing she won’t do as she sharpens her brilliance by experimenting on unsuspecting victims. The mate will have her monster. And the monster his mate.
Virtual Lines will be available for the two haunted houses. This means that guests can use the official Universal Orlando app to choose a return time to experience them during the park’s regular daytime hours. The virtual line helps ensure social distancing and helps with crowd dispersement.
These events aren’t recommended for those under the age of 13.
Health and Safety
The health and safety measures in place at Universal Orlando Resort will also be applied to the haunted houses, including:
- Face coverings
- Social distancing guidelines in the queue and haunted houses themselves
- Plexiglass will also be installed in various areas to keep separation from scareactors
- The use of hand sanitizer will be required before entering each haunted house, and will be available upon exit
- Managing guest flow in the haunted houses, and capacity will be limited
Team members will be the first to experience this seasonal test offering, as there will be a special preview this Friday morning. Limited reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are required; there will be no standby queue. Team members are limited to one time slot each.
In addition to the scares, guests are encouraged to visit Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure in their best Halloween costumes this weekend only. There will also be trick-or-treating at participating retail stores in Islands of Adventure for guests ages 12 and younger – pumpkin stickers will mark each location.
For now, this seasonal experience is only being tested this weekend. If successful, it is possible we could see it return at a later date. As Halloween Horror Nights was canceled this year, this seems to be as close as HHN fans will get to the haunt experience they know and love.