Halloween Horror Nights officially kicked-off at Universal Orlando Friday night and the amount of screams heard throughout the park indicated another successful year. Halloween Horror Nights is in its 26th year, and if you’re a fan of the yearly event, you will appreciate the building of stories from previous years.
This year’s icon is Chance, who you may remember her from previous years as Jack the Clown’s right-hand woman. Last year Jack returned to his box, and Chance was captured, and this year you get an opportunity to enter the unhinged mind of this sidekick. Chance has her own inspired house: Lunatics Playground 3D: You Won’t Stand A Chance that weaves guests through her fun time in incarceration into a glimpse in her mind of horror.
Chance also has her own scare zone on the main strip as you enter the park. It’s, one of five guests will experience as they walk from maze to maze. Over near Mel’s Drive-in, is a homecoming parade from 1955. Be wary, you may find vampires instead of Greasers.
This year, three original houses join six houses inspired by horror pop culture including: “American Horror Story”, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”, “Halloween II”, “Krampus”, “The Exorcist” and “The Walking Dead”. There are some iconic scenes in “The Exorcist” movie that come to life not only with the scareactors, but with smells and 4D elements that immerse you in the most memorable scenes of the flick. Yes 4D, and yes, think pea soup.
If you attended Friday night, you were among some of the masterminds of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” including executive producer and special effects make-up mastermind Greg Nicotero. He spoke to a group of media about his career and the house based on the popular TV show. When asked about some of his favorite projects over the years, he named “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Sin City”. No spoilers here, when asked about the season finale, he offered up no hints as to who might be Negan’s victim. We will all have to wait for season 7 on October 23. Nicotero did praise “The Walking Dead” maze that takes you through memorable scenes from season 1-6. Also praising the house were several of the cast members of the show: Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel), Ross Marquand (Aaron) and Jordan Woods-Robinson (Eric). Cohan even offered advice for those thinking of going through the house with their eyes closed.
New this year is a virtual reality house called The Repository. It’s a special add on to the ticketed entry and opens September 29. Halloween Horror Nights is open on select nights through Oct. 31 and for more information on hours and to purchase tickets visit their website at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando
Will you stand a Chance?
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