We have been on the lookout for weeks and of course talk of the “houses” has been circulating over social media. Remnants and building of what could possibly be HHN houses have people hopes soaring. Among the sightings are two sets of steel frames like the ones that indicate the entrance to houses during Horror Nights were erected at Universal Studios late last week.
Almost two months ago, on July 24, Universal Orlando announced that it was canceling Halloween Horror Nights for 2020, pointing to complications related to the coronavirus pandemic. The after-hours, extra-ticket event was scheduled to be held on select nights between Sept. 10 and Nov. 1. It would have been the 30th-anniversary edition of the event, which was set to feature 10 haunted houses, although the themes had not yet been made public. Construction was well underway for the mazes.
However, all is not lost. Universal Studios theme park will make two of HHN’s planned but ‘ghosted’ haunted houses available to the public later this week, the resort announced Monday evening.
Regular theme-park visitors will be able to experience houses called Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives on Saturday and Sunday, Universal says. There will not be an additional charge to go through the mazes. Visitors will use Universal’s Virtual Line system, accessible through the Universal Orlando app, once in the park to determine a time to go into the houses.
In Uiversal Orlando’s press release they stated:
“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.
Universal’s premier-level passholders will be able to preview the houses Friday afternoon, but they must register for that on Wednesday.
The resort is describing the event as “Halloween Seasonal Experience Testing” on its official website. It has not said that additional days to view the houses will be forthcoming.
A description of the Tooth Fairy house on the site says “step into an old manor that has been overrun by yellow-clawed fiends who extract teeth by force.” For Bride, it says the character wants Frankenstein’s monster back. “There’s nothing she won’t do as she sharpens her brilliance by experimenting on unsuspecting victims.”
As usual, Universal warns that the haunted houses may be too intense for young children. The resort has referred to HHN as rated PG-13 in the past.
No costume masks are allowed, but face coverings are required, along with the usual coronavirus precautions, including temperature screenings.
In addition, Universal will offer trick-or-treating at Islands of Adventure for the first time ever, for folks age 12 and younger this weekend. “Family-friendly” Halloween costumes will be allowed in both parks, Universal says. Bags of treats will be provided and social distancing and CDC protocols will be in place. All children participating must be accompanied by an adult.
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